Hunter Valley Wine Country

Events in and around the Wollombi Valley

There are a range of events held throughout the Wollombi Valley each year, from Markets and Art Exhibitions, to Charity Golf Days and Fun Runs. The major events each year are: Sculpture in the Vineyards, which runs from early November for at least a month; the Wollombi Valley Country Fair on the first weekend in November; and the Wollombi Markets which are held the Monday of the long weekends at Easter, June and October, and Australia Day. Why not visit Hunter Valley Wine Country today!

If you would like your local Event added to the calendar, please email details to webmaster@wollombivalleytourism.com.au

April 2014

Inside Art @ Wollombi Cultural Centre


Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 - Sunday, 04 May 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Cultural Centre, Wollombi NSW

OPENING:  drinks and nibbles at 6pm on Good Friday 18th April 2014 at the Wollombi Cultural Centre.

This is the 10th annual exhibition of Inside Art, featuring a wide range of art works by inmates of Cessnock Correctional Centre and others.

This popular Wollombi event provides creative motivation and encouragement for inmates and raises self-esteem. It also fosters a constructive approach to re-entry to society and to reducing re-offending. Most works will be for sale. Come and enjoy the variety and originality of this Art from the Inside.

EXHIBITION:  open over the Easter Long Weekend, and continuing until Sunday 4th May 2014 from 10am to 4pm, weekends and Public Holidays.

Find out more ~

Inside Art @ Wollombi Cultural Centre

Wollombi Easter Market


Date: Monday, 21 April 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Saleyards, Wollombi NSW

Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and much more.

This market attracts thousands of visitors to the beautiful countryside of the Wollombi Valley in the lower Hunter. Wollombi is just over an hour from the outskirts of Sydney and Newcastle and 30 minutes from Cessnock.

As each market is run by volunteers from a different local community group, they benefit a cross section of this small rural community, including the Wollombi Bush Fire Brigade and Wollombi Public School P&C.

Find out more ~

Wollombi Easter Market

Anzac Day Dawn Service


Date: Friday, 25 April 2014
Time: 5:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Anzac Reserve, Wollombi NSW

You are invited to join the local community at the Anzac Reserve Dawn Service, to commemorate this historical day. The Dawn Service is followed by a hearty country breakfast at the Wollombi Tavern.

Anzac Day Dawn Service

Stonehurst Jazz in the Grove


Date: Saturday, 26 April 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Stonehurst Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek NSW

Great Music, Wine, Food & Company!

Enjoy live picnic jazz amongst the poplar grove accompanied with award-winning Stonehurst wines! Jiri’s Harlem Swing | Paul Furniss’s San Francisco Jazz Band Red Hot Papas | Carol Ralph

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014 Where: Stonehurst Cedar Creek

Time: 11am – 5pm

Cost: $25 Members (+1) $30 Friends

Bring your rugs, cushions, low chairs & hampers. Food will be available for purchase & also Ploughman’s platters available for order prior. Alcohol will be available for purchase (no BYO). All weather event. Exclusive wine specials available on the day! Numbers are limited – reserve your place now!

RSVP: Friday 11th April, by phoning 02 4998 1576 or email. Download the flyer.

Stonehurst Jazz in the Grove

May 2014

A talk by author of "The People Smuggler"


Date: Saturday, 03 May 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Panino Restaurant, Wollombi NSW

A public talk by Robin de Crespigny Local Wollombi identity, filmmaker and author of ‘THE PEOPLE SMUGGLER

2pm for talk + Q&A Saturday 3rd May @ Panino Restaurant, Wollombi

The People Smuggler tells the true story of an Iraqi refugee, Ali Al Janabi, who became a people smuggler to save his family and ultimately came to be seen, not as the heinous criminal the government had hoped for, but as the “Oskar Schindler of Asia”.

Come along with your questions and hear Robin speak about Ali, the book, and how and why she came to the project.

To avoid disappointment please RSVP to: wollombitalks@hotmail.com

A talk by author of "The People Smuggler"

Valley Artists presents "Educating Rita"


Date: Friday, 09 May 2014 - Saturday, 17 May 2014
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Laguna Hall, Laguna NSW

In May, Wollombi’s Valley Artists Inc. is proud to present Educating Rita, the stage comedy by Willy Russell made familiar to many through the Oscar-nominated movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

Tickets

$25 ($20 conc) are available from Wollombi General Store & Great Northern Trading Post, or call 4998 3419 or email boxoffice@valleyartists.org

*Special Lunch & Show Package:

On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11 , Valley Artists is also offering a special lunch & show package in conjunction with Laguna’s popular performance venue and restaurant/bar Great Northern Trading Post. The show starts at 3pm. A great way to celebrate the day with family or spend a leisurely afternoon with friends! Cost $40 lunch & show. Bookings essential as above.

Educating Rita is set in the 80’s in a northern English university and traces the powerful story of a woman’s journey of learning. Rita is a young hairdresser who seeks escape from the routine of her job and social life, enrolling in an Open University English Literature course. Her tutor is Frank Bryant, a jaded, middle-aged academic with a fondness for the bottle. Over the course of a year these two beautifully drawn characters have a profound effect on one another. The roles are being filled by two very talented locals. Cath Patterson, who sings regularly with the Central Coast’s women’s harmony group Coastal a Cappella, makes her acting debut as Rita. Frank Bryant is played by VA stalwart, Alan Glover. Alan is a renowned Hunter Valley stand-up comedian who also works in television, film and radio and is a regular on the national festival circuit.

