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Taste and Play in the Vines

All Dates

Feeling Playful? Hermitage Road and the surrounding beautiful countryside has a limited offer ... come and play at our vineyards – wine tasting and games for all! At various locations on the Around Hermitage Wine and Food trail and games include giant chess, giant jenga, boules, croquet, horseshoes, twister, giant pick-up sticks, totem tennis...

Where: Around Hermitage (various locations)

When: 10am to 5pm daily throughout Singleton Festival

Cost: Free

Further information: Contact Around Hermitage; ph 02 4998 7781

29 April - En Plein Air

En Plein Air Art in the Vines Competition

Saturday 29 April - Monday 1 May

Artists are invited to bring their own materials and experience the joy of “En Plein Air”, in direct engagement with nature, where the transitory effects of light can be observed and recorded. Bring your easel and create your masterpiece! Artworks produced over the nominated days may go on exhibition at Mistletoe Winery’s Pokolbin Gallery. All welcome, accommodation available at various venues. This Competition based Around Hermitage is an acquisitive competition with $1500 prize money sponsored by Mistletoe Winery for the Artwork that best ‘Captures the beauty of the Hunter’.

When: 8:00am - 5:30pm Sat April 29, Sun April 30, Mon May 1
Where: Hermitage Road (various locations) - Participating Venues:
Mistletoe Winery, 771 Hermitage Rd, Ph. 1800 055 080
Estate Tuscany, Cnr Mistletoe Lane & Hermitage Rd, Ph. 02 4998 7288
Misty Glen Wines, 293 Deasys Rd, Ph. 02 4998 7781
Cost: Free, but you must register – either by email prior to event or on the day at one of the selected venues.
Further information: Competition rules and online registration



Saturday 29 April

Come visit one of our local architectural treasures as Singleton Uniting Church opens its doors and celebrates its heritage with this exclusive event for Singleton Festival 2017!

Marvel at the stunning building with its exterior of Ravensfield stone and Welsh slate, and an interior roof based on the traditional hammer beam principle with solid ribs and moulded cornices. Inside, seating for 400 was created from beautiful kauri wood, while splendid stained glass memorial windows illuminate the beauty of the interior. The more you explore, the more you will find; the interior of the church is filled with historical and religious testaments to the pivotal role this church and its people have played in Singleton’s story.

To complement the ambience of the church and in celebration of this special event, the original pipe organ will be played for guests from 2:30pm. This beautiful 1920s instrument was installed in memory of soldiers who fought in World War 1. Come join us, relax in the surrounds and reflect on the richness of Singleton’s past – we will see you there!

When: Saturday 29 April - Church open 10am – 4pm, Organ will be played from 2.30pm

Where: Singleton Uniting Church, 1 Church St, Singleton

Cost: Free

Further information: Contact Singleton Uniting Church on (02) 6572 1652.

29 April - Singleton Food Fiesta

Singleton Food Fiesta

Saturday 29 April

Gather friends and family, grab a rug and head on down to Townhead Park for an evening of food markets and entertainment under the stars!

Where: Townhead Park, Singleton
When: Sat April 29 from 5:00pm
Cost: Entry free, food and drink available for purchase
Further information: Contact Singleton Sunday Markets or contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

30 April - Guinness World Record attempt

Official Festival Launch and Guinness World Record Attempt

Sunday 30 April

Head to Singleton Civic Centre as the Singleton Crafters lead the community in crushing the current Guinness World Record for the ‘Most People Crocheting Simultaneously’. Don’t worry if you can’t crochet, we’ll teach you! Receive a crash crochet course from Singleton Crafters at 9am ahead of the record attempt. Lions Club of Singleton will be serving up a barbecue breakfast all morning and there will be plenty of food and entertainment options for the family even if you don’t want to participate in the World Record Attempt.

The Civic Centre will open its doors from 10am for the registered participants. There will be a limited opportunity to register on the day but be early to ensure this is done between 9am and 9:45am to meet the deadline – we cannot guarantee that we can meet demand on the day. The Civic Centre will go into lockdown at 10:45am, and once you are inside the record attempt area this is where you will need to stay.

