Top 10 things to do around Coffs & Clarence
PULL on your boots, slap on your Akubra and head out to the Nana Glen Equestrian Centre for the 2017 Coffs Coast Rodeo on Saturday April 1. Supported by the Coffs Harbour Show Society, the gates, food stalls and bar will open at 2.30pm and rodeo action will begin at 4pm with bull riding, bareback broncos and barrel racing. Tamworth-raised, Newcastle based country band Hurricane Fall will be providing live music and there will be free parking and family-friendly activities.
Volumes of entertainment
RAIN, hail or shine, a good book is your friend and there will be thousands of good books on offer at the annual Coffs Harbour South Rotary Book Fest from April 1-8 at Coffs Harbour Showground exhibition building.
Jazz it Up
JANET Seidel will perform at the Nambucca Valley Arts Council's Jazz Concert on Sunday April 2.
Youth Orchestra and Academy in concert
COFFS Harbour Regional Conservatorium, 1/6A Bray St, celebrates its new Youth Orchestra and new hall renovations with a special performance directed by Patrick Brearley, 6-7pm on Thursday April 6. Adults $10, children free, reservations essential.
Easter holidays and mountain art
SCHOOL children will celebrate holidays from April 8-25, with Good Friday on April 14 and Easter Sunday on April 16. Dorrigo's annual Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition, 2017 theme Ahead in the Clouds will open at 7.30pm on Wednesday April 12 at Dorrigo Community Hall in Hickory Street and will include the quirky Shoebox Sculpture exhibition. All on show until April 23. Made in Dorrigo Street Market will be held on Easter Saturday, April 15.
Bent Bridge Film Festival
THE 2017 Bent Bridge Film Festival encourages film makers from the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers region and beyond to showcase their films in any genre at the Criterion Theatre, Oliver St,. Grafton and compete for prizes. The gala screening of selected films will be held on Sunday April 9. Tickets at the door from 1pm, screening begins 2pm. bentbridgefilmfestival .com.au.
Highlands of Maclean
STREETS will be awash with tartan on April 14 and 15 for the 113th Maclean Highland Gathering in the picturesque riverside town. This two-day festival of music, dancing and competitive Scottish sport will include a ceilidh, a parade of pipe bands, highland games and market stalls.
A History of Fun
MUSEUMS and historical societies in the Valley have joined the Clarence Regional Library to mount a display looking at the ways people had fun in the past and show a collection of items related to leisure and recreation. See it at the Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre 126-144 Pound St, Grafton until April 30.
Catch it on film
CINEMATINEE brings two stylish films to Coffs Harbour's Jetty Memorial Theatre this month - Paterson on April 13 and the hit Swedish film Ove on April 27.
Both films at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 6pm. Paterson features a New Jersey bus driver with a hidden talent for poetry and an ambitious wife and Ove sees a grumpy old man develop an unlikely friendship.
Art by the Sea
WOOLGOOLGA will host its Artists and Artisans Fair at Woolgoolga Beach Reserve on Easter Monday, April 17, with original art for sale, free art demonstrations and food stalls, hosted by Woolgoolga Art Group Inc.
History in the harbour
TAKE a stroll around the harbour foreshores at Coffs and learn a whole lot about the earlier years in this once-busy seaport, from the lives of the first Australians to the first Europeans to sail in and from the local fishing industry to the harbour's role in worldwide warfare. Adrian will be conducting the two-hour Harbour History Walk on Saturday April 22 as part of Coffs Harbour City Council's series of Coffs Ambassadors tours. Booking essential visit: ourlivingcoast.com.au.
Fine work in wood
CAVANBAH Centre in Coffs Harbour will host the annual exhibition of fine woodwork on April 22-23 from 10am-4pm.
Steam punk and roof raising
GRAFTON'S Criterion Theatre at 149 Oliver St will host a Steampunk exhibition and gathering at 7pm on April 22, while down the river at Yamba on April 22 The Old Kirk will host Raising the Roof, an art auction to raise funds for Yamba Museum. Viewing of auction items 4pm, auction action 6pm.
Forces of War
CLARENCE Valley Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Greg Butcher, will mark 100 years since World War I and just over 70 years since the end of World War II with an ANZAC Centenary Commemoration at the Saraton Theatre, 99 Prince St, Grafton at 2pm on Sunday April 23.
SERVICES and marches at various centres around the Clarence and Coffs Coast on Tuesday April 25.
In 1917 America entered WWI after German submarine attacks on shipping; Russia exited the war between two revolutions and a major British offensive on the Western Front at Passchendaele proved a costly failure.
Yamba Film Festival
YAMBA Cinema will host the Yamba Cinema International Film Festival from April 27-30 at 13 Coldstream St.
This farming life
RURAL life in the Nambucca will be on show on April 28 and 29 when the 2017 Nambucca Valley Show and Trade Fair takes over Macksville Showground with cattle, horses, goats, chooks, produce, flowers and farm machinery.
Grow great food
COFFS Regional Community Garden is the destination for a short, easy grade Coffs Ambassadors tour on April 30 with Gardens co-ordinator Arlan. Discover how to grow and use new and unusual vegetables and herbs from around the world which grow happily in a sub-tropical climate.
For bookings and more information visit: www.ourlivingcoast .com.au.