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Five Ways to Spend a Rainy Canberra Weekend

Chloe Lester

As we shiver into this weekend of subzero mornings and frosty days, many of us find ourselves hibernating indoors and creating a permanent indent on our cozy couches (no one says that’s a bad thing, right?).

While curling up by the heater with a mug of hot choccy and Netflix on standby may sound like the perfect way to spend a chilly weekend, there is a wonderful array of ‘cool’ activities and events to experience when it’s cold out.

Here is the first instalment of how to spend a cold Canberra day, but remember to whip out those winter woollies!

COMFORT FOOD

INDULGE IN CANBERRA’S BEST WINTRY FOOD DESTINATIONS

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Photo by Michelle Brotohusodo

There’s nothing better than a stomach full of a hot food on a rainy day so it’s time to find a plate of something delicious.

For drinking in front of fireplaces, nothing beats Monster Kitchen and Bar’s retro circular fireplace and Grazing and Pialligo Estate both boast the chic combination of fireplaces and paddock-to-plate menus.

Want more? Let our guide to cosy winter food show you to the best place to indulge in something warm. Read it here.

INDULGE IN SOME RETAIL THERAPY

OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS

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There are few better ways to spend a Sunday than at the Old Bus Depot Markets. Whether you’re after some of Dream Cuisine’s amazing macarons, fresh local produce, or want to pick up some unique jewellery or clothing, you can spend hours browsing the 200+ stalls.

On every Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Old Bus Depot Markets building on Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Old Bus Depot Markets | Wentworth Avenue, Kingston | www.obdm.com.au

WHEN BORED, PLAY BOARDGAMES!

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Photography by Tim Bean

Who doesn’t love dusting off the ol’ board game on a chilly winter day? Guild is the perfect place to escape the cold, unleash your inner geek and dive into an epic board game session with family and friends.

The cozy restaurant has an extensive library with over 300 classic and new board games including Risk and Carcassonne to the new Games of Thrones board game, as well as a delicious selection of share plates and wood fired pizza (playing Monopoly for four hours makes you hungry) and not to mention the fully stocked bar which now features a hot mulled cider for those especially chilly days!

Guild | 6257 2727 | Lower Ground, Bailey’s Arcade, 150 London Circuit, Canberra City | facebook.com/guildhouse.canberra

BE INSPIRED

MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRACY

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The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is home to some of Canberra’s most insightful exhibitions and interactive experiences, aiming to challenge and inspire.

Open 9am-5pm daily, the Face Up Exhibition celebrates Australia’s vibrant democratic culture and the power of your voice within it, where visitors are able to project their self-portrait onto the walls of King’s Hall, showing the value of Australian democracy.

We are also reminded that small acts and courageous voices can effect political change through the Memories of the Struggle Exhibition, which honours the voices, memories and spirit of Australians, South Africans and the thousands of anti-apartheid supporters who worked to bring racial segregation in South Africa to an end. It is considered to be one of the greatest social movements of the 20th century, and it’s important role in Australia’s political past makes it a must see exhibition.

18 King George Terrace| Open daily 9am – 5pm | moadoph.gov.au/whats-on

‘FILMS ON FILM’

THE NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE

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The heritage inspired Arc Theatre at the National Film and Sound Archive, will also be showing a rare collection of 35mm cinematic treasures over the cooler months.

Film buffs can get their fix from a diverse selection of surprising, classic and experimental films, screening every Sunday from 2pm.

National Film and Sound Archive | McCoy Circuit, Acton | www.nfsa.gov.au

Feature image by Michelle Brotohusodo

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Chloe Lester

Chloe has joined the HerCanberra team as a writing intern and has recently completed her double-degree in Graphic Design and Advertising Communications. She works as a freelance Graphic Designer and is passionate about Canberra’s growing arts culture and all things creative. She is a lover of travel and chai tea, and when she’s not by her laptop creating eclectic designs, you will find her perusing the sweets section at cafes, stalking minimalist interiors on Pinterest and exploring one of Canberra’s beautiful nature walks. More about the Author