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Weird and Wonderful Morpeth Tea Party 2017 Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm, Campbell’s Store, 175 Swan St, Morpeth. The final novelty teapot festival after 28 years. This year’s theme is Teacosy Trumps All. Entry is free.

Newcastle Stitches & Craft Show Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre. See the latest trends, products and supplies, be inspired by the creators and speak directly to the experts. Adult admission $17 at the door.

Australia’s Most Famous Babies Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 5pm, Hamilton Library, corner James and Murray streets. A free travelling display featuring May Gibbs’ iconic artwork including Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and the gumnut babies.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 10.30am, main game kick-off 3pm. 

Newcastle Time Walk Geotrail 11am, meet at Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club. Be a field geologist for a day as part of National Science Week. The field trip will run for about two hours and participants can join or leave at any time. Moderate fitness is required.

The Hunter Valley Glitz & Glamour Ball 6.30pm, The Barrel Room, Roche Estate, Pokolbin.

The Perfect Pink Ball 6.30pm, Tamburlaine Winery, Pokolbin. 

Hunter Horse Festival 2017 8am to 3pm, Cessnock Showground, 111 Mount View Road, Cessnock. A car boot sale; stalls with new and exciting gear for horse and rider; information displays on horse welfare; track displays; carriage driving, tent pegging and more.

Open Day at The University of Newcastle 10am to 4pm, University Drive, Callaghan. Speak to staff and students about degrees and take a tour of the campus.

Book Launch 10.30am to 11.30am, Wallsend District Library. Author Josette Hennessy launches her new picture book, Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Mark Hughes Foundation Magic Ball 6.30pm, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre. 

Miss Porter’s House Paranormal Classroom 6pm to 8pm, Miss Porter’s House, Newcastle. Over 18s only, $45 per person. 

Northern NSW National Premier League 6.30pm Magic Park, Broadmeadow. Broadmeadow Magic v Edgeworth Eagles.


​Millfield Community Fair 2017 9am to 2pm, Millfield Public School, 105 Wollombi Road, Millfield. Market stalls, amusements, music, fun, food and coffee.

Look Who's Talking Local History – Maitland’s Jewish Connections 10am to 12.30pm, Maitland Jewish Cemetery Louth Park, Maitland. 

surGICure BBQ 8.30am to 4pm, Belmont Bunnings. Money raised will be donated to research gastrointestinal cancers. 

Northern NSW National Premier League 2.30pm Arthur Edden Oval, Lambton. Lambton Jaffas v Hamilton Olympic.

Meet & Greet Rescue Dogs 11am to 2pm, Mattara Hotel, Charlestown. Meet and cuddle Hunter Animal Rescue foster dogs and puppies. Also, raffles, merchandise and a $15 burger lunch special.

Giant Ten Pin Bowling 10am to 3pm, Market Street Lawn, between Wharf Road and Scott Street, Newcastle. Free games, vintage Jamaican tunes and tasty Caribbean food. 

2017 Hunter Science Festival 10am to 2pm, Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle. Fun interactive experiences to excite, inspire and engage the entire family including the F1 in Schools test track, Mini EV car kits and science demonstrations.

Newcastle Music Festival Finale 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Anthony Albrecht and Gavin Clark (cellos), Peter Guy (organ), Festival Strings, Newcastle Strings, Christ Church Camerata, David Banney (conductor). 

Princess & Superheroes Disco 1pm to 4pm, Cessnock Leagues Club. 


On August 26 and September 3 Lachlan Valley Railway will be running steam locomotive 5917 from Maitland Railway Station as part of a special Father’s Day Steam & Steamliners event. Seating is limited. Visit for booking information or go to


Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warner Park, corner The Esplanade and Lake Street, Warners Bay.

Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. 

Tea Gardens Village Market Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Myall Quays Shopping Village, Tea Gardens.

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, Rural Drive, Sandgate. 

Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.  

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

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Belmont All Saints Anglican Church Markets Saturday, 8am to noon, 24 Church Street, Belmont. 

