Celebrate Australia's proud heritage and pioneering spirit as well as our unique quirkiness at Henley-on-Mersey. Try your hand at archery, whip cracking, sheaf tossing, egg throwing and the hurdy-gurdy. A major feature of our program are the annual ferret races; this involves the ferrets being placed in one end of a long pipe that traverses up and down and around hay bales, with the first ferret to fully emerge from the pipe at the other end being the winner. There are quite some anxious moments when the ferret starts to emerge, the crowd roars with delight and the ferret promptly retreats back into the pipe. There are also the delightful ferret fashion parade and ferret 'chocolate wheel' in which visitors and participants can win great prizes.

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Hobart International

Hobart International will see some of the world's top female tennis players compete. Tasmania's premier international women"s sporting event is about to get even bigger. The Hobart International annually attracts some of the best tennis talent in the world who flock to the Domain Tennis Centre to fine-tune their preparations for the Australian Open. Many of the world's top women tennis players have played the Hobart International including Dinara Safina and Serena Williams, and Australian number one Sam Stosur. If you want to sample the finest in women"s tennis action at Tasmania finest tennis venue then mark down Hobart International, this January ... Your ticket to the world. At the same time you can take part in the Hobart Summer Festival events or head out to explore the island. January is a busy time in Tasmania so make sure you book ahead.

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Il Divo Timeless Tour 2018 at Derwent Entertainment Centre

Il Divo are the world's leading classical crossover quartet and have announced the Australian dates for their Timeless Tour 2018. They have performed in front of the world’s great and good – from President Barack Obama to Her Majesty the Queen. They have shared microphones with fellow superstars from Barbara Streisand to Celine Dion and their sell-out concerts have been attended by Hollywood icons including Tom Hanks and Robert De Niro. Il Divo celebrate over 30 million album sales worldwide, with more than 50 number one records, 160 Gold and Platinum sales awards in 33 countries and four world tours. They sold out their Amor and Pasion dates in 2016, delivering hit songs such as Regresa a mi (Unbreak My Heart), The Time Of Our Lives, Si voy a perderte (Don’t Wanna Lose You) and I Believe In You (Je crois en toi). The group comprises of Switzerland’s Urs Bühler, Spaniard Carlos Marín, the USA’s David Millers, and Sébastien Izambard of France. Il Divo came together following an international search that discovered the fabulous four. They have released seven studio albums to date and they’re about to release another album soon in Australia. Don’t miss them in Hobart this October!

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International Mural Fest

Be captivated by this truly unique art competition that is held annually in Sheffield - the 'Town of Murals', in Tasmania, Australia, commencing Easter Sunday every year. Mural Fest is so successful that similar events are now happening interstate and overseas. Each year, nine artists compete in a public 'paint off' from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Each artist must complete a mural, using the same poem as their mural's central theme and inspiration. The competition is conducted in Mural Park - Sheffield's very own outdoor art gallery in the heart of Tasmania's Cradle Mountain touring region. Mural Fest tests artistic skill, endurance and tenacity: artists are subjected to public scrutiny, time constraints and sometimes unpredictable Tasmanian weather! The Redwater Creek Railway steam train will be running during this time. Check the website for details.

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Jan Sedivka Camarata in Concert

Dr. Susan Collins returns with her highly regarded Conservatorium student string ensemble, including three former local players; James Anderson, Rex Guest and Victoria Hall, two of whom started music through Burnie’s Stringalong program. A great treat for lovers of fine classical music.

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Jokers Comedy Club

Jokers Comedy Club is Hobart's only weekly comedy club. Every Wednesday night Jokers presents a brilliant line-up of stand-up comedians to keep you laughing through the week. Regularly featuring famous-name headline comedians and hilarious support acts from Tasmania, interstate and overseas - you are guaranteed a great night out! The venue is located at the Polish Corner. The room is comfortable, the drinks are cheap and the laughs will be huge. Why not try one of the extensive range of excellent Polish beers? Be welcomed by our friendly staff then sit back, relax and prepare to be entertained. The venue is wheelchair accessible and parking near the door is available.

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Key Grip – Blues That Swings

It's gotta swing! Hailing from Canberra, Key Grip lives and breathes by that motto and at our gigs, we give you a range of classic swingin' blues styles from West Coast Jump to Ray Charles, to soul-infused Aretha Franklin tunes, and even a few of our own songs. Touring Tasmania in October to support some new recordings, we'd love to see you at the Republic and get you on your feet. Featuring the ever soulful and unique vocals of Angela Lount and some of the fines bluesicians around. We won't disappoint!

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Kids in the Park

Enjoy Easter Sunday afternoon with the kids in your life at Burnie Park at this free family event. There’s fun for children of all ages. Meet the Easter Bunny and the princesses, try the giant downhill slide or hunt for Easter eggs. Enjoy a jam tart and the madness at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or join the charge at Battle Castle to free the damsel in distress. Fairies are invited to wear their best costumes and wings and join in the fairy dance lessons, play the magical harp, listen to fairy tales or make a new wand with the Fairy Queen. Meet some real bunnies or join the circus skills workshop with Slipstream Circus. You may be happy for your children to run off some chocolate fueled energy while you relax at the sound shell with a coffee to the tunes of Kitty Martini and the Tom Collins Trio. This is a sensational way to spend Easter Sunday afternoon for people with children.

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King Island Long Table Festival

This is a three- day event that showcases what King Island has to offer from paddock to plate. Including, farm tours, kitchen sessions and a four- hour long lunch. An extremely popular event for food lovers of beef, game meats, cheese, seafood and local fruit and vegetables. Everything is gathered and you get to meet with the growers and then help along with the chefs, before enjoying a long, lazy lunch. Many activities are included in a rare opportunity to see 'behind the scenes' of life on King Island. Definitely worth the trip. We hope you will join us this year and enjoy the wonderful friendship, hospitality and food King Island has to offer.

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Burnie Shines Featured Artist for 2018, is Kit Hiller from Mt Hicks. Nationally recognized, Kit is one of Tasmania’s great living artists. This exhibition is a collection of her work, including some paintings, from her recent St Petersburg exhibition.

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