MAY MUST DO'S
Things To Do In The Highlands In May
May is one of our favourite months of the year. Crisp mornings, crunchy leaves underfoot, gathering around the fire in the evening snuggled up with a glass of red or a hot toddy and of course, plenty of events in The Highlands to keep us busy and entertained.
Our Event Directory is bursting at the seams with over 160 events, workshops, performances, shows and loads more……check out our May Must Do’s for some event inspo!
SEE THIS // PUNU Living Wood Exhibition at Sturt Gallery
This is quite a special and stunning exhibition of Wood Carvings and Walka Boards, featuring the work of talented wood carvers Billy and Lulu Cooley and Niningka Lewis, and works by local artists Peter Swain and Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers. The exhibition runs for the entire month of May (and into June) so be sure to take the time to see these wonderful pieces of art while they’re here in The Highlands.
GO TO THIS // Tallong Apple Festival
This is such a fun, community event celebrating all things apple! There is simply NO WAY you can be bored at the Tallong Apple Festival. Live music, food and market stalls, wood chopping, sheep shearing, whip cracking, pony rides, reptile display, medieval battles, car and bike displays, art exhibition, a bake-off and (one of our faves!) the pie-eating competition!! And check this out….they are raffling off a new car!! There's a free shuttle bus into the festival as well - you just need to take the Marulan exit (just before weighing station) and follow the signs to the free shuttle bus which will take you to the festival.
WATCH THIS // Company at Mittagong Playhouse
We're excited about what's happening on stage this month at the Mittagong Playhouse. The Pigs Fly Productions musical, COMPANY was made famous on Broadway by Neil Patrick Harris and the legendary Patti LuPone. COMPANY is a romantic comedy about a 35 year old bachelor, his married friends, his three girlfriends and his inability to commit to a steady relationship. There's a stellar cast of local actors (some of whom have performed internationally - wow!) who'll have you rolling in the aisles. Click here for all performance dates and ticketing deets! Oh, and the opening night this Friday May 3 (tickets still available) is a fundraiser for the local branch of Can Assist, supporting local families dealing with cancer. What an amazing way to experience theatre, support local talent and raise funds for an important cause.
ENTER THIS // Pie FEST Best Pie Competition
Okay people, it’s time to channel your inner Martha and get baking! Pie FEST is just around the corner – we’re so excited! Who doesn’t love a weekend totally dedicated to pies??? – and the Best Pie Competition is one of the highlights of the event. Get your baking trays and rolling pin out and register your interest to enter your own pie masterpiece at www.bestpiecomp.com.au (and if you need any taste-testers, we’ll happily volunteer). Good luck!
PLAN THIS // Birch Wedding Showcase
Now if you liked it and put a ring on it, and you’re in the trenches of organising a wedding, head along to the Birch Wedding Showcase on Sunday May 5. This Moss Vale foodie fave is an ideal venue for intimate and unique weddings, and their food is out of this world. The team at Birch will have table and venue styling options for you to ooh and aah at. They can chat with you about anything from menu design, florals, seating plans and lots more. And of course, you HAVE to try the food. Book in for the tasting menu (if you do, you go in the draw to win a degustation dinner for two – nice!) and experience firsthand the delicious, gourmet creations that Birch are so well known for.
SEARCH FOR THIS // Where's Wally Fundraising Adventure
This awesome day out and fundraiser is being put together by Berrima District Rotary and looks like a whole lot of rollicking good fun! Put a team together, dress yourself and your vehicle up in your best Where’s Wally regalia and head out for a day of finding and deciphering clues that will lead you on your own treasure seeking adventure around the Southern Highlands. Fun!!
LEARN THIS // Wild Flora Studio Posy Workshop and Garden Tour
Attention flower lovers...Wild Flora Studio is running a gorgeous half-day workshop at the beautiful Milton Park Country House Hotel on Friday 10 May. You'll start the day with a stroll around the stunning Milton Park gardens with their head gardener (ask all the questions and learn all the secrets!) then get to work creating your very own gorgeous posy - yours to take home in a beautiful glass vase - all under the guidance of Nadine from Wild Flora Studio. Then finish this fab experience off with a super-delish Milton Park Champagne High Tea - that might just be all our favourite things tied up in a neat little bow! Click here for more info and to book your spot.
SUPPORT THIS // Stars of the Highlands Dance for Cancer
One of the biggest events on The Highlands social and fundraising calendar is the annual Stars of the Highlands event at Mittagong RSL. This is such a fun way to raise money for a good cause and support some brave locals who will be trippin’ (hopefully not tripping over!) the light fantastic. There are quite a few fundraising events being held across the region in the lead-up to the big night, so be sure to support these wonderful locals giving up their time by popping along to what you can, or you can donate online. Break a leg, guys!!
CELEBRATE THIS // Mother's Day in The Highlands
How amazing are our wonderful Mums? We love spoiling the special women in our life on Mother's Day and that includes the gorgeous grandmas, aunties and godmothers out there too. Check out our Guide to Mother's Day In The Highlands for some fabbo gift ideas and where to go to treat Mum to a delicious meal out and bubbles! Plus, here's a list of Mother's Day activities on around The Highlands. Totes got you covered!
PAINT THIS // Art Therapy Meditation
If life is a whole lotta hectic right now for you, why don’t you consider signing up for this art therapy meditation workshop? Local art therapist, Linda Burgess guides you through a relaxing meditation that helps you to tap into and gain a better understanding of what is going in your life and within yourself, then using art as the platform for expressing what you see and feel through that process. Sounds pretty amazing (and relaxing)!
FIND THIS // Fungi Forage with Wild Food Adventures
Fancy foraging for your own food? Well you can with Wild Food Adventures Fungi Forage on Saturday 11 May and Saturday 18 May. Forage in the forest with a local master forager – yep! There is such a thing! – then turn your findings into a feast by cooking up your delicious mushies which are then served up with sourdough. Seriously yum! Now this awesome day out appeals to out-of-towners, but there is also a local self-drive option too. Get in touch with the team at Wild Food Adventures for more info.
EAT THIS // Bertha's Meats
We are loving the new casual eatery in the Biota complex in Bowral. Bertha’s is all about delicious, simple barbecue. All meats are smoked and cooked over Redgum, and there are some great beers on tap. An awesome addition to the fab Highlands foodie scene.
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