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OUT AND ABOUT: Five 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: The Gum Ball

WHERE: Dashville, Lower Belford

WHEN: Friday 16 April to Sunday 18 April

TIME: From 2pm (16 April) to noon (18 April)

One of the Hunter Valley’s most cherished cultural escapes, The Gum Ball, is back in 2021 for three days of musical discovery over the school holidays, 16 to 18 April. Staged among idyllic bushland at Belford, the family-friendly jamboree has survived many hurdles over the years. The Gum Ball brings a selection of the best musical acts from around Australia and showcases them in an intimate setting one-by-one, alongside comedy, pro skateboarding, markets, workshops, camping and more. This year’s line-up includes Harts Plays Hendrix, The Beautiful Girls, Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Even, Melody Pool, Lost Ragas, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, iOTA, King Stingray, Coda Chroma, Tori Forsyth, Murray Cook’s Soul Movers, Lachlan X. Morris, Jones The Cat, Palomino, Buddy Dingo, Eagle Eye Jones, The Barren Spinster, The Stained Daisies, Dave Wells, Burger Joint, Johnston City, Darren ‘D.C.’ Cross and Losty And Big Red Cap. Limited tickets are on sale now through Humanitix, with booking fees going to help Nutrition for Aussie School Kids.

Harts Plays Hendrix

WHAT: Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League

WHERE: Throughout the region

WHEN: Saturday 17 April and Sunday 18 April

TIME: 3pm

Round four of the Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League’s NSWRL Denton Cup takes place this weekend, with a number of exciting matches on the cards. On 17 April, competition leaders Cessnock Goannas face Lakes United Seagulls at Cahill Oval, the Macquarie Scorpions meet the Wyong Roos at Lyall Peacock Oval, the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs host the Western Suburbs Rosellas at the Kurri Kurri Sportsground and the Maitland Pickers go head-to-head with the South Newcastle Lions at Maitland Sportsground. On Sunday 18 April, the Central Newcastle Butcher Boys tackle The Entrance Tigers at St John’s Oval, Charlestown. All matches start at 3pm.

Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League. Photo: Trish Everden

WHAT: Mambo-Wanda Wetlands Conservation Group free walking tours

WHERE: Park/reserve off Port Stephens Drive (opposite Mambo)

WHEN: Sunday 18 April

TIME: 8am, 9am and 10.15am

The Mambo-Wanda Wetlands Conservation Group will host short walking tours, with expert guides, on Sunday 18 April. There are five free tours – at 8am, at 9am and 10.15am – and one is a children’s nature walk. There will also be information tables covering flora and fauna. Soft drinks and fruit for the children, plus a mobile coffee van serving great coffee and pastries, is available, too. Local Euks group Bayz will entertain everyone between 10am and 11.30am. The venue is the park/reserve off Port Stephens Drive facing Mambo. Official address 141a Port Stephens Drive. To book a space, phone 0437 132 394 or email [email protected].

Mambo-Wanda Wetlands

WHAT: Orienteering

WHERE: Elrington, near Cessnock

WHEN: Sunday 18 April

TIME: 9.30am

A map, compass, checkpoints and unfamiliar terrain are all components of a sport that tests the brain. Whether you run, walk or ride a bike, orienteering is a challenging adventure that is sure to excite. The Scandinavian phenomenon is gaining some traction in the Hunter with more than 100 people regularly gathering to participate in the sport. “It’s one of the biggest unknown sporting events in the world,” orienteer Geoff Peel said. The Newcastle Orienteering Club’s next event will be at Elrington, near Cessnock, on Sunday 18 April, followed by an event at Wallsend on Wednesday 21 April. Go to newcastleorienteering.asn.au/ for more information about the Newcastle Orienteering Club and its events.

Newcastle Orienteering Club

WHAT: Big, Bold and Bright

WHERE: Hunter Artisan Gallery and Café, East Maitland

WHEN: April

TIME: All day

Branxton artist Kim Lundy is hosting her very first solo exhibition – at the Hunter Artisan Gallery and Café at 48 Melbourne Street, East Maitland – throughout the month of April. When Kim paints with hot pink, she’s sharing a bit of her bigness, her boldness and her brightness, hence the exhibit’s theme “Big, Bold and Bright”. For more information regarding this exhibition, head to the website www.thehunterartisangalleryandcafe.com

Branxton artist Kim Lundy
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