The people from Big Sky Tourism have supplied the following event Autumn details for New England-North West.
March 28-30 – Quilters and Patchworkers of New England Exhibition, Armidale. Quality local quilts on display, with the opportunity to purchase. Legacy Hall, Faulkner Street. Phone 02 67 71 2734.
March 29 – Narrabri Picnic Races. Traditional Picnic Race Day at the Narrabri Racecourse from 12 noon. Phone 02 6792 1198.
March 29 & 30 – Autumn Festival, Armidale. A wonderful street parade of local schools, car clubs, businesses and culture. Phone Armidale Visitor Information Centre 02 6772 4655.
March 30 – Markets in the Mall, Armidale. Beardy Street Mall, Armidale. Contact Matthew from the PCYC 02 6772 1023.
April 4-6 – Oracles of the Bush, Tenterfield. Enjoy a feast of Australian bush culture including literature, music, bush poetry, plays and concerts at this four day event. A gathering of classic bush characters with plenty of Aussie spirit. Phone Tenterfield Visitor Information Centre 02 6736 1082. Admission prices vary please check the website for costs http://www.oraclesofthebush.com/
April 4 & 5 – Relay for Life, Inverell. Held at Varley Oval from 6pm to 6pm. Visit http://www.relayforlife.org.au/
April 5 – Gypsy Willow Markets, Narrabri. Phone 02 6799 6760.
April 5 – Gunnedah Bird Sale and Expo, Gunnedah Showground. The Gunnedah Bird Sale & Expo has grown to be the biggest bird sale in Australia. Admission is $2, canteen facilities, doors open at 10am. Phone Greg Brandon 0447 749 971. http://www.gunnedahbirdsale.com/.
April 5 – Nosh on the Namoi, Narrabri. A showcase of the region's great foods and fine wines, held on the banks of the Namoi River.
Relax to a jazz band while you sample delicious foods. Learn the cooking secrets of guest chef Ed Halmagyi from Better Homes & Gardens, or dance the night away at Nosh Night Out, a market style dinner with food, wine and entertainment from 4pm-10pm. Phone Narrabri Visitor Information Centre 02 6799 6761. http://www.noshonthenamoi.com.au/ Admission free. Sample plates for sale at various prices.
April 5 & 6 – Wee Waa Campdraft. Wee Waa Showground. Phone Narrabri Visitor Information Centre 02 6799 6761.
April 5 & 6 – Open Gardens, Wanderriby, Armidale. Astonishing array of trees, flowering shrubs, perennials and bulbs in an all-seasons garden. Over 200 camellias, towering rhododendrons, azaleas, prunus, magnolias and peonies. Open 10am to 4.30pm. Phone Liz Chappell 02 6734 4260.
April 6 – Jellicoe Park Markets, Moree. Plants, fresh fruit and vegetable produce, home baked goods, clothing, handcrafted furniture, poultry, a selection of food stalls, craft and novelty items, beading supplies, jewellery and crystals and more. Phone Tourism Moree 02 6757 3350.
April 6 – Inverell Hobby Markets. Campbell Park, Inverell Phone 02 6722 4693.
April 11-13 – Narrabri Show. This annual show includes horse events, wood chopping, cooking, photography, crafts, sideshows, fireworks trotting, showjumping and a Ute competition. Phone Narrabri Visitor Information 02 6799 6760.
April 13 – Glen Innes Markets. 8.00am to midday, Grey Street, Glen Innes. Contact Jenny Hodder 02 6732 5329.
April 13 – Kootingal Pumpkin Festival. All shapes and sizes of pumpkins, pumpkin products, pumpkin cooking, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin racing as well as food, wines, craft and products from all over the area. Phone 0429 602 352 or visit http://www.kootypumpkins.tripod.com/
April 18-20 – Gunnedah Show and Open Rodeo. Enjoy the pleasures, sights and sounds of a country show-the grand parade, pavilion displays, Spectacular fireworks, sideshow alley and an action packed rodeo! Gunnedah Showgrounds. Phone Gunnedah Show Society Office: Jackie Weston, Secretary 02 6742 1867 or George Avard, President 02 6742 4141. http://www.gunnedahshowsociety.com.au/
April 18-20 – Colours of Autumn Art and Craft Show, Bendemeer. This exciting show features notable artists from across Australia and includes folk art, oils, pastels, pencils and more! A great opportunity to purchase some arts and craft works for your collection. Admission by gold coin. Food and refreshments available on site. Phone Ruth Matthews 02 6769 6558.
April 18-20 – New England Caravan Camping 4WD and Boat Show. Tamworth Showgrounds. A complete outdoor recreation event, combining commercial and educational exhibitors for the outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors will be able to experience everything from caravans and motorhomes, camping, boats, the great outdoors, travel and touring. Adults $12; Aged Pensioners and Seniors Card Holders $9 (Government Issued Only); children up to 16 free. Phone: 02 6760 9544. http://www.ruralscene.com.au/
April 19 – Gunnedah Country Markets. From 8.30am at Wolseley Park, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah. Entry is Free. A wonderful choice of goods to be purchased, from delicious cakes/jams, pottery and craft to second hand goods/books/clothes. Contact 02 6742 2565.
April 20 – Peel St Cottage Craft Fair & Regional Produce Markets, Tamworth. Phone Tourism Tamworth 02 6767 5300.
April 25-27 – North West Autumn Classic Championship Dog Show, Gunnedah. This is an amazing dog show with all breeds under the sun-well worth a visit for any dog lover. Gunnedah Kennel Club Complex, Oxley Highway. Contact 02 6744 7866 or 02 6744 7892.
