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April 2018

Greater Blue Mountains Cider Wine & Food Experience Tour

Award winning Western Wine Tours is offering a Greater Blue Mountains Cider, Wine & Food Experience tour to the Bilpin Region, Hartley Valley and the magical Megalong Valley. Enjoy wonderful 100% Blue Mountains locally grown apple ciders and delight in tasting superb Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands wines, while enjoying a locally produced produce platter. The Greater Blue Mountains Experience tour departs Katoomba at 10.00am and arrive back at 5.30pm and includes: Apple Cider tasting at Hillbilly Cider and Bilpin Cider both located in the picturesque Bilpin region.Lunch at Ambermere restaurant where you will also enjoy wine tasting and a specially prepared produce platter. Wine tasting of some of Megalong Creek & Dryridge Estates wonderful wines. Afternoon cheese platter consisting of local produce at Dryridge Estate vineyard. Pick up and drop off can be arranged at your accommodation from Wentworth Falls through to Mt Victoria. Look out for some fantastic photo opportunities

 

On 21st April 2018

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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight is a movie matinee and relaxed social afternoon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex seniors and their friends.

Enjoy the feature film, Political Animals and a selection of short films followed by a delicious afternoon tea, networking and access to local community health information.

 

Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen.

 

Date: Saturday 21 April, 2pm – 5pm

Location: Carrington Hotel (Baroque Room), 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Cost: FREE or gold coin donation

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342233909606701

 

Contact Details

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Call: Tyson on 0417 915 719 | 02 9206 2119 Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342233909606701

Email: tarapali@acon.org.au

On 21st April 2018

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Karen Miranda Abel - Pools of Light: In Shadow

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This initiative consists of a six week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

Karen Miranda Abel from Toronto, Canada was selected to participate in the World Heritage Artist in Residence Program and will present her body of work Pools of Light: In Shadow. Through field research practice, Abel will examine cave formations as symbols of protection and refuge in a changing landscape, representing timeless sanctuaries in an area increasingly threatened by coal mining. A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Daily 24th March to 6th May 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Mountains of Stories: Creative Writing Workshop with Lisa Chaplin

A unique chance to learn writing techniques from a master story-teller and a champion of different writing genres.

Lisa Chaplin began her career as ‘Melissa James’ writing Harlequin romance novels for the editing discipline upon the advice of an editor. She sold more than 1.6 million books in 25 countries, with stories about The Stolen Generation, PTSD, and families with challenges.

After discovering a Napoleonic history text she embarked on a research journey through France and Switzerland that resulted in the acclaimed 2015 novel The Tide Watchers written under her own name. Lisa's most recent work is Prophet Child, the first in The Memory of Cardamom Young Adult literary fiction series.

Lisa's Workshop will cover how to create characters, bring them to life and how to keep them true to themselves as well as how to create a precise and professional pitch that encapsulates your book and helps you 'sell' it to publishers.

Time: 10am to 3pm. Book and pay at any Library branch. Age 16 years and over.

On 21st April 2018

The Battle of Hamel: A WWI Centenary Military History Talk

Local military historian, retired infantry lieutenant colonel and battlefield guide, Peter Sweeney, will be presenting another of his popular military history talks on The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918).

Planned and commanded by Lieutenant General John Monash, this was a highly successful attack against German positions by the Australian Army and US Army infantry with support from British tanks and was the first ‘combined arms’ battle in military history. Monash's calculated battle time was 90 minutes and all of the Allies objectives were achieved within 93 minutes.

Event includes afternoon tea. Time: 2pm. Free entry. Bookings are essential. Call or visit any Blue Mountains Library Branch to book.

On 21st April 2018

Standing Up Alive: Aboriginal Art Exhibition

Standing Up Alive is an Aboriginal expression describing how the people are not only still going, but are dynamic: alive! Join Aboriginal artists Wayne Brennan, Shane Smithers, Chris Tobin, Leanne Tobin and Uncle Peter Williams who use the power and connection of their local symbols and patterns in a contemporary way to create a vibrant exhibition.

Daily 17th March to 13th May 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Susan Ruming Discovering the Blue Labyrinth

Discovering the Blue Labyrinth is artist Susan Ruming's journey of exploration through the Blue Mountains National Park from Wentworth Falls to Glenbrook.

Ranging from expressive horizon landscapes, to plein air sketches, the artist uses a variety of mediums and forms to depict the environment around her community in the Lower Blue Mountains.

Fascinated with the changing nature of light and shade, depth and atmosphere, this exhibition strives to evoke a sense of discovery and reflect a love of the Blue Mountains and the Australian bush.

Various Dates 29th March to 22nd April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Moments of Magic

Hartley based, natural light photographer, Karen Edwards, shares some of Nature's most magical moments from sunrises to sunsets, frosts, fog and brilliant autumn colours in the beautiful Hartley Valley and beyond.

The exhibition showcases the ever-changing light during a sunrise at Govetts Leap, Blackheath - a truly magical experience!

Time: 9am – 4.30pm daily.

Daily 1st to 30th April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Penelope Hale: The Patchwork of Childhood

The Patchwork of Childhood is a celebration of the moments in early life that on the surface may seem ordinary. When viewed as a collection it can be seen that smaller moments, however mundane, help shape the greater childhood experience. These are the things you remember when you reminisce; that lounge, those cups, your beloved blankie.

Penelope Hale uses a documentary approach to photography. Displaying a mixture of personal and client work in this digital print exhibition, gallery visitors of all ages are invited to pause and reflect on their childhood experiences as they move through the work.

Various Dates 29th March to 22nd April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Sculpture Otherwise

Sculpture Otherwise is an exhibition of small sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World this year. The indoor exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and international artists from the Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition.

A Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition.

Various Dates 13th April to 13th May 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Peta Hinton: Dwell

Dwell is a series of acrylic paintings on scrolls inspired by the natural surroundings of artist Peta Hinton’s home in the Blue Mountains. Symbols, repetition and pattern are used to represent the features of the landscape and the effects of season and the elements. These landscapes are also philosophical musings on growth, aging and the passage of time.

After completion, the paintings on paper are mounted by the artist onto scrolls. When hanging, scrolls have a floating ephemeral quality, further reflecting the themes explored.

Various Dates 29th March to 22nd April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Boxboards Theatre presents The Vicar of Dibley

The heartfelt BBC series The Vicar of Dibley is to be staged during April and May at the Wentworth Falls Country Club by Blue Mountains-based production company Boxboards Theatre.

Audience members can expect to re-live many of their favourite scenes while enjoying a delicious three course meal.

Time: Various dates and times between 7 April and 5 May. Check booking website for more details. Tickets include the performance and a three course meal.

Daily 7th April to 5th May 2018 Next 21st April 2018

The Three Artists - Everglades Gallery

An Exhibition to inspire and delight all art lovers.

Sue Gasser is a well known Blue Mountains artist with many years experience, which has lead her to an overseas exhibition and tutoring. Her love of animals shines through her work, which has won her many awards over the years.

Christine Hyde is a Blue Mountains contemporary visual artist practicing her craft in her bush studio/gallery. She also paints en plein air, taking inspiration from her immediate locale and region. Christine has received several art awards and her paintings hang in Australia and Europe.

Megan Campbell-Jubb is a Blue Mountains Artist who loves to portray a sense of peace and wonder in her paintings, whether it be portraits, scenes or wildlife. Megan is constantly growing and evolving artistically and has won several artistic awards.

Opening event on Saturday 7 April, 1.30pm to 3pm.
Exhibition opening times are Sunday 8 - Sunday 29 April (Wednesday - Sunday), 11am to 3pm.

Daily 8th to 29th April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Glamping in the Garden

This Autumn they are offering a pop-up luxury camping experience (glamping) in the spectacular grounds of Mayfield.

Immerse yourself in a night like no other – in a world class location while delighting the senses. Glamp in absolute comfort and enjoy the tranquility and majestic surrounds of the gardens, with exclusive night-time star gazing to Mayfield. You’ll also get to enjoy the Mayfield Farmers platter, where 80 percent of the produce comes from Mayfield.

Daily 23rd March to 30th April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival

During the 16 day Autumn Festival the Hawkins Family opens its Private Garden to visitors so this is your opportunity to explore the entire 160 acres of Mayfield. Get lost in the traditional English inspired Maze, see the Croquet Court, the Chapel, the Chook Hilton, the 80 metre Cascade with Temple and much more. In Autumn, their row boats are available on Mayfield Lake (at no additional cost) and interactive games are scattered throughout the garden for your family and friends to enjoy. There is a courtesy bus making several stops around the garden which is great for less mobile visitors.

Mayfield’s Café, Kiosk and Produce Store will be open from 9am – 4.30pm.

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 10 minutes from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Autumn Festival is not to be missed.

Various Dates 14th to 29th April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Guido Paints Portland Silos

Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist, Guido van Helten has been commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on the eight-bin silos that dominate the local landscape.

Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at The Foundations, a new development, van Helten will apply his unique process of community engagement, photography and mural painting to the town with a rich history and unique mix of art and industry.

From Brim to Coonalpyn and now to Portland: van Helten will transform the mid-century cement silos of the town and in turn bring renewed interest to the heritage location.

Community members and tourists alike are welcome to the site as the artist works during April 2018 to transform the 20 metres high silos.

Daily 29th March to 29th April 2018 Next 21st April 2018

Sculpture at Scenic World

Set in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World transforms the ancient rainforest into an outdoor canvas showcasing over 35 artworks from local, national and international artists.

Perfect for art lovers, families and couples alike, Sculpture at Scenic World has something for everyone. Interactive installations, subtle artworks that blend seamlessly into the environment, and loud masterpieces with bold statements – you name it, Sculpture at Scenic World has got it.

