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What to do this wintery weekend

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With winter well and truly on its way, here’s some inspiration on how you can beat the cold this weekend.

Something Sweet

Credit: Tim Bean Photography.

Have a sweet tooth and fancy staying at home this weekend? Why not get creative in the kitchen and try out some different recipes? Not only will you get to make some great food, but you’ll also be able to wear your jammies and slippers all day without feeling guilty.

For bakers, try this banana bread. This treat will make your house smell so good it will be hard to resist eating the whole loaf at once.

This adults-only hot chocolate is perfect for anyone wanting to invite friends over for a girl’s night in.

And for those looking to take the cooking outdoors, get the whole family involved with these campfire recipes.

A Cosy Movie

Rug up this weekend at the cinema. New release Top End Wedding is the perfect movie for anyone looking for something romantic and heart-warming.

This movie explores what it means to be family, alongside showcasing the natural beauty of Australia.

Read more here or check out session times for Dendy Canberra Centre here and Limelight Tuggeranong here.

Get Cultural

The Dressmaker Sarah Snook (Trudy), Hayley Magnus (Prudence), Amanda Woodhams (Nancy), Tracy Harvey (Lois) and Rebecca Gibney (Muriel). Photographer: Ben King.

One thing which can always take you away from the cold is art, and this weekend is no exception.

For the fashionista in us all, The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is on show at NSFA. This exclusive behind the scenes look at the AACTA award-winning costumes will quickly transport you to rural Australia in the 1920s. The exhibition is on until Sunday 18 August.

Blurring the lines of art and politics, onetoeight showcases Canberra based artist, Alison Alder’s reinterpretations of the portraits of the first eight prime ministers of Australia. The room is covered in wallpaper which honours the wives of each prime minister, with the reimagined portraits sitting atop, challenging pre-conceived ideas that we may have held about each one. Find the exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

And for those wanting to be able to take the art home with them, the Nishi Gallery is hosting a One Day Ceramics Shop on Saturday 11 May. Open 11 am-4 pm, grab something handmade for you, or even a last-minute Mother’s Day gift.

For more inspiration for Mother’s Day, click here.

A Drive in the Country

Some Cafe, Collector. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

For those looking to leave Canberra for a country drive with the heater turned up, look no further than Collector. Only a 45-minute drive up the Federal Highway, this is the perfect destination for a day out.

Collector Wines is located only one minute off the highway. The cellar door is open 10 am-4 pm Thursday to Sunday and is the perfect location to enjoy their award-winning wine while sat next to their fireplace.

There is also the option of food at Some Café. Nailing the cosy country atmosphere, this café is the perfect option for those craving a hot coffee or lunch.

An Outdoor Exploration

If embracing the cold is more your style, a walk around the National Arboretum is the perfect option. The high vantage point provides a great view of the weather over the Brindabella Ranges, as well as the centre of Canberra. With plenty of different lookouts and walking trails in between the trees, there is something for all nature lovers.

And remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing, so don’t forget your gloves and coat, and for anyone looking for some extra warmth, hand warmers are a great option.

Click here for more outdoor places to explore.

Feature image: Tim Bean Photography

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