Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald's planner

SATURDAY

Cessnock Show Gates open 6am, Mount View Road, Cessnock. Animals; competitions; displays; entertainment; rides; fireworks and more. 

Come and Try Day 9am to 10.30am, Newcastle International Hockey Centre, Turton Road, Broadmeadow. Hosted by the Newcastle District Womens Hockey Association. 

A Day On The Green Gates open 1.30pm, Bimbadgen Estate, 790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin. The Fauves, Tumbleweed, Veruca Salt, The Living End, Spiderbait, Lemonheads. GA only, you can bring a deck/camping chair or a picnic rug; a sealed plastic bottled water up to 1.5 litres; and a cabin-sized soft esky or cooler bag up to 26 litres. 

RSPCA $29 Adoption Day 9.30am onwards, RSPCA Hunter Shelter, 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford. Normal adoption procedures apply, including desexing and microchipping, vaccinations, veterinary checks and behavioural procedures, as well as a one-on-one with prospective new adoptive parents, to ensure all animals go to great homes.

A-Plus Contracting Kurri Nines 10am, Sylvester Real Estate Sportsground, Kurri Kurri. All gate proceeds going to Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Entry $5 adults, kids free. Unlimited use of the Kids Zone for $5; full canteen and bar services.

LakeFest  9am, Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association Boatfest at Rathmines. 10am, Paul Bennett Aerobatic Display. Saturday and Sunday, Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta, raising funds to support cancer patients in the Hunter, 10am at RMYC in Toronto.

Spiders – Interactive Exhibition 10am to 5pm, Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle. Explore the amazing world of spiders through hands-on interactive displays, cutting-edge science and live spiders. Until April 29.

Surfest 2018 Burton Automotive Pro Saturday and Sunday, Merewether Beach, Newcastle.

NRL Trial Game – Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels Six grades will be action at No.1 Sportsground, Maitland. 10.30am: Tarsha Gale Cup (Round 3 v Canterbury); noon: Harold Matthews Cup (Round 3 v North Sydney); 1.30pm: S.G.Ball Cup (Round 3 v North Sydney); 3pm: Jersey Flegg (Trial match v Parramatta; 4.45pm: ISP (Trial match v Wentworthville); 7pm: NRL (Knights v Parramatta).

Australian Bowl Riding Championships 9.30am onwards, Saturday and Sunday, Empire Park, Bar Beach. 

Lantern Walk 4pm to 8pm, Newcastle foreshore and Honeysuckle. Buy a lantern at Nobbys Lighthouse and join the Hunter School of Performing Arts marching band on a walk to Honeysuckle that leaves Nobbys at 5pm. Or, buy a lantern from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and walk with the Marching Koalas to Honeysuckle from the Figtree Park at Wickham at 5.30pm. The lantern walks will converge on the Maritime Centre for a ceremony and lion dancing at 7pm. Lanterns can also be bought at one of many stalls in the Honeysuckle Precinct. The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club yachts and boats will sail past between 7pm and 8pm and carry lanterns to form a channel of boats. The tugs will perform a water ballet around 6pm. The Fort Scratchley Museum guns will be fired at 9pm to mark the conclusion of the event with fireworks.

SUNDAY

Newcastle Writers Festival Special Event – Jacqui Lambie 3pm, NEX, corner King and Union streets, Newcastle. Hosted by Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom, the event coincides with the launch of Lambie’s autobiography Rebel With a Cause. The sixth Newcastle Writers Festival is on April 6 to 8, featuring 130 writers from throughout Australia. Tickets $18 at meetjacquilambie.eventbrite.com.au. Limited cash-only sales at the door. For more information about the festival visit newcastlewritersfestival.org.au.

Sunday Sessions Pepper Tree Wines, 64 Halls Road, Pokolbin. Live music, wine and cheese.

LakeFest 10am: Sailibility Toronto Fun Day at Toronto Amateur Sailing Club. Boatfest: 11am to 3pm, Rathmines Memorial Park. Traditional and classic boats of all sizes. 

Family Day Fundraiser 10am to 2pm, Maitland Park Bowling Club. Raffles; children’s entertainment; market stalls; a petting zoo; morning tea and more. 

