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What’s On: Seven things to do in the Hunter 7 to 9 October

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While the rain is promising to dampen the final weekend of the September school holidays, it shouldn’t put a stop to your outdoor activities.

Grab a rain jacket, umbrella and possibly your gumboots and get out and about across our region, just don’t mention La Nina in any casual conversation.

Girls Day Out
Girls Day Out is on this Saturday.

GIRLS

Girls aged 6 to 16 will be trying their hands at a number of different sports as Newcastle Permanent presents this year’s annual Girls Day Out at Camp Shortland and Nobbys Beach on Saturday from 8am to 3pm. Forty-five-minute mini clinics will allow girls to test a selection of sports on offer, including surfing, soccer, touch football, and sailing – all run by female athletes at the top of their code.

ART

Hunter Street’s Blackstone Gallery Newcastle will launch the latest instalment from local artist Glenys Holmes as she showcases another year of life in Newcastle on canvas. From Nobbys to the Marina, from the beaches to the baths, the harbour to the streets of Cooks Hill, it will all be captured in colourful fun at an exhibition on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm.

Locals are invited to bring small objects that carry memories and personal stories to the Maitland Art Gallery where artist Luke Thurgate will produce large-scale drawings in an exhibition entitled The Maitland Archive on Friday between 10am and 5pm.

Five years in the making artist Marco Luccio presents Tales from The Greek in a collaboration with award-winning author John Hughes. Luccio and Hughes are exhibiting a collection of eight narrative adaptations of Greek myths and tragedies from 10am to 5pm on Friday.

FAMILY

The final Friday Fun Day will be held at the Wallsend Rontunda from 11am to 2pm on Saturday. Featuring superheroes, the little Scallywagz, games and prizes, as well as the opportunity to decorate your own cupcakes to eat. Wrap up the September school holidays with this family-friendly free event.  

FOOD

Twilight Fiesta Friday Wine and Chill will be held at Saddler’s Creek Wines in Pokolbin from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, featuring live music and a delicious casual feed.

MARKETS

Carrington: Nash & Dash Collective is hosting an Artisan Market at the Carrington Fruit Factory on Cowper Street this Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The event will include stalls selling fashion, homewares, ecofriendly products, and skincare products all made locally.

Newcastle: The Homegrown Markets is on again this Saturday at The Station from 10am to 2pm.

Speers Point: Lake Macquarie Farmers Market will be stocked with plenty of fresh produce on offer at Speers Point Park from 7am to 1pm on Saturday.

Redhead: Find a pre-loved or hand-made bargain at the Made & Found October Market Day at Beach Road in Redhead from 10am to 2pm on Sunday. The popular day out will also include live music, food and kids activities, open to all family members, including the four-legged ones.

Miss Porter's dress
Miss Porter’s House Museum.

HISTORY

Ella and Hazel Porter – from one of the region’s oldest European families, the Porters – will have their childhood tinplate toys, dolls, schoolbooks and other childhood memorabilia on display at Miss Porter’s House Museum during an Open Day on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

Located on King Street, Miss Porter’s House is the only National Trust property in Newcastle, built by the family in 1909 and still home to the possessions, stencilled ceilings, historic fernery and period garden of the Porter family.

WALK

Red Nose will be hosting Walk to Remember on Sunday from 10am to noon. Bereaved families and friends will take a walk at Speers Point Park to mark the steps their little ones never got to take. The event will mark the death of children or babies, with families welcome to add to a bunting displaying the name of their baby to take home after the event. A coffee van and food truck will be available to buy lunch. All welcome.

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