The Hills Council Summer Series: Convicts, sand sculpting and movies in one place

Those were the days: Convict Footprints is a theatre production company producing “living history” theatre at convict sites around Australia.There’s plenty to do in The Hills these school holidays.The Hills Council’s Summer Series means all can see convicts, sand sculpting and movies under the stars at Bella Vista Farm.
Nanjing Night Net

Youcan travel back in time to the colonial days at Bella Vista Farm Park these school holidays.

The award-winning Convict Footprints team is bringing its unique theatre in the wild show to The Hills for two weeks only.

The play, written by Steven Hopley and directed by Jerry Retford, brings the story of the early years of Bella Vista Farm to life.

It is part of The Hills Council’s Summer Series, which includes Australia Day activities, the Sydney Hills International Sand Sculpting exhibitionA Friend In Me – Celebrating Disney.Pixar, and an outdoor cinema — all at Bella Vista Farm Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Click here to see photos of the sand sculptures.

Intricate masterpieces: Holley and Amelia Manks with one of the sand sculptures at Bella Vista Farm Park on Monday. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Previous events in the series have included the inaugural Sydney Hills Christmas Sky Show and Sydney Hills New Year’s Eve Sky Show, on Castle Hill Main Street, and performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Crucible (also at Bella Vista Farm Park).

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller and directed by Damien Ryan, was staged entirely in the circa-1870 barn on the 200-year-old farm property, and audiences followed actors across the farm during William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Entry to Convict Footprints at the Farm is $45, $30 (concession), $95 (family), but is free for children under 9.

■ Details: On the corner of Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norwest Boulevarde, Bella Vista, 5pm-7.30pm, January 9-11 and 16-18. Details: ‘Convict Footprints’Facebook page or http://summerseries南京夜网.au.

Teninternational and Australian sculptors worked for more than 1500 hours to transform over 450 tonnes of sand into 17 large-scale masterpieces as part of the inaugural Sydney Hills International Sand Sculpting exhibition.

Visitors can journey through magical sand pathways to view iconic Disney.Pixar friendships including Mater and Lightning Mcqueen from Cars, and Buzz and Woody from Toy Story.

Favourites from Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., Up, Ratatouille, Wall.E, The Incredibles, Brave and A Bug’s Life are also on display.

There are also sculpting workshops, sand art, sand bottles, a giant sandpit, kids’ activity sheet and an interactive Lego play zone.

On weekends there is also roving entertainment and free face painting.

Entry is $14 ($11 concession), $6 (ages 3-12), and is free for children under 3.

■ 9am to 6pm and 9am to 7pm (check at http://summerseries南京夜网.au) until January 26.

■ Click here to view our photo gallery.

Grab a picnic blanket and settle in for a free family movie under the stars at Bella Vista Farm Park. All of the movies being shown are Disney.Pixar movies.

They are: Wall-E (tonight, Thursday), Toy Story 2 (January 9), Monsters Inc (January 10), Brave (January 15), Toy Story 3 (January 16) and Monsters University (January 17). Screenings are from 8.30pm. Food and drinks are available to buy from 7pm. This is an alcohol-free event.

Click here for more on The Hills Council’s upcoming Australia Day activities.

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