It’s nearly Easter and we have no doubt you’re looking at it one of two ways;
1. Four whole days off! or
2. Why am I the only one who has to work Easter?
If you fall into category 2, we’re sorry about it; let’s hang out another time!
But if you’re in that lucky group of people who have absolutely nothing on for those four glorious days, we’ve done the research so that you know the best ways to fill your time.
Start your Good Friday right with breakfast at one of the region’s best spots; The Workshop Kitchen will be open, Riviera Bar & Grill will be serving from 6:30am to 9am, whilst Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar are open for all-day breakfast between 7am and 2:30pm.
After a delicious breakfast, what else is there to do but get out and about in the region? In Nundle, the Nundle Woollen Mill has a free tour at 2pm and the Mount Misery Gold Mine Café & Museum will be open to visitors. Or head to Barraba, where you can view the new Silo Art Project on the way into town, before visiting the Historical Museum (open for business between 10am and 3pm.
For lunch, check out the Manilla Services Club which’ll be open for business from midday, or head to the Tamworth Services Club (open from 11am), Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar or The Workshop Kitchen.
Next, make a dinner reservation for some of the region’s tastiest destinations; Riviera Bar & Grill will be serving between 6pm and 10pm, whilst The Glasshouse Restaurant at Goonoo Goonoo Station will be showing off their beautiful new Autumn menu for dinner between 5:30pm and 11:30pm. Or drop into The Workshop Kitchen & Coal Bunker Bar, Manilla Services Club, Bistro on Bligh at the North Tamworth Bowling Club or Tamworth Services Club, who will all be open on Good Friday.
If you’re sticking to seafood, head to Tamworth’s Imperial Brewhouse. Nundle’s The Peel Inn Hotel will also be open from 3pm and hosting a Prawn & Oyster Bar set up (delivered fresh from the coast), while Tamworth East’s Red Rooster is doing a fish and chips option.
Love live music? Then dance your Good Friday away to Brent Larkham at the Tamworth Services Club from 8:30pm, Kevin Spencer at the North Tamworth Bowling Club from 6pm and Wize Guys playing at the Manilla Services Club from 6pm.
What’s better than eating breakfast out on Saturday? Eating brekky out on Easter Saturday, knowing you’ve still got three days off! Treat yourself at Riviera Bar & Grill (open 6:30am – 9am), Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar (open 7am – 2:30pm), The Workshop Kitchen (6:30am - 10am) or Manilla’s Molly May’s (open 8am – 2pm).
If you like to get active first thing, join in on the Tamworth Parkrun which kicks off at 8am (maybe leave brekky ‘til afterwards?).
Now that you’re full, it’s time to fill that Saturday in. And the options are endless… for the families, it’s the first day of the Nundle Go for Gold Easter Festival (kicking off at 8:30am). If you’re in Tamworth, Kids Zone will be open from 9am to 4pm, and you can always drop into the Big Golden Guitar.
For those that love a bit of the arts and culture, you can view exhibitions at Barraba’s Claypan, the new Barraba Silo Art Project and Tamworth’s Weswal Gallery, and don’t forget to check out the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival schedule. It details open days at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum, Tamworth Regional Gallery, the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, Manilla’s Heritage Museum & Machinery Shed and Manellae Collectables, Moonbi Museum and the Barraba Historical Museum. Plus, Nundle Woollen Mill will have four free tours running throughout the day (at 11am, midday, 1pm and 2pm).
Your lunch options are looking pretty good too; The Peel Inn Hotel will have their Prawn & Oyster Bar operating or you can grab something at The Tudor Hotel, South Tamworth Bowling Club, Bistro on Bligh at the North Tamworth Bowling Club, Manilla Services Club, Tamworth Services Club, The Workshop Kitchen or Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar, which are all open their normal hours.
Head out for some special cocktails courtesy of The Tudor Hotel or The Imperial Brewhouse, or drop by The Coal Bunker Bar or The Welder’s Dog (after all, you don’t have to work tomorrow!).
For dinner, The Glasshouse Restaurant at Goonoo Goonoo Station, Carmen’s, The Workshop Kitchen, The Tudor Hotel and Riviera Bar & Grill will all be open for business, plus South Tamworth Bowling Club, North Tamworth Bowling Club, Manilla Services Club, Tamworth Services Club.
Enjoy an Easter Sunday brunch with family and/or friends at Riviera Bar & Grill, Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar, The Workshop Kitchen or The Glasshouse Restaurant at Goonoo Goonoo Station. To really get into the spirit, Manilla’s Molly May’s will be serving up breakfast including their Ultimate Easter Sundaes before an Easter Egg Hunt.
Speaking of Easter Eggs, Carmen’s is also embracing the hunt tradition if you head out there for Sunday lunch. Other great spots to grab lunch include the South Tamworth Bowling Club, Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar, The Tudor Hotel, The Workshop Kitchen, Bistro on Bligh at the North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth Services Club or The Glasshouse Restaurant at Goonoo Goonoo Station in Tamworth, Manilla Services Club, or Nundle’s Peel Inn Hotel.
Sunday is also day two of the Nundle Go for Gold Easter Festival, so if you don’t make it the day before, make sure you put it on the to-do list from 8:30am Sunday. It’s also day four of the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival, so consider visiting the Tamworth Powerstation Museum, Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, exhibitions at Tamworth Regional Gallery, the Barraba Historical Museum, Moonbi Museum or head into the Nundle Woollen Mill for more free tours. Visit Barraba to view the new Barraba Silo Art Project or the Shutterbugs exhibition at The Claypan, and the Big Golden Guitar is also open to visitors.
Easter Sunday will also see The Imperial Brewhouse continue their cocktail specials through the weekend, the Coal Bunker Bar will be ready to welcome you, and The Welder’s Dog will be open for one off the wood before you head for dinner at Riviera Bar & Grill, The Workshop Kitchen or The Tudor Hotel, who will all be open and serving great food.
Well, all good things come to an end but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out with a bang, right?
Take yourself out for a delicious breakfast at one of the region’s best spots; Riviera Bar & Grill, Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar, The Workshop Kitchen and Molly May’s in Manilla will all be taking orders.
Then, go exploring.
Make the most of this extra day off by checking out what the Tamworth region has to offer; the kids will love a session at Kids Zone (open 9am to 2pm) or take them for an adventure to the Mount Misery Gold Mine Café & Museum (stopping off at the Big Golden Guitar on your way, of course). If you're in Barraba, don't forget to stop by the incredible new Barraba Silo Art Project. It’s also another day to soak up the Tamworth Regional Heritage Festival too, so why not stop by the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame or Barraba Historical Museum opening days, or take a tour at the Nundle Woollen Mill at 2pm?
Lunch will be served for those wanting to eat something prepared by someone else at The Peel Inn in Nundle, Bistro on Bligh at the North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth Services Club, Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar, The Tudor Hotel, The Workshop Kitchen, plus Manilla’s own Molly May’s and Manilla Services Club.
Savour dinner before the working week starts again, whether that’s at The Peel Inn Hotel, Riviera Bar & Grill, North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth Services Club, The Tudor Hotel, The Workshop Kitchen or the Manilla Services Club. The Welder’s Dog, Coal Bunker Bar and The Imperial Brewhouse will be open to welcome you in too.