Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald


Lake Mac Festival of Surfing Saturday and Sunday, Redhead Beach. Longboard, short board and stand-up paddleboard competitions; markets and beach activities. 

The Levee One Day Sale 9am, The Levee Central Maitland. Offers and discounts from more than 50 stores.

Bandapalooza 3pm, Lass O’Gowrie Hotel.  Nine bands playing; visual artists. Entry $5.

A-League 5.35pm, Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix at McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Swinging Safari – Special Q&A Screening 6pm to 9pm, Reading Cinemas Charlestown. With director Stephan Elliott.

National Music Academy Open Day 10am to 5pm, 461A King Street, Newcastle. Free trial lessons.

Computer Pals For Seniors 9am to 4pm, Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre, East Maitland. Pop-up desk offering information and help with all devices.

Waterworld Central Doyalson Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Doyalson Wyee RSL Club.

Hunter Valley Aviation Open Day 9am to 5pm, 455 Wine Country Drive, Cessnock. 

Free Face Painting 10am onwards, The Secret Garden, Charlestown Square. 

Outdoor Cinema 6pm, Hungerford Hill Wines, Pokolbin. Movie: The Mummy

Super Street Garage Sale 8am, 65 East Street, Warners Bay. Multiple households are having a jumbo garage sale at the one location.

DSA January Surf Day 8am onwards, Caves Beach. Any person with a disability is welcome; cost is $10 (volunteers and carers exempt). 

Thrashville 11am onwards, Belford. Music festival.

Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, Hunter Valley Gardens, 5.30pm to 10pm. 

Nelson Bay Golf Club Wedding Expo 10am to 2pm, 57 Dowling Street, Nelson Bay. trade stands, live entertainment, sparkling on arrival, canapes, ceremony site tours. Entry is free. 


Newcastle Holiday & Cruise Expo 10am to 3pm, NEX, Wests City, Newcastle. Exclusive savings on flights, tours, cruises and packages, free theatre presentations and a virtual reality lounge.

Outdoor Cinema 6pm, Hungerford Hill Wines, Pokolbin. Movie: Wonder Woman.

Timbernook Launch Day 2pm, Yamuloong, 71 Prospect Road, Garden Suburb. Timbernook Newcastle is an Australian first. Spend time outdoors and learn more about the Timberbook children’s programs. Bookings are essential.

Locals Night 6.30pm, The Verandah Restaurant, Pokolbin. Pre-dinner drinks and canapes followed by a five-course Italian-inspired tapas dinner. Cost $50 per person, bookings essential by phoning 4998 7231.

Bridal Expo 10am, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.

The Wellbeing and Psychic Fair 10am to 4pm, Swansea RSL Club.

Mister P’s Burger Bar Closing Down Party Noon to 3pm, 215-217 Pacific Highway, Charlestown. 

Crop til You Stop 10am to 10pm, The Scrapbooker’s Confetti Box, 100 Pacific Highway, Swansea. Bring along your craft and create in a fun environment.


My Kids Market NSW is coming to Newcastle Basketball Stadium at Broadmeadow on February 25, 9am to noon. Everything families need can be bought and sold including babies’ and children’s clothing, shoes, toys, books, prams, bikes, cots, highchairs, rockers and other nursery items. Stall bookings are now open online, for details visit mykidsmarketnsw.com.au. 


Farmers & Artisan Market @ Lake Mac East Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Swansea. 

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Darling Street, Broadmeadow.

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

Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown. 


Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Board; Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures (surf lifesaving); At The Beach. Until February 4.

Finite Gallery Caves Beach School holiday workshops, go to finitegallery.com/category/news for details.

Cooks Hill Galleries The Summer Collection, online exhibition. Until February 4.

The Lock Up Final Remembering, by Lottie Consalvo. In the Halls of My Youth, by James Drinkwater. Ends Sunday. 

Newcastle Museum Dinosaur Revolution, until January 28. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Art Maker, Patron, Lover, by Gary Grealy. Until March 18. David Archer: Archer’s Arcadia. Until February 4. Passchendale – A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Taking a closer look, by Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Painting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Until February 18. Free tours, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am, until February 18. 

Gallery 139 The Doggie Show. Until February 4. 

Timeless Textiles Urban Narrative, by Eszter Bornemisza. Until February 10. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local HSC 2017. Until February 11. 

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Sun, Surf and Sand. Until February 20.


