15th - 29th April 2017
Discover our region’s rich heritage at the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival. A two week program of events including cultural tours, museum displays, open days and workshops.
Share in local stories and learn about the traditions that have shaped our community!
Tamworth Regional Film & Sound Archive Open Day
The Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive preserves our regional film and sound heritage. Formed in 1995 as the The New England Film and Sound Archive and now The Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive houses about 8,000 cans and cassettes of local and regionally produced visual material and over 20,000 items on the database, plus historical audio material.
When: 18th April 2017, 9am to 5pm & 20th April 2017, 9am to 5pm
Where: Ray Walsh House, Peel Street, Tamworth - Located at Kable Avenue end of building on Ground level
Launch of 'Tamworth identities, as told by their descendants' publication
The launch of the publication 'Tamworth Identities, as told by their descendants' by Tamworth Family History Group. For more information click here.
When: 18th April 2017, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Tamworth and District Family History Group Rooms - 62-64 North Street, Tamworth
Our Voice through History - Heritage Display
Discover our regions unique heritage through artefacts, artwork and photographs from our local museums, archives and community groups. This exhibition will intrigue and delight audiences. Many of our local museums have contributed to the exhibition including a range of ‘mystery objects’.
When: 18th to 28th April 2017 (Weekdays Only), 8:30am to 5pm
Where: Tamworth Regional Council Foyer - Ray Walsh House, Peel Street, Tamworth
Len Water's 'Stories Under the Stars' (gayuldnha mirri)
Join local community member Len Waters on a story-telling night under the stars. A special event will be held to allow an exploration of Kamilaroi astronomy which held a special place in Aboriginal navigation, storytelling and spirituality. Warrambal (the Milky Way), Yarandoo (the Southern Cross) and the Dhinawan (Emu) in the Sky all have major creation stories associated with them. Learn some local star stories, their significance in Kamilaroi culture and what those stories said about Kamilaroi people’s place in the world. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and refreshments.
When: 19th April 2017, 8pm to 10pm
Where: Tamworth Botanic Gardens - Piper Street, Tamworth
Cost: FREE - Please call 6767 5507 for bookings
'Voices from the Lookout'
Tamworth Historical Society presentation on the history of settlement in Tamworth including the discovery of the Peel Valley by John Oxley in 1818 and the settlement in the valley of the Australian Agricultural Company. There will also be a presentation by local community member Len Waters on Kamilaroi culture and stories within the Peel Valley. Limited seating available - please bring a fold-up chair. Morning tea available for a gold coin donation
When: 23rd April 2017, 10am to 12pm
Where: Tamworth Lookout
The Printers Mark - Pat Rowley Bequest Exhibition
Pat Rowley is considered one of Australia’s finest printmakers – a quiet achiever whose work is influenced by her love of nature and a wicked sense of humour. As a strong supporter of the arts, Rowley acquired a myriad of famous artistic friends, as well as a stellar collection of important works of Australian art over her lifetime. When Rowley passed in 2016, she generously bequeathed this collection to the Tamworth Regional Gallery. This greatly appreciated gift, including works by Margaret Preston, Donald Friend, Lionel Lindsay and many more, as well as beautiful examples of Rowley’s own work, will be exhibited at the Gallery in celebration of the bequest and Pat’s life.
When: 22nd April to 10th June 2017, 10am - 5pm (Exhibition opening 2pm)
Where: Tamworth Regional Gallery
Education Open Day for Powerstation Museum
Join the Tamworth Powerstation Museum as it launches it’s first ever Educational Kit and Museum Experience. In 1888, Tamworth became the first city in Australia to be lit by municipal electric street lighting. This important moment in national and local history is celebrated at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum. Established in 1988, it is located on the site where the 1888 steam engines powered the street lighting system, and the 1907 Power Station / Municipal Electric Showroom building has been refurbished to display a range of unique exhibits. This also includes FREE entry to the museum on this day and seeing the mighty John Fowler steam engines running as part of the heritage festival celebrations.
When: 27th April 2017, 9am to 1pm - Launch 11am
Where: Tamworth Powerstation Museum
Knowledge Sharing Day
Join in on a day of sharing knowledge of the regions history. Transport provided, meet at Local Aboriginal Land Council
(Marius Street) at 9.30am. Sausage sizzle lunch with Johnny Cakes and Maple
Syrup. Sponsored by Tamworth Local Aboriginal Land Council and
Local Land Services North West. Limited numbers, bookings essential, phone Local Aboriginal Land Council 6766 9028. RSVP by Friday 14 April. Comfortable shoes recommended, the tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility.
When: 20th April 2017, 10am to 1pm
Where: Boundary Rock, Daruka
Len Water's Cultural Tour
Len Waters’ Cultural Tours will provide an insight into the vast wealth of information developed by Aboriginal people and will leave you with a new understanding and admiration of the richness of Aboriginal culture and knowledge systems.
When: 29th April 2017, 10am to 2:30pm
Where: Tamworth Botanic Gardens
Cost: $32.75 per adult or $27.75 per child/concession plus transaction fee
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Diary of a Wombat
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage. Click here for tickets
When: 27th April 2017, 6pm
28th April 2017, 10:30am
28th April 2017, 12:30pm
Where: Capitol Theatre Tamworth
Cost: $26 adult/ $21 student
Walking Tour and Lunch at Goonoo Goonoo Station
Walking tour of the Village and Woolstore followed by a 'Tasting Lunch' at the Glasshouse Restaurant. Explore the history and heritage of the region’s oldest property – Goonoo Goonoo Station. The tour includes a walk through the stone store, butchers building, schoolhouse and homestead.
Note for guests – please park in the restaurant carpark and make your way down to the homestead, the tour commences at 10am sharp. Comfortable shoes recommended, the tour runs for approx. two hours and is not suitable for those with limited mobility. Limited numbers, bookings are essential
When: 28th April 2017, 10am start - 12:30pm lunch
Where: Goonoo Goonoo Station
Cost: $67.75 plus transaction fee
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