The official launch of Singleton Festival will take place inside the Civic Centre at 11am and the record attempt will begin around 11:15am. Participants need to crochet continuously for 15 minutes to make the attempt official. We intend going for 20 minutes just to be sure. Then it’s time to celebrate!

Bring your own size 4 crochet hook, 8-ply yarn and water. Alternatively, you can bring along a crochet project you are already working on. Any leftover crochet pieces or yarn will be collected by Singleton Crafters and incorporated into one of their charity projects.

When: 9am – 11:45am Sunday 30 April
Where: Singleton Civic Centre
Cost: Entry is free
Further information: To register your attendance or to discuss access requirements, please visit or call Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 6578 7560

30 April - Singleton Sunday Markets

Singleton Sunday Markets

Sunday 30 April, Sunday 14 May

Singleton Sunday Markets is a regular event for Singleton where more than 100 market stalls set up in Singleton’s CBD. The temporary closure of a section of John Street allows the high quality market stalls to bump in and local retailers open their doors to cash-in on the trade opportunity that comes with the thousands of visitors who attend this extremely popular event. Live music and children’s entertainment make this a great morning out for the family, not to mention the abundance of great food on offer including locally grown, fresh produce.

To celebrate Singleton Festival, the market will also play host to the Hunter Strength Wars on 30 that will set up in Pitt Street. See the separate event information for Hunter Strength Wars.

8:00am – 1:00pm Sunday 30 April
8:00am – 1:00pm Sunday 14 May
Where: John Street, Singleton
Cost: Entry free, food, drink and other products available for purchase
Further information: Contact Singleton Sunday Markets or contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

30 April - Hunter Strength Wars

Hunter Strength Wars

Sunday 30 April

Evolution Muscle's Hunter Strength Wars will be a show of might and muscle, with competitors battling to be crowned Strongest Man and Strongest Woman of the Hunter. With weight divisions in Open Mens, Womens and Novice, be prepared to watch five gruelling challenges, each designed to push bodies to the limit.

Watch in awe as the competitors flip a tyre weighing 275kg and lift a monster dumbbell of prophetic proportions. As a true measure of grit, competitors will also be required take the Battlefield Farmer's Carry Challenge where up to 260kg is carried over a 10m distance.

And finally, as a show stopping finale, each competitor will attempt to lift the full weight of various vehicles!

There are great prizes up for grabs, and as soon as word got out that Singleton was hosting this event we had unprecedented interest – registrations are full and waiting lists are in place.

When: From 8:30am, Sunday 30 April
Where: Pitt Street, Singleton
Cost: Event viewing is free
Further information: This event is held and sponsored by Evolution Muscle; for further information click here

2 May - Bursting at the Seams

Bursting at the Seams

Tuesday 2 May

Singleton’s Mechanic’s Institute will hold an open day with groups showcasing their crafts and interests to the broader community. You are invited to come along and visit Monday Art Group, Singleton Quilters, Family History Society Singleton Inc., Singleton Potters and Singleton Textile Artists. Groups. Visit their facilities and maybe, just maybe, take the step to develop your own creativity. The historic 1866 building designed by John Wiltshire Pender is home to these groups who are only to willing to share their knowledge and skills with others.

You will be able to visit the groups in action, ask questions and speak to their members about what they do, why they do it and the personal satisfaction they gain by taking a special interest in something a little different from the everyday.

When: 10:00am – 2:00pm Tuesday 2 May
Where: 74 George Street, Singleton
Cost: Entry is free
Further information: Contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

May 3 - Kaos


Wednesday 3 May

KAOS (Kids Acting on Stage) brings together the school students of Singleton who will combine their music, arts and drama talents to deliver a concert that clearly demonstrates creative talents have no age barrier in Singleton. All the local schools have quality music departments driven by passionate teachers and this concert, held once every two years, brings together this diverse local talent all under the one roof. It is a night for inspiration, and a night to celebrate the talent of Singleton students.

When: 6:00pm, Wednesday 3 May
Where: Singleton High School Auditorium, York Street Singleton
Cost: Entry is free
Further information: Contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

6 May - Youth Writing Competition

Youth Writing Competition Presentation

Saturday 6 May

Singleton Writers Group will present the Youth Writing Competition winners at a presentation at Singleton library. Entries close on April 22 with four winners to share in $500 prize money. The competition is open to youth aged 5 to 25 and has the theme of ‘My Dream’. A maximum of 500 words can be written on the topic. All entries to include name, address, phone and age and are to be sent to library@singleton.nsw.gov.au.

