5 on the fly: NSW Seniors Festival

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by Sarah Halfpenny

The annual NSW Seniors Festival is largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with over 500,000 people attending each year. Featuring a range of free or low-cost events and activities such as concerts, workshops, health and wellness activities, and cultural experiences, it aims to celebrate and support seniors in the community. Here’s just a small taster of what’s on offer in 2023…

  1. Premier’s Gala Concerts

These free star-studded concerts – think Kate Ceberano, Ross Wilson and Rodger Corser – are held in the Aware Super Theatre at ICC Sydney in Darling Harbour on 2 & 3 February. If you can’t get there in-person or miss out on a ticket you can register for the live stream.

  1. NSW Seniors Festival Expo

Also held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Thursday 2 & Friday 3 February is this free and fun expo. Get the latest on travel, lifestyle, home, health, gardening and more and enjoy games, giveaways, workshops and performances.

  1. Bee farm tour and honey tasting

Get buzzy, taste some honey and have a tour of a working apiary (honey farm) in this unique one-hour tour in Bowral. Hear about the fascinating life cycle of these amazing and vital pollinators at the beautiful site overlooking Mt. Gibraltar.

  1. Orange Seniors Festival – Guided Bird Walk

The Friends of the Orange Botanic Gardens are putting on a free guided bird walk on Sunday 5 February. It’s wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy the fresh air and outdoor recreation as they learn about the birdlife in the area.

  1. Edible and easy gardening at North Ryde

Sure, it’s Valentine’s Day, but why not fall in love with the joys of edible gardening this Tuesday 14 February? Spend a couple of relaxing hours learning the basics of growing herbs in a hanging basket (with all materials supplied) from qualified horticulturalist Meredith Kirton.

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