Lost in the 50s Car Museum Open Day 9.30am to 2pm, 42 Stenhouse Drive, Cameron Park. Details at ​lostinthe50s.com.au. 

SAVE THE DATE

Richmond Vale Railway Museum will re-open to the public at 9.30am on Sunday, March 4. The museum has been closed since it was damaged by a bushfire in September. Shuttle services will operate on the Mulbring Road branch. Entry to the museum is $16 adults; $11 concession; $7.50 (children five to 15); children under five free.

MARKETS

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, corner Broke and Halls roads, Pokolbin. 

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

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

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton. 

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

Vietnam Veterans Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

My Kids Market Sunday, 9am to noon, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow. 

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

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

ARTS

Old Fire Shed Gallery Wombolly Metals, by Geoff Boorman. Until March 4.

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Katrina Rose. Until March 25.

Art Systems Wickham Parts of the Sum, by Jo Bevan. Until March 11.

Watt Space Gallery Fractured Feminism, by Megan McCarthy. Preparations and de-articulations, by Libby Eckersley. Fanciful Notions, by Courtney Heffernan. I do look like this, I don’t look like this, by Annika Thurbon.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Resolution; Your Collection: Look Out and Artist Focus: Sally Bourke.   

The Lock-Up Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. Until March 18. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Gary Grealy: Art Maker, Patron, Lover; Grisaille, Shades of Grey From The Collection. Until March 18. The Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball, by Andrew Finnie; A Whisker of Light, by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison; Lamentation, by Karike Ashworth. Until April 29. 

CStudios Art Gallery Water and Rhythm, by Rhonda Partridge, Alison Moore, Matt Baker, Jennifer Hollis, Peter Masters, Stephen McDonald, Geoffrey Holmes. Until March 3.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Dreams and Journeys; Fantasy. Until April 10.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Coming in Waves, by Sue Beiboer; Reflecting on Nature, by Mitchell O’Mahoney. Until March 4. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Grisaille: Shades of grey from the collection. Until March 25.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Small: Habitat Exhibition. Until March 4.

Timeless Textiles Sensitive Landscape: Details from Nature, by Anna Gunnarsdottir. Until March 11. 

Gallery 139 Body Bits, by Clare Weeks, Kristian Glynn, Lisa Kirkpatrick, Nadia Aurisch, Susan Ryman, Toni Amidy, Tim Messiter, Hannah Brien. Ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Insights 2018. Until February 28.

Bobbie P Gallery, Terrigal Bloom – Up Close, by Darren Pedley. Until February 28.

THEATRE

Little Women – The Musical Four young sisters try to show in the 1860s that women are as adept as men; adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Young People’s Theatre and Lindsay Street Players, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Friday, at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm (final shows).

Out of Order A junior government minister gets more than he bargained for when he takes an attractive opposition secretary to a hotel bedroom during a parliamentary sitting; comedy by Ray Cooney. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm (final shows).

Twelfth Night A couple separated by a shipwreck travel in William Shakespeare’s comedy across a foreign land encountering very different and amusing people. Essential Theatre’s touring Shakespeare in the Vines production, at Calais Estate Wines, Pokolbin. Saturday, at 6.30pm. Also special events during the day. 4998 7654.

MUSIC

5 Sawyers Saturday, Alessandro. Sunday, Sundays Record Duo.

48 Watt Street Saturday, 48 Bourbon Street – A Taste Of New Orleans.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, James Martens Duo. Sunday, Andrew G.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Ashleigh Knight.

Bar Petite Saturday, Holly Mae.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Tim Rossington. Sunday, Fool An A Stool.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Sunday Avenue. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Belmont 16s Saturday, The Big Bang Band/Emily Smith. Sunday, Rich & Famous.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, The Tantrums.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Motown Magic. Sunday, Rave On.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Rock Oz.

The Bradford Saturday, X And Y.

Cambridge Hotel Sunday, Snape.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Beau Hatch Band.

Catho Pub Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys. Sunday, Four To The Floor.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Tre Soul.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Tom Christie.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Brendan Watson.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Gaudrys.

Chelmsford Hotel Saturday, Mullet Fest.

Civic Theatre Saturday, Johnny Cash The Concert.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Kaylah Anne.

Club Azzurri Saturday, Skies Collide, Words of Elizabeth, One More Weekend.

