Events in and around Wollombi, Hunter Valley

There are a range of events held around Wollombi each year, from Markets and Art Exhibitions, to Charity Golf Days and Fun Runs. The major events each year are:

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July 2014

Art Exhibition - Julia Francis


Date: Saturday, 19 July 2014 - Sunday, 27 July 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Cultural Centre, Wollombi NSW

Julia is a renowned local artist with an international background. Studied at West England College of Art Bristol and Taunton College of Art. Her first showing was at The Royal Easter Show in Somerset 1957. She progressed to Brighton Teachers College, where she acquired an arts teaching diploma from London. Since Julia’s arrival in Australia she has continued working as an artist, showing in galleries in Brisbane and Sydney. Julia is continuing to explore painting techniques and is constantly refining her new, innovative and free-flowing painting technique, so these latest works are visually sensational.

OPENING: Saturday 19 July at 3pm. All welcome.

EXHIBITION: Open weekends 10am – 4pm, from 19 – 27 July 2014.

Find out more about the Wollombi Cultural Centre ~

Art Exhibition - Julia Francis

Harry Hookey @ GNTP


Date: Friday, 25 July 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

We’re more than a little fond of Harry Hookey round these parts and are delighted to have him back gracing our gorgeous new stage.

Harry has been rather busy of late. In 2013 he spent several months touring and busking overseas and generally living the life of a travelling musician. 2014 has seen him back home and on the Foggy Mountain Jam bandwagon, as they take this wonderful show to regional centres around Australia. In addition there has been a new album and tour and so with so much going on, so we are very much looking forward to welcoming Harry and his band back to our little corner of the world.

This wonderful night will once again be complimented by Rosa’s amazing food (available from 6pm) and one of the finest bars this side of anywhere.

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Harry Hookey @ GNTP

Murder Mystery Night @ GNTP


Date: Saturday, 26 July 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

Hosted by Hunter Valley Getabout, our first Murder Mystery Night is sure to be an hilarious night out, full of intrigue and more than the odd belly laugh.

Your personalised Murder Mystery package includes a Murder Mystery storyline, complete with character, clues and a mystery assassin. You are encouraged to dress up in character as we set the scene, giving tantalising clues throughout the evening.

Your ticket is $75 and includes a delicious three course meal from Rosa’s kitchen and your individual character details. Why not get a group together and join us for something a little different!

Bookings are essential through Hunter Valley Getabout – contact Jo Potter or Wendy Wallace at Hunter Valley Getabout at wollombigetabout@gmail.com.

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Murder Mystery Night @ GNTP

Gareth Jay @ Wollombi Tavern


Date: Sunday, 27 July 2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Tavern, Wollombi NSW

Join us for the first of our Sunday Arvo’s @ Wollombi Tavern featuring the very talented Gareth Jay.

Performing with live looping, intricate guitar, complex vocals and harmonica, Gareth performs a range of styles including originals and covers.

He has supported Diesel at Lizotte’s, played Tamworth Country Music Festival, Adelaide Fringe & more & has an intimate passion for blues and acoustic music with influences from Albert King, Elliott Smith, Donovan, Carol King, The Beatles & Dr John.

See you on Sunday July 27!

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Gareth Jay @ Wollombi Tavern

August 2014

A Girl's A Gun Duo @ GNTP


Date: Friday, 01 August 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

The last time A Girl’s A Gun graced the Laguna stage we were blown away by some seriously strong vocals from lead singer Lucia “Chi” Neville.

A Girl’s a Gun is a Sydney-based rock and roll band, with a sound coming out of the same Southern Rock soup that most likely influenced the Stones while they were busy influencing The Black Crowes: sexy, fuzzy, and full of blues.

In duo mode when they stop by to blow us away, you can look forward to a night of great music, with the usual wonderful accompaniments you’ve come to expect from GNTP… awesome food, a well stocked bar and great company.