Find out more or download the flyer ~

Valley Artists presents "Educating Rita"

Biodynamic Workshop


Date: Saturday, 24 May 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, Broke NSW

Krinklewood Vineyard hosts this fantastic introductory Biodynamic Workshop in May each year. The workshop introduces participants to practical aspects of biodynamic farming and gardening.  Led by highly experienced biodynamic experts, Hamish Mackay and John Priestly, participants learn the philosophy, theory and ‘how-to’ of biodynamics. Operating biodynamically for more than 10 years and fully certified biodynamic, Krinklewood is the ideal host venue.

At this informal, practical workshop, participants are able to fill and bury the cow horns, get hands on with compost making and creating the cow-pat-pit. Participants will also see the flow-form in action creating compost tea and biodynamic preparations to spray over the vineyard and nurture the soil biology.

$135 per person or $210 per couple. Includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea. Email Carla for more information.

Find out more ~

Biodynamic Workshop

St Michael's Trivia Night


Date: Saturday, 24 May 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Laguna Hall, Laguna NSW

Saturday 24th May 2014 – Laguna Hall – 7pm (7.30pm start)

It’s back – St Michael’s night of trivia and fun! Great prizes to be won! Sharpen your wits, sort the wine and nibbles!

Tables of x 8 persons; gather your friends or simply join in. BYO drinks and nibbles. Light supper provided at interval.

Price: $25 per person

Book by: 17th May 2014

Bookings at Wollombi General Store commencing February courtesy of Sally and Steve 4998 3230

 

St Michael's Trivia Night

June 2014

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month


Date: Sunday, 01 June 2014 - Monday, 30 June 2014
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: ,

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month is a month-long celebration of the region’s unique culture of fine wine and food.

Throughout the month of June, visitors can take part in a series of intimate themed activities that are sure to delight and inspire. Our Winter Warmer Series will have guests cosying up by the fire for supreme indulgences while our Winemaker’s Table Series will allow dining up close and personal with iconic Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs. The Edible Experience will have guests creating their own magic in the kitchen and interacting with some of the best gastronomic names using delicious local produce.

And of course, no trip to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a visit to a local winery and sampling a few of the world-class wines from Australia’s most historic family wine region.

View the Program or the Online Guide ~

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month

Wollombi Queen's Birthday Market


Date: Monday, 09 June 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Saleyards, Wollombi NSW

Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and much more.

This market attracts thousands of visitors to the beautiful countryside of the Wollombi Valley in the lower Hunter. Wollombi is just over an hour from the outskirts of Sydney and Newcastle and 30 minutes from Cessnock.

As each market is run by volunteers from a different local community group, they benefit a cross section of this small rural community, including the Wollombi Bush Fire Brigade and Wollombi Public School P&C.

Find out more ~

Wollombi Queen's Birthday Market

September 2014

Wollombi Wild Ride


Date: Saturday, 06 September 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi NSW

An adventurous mountain bike ride through some of the most picturesque countryside in Wollombi in the Lower Hunter Valley. Race is in 3 categories, 15 km, 30km and 60km.

The race compound and registration area will be in the grounds of the Wollombi Tavern. From there riders will marshal for their starts out the back gate and into the park on Yango Creek Rd. Just before the race riders will marshal onto the road and start heading south along Yango Creek Rd. All courses start and end here, with the finish being a right hand turn into the grounds of the Tavern to the finish arch. The Wild 15 course is out and back and the Wild 30 & 60 are both looped courses with a small amount of doubling up on the way back. There have been some great off road additions to the course via use of private property along last years course. Please note there are no road closures on the main tracks and normal road rules apply when using the roadways. We do not expect much traffic and a traffic management plan will be in place.

ENTRIES OPEN 1 MAY 2014.

Find out more ~

Wollombi Wild Ride

Wollombi Music Festival


Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location: Wollombi Music Festival, Wollombi NSW

MUSIC ON 2 STAGES – MARKETS – FOOD – CAMPING – WORKSHOPS

KIDSFEST – STREET PERFORMERS – THE BIG TOP – AFTER PARTY

We’re returning for our 5th year & are currently taking artist applications – go to our FB page for more details!

Now in it’s 5th year, Wollombi Music Festival is a day & night of great Australian music, awesome markets, fantastic food & heaps of creative surprises.

Located 2 minutes outside the historic village of Wollombi, at 2758 Wollombi Rd (next to Wollombi Wines) in a field looking up into the mountains – just 1.5 hrs from Sydney, 1 hr from Newcastle & the Central Coast.

Find out more ~

Wollombi Music Festival

October 2014

Wollombi Labour Day Market


Date: Monday, 06 October 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Saleyards, Wollombi NSW

Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and much more.

This market attracts thousands of visitors to the beautiful countryside of the Wollombi Valley in the lower Hunter. Wollombi is just over an hour from the outskirts of Sydney and Newcastle and 30 minutes from Cessnock.

As each market is run by volunteers from a different local community group, they benefit a cross section of this small rural community, including the Wollombi Bush Fire Brigade and Wollombi Public School P&C.

Find out more ~

Wollombi Labour Day Market

November 2014

Wollombi Small Farms Fair


Date: Saturday, 01 November 2014 - Sunday, 02 November 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi village, Wollombi NSW

There are a huge range of activities for the whole family, from the Mower Mardi Gras and Small Farms Trade Show, to the Scarecrow Competition and Artisan Food Showcase. Wine tasting and food stalls, local produce, arts and crafts stalls, street and musical entertainment, kids animal farm, Wollombi Valley Lantern Parade, Wollombi Endeavour Museum Open Day and the Wollombi Tavern Woodchop.

Find out more ~

Wollombi Small Farms Fair

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