April 27 – Markets in the Mall, Armidale. Beardy Street Mall, Armidale. Contact Matthew from the PCYC 02 6772 1023.
April 25-28 – Drovers Campfire Weekend, Narrabri. Do you have a caravan, motorhome, camper 4x4, ute, tent or swag? A fun filled weekend – camp oven cooking, drover dressups, entertainment, craft displays, local tours, bush poetry and a chance to meet fellow campers and caravanners. Site fees from $5. Register via the website http://www.boggabri.com.au/ or phone Geoff Eather 02 6743 4469.
May 1 to 4 – Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes. Enjoy the culture, colour and pageantry of this great Celtic Festival at the only National Celtic monument in Australia – The Australian Standing Stones. A spectacular array of anything and everything Celtic. Special ceremonies for the Welsh, Manx, Scottish, Irish, Cornish and the Guardians of the Australian Standing Stones.
Saturday is the street parade and entertainment at the Standing Stones site. Thursday and Friday the entertainment is within the town and main street. Dog trials are held on Saturday and Sunday at the festival site. Detailed programs from the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre 02 6730 2400. Day pass $25, weekend pass $30, children under 12 free. Visit http://www.australiancelticfestival.com/
May 1 to 4 – Australian Line Dance Festival, Tamworth. Australia's only Line Dance Festival featuring International and national celebrities. Over 16 workshops, ICE International qualifying competition, socials, vendors, and street line dancing. Contact Tourism Tamworth 02 6767 5300.
May 3 – Gypsy Willow Markets, Narrabri. Phone 02 6799 6760.
May 3 & 4 – Quirindi Heritage Rally. Quirindi Rural Heritage Village is holding its 10th Annual Rally and Swap Meet at the Heritage Village site, on the Kamilaroi Highway. Highlights include completion of the 750m circular miniature railway, working dairy displays, blacksmith’s shop and tractor pull. English manufactured tractors and engines will feature along with other vintage tractors, steam engines, Army vehicles, cars, motor bikes and displays. Catering and bush camping facilities are available and over 120 swap sites will operate. Phone Beryl Mannion 02 6746 1479 or visit the website http://quirindiruralheritag.tripod.com/
May 4 – Jellicoe Park Markets, Moree. Plants, fresh fruit and vegetable produce, home baked goods, clothing, handcrafted furniture, poultry, a selection of food stalls, craft and novelty items, beading supplies, jewellery and crystals and more. Phone Tourism Moree 02 6757 3350.
May 4 – Inverell Hobby Markets. Campbell Park, Inverell Phone 02 6722 4693.
May 4 – Great Nundle Dog Race. Nundle Recreational Ground. Join in all the fun, featuring canine and human events with all funds raised going towards the Nundle Public School. Free admission but bring your money for the food and activities. Phone Joy 02 6769 3253.
May 7-11 – Narrabri Veterans Golf Week. Narrabri Golf Club 02 6792 2148.
May 8 -11 – New England Bach Festival, Armidale. Leading Baroque performers from Australia and overseas, including Hans-Georg Wimmer, The Tall Poppeas, Australian Baroque Brass, Claire Edwardes. Phone Benjamin Thorn: 02 6772 5889.
May 9 & 10 – Moree on a Plate. Fabulous food and wine showcasing some of New England North West’s finest food products. Friday night is food and music at The Max Centre with John Field and his band, while Saturday is cooking classes with Womens Weekly celebrity chef Lydney Milan and a day of sampling delicious food at the Moree Secondary College. Sample plates for sale at various prices. Phone Moree Tourism 02 6757 3350.
May 9-11 – New England Wool Expo, Armidale. From paddock to parade and plate - yard dog championships, shearing and fleece spectaculars, alpacas, fashion parades, wool crafts, regional food and wine, rural and retail exhibitors, 'kindergarten to PhD' education sectors in New England and family entertainment. Visit http://www.woolexpo.com.au/ Phone 02 6772 8974.
May 11 – Gunnedah Mother's Day Race Meeting. For a great day of country racing make a day of it at Gunnedah Riverside Racecourse, full TAB facilities. Phone Debbie Watson Club Secretary 02 6742 0093.
May 11 – Glen Innes Markets. 8.00am to midday, Grey Street, Glen Innes. Contact Jenny Hodder 02 6732 5329.
May 16 & 17 – Wee Waa Country Show. Wee Waa's annual show is renowned for featuring some of the western plains' of NSW finest sheep and cattle. "Fashions in the Pen" is a special segment where fashion designers submit creative entries made from wool or cotton. Phone 02 6795 4315.
May 17 – Gunnedah Country Markets. From 8.30am at Wolseley Park, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah. Entry is Free. A wonderful choice of goods to be purchased, from delicious cakes/jams, pottery and craft to second hand goods/books/clothes. Contact 02 6742 2565.
May 17 & 18 – Bingara Show. The annual show with all the traditional and popular events. Phone Bingara Show Society President Kelly Holland 02 6724 1201.
May 18 – Peel St Cottage Craft Fair & Regional Produce Markets, Tamworth. Phone Tourism Tamworth 02 6767 5300.
May 25 – Markets in the Mall, Armidale. Beardy Street Mall, Armidale. Contact Matthew from the PCYC 02 6772 1023.
May 28 & 29 – Australian National Cotton Trade Show, Moree. Moree TAFE Agricultural Centre. Celebrating 10 years, this is the largest single industry trade show in Australia, with over 200 exhibitors. Visit http://www.cottontradeshow.com.au/ Phone Brian O’Connell 07 4659 3555.