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

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

Toronto Lions Market Sunday, 7.30am to 1.30pm, Lions Park, Anzac Parade, Toronto. 

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Tighes Hill TAFE.


Timeless Textiles Musings, by Margaret Adams. Until September 10.

Musings, by Margaret Adams.

Musings, by Margaret Adams.

The Lock Up Relay League, by Angelica Mesiti. Until September 17.

Watt Space Gallery Photograph as Object: Works by third year Photomedia students; Ice Age Remnants, by Patrick Torley; Pas Romantique by Hannah Dunn. Until August 27.

Newcastle Art Space Gallery New location: 91 Chinchen Street, Tighes Hill. Equivocal, by Joerg Lehmann, Nerissa Lowe, Stuart Marlin.

Port Stephens Art Centre A Hint of Colour. Until September 5. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Kilgour Prize 2017. Until October 15. 

Art Systems Wickham Fusion, by Christine Ros. Until August 27.

The University Gallery, Newcastle The Phantom Show. Ends Sunday. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery This Place In Me, by Lorraine Hall. Until September 17.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Diane Arbus: American Portraits; Artist Focus: Pablo Tapia and Your Collection: Photo i.d. Until August 20. Sunday, 3pm to 4pm: For the Love of Art – Peter Lankas.

Gallery 139 The Clocking Tick, by Olivia Parsonage. Until August 27.

Gloucester Gallery Gloucester High School HSC Students. Until September 9. 

Acrux Art Gallery Dreaming In Colour.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Fertile Ground, by Gaye Shield and Julie Hosking. Until October 22. ATLAS; Play, by Sylvia Ray. Until October 8. Fiona Foley. Until December 3. Derek Kreckler: Accident and Process. Until September 3. Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8, 2018.

Hunter New England Health Waratah Campus Art For Waratah Exhibition – The Beauty of the Australian Alps.

CStudios Art Gallery Duende, by Hunter Women Artists. Until September 2.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Contemporising the Modern; Travis De Vries: Lost Tales – Walking with Gods. Until August 27.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Tracks. Until September 3. 


Les Miserables Musical set in 19th century France. Metropolitan Players, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, plus 2pm on Sunday. 

Love’s Labour’s Lost Amusing Shakespeare look at relationships. Reamus Youth Theatre, at Maitland Repertory Theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

The Game’s Afoot Comedy-drama by Ken Ludwig. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown.

Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, Sunday’s Record.

Adamstown Uniting Church Sunday, John Paul Young, Heather Price, Warren Morgan, Christ Church Camerata String Quartet.

Argyle House Saturday, Hotel Motel. Sunday, Raave Tapes, dave, E4444e, Fritz, Froyo, Good Boy, Jacob, King Single, Kwame, Lutra, Mezko, Mix Mama, Moaning Lisa, Oilbaron, Tees, treasuretroves, Underachiever, Vacations, Voiid.

Australia Hotel Saturday, Smoke N Mirrors.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Pana. Sunday, Nicko.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Beach Hotel Sunday, Thread.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Ryan Daley, Anthology. Sunday, Stephen R. Cheney.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, StateFX.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Black Malabar Saturday, Moussa Diakite & Wassado. Sunday, Damian Wright.

The Bradford Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Burwood Inn Saturday, DJ Tone.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Life.Love.Regret, Taking Sides, Choke, Stone Age, The Hard Word.  Sunday, L D R U, Amastro.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Caves Beachside Hotel Sunday, Aya.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Marissa.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Four To The Floor.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Jon Schatz.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Club Kotara Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Gaz N Gaz.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Redline.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Dos Eager.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Alias Duo.

Customs House Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Emily Smith.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Joel Oakhill.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Jared Scott.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Greg Bryce Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Triple Zero. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Troy Kemp.

The Edwards Saturday, The Dew Cats.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Soundabout.

Finnegans Saturday, Savage.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Jacob & Laura.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Trancemission.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

George Tavern Saturday, Kim & Mik.

