You might visit for the horses, but there is so much more to explore if you're in the area for Dressage by the Sea. Over two weekends from February 20-28 the Willinga Park equestrian centre in Bawley Point is hosting its annual event. In between catching some of the best riding around you can also visit some of the best visitor spots on the South Coast. There's even a trivia night on February 23. Tickets for the event can be booked online at willingapark.com.au/events/dressage-by-the-sea.
The biennial Meroogal Women's Art Prize exhibition has been crafted around the themes "community, connection and impact" to shed a new light on the stories of people who live in Meroogal and the house's treasures. Works from the 40 finalists will be on display at the property until April 17. Book tickets at sydneylivingmuseums.com.au.
Arts in the Valley
This concert will have a global feel, spanning sounds from Eastern European to Brazil. The repertoire will tap into the ensemble of four woodwinds through composers such as Canteloube, Bartok, Stravinsky, Janacek, Jolivet, Villa-Lobos and Berger. Who needs to travel when you have this? Rustiques, Kangaroo Valley Village Hall, March 7, 11am. Tickets $50 plus booking fee from eventbrite.com.au
Clean Up Australia Day
Want to help remove litter in all its forms - takeaway coffee cups, food packaging, masks, handwipes - which pollute local parks, bushland, streets, waterways and beaches? Then sign up to take part in the Shoalhaven City Council's Clean-Up Australia Day events on March 7, March 2 (business) and March 5 (school's clean-up day). To register go to cleanup.org.au
For a celebration of harvest and food grown within 100km of Milton head to the market on Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 11.30am. Make sure to pack a carry bag. Milton Showground, 107 Croobyar Road, Milton
The 2021 Under The Southern Stars concert series will kick off in the Illawarra on April 30 with Bush, Cheap Trick and Stone Temple Pilots on the line-up. "Dream Police" hit-makers Cheap Trick will replace Live, who were unable to make the rescheduled dates. It's going to be a big night. WIN Entertainment Centre, tickets visit www.underthesouthernstars.com.au
Jervis Bay market
On the first Saturday of the month the twilight market at the Jervis Bay Maritime museum will give you the chance to relax, perhaps enjoy a glass of wine and the live music, fresh food and crafts. There's plenty for you to snap up, so bring a carry bag. March 6, 3pm-7pm, free entry. Jervis Bay Maritime Museum, Dent Street, Huskisson
Cook, chill chat
Are you keen to sharpen your cooking skills and meet new people? Cook Chill Chat could be for you. The new group will be hosted by Family Services Australia and will run for eight weeks from Thursday, February 11. There's no cost involved and child care minding is available (bookings essential). The classes will feature healthy and budget-friendly recipes and will run from 10am-12.30pm, lunch included. Book 0429 312 390 or Helen on 4283 8111.
For a celebration of harvest and food grown within 100km of Milton head to the market on Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 11.30am. You can meet the local makers, bakers and growers. Milton Showground, 107 Croobyar Road, Milton