WHAT'S ON

Your guide to the Australia Day 2020 long weekend around Cessnock City

CLASSIC: Rachel Griffiths as Rhonda and Toni Collette as Muriel in 'Muriel's Wedding', which will be shown at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Friday night.
CLASSIC: Rachel Griffiths as Rhonda and Toni Collette as Muriel in 'Muriel's Wedding', which will be shown at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Friday night.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

MOVIES

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre - Muriel's Wedding (rated M). Doors open at 6pm, free entry. Book your seats on 4993 4266. Read more here.

MUSIC

Australia Hotel Cessnock Dr Zoom Duo, 8.30pm.

Cessnock Leagues Club Wez Thompson, 7.30pm.

Pedens Cessnock Pistol Pete, 8.45pm.

Potters Brewery Anthony Lee, 8pm.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton 24 Hours, 8.30pm.

Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar Liam Burrows, 6pm.

PRAYER SERVICE: A combined church service for Australia Day (as above) will once again be held in the Cessnock TAFE grounds on Saturday.

PRAYER SERVICE: A combined church service for Australia Day (as above) will once again be held in the Cessnock TAFE grounds on Saturday.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

CHURCH SERVICE

Cessnock TAFE Grounds - All are welcome to come along and pray for the nation and the city of Cessnock. The service will start at 8am and a barbecue breakfast will follow at Cessnock City Church in North Avenue.

MUSIC

Cessnock Leagues Club Solid Gold Party Night with Dave Cochrane, 8pm.

Cypress Lakes Jess Knaus, 7pm.

East Cessnock Bowling Club DJ Cotton, 7.30pm.

Harrigan's Irish Pub Pokolbin Gen-R-8, 9pm.

Pedens Cessnock Pocket Aces, 8.45pm.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton The Rumour Trio, 8.30pm.

Tattersalls Hotel Greta Sami, 8pm.

Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar Brendan Murphy, 7pm.

MOVIES

Grays Inn WollombiThe Man From Snowy River, 6pm.Call Julie on 4998 3483 or Michael on 0416 245 655 for bookings.

SPECIAL GUEST: Singer-songwriter and radio presenter Damien Leith will be Cessnock's Australia Day ambassador.

SPECIAL GUEST: Singer-songwriter and radio presenter Damien Leith will be Cessnock's Australia Day ambassador.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

AUSTRALIA DAY CEREMONY

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre - Cessnock City Council's Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony will be held at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Sunday. A barbecue breakfast will be held from 8am, and the ceremony will start at 10am. Arrive early to secure your seat. Read more here.

CRICKET

East End Oval - The fourth annual Mayoral Cup T20 cricket match will be contested at East End Oval on Sunday from noon.

MOVIES

The Lovedale Bar (Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley) - Kangaroo Jack (5pm) and The Man From Snowy River (7pm). Australia Day entertainment also includes lawn games (giant chess, giant checkers, oversize connect four, boules and more) from 11am.

Grays Inn Wollombi The Castle. Call Julie on 4998 3483 or Michael on 0416 245 655 for bookings.

MUSIC

Abermain Bowling Club Half Drive, 2pm.

Bellbird Hotel Get What You're Given (Casey Wilson, Kirstie Debono, Kirsty Ford and friends), 3pm. Australia Day entertainment also includes a jumping castle for the kids from 12pm-3pm, and a pie-eating competition at 2.30pm.

Cypress Lakes James Paul, 12pm.

Hotel Cessnock Chowder Keg, 1pm. Entertainment also includes a boot-throwing competition at 3pm.

Pedens Cessnock Kellie Cain, 2pm.

Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar Luke Davis, 1pm.

ACTION: Suplex Professional Wrestling (as pictured at left) will hold a bout at East Cessnock Bowling Club on Monday afternoon to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES. Picture: Lauren Moulton Designs

ACTION: Suplex Professional Wrestling (as pictured at left) will hold a bout at East Cessnock Bowling Club on Monday afternoon to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES. Picture: Lauren Moulton Designs

MONDAY, JANUARY 27

WRESTLING

East Cessnock Bowling Club - Suplex Professional Wrestling will host a show at East Cessnock Bowling Club on Monday to raise funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). The event will run from 2.30pm to 5.30pm; tickets are $10 at the door, with free entry for RFS and WIRES volunteers (with proof). Read more here.

MARKETS

Wollombi Market Day - The famous Wollombi Market Day is back on Monday at Wollombi Saleyards. The markets are held each long weekend, supporting local community groups (this time, the Wollombi Tennis Club and Wollombi Valley Pony Club). The markets start at 8am, with about 100 stalls.

MUSIC

Wollombi Tavern The Gully Line, 12pm-3pm.

FUN: The Christmas Lights Spectacular closes Sunday.

FUN: The Christmas Lights Spectacular closes Sunday.

NIGHTLY UNTIL SUNDAY

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR

Hunter Valley Gardens - Hunter Valley Gardens' annual Christmas Lights Spectacular wraps up for another year this Sunday. All profits from Saturday and Sunday evening (January 25 and 26) will be donated to the Salvation Army, NSW Rural Fire Service, St Vincent de Paul Society and WIRES. Emergency services volunteers and workers will receive free entry and unlimited ride passes this weekend. Read more here.

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