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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

OUT AND ABOUT: 5 things to do this weekend

Bored or looking for something to do this weekend?

Well, here’s a few tips courtesy of the Newcastle Weekly.

WHAT: Newcastle Roller Derby League

WHERE: Newcastle Showground Exhibition Centre

WHEN: Saturday 15 May

TIME: 4.30pm

Newcastle Roller Derby League will make its long-awaited return to the track on Saturday 15 May at the Newcastle Showgrounds Exhibition Centre, Broadmeadow. The Wizard of Oz-themed event will be the first conducted by the organisation since its regular home team season was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic and will feature an opening game by Newcastle Junior Roller Derby. Tickets for the event are available via Eventbrite or may be purchased at the door on the day. Doors will be open at 4.30pm and the first game will start at 5pm.

WHAT: Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival

WHERE: King Street, Raymond Terrace

WHEN: Saturday 15 May

TIME: 10am-3pm

The Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace is excited to bring the Step Back Into King Street Heritage Festival for people of all ages to dress for the occasion and join the organisation for a day of fun with something for everyone. William the Fourth, replica of the first coastal steamship, will conduct tours on the Hunter River, soldiers in period uniform from 40th Regiment of Foot will fire a cannon and there will be musket fire during the day. Other highlights include City of Maitland Pipes and Drums Band, Hunter School of Performing Arts Marching Band, Irrawang High School Drum Corps, Voyage of Irish Dance, bush poets, mock wedding, penny farthing, town crier, old style games, period farm machinery, vintage wares, Iron Lung, horse and cart rides, plenty of food and much more.

WHAT: Snitch’s Gaol Exploration

WHERE: Maitland Gaol

WHEN: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May

TIME: 10am-3pm

To celebrate the 2021 New South Wales Heritage Festival, Maitland Gaol will host the children’s self-guided audio tour Snitch’s Gaol Exploration this weekend. To tie in with the theme, Our Heritage for the Future, the premises will unveil the nine characters from Snitch’s Gaol Exploration. So, kids will be front and centre for one weekend only, with free entry for them across the Saturday and Sunday. Children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-booking tickets is encouraged online at www.maitlandgaol.com.au/heritagefestival to ensure the site remains a COVIDSafe environment. Admission for adults is $19 per person and a concession ticket is $13.

WHAT: Toronto Lions Markets

WHERE: Sunday 16 May

WHEN: Lions Park, Toronto

TIME: 8am-1pm

Up to 200 stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, garden plants and ornaments, tools and bric-a-brac, pet food and accessories, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records, variety of hot foods and espresso coffee, with ATM facilities also available. The markets will take place at Lions Park, Main Road, Toronto, on Sunday between 8am and 1pm. There’ll be ample free parking, with all money raised going to local charities.

WHAT: Happy Sad Man

WHERE: Event Cinemas Kotara

WHEN: Sunday 16 May

TIME: 4pm-6.30pm

Event Cinemas Kotara will premiere the documentary movie, Happy Sad Man, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and special guests on Sunday afternoon. Happy Sad Man is a charming and uplifting insight into the lives of five very different Australian men. Touching, funny and tender, this must-see documentary directed by Genevieve Bailey is set to shine a light on and change the dialogue around masculinity and mental health today. So, be part of the conversation. The film is rated M (contains mild infrequent coarse language).

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