TOP 5: Weekend tips for the Bega district

Comedian Daniel Townes
Comedian Daniel Townes

TAKE five in the Bega Valley this weekend with our top activity tips.

1. Comedy Showcase at Club Sapphire

THE Sydney Comedy Festival has hand-picked the funniest and freshest acts of Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event and squeezed them into one hilarious night of world-class comedy.

Highlights from the Showcase will include the low-fi com-rock superstars Smart Casual, the fast-paced humour of Cam Knight, the rocket-fuelled stage presence of Nikki Britton, Luke Heggie’s dry, deadpan comedy, writer for Triple M Brisbane Sam Campbell, and stand up trouper Greg Sullivan.

Guiding you through this killer line-up will be host Daniel Townes, a hilarious comic who is guaranteed to keep the jokes firing throughout the night. 

The showcase will be at Club Sapphire, Merimbula, Friday night from 8.30pm, and tickets are $30.

Candy McVeity and her band Kitty Kat and the Band of Thieves

Candy McVeity and her band Kitty Kat and the Band of Thieves

2. Candy and her Band of Thieves

BEGA Valley musician Candy McVeity has a busy weekend ahead with three gigs to do. 

First up, Friday night she plays the Dromedary Hotel, Central Tilba, with Kitty Kat and the Band of Thieves.  

The five-piece band plays a repertoire of songs in the styles of jazz, swing, punk and soul.

She will then be at Club Sapphire Ezy Lounge, Merimbula, on Saturday from 7.30pm, and at Bermagui Beach Hotel on Sunday from 4pm.  

Round-the-world pilot Ryan Campbell.

Round-the-world pilot Ryan Campbell.

3. Ryan Campbell book launch

SOLO round-the-world pilot Ryan Campbell is in Bega on Saturday to launch his new book cataloguing his incredible world record-breaking journey.

The former Merimbula local, Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year and now Pride of Australia Medal nominee will be sharing his inspirational story at Candelo Books from 11am.

In Born to Fly, Ryan recounts his remarkable journey from a boy with a dream to becoming, at age 19, the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft.

Drawing on the advice of renowned aviators such as Dick Smith, Jim Hazelton and mentor Ken Evers, Ryan fundraised and planned with great determination, before finally setting out on his thrilling 70-day odyssey, landing 34 times in 15 countries and covering more than 24,000 nautical miles.

Bemboka Markets organisers Kim Downs (left) and Jeanie Goodhew.

Bemboka Markets organisers Kim Downs (left) and Jeanie Goodhew.

4. Second bite at Bemboka Market

AFTER the great success of last month’s inaugural Bemboka Market (read more here), organisers are hoping for bigger and better this weekend.

Community groups and small home-based business sell everything from children’s clothes to hand-made chocolates. 

Plants, handicrafts, skincare, candles, soaps, fruit and veg, gourmet cupcakes, local meat and even a hairdresser were also part of the inaugural market.

Can’t wait to see who’s there on Saturday!

The market runs from 9am until 1pm at the Bemboka Memorial Hall.

The Candelo-Bemboka Panthers are having a successful return to Group 16.

The Candelo-Bemboka Panthers are having a successful return to Group 16.

5. Candelo-Bemboka v Tathra Group 16 rugby league

A PLACE in history will be up for grabs when the Candelo-Bemboka Panthers and Tathra Sea Eagles clash in Group 16 reserve grade at Bemboka on Sunday.

The now-famous 'Bemboka to the Beach' football has surfaced, and will be awarded to the winning side along with the Terry Dickson Men of League Shield.

The game kicks off at 1pm on Sunday at Colombo Park, Bemboka.

Read more about the Panthers’ success in their comeback season here, and don’t miss Tuesday’s Tathra Times for the fascinating history of the old ball!