Meander along the 2.4 kilometre Scenic Walkway as you take in the stunning artworks and scenery, accessed by none other than the world’s steepest passenger train, the Scenic Railway. Better yet, top it off with a visit to Sculpture Otherwise, an exhibition of smaller sculptures held at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

Sculpture at Scenic World ticks all the right boxes for a perfect arts escape, with a number of weekend packages on offer with inclusions such as breakfast, Wifi, high tea and more. All Sculpture at Scenic World tickets include unlimited travel on the Scenic Railway, Cableway and the new Skyway, in addition to Sculpture Otherwise.

Plan your autumn arts escape now!

Daily 13th April to 13th May 2018 Next 21st April 2018

The Collection: New Acquisitions

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection is continuously growing. Each artwork is selected based on its excellence, relevance, value and ability to celebrate the cultural identity of the Blue Mountains.

The exhibition Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: New Acquisitions will showcase the latest additions to the Collection including works by James Blackwell, Locust Jones, Koichi Ishino, Bernard Ollis, Wendy Sharpe and Kurt Sorensen.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Daily 24th March to 6th May 2018 Next 21st April 2018

SENIORS "ONE-FOR-ONE" DEAL

 

 

To celebrate Seniors Festival, the volunteers at the

Museum extend a warm welcome to Seniors Card holders to take

advantage of the Museum's special ticketing arrangements* on this Open

Day (each Senior gaining free entry must be accompanied by at least one

regular paying visitor - adult or child*).

Bring the family along to enjoy our ever-changing display of remarkable

exhibits, includes unlimited 20 minute rides on the "Valley Heights Mixed"

- a rare 1890 carriage hauled by 1899 Steam Tank Engine "Stevo".

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages,

inspect memorabilia and artefacts from over 100 years of railway action at Valley

Heights. *For full pricing see website: valleyheightsrailmuseum.info

 

On 22nd April 2018

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Greater Blue Mountains Cider Wine & Food Experience Tour

Award winning Western Wine Tours is offering a Greater Blue Mountains Cider, Wine & Food Experience tour to the Bilpin Region, Hartley Valley and the magical Megalong Valley. Enjoy wonderful 100% Blue Mountains locally grown apple ciders and delight in tasting superb Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands wines, while enjoying a locally produced produce platter. The Greater Blue Mountains Experience tour departs Katoomba at 10.00am and arrive back at 5.30pm and includes: Apple Cider tasting at Hillbilly Cider and Bilpin Cider both located in the picturesque Bilpin region.Lunch at Ambermere restaurant where you will also enjoy wine tasting and a specially prepared produce platter. Wine tasting of some of Megalong Creek & Dryridge Estates wonderful wines. Afternoon cheese platter consisting of local produce at Dryridge Estate vineyard. Pick up and drop off can be arranged at your accommodation from Wentworth Falls through to Mt Victoria. Look out for some fantastic photo opportunities

 

On 22nd April 2018

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Museum Open Day - Seniors One-for-One Offer

Ride the 1890s style Valley Heights Mixed in a cowboy carriage pulled by "Stevo" the Tank Engine and explore the many large and small exhibits.

Model rooms and artworks complete the story of the railway's impact on the Blue Mountains. Learn about the "Call Boy", the "Fish" and "Chips" and the life of Hendrikus Trip. Indulge in the ambience of the beautifully restored 1930s "Caves Express" carriage.

Enjoy the café and shop when you're ready for a break. All rides* last for 20 minutes and are included in the entry fee. Time: 10am to 4pm (last rides 3.30pm).

Seniors Card Holders admitted free (if accompanied by ticket purchasing visitor - see website for details).

*Please note all rides are subject to the operational factors, including high fire risk or ban.

On 22nd April 2018

Open day with rides on heritage steam train

Bring the family along to enjoy the stunning display of remarkable exhibits including unlimited 20 minute rides on the "Valley Heights Mixed" in an 1890 open ended "Cowboy" carriage hauled by 1899 Stephenson Steam tank engine No 2 "Stevo".

View model layouts, climb on board historic locomotives and carriages, and inspect memorabilia from over 100 years of railway action at Valley Heights. View exhibits of rail artefacts and paintings, local history and photographic display plus the shop stocks a selection of books, DVDs and other souvenir items. Kids can do the fascinating 10-question quiz and check answers on the website.

Special ticketing arrangements for Seniors Card holder. Visit website for full details.

On 22nd April 2018

Springwood Growers Market

Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Springwood Growers Market. Meet the Growers and Producers of the fantastic array of foods.

Supporting local Farmers and Producers. You will see that what you buy is fresh and lasts. Tantalising your tastebuds with fresh Australian foods is wonderful. Come out, buy fresh produce and show your support.

Various Dates 28th January to 23rd December 2018 Next 22nd April 2018

Aboriginal Experience at Walls Cave

Journey with their Aboriginal Ranger as you descend down into the magnificent Walls Cave at Blackheath. Hear stories and legends of this country’s first people, and retrace their steps along this beautiful waterway, formerly occupied for thousands of years.

Bring a hat, water, sunscreen and lunch, and you’re ready to explore.

Various Dates 19th to 23rd April 2018 Last 23rd April 2018

Sensory Concert

People with sensory issues that prevent them from attending public events such as concerts can immerse themselves in a specially designed live music performance.

To be held on a weekday during school holidays to cater for aged care facilities, centres for people with a disability and families, it will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Erica Kennedy on violin, flautist Lisa Osmialowski and Bullaburra concert pianist Grace Kim.

Part of the Sensory Concerts series, it has been designed for people of all ages, especially families with sensory or special needs such as autism spectrum disorder, physical or intellectual disabilities who experience feelings of being overwhelmed by crowd, noise, light, smell and touch.

Performed to small groups in a relaxed atmosphere, there will be a range of seating options and a retreat space where audience members can self-regulate or seek support from the onsite occupational therapist and psychologist.

As an internationally renowned professional concert pianist and music educator Ms Kim knows firsthand the benefits of music to health and wellbeing, and strives to make it accessible to everyone who needs it.

Various Dates 23rd April 2018 to 4th March 2019 First 23rd April 2018

Wilderquest Bug Hunt Adventure

Get ready to discover some of the planet’s most amazing creatures – bugs! You will be surprised at the many different bugs living right under your feet. Have fun learning all about where they live, what they eat, where they sleep and why they are so important. Bring a hat, water and sunscreen and you’re ready for your Bug Hunt Adventure.

Various Dates 16th to 24th April 2018 Last 24th April 2018

Free Volunteer Guided Garden Walks

Take a walk with one of their Volunteer Guides to learn about the fascinating history of the Garden and see what's looking good. Tours leave most days at 11.30am - see times at the Visitors Centre or call to see if there is a tour on the day you plan to visit.

Group numbers are limited to 15 people to ensure the best experience. For groups of more than four people please pre-book.

Various Dates 5th to 29th April 2018 Next 26th April 2018

Rebecca Waterstone: Near and Far

This exhibition explores place, distance and the powerful presence of mountains, both in Australia (Blue Mountains), and Scotland (Highlands / Isle of Skye). These themes are investigated through distilled imagery and colour fields, sensory materials and found objects.

Works are drawn from immersion in these landscapes and transposed into a series of meditative, minimal works. Mountains are metaphors for the anchoring of self in place. Works span various media, including painting photography and film. The pull that important places - and the people within them – have on the psyche, is universal and profound.

Various Dates 26th April to 20th May 2018 First 26th April 2018

Metal Urges

Metal Urges highlights the diversity of current practice of contemporary artists who work in metal casting and brings together a circle of National Art School Bronze Founders.

Curated by Clara Hali this exhibition features the work of two local artists, Justin Morrissey and Clara Hali as well as Sydney based artists Elyssa Sykes-Smith, Lisa Tolcher, John Blakeney, Felix Feneley, Tom Parker and Fiona Watson.

The artists all have a common passion and interest in casting metals and each artist is developing their own particular sculptural language.

Various Dates 26th April to 20th May 2018 First 26th April 2018

Nerd Alert - Garden Chemistry

Hands-on science for curious kids who like to make things, experiment, use gadgets and find out cool stuff. You'll discover Why stuff happens, What makes things the way they are and How things work.

Mix up some chemical potions. You'll extract chemicals from plants, have fun with invisible ink, test the garden soil - and more.

On 26th April 2018

Michael Newton - Guitar Recital

A showcase of new and traditional classical guitar music. The local guitarist Mitchell Newton will be performing music of favourite composers and lesser known works. The programme also includes Stele by the late Phillip Houghton.

Doors open 5:45pm Friday 27th April. "The Library" in the Carrington Hotel.

Contact Details

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children/students/concession and are available at the door or can be reserved by email

Email: mitchellnewtonmusic@gmail.com.

On 27th April 2018

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Friday Supper Club

Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba presents the Friday Supper Club – a weekly night of live music, hearty food and classic cocktails at Avalon.

Each Friday night, they present local acts, free of charge, who provide music-to-dine-to in the fabulous art-deco surroundings.

Featured acts include Blue Mountains favourites Jazz Daiquiri, Kate Woolfe Trio, The Orchard Boat, Willem Sherlock Roorda, Frazer, Ireland and Russell, The Three-Handed Beat Bandits, Kees Steen, Penelope Wells, plus many more.

Book yourself a table with friends, choose something to eat from their menu and extensive local wine and craft beer list, or treat yourself to a cheeky cocktail from the bar.

What better way to start your weekend?

Bookings essential.

Various Dates 6th April 2018 to 29th March 2019 Next 27th April 2018

Tree Painting and Art Day

Join their Aboriginal Ranger and participate in some tree painting and other art activities, using natural ochre and your own imagination. You will learn more about the rich language behind some traditional symbols, and have a unique opportunity to get creative and make a natural work of art in the wild landscape of Blue Mountains National Park.

Various Dates 17th to 27th April 2018 Last 27th April 2018

Varuna and Sydney Writers' Festival

Varuna the National Writers’ House is hosting exciting Sydney Writers’ Festival events from 27-30 April in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, featuring bestselling national and international writers. The festival also gives the community a chance to hone their writing skills with a selection of workshops and panel discussions.

