family events

Looking for family friendly events? Community festivals, fun runs, shows, displays, concerts and adventures wait in the Great Lakes. If you are coming in school holiday time there are always a wide range of events just for kids guaranteed to entertain. These events are also a great way to explore the region, make new friends and get to know the locals. Make sure you check the calendar before you come so you don’t miss out on a great event.

Glowalman Junior Campdraft Manning

Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018, 7am Venue: Wingham Showground Contact: 0427 535 093

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Don’t miss all the action at the Manning Campdraft starting at 7.00am at Wingham Showground.  Junior Campdraft entry is $20 for 8-U11 and $22 for 11-U13.  Entry is $24 for 13-U15 and $...

Wilderquest Bush Detectives

Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018, 10am-12pm Venue: The Ruins Campground Contact: 02 4946 4112

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Join a Discovery Ranger for a guided adventure of Booti Booti National Park. Explore this wonderful Park and use your bush detective skills to solve the mystery of who lives in this amazing Park! ...

Kids Boot Camp

Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018, 11am Venue: Wingham Library Contact: 02 6553 4555

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Kids Boot Camp is the perfect way to get your little ones active. Using cardio and body weight and exercises, this circuit style workout is designed just for kids. Boot Camp will have your kids mov...

Contemporary Dance Workshops

Date: Tue 17 & Wed 18 Jul 2018, 11am-1pm Venue: Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Lake Street, Forster Contact: 02 6555 4617

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Join in the fun of Contemporary Dance Workshops during the school holidays! Workshops are run by Karen Kerkhoven (who holds a Master of Arts in Dance) Cost: $15 per class Time: 11am to 1...

Sunshine Hour

Date: Tue 17 Jul 2018, 2pm Venue: Forster Baptist Church, Carawa/Maneela St. Contact: 0438 471 941

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Walyz along to Sunshine Hour. Enjoy an afternoon with John Tiley from Manning River Ballroom Dance School. Ross Jacobs will dleight you with a musical interlude on the spoons, accompanied by Bet...

Secret Agents Academy

Date: Wed 18 - Fri 20 Jul 2018 Venue: Forster Squash Courts Contact: 0419 430 769

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Att: Secret AgentsYou are among a select group, chosen to carry out this perilous assignment... Your missionShould you choose to accept it, is to attend a top secret spy training academy Your co...

George's Marvellous Medicine

Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 10:30am Venue: Taree Library Contact: 02 6592 5290

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Join us as we get arty and crafty in celebration of Roald Dahl's classic story, George's Marvellous Medicine, that will be performed onstage at the Manning Entertainment Centre in August. Join the ...

Upcycling Workshop

Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 10:30am Venue: Forster Library Contact: 02 6591 7256

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Participants will 'upcycle' their own pillow cases into a useful bag. Learn some basic hand stitching and machine sewing to transform a plain pillow case into something unique. BYO pillow case ...

Pool Party

Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 12pm-2pm Venue: Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Lake Street, Forster Contact: 02 6555 4617

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Join in the fun at the Great Lakes YMCA Pool Party! Featuring pool inflatables and water rollers Schibello Cafe will be open to satisfy any lunch time cravings Entry: $10 per child or $1...

Puppet Making

Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 2:30pm Venue: Tea Gardens Library Contact: 02 4997 1265

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Come along and create your own bright, imaginative, crazy hand puppets using socks.  All materials supplied.  Activity runs 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Bookings essential.  Ages 5+ yea...

Kids Bingo

Date: Wed 18 Jul 2018, 4pm Venue: Sporties Club, Beach St., Tuncurry Contact: (02) 6554 9270

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Both Club Forster & Sporties Tuncurry bring you Kid's Bingo during the school holidays. It's loads of fun with great prizes on offer. Games are called at a slower pace for the children. Game...

Glowalman Junior Campdraft Gloucester

Date: Thur 19 Jul 2018, 7am Venue: Gloucester Showground Contact: 0407 456 043

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Don’t miss all the action at the Gloucester Campdraft starting at 7.00am at Gloucester Showground.  Junior Campdraft entry is $18 for 8-U11 and 11-U13.  Entry is $20 for 13-U15 and $22...

