Kimberly Webb of Willow Vale, Gold Coast, participated in the Northern NSW Hack Championship, Lismore showground earlier this year. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / Northern Star
Kimberly Webb of Willow Vale, Gold Coast, participated in the Northern NSW Hack Championship, Lismore showground earlier this year. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Top ten things to do and markets

1. Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival: Now in its sixth year, this festival showcases local restaurants, cottage industries, wineries and breweries. Taste a fine selection of signature dishes and food products by talented chefs and food producers. Entertainment by Rachael Beck and Wendy Matthews. At the Ballina Jockey Club, tomorrow Sunday from 11am to 5pm. $20. Bus details and more info at the event's website

Kimberly Webb of Willow Vale, Gold Coast participating in the Northern NSW Hack Championship, Lismore showground.
Kimberly Webb of Willow Vale, Gold Coast participating in the Northern NSW Hack Championship, Lismore showground. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

2. Lismore Winter Hack Show: The Inaugural Wendy's Lismore Winter Hack Show will consist of three rings with led, ridden and hunter classes, and will be recognised as a qualifier for upcoming Royal Shows. At the Lismore Showgrounds, Alexandria Parade, Lismore, tomorrow Sunday from 9am. 

3. Ophelia Thinks Harder: Following performances in Lismore, the producers of the 2013 Vagina Monologues present Ophelia Thinks Harder by Jean Betts and William Shakespeare, directed by Sharon Brodie. This feminist rewrite of Hamlet explores what would have happened in Denmark if Ophelia had thought a bit more deeply and realised that she could live without Hamlet after all. Betts uses many Shakespearean quotes to feed and complicate the story and the play has an all female cast. Whilst billed as a comedy, this play also stands as a more serious piece of theatre interwoven with great comic and dramatic twists. At the Nimbin Bush Theatre, 2 Blue Knob Rd, Nimbin, today at 5.30pm and tomorrow Sunday at 2pm. $20.  

4. Dangerously Poetic Poetry, Painting, and Songs: Dangerously Poetic Press invites the public to a free cultural afternoon. Enjoy poetry on the theme of Ordinary Miracles read by the poets from the anthology Salt Breezes. Elizabeth Lord will sing some of her originals songs. Come early to peruse the galleries and sample the treats at the cafe. At the Tweed River Arts Gallery, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah tomorrow Sunday , the 12th of July from 2pm - 3.30pm. Free event. 

5. Chamber Philarmonia Cologne: The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, one of Germany's finest ensembles, is performing a special concert in Murwillumbah. The program will include excerpts from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky. At the All Saints Anglican Church in Murwillumbah tomorrow from 7.30pm. Bookings from the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre, Cnr Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street, Murwillumbah, or 1800 674 414 2. 

6. Sunday Family Fun Day at Summerland House Farm: Live music, blackboard menu and water park action / kids activities. This week features Gary Collocott and Clown School in the Park ($5 per child). Summerland House Farm is a beautiful working macadamia, avocado and hydroponic tomato farm - tractor tours, mini golf, licensed cafe, water spray park, regional food emporium, gift shop and nursery. Open 7 days 9am-4pm. At Summerland House Farm, 253 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, tomorrow Sunday from noon to 3pm. 

7. Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago: 500 miles on foot, bunk beds, blisters, stunning landscapes, hot searing sun, freezing cold rain, unexpected romance, you are guaranteed to experience all of this and more when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago. Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago chronicles the life-altering journey of six modern-day pilgrims as they cope with blisters, exhaustion, loneliness, and self-doubt on their Camino de Santiago trek. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, tomorrow Sunday at 2.30pm and 5.30pm. $15 

8. The Fear of Darkness screening and Q and A: An exclusive pre-release screening of The Fear of Darkness, a gripping psychological thriller that explores one of our most basic fears. The screening will be followed by an audience Q and A with director Chris Fitchett and producer Mark Overett. This is an exclusive pre release screening by Northern Rivers Screenworks. At the Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth St, Lismore, on Wednesday, July 15, from 6.30pm. $17.

9. The 26-Storey Treehouse: Please note, this show is sold out. Andy and Terry had such a ball with their crash-landing entry into the world of theatre with The 13-Storey Treehouse last year, they're back for more. Adapted by award-winning playwright and author Richard Tulloch and under the creative guidance of Norpa's artistic director Julian Louis, The 26-Storey Treehouse is brought to you by the same team that delivered the smash-hit stage version of The 13-Storey Treehouse. For ages 6 and over, and adults. At the Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore, on Friday, July 17 from 6pm as part of the Norpa Season 2015. 

10. Gabriel and Cecilia: The local siblings became popular nation-wide in last year's The Voice TV singing contest after captivating the judges and audiences with their incredibly unique approach to music, insisting they play their own instruments in all performances. They recently released their new album Vessels. At the Cherry Street Sports Club, Ballina, on Friday, July 17 from 7.30pm. Free event. For more details visit their website

Markets:

2nd Saturday: 

  •  Alstonville Farmers Market, Bugden Ln car park, Alstonville.
  •  Lismore Farmers Market, Lismore Showground.
  •  Uki Farmers market every Saturday morning.
  •  Blue Knob Farmers Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock.
  •  Bangalow Farmers Market, 1 Byron St, Bangalow
  •  Byron Flea Market, Gilmore Cr, Byron Bay
  •  Woodburn Market, Riverside Park, Woodburn
  •  Kingscliff Beachside Market, Marine Pde, Kingscliff 
  •  Maclean Community Market, main car park near the Maclean Bowling Club.

2nd Sunday: 

  •  The Plateau Markets, Alstonville Showgrounds, from 8am.
  •  Blue Knob Farmers Market, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock.
  •  Lennox Head Market, Pacific Pde, Lake Ainsworth.
  •  The Channon Craft Market, Coronation Park, The Channon.
  •  Missingham Bridge Markets, Missingham Bridge, Kingsford Dr, Ballina  

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