On Friday 27 April visit the Varuna House itself, a local gem of literary significance, offering the opportunity to kick-start your memoir or creative non-fiction writing with writers Madeline Oliver and Viv Lewis.

On Saturday 28 April at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre climate scientist Dr Joelle Gergis and Chief Economist of The Australia Institute Richard Denniss are in conversation with Gregg Borchmann from RN Breakfast. Then uncover Western Sydney’s vibrant writing scene featuring three rising stars Omar Sakr, Rawah Arja and Stephen Pham.

On Monday 30 April the Festival moves into the Carrington with a full-day program set to inspire, motivate and excite. American author Tara Westover will tell of her amazing journey from growing up as a survivalist cult member to graduating with a PhD from Cambridge. Indonesian writer Dias Novita Wuri will discuss feminist perspectives with writer and editor Zoya Patel. And much more!

Daily 27th to 30th April 2018 Next 27th April 2018

Tohby Riddle Writing Workshop: 'Good Thinking, Good Writing' at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

A Sydney Writers' Festival event for kids. A Creative Writing Workshop by acclaimed children's author Tohby Riddle offering playful ways of looking at words and generating ideas, this workshop extends a young writer's approach to the art of writing.

Suitable ages 10-14 years. Presented in partnership with Varuna and the Sydney Writers' Festival.

Bookings through Varuna tickets sales.

On 28th April 2018

Meet Grug and Storytime for the Varuna Sydney Writers’ Festival

A Sydney Writers' Festival event for kids. Come along for this story session and meet Grug in person. Perfect for kids aged two to six, but fun for fans of all ages.

Time: 10am to 11am. Free entry.
No bookings required, all welcome!

On 28th April 2018

Decadance

Get your dancing shoes on. Join them for a night of legendary house music with DJ James Ingram, Number Four Jackin House artist of 2017 (as voted by Tracksource), supported by DJ Shimon and a special live performance by the Blue Mountains own Tra La La.

On 28th April 2018

Meet Emily Rodda - Varuna Sydney Writers’ Festival

A Sydney Writers' Festival event for kids. Meet Emily Rodda in person. Emily's Deltora Quest books cemented her place as one of Australia's most renowned and loved children's fiction authors. This session is a chance for readers to meet the author, ask questions, and hear about her new book The Shop at Hoopers Bend.

Recommended for those nine years and older. In conversation with Sheryl Cootes. Time: 11am to 12 noon. No bookings required, this is a free event, all welcome!

On 28th April 2018

International Tabletop Games Day

A one-off, one-day event coinciding with Springwood Foundation Day and a great way to escape the crowds for some competitive board game fun.

The awesome games experts from Katoomba games shop, Afternoonified, will be on hand to tutor all-comers in new and exciting games that are always a little outside the ordinary. Plus there will be an awesome sensory Pop-Up play space for little kids and Giant Chess. All welcome!

Time: 11am to 3pm. Free Entry, no bookings required.

On 28th April 2018

A Lunch Date with Henri: Everglades Historic House and Garden

Henri van de Velde (a Belgian born entrepreneur) was the owner and builder of the Art Deco/ European modern house in the Gardens at Everglades. He also contracted Paul Sorensen to design the gardens with all the wonderful trees and stone walls and meandering paths.

You can take the opportunity to wander the gardens before sitting down to a Belgian inspired luncheon in the Art Deco dining room in the house.

Please BYO. Time: 12 noon. Bookings required.

On 28th April 2018

Baby et Lulu

ARIA award nominated Baby et Lulu accompanied by their six-piece band return to the Blue Mountains Theatre for a show of gorgeous French music, full of joie de vivre, seductive harmony, and that Baby et Lulu je ne sais quoi!

Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String Quartet) and Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic that will have you thinking you are in a Parisian Café!

A heady combination of feminine couture - from elegant to va va voom, seductive and witty banter, romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French, and the extraordinary musicianship of the band - leaves audiences enraptured.

It is no surprise then, that Baby et Lulu continue to attract new devotees at their festival appearances and sold-out shows across Australia.

On 28th April 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees with Megan Halcroft

Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don’t store honey, they are the world’s most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat.

On 28th April 2018

Springwood Foundation Day

Join the fun at this festival to celebrate the spirit of Springwood in 2018!

Springwood Foundation Day Festival celebrates the village's heritage and showcases what it has become.

Enjoy live entertainment, stalls, street performers, and amusement rides.

Non-stop fun and entertainment for all the family!

Various Dates 29th April 2017 to 28th April 2018 Last 28th April 2018

Blue Mountains Radio Players

Come along and enjoy Radio Plays with the Blue Mountains Radio Players.

Performances are before a live audience, using mainly scripts transcribed from original performances of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The repertoire includes plays from such long-running drama series as Suspense, Escape and Quiet Please!; episodes from the comedy series Easy Aces, Baby Snooks and Daddy and Life of Riley; and crimes solved by Sherlock Holmes, Boston Blackie and The Thin Man.

Blue Mountains Radio Players have been performing for about 15 years in venues around Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

Inspired by Juliette Palmer-Frederick, the ranks of the Players have included professional and amateur actors, usually about a dozen in number.

The Players currently perform at 2.30pm on the last Sunday of each month, February to November. Some performances have been recorded and are available on CD.

Various Dates 25th February to 25th November 2018 Next 29th April 2018

Varuna & Sydney Writers Festival 2018

Varuna & Sydney Writers Festival 2018

Monday 30th April 2018

Settle into the art deco elegance of the Carrington’s Grand Dining Room and immerse yourself in a day of conversation with writers for discussions that will inspire, stimulate and provoke. 

Contact Details

http://www.varuna.com.au/festival/

 

On 30th April 2018

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May 2018

Joseph Tawadros

Multi-award winning master of the Oud (Middle Eastern lute), the extraordinary Joseph Tawadros will be launching his new album The Bluebird, The Mystic and The Fool at Blue Mountains Theatre.

Expect a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, jazz, traditional sounds and contemporary innovations, including pieces from Joseph's new album.

The quintet on the new album and in concert comprises Joseph – Oud, Matt McMahon - one of Australia’s finest jazz pianists and composers, James Tawadros – Joseph’s brother - a virtuoso player of Egyptian percussion (req, frame drum), Dimitri Vouros – clarinetist with skill in jazz, world and improvised music and Karl Dunnicliff – the respected jazz double bass player.

On 4th May 2018

Standing Up Alive - Aboriginal Art Exhibition - Artists Meet and Greet

Join them at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Standing Up Alive, to meet the artists and learn about the inspiration for their works. Experience the vibrancy of their dance and music and their passion for their art.

On 5th May 2018

The Tablelands Way Oberon Farmers Markets

Sample a smorgasbord of local produce at The Tablelands Way Oberon Farmers Markets.

Each month the lovely quaint grounds at St Barnabas Church become a flurry of activity complete with some truly delightful smells which lure passers by to come for a look, and end up leaving with an armload of locally produced goodies.

Around 30 stalls gather under the canopy of trees in the charming grounds all year around, and if you get there nice and early, prepare to be amazed with the diversity of local produce. You will find local fruit and vegetables, knitwear, alpaca products, handmade local crafts, art work, freshly roasted coffee, wines, olives, jewelry, bags, homemade pies and cakes and other baked goods, local eggs, clothing, homemade jams and preserves, essential oils, fresh baked bread, and many other gourmet treats available.

Various Dates 3rd March 2018 to 2nd February 2019 Next 5th May 2018

Transitions: Everglades Historic House and Gardens

Through the seasons, across the years.

Over a year Tracy Ponich photographed Everglades, a National Trust property overlooking the Blue Mountains’ Jamison Valley. Transitions is an exhibition of this work, shot in all climatic and seasonal changes.

As well as photographs and a book, Transitions is a series of storyboards, aspects of Everglades over decades. The storyboards combine Tracy’s images with archival materials and contributions from those who have known the place intimately. They include diary passages of the garden’s creator, Paul Sorensen, celebrated regionally for his master designs.

Transitions flows inside and outside the gallery walls. Located right there it resonates compellingly. Inside the gallery see Everglades at its most evocative: the vegetable garden shrouded in mist; the magnificent Cherry Terrace in bloom; the Glades in autumnal glory; and a forgotten pumphouse concealed deep in the Jamison Valley. Inside and out, experience grand vistas, quiet pathways and art deco structures of the 1930’s.

Everglades is part of the Australian Heritage Festival and the Head On Photo Festival 2018.

Opening for the Exhibition will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2pm-4pm (free entrance during exhibition opening).

Daily 6th to 27th May 2018 Next 6th May 2018

Leura Harvest Festival

With a focus on fresh, regional, and sustainable, the Leura Harvest Festival is set to take place in Leura Mall during autumn, when the village is at its beautiful best!

This year's event promises to be even bigger and better.

Up to 75 stalls will line Leura Mall, selling seasonal food and sharing expertise on all things fresh, regional and sustainable. You can also expect a number of fun competitions open to all age groups, including the popular Scarecrow Competition, Pet Chook Show and the Great Australian Chocolate Cake Competition. It's a great community event for the whole family.

On 6th May 2018

Aussie Night Markets, LithGlow 2018

Aussie Night Markets and Food Trucks specialise in night markets that bring families, communities and friends together. Enjoy this non-alcoholic event with music, kids rides, market stalls and an international food smorgasbord made-up of street food vendors, food trucks and dessert stalls.

Aussie Night Markets attract the hottest newest street vendors and bring them together under one roof for foodies and families to enjoy.

On 12th May 2018

Heritage Train Rides LithGlow 2018

Join Lachlan Valley Railway aboard their historic 1920's "Tin Hare" Railmotors for a heritage train ride to Wallerawang and return as part of the LithGlow 2018 event.

Shuttles are 20 minutes each way; if you would like to catch a later train back just let the on-board staff know on the day. The train leaves Wallerawang Station at 4:35pm, 7pm and 8:25pm.

