Newcastle Herald Weekend Planner, October 22-23, 2016


Pokolbin Pride Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley venues. Saturday events include: Bubbles, Lunch & Lucy Laqua at Peterson House; Special Tastings at Moorebank Vineyard & Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop; and Pokolbin Pride Party at Cypress Lakes Resort. Go online to for a list of events. 

BeerFest @ Hope Brewhouse 11am to 5pm, 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin. Celebrate Hope Brewhouse’s second birthday at BeerFest @ Hope. All Hope’s brews on tap, a beer masterclass, beer-matched meals and live music. Pre-sale tickets $49; tickets at the gate $60.

Kurri Kurri Community Festival 11am to 9pm, Rotary Park, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri (moving to Kurri Kurri Public School opposite Coles due to wet weather). Market stalls, entertainment, rides, a jumping castle, food, face painting, outdoor cinema screening Disney’s Zootopia.

Greater Toronto Spring Fair 9am to 3pm, The Boulevarde, Toronto Town Square and Toronto Foreshore. Displays, stalls, entertainment and activities. (Unfortunately cancelled due to wet weather).

Hunter Harvest 11am to 4pm, centre court on Level 1, Westfield Kotara. A collection of the Hunter’s acclaimed food and wine producers and a taste of what’s on offer this spring in the Hunter Valley. Seasonal tastings and samples as well as food and wine matching workshops and live cooking demonstrations.

Newcastle Road Transport Awareness Day – Newcastle Hunter Truck Day 10am to 5pm, Maitland Showground. In its 24th year Newcastle Road Transport Awareness Day will move from its former home in Newcastle to Maitland Showground to accommodate more entertainment, plenty of activities for the kids, lots of food options and a much larger truck show. Grand truck parade starts 9am; live music; pony rides, craft and face painting; display of the little big rigs (remote control trucks and tractors) by Frontline Hobbies; food trucks and charity BBQs run by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service volunteers. On rain, hail or shine.

Newcastle East Public School Bicentennial Fair 10am to 3pm, Newcastle East Public School, corner of Tyrrell and Brown streets in The Hill.  Market and food stalls; Megamania rides for kids; animal petting zoo; live entertainment; BBQ; yoga classes; raffles; auction; historical photo display celebrating 200 years of the school. Free entry with ATM available on site.

Peterson House Pop Up Shop Charlestown Square Centre Court.

2298 Community Garage Sale 7am to 2pm, 2a Platt Street, Waratah. 

Super Street Garage Sale 7am to 4pm, East Street, Warners Bay.  

Clarence Town River Country Hoedown 8am onwards, Clarence Town Reserve. The event will begin with a Bushman’s Breakfast at the Clarence Town School of Arts Hall at 8am which will include bush poetry and ballads, then move to the Clarence Town Reserve (football field in front of the pool) where there will be food and market stalls, a walk-up open mic and talent quest, country games and an evening concert starring Bill Chambers, Dean Ray and Sharna Burcher. Music workshops will be held at Clarence Town Bowling Club throughout the day. 

Mental Health Wellness Walk  Meet at Pacific Park, Newcastle, at 10am for a walk to Civic Park where there will be a festival celebrating mental wellness through music, art and exercise. Organised by ARAFMI Hunter, it is an opportunity for mental health service providers to connect with and promote the support available within the Hunter community. Plenty of fun activities for the kids; markets, entertainment; workshops and more.

Travel with Kidz Family Travel Expo 10am to 3pm, Wallsend Diggers. A free event with information about travelling with children. Lots of specials available on the day.

Biddabah Public School Twilight Fete 3pm to 7pm, Biddabah Public School, Medcalf Street, Warners Bay. Rides and amusements, market stalls, food, coffee, arts and craft, raffles and more. All proceeds go to the school. 

Singleton Relay for Life 4pm onwards, Pirtek Park, Singleton.

Dessert Comes First 7pm, Cardiff RSL Club. Inaugural fund-raising event to support the Jane McGrath Foundation.

Camping For Cancer Saturday and Sunday, Swansea Garden Lakeside Holiday Park. Games, competition, activities for all ages. Camp overnight or visit for the day.  