When: 10:00am Saturday 6 May
Where: Singleton Library, Queen Street, Singleton
Cost: Free
Further information: Enquiries to 0407 455 299

6 May - How to Connect with Nature

How to Connect with Nature

Saturday 6 May

This workshop traces the history of the separation between humans and nature and explores how reconnecting with nature can provide a vital path to emotional health. For the first time ever, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. For the vast majority of human history, our environment has been predominantly natural, but now it is urban, and increasingly virtual. As we spend more and more of our lives interacting with technology, this workshop asks what nature means, why we need it, and how reclaiming our place in the natural world might help us be more fully human.

Presenting this workshop is Claire Dunn who is a writer, educator, journalist and barefoot explorer. Growing up on a farm in the Hunter Valley, Claire has been exploring and protecting wild places since childhood. Her love for nature propelled her to work for many years as an environmental campaigner for organisations such as the Wilderness Society before turning her attention to the human-nature connection, studying Deep Ecology with Joanna Macy, eco-psychology and wilderness survival skills.

In 2010, Claire embarked on a year of bush living, completing the ‘Guunuwa Independent Wilderness Studies Program’. Her recent book My Year Without Matches: Escaping the city in Search of the Wild is a memoir of that journey.

When: 10:00am to 1:30pm Saturday 6 May
Where: Singleton Library, Queen Street, Singleton
Cost: This workshop is free however bookings are essential and can be made by calling Singleton Library on 6578 7500.
Further information: Contact Singleton Library on 6578 7500. This event is part of the Sustainable Singleton Program.

6 May - Artisans Open Day

Artisan’s Open Day

Saturday 6 May

Keen for an adventure? Visit Elderslie and witness a rare treat as traditional blacksmiths join forces to create a sculptural monument while surrounded by other artisans and entertainment. Will Maguire is a multi-award winning contemporary Artist Blacksmith who works with hot steel, forging and manipulating it, creating forms that are beautiful, genuine and new.

Based in the beautiful surrounds of the Hunter Valley NSW he is a one of very few contemporary blacksmiths in Australia utilising contemporary design and traditional skills learnt from masters overseas.
On May 6, Will will open up his workspace to visitors who can watch him and his blacksmith colleagues at work in the forge at the Maguire family’s Elderslie property. To tie in with the theme, other craftspeople will also feature on the day to demonstrate their skills and passion, also fostering networking opportunities for the creative community. With live music and complimentary refreshments, you can sit back and relax, lap up the view and take in the skill of traditional craftsmanship at its finest.

When: From 10:30am, Saturday 6 May
Where: 664 Elderslie Road, Elderslie
Cost: Entry is free
Further information: Contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

6 May - Singleton Historical Museum

Singleton Historical Museum

Saturday 6 May - Sunday 7 May

To celebrate Singleton Festival, Singleton Historical Museum offers free entry to the public this weekend. Be prepared to step back 200 years in time and catch a glimpse of colonial life in Singleton.
The settlement of Singleton District originally known as St. Patrick’s Plains began shortly after the discovery of the area by the Howe expedition in 1820. The main road to the Upper Hunter crossed the river at Benjamin Singleton’s Ford and the small settlement developed into a town. By the 1860s, with the coming of the railway, the district’s rural industries increased and the town prospered. It was the development of the massive coal deposits in the latter part of the 20th century that saw an increase in the population and added to the expansion of the district.

Today the town’s development can be identified by the remaining historic buildings that give Singleton its distinctive character.

Singleton Historical Museum in Burdekin Park, occupies the town’s first jail keeper’s residence and was also the site of the first lock up built in 1840. Discover the town’s past within the walls of the museum with displays dating back to the 1800s.

The museum also has a number of publications on the town’s history for sale.

When: 12:00pm – 4:00pm Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May
Where: Singleton Museum, Burdekin Park, Singleton
Cost: Entry is free
Further information: Contact Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

6 May - Australian Army Band Newcastle

Music at the Infantry Museum

Saturday 6 May

The Australian Army Infantry Museum provides the perfect back drop for a performance by the Australian Army Band Newcastle who will bring an hour-long performance to the museum forecourt featuring music through the ages.

The Australian Army Band Newcastle is an Army reserve band situated in Bullecourt Barracks, Adamstown NSW. With a short break of service after World War Two, under various names and configurations, the Australian Army Band Newcastle has existed as the Hunter Region’s own military band since 1861. The band is primarily made up of Army reserve, or part time musicians. These musicians are members of the local community who, in addition to their normal employment, are employed on a casual basis by the Australian Army.

Why not combine seeing the band perform with a visit to the Australian Army Infantry Museum? Prepare to be amazed by this world-class, purpose-built museum and make sure you allow two to three hours to experience all it has to offer. After you are done, enjoy refreshments at The Lone Pine Kiosk and pop into The Corps Shop that stocks a wide range of ceremonial items, field equipment and souvenirs to cater for the needs of infantrymen, young and old.

The Museum has two display galleries. The Heritage Gallery on the ground floor features exhibitions focused on the history of operations, from Sudan in 1885 through to our current deployments. The Latchford Gallery on the mezzanine floor features ‘tools of the trade’, that is, the small arms and their associated training aids, how they have changed and developed and how these changes have influenced the tactics, techniques and procedures of the regiments that form the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.

When: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Saturday 6 May
Where: Australian Army Infantry Museum, Range Road Singleton
Cost: Concert in the forecourt is free
Museum admission charges: Adults $8; Pensioners $5; Children under 16 $3; Children under 5 free. The Australian Army Museum is traditionally open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 4pm and closed public holidays.
Further information: Contact the Australian Army Infantry Museum on 02 6575 0257

14 May - Noel Poppa Riley concert

Mother’s Day Country Music

Sunday 14 May

Come and join Noel ‘Poppa’ Riley and his band of merry men in this Country Music Concert at Townhead Park. Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy Noel’s unique sound, which well and truly reflects his experience on the country music circuit.

Walk-up artists are welcome to come and join the sing-a-long. Feel free to bring a chair, picnic rug, refreshments and some shade as well. What a perfect way to spend Mother’s Day, and wrap up an eventful Singleton Festival line-up!

When: 11:00am – 3:00pm, Sunday 14 May
Where: Townhead Park, New England Highway (performance from the back verandah of the building)
Cost: Free! Bookings not required
Further information: Contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560

14 May - Singleton Town Band

Singleton Town Band Concert

Sunday 14 May

See one of the town’s oldest associations perform in one of the town’s oldest buildings at the Singleton Town Band Concert.

Singleton (established 1820-21), like many other older towns of NSW, possesses many old established associations. Possibly the two oldest still functioning would be the Northern Agricultural Association and the Singleton Town Band, the NAA being established in 1868 and the Singleton Town Band in 1878. Records indicate that a Spring Show was held on 24th August 1865 whilst newspaper extracts of the time report “The Singleton Amateur Band was in attendance of the performance of the Amateur Theatrical Society in July 1945 and in the course of the evening played many lively tunes.”

The late Thomas Ferrington after a period of research published a record of Singleton Bands in the columns of the “Singleton Argus” in a series known as “Band Reminiscences 1845 to 1938.” The Singleton Town Band however, was founded in 1878 and would rank with some of the oldest in this state, if not the Commonwealth, still functioning.

In recent times the band has embraced interest from youth and has established a junior band and another, the late starters, is for people who chose to pick up a musical instrument later in life.

Singleton Town Band makes regular appearances at community events but this is a rare opportunity to see them at their stand-alone event. Expect some quirkiness in their music program.

All Saints’ Anglican Church in High Street is one of the town’s iconic buildings. Opened in 1913, this sandstone building has a slate roof, large pane windows, four panel doors and is typically Victorian Gothic in spite of the date. The acoustics of brass inside this sandstone structure is an experience not to be missed!

When: 3:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday 14 May
Where: All Saints’ Anglican Church, High Street, Singleton
Cost: Entry is free; Bookings not required
Further information: Contact the Singleton Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre on 02 6578 7560