Please remember to arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure so you don't miss out on your heritage ride.

Lithgow Departures: 2:30pm, 3:55pm, 5:55pm 7:55pm
Wallerawang Departures: 4:35pm, 7pm and 8:25pm.

On 12th May 2018

LithGlow Ghost Tours

Blue Mountains Mystery Tours invites you to Lithgow for a Paranormal Investigation and Ghost Tour of Lithgow State Mine Museum– if you dare.

Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of Paranormal activity at the site and will lead you to the scene of dark myths and gloomy legends where ghosts are dying to meet you.

The tour is fully interactive and includes fascinating history and nerving-jangling tragic stories. Marion in the Pepper’s Ghost illusion will tell emotional stories of hardship endured by the miners their families and treasured animals.

Any spooky shenanigans will be detected by the ghost hunting equipment supplied on the night: EMF meters, Ovillus 111, full spectrum video, night vision video and Thermal Camera.

On 12th May 2018

LithGlow

LithGlow Illuminating Industrial Innovation will be a weekend showcasing and celebrating Lithgow’s remarkable story of industrial innovation dating back to the late nineteenth century.

LithGlow will be held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday May 12 - 13. With many of Lithgow’s museums and industrial locations offering special exhibitions, tours and displays for LithGlow, it will be a weekend not to be missed with something to entertain the whole family.

LithGlow will feature the opening of the Blast Furnace Park after the installation of new interpretive signage, walkways and lighting to enhance the visitor experience.

Daily 12th to 13th May 2018 Next 12th May 2018

LithGlow and Site Tours at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

As part of LithGlow 2018 and National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival, Lithgow SAF Museum is offering a rare opportunity to walk back in time through the historic Small Arms Factory site.

A guided tour will take you into four old production buildings, one of them the original 1912 Main Workshop. Included in the tour is the Museum’s normally non-accessible historic machinery collection.

On Saturday night from 6pm, the factory buildings will come alive with special projections and light displays, including an operational World War II carbon arc search light. Nick who operates the light is only too happy to explain to anyone who is interested about how it operates.

The Museum will open for extended hours on Saturday night with a special program of demonstrations of unique and unusual handguns and longarms.

Enjoy all the Museum has to offer. Have a picnic on the lawn behind the Museum, bring your own, or light refreshments will be available in the old Canteen for purchase.

Daily 12th to 13th May 2018 Next 12th May 2018

Voices of Eskbank, LithGlow

Discover the history of the Lithgow region through the Eskbank House Museum collection. One of the earliest house museums in the country, Eskbank House Museum holds many objects that reflect the important developments of the region, including the role of influential industrials Thomas Brown, James Rutherford, William Sandford and the Hoskins Brothers.

From 6pm Saturday, May 12 experience the Voices of Eskbank at night. Photographs from the archives will be projected on the buildings, giving you a unique insight into the people and moments that shaped the region.

The Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Entry fee applies. Projections will run from 6pm until 10pm Saturday and can be viewed from Inch Street.

Daily 12th to 13th May 2018 Next 12th May 2018

Newnes Shale Oil Refinery Ruins Walking tour, LithGlow

Explore the historic ruins of one of Australia’s largest shale oil production schemes - the Newnes Shale Oil Refinery.
Built in 1906, the refinery was an ambitious undertaking by the British based Commonwealth Oil Corporation to exploit the Wolgan Valley’s vast shale reserves. The use of 19th century technology and the importation of lower priced crude oil into Australia finally closed the works in 1932.

All that remains of this once prosperous industry and thriving community are the industrial ruins and building foundations dispersed across the historically significant landscape.
This half day walking tour will explore the fascinating history of the once thriving shale oil industry, taking in the shale oil refinery ruins, the iconic beehive-shaped coking kilns, the remote township of Newnes and the Wolgan River.

On 12th May 2018

Mary Alice Evatt: Art for the People

The exhibition features work by Mary Alice Evatt, artist and cultural advocate, who was married to Dr. Herbert Vere ‘Doc’ Evatt, Justice of the High Court of Australia and prominent Labor party politician.

Evatt was an influential and committed advocate of Australian contemporary art. In 1943 she was appointed a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and continued as the sole female member of the board until 1970.

The exhibition features works from private and public collections and provides the unique opportunity to view works acquired and bequeathed by the Evatts. This includes works by artists such as Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Maurice de Vlaminck and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as works by some of Evatt’s friends including Margaret Olley, John Coburn, Moya Dyring and Tom Gleghorn.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition curated by Dr. Melissa Boyde

Daily 12th May to 24th June 2018 Next 12th May 2018

The Button Collective and Diamond Duck EP Launch

The Button Collective is a high-energy travelling Folk and Bluegrass band. Their guitar-driven sound delivers definitively Australian stories combined with elements from traditional Irish folk songs and tunes, and spiced with the spirit of fast-paced American old time music, all with a personal and intimate delivery from singer and songwriter Brodie Buttons, backed by accordion, bass, banjo, fiddle, flute, and rich vocal harmonies.

Featuring a rich tapestry of plucked strings, lush vocal harmonies, highly original songs and a diverse range of influences from The Beach Boys to Bach, Diamond Duck is an exciting new collaboration between Sydney mandolinist and song writer Jimmy Daley (The Morrisons, Sanctuary Band, Tawny Owl String band) and Canadian born guitarist, vocalist and song writer Brian Campeau (Green Mohair Suits, Rescue Ships).

On 12th May 2018

Mother's Day High Tea

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with an exquisite High Tea. Begin with a glass of sparkling on arrival, then delight in a selection of tea sandwiches; traditional scones with fresh cream & jam; pastries, cakes, slices & savoury items. Enjoy all this while taking in the spectacular views of the Jamison Valley in Misty’s.

Includes: Glass of sparkling on arrival, divine selection of tea sandwiches, homemade scones with fresh jam and cream, sweets and treats.

On 13th May 2018

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Mother's Day Family Buffet Lunch

Give Mum the afternoon off and enjoy a family buffet lunch in our Jamison’s Restaurant complete with stunning views overlooking the Jamison Valley.

With all mums receiving a complimentary glass of sparkling, enjoy a range of classic lunch favourites including the ever-popular dessert buffet. 

Bookings are essential. Please call +61 2 4785 0000 or email to secure your spot.

Terms & Conditions: No discounts are applicable to this event. Changes to booking or cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to event.

On 13th May 2018

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On 13th May 2018

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Lithgow’s Scottish ‘Founding Fathers’ LithGlow 2018

Scottish Afternoon Tea with music and story’s told of Lithgow’s Scottish ‘Founding Fathers’ - their homes and families from Professor Ian Jack, Senior Fellow and archivist at St Andrew’s College, University of Sydney, with a talk about the fascinating Scottish pastoral heritage of the region leading to its earliest industries.

Displays include replica of Christina Brown quilt, Pastoral Heritage, Early Enterprises and Industries - Woollen Mills artefacts, Pottery, Stonemasonry plus viewing Bowenfels Church.

On 13th May 2018

Blackheath Growers Market

Smell, buy and taste wonderful regional food at the Blackheath Growers Market. Meet the growers and producers of a fantastic array of foods.

It is run between the hours of 8am and 12noon on the second Sunday of each month from February to December. (Closed January)

Various Dates 11th February to 9th December 2018 Next 13th May 2018

Winmalee Artisan Markets

Winmalee Artisan Markets showcase local handmade products: Art, Craft, Glass Makers, Candle Makers, Dressmakers, Locally Produced Honey, Body and Bath Products, Plants, Preserves and Sauces, Quality Meat and Produce, Jewellery and Food vendors.

Various Dates 11th March 2018 to 10th February 2019 Next 13th May 2018

Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, LithGlow

The Glow Worm Tunnel trail is one of the most iconic walking tracks in the greater Lithgow region with its draw card - the spectacular display of illuminating glow worms in the historical Wolgan Valley Railway Tunnel No.2, and unmissable panoramic views across Wolgan Valley and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Described as being one of the most expensive privately funded engineering feats of its time, the Wolgan Valley Railway was the brainchild of chief railway engineer Sir Henry Deane in 1906 and served the nearby Newnes Shale Oil Refinery for the first few decades of the 20th century. The shay engines and rail lines; as well as the dedicated people that worked the railway, have long since gone and nature has now reclaimed much of this once revered and celebrated railway line.

Following the historical footprint of the Wolgan Valley Railway, the hike traverses often steeply graded and densely forested slopes onto spectacular panoramic views of the Wolgan Valley. The nine kilometre trail meanders through fern tree laden gorges, sandstone pagodas and canyons and mountain streams to the aptly named Glow Worm Tunnel.

On 13th May 2018

Jimeoin – The Ridiculous (Lithgow)

From the ridiculous to the hilarious, come and see Jimeoin’s new show as he takes you into the brain of one the world’s best stand up comedians and masters of observational humour.

Jimeoin is acclaimed as one of the hottest stand-up comics of this generation – a true comedy master. A prolific writer with an exceptional audience rapport, he is known and loved for his brilliantly funny wit and charming observations on the absurdities of every-day life.

Jimeoin’s regular appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and his widely successful Australian tours attract sell-out advance bookings, often with extra shows added due to demand. Internationally, Jimeoin has toured to great acclaim from New York to New Zealand, Aspen to Amsterdam, the Middle East to the Far East. He regularly tours the UK and Ireland, has performed in Europe as well as at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and is both an alumni and one of the biggest comedy acts each year at the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

On 17th May 2018

Ultra-Trail Australia

Ultra-Trail Australia is four day running festival incorporating a 100 kilometre, 50 kilometre and 22 kilometre trail run through the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. The UTA start/finish event hub is located at Scenic World, Katoomba.

The UTA festival includes a one kilometre kids trail race and the UTA 951, a 1.2 kilometre stair climb from the base of the iconic Furber steps to the Ultra-Trail Australia finish line at Scenic World. There is also an event expo, athlete forums, film festival and more.

Ultra-Trail Australia is a truly unique and spectacular event that sees the world's elite athletes, recreational runners and first time ultra-runners converge to take on a breath-taking and challenging course. UTA is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

Daily 17th to 20th May 2018 Next 17th May 2018

Italian Dining at Everglades Historic House and Garden

Join them for a delicious three course Italian-inspired luncheon served in the elegant Art Deco Dining Room at Everglades House, and follow that with a stroll through Everglades gorgeous garden.

Time: 12.30pm. Bookings are essential.

On 19th May 2018

Million Paws Walk - Blue Mountains

Grab your two and four legged friends and join other animal lovers for a fun filled day at the Million Paws Walk.

Whether you have pets in your family or not, you're invited to join the pack, walking with tens of thousands of people and pets throughout Australia to help raise vital funds for the RSPCA, the animals in their care, and to promote responsible pet ownership.

Walk or be walked around Melrose Park and be a part of dog agility tests, get training tips and information for the care of dogs of various ages and sizes and talk to dog behavioural experts who will be there to give you advice on discipline and handling of larger breeds.

A fun day out for families and people of all ages with a real festival atmosphere, and a variety of demonstrations, exhibitions and stalls selling merchandise and food.

On 20th May 2018

Teddy Bears Day Out

Children aged 16 and under admitted free provided they bring their Teddy Bear along for the fun (and are accompanied by a paying adult).

At 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm all Bears are specially invited to join the Bears Only 'Teddy Bear Express' for a short adventure on the Steam Tram. How exciting for your furry friend.

Join the 'Spot The Teddies' competition for the chance to win a prize. Hidden Bears around the site are just waiting to be found. Grab an entry form and take photos of the tricky Bears as you wander!

Collect a free confectionery pack for each child.

Five to fifteen year olds can enjoy the Kid’s Trivia Quiz – 10 interesting questions to answer as you stroll round the Museum.

All the Museum’s regular great exhibits and activities are also available, including unlimited rides on the Steam Tram, model rooms, Steam Locos and carriages to explore. Climb aboard the 'Caves Express' that showcases first class travel in the 1930s. Learn about the 'Call Boy' and the part the 1914 Railway Depot played in local society.

A great day out for all ages.

On 20th May 2018

Autumn Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds and learn about their habits. Autumn is an exciting time, often bringing surprises as migrating birds pass through the area. Many species move away from their breeding territories into more open habitats and small birds flock together in mixed groups. Carol will teach you how to use binoculars and spot birds, and will discuss bird identification techniques and getting started as a birdwatcher. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding

Various Dates 14th April to 26th May 2018 Last 26th May 2018

June 2018

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

The magical winter time (June, July and August) is Yulefest in the Blue Mountains where many venues offer traditional Xmas style celebrations. While cold winds blow and the occasional snow falls, experience warm 'Mountains' hospitality, log fires, Xmas fare, singalongs and perhaps even Santa. The Blue Mountains is truly a 'Winter Wonderland'.

Event dates differ between establishments, please visit the website for more details on Winter Yulefest Packages.

Daily 1st June to 31st August 2018 Next 1st June 2018

Landlines and Ancient Wanderers - an exhibition by Glenice Ware

Inspired by the strength and fragility of the outback landscape, Glenice Ware’s work explores the materiality of the land, its fine details and vast landscapes, the marks, rhythms, colours and textures of an ancient landscape.

The north-west corner of New South Wales has long drawn Glenice’s attention as an inspiration for her art. She is a mixed media artist and her work reflects the depth of her love of country. Earth based materials and hand-made brushes, stitching and eco dyed fabrics embellish the work to tell the stories embedded in the land.

Free entry. Artworks available to purchase.

Daily 2nd June to 5th August 2018 Next 2nd June 2018

Perch Creek Album Release Tour with Special Guest Jumpin' Jack William

Perch Creek are a band of five exuberant and multi-talented musicians, four of whom are siblings. This Melbourne-based international touring act write and perform harmony driven modern pop/folk music with a creative energy and fearless spirit.

Perch Creek will be bringing their unique sound and unforgettable live show on a national headline tour in support of their new self-titled album this June. With three lead singers and diverse instrumentation, Perch Creek combine five-part vocal harmonies with folk, pop, roots and rock musical styles, all threaded together by the band’s unique five-way collaborative song-writing – a coalescence of lyrics, music and arrangement, drawing on the creative strengths of each band member and the clarity of the group’s vision.

Perch Creek have toured from Europe to Canada, Woodford Folk Festival to Golden Pains, Edinburgh Fringe to ABC Television Spicks and Specks.

On 8th June 2018

bentART

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

bentART was established in the Blue Mountains in 2005 to celebrate works in the visual arts of Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) artists.

Each year over the June long weekend, the annual four day bentART exhibition is held in the Blue Mountains.

bentART is focused on encouraging, promoting and supporting the visual art of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people of Australia. The sexual orientation of LGBTIQ artists naturally informs and influences their perspective and vision. It is this orientation and view of the world that is encouraged by bentART.

All artworks are judged on their artistic merit. All artworks are for sale.

Time: Friday Opening Night 6.30pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm, Monday 10am – 2pm.

Check out the bentART website for further details.

Daily 8th to 10th June 2018 Next 8th June 2018

Daniel Champagne with Special Guest

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father.

He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

On 10th June 2018

Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Running Weekend includes events for the whole family, all on some of the most pristine trails and in one of the most amazing National Parks in Australia.

The event caters for runners and the entire family. Camping and catering is available on site.

Some of the events held over the weekend include:
Marathon: 42.2 kilometres of ultimate trail running. From the challenge of Pipeline Track to the glory of the Glow Worm Tunnel. A superb running experience. This is one of the toughest Trail Marathons in the country. Be sure to check out the course profile beforehand. Half Marathon: The most amazing Half Marathon experience in Australia - taking runners through the spectacular Glow Worm Tunnel. The terrain is challenging and exciting as you negotiate small trails that lead to the Glow Worm Tunnel. A quick 10 kilometres downhill on the way back!

Daily 16th to 17th June 2018 Next 16th June 2018

Annual Yulefest Blue Mountains Dinner and Show

2018 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 6th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

To get you in the mood and help with your plans, we are offering special Early-bird tickets for only $99 per person, including booking fees.

Please note that these Early-bird tickets are only available online.

Once these tickets run out, the full-price tickets will be available for $130 per person, with some great group booking offers.

So get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon.

Perhaps there’s a Goon-Type in your family who’d love these tickets as a Christmas present.. go on, spoil them.

 

Read about the show on the official website here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 2018

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Winter Solstice Soriree

Through the Day

At midday Hands Heart and feet will perform on The Carrington Driveway

Evening 

6pm the Fireworks display accompanied by Samba-trombada 

The Grand Dining Room will host our Annual Winter Solstice Ball - This years theme will be Winter Masquerade

 

Retro Rehash from Radio Blue Mountains will be hosting the Event in the Baroque Room. 

The KTown funky horns are set to funk up the annual peasants ball held in the Ballroom 

 

There will be other events happening through out Katoomba across many venues day and night. 

 

WATCH THIS SPACE  - MORE DETAILS TO COME

 

To plan you weekend, contact the Carrington Hotel directly accommodation packages on 02 4782 1111.

On 23rd June 2018

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Winter Solstice Masquerade Ball

Come and Celebrate the Winter Solstice with us at The Winter Masquerade Ball

Our annual fireworks display will be at 6pm and be accompanied by Samba Trombada. For best veiwing grab a spot on the driveway.

Afterwards, put on your best Mask and join us at the ball, with a 3 course meal, beverage package and live entertainment, it is an event not to be missed.

Accommodation packages available.

Contact details:

(02) 4782 1111

carrington@thecarrington.com.au

On 23rd June 2018

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Yulefest 2018 Dinner & Show

2018 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 6th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

To get you in the mood and help with your plans, we are offering special Early-bird tickets for only $99 per person, including booking fees.

Please note that these Early-bird tickets are only available online.

Once these tickets run out, the full-price tickets will be available for $130 per person, with some great group booking offers.

So get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon.

Perhaps there’s a Goon-Type in your family who’d love these tickets as a Christmas present.. go on, spoil them.

 

Read about the show on the official website here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 2018

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Wollemi Artisan Market

Join the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre for the Wollemi Artisan Market Winter Edition for live music, gourmet food and stalls from local designers, artists and makers.

The markets will showcase a range of hand crafted gifts, homewares, prints, jewellery, clothing, stationery, beauty products, toys and more.

It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local and support your creative community.

On 23rd June 2018

The Goon Show Live! at Yulefest

The Goon Show Live! is the perfect comedy entertainment, with high energy and snappy one-liners that you will be quoting for days, weeks and months to come - forever; ensuring a great night, one that you will remember.

Join the lads for their sixth annual appearance at Yulefest Blue Mountains.

If you love British Comedy, Yule Love The Goon Show Live!

Based on the original cult BBC series which starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; the shows include specially re-engineered sound effects.

Every year Christmas at Blue Mountains programme features popular episodes written by Spike Milligan; hilarious British Comedy classics with a delicious Christmas-in-July menu.

Please note, booking fees apply in addition to quoted prices.

Various Dates 23rd June to 14th July 2018 First 23rd June 2018

Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee (Blue Mountains)

Anh Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Sick with dehydration and one person already dead, the journey was the first of many struggles for a young Do, who overcame all manner of difficulties throughout his life to become a lawyer and, in 2008, Australia’s Comedian of the Year.

Today he is one of Australia’s most sought after stand-ups, as well as a talented writer, actor, producer and Star of the ABC1 TV’s Anh’s Brush With Fame.

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir, charts his journey from starving refugee to one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers. It has been awarded Book of the Year with sales in excess of 400,000.

Do’s struggles as a young refugee – his difficulties with English, divorcing parents, being bullied and broke, are brought to life in this hilarious but moving new stage show, garnering this happy refugee standing ovations across the country.

On 27th June 2018

Yulefest Buffet Dinners

Friday & Saturday evenings from 29th June to 28th July

Immerse yourself in a magical yuletide experience… Set in Jamison’s Restaurant with a festive atmosphere and a special appearance by Santa Claus all the way from the North Pole. Indulge in a festive buffet with all the trimmings. Begin with your complimentary beverage before dining on sumptuous seafood platters, traditional heart-warming roasts, rustic veg and delectable accompaniments. Then end your evening with a well-deserved treat from the delicious dessert buffet… Yule log, cakes, sweets and more!

Adults $92 / Teen (13-17) $49 / Child (5-12) $29 / Children 4 and under free (Plus booking fee)

 

Various Dates 29th June to 28th July 2018 First 29th June 2018

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Unlocking The Doors

Unlocking The Doors set out to capture the Shamanistic presence of Jim Morrison, the hypnotic bass lines and swirling keys of Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger’s legato blues inspired guitar modality and John Densmore eclectic fusion of Jazz, Rock and Latin drum beats for the ultimate Doors experience. Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin…….

One night only at the Baroque Room, located at the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. Come and celebrate and evening of the unmistakable music and poetry that was The Doors.

On 30th June 2018

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July 2018

Australian Girls Choir and Blue Mountains Youth Choir

The Australian Girls Choir (AGC) present a spectacular showcase of song and dance. You will be stunned by their exquisite singing, impressed by their dazzling dance steps and moved by the passionate performance of the AGC. Like no other choir you’ve seen before, these girls perform with vibrancy and energy which is how they have sung their way into the hearts of thousands of people worldwide. This enchanting performance will take you on a musical journey featuring a varied and entertaining repertoire from Broadway show tunes to Australiana to contemporary and traditional pieces and world music.

Many will know the AGC as the choir made famous by the ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ television advertisements for Qantas which have captured the hearts of the nation over the past 19 years.

The angelic voices of the AGC have been heard all over the globe including singing for Queen Elizabeth II, President Obama and Ellen DeGeneres, and at thousands of high profile events including the Hugh Jackman ‘Broadway to Oz’ Arena Tour.

The concert features all members of the 2018 AGC National Tour Choir. The Blue Mountains Youth Choir will also feature as part of this performance.

On 1st July 2018

Hello Tut Tut and Devil on the Rooftop in concert

Hello Tut Tut are dynamic and daring when it comes to creating original music. Tapping into their European roots, the band has a fresh take on the Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy and Latin musical traditions.

By blending these styles with the pulse of contemporary dance music, this seven-piece brings a high energy show that gets you up and dancing.

They have made a speedy ascent on the World Music scene, winning over local and international crowds with their performances at Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Bello Winter Music Festival, Live en Août (New Caledonia), Rainbow Serpent Festival and a collection of Australia’s most recognised venues and night markets.

Devil on the Rooftop are a fantastical realm between Eastern European folk tunes, Bluegrass and something else.
DOTR is combination of the talents of Jess Randall (The Crooked Fiddle Band) and Morgan Haselden (Mimosa).

On 6th July 2018

A School Holiday Show; The Marvellous Sock Machine

An interactive show for kids

The Marvellous Sock Machine is a delightful 50 minute show featuring songs, loads of fun and plenty of Silly Sock Sensations! This show is an interactive theatrical experience for children aged 2 – 8.

Sock Buddies, Spud and Gromit, are inundatedwith washing soooo many socks – and they’re always losing them! What are they to do?

Gromit has a great idea! She starts to build the Marvellous Sock Machine that washes, sorts and pairs all the socks up. 

Spud is very helpful (not), and he sings a silly-sock-song about Gromit’s Sock Machine.

Whenever Spud sings he gets the audience to join in and do something funny. 

Sing a Silly Sock Song with us now!

Then… oh no! Something goes wrong with the Marvellous Sock Machine. The Sock Monsterhas stolen a part of it! 

How are Spud and Gromit going to catch the Sock Monster?

Can the Marvellous Sock Machine be fixed?

Will our Sock Buddies be able find all those lost Socks and pair them up?

 

Various Dates 7th to 22nd July 2018 First 7th July 2018

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A School Holiday Show; The Marvellous Sock Machine

An interactive show for kids

The Marvellous Sock Machine is a delightful 50 minute show featuring songs, loads of fun and plenty of Silly Sock Sensations! This show is an interactive theatrical experience for children aged 2 – 8.

Sock Buddies, Spud and Gromit, are inundatedwith washing soooo many socks – and they’re always losing them! What are they to do?

Gromit has a great idea! She starts to build the Marvellous Sock Machine that washes, sorts and pairs all the socks up. 

Spud is very helpful (not), and he sings a silly-sock-song about Gromit’s Sock Machine.

Whenever Spud sings he gets the audience to join in and do something funny. 

Sing a Silly Sock Song with us now!

Then… oh no! Something goes wrong with the Marvellous Sock Machine. The Sock Monsterhas stolen a part of it! 

How are Spud and Gromit going to catch the Sock Monster?

Can the Marvellous Sock Machine be fixed?

Will our Sock Buddies be able find all those lost Socks and pair them up?

 

Various Dates 7th to 22nd July 2018 First 7th July 2018

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The Marvellous Sock Machine

Sock Buddies, Spud and Gromit, are inundated with washing so many socks – and they’re always losing them! What are they to do?

An interactive show for kids aged two to eight years.

Gromit has a great idea! She starts to build the Marvellous Sock Machine that washes, sorts and pairs all the socks up.

Spud is very helpful (not), and he sings a silly-sock-song about Gromit’s Sock Machine.

Whenever Spud sings he gets the audience to join in and do something funny.

Then, oh no! Something goes wrong with the Marvellous Sock Machine. The Sock Monster has stolen a part of it!

How are Spud and Gromit going to catch the Sock Monster?
Can the Marvellous Sock Machine be fixed?
Will the Sock Buddies be able find all those lost Socks and pair them up?

Various Dates 7th to 22nd July 2018 First 7th July 2018

Mayfield Garden Winter Festival

Although it is cooler outside, does it really mean you have to hibernate? Mayfield is a European inspired garden, do what the Europeans do: rug up and explore.

With parts of the Private Garden open including: the Amphitheatre, Croquet Court, Chinese Pagoda and The Creek and Sunken Garden rooms. On the weekends, local musicians will entertain you as you take advantage of their complimentary smores station (toasted marshmallows dipped in chocolate) in the wood fire.

Daily 7th to 22nd July 2018 Next 7th July 2018

Afternoon Tea and Show with The Goon Show LIVE!

2018 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 6th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

So get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon.

Perhaps there’s a Goon-Type in your family who’d love these tickets as a present.. go on, spoil them.

 

Read about the show on the official website here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

On 8th July 2018

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Winter Bird Walk with Carol Probets

Join birding guide Carol Probets on a morning walk to see some of the Garden’s beautiful birds and learn about their habits. Winter is a fascinating season in the bird world. It’s a time of nectar abundance, with many honeyeaters attracted to the Garden’s collection of Proteaceae, while small birds can be easy to spot as they move into the open habitats. Get some tips from Carol on how to use binoculars and identify birds. Suitable for beginners or those who have already done some birding.

Various Dates 14th July to 25th August 2018 First 14th July 2018

Outback NSW 4WD Safari

Fully accommodated 4WD Tag-a-Long Tour showcasing the best of country NSW - from Katoomba to Lightning Ridge and beyond.

Highlights of this 11 day safari include the spectacular Blue Mountains, the goldfields of Hill End & Sofala, Wines of the Mudgee region, Aboriginal rock art of the Warrumbungles, sculptures of the Pilliga scrub, Opal mining at Lightning Ridge, birdlife of the Macquarie Marshes, and an African Safari at Dubbo Zoo.

This is a fully accommodated and catered tour, staying in modern self-contained cabins across NSW.

Bring your own 4WD or AWD and a sense of adventure.

 

Daily 9th to 19th July 2018 Next 19th July 2018

Children Welcome
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Blue Mountains Billy Cart Bash

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Picture this...It's a beautiful crisp July day, skies are clear and there is the crunch of leaves underfoot as contestants walk up to the start line with a freshly painted billy cart in tow. The smell of the sausage sizzle firing away in the background, and there is still the faint taste of fairy floss in the air. Suddenly there's those three little words. "Ready. Set. Go!" The air horn goes and....

What happens next?

Come along and join in the fun - bring a cart that flies down the hill, or the more creative variety. Billy Cart Bash has something for all carting enthusiasts. For supporters there are sausage sizzles, a coffee van, jumping castle and free activities for the kids!

On 23rd July 2018

The Buzz on Native Bees - Winter

Join Megan Halcroft PhD to learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don’t store honey, they are the world’s most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat. Bookings essential.

On 28th July 2018

Cello and Chocolate - Cello Solo

A Collection of Cello Solos for the love of the lower Strings! Enjoy a wonderful Cello Solo with Georg Mertens in the 100 year old former Presbyterian Church, now Josophan’s Gingerbread House.

Program includes: Marais La Folia, five preludes for the Love of the lower Strings, Blue Mountains Rainforest Sonata, Gershwin's Summertime, Didgeridoo.

Plus - the overdue CD with Didgeridoo and Sakura and "The mellow cello" is finally there! Every CD will be dated and signed.

This event includes the concert plus Josophan's hot chocolate shot and fine chocolate on arrival, dessert in candlelight at the long oak table at Intermission and take home chocolate.

See website for more details. Time: 7.30pm. Bookings essential.

Various Dates 24th March to 29th September 2018 Next 28th July 2018

August 2018

Springwood Art Show

The first and longest running art show in the Blue Mountains, which helped establish the Blue Mountains’ reputation as an arts hub and recognised 'city of the arts', will once again showcase the best established and emerging talent in the area from August 3 - 5.

