Events in Armidale in November

Events in Armidale in November
November 1, 2016 Monthly events

Events in Armidale in November

If you are planning on visiting the Armidale region in November, consider looking for extra Armidale accommodation, as there is so much happening that you will most likely need to spend more than a day to enjoy some of what Armidale has to offer.

**  CELEBRATE  ‘DAY  OF  THE  DEAD’ @ The Coughing Gherkin:

Tuesday 1st November

Venue: The Coughing Gherkin, 1/117 Beardy St, Armidale
Time: From 6.00pm

Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition similar to Halloween. Come along and celebrate at the Coughing Gherkin restaurant. To celebrate they will be holding a “paint your face as a sugar skull” competition.  This will be a great family night out.

1st Prize – free main meal

2nd prize -voucher for a free drink

Children’s prize – free Mexican soda and ice cream.

Bookings essential. For further information, tel 6771 4008 or


There is always a great line-up of music in Armidale, and besides the regular music events, November also offers …

**  BLACK  SORROWS  @  The SerVies

Saturday 5th November

Venue: Armidale Memorial Ex-Services Club, 137 Dumaresq Street.

Time: 8.00-11.00pm.

Cost: $35.00 per person, available from Club Reception or at (+ online booking fee)

This is an ‘Adults Only’ show. The Black Sorrows are renowned for their energetic performances! Joe Camilleri and the band will be bringing you another dynamic show, with their familiar mix of blues, gospel, soul, R & B, country – and even pop! Their shows are always spontaneous, and are never the same. 

In 2014 Joe celebrated 50 years in the music business!  While the group has seen members come and go over the years, Joe Camilleri has always been the one solid member.  The latest band members are: Claude Carranza on guitar/vocals; Mark Gray on bass/vocals; John McAll on keyboards/vocals; and Angus Burchall on drums.

In 2015, the band toured Scandinavia for the first time after 20 years, with the release of their album, ‘Endless Sleep’.  Joe Camilleri still writes songs with Nick Smith, his writing partner of many years – and in 2016 the Black Sorrows will release their 18th album.

Joe formed The Black Sorrows in 1984 following the break-up of his well-known band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before. They started off playing in cafes around Melbourne, and selling their albums from a car boot, but Joe ended up transforming the band into one of Australia’s most sophisticated groups. This is a show not to be missed.  Like so many before you, you will come away feeling totally exhilarated!

For more information, phone 02 6770 0800 or visit

**  JAZZ  IN  THE  VINEYARD @ Petersons

Sunday 6th November

Venue: Peterson’s Armidale Guesthouse and Winery, 345 Dangarsleigh Road.

Time: 12.00pm (arrival).

Cost: $45 per person. Bookings are essential.

This promises to be a fantastic day of live music and great food and wine, set amongst the magnificent gardens of Petersons Winery, Armidale. Each ticket includes a 3 course lunch; a glass of wine or fresh fruit sangria per person; and two hours of live jazz music.

Enjoy a delicious fresh tapas lunch for you and a partner, or to share with a group of friends. Lunch includes:

To start: Home-made pate, marinated vegetables, bread, dips and olives to share.

Main course to share:
  Spiced lamb backstrap, with green olives & anchovy tapenade
  Chorizo, potato and chive croquettes with a paprika aioli
  Garlic and chilli prawns
– ‘Patatas bravas’ (Spanish style potatoes in a spiced tomato sauce)
  Mexican corn on the cob with a chipotle aioli, manchengo and lime
  Fresh garden salad

Dessert: Dessert tasting plate each, consisting of tiramisu, a Portuguese tart and fresh berries.

Groups of 8 or more enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine for the table.

How can you resist this temptation!

For more information or tickets, phone 02 6772 0422 or email


**  NATIONAL  THEATRE  LIVE: “The Threepenny Opera”

Saturday 12th November

Venue: Belgrave Twin Cinema, 137 Dumaresq Street.

Time: 12.05pm (Saturday), 4.30pm (Sunday).

Cost: $25 (adult), $22 (concession), $15 (3-14 years). ‘Mack the Knife is back in town.’

This is a comic new slant on Brecht and Weill’s bawdy musical:  It’s the 1830s, and London is getting ready for the coronation of Queen Victoria. Thieves are getting busy, there’s a lot happening on the not-so-legal side of town, and the police are trying their best to keep it all out of sight. The beggars are looking forward to the coronation because of all the begging and pickpocketing opportunities. And so the action begins ….

Rory Kinnear plays Macheath; Rosalie Craig is Polly Peachum; and Haydn Gwynne is Mrs Peachum. This is destined to produce a lot of belly laughs and a great night’s entertainment!

For more information, phone 02 6772 2856.


Friday 11th November

Venue: Hoskins Centre, The Armidale School (TAS), enter from Chapel Street.

Time: 11.00am and 7.30pm (Saturday).