Take your Pencil for a Walk

Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018, 2pm Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

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Do you have what it takes to keep your pencil on your paper? We will experience the freedom of creating continuous lines, portraits and more! Activity runs 2pm - 3pm Bookings essential Age...

Kids Bingo

Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018, 4pm Venue: Club Forster Contact: 02 6591 6591

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Both Club Forster and Sporties Tuncurry bring you Kid's Bingo during the school holidays. It's loads of fun with great prizes on offer. Games are called at a slower pace for the children. Games ...

George's Marvellous Medicine

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 10:30am Venue: Forster Library Contact: 02 6591 7256

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Join us as we get arty and crafty in celebration of Roald Dahl's classic story, George's Marvellous Medicine, that will be performed onstage at the Manning Entertainment Centre in August. Join the ...

Virtual Reality Experience

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 2pm & 3:15pm Venue: Taree Library Contact: 02 6592 5290

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Come along and enjoy a virtual reality experience! 2 sessions: 2pm - 3pm as well as 3:15pm - 4:15pm. Bookings essential. Ages 5+ years. Supervision required....

Science on the Move

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 2pm Venue: Hallidays Point Library Contact: 02 6559 3066

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Explore science through crazy, messy, slimey fun! We'll be making a balanced butterfly, an image spinner and skewering a balloon. Activity runs 2pm - 3pm. Bookings essential. Ages 5+ years...

Upcycling Workshop

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 2:30pm Venue: Wingham Library Contact: 02 6553 4555

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Participants will 'upcycle' their own pillow cases into a useful bag. Learn some basic hand stitching and machine sewing to transform a plain pillow case into something unique. BYO pillow case ...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Glowalman Junior Campdraft Wallamba

Date: Sat 21 Jul 2018, 7am Venue: Nabiac Showground Contact: 0448 895 828

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Don’t miss all the action at the Wallamba Campdraft.  Entry is $16 for 8-U11 and 11-U13.  Entry is $18 for 13-U15 and $21 for 15-U17 and 17-U21. Campdraft entries open via campdraft...

Mondrook Market

Date: Sun 22 Jul 2018, 9am-2pm Venue: Mondrook Hall Contact: mondrookmarket@gmail.com

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A seasonal event showcasing local Artisans and Producers! Fresh and localYummy food, coffee, organic gourmet goodiesEco friendly, hand made and moreLive music, visual and performance artWorkshops a...

Fellowship of First Fleeters

Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018, 2pm Venue: Taree Presbyterian Church Contact: 02 6557 2644

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Friends, family and descendants are welcome to come along to our Fellowship of First Fletters - Mid North Coast Chapter AGM. We are a group of like minded people who have descendants that were on the ...

Cue for a Cause

Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018, 10am Venue: Lakeside Tavern Contact: 02 6554 8866

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Cue For A Cause Lakeside is a charity BBQ event being held in Forster NSW on the 29th July 2018 at the Lakeside Tavern. We will have 19 of the top BBQ teams in Australia there competing for cash &a...

Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine

Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018, 10:30am & 1:30pm Venue: Manning Entertainment Centre Contact: 02 6592 5466

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What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George's Marvellous Medicine ...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Fundraiser Trivia Night

Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018, 6:45pm Venue: Club Taree Contact: 0419 148 113

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Join us for a fundraiser trivia night with all proceeds to the Manning Valley's community owned, Bushland Health Group Ltd. Hosted by Warren Berry. Hundreds of prizes, monster raffles, fun and g...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 17 Aug 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Crazy Day

Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018 (TBC) Venue: Taree Contact: 02 6552 1988

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Bargains all the way at the Annual Crazy Shopping Day! With sales and specials to be found throughout town - Taree Central, Manning Mall as well as the surrounding streets including Manning St, Alb...

Back to Mount George Festival

Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018, 9am Venue: Mount George Hall Contact: 02 6550 6555

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Excitement, fun and a great day out is promised at the Back to Mount George Festival! After a successful festival in previous years, Mount George is bringing back a range of activities, food and re...

