MAD ABOUT IT: A scene from Ballina Player's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
MAD ABOUT IT: A scene from Ballina Player's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

What's on: Northern NSW


TICKETS are now available for Ballina Players' performance of the drama/comedy One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest either on-line or Just Funkin Music. The movie of this play was very successful and most of patrons will recognise the title and know the movie. It will be directed by Mike Sheehan and Peter Harding (Mike directed the very successful play A Few Good Men in Mar/Apr 2018). Starring John Rado, Kasadevi Curtis, Gray Wilson and Dane Bodley, Cuckoo's Nest will appear over two weekends from Friday, August 23 to Sunday, September 1.

Go to performance/one-flew- over-the-cuckoos-nest/.


A DEMONSTRATION of Walking Football will be held at Saunders Oval, Ballina on Friday, August 23 from 6pm. Ballina's fledgling Walking Football Club now has 25 players including several women, with most players being in their 50s and 60s and also a few younger and older models. The group comprises individuals from all walks of life and varying skill levels from complete novices to former professional players. Despite the cold weather lately, they've had good turn outs on Thursday evenings with 20 players present one evening, allowing them to play a four team round robin on two adjacent pitches.


LOOKING for something different? An introduction to Square Dancing will be held Thursday, August 15 4.30pm - 5.30pm at the Lismore Heights Sports, Recreation & Community Club, 181 High Street, fixed price: adult $7.


THE latest exhibition from Crawford House Museum, Alstonville is all about showcasing the Ballina Shire, Countryside and People during the 1950s to the mid 1980s.Crawford House is open Fridays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm. Pop in and see the exhibition right in the heart of Alstonville.

For more information visit 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville or phone 02 6628 1829.


THE Mud Trail is on again on Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18. The trail showcases 21 local pottery studios open to the public for one weekend! Enjoy demonstrations, workshops, artist talks in some beautiful, unique artist studios scattered across the beautiful Northern Rivers.Pick up a copy of the program at the Ballina Visitor Information Centre or visit their website for further details go to


ENJOY a felt workshop at Creative Artisans Gallery and learn to felt a hat in a colour of your choice. Materials used are of the highest quality merino wool. Cost is $50 + $10 materials.

Bookings are essential so please phone to secure a spot, 0435 941 591, Shop 1 Wigmore Arcade, River St, Ballina.


THE Quota Craft and Garden Fair, August 24-25 is a two-day event showcasing the best Craft artisans of the Far North Coast and SE Queensland. With two halls of craft and art and a pavilion of Garden related products, this is the largest fair of its kind on the North Coast. Over 90 stalls of things to buy, see and make. Presentations from some leading Garden Speakers will inform you over the two days. Great quality plants for sale. All proceeds from this event goes to Quota projects in the local community.

For more information, email or phone 0416 214 012.


BE A spectator at one of the region's most exciting sporting events- Dragon Boating on the banks of Shaws' Bay for a family friendly and alcohol-free weekend. August 24-25, Saturday 1-3pm: Splash n dash, round robin and State of Origin, Sunday 8am-3pm: A full day of 200m sprints with NSW and QLD sports and local community teams racing for fun and glory. An officially sanctioned Dragon Boats NSW regatta.

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