CUP FUN: It's almost Melbourne Cup time, so grab your hats, fascinators and friends and head to the picnic races. Photo: COURTESY THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS
CUP FUN: It's almost Melbourne Cup time, so grab your hats, fascinators and friends and head to the picnic races. Photo: COURTESY THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS Gail Forrer

What's on: Central Coast


Ettalong Bowling Club and Fairhaven are making shopping fun and cheap with a clothes swap party on Sunday, October 28. Bring good condition ladies' fashion to check in from 1pm and let the swap begin from 1.45pm. Entry is $5 and includes a glass of champagne. Funds go to Fairhaven and any items left at the end of the day will be donated to Fairhaven Op Shop. Call Ettalong Bowling Club on (02) 4341 0087 for more information. (This is a fundraising event For Fairhaven).


Whether you have or haven't spent time with the grandkids recently, here's the day to make sure you do. Sunday, October 28 is Grandparents' Day, and everyone is encouraged to spend time with or phone grandchildren, grandparents, or older members of the community to reminisce on times shared and celebrate your connection.


From November 1 to December 31 is Firefly Magic season at the Australian Rainforest Sanctuary (Forest of Tranquility) in Ourimbah. The fireflies appear at dusk, and like humidity but, because it's a natural occurrence and depends on the weather, nothing can be guaranteed, so the venue suggests you look at it more as a chance for a twilight stroll or a picnic under the stars and just hope the fireflies join you for an hour or so. It's $35 ($20 with pension card) Tuesday to Thursday or for $50 do a guided walk the other days, with a firefly talk at 7pm weekends, when there is often also music. It's not recommended if you are unstable on your feet. For all the details phone (02) 4362 1855 go to


November seems far too early for a Christmas fair, but we all know how fast time will go, so St James Anglican Church Wyong is having its fair on Saturday, November 3 from 8.30am-2.30pm with plants and pots, cakes, jams and chutneys, handmade gifts, pre-loved clothing, jewellery, books and DVDs. There will be a barbecue and all the usual kids' fun, as well as Christmas photos. For more, call Annie at the office on (02) 4353 3699.


THE electric energy of Circus Rio is set to descend on the Dam Hotel in Wyong for an action-packed season at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds.

The circus has loved sharing its international extravaganza with the people of regional New South Wales and is ecstatic to delight locals and travellers of the Upper Hunter region with their unique circus style. The crew brings their spectacular talents to the large coastal city on Thursday, November 1, premiering at 7pm. The full season is set to run until November 11.

Circus Rio unites diverse culture and dance with rare circus acts performed by few others in the industry. This combination is sure to delight the people of Wyong, Upper Hunter and surrounds, from toddlers to grandparents. Classics like clowns, rolla bolla and juggling will be paired with innovative new favourites such as tightrope and aerialist tricks. This group can't get enough of travelling around some of Australia's most unique towns. The crew can't wait to live as the locals and is asking for your opinion on the best destinations for them to visit during their stay. Fans are encouraged to send us a message on our social media with the hashtag: #riotakescentralcoast 

Phone Suzanne Borden on (07) 3254 1911.


Tuesday, November 6 is Melbourne Cup Day, so check out all that's on offer around the Coast, or just use it as an excuse to get together with friends. The picnic race day at the Entertainment Grounds is on again ($10 adults), with five live picnic races, fashions on the field, live music by Jellyfish and more. You can even grab a fascinator there, and of course the action from Flemington will be screened. Gates open 11am with first race at 12.30pm and a free shuttle service from Gosford station. Go to or phone (02) 4325 0461.


More than 20 free events take over the Tuggerah Lakes area from 9-18 November. The nine-day festival, supported by Central Coast Council, features sporting, family, cultural, educational, art and live music events. There's the Light Up the Lake concert, including the Delta Riggs, great food and fireworks on the opening Saturday, November from 4-9pm and all sorts of activities including sustainable eating and backyard permaculture workshops, bushwalking, kayaking, native plant giveaway, Park Feast, Foreshore Fiesta, Welcome to Long Jetty celebration of music and arts and heaps more. Google Lakes Festival for the full program.


Help raise money for farmers at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures on Friday, November 9 with the Running of the Horses from 4.30pm, Man from Snowy River Experience at 5.15pm and then a banquet dinner, dance to live country music, and an auction. $25 from every $75 ticket and 20% of drink purchases goes to Aussie Helpers. Find them on Facebook or go to


Sunday, November 11 is the 18th year of the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival, from 9.30am-4pm. The new site is The Galleria at Ettalong. For a gold coin entry donation you can enjoy oysters, of course, but also wines, craft beers and over 50 stalls, as well as live music and kids' activities. And there's the (in)famous How Many Oysters Can You Eat in 30 Seconds competition. Go to


If you love your rugby league, but think the game isn't what it was in the old days, why not relive them on Saturday, November 17 at Central Coast Stadium when the Legends of League take to the field. Familiar names include Wendell Sailor, Steve Menzies, Danny Buderus, Nathan Hindmarsh, Andrew Ryan and Gorden Tallis as Canterbury, Manly, Brisbane, Newcastle and Parramatta battle The Barbarians in nine-a-side format. Adult tickets $30, pensioner discount available, go to

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