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WHAT’S ON: Central Coast Event Guide for July 2024

As winter’s chill sets in, the Central Coast offers an array of activities to keep you warm and entertained this July.

For families, the school holidays are packed with fun, energetic, and creative workshops and activities that will keep kids engaged and active. Enjoy exceptional winter deals at local restaurants and hotels, perfect for a cozy getaway.

Dive into the arts with live performances at our vibrant theatres and explore contemporary exhibitions showcasing both local and national artists. Whether you’re seeking family fun, cultural enrichment, or a relaxing escape, the Central Coast has something for everyone this season.

Winter School Holiday Activities

DATE: 8 – 22 July
LOCATION: Around the Central Coast region

From Monday, 8 July to Monday, 22 July, the Central Coast region transforms into a wonderland of activities perfect for keeping kids entertained during the winter school holidays. Whether your children are animal lovers, aspiring cake makers, budding artists, actors, or avid gamers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The two-week event is packed with exciting activities, many of which are free to attend, ensuring that boredom is kept at bay. Additionally, local restaurants and hotels are offering special holiday savings and deals, making it an ideal time for families to visit and make the most of the winter break. It’s a fortnight filled with fun, creativity, and exploration across the Central Coast.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

DATE: 9 – 13 July
LOCATION: Laycock Community Street Theatre, Wyoming

Step into a world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl’s beloved tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, from Tuesday, 9 July to Saturday, 13 July at the Laycock Community Street Theatre in Wyoming. Secure your golden ticket and join young Charlie Bucket and four other lucky winners as they explore the whimsical and wondrous Wonka’s chocolate factory. Encounter nutty squirrels, cascading chocolate waterfalls, the iconic great glass elevator, and a delightful troupe of Oompa Loompas. Enjoy timeless songs like “Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination” as you follow their magical, scrumptious journey.

Central Coast Kