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Top Things to do this Winter in Ryde

Published on 04 July 2019

The weather is cool, the days are short and while many people prefer to stay indoors during the winter months there are still plenty of great activities going on in the City of Ryde during this time of the year for the whole community to enjoy.

1. Join up, join in at Ryde Libraries

Winter is the perfect time to read that book you have been meaning to get to and becoming a member of Ryde Library Service doesn’t just give you access to thousands of books, but also a number of services to make you glad to be indoors.

This includes access to free Wi-Fi and PCs, a 24/7 online library, children’s programs and ancestry research tools. And just last month, The Hive Digital Media Lab opened, giving library members free access to creative software for design, 3D modelling, web and app development, as well as image, audio and video editing software.

So what are you waiting for? Become a member by visiting any one of our local library branches in Ryde, Eastwood, Gladesville, West Ryde and North Ryde. For more information, visit our Library page.

Ryde Libraries
Sign up for a free membership to receive access to great resources

2. Turn that junk into a masterpiece

You may not know it, but your growing collection of household recycling items could actually be a magnificent piece of art.

To prove it, this winter the City of Ryde is staging its Sustainable Waste to Art Prize (commonly known as SWAP). This is one of the more unique events held by Council in which we ask members of the community to express their creativity by turning their repurposed rubbish and recovered materials into works of art.

Applications for this year’s prize are now open, and will close on Monday 12 August. Winners will be announced at a special gallery opening event at See Street Gallery in Meadowbank on 18 September. This event will also mark the opening of the SWAP exhibition, which will showcase around 80 of the entries for this year’s award up until Thursday 3 October.

To submit your entry or find our more, visit the Sustainable Waste to Art Prize page.  

Sustainable Waste to Art Prize
Sustainable Waste to Art Prize

3. Surfin' Sundays at the RALC

Getting in the water may not be the first thing that springs to mind in the depths of winter, but the activities taking place at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre (RALC) will change your thinking.

One of the highlights is Surfin’ Sunday, which is a great day out for the whole family. Running on the last Sunday of each month, families can purchase a Family pass (two adults and three children or one adult and four children) for a discounted rate of $20.

This pass gives all recipients access to the RALC’s giant water inflatable course, 40-metre wave pool, junior and giant water slides and much more. Even better, all the pools at RALC are heated. For more information, visit the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre page.

Surfin' Sunday

Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

4. Thursdays with Venture Cafe

Renowned Italian author Pietro Aretino once wrote, “Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius”. For those that think Mr Aretino was on to something, then the new Venture Café Sydney, located in the heart of Macquarie Park, is just for you! 

Each Thursday Venture Café Sydney delivers a weekly program to connect people from Sydney’s budding innovation and start-up community. It creates intentional spaces for individuals and organisations to gather, connect and build relationships.

Venture Cafe

Venture Café, Macquarie Park

5. Take advantage of our first-class sporting facilties

Gone are the days where winter meant regular cancelled sporting fixtures and closed sporting fields.

Due to a commitment from the City of Ryde to provide high quality outdoor sporting facilities all year round, there are now two synthetic playing fields at Christie Parkin Macquarie Park, and one at North Ryde’s ELS Hall Park

Each of these playing fields offer consistent playing surfaces 365 days of the year, even during the coldest and wettest periods. So grab some friends and check out these first-class facilities this winter.

Soccer ball

Check out our first-class sporting facilities

Last updated on 4 July 2019