Winter tends to get a bad rap but we’re here to tell you, it’s not all gloomy weather and cold toes in the Tamworth region. We’re all about the feel good winter vibes – hot coffee, cosy fireplaces, good food and great experiences. There’s no better view than frost-covered ground while you’re curled up on the couch, and if you venture into the hills to Hanging Rock at certain times of year, you might even get to enjoy the magic of a peaceful snowfall.
You get the drift – for a winter getaway, there’s nowhere cosier than the Tamworth region and to prove it, we’ve singled out five great experiences to keep you warm while you’re here.
- Experience our museums
Besides the fantastic exhibitions on display, you know what else is great about our museums? Temperature control! Whether you’re interested in motorbikes, country music, local heritage, film and audio or rocks, gems and minerals, there’s a museum in the Tamworth region that will keep you both warm and engaged this winter.
- Have an afternoon (or weekend) by the fire
Settle in for a cosy weekend by the fire at Jenkins Street Guest House, a bed and breakfast and weekend café celebrating fresh ingredients and home cooking. Located conveniently on the main street of beautiful Nundle and featuring high ornate ceilings, wooden floorboards and the character of a building that’s been reinvented a few times over, warm and welcoming hosts Brett and Pip have reached the perfect balance combining a space to soak in the surrounding peace and quiet with the attractions and activities that draw visitors to of Nundle village on its doorstep.
- Go for a run
It’s you against the clock when you join the Tamworth Parkrun, a free 5km run held every Saturday at 8am. Warm up on the run beginning between Paradise Tourist Park and Hungry Jacks on Peel Street and following the Peel River Levee Bank before joining the group to grab a post-run coffee at Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar. Part of the national Parkrun movement held in more than 350 locations across Australia, Parkrun is open to everyone, safe and easy to take part in.
- Wear those kids out!
Need your kids to burn off some energy but it’s too cold outside? Take them in to KidsZone and set them loose in one of the age-appropriate play areas while you relax with a coffee. Open 7 days and suitable for kids up to 12 years of age, the areas include toys, activities and play equipment that’ll keep them entertained for hours, plus adults enter free!
- Cook up a storm
Explore some of the world’s best cuisines without the expensive plane ticket when you book a cooking class at the Retreat Cooking School, Tamworth. You’ll join passionate cook and food writer Sandy Moore as she shares tips and tricks for making fresh and tasty food in these unique and hands-on classes. By the end, it’ll be you, your classmates (the maximum capacity is 6), a glass of something and a meal featuring your delicious creations. Choose from classes centred on Italian, Moroccan & Middle Eastern and Thai food experiences, or instead sign up for a gourmet kitchen garden option exploring pickles, preserves and homegrown treats. With classes running for up to 4 hours and a cost of just $100 per person, these classes are sure to warm your soul this winter.