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A Girl's A Gun Duo @ GNTP

Art Exhibition - 'Other Lives'


Date: Saturday, 02 August 2014 - Sunday, 10 August 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Cultural Centre, Wollombi NSW

Catherine Craig’s latest delightful exhibition features drawings, paintings and sewings from the past year revealing secrets from the forest.

OPENING: Celebratory drinks Saturday 2 August from 4-6pm. All welcome.

EXHIBITION: Open weekends 10am – 4pm, from 2-10 August 2014.

Find out more about the Wollombi Cultural Centre ~

Art Exhibition - 'Other Lives'

Soda ~ Dance Party @ GNTP


Date: Friday, 08 August 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

We’ve waited a long time for this one Lagunatics and we’re pretty overdue for a dance party round these parts.

Delighted to have SODA heading out to Laguna in August. SODA is a multi-instrumental electronic dance act comprising of two musicians seamlessly combining Live instruments with DJ samples, beats and bass lines. Since bursting onto the electronic dance scene, Soda have already formulated a sound unique only to themselves with there roots firmly grounded in all things Funk.

This is going to be quite frankly awesome. Wear your dancing shoes and your funky pants. See you on the dance floor!

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Soda ~ Dance Party @ GNTP

Aboriginal Overnight Cultural Camp


Date: Saturday, 09 August 2014 - Sunday, 10 August 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Cultural Centre, Wollombi NSW

Join us on a 2 or 3 day camp at some of our culturally significant sites.

Our camps are ideal for people looking to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional NSW Aboriginal lore and culture.

Join in on cultural activities including:

  • Guided visits to culturally significant sites including twilight stories;
  • Participate in traditional dance, song and ochre workshops and join in on our sunset Corroboree;
  • Learn traditional campfire cooking methods and share in a feast cooked on the coals;
  • Bush walking and knowledge sharing about bush foods and medicines;

2 day camps are priced at $300 per person. This includes all camping equipment, meals and cultural activities.

Find out more about Ngurra Bu, email Jocelyn, or phone 02 4998 3488.

Aboriginal Overnight Cultural Camp

Wollombi Cattle Sales


Date: Saturday, 09 August 2014
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Saleyards, Wollombi NSW

Come along and watch the action at the monthly Wollombi Cattle Sale – 1pm on the second Saturday each month.

Wollombi Cattle Sales

Historic Ghost Tour


Date: Saturday, 09 August 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Wollombi village, Wollombi NSW

Come and experience Wollombi after dark. Wollombi is filled with historic sites rich in convict relics and early settler stories dating back to the 1800?s, almost every building has a ghost story waiting to be told. Come along and join Renata Daniels (from Newcastle Ghost Tours) well known medium/psychic and our local historians as they walk back in time through Wollombi Village. Enjoy stories of the PAST with a cuppa and a scrumptious treat at the Brook.

Joining this tour you will be donating to Wollombi’s Historical Society and the local churches.

Cost $80 pp includes GST. Bookings essential – please phone 0437 977 798 or 0439 453 806 or email.

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Historic Ghost Tour

The Alternative 'City to Surf'


Date: Sunday, 10 August 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Laguna Hall, Laguna NSW

The Alternative ‘CITY TO SURF’Starting time: 11am sharp

Distance from 1 to 14km, stop whenever you wish. Walk, run or jog for free! Followed by BYO Picnic Lunch. Certificate for all competitors.

A FEW TIPS

  • Start training, a little each day is better than a lot once a week
  • Wear comfortable clothes, it is not a fashion parade
  • Shoes should be worn in and comfortable, expensive is not necessarily better than cheaper or old one
  • Bring a water bottle
  • It is an enter at own risk, all care, no responsibility event and all participants will be required to sign an indemnity.

No City, No Surf, No Entry Fee, No Traffic, No parking problems

The Alternative 'City to Surf'

Bill Chambers with Robyn Ludwick @ GNTP


Date: Friday, 15 August 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

We’re more than a little excited about this show Lagunatics as it promises to be a cracker, featuring local fave Bill Chambers and his special guest from Texas, Robyn Ludwick gracing our little stage at GNTP.