Club Catalina Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Club Kotara Saturday, The Smarts, Bob Bryan. 

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jackson Halliday.

Club Redhead Saturday, Annie O’Dee & The Hot Shots.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Nicko, Ron Knight & The Daze Band. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Outlaw Avenue.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Sunday, Anyerin.

Customs House Saturday, Max Jackson. Sunday, Sunset Club.

D’Albora Marina Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Glenn Harrison.

Denman Hotel Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Hurricane Fall. Sunday, Cotton, Sax & Strings.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Darren.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Outerphase.

The Edwards Saturday, The Dew Cats.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Finnegans Saturday, Luke La Beat.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Misbehave.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Gareth Jay.

George Tavern Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Van Walker.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Tim Pringle, The Core. Sunday, Kristy J.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Project X.

Imperial Hotel Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo. Sunday, Bobby C.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Lambton Park Hotel  Saturday, Brien McVernon & Friends Band.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Simon Relft.

Lemon Tree Passage (Lemon Jam) Sunday, Mustang.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Simply The Best – Tina Turner Show. Sunday, Eugene Hideaway Bridges. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, The Years.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Band Of Burds. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Glam Stars.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Kempy.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matty G.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Loko. Sunday Jayde.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Shivoo, DJ Searly. Sunday, Kazzie.

Moonshadow Cruises, Nelson Bay Saturday, Karen Soper.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Gary Wallace.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Nelson Bay Diggers Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Leagues Club – The Vault  Saturday, Flaming Wreckage & The Black Swamp.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Gareth Jay.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Amigos.

Pelican RSL Saturday, Misbehave.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, The Remedy Duo. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Evergreen. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells Duo.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Mick Jones.

Redhead Bowling Club Saturday, Annie O’Dee & The Hot Shots.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Hard Hitter.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Witchery.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Bob Allan.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Matt Bowles.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Saturday, Ron Knight & The Daze Band.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, Smoke N Mirrors.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Mick Hart. Sunday, Grizlee Train.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, 2good Reasons.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Peter Stefanson.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Kazzie.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Kellie Cain.

Toronto Workers Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kempy. Sunday, Damien.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Hue Williams.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Mardmax Duo.

Weston Workers Saturday, The Years.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Rattle. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, The Wickham Park Hotel. Sunday, Brent Murphy.

MOVIES

15:17 To Paris (M) The real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride.

The BBQ (PG) Dazza (Shane Jacobson) enters an international barbecue competition.

Between Land & Sea (E) A year in the ever changing life of an Atlantic surf town. (Tower)

Black Panther (M) T’Challa who returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king, but when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested.

Coco (PG) Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. 

The Commuter (M) A businessman on his daily commute home gets unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him. (Lake Cinema)

Darkest Hour (PG) Within days of becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials. (Lake Cinema)

Den of Thieves (MA15+) This crime saga follows the intersecting lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Department and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew.

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (MA) A rare insight into a deeply personal story encompassing the dizzying highs and extreme lows of his private and public life, made even more intimate by Clapton’s voice-over narrative assembled from historic and newly recorded interviews.

Ferdinand (G) The story of a giant bull with a big heart. 

Fifty Shades Freed (MA) The third instalment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy.

Finding Your Feet (M) A hilarious and heartwarming comedy proving it’s never too late to start again, starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. 

Game Night (MA) A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves trying to solve a murder mystery.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) The story of children’s author A.A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Also stars Margot Robbie.

Insidious: The Last Key (M) The final chapter in the series. 

I, Tonya: The Tonya Harding Story (M15+) Australian Margot Robbie in her breakthrough lead role as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG) Four unlikely friends get sucked into the perilous world of Jumanji and are transformed into avatars with unique skills.

Just To Be Sure A widowed father, a romance and a sudden pregnancy. (Regal)

Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Maze Runner: Death Cure (M) The epic finale to the Maze Runner series. 

Paddington 2 (G) Paddington buys the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

The Post (M) A true story about the first female publisher of a major American newspaper and her editor as they race to expose a massive government cover-up. 

Pup Star Better 2gether (G) A pup wins a singing competition and goes on an adventure. 

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. (Regal)

The Shape of Water (MA) An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. 

Winchester (M) An eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. Stars Helen Mirren.

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