Grain Store Saturday, Kylie Jane. Sunday, JJ King.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Dan Brodie. Sunday, Floyd Vincent.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, 24 Hours.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, PurEnvY, FireFish, Age Of Emergence. 

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Rob Long, Alias. Sunday, Levymen.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, Bobby C, CrocQ.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Snape Trilogy.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Blues Bombers. 

King Street Hotel Sunday, Benny Cue.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Monkeypig, Picture Perfect, Something Something Explosion, Alex Martin.  

Lizotte’s Saturday, Shane Nicholson, Imogen Clark. Sunday, Stars, Kevin Bennett. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Kylie Jane.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Phonic Duo. Sunday, The Big Bang Quartet.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Blues Bombers. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Damien.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Ben Travis.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Marriah.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Loko.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Nano.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Sunday, Marissa.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Jason Bone.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Codi Kaye.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Defaced.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Arley Black.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Layth Gunn.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, Melbourne Street. 

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ngariki.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Zac & George, Deuce. Sunday, Snape Trilogy, Wharf Life DJs.

Redhead Bowling Club Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Witchery.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Sarah Christine.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Brent Murphy.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Beach Boys Show. 

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Zane Penn.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Time On Earth, Cigars of The Pharaoh, Syntax Error. 

Star Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Robbie T.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Live Baby Live – INXS show.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Whiskey Business Duo.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Brett O’Malley.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Rock Factor.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Damien. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Lennie Live.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Arley & I.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.​

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Nightmoves.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Mark Wells Duo. Sunday, Doug Parkinson honours Joe Cocker. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Grant Walmsley Unplugged, The Years. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Steve Edmonds.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Jessica Cain, Nightmoves.


20th Century Women (M) The story of a teenage boy, his mother and two other women who help raise him among the love and freedom of Southern California of 1979. (Regal)

A Quiet Passion (PG) The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. (Regal)

Annabelle: Creation (MA) A dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

Atomic Blonde (MA) An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Baby Driver (MA) A getaway driver sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway.

Cars 3 (G) Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.

Churchill (M) Jonathan Teplitzky’s historical drama about Winston Churchill’s objections to the risky D-Day invasion plan. Wracked with guilt over his role in Gallipoli, Churchill fears making the same mistake twice. (Regal)

Despicable Me 3 (PG) Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination.

Dunkirk (M) Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (G)  The film documents American singer Elvis Presley's Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. (Regal)

It’s Only the End of the World (M) Louis, a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying. (Tower)

Hampstead (PG) American widow Emily Walters feels like she is drifting aimlessly through life. Then she meets Donald, who has lived harmoniously on the Heath for 17 years in a ramshackle hut.

Logan Lucky (M) Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Paris Can Wait (PG) A woman at a crossroads traveling to Cannes along with her successful film producer husband, finds herself on a two-day road trip with his business associate. (Lake Cinema)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (M) A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.

The Big Sick (M) A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows.

The Dark Tower (M) The last Knight Warrior, Roland Deschain has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

The Dark Tower is now showing.

The Dark Tower is now showing.

The Eagle Huntress (G) A 13-year-old girl trains to become the first female eagle hunter in the 1000-year history of her family’s tribe. (Regal)

The Promise (M) Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, it follows a love triangle between Mikael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated artist Ana and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris. (Regal)

The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice (PG) After heroically defeating both the Snow Queen and the Snow King, Gerda still cannot find peace. Her dream is to find her parents who were once taken away from them by the North Wind and finally reunite the family.

The Time Of Their Lives (M) A former Hollywood star enlists the help of a new friend in order to journey from London to France for her ex-lover’s funeral, with the various mishaps en route making the trip unforgettable.

The Trip To Spain (M) Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a road trip through Spain. (Tower)

The Zoo Keeper’s Wife (M) A heroic Polish couple help save hundreds of people and animals during WWII by sheltering them in the basement of the Warsaw zoo. (Regal)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (M) In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

War for the Planet of the Apes (M) A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar becomes embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.


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