Held at Springwood High School and co-ordinated by the P and C, Springwood Art Show directly supports students of the school with 25 per cent of all sales including admission, café, raffle and artworks used to buy educational resources.

Visitors can snap up a world-class piece from a mature artist or make a shrewd long-term investment with an artwork from fresh talent, selecting from approximately 400 pieces of original art from more than 100 predominantly local artists. The art show also includes a range of quality artisan crafts such as leather handbags, jewellery, woodwork and textiles.

Daily 3rd to 5th August 2018 Next 3rd August 2018

Sea to the Trees Chef Dinner

Award-winning Chef Colin Barker is bringing his passion for sustainable seafood to Eucalypt Restaurant for an intimate dinner experience on Saturday 4th August. Having worked as John’s apprentice 20 years ago the pair re-join to bring the sea to the trees for one night only.

Experience a menu combining the freshest seafood, local Blue Mountains produce and decadent flavours. On the night your 5-course dinner will be expertly matched with TarraWarra wines from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, including their notable 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir. Book now for an evening of delicious food, great memories, and fine wine.

On 4th August 2018

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Margaret Flockton Award Exhibition

Margaret Flockton was the first botanical illustrator to work at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. The Margaret Flockton Award honours the enormous contribution Margaret made to early Australian botanical illustration and taxonomic research and encourages outstanding contemporary illustrators to build on this fine tradition. Complex science is translated into precise and detailed imagery as artists from around the world compete for this annual Award. Free entry.

Daily 11th August to 23rd September 2018 Next 11th August 2018

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Parade and Service commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, the most significant engagement by Australian Forces during the Vietnam War on 18 August 1966. Each year on the closest Sunday, Vietnam Veterans gather at the War Memorial for a commemorative service and wreath laying.

This year the event will start with the parade and service in Macquarie Road Springwood from 11am to 12.30pm. In the afternoon from 4pm to 4.45pm, proceedings continue with the Beating the Retreat Ceremony with Lithgow Pipe Band at the War Memorial.

Daily 11th to 12th August 2018 Next 11th August 2018

The Annual Blue Mountains Elvis Festival

The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival's main venues this year are the Wentworth Falls Country Club and the Palais Royale Hotel, Katoomba, with additional shows at the Family Hotel and other venues in and around Katoomba.

The Festival includes four major shows at the Wentworth Falls Country Club and seven major shows at the Palais Royale, plus the Sing Like Elvis competition and the opening night dinner dance.

Jack Gatto, Marcus Jackson, and Sean Spiteri will headline the festival this year.

Please refer to the website for further details and the programme.

Daily 16th to 19th August 2018 Next 16th August 2018

Daffodil Festival

With optimum growing conditions, the Garden will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. Enjoy a picnic, take some photos or simply enjoy the mass plantings. View the many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers and potted Daffodils available for purchase along with Cancer Council by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise. For a small fee, book in for a guided daffodil walk or their bulb growing workshop.

Daily 24th August to 2nd September 2018 Next 24th August 2018

Daffodil Discovery Walk

Join their Horticulturist on a guided walk discovering the delightful winter/spring bulbs on display at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Learn about some of the varieties which are growing at Mount Tomah.

On 25th August 2018

Blackheath Choir Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Blackheath Choir Festival is always held over the last weekend in August. The choirs will perform individually, between them singing ancient, modern, classical, folk, pop, comedy, opera, jazz, cabaret, traditional, chamber, gospel, world music and original compositions. See the web site for more details.

'The friendliest choir festival in the world' is not a competition - it's all about the music!

On 26th August 2018

Mountain Explorers

Follow the map to find the five trail stops and enjoy fun hands-on activities to learn about some weird and amazing plants. Answer the quiz questions to solve the puzzle and win a prize!

On 31st August 2018

September 2018

Prohibition Ball

On 1st September 2018

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Bulbs of the Taurus Mountains of Turkey

Mat Murray, Senior Horticulturist – Ornamental, recently accompanied an expedition to the Taurus Mountains of Turkey to look for spring flowering bulbs. In this presentation he will tell you about the plants, people and places that were encountered on this trip, with some stunning imagery as a back drop.

On 1st September 2018

Growing Bulbs

Join their Horticulturist to learn the secrets to bulb growing success. Learn about general cultivation and care tips for growing both spring and summer flowering bulbs with a hands on propagation workshop.

On 1st September 2018

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal festival celebrates the arrival of spring. Thousands of daffodils have been planted in the parks and gardens of Rydal. Daffodils at Rydal will take place over two weekends in September.

You can pay the entry fee at the Information Centre in the Rydal Village at the Railway Station on the main street or at country gardens. With your entry wrist band you will be given a detailed list of the addresses of the gardens that are open and the time and location of the various music programs.

Various Dates 8th to 16th September 2018 First 8th September 2018

Greystanes Gala Dinner

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Annual Signature Fundraising Event for Greystanes Disability Services.

Join supporters of Greystanes Disability Services for a colourful Gala Dinner. The Annual Greystanes Gala Dinner is an evening of networking, good food and good wine for a good cause.

Tickets include canapés, three course fine dining meal with four hour drinks package. Dress is formal with prizes for the most colourful guests.

On 9th September 2018

Always... Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline
Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story.

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.

The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”

The musical play, complete with down home country humour, true emotion and audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as ‘Crazy’, ‘I Fall to Pieces’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Walking After Midnight’… 27 songs in all.

Always…Patsy Cline has enjoyed great success internationally including Canada and Australia and especially in the US, where it had a successful run off-Broadway.

This new production is directed by AFI award-winner Denny Lawrence and stars award winning country music singing sensation Courtney Conway alongside popular stage star Mandi Lodge (Menopause The Musical) as Louise Seger.

On 22nd September 2018

Leura Gardens Festival

Think Spring, Think Leura. They are pleased to announce that the Leura Gardens Festival will have a new format in 2018. This year the festival will be held for six days over two long weekends:

Saturday, 29 September – Monday, 1 October (public holiday weekend) as well as Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October.

More information will be posted soon.

Daily 29th September to 1st October 2018 Next 29th September 2018

October 2018

National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival

The National Cool Climate Wine Show teamed up with Mayfield to create the National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival. World class wines from local and national cool climate vineyards, the very best from local gourmet food producers – together in the spectacular location.

They have a vibrant live music scene and the best of their local bands will keep you entertained throughout the day.

On 13th October 2018

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Garden is one of the world's largest privately owned cool climate gardens and is home to a private garden, and Mayfield Garden which is a year-round visitor experience.

Mayfield Garden Spring Festival offer visitors a rare chance to experience the expansive private family garden beyond Mayfield Garden. See the vibrant spring colours across over 160 acres (64 hectares) of manicured garden.

Private Garden is made available for 16 days each season (summer, autumn, winter and spring) and there's something for everyone with the Cafe and Produce Store serving a garden and paddock to plate menu from Mayfield produce and local suppliers and the Nursery selling a range of cool climate plants and some kids activities too.

Just 2.5 hours from Sydney and 15 kilometres from Oberon, Mayfield Garden Private Garden Open Days are not to be missed.

Please check the website for further details.

Daily 15th to 30th October 2018 Next 15th October 2018

Lithgow Halloween

Lithgow Main Street will be overrun with freaky fiends, ghouls and zombies.
The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with, non-stop entertainment.

Markets
3.00pm-9.00pm
Market stalls will be back again this year with lots of interesting things to purchase.

Amusement rides
3.00pm-9.00pm
There will be additional rides at this year’s Lithgow Halloween.

Trick or Treat
5.00pm
Halloween tradition has always involved Trick or Treat and Lithgow Halloween provides a safe place for kids to enjoy the fun and treats generously provided by local business.

Dedicated DJ Stage
6.00pm-10.00pm
With the strong response from past years Lithgow Halloween will have a dedicated DJ stage.

Street Parade
6.10pm
Samba Trombada will lead the street parade and they invite you to join in with them.

Welcome and best costume competition
6.30pm
Each year so many people put a huge effort into creating the most amazing costumes for Lithgow Halloween and at the 2018 there will be a great chance to show off their efforts.

On 27th October 2018

Back to Hartley - Family Fair

Back to Hartley is a community event to promote their heritage and raising funds for local charities/not for profit groups.

Entry is AUD5 per car, all monies raised will be donated to a local community group in the Lithgow district. (2018 recipient to be advised.)

Back to Hartley is a day of family fun and entertainment with something for every age member of the family to enjoy. A petting zoo, snake show, Lithgow Folk Club , Sally Anne's Dancers, Free pre-school activities , Lithgow Living History - get lashed as a convict, pony rides and much more.

Explore the Village and visit the Talisman Gallery enter the fire poke challenge, the fantastic work of local Indigenous artists in the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery, purchase Irish gifts for Finn's Celtic Store, view the village from the highest point on the site at the Granite Tors, look inside the convict cells and courthouse or try the Rowson's River Walk.

The event showcases a variety of hand made arts and crafts, vintage motor bikes, Mountain Cruisers Car Club.

On 28th October 2018

November 2018

Blackheath Rhododendron Festival

During the Annual Rhododendron Festival the Blackheath village comes alive with entertainment and street stalls. The Grand Parade will take place on the first Saturday in November.

The Annual Art Show will be held at the Blackheath Community Centre with all items are for sale with over 300 exhibits including traditional and contemporary works.

During the festival, there will be varied stalls, activities and music for all the family.

Other activities during November include the Rhodo Black and White Ball, the Rhodo Festival Revue, and the Rhodo Festival Golf Classic. The Campbell Rhododendron gardens are always open for inspection.

Please visit the facebook page for more information.

On 3rd November 2018

Task Force 72 Model Ship Association Annual Regatta

Come and watch as members from the Task Force 72 Model Ship Association from around Australia gather to display and run their 1:72 scale model vessels on Wentworth Falls Lake.

The detailed models, which are owned, built and maintained by members, range from warships to commercial vessels such as liners and tugs which range in size from less than 20 centimetres in length to over 4.6 metres in length.