There’s much more to Bill Chambers than just being Kasey’s dad. The patriarch of the Chambers Clan is considered by some to be Australia’s premier alt-country guitarist. He can be a master of delicate picking on Dobro or Lap Steel and a demon on Slide. Along with producing albums for the likes of Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Bec Willis (co-produced with Kasey) and the Dead Ringer Band, Bill has still found time to write most of the songs on his albums – the ARIA nominated ‘Sleeping With The Blues’ , ‘Frozen Ground’ and his most recent, ‘Drifting South’.

So as you can imagine Lagunatics, we’re over the moon to have these two on our stage at Laguna. Local favourite Andy Cash and a couple of his very special friends will be on hand to warm us all up for the main event as well. Don’t miss it!

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Bill Chambers with Robyn Ludwick @ GNTP

Art Exhibition - 'Symposium'


Date: Saturday, 16 August 2014 - Sunday, 31 August 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Wollombi Cultural Centre, Wollombi NSW

“Symposium” is an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by fifteen artists of the Valley New Art Group including works which are original, imaginative and diverse in style and media. Abstract, figurative and mixed media art, ranging in size from intimate to large scale, are represented.

As senior artist, Stephen James explains, “Symposium is inspired by the philosopher, Plato’s classical text ‘The Symposium’. Socrates meets with fellow Athenians for a drinking party or symposium to discuss philosophy and life. It is not that different to our regular art group gatherings each Monday, though coffee not wine, is the more usual beverage.”

The Valley New Art Group are artists who bring to their art rich life experience from other fields and professions. They have all come to their art in adulthood and are pursuing their passion.

Among the fifteen exhibiting artists, are well-known mosaic artist, Mary Francis showing a new side to her talent, Cessnock artist Gary Hamilton and a host of artists whose names are not so familiar, but whose work speak for themselves.

OPENING NIGHT: Friday 15 August from 6pm. All welcome.

EXHIBITION: Open weekends 10am – 4pm, from 16-31 August.

Find out more about the Wollombi Cultural Centre ~

Art Exhibition - 'Symposium'

Laguna Market Day


Date: Sunday, 17 August 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

Our lovely Laguna Markets are on every third Sunday of the month in our carpark area from 9am.

With no site fee for stallholders, the Laguna Markets at the Great Northern Trading Post are an opportunity for locals, providores & artisans to showcase their wares in a gorgeous country market. If you are interested in becoming a part of the market, please call GNTP on 4998 8244.

Our permanent resident Bare NaturesKin will be open as well. We offer fabulous bacon & egg rolls and our always great coffee for brekky, as you meander through the stalls. Hang around for live music in the afternoon.

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Laguna Market Day

23rd Laguna Art Exhibition - OPENING NIGHT


Date: Friday, 29 August 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Laguna Hall, Laguna NSW

The Laguna Public Art Show has developed a reputation for show casing the enormous talent in the Valley. The exhibition displays an eclectic mix of art mediums including oils, watercolours, acrylics, crayon and pencil; sculptures in wood, steel and sandstone; pottery; handmade bush furniture; etchings; photography; leadlight; jewellery, quilts and clothing.

Proceeds from the event go to furthering the education experience of students at Laguna Public School. Funds from previous shows have gone towards the installation of some large outdoor musical instruments to stimulate creative and dramatic play, visits from children’s authors, art workshops with local artists and additional programs to enhance the student’s chess and film making skills.

Join us for Opening Night!

WHEN: Friday 29 August 2014. Exhibition opening 7pm.
ENTRY: $15 includes access to the Chill Lounge, a commemorative glass, a complimentary glass of wine, a catalogue and entry to the exhibition. Due to NSW liquor laws, please note that no person under 18 will be admitted.
DINNER & ENTRY: $42 per person. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Sittings at 6pm and 7.30pm. Bookings close Monday 25 August.

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23rd Laguna Art Exhibition - OPENING NIGHT

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