It’s fabulous to see so many brilliant events popping up – especially around Mothers’ Day!! The most popular homegrown musical ever – Priscilla – is on again and this time it’s at nearby Chatswood. There’s also a specialty market, an Italian cooking day, high tea and more!!

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Concourse Chatswood

If you love the nightlife and shaking your groove thing, get set for the glittering, dazzling, super fun, loud, proud musical version of Australia’s much-loved Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Already the most successful homegrown musical, it’s now returning to the Sydney stage for a limited season at The Concourse, Chatswood from May 15 to 30. And you don’t want to miss it!!

Presented by award-winning Sydney group, Willoughby Theatre Company, the iconic glitter-filled show features a dazzling array of more than 1000 costume pieces, almost 100 headdresses and a nonstop parade of some of the biggest dance-floor hits of all time including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Go West, Colour My World, Boogie Wonderland, I Love the Nightlife, Finally, a medley of Kylie classics and many more.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

At the heart of the show’s design is the big pink bus. It’s a showstopping set piece that has had audiences internationally cheering as it makes its grand entrance, and this production is set to bring the iconic moment to life in a fresh and stunning way.

Director Adam Haynes says: “We can’t wait for audiences to see the spectacular designs, including the bus which we know will create an impact from the moment it arrives on the Concourse stage.”

When: May 15 to 30
Where: The Concourse Chatswood
Cost: unior 17 & Under $56.50; Adult 18 & Over $67.50; Pensioner/Student $62.50

Chatswood World Fair Trade Market 

For all your ethical gift needs this Mother’s Day, look no further than the Chatswood World Fair Trade Market. You’ll find unique, hand-made items from all over the world right in the heart of Chatswood. Everything from jewellery, carvings, soaps, textiles, toys, olive oil, incense and more. All products are ethically sourced and come with an inspirational story behind them – just ask!  When you buy Fair Trade products you are supporting trade justice for the artisans, workers and farmers who make these products. Be part of the global movement that allows your money to make a difference. 

When: Saturday May 8
Where: The Concourse Chatswood
Cost: Free

Sundays in the Garden and Mother’s Day High Tea Eryldene 

Treat the special mother, grandmother, partner or aunt in your life to a delicious high tea this Mother’s Day. The beautiful heritage gardens at Eryldene play host to this Mother’s Day affair – but with limited tickets you must be quick (choose from one of three sittings: 11am, 1pm and 3pm.)  It’s three cheers for mum with three tiers of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches served with hot tea or coffee. Regarded as Australia’s home of the Camellia (symbolising love, affection, and admiration – how perfect for Mother’s Day), Eryldene is an early twentieth century house and garden in Gordon you simply must visit. 

When: Sunday May 9, 11am-3pm
Where: Eryldene Historic House and Garden (17 McIntosh Street Gordon)
Cost: $15-$40

St Ives Show

The much-loved St Ives Show is turning 100 years old in 2021! For two days on the third weekend of May you can be part of the centenary celebrations. Enjoy the staple crowd favourites – wood-chopping, pony rides and live music, plus some modern-day additions like the Jetpack Man! The kids will love the amusement rides, petting zoo, and carnival entertainment – and who doesn’t love a piping hot donut fresh from the food truck?

When: Saturday May 15 to Sunday May 16
Where: St Ives Showground
Cost: $10 General Admission, Kids under 12 free.

A Day In Italy 

While we can’t exactly have a Roman holiday right now, we can experience a day of authentic Italian cuisine, music, cooking classes and revelry at Norths Cammeray. YouTube sensation, Vincenzo Prosperi, is the creator of Vincenzo’s Plate – teaching the world one video recipe at a time. He will host this exclusive event for one day only. Start with Aperol Spritz on arrival, dive into a live pasta making class (no doubt he will remind you not to put cream in carbonara), enjoy live Italian music and settle into a 3 course Italian lunch designed by the man himself. Bellissimo! 

When:  Sunday May 30, 12pm
Where: Norths Cammeray
Cost: $135

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