Cost: $22 (adult), $20 (concession), $8 (student), groups’ and schools’ concessions available.

This is Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic fable about a stranded pilot who meets a mysterious boy from another planet – who travels from planet to planet searching for knowledge – and through this child the pilot learns the meaning of life.

For tickets and/or more information, phone Sonia Repin on 0419 411 957 or visit lovebombdesigns@hotmail.



Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November 2016

Venues: various gardens.

Time: 10.00am-4.00pm.

Cost: $40 (weekend pass), $5 (garden entry), (daily coach ticket),

Garden enthusiasts will have a great opportunity to explore these cool climate gardens in both town and country.

Admire the magnificent floral display in St Peter’s Cathedral (Dangar Street); wander through the quality stalls in the Parish Hall; and try the gourmet picnic lunches as well as morning and afternoon teas on sale.

Check or available on day at Parish Centre (Tingcombe Avenue) or individual garden.

For more information, phone Gillian Traise on 0414 674 519 or email


Wednesday 9th November

Venue: Imbota Nature Reserve, Long Swamp Road (12km from Armidale

Time: 9.30am-12.30pm.

Cost: free.

Botanist David Carr will share with you the discovery of the spring wildflowers in the undergrowth of the New England woodlands. He will teach you about which native plants grow locally, and how to identify them. Bring walking shoes, a hat, and a bottle of water.

For more information, phone 02 6711 1620.


Saturday 12th November

Artists, craftspeople, designers, jewellers, and makers from across regional New South Wales will be participating in the first Spring Makers’ Market. NERAM is launching this exciting new market, and would like it to become a regular event.

There promises to be a diverse range of quality art, craft, fashion, and original designs from some of the region’s best quality producers.  This will be a great opportunity to start buying those special, locally made gifts.

For more information, Tel: 02 6772 5255

Or visit:


Saturday 12th November

This festival encompasses the arts, music and the environment, and includes activities in the New England Regional Art Museum and the Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. They are both situated on site.

This year the line-up will include:

  • art exhibitions; art installations
  • musical performances
  • community and environmental displays
  • local food and produce
  • arts, cultural and environmental demonstrations and workshops
  • the first Spring Makers’ Market.

The New England Regional Art Museum is the main focus for the activities of the Black Gully Festival.  On the day they will also present art exhibitions, artists’ talks and presentations.  You can dine at Studio 52 café; and a drinks bar will be available through the Friends of NERAM.

For more information, Tel: 02 6772 5255

Or visit:


Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November

Venue: Armidale Exhibition Centre, 8 Canambe Street.

Time: 9.00am-4.00pm (Saturday), 9.00am-3.00pm (Sunday).

Cost: $8 (adult), $5 (concession), children free.

This year the event will feature ‘crawler tractors’ – in particular, Cletrac and Oliver. Come along to see vintage machinery in action; small motors; tractors; steam engines; horse-drawn machinery; working draught horse demonstrations; blacksmithing and shoeing of heavy-horses; vintage cars and military vehicles.

On Saturday night there will be a ‘Camp Oven’ and BBQ – all welcome.

For more information, phone 02 6779 2024.


Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November 2016

Venue: various gardens, see below.

Time: 9.00am-5.30pm.

Cost: $20 (weekend pass), $4.00 (per garden) – available at all gardens.

Spend the weekend exploring six beautiful, cool-climate private gardens at your leisure. The gardens are located south of Walcha, in the spectacular New England region. Morning tea and lunch will be on sale. Relax under the leafy trees, or browse the arts and craft stalls displaying the talents of Walcha locals. Visitor Information Centres in Armidale, Uralla & Walcha will have brochures which include maps to the gardens.  Proceeds from the Festival go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and local charities.


  • Orandumbie – 13 The Lakes Road;
  • Sallywood – St Leonards Creek Road;
  • Branga Plains (Manager’s Residence) – 11427 Thunderbolts Way;
  • Branga Plains (Homestead) – 11427 Thunderbolts Way;
  • Prairie Fields – 11008 Thunderbolts Way;
  • Bungara – 460 Topdale Road.

Refreshments and Lunch: Sandwich – $5; Tea/coffee/drink – $2.50; Slice pack – $2.50

Pre-packed lunches available for $10 pp. For catering, contact Robyn at

For more information, phone Diana  02 6777 3948 or 0429 799 083 or email

As you can see, there is so much on offer in Armidale in November that you will need extended Armidale accommodation in order to fit in those extra activities! 

At The Club Motel Armidale, situated at 107 Dumaresq Street, Armidale, our 18 rooms are all located on the ground floor, with parking outside each room. We offer affordable rates, and rooms are always maintained in pristine condition.

Club Motel Armidale will provide you with the comfort you are looking for in excellent motel accommodation in Armidale

For further information contact us today on (02) 6772 8777 – we will make your stay a memorable one.

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