Taste of Ireland
If you like a bit of Irish music and dancing then this is the gig for you. 'A Taste of Ireland' is headed to Gunnedah with its world-class dancing and folk music mash-ups. You'll be able to travel through Ireland's tumultuous history without leaving our fair shores. Gunnedah Town Hall, April 18 and Capitol Theatre Tamworth April 20. Book tickets at evtam.sales.ticketsearch.com.
Save the date
It's scheduled to go ahead from April 16-18, if COVID-19 restrictions allow this year. What will you find when you stream in through the gates. Competitions, events, sideshow alley, animal nursery and rodeos. New this year are a pet show and bush poetry, Aussie FMX motor bike display and a community stage. Don't forget the fairy-floss. Oxley Highway, Gunnedah.
Hankering to see what up and coming directors, actors and producers in the film industry? Here's your chance. Flickerfest is coming to town. You'll have the chance to catch Roborovski, which won The Yoram Gross Award For Best Australian Animation at Flickerfest 2021. February 21 is the shorts category at 3pm and on February 28 at 3pm its comedies. Tickets are $15 per session from www.thecivic.com.au
A patch of land out the back of the Imperial Hotel at Quirindi is about to be turned into a market. The aim is boost tourism to the area after a lull due to restrictions. It will bring in goodies from around the region. The first one, on March 6, will have food, drink, gardening, health and beauty items and kids activities such as jumping castles and face painting. After that it will be held on the first Saturday of each month from 8am to 3pm. Stallholders: Tracy McFarlane via Facebook or 0408265333.
Diana Lampard and Veronica Filby have put their heads together to create the first "Your Creative Escape" to be held in Currabubula. It will be a fun, inclusive space for women to be creative, spend time together and make friends. The Little Flower School from Tamworth will run a flower crown workshop using fresh blooms and foliage and artist Jodie Herden will run a workshop to create your own version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night". Tickets for Your Creative Escape at the Currabubula Hotel (venue has been changed due to demand) on March 13 at eventbrite.com.au
Are you a Sheldon at heart (he of Big Bang Theory who was a lover of trains big and small)? If so, you'll be delighted to learn that the Tamworth Miniature Railway will be back on the tracks on February 21. Book at firstname.lastname@example.org, $10 per train.
The sound of pipes will be swirling and the drums will be pounding at Qurindi's Longfield Oval for the Liverpool Plains Military Tattoo on March 6. There will be market stalls and a variety of entertainment, other than the Scottish variety during the day and in the evening all of the colour of the tattoo. The day will finish with fireworks.
IF you're feeling the need for speed then Gunnedah Airport is the place to be with popular drag racing meetings set to return. The first of four Weeks of Speed events hosted by Tamworth Drag Racing Association (TDRA) at Gunnedah will kick off on the weekend of March 6 and 7. The organisers are hoping for spectators, so put this on in the diary. 41 Wean Rd.
At home + Plan Ahead
After a year off, the Gunnedah Country Music Muster will be back with some foot stomping fun in March. The line-up for the three-day event includes Grant Luhrs, Bob Easter, former Gunnedah local John Lynch and Max Maher. Gunnedah, various, March 24-26. Tickets are $20 a person a day. Bookings: or Rex Baldwin on 0428 486 134.
Nearby + Road Trip
Camping is on the rise as people look to save money and have COVID-19 friendly holidays. As a result more people have been flocking to our beautiful countryside to pitch a tent and have a few adventures. On our doorstep is the Warrabah National park, with the Namoi River providing spots to cool your heels (and the rest of you). There's fishing, swimming, kayaking/canoeing and picnics all to be had. The beautiful landscape around Nundle and Hanging is rich with history - there's gold in them hills. Further afield you can visit the Warrumbungle National Park (a dark sky area, so great for star gazing from your campsite) and the Pilliga National Park (check out the Sculptures in the Scrub). Various
Checking out the new Maize Mill mura? Add the laneway art in the walkway from Conadilly Street to Coles to your itinerary. The work references community groups and Aboriginal culture, as well as the region's art and culture. Spot the green plains, local fishing spots and, of course, Gunnedah's famous koalas in the work.