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COVID-19 Update: Cancelled and Postponed Events in the Hunter Valley

On March 11th The World Health Organization ( WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The Federal and State Governments have announced the recommendation that all non-essential events with 500+ people should be cancelled from Monday 16th March. A number of Hunter Valley events have been cancelled or postponed amid health concerns for the spread of coronavirus.

Handmade in the Hunter March Markets - CANCELLED

All March Markets at Kevin Sobels Wines have been cancelled. Stay update to date at:

Lovedale Long Lunch - CANCELLED

It is with great disappointment that the Executive Committee of the Lovedale Long Lunch must advise that the 2020 Lovedale Long Lunch will not go ahead as the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 takes effect. The 27th Lovedale Long Lunch will be held on the 15th & 16th May 2021. For more information visit:

Hunter Valley Gardens - CLOSED

Hunter Valley Gardens has been temporarily closed.Following the Federal Government’s revised social distancing announcement, Hunter Valley Gardens will close from Thursday 25th March 2020 until further notice. For more information visit:

Hunter Valley Gardens Easter Celebrations - CANCELLED

The upcoming planned Easter celebrations at Hunter Valley Gardens are cancelled and the Mega Creatures event will be postponed until the September school holidays. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is our utmost priority. For more information visit:

Broke Village Markets - CANCELLED

The Broke Village Markets have been cancelled for April and May. For more information visit:

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival- CANCELLED

The 2020 Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival has been cancelled, due to the Government restrictions on events of 500+. They will carry over all arrangements for next year - dates are 26-28 March 2021. For more information visit:

Mortels Sheepskin Factory have cancelled all their daily factory tours.

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The Gum Ball is moving from it's original intended dates of April 24th-26th 2020 to join forces with our sister event Dashville Skyline, for one huge party in the bush over the October Long Weekend,

1-5 October 2020. For more information visit:

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2020- CANCELLED

The Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2020 has been cancelled. With advice from the Australian Government and agree that the safety of the community is their number one priority. For more information visit:

Oakvale Wines - 2 week closure*

A Little Bit of Italy in Broke - POSTPONED - RUNNING IN SPRING 2020

In order to protect our community and lovely region, it has been decided that A Little Bit of Italy in Broke will be postponed. At this stage, we are yet to finalise a date, though it is likely to be late October / early November. For more information visit:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery's Events - POSTPONED

As a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19, Maitland Regional Art Gallery's public programs have been suspended until 30 April 2020. This includes public talks, workshops, children's programs and events. Maitland Regional Art Gallery will be maintaining normal operating hours.

The National Trust is closing Miss Porter's House Museum until 30th June 2020.

Cessnock STOMP Festival - POSTPONED The Cessnock Chamber of Commerce has made the decision that the Cessnock STOMP Festival be postponed. Whilst they are disappointed that the festival is having to be postponed until further notice, the health and safety of local businesses, the local community, vendors, organisers & visitors is paramount. For more information visit:

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre - SEE BELOW*

Event cancellation:

  • Newcastle Writers Festival A Lot with a Little with Tim Costello Original performance date: Saturday, 4 April at 3pm

Rescheduled performances:

  • Ross Noble: Humournoid Original performance date: Friday, 20 March at 8pm New performance date: Thursday, 8 October at 8pm

  • Psychic Medium Mitchell Coombes Original performance date: Friday, 17 April at 7.30pm New performance date: Saturday, 1 August at 7.30pm

  • The Gruffalo’s Child Original performance date: Tuesday, 21 April at 12pm and 2pm New performance date: TO BE CONFIRMED

  • Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Original performance date: Friday, 24 April at 10am and 12.30pm New performance date: TO BE CONFIRMED

  • Australian Bee Gees Show: The 25th Anniversary Tour Original performance date: Thursday, 7 May at 8pm New performance date: TO BE CONFIRMED

  • The Gospel According to Paul Original performance date: Tuesday, 12 May at 8pm New performance date: TO BE CONFIRMED

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Original performance date: Thursday, 4 June at 8pm New performance date: TO BE CONFIRMED

  • Disney's Alice in Wonderland JR Original performance date: Friday, 10 July - Saturday, 11 July New performance date: TO BE CONFIRMED

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