Winter holiday fun around Cessnock City, July 2018 | PHOTOS

Cessnock City Libraries are the perfect place for kids to stay warm and keep their minds active during the July school holidays.

Cessnock Library hosted a Lego competition on Thursday, with some marvellous creations on show.

Kurri Kurri Library will host a Lego competition on Friday, and the jam-packed program continues at the libraries in the second week of the holidays.

Monday, July 16 will be a busy day at Cessnock Library, with Rhymetime at 10am, Kids Can Knit at 1pm and Makerspace Cardboard Automata at 3pm.

Cessnock Library will hold story time at 10am on Tuesday, July 17, while a Hogwarts Escape Room will be held at Kurri Kurri Library at 4pm that day. 

Rhymetime and Storytime will be held Kurri Kurri Library at 10am Wednesday, July 18, followed by Kids Can Knit at 1pm and Makerspace Cardboard Automata at 3pm.

The fun continues on Thursday, July 19 with JD Howlett’s magic and juggling workshop at Kurri Kurri at 10am and Cessnock at 2pm (cost: $7); and the Hogwarts Escape Room at Cessnock at 4pm.

Bookings are essential for some events, call 4993 4399 (Cessnock) or 4937 1638 (Kurri Kurri) or find out more at

Meet Duggee

Cessnock Plaza is holding meet-and-greets with Duggee the dog from children’s television series Hey Duggee until Friday, July 13, with sessions at 11am, 12pm and 1pm each day.

Art workshops

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery will host a woodblock printing workshop on Friday, July 20.  All kids aged over seven are welcome. They can print on bags, or their own T-shirt. Cost: $10. Time: 10am-11.30am. Call 4991 6619 or email for bookings or more information.

The Wollombi School Community Education Trust will hold two art workshops at the former Wollombi School with Kes Harper on Wednesday, July 18 – Design a T-shirt from 10am to 12pm  (bring your own white T-shirt) and Recycled Art from 1pm-3pm (bring some small bits and pieces, eg Lego, broken toys bits, etc). Email or call 4998 8556 for bookings.

Snow Time in the Garden

​Hunter Valley Gardens’ popular winter holiday attraction, Snow Time in the Garden, runs daily until July 22.

Camel rides

Camel Milk NSW will host camel rides at De Bortoli Wines, Pokolbin on Thursdays and Saturdays during the school holidays.

​School playgrounds open

​Cessnock East, Cessnock West, Congewai, Ellalong, Greta and Kitchener public schools will be open from 8am to 5pm every day during the holidays as part of the NSW Government’s Share our Space program. Read more here.

Take a walk

Check out our guide to the Hunter’s best walking tracks, hikes and natural hangouts here.

What’s on around Newcastle and the Hunter

Read more about what’s on around Newcastle and the Hunter during the school holidays here.