Dirty Dog Tail Run

Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018, 9:30am-1:30pm Venue: Coopernook State Forest Contact: 0402 519 521

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Grab the mutts and join us for a super-duper day of barking mad fun. Set amongst the beautiful Coopernook State Forest of NSW, enjoy a run or walk with your best friend. Get away from the usual dog...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

XXXX Gold Cup

Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. The XXXX Gold Cup is the premier race day of the year and in 2018 it will feature 'The Pearl' 1200m sprint race. ...

Stroud Rodeo & Campdraft

Date: Fri 14 & Sat 15 Sep 2018 Venue: Stroud Showground Contact: 0437 759 459

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Stroud, just 50 minutes North of Newcastle, is a township has a population of some 600, growing to around 5,000 for the weekend of the Rodeo, held in September each year. The Stroud Rodeo is a prem...

Groovin in the Garden Fundraiser

Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: Manning Valley Community Gardens Contact: 0456 640 747

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Groovin' in the Garden 2018 date has been set! Thanks to you, our community - Groovin in the Garden has had an extremely successful 2 years and is hoping for a even better third. Save the date f...

Twilight River Festival

Date: Sat 15 Sep 2018, 3-9pm Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Rediscover the magic of your own backyard with Discovery Parks – Forster’s free Twilight River Festival. You’re invited to join the Discovery Parks – Forster family for an afte...

Mondrook Market

Date: Sun 16 Sep 2018, 9am-2pm Venue: Mondrook Hall Contact: mondrookmarket@gmail.com

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A seasonal event showcasing local Artisans and Producers! Fresh and localYummy food, coffee, organic gourmet goodiesEco friendly, hand made and moreLive music, visual and performance artWorkshops a...

42nd National Chevrolet Festival

Date: Fri 21 Sep - Mon 24 Sep 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0412 195 703

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This four day event culminates in the Show n Shine on Sunday 23 September from 9am to 4pm! Spectator entry is free (gold coin donation to Westpac Rescue Helicopter appreciated).     ...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Old Bar Festival

Date: Sat 29 Sep & Sun 1 Oct 2018 Venue: Old Bar Road Contact: 02 6553 3666

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Great family fun day! -Kombi Display -Classic Car Display -Mega Markets -Live Music -Kids Entertainment -Fireworks...

TOTs Tours

Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018, 11:15am-12pm Venue: Manning Regional Art Gallery Contact: 02 6592 5455

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Do you have pre-school aged children? Join us for TOTs Tours - Exciting and fun art engagement for under 5's with their parents or carers. Under 5's will explore the current exhibition through s...

Light the Night

Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018 Venue: Discovery Parks Forster Contact: 02 6554 2123

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Now in its tenth year, Light the Night is a unique event bringing Australia’s blood cancer community together all over the country. Those attending raise money to help give local families fac...

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

Date: Fri 19 - Sun 21 Oct 2018 Venue: Wingham Showground Contact: http://www.akoostik.com.au/

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The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a three day celebration of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians.  Friday 19 October:DragonThe Swamp StompersMinni...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Hannam Vale Open Garden Day

Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10am-4pm Venue: Hannam Vale Contact: 0414 989 776

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Hannam Vale Open Garden Day will have a collection of private country gardens open for just six hours on Sunday 21 October for you to visit at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in ...

Lakeside Festival

Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018 Venue: John Wright Park, Tuncurry Contact: 0409 320 620

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Lakeside Music Festival is eight hours of incredible live music on a single intimate stage right by the stunning Wallis Lake. A bar that won't send you broke, good food and you can bring the kids. ...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Free Kids Disco

Date: Fri 21 Dec 2018, 5pm-8pm Venue: Tea Gardens Hotel Contact: 02 4997 0203

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Every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm Fully supervised event in the Dolphin Room of the Tea Gardens Hotel Free entry and free finger food for the kids!...

Seafood Raceday

Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. Showcasing the best local seafood that the Great Lakes has to offer. Gates open at 12 noon (subject to change). ...

Men of League Charity Raceday

Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. Gates open at 12 noon (subject to change). Entry fee: $5 members and pensioners, $10 non-members, kids under 16 ...

Ladies Raceday

Date: Sat 18 May 2019 Venue: Tuncurry Racecourse Contact: 0429 967 823

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Join in the fun and excitement of racing at Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club. The first 100 ladies through the gate receive a free gift bag with goodies as well as a voucher for a glass of champagn...


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