Family Fun Day 8am to noon, Wangi Wangi Public School. Held as part of the school’s centenary celebrations. Market stalls, games for the kids, rides and school memorabilia on display.

Fernleigh 15 8am to noon.  A 15-kilometre fun run on the Fernleigh Track as part of the Run NSW Fun Run Series. Track closed to all other traffic.

Marine Rescue Open Day 9am to 2pm, Lakeview Parade, Pelican. Marine Rescue and emergency services displays; food and drink; market stalls; entertainment; rides and raffles. 

The Upper Hunter Brick Show – A Lego Fan Event 9am to 2pm, St James Primary School, Muswellbrook. Lego displays and Lego for sale; raffle prizes, free play area for the kids. Held in conjunction with St James Primary School Muswellbrook Spring Fair. Entry is $5 each or $10 per family. All proceeds go to Muswellbrook Girl Guides.

Newcastle Walk 4 Brain Cancer 9.30am to 1pm, The Gardens Greyhound and Sporting Complex, 104 Sandgate Road, Birmingham Gardens. Walk to raise awareness and funds for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. There will lots to do including rides, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, food and drink, a BBQ, live entertainment, music and a raffle.

Barefoot Bowling 10am to 2pm, Cardiff Bowling Club. Fund-raiser for motor neurone disease by Cardiff 251 Fire Station and Warners Bay Lions Club. Family event, bowls supplied, raffles and competitions.

Lemon Jam Noon to 4pm, Henderson Park, Lemon Tree Passage. A free, all ages monthly music event held on the waterfront. 

Landcare’s Wangi Ridge Discovery Walking Tour Meet 8am at the the Jetty opposite Wangi Point Caravan park. Not suitable for young children.


The Radical Reels Adventure Film Tour will screen at Tower Cinemas in Newcastle for one night only on November 10. Australian Krystle Wright is an amazing adventure photographer and the film The Mysteries follows her four-year quest to capture an illusive shot of a BASE jumper mid-flight. Other films in the mix: two Canadian paraglider pilots on a 700-kilometre flight across the Canadian Rockies;  a climbing epic on Emily Harrington’s attempt to free climb the Golden Gate route on El Capitan; and a feature on one of the world’s best white-water kayakers and his attempt to paddle off Niagara Falls.  


Swansea Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea.

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines 

Singleton Farmer & General Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Singleton Showground. 

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, Lovedale. 

Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Tomaree Markets Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm, Nelson Bay Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.  

The Sunday Muster Artisan Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels Sheepskin Factory, Thornton. 

Port Stephens Markets Sunday, 9am to 1pm, run by Port Stephens Church of Christ, 2645 Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash. 

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground.

Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Hunter Street Organic Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle. 


Acrux Art Gallery Domestic Disruption. Until October 26. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Beach & Bush. Until October 23. 

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Soul Sisters by Vanessa Turton, Maureen Lindus and Diane Scorse. Until November 6.  

Gallery 139 Imbued. Until October 29.

Art Systems Wickham Sea Scrolls, an exhibition of scrolls to celebrate 50 years of print by 28 members of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.

Timeless Textiles Retrospective of Felt in Australia: Polly Stirling. Until November 6.

Newcastle Art Space Studio Artists Exhibition. Until October 30. 

Finite Gallery Caves Beach Open Art Prize. Until October 30. 

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Silvana Wirepa: Face’brook – a portrayal; Into The Mystic: Journeys into the artists of Warnarn; In The Round: Sculptures from the Max Watters Collection. Until October 30.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Art Express, until October 30. From Matter to Manner: The Sculpture of Paul Selwood, until November 6. Silence Equals Consent, Variations on Theme of Strings, Elizabeth Maxwell; Robert Brain: an Autobiographical Tapestry, until November 20. The Hospital, Robyn Werkhoven, until November 20.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass: Art Design Architecture; Research Through Design. Until November 6. 

The University Gallery Still Life in Yellow, Steel and Mandarins, by Dani Marti. Until November 12.

Newcastle Museum Humanoid Discovery. This highly interactive exhibition will take you on a revealing journey through the human body from the perspective of a visitor from outer space. You'll get to explore how the body’s systems and organs function – from breathing to digestion, skin and hair, even how your brain works.


