A regular event listings page to let you know what’s happening, when, and where, across the Hunter Region. It also features in our print magazine.
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest lights display is spreading holiday magic to families and friends until 26 January 2021. This year, Hunter Valley Gardens (Broke Road, Pokolbin) has a range of newly created, immersive displays that will dazzle guests with lights they’ve never seen before. Entry from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Event closes at 10.30pm. Visit huntervalleygardens.com.au for more information.
Take a walk on the dark side – revisit the scenes of the crimes. Retrace the steps of Maitland’s most infamous and be seduced by the murky world of the past. Relive a time that proves truth is far stranger than fiction. The tour will meet and begin at the seated area in front of the Maitland train station (Station Street side) at 7.30pm on Friday 20 November. Limited spaces are available. Cost: $34 adult, $16 child. Go to darkstories.com.au/maitland for more information.
COME AND TRY DRAGON BOATING:
A session will take place on Saturday 21 November at 34 Tully Street, Carrington. Arrive at 8am for an 8.30am start. All fitness levels; ages 18+. Sessions will operate under a full COVID safety plan and tracing. Contact [email protected] for more information or to register.
Don’t miss out on Miss Porter’s Christmas Stalls on the steps of Hamilton Uniting Church (150-152 Beaumont Street, Hamilton). Saturday 21 and 28 November from 9am to noon. Handmade gifts, preserves, and edible delights. The stalls will help raise funds for Miss Porter’s House Museum.
COMMUNITY WORKING BEE:
Visitors and members are welcome to attend the monthly working bee at the Warners Bay Community Garden. Please wear protective clothing, covered shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Tools are provided. Saturday 21 November from 9am to 1pm at Bunya Park (corner Cherry Road and Macquarie Drive, Eleebana).
Australia will tackle Argentina in round four of the Tri Nations rugby union series at McDonald Jones Stadium (294 Turton Road, Broadmeadow) on Saturday 21 November from 7.45pm. Go to ticketmaster.com.au to buy tickets.
OPERA HUNTER SHOWCASE:
Features soloists in their spectacular best performing a range of popular songs, from Wagner, Mascagni, Rossini, Bizet, Rogers, Hammerstein, John Adams, Dolly Parton and more. Saturday 21 November from 2pm at Rathmines Theatre (25 Stilling Street, Rathmines). Tickets cost $25. Email [email protected] for more information.
Kicking off a weeklong celebration of non-stop comedy with an amazing line-up of the festival’s funniest international stars, homegrown legends, and next-big-things in comedy. The festival will go across the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November. Shows will take place at 3pm and 8pm on both days at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Visit civictheatrenewcastle.com.au or call 4929 1977 to book tickets.
BELMONT CWA MARKET DAY:
A Belmont Country Women’s Association Market Day will take place on Thursday 26 November at Lake Macquarie Square (Wilsons Road, Mount Hutton) from 8.30am to 1pm. A variety of handicrafts, suitable for Christmas giving and homemade goods, including cakes, slices, jams, pickles, and chutneys will be on sale. This will be the last market for 2020. Monies raised help the CWA fund local projects, as well as help families affected by drought and other natural disasters.
EAST MAITLAND CWA MARKET DAY:
The East Maitland Branch of the Country Women’s Association will host a market day at 162 George Street, East Maitland, on Saturday 28 November from 8am to 1pm. Cakes, slices, jams, plants, and handicrafts on sale.
BOOMERANG BAGS WORKSHOP:
Enjoy this regular sewing bee, making reusable shopping bags, produce bags, and more. Boomerang Bags Lake Macquarie and the Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group have teamed up to run these friendly sewing bees. Help cut out patterns, sew bags together, and learn how to make reusable bags at home. The next workshop is on Sunday 29 November at Cardiff North Public School Library (59 Wansbeck Valley Road, Cardiff) from 10am to 2pm.
CHRISTMAS YOUTH MARKET:
Come support local creative youth and have a relaxing afternoon enjoying live music and shopping a variety of products, including candles, scrunchies, artwork, jewellery and a whole lot more of amazing products in a COVIDSafe environment. The Christmas market will take place on Saturday 5 December at Hunter Multicultural Community Hall (2A Platt Street, Waratah) from 1pm to 5pm. Free entry and parking. Email [email protected] if you are aged between 12 and 25 and want to book a free stall.
Two special harbour cruises have been organised aboard the historic William the Fourth vessel on Sunday 6 December. There will be a Christmas morning tea, where participants can relax and enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise, departing from 10.30am. A scenic two-hour cruise on Newcastle harbour is then set to depart at 1.30pm. Visit williamthefourth.org, call 0419 241 731 or email [email protected] for more information.
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