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The Hunter Valley Family Show will run from Friday November 16 to Sunday November 18 and take place at Tarro Recreation Area in Newcastle. There will be rides, entertainment, animals, fireworks, stalls, showbags, expos and more. They show has been designed just for families, so if you're looking for a great day out with your kids, your search is now over.
Opening Hours Gates to the Hunter Valley Family Show will be open from 2pm to 10pm on Friday, from 9am to 10pm on Saturday and from 9am to 5pm on Sunday. However, not everything will be open the entire time. On Friday and Saturday, the farmyard, expos and some stalls will close at 8pm, but you will still be able to enjoy the amusement rides, showbags, food stalls and the rest of the stalls until closing time at 10pm.
The highlight of the entertainment program will be on Friday November 16, when a concert will be held from 6.30pm, featuring performances from Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew and Johnny Ruffo. Following the concert, at 9pm, you will be able to enjoy the KaBoom Fireworks Spectacular, which will also take place the following night at 9pm too.
The rest of the entertainment schedule includes a show by TV personality Dr Katrina Warren, who will present The Wonderdogs, a team of Border Collies who entertain and perform tricks. They have appeared on programs like The Today Show and will be appearing at the Hunter Valley Family Show on Saturday only.
For stunts of another sort, look out for the Flair Riders. Over from New Zealand there will also be The Lumberjack Show, which will feature wood chopping, pole-climbing, axe throwing and more. Saturday night will see Steven Spellmaster, a popular comedy hypnotist, performing, and if that doesn't satisfy your taste for mesmerising tricks, check out Circus Avalon, or go see Joel Howlett at JD's World of Magic on Sunday. Dial DJ Demon, a mobile party group, will also be at the show on Saturday and Sunday.
Little Scallywagz are a great attraction for the young kids and will be performing on Saturday and Sunday. They feature DJ Soundtrack, Stacy, Luke and their Little Scallywagz friends Cha-Cha and JJ, two lovable life-size dolls. The group will sing and dance to lively Little Scallywagz songs as well as popular children's nursery rhymes.
Rides and Food The range of rides that will be at the show is quite big. There will be traditional rides like the dodgem cars, as well as those more suited to thrill-seekers, like the Kamikaze, a pendulum-like ride, among many others. Food vendors will be selling both hot meals and snack food, including Turkish food, pizza, Subway, health food, spit roast, pies, Vietnamese, tapas, Asian cuisine and more.
Animal Experiences The Hunter Valley Family Show is also a great attraction for animal-lovers. The Australian Wildlife Show will run from 11am to 4pm on Saturday November 17 and 11am to 3pm on Sunday November 18, featuring animals like Snappy the Crocodile, Blossom the Possum and Princess the Diamond Python.
At the Oakville Farm Animal Nursery you can get up close and personal with ducks, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, calves and more. There will be feeding times where you can involved and take some photos. The nursery will be open from 2pm to 7pm on Friday November 16, 9am to 7pm to Saturday November 17 and 9am to 4pm on Sunday November 18. The Society of Frogs and Reptiles will also be present.
Tickets to the Hunter Valley Family Show are on sale at Proticket. If you want to attend on Friday, tickets will cost $35.00 for adults ($38.00 at the gate) and $25 for children who are between 5-17 years ($27 at the gate). A family of two adults and two children costs $110 ($115 at the gate). Children four and under are free
The tickets for Friday will also get you in on Saturday or Sunday. If you only want to attend on the weekend, you can get tickets for either Saturday or Sunday for $15 if you're an adult ($16 at the gate) or $10 for kids ($11 at the gate). A family ticket on these days costs $40 ($44 at the gate). Again, kids four and under are free, while pensioner tickets are the same prices as tickets for children.
While all ages are welcome at this family event, children under 15 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.