Dead Centre and Sea Wall This double bill by Tom Holloway and Simon Stephens looks at factors that alter the relationship between a couple, with the woman moving from England to Australia in the Dead Centre to try to escape her past, and the man looking in Sea Wall at issues in a coastal region that affected them. Stooged Theatre, at the Catapult Dance Studios, Newcastle West. Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm.

For the Love of Mrs Brown Widow Mrs Brown uses internet social media to try to get a romantic partner for Valentine’s Day, and her family use diverse means to win relationships; amusing live version of the TV series with writer-actor Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday, at 2pm and 7.30pm.

Honk Jr Lively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, with a young cast playing the farmyard animals with very different views of a very unusual baby bird. Maitland Musical Society. James Theatre, Dungog: Saturday, at 7.30pm, Sunday, at 2pm.

I Ought to Be in Pictures Neil Simon comedy about a 19-year-old girl who treks from New York to Hollywood to try to make the screen-writing father who deserted the family 16 years earlier accept her acting ability. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Marissa +1.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Smoke N Mirrors. Sunday, Romney Watts.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Kim.

Bar Petite Saturday, CrocQ.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, James Naldo.

Bay Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Free Willy & The Grace Brothers.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Hayden Johns, Love That Hat. Sunday, Bloom.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Trilogy.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Angel Gear.

The Bradford Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Jacob, Shrimp, Fungus, Milky Thred, India (all ages show). The Waxfinz, Wavevom, The Med Heads, The Womb Lordz.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Siren.

Catho Pub Saturday, James Naldo. Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Viper Creek Band, Anthony Lee.

Club Redhead Saturday, Busta Thong.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, The Radiators.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Big Pete. Sunday, Kim.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Early Daze.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, Anyerin.

Customs House Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, Sunset Club. 

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tim Harding.

Dashville Saturday, Thrashville ft. Frenzal Rhomb, King Parrot, Batpiss, Frankenbok, Gay Paris, The Australian Beef Week, Paper Thin, Rort Menace and more.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Jungle Kings Duo.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Paul Watters.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, X & Y Band. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Romney Watts.

Fingal Bay Sports Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Finnegans Saturday, Lady Lauryn & Lionette.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Teej and Fiends.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Overload.​

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, John Larder, Purple Rain. Sunday, Link Phelps.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells. Sunday, Matt McLaren, Holly Mae.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Four To The Floor.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Shadowboxer – The Angels show. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Code Red.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Viagro.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Thunder Fox, Arcades and Lions, Catnip, Julia Why?, Diplazar, The Buoys, Rum Jungle, Zampa, Polo Prince. Sunday, Lonesome & Ernest, Plan C, p...t.ENE, Billy Kaye, First Bird.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Soul Sacrifice - Celebrating Carlos Santana. 

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Adrianna Mac.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Paparazzi.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Perpetrators.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Cruzers, DJ Searly.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Loko. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Emily Smith.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Hummingbirds.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Jack Derwin.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, John Larder.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, The Rattle.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Jerome, Good Company.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, The V Dubs.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, 2 To The Floor.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Iguana. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Rave On.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Amanda Emblem Experiment, Jessie Redwood.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Kevin O’Hara.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Smokin’ Mirrors.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Solid Gold Dance Party.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Katie N Feff.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Tyler John.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Andrew G.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Arley Black.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Roxy.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Wicked.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Holly Mae.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Hummingbirds.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Deuce. Saturday, Ben Portsmouth – The King is Back. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive, Band Of Burbs. Sunday, Ron Knight & The Daze Band.


All The Money In The World (R) The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Breathe (M) The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Lake Cinema)

Coco (PG) Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Darkest Hour (PG) Within days of becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

Ferdinand (G) After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Hampstead (PG) An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home. (Lake Cinema)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG) Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG) One day, when Mary follows an odd cat into the woods, she stumbles upon a strange flower that she has never seen before. Suddenly, the luminescent power inside the flower brings a broomstick lying nearby to life, which then whisks her above the clouds and off to a strange and secret place.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (M) Young hero, Thomas, embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Paddington 2 (G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Pitch Perfect 3 (M) Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Stars Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (M) Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers.

Swinging Safari (M) A teenager comes of age in a small Australian town during the 1970s when a 200-tonne blue whale gets washed up on a local beach.

The Commuter (M) A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

The Greatest Showman (PG) The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG) Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

The Post (M) A thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US presidents. 


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