FAMILY FUN: The grand-kids can join the Brooms Beach Boat Races at Brooms Head on New Year's Day from 8am-4pm at Ocean Road, Brooms Head Beach.
FAMILY FUN: The grand-kids can join the Brooms Beach Boat Races at Brooms Head on New Year's Day from 8am-4pm at Ocean Road, Brooms Head Beach. Debrah Novak

What's on: Coffs and Clarence


DO YOU have the grandchildren these holidays? Looking for something to keep them occupied? Why not try the children's activities in the Botanic garden. The events include Discovery walks, games and crafts and are run from 10am to 11am with entry a gold coin donation. The will run Monday, January 7 and Wednesday, January 9 and again January 7 and 16. Bookings essential via sue.mcentyre@chcc. or Rick Ackland 0408 472 551.


THE Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) is back for 2019! Coffs Coast's heart of film brings with it a bolder and wider film program than ever before, as well as special guests, film culture events, and the Nextwave of young regional filmmakers. The festival runs January 10-25 across screening locations on the Coffs Coast, including the Jetty Theatre and Bellingen Mem Hall. Its world-class program of more than 50 films will cover world cinema, documentary, Australian cinema, call of the surf, women of action, and short film finalists.


JOIN Meredith Woolnough for an artist tour of the Tamworth Triennial Textiles Exhibition at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on Saturday morning from 10.30-11.30am. Meredith will then proceed to Nesting Needles at Coramba from 1.30- 4.30pm she will introduce the students to a workshop on Sculptural Embroidery. On Sunday, Meredith will host a full-day workshop with students from 9.30am- 4.30pm to create their own unique piece of sculptural embroidery. This technique-based workshop explores the unique embroidery processes that Meredith uses in her artworks. The cost for the two day workshop will be $145 per person. Bookings, go to Eventbrite-Meredith- Woolnough.


NEWCASTLE Permanent's Cinema Under the Stars is Australia's largest free outdoor cinema program and is returning to Grafton on February 1. The event kicks off at 5.30pm with a fantastic line-up of family friendly entertainment and activities before the blockbuster movie Paddington Two screens at sundown. Go to newcastlepermanent.


DUST off the excesses of the night before and join in with some family fun at Brooms Head on New Year's Day from 8am-4pm at Ocean Road, Brooms Head Beach. There are a multitude of races including sprints, distance, family relay, beach boat races, sandbag races, water carrying tug-of-war and the only place in Australia where you can compete at tossing a broom head in Brooms Head. There are market stalls through the park with food and refreshments available on the day. Gold coin donation. This event is run in collaboration with Wires, Gulmarrad Bush Fire Brigade, Lions and Lower Clarence Rugby League Club.


THESE annual markets are held on New Year's Day from 4-8pm. Coldstream Street, Yamba is closed to traffic for this community event. There are plenty of market stalls featuring Rotary's Chocolate Wheel. Fossick among the jewellery, clothing, arts and craft, purchase hot and cold foods, buy fresh produce and gourmet products, and cool down with a drink. There is jumping castle for the kids, fairy floss, sno-cones and a sausage sizzle.


THE Maclean MacMarket is an annual market held on the first Saturday of the year hosted by Lions in the main street of the town from 8am to 1pm 5 January. Thousands of people descend to this riverside village for the event. River Street is closed to traffic and the street is filled with over 80 market stalls, second hand car boot sales, entertainment, kids activities and much more!


A TRADITIONAL Christmas holidays swim on the NSW North Coast, this swim offers a beautiful location with terrific beaches. Excellent way to get oneself feeling good again after Christmas indulgences. Held on January 6 with several different course. Go to au/event/yamba- ocean-swim.


FUN for the family at Rotary Club of Yamba's Annual Family Fun Day on January 12 from 11am. Come down to Main Beach early and watch Steve Machel's sand design take shape using nothing more than sand, water, bucket, a butter knife and brush. There is a barbecue sausage sizzle and steak burgers held by Rotary and the beach kiosk is always open. Entry fee is per team with all money going to Yamba Rotary for use on local projects.

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