Bugsy Malone Amusing musical written for young performers showing the rivalry between two gangster mobs in the 1920s. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday 2pm and 7pm, until November 5, plus 2pm Sunday on October 23.

Flat Spin An out-of-work actress is pursued by mysterious people when she is mistaken for the woman whose flat she is minding; comedy-thriller by Alan Ayckbourn. Club 71, St Peter’s Anglican Hall, Hamilton. Dinner and show 7pm Saturdays, until October 29; and October 23 and October 28.

Hecuba Reimagined Contemporary reworking by Carl Caulfield of Euripides’ classic Greek play shows nothing has changed in 2500 years in the way war impacts on people; drama with dark comedy. Stray Dogs Theatre, Civic Playhouse. Saturday, 2pm and 8pm.

Kindly Keep it Covered A “dead” man returns to his wife’s home to collect an insurance payout; comedy by Dave Freeman. Newcastle G and S Players Comedy Club, St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Friday and Saturday at 7pm until November 12; show-only matinees, October 30 and November 6, at 2pm.

Manning the Fort A look at the forgotten roles of women who “manned” the observation posts at Fort Scratchley in World War II, watching for enemy vessels. Tantrum Youth Arts, Fort Scratchley. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8pm, until October 29.

Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing A ’60s showgirl in Kings Cross finds herself pursued by police; transfer of a comedy by Drew Fairley from Sydney’s The Old 505 Theatre to Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, as part of Hunter Valley Summer Theatre. Saturday 2.30pm and 8pm, plus Sunday 2.30pm.

Other Desert Cities A family Christmas get-together becomes increasingly more chaotic as more skeletons are revealed in Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Saturday 8pm.

Queen Bette Actress Jeanette Cronin tells the story of the life and screen career of four times married Hollywood legend Bette Davis. Hunter Valley Summer Theatre, at Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin. Wednesday to Saturday 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm, until November 6.

Space Dragon Adventure A dysfunctional space crew crash-land on a mysterious planet that houses a dragon while searching for a cure for a deadly virus; comedy with music by Jack Madden and Imogen Bilinsky. Newcastle University Drama Society, at the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium. Sunday 2pm and 6pm.

The Nerd A young architect is visited by a man he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam, with the arrival of the inept nerd causing chaos; comedy by Larry Shue. DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday, 2pm and 7.30pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ 88. Sunday, DJ Shots Fired, Nick Raschke.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Iguana.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Rendezvous.

Bar 121 Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Bar On The Hill – Newcastle University Saturday, The Jezabels, Ali Barter.

The Jezabels

The Jezabels

Bar Petite Saturday, Ron Knight. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Lounge Lizards.

Beach Hotel Sunday, The V Dubs.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Marissa, Love That Hat. Sunday, Franky & Johnny.

Belmont Bowling Club Saturday, The Metallica Experience ft. Viagro. Sunday, Misbehave.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Rocket.

Beresfield BC Saturday, Rock Factor. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.  

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Rock Oz.

The Bradford Saturday, King Hunter.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Timmy Coffey.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, CRAZE Club Night.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Kristen Lane Duo.

Catho Pub Saturday, Ian Henry. Sunday, The Years.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Lee Rolfe.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Gaudrys.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Robbie T.

Civic Theatre Saturday, The World Famous Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon.

Club Kotara Saturday, Peter Stefanson.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Deborah Sinclair.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, We The Five. Sunday, Gracetones.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Siren.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Howard Shearman. Sunday, The Coconut Trio.

Customs House Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Holly Wilson.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Brooke Harvey.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Wesleys Edge.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Counterpart.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Stephen Boyd.

Erringhi Hotel Saturday, Chris Unicomb.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Duplexity. Sunday, Louis Burt.

Finnegans Saturday, A-Tonez, Oh Webber, Gillecks, Benny B, Random Hero, Lawson.

FogHorn Brewhouse  Saturday, Ava. Sunday, Shawn Lidster.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Transmission.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, The Way.

George Tavern Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Grain Store Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Beth Gleeson.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Lennox Charity Day.

Great Northern Teralba Saturday, Pistol Pete. 

Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sunday’s Record. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Nothing Rhymes With David, Antonia Susan, Jack Lundie, Marina Mitchell.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Sara & Zak, Purple Rain. Sunday, Time Pringle.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Overtone.

Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Matt Gaudry.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Alias.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Secret Society.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Project XI.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Gareth Hudson.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Khartoum Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Ctrl Alt Del. Sunday, Slander.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Rosco & Jean.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

The Landing Saturday, Matt Semmens. Sunday, Holly Wilson.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Alpen Akustik.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Wavevom, White Blanks, Split Feed, Vacations, William John Jr, E4444e. Sunday, Maximus, Nefelibata, Ty, Hypnofuzz (outside), Share House, Top Bloke, Striveau, The Dershwins, Jucy Lucy (inside).

Lizotte’s Saturday, Doug Parkinson honours Joe Cocker. Sunday, Sara Storer. 

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Hartley Duo. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Mark Hotel Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Maryville Tavern Saturday, Jamie Martens. 

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Todd Schmoo. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien Baguley.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Jim Overend.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mardmax.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Wicked. Sunday, Jake Folbigg.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Scratch.

Newcastle Leagues Club Sunday, Ritz-Raff.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Modern History.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Deuce. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Aaron Pollock.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Emmy Rose. Sunday, Shooting Molly.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Frets With Benefits. Sunday, Mike Horbacz.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Chris Phillips, Devultra. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Rathmines Bowling Club Sunday, Bobby C.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Redhead Bowling Club Saturday, The V Dubs.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Evergreen.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, The Bush Happy Band.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Shortland Hotel  Saturday, Jake Folbigg.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Silverhair.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Fossicks, Kid On A Leash. Aaron Pollock, Ari Scott, Jordan Bakker.

Star Hotel Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Bo Jenkins.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Barracuda.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Hotel Satisfaction.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Echo’s of the Sixties Group.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Tim Broadway.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, Melbourne Street.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Glitter In The Air Burlesque Show. Sunday, Roxy. 

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Dave Owen. Sunday, Kellie Cain.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, James Naldo. Sunday, Beth Gleeson.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Ron Knight.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Beth Gleeson, Jake Folbigg.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Loko.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Wolfe Brothers, Gord Bamford, Troy Kemp, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Christie Lamb, Jody Direen, Craig Heath, Cruzers.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Dave N Demons, Backfire. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Fishfry & Pow Wow.

Windale Gateshead Bowling Club Saturday, Isaac Butterfield.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.


Heddon Greta Drive-In Saturday, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (6.45pm); Keeping Up With The Joneses (9.45pm). 

Bridget Jones’s Baby (M) Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. With her career and love life back from the dead with an American named Jack, things couldn’t be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant.

Cafe Society (M) A young man arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love and finds himself swept up in the vibrant cafe society that defined the spirit of the age. (Event, Newcastle)

Deepwater Horizon (M) On April 20, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

Girl Asleep (M) The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning 15 she can’t bear to leave her childhood – it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. (Regal)

Hello, My Name is Doris (M) With help from her best friend’s granddaughter, a smitten woman concocts schemes to get the attention of a younger co-worker. (Regal)

Inferno (M) When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (M) Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he’s now accused of a 16-year-old homicide.

Joe Cinque’s Consolation (M) A beautiful law student confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. (Event, Newcastle)

Keeping Up with the Joneses (M) An ordinary suburban couple finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbours – especially when they discover that Mr and Mrs “Jones” are covert operatives.

Masterminds (M) A night guard at an armoured car company organises one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (M) When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Ouija: Origin of Evil (M) In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.

Storks (G) Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

Sully (M) On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (M) Based on the first part of The Fab Four’s career (1962-1966), the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how The Beatles became a phenomenon. (Regal)

The Carer (M) Sir Michael Gifford alienates everyone as he suffers from an incurable illness. When his daughter sets him up with a companion who is a refugee, surprising changes begin to occur. (Regal)

The Girl on the Train (MA) Devastated by her recent divorce, Rachel spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking and becomes entangled in a mystery.

The Magnificent Seven (M) With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns.

The Secret Life of Pets (PG) Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max’s life as a favourite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. 

Wild Tales (MA) Six tales of revenge featuring love, deception, the return of the past and the undeniable pleasure of losing control. (Regal)


The winner of tickets to see The Black Sorrows at Lizotte’s on December 9 is M.Mills, of Pelican.