Winter is the perfect time to embrace Evocity living. Regardless of which Evocity you call home, the cooler months play host to a diverse range of events, festivals and activities that enable you and your family to make the most of the crisp, sunny days and starlit evenings.
Living in an Evocity has many benefits, but undoubtedly one of the greatest aspects is the community minded feel, exemplified by local events and activities. Regardless of your tastes and interest, you’re bound to find something to stoke your imagination this winter, when you call an Evocity home.
Armidale – surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, Armidale comes to life in winter – it’s really not hard to see where the New England region got its name from! Armidale is the capital of the region, home to hundreds of thousands of hectares of national parks and state forests, including New England National Park, Cathedral Rock National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and Washpool and Gibraltar Ranges National Park. Living in Armidale gives residents year round access to an abundance of outdoor pursuits and activities – often within minutes of the city centre. Winter is a particularly special time to embrace the great outdoors as the national parks take on an eerie beauty with mist and frost. Not to mention, nothing is better than curling up by the fire with a hearty dish of regional produce and local wine after a day spent adventuring!
Tamworth – Winter in Tamworth is all about enjoying the city’s diverse arts and cultural scene. Whilst it’s known for the annual Country Music Festival, Tamworth offers resident’s a year-round line up of great events, live shows, exhibitions and mini festivals. During the colder months, it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the cosy ambience of one of Tamworth’s many amazing cafes or restaurants before enjoying a show or exhibition. This upcoming season, a wide range of shows will entertain Tamworthians including Peppa Pig live on stage for the little ones, Guy Sebastian, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly the opera, Romeo and Juliet and Carmen performed by the Melbourne City Ballet.
Dubbo – Rather than spending the winter months hibernating indoors, Dubbo offers countless outdoor pursuits to keep the whole family happy, healthy and active. Science is proving what we all know to be true, that time spent in the great outdoors is good for our mind, body and soul, and there is no better place to take time out or discover a new outdoor hobby than Dubbo. Dubbo is home to not only extensive cycling trails, parks and gardens including the beautiful Shoyoen Japanese Gardens, and is also nearby to some of the state’s most scenic national parks. Whether you enjoy bike riding, bushwalking, bird watching, fishing, photography or simply soaking up the sunshine on a fresh winter’s day, Dubbo has it all.
Orange – Everyone knows that Orange is a food and wine mecca, and even in the cooler months, Orange dishes up a variety of events revolving around its famous foodie culture. The Black Tie Gumboot Truffle Hunt and Dinner is just one example, whereby you can experience a traditional truffle hunt under the gorgeous old oak trees, before enjoying a formal 5 course degustation feast (featuring the freshly harvested truffles!) along with matching wines and live music. The Orange region also hosts a number of regular markets including the Pym Street Markets in nearby Millthorpe, Orange Farmer’s Markets and the Blayney Farmer’s Markets whereby you can source some of the best local produce, cheese, meat, baked goodies, coffee and more.
Bathurst – The Bathurst Winter Festival is one of the highlights of the Bathurst events calendar. Staged over two weeks, the festival includes an outdoor ice skating rink, rides, activities, Ignite the Night illumination and light installations, performances, delicious local food vans, mulled wine and market stalls reminiscent of European winter markets. Perfect for families, friends and couples alike, the Bathurst Winter Festival is a great way to embrace Bathurst’s vibrant, creative and unique community.
Wagga Wagga – Wagga Wagga is home to a diverse, multicultural community. This winter, Wagga will host a tantalising variety of events and workshops that showcase the city’s extraordinary talent and diversity, as well as a range of community events to inspire, engage and educate. From the Alliance Françoise French Film Festival, Bonsai classes, cooking classes including Malaysian, Middle Eastern or Indian, or the Silk Painting Workshop. winter is the perfect time to learn something new. Wagga also hosts weekly Riverina Producer’s Farmers Markets and weekly community gardens fruit and veggie swap – the perfect place to stock up on fresh ingredients for your new recipe repertoire!
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Albury – No matter what time of year it is, Albury is bursting with things to see and do. Even in the depths of winter, you’re guaranteed to find something to entertain the whole family! Winter is the perfect time to explore the city’s arts and cultural offering as well as enjoy indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. From the internationally recognised MAMA (Murray Arts Museum) to the Library Museum, Oddies Creek Adventure Playspace, Albury Botanic Gardens and Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, winter in Albury is anything but dull regardless of the weather. Don’t forget, Albury is just a 2-hour scenic drive from the Snowy Mountains region, so you can enjoy snowboarding and skiing to your heart’s content!