Free viewing, however the running of the models is limited to members only.

Time: Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm.

Daily 24th to 25th November 2018 Next 24th November 2018

December 2018

Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert at Katoomba

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Phoenix Choir's annual Christmas concerts are a regular feature of the Blue Mountains calendar.

Rheinberger’s, The Star of Bethlehem, written in 1890, is a delightful Romantic choral cantata too rarely heard in Australia. The libretto, written by his wife Fanny, tells the Christmas story of shepherds, angels and the wise men following the guiding star through a series of songs and pastoral choruses.

They are joined by local soloists Briony Davidson (Soprano) and Henrik Eneberg (Bass) to premiere a new English translation and new arrangement of this work by Rowen Fox for wind and piano chamber ensemble, choir and soloists. Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Cor Anglais all emphasise the exotic lyrical style of this charming work.

On 2nd December 2018

See Santa arrive by Steam Tram

Santa completes his annual trip from the 'North Pole' to the Museum in style.

At 11am and 2pm on both days, Santa greets the throng of excited children from the the heritage listed 19th century Sydney Steam Tram*. His elves escort Santa to the 100 year old Roundhouse for a personal chat with all the children and are all ready with smiles for your own personal photos. Then enjoy all the regular activities at this fascinating Museum, including unlimited rides on the Tram* and the delights of brilliantly restored engines and carriages, many open to explore. View model rooms, art works, many small exhibits and more. Don't forget to collect a free gift bag for the children!

Everyone can enjoy this complete experience with the sights and sounds of bygone eras. A kid's quiz will keep the older ones amused, and the cafe is open for cold drinks and ice creams.

Normal Museum admission fees apply.

Note: *subject to operational restrictions, that may include high fire risk or adverse weather conditions.

Daily 8th to 9th December 2018 Next 8th December 2018

January 2019

Life Drawing Summer Schools at Norman Lindsay Gallery

During the warm summer days of January, two Life Drawing Summer Schools will be held in the beautiful grounds of the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge. If you want to explore your creative side in this magical setting, enrol now in one of these special four day courses.

The package includes three or four days (9am to 1pm) of life drawing, with an experienced tutor, models, use of easels, and morning tea. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced drawers.

Bookings are essential.

Daily 4th to 7th January 2019 Next 4th January 2019

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

A riotously, raucous Summer Festival about service, appetites and balancing acts - spanning the full reach of comedy - from Shakespeare's dark satirical masterpiece Measure For Measure to Goldoni's Italian dish of laughs Servant of Two Masters.

Botched marriages, dastardly disguises, cunning plots, Men who are wildly unqualified for their jobs and unruly women pushed to the point of performing miracles. Join them this season for a feast of comedy - both light and dark - that will hopefully prove that out of chaos comes progress and satisfaction.

This delightful season features some of Sydney’s best and freshest comedic actors; George Zhao, Yalin Ozucelik, Adele Querol, Gabriel Fancourt, Aanisa Vylet, Samantha Ward, Shingo Usami, Meg Clarke, Andrew Hearle, Jess Loudon, Mackenzie Fearnley, Steph Kelly, Claudia Ware and Janine Watson.

Daily 13th to 28th January 2019 Next 13th January 2019

Lady Luck Festival at The Carrington Hotel

The Lady Luck Festival was formed in 2009, created for the rockabilly and vintage enthusiasts, showcasing 'customs and culture' from the fabulous 1950's.

By day, think fun, fashion, food and entertainment for the whole family with free admission to bands, market day, hot rod and vintage car show, swing dancing, public dance lesson and a jumping castle for the kids.

By night, get a babysitter and frock up as the party begins with a 'Diner and Dance' party with live bands, dance performances and much more. More details to come.

On 20th January 2019

Wines of the West Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
Part of the Summer Harvest Festival, the twelfth Wines of the West Festival will be held again in the opulent Grand Dining Room of the Carrington Hotel.

This event showcases many of the leading wineries, breweries, and distillers from Central West regions. There will be tastings, opportunities to purchase wines, entertainment, food stalls, and fun throughout the weekend for all to enjoy.

Featured are wine exhibitors from the Mudgee and Orange regions. Make the most of your chance to talk to the makers of fine award winning wines!

Various Dates 23rd January 2016 to 24th January 2019 Last 24th January 2019

Steam Train or Tram Rides at Valley Heights

On selected Sundays, visitors may ride in a vintage open-ended "cowboy" carriage. This will be pulled by a Stephenson Tank Engine from 1899 which has been revived for the Museum's 20 minute return trip (subject to change/operating conditions).

Other operating days (see website) will still see all day rides on the ever popular Steam Tram from the 1890s.

Enjoy the two operating model rooms and explore the beautifully restored locomotives and carriages from past eras.

A World War I Honour Board commemorates local railwaymen who enlisted for the armed services. Read the stories behind these young men's lives.

Entry prices include Museum entry and steam train or steam tram rides.

Various Dates 14th February 2016 to 31st January 2019 Last 31st January 2019

February 2019

Rydal Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Rydal Show is known as 'the biggest little show in the west'.

There is something for everyone with yard dog trials, wood chopping, prize winning arts and horticulture. See the best wool, the best cattle, and the best vegetables the district can produce. See the horse riding events and enjoy the Rydal Show country dining room where there is a two course lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea. Snacks are available at the canteen and liquid refreshments at the Bar.

Experience a real country show in a great bush setting on the edge of the village of Rydal, just 20 minutes from Lithgow.

On 2nd February 2019

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

The Blue Mountains Ukulele Group presents one of the most unique and fun events of the year with the Annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival.

The festival is the largest ukulele festival in the world with over 100 acts across nine stages and thousands of visitors taking in the ukulele fun.

The festival opens Friday night at 7pm, with a dinner and show (bookings required at the Carrington Hotel). All are welcome to the performances and free workshops all day Saturday and then free Jam and Strum session on Sunday – bring your ukulele!

This free event is run by fun loving volunteers who believe that there are two types of people in the world - those who play the Ukulele and those who want to. One thing for sure, the many visitors who come along can't help tapping their feet, singing along and having fun.

Daily 8th to 10th February 2019 Next 8th February 2019

Oberon Show

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Oberon's annual Agricultural Show returns.

Enjoy plenty of action and activity at the Oberon Show. A colourful showcase of country life with plenty of action and activity including dog championships, equestrian events, ute competition, stationary engines, fireworks, and a wonderful display of produce, flowers, and craft in the pavilion.

Children can enjoy rides and sideshow alley as well as the animal nursery. Saturday's program ends with spectacular fireworks. Appetising refreshments are also on offer.

On 10th February 2019

Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

If it's heritage, then the Oberon Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair has it.

The fair is held in Oberon, with event set up, and the tractor trek, and car and truck road runs (entrants only), on Friday.

Saturday has a street parade at 10am, followed by all the action at the Fair Ground. Sunday starts with the early bird tractor trek and displays until noon. No entry fees on Sunday due to reduced activities and displays.

Free entry for exhibitors, on site camping available (limited space available).

Featuring historic machinery, vintage and classic car displays, steam traction engines, steam portables and stationary engines, vintage trucks and lots of tractors. Tractor treks, fun tractor pull, car and truck rally, the flying pieman organ, market stalls, drum maker, timber working, military displays including Lithgow Living History Group.

On 10th February 2019

The Roaring 20s Festival and All That Jazz

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Relive the 1920’s golden age of extravagant balls, decadent high teas, vintage vehicles, period comedies and swingin’ music at The Blue Mountains’ Roaring 20’s and all that Jazz Festival in February.

This annual month-long event pays tribute to an opulent era when Australia’s first tourist destination held a decade-long party, celebrating breathtaking architecture, iconic art and outrageous music. Don your best 20s frock and ‘kick up your heels’ in the Charleston Challenge, eat to excess at Australia’s highest (unofficial) Long Lunch, or revel in the jazz, blues and ragtime music that shaped the era (or pick up a ukulele yourself and strum along at the Blue Mountains Ukelele Festival). There are vintage cars, music, dancing and fun for the whole family!

On 23rd February 2019

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend Roaring 20s High Tea

Be transported back to the Roaring Twenties and experience true decadence at Bygone Beautys’ special Traditional High Tea Supreme event Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.

Through an opulent display of sparkling diamonds accompanied by a complementary glass of champagne, visitors will experience the full charade of 1920s grandeur set amongst a lavish backdrop of an old world dining room. Tables adorned with an impressive array of shimmering diamonds, sparkling champagne, as well as silver pots and fine bone china, guests will be amazed at just how many diamonds will fit on the table.

While waiters are dressed in top and tails to deliver this decadent delight on an afternoon tea tray mobile, guests will be transported back to the leisure of decades past. This year enjoy even more decadence with all the inclusions of a Traditional High Tea Supreme, including an additional hot course and complimentary champagne.

Tickets include a complimentary glass of Champagne (over 18 years only). Bookings essential.

On 24th February 2019

March 2019

Portland Art Exhibition

*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***

Annual Portland Art Exhibition. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of artists to present and show their work.

The Society has donated two-thirds of the exhibition's profit back into the community. Money raised this year will go towards mental illness.

Daily 2nd to 3rd March 2019 Next 2nd March 2019

Blue Mountains Music Festival

Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is a three day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring selected artists from around the world and across Australia. In a variety of venues in Katoomba, see and hear world class musicians in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that has been raved about by both performers and audiences.

All weekend the site is alive with the sounds of acoustic guitars, dobros, mandolins, fiddles, accordions, concertinas, bouzoukis, banjos, pianos, drums, percussion, flutes, pipes, whistles and voices. Food and craft stalls, the poet's brunch, children's entertainment and performance workshops fill out the on site atmosphere.

The festival precinct is a short stroll from Katoomba railway station and the buzzing strip of cafes, restaurants and shops that lead you down to the site.

See website for more details.

Daily 15th to 17th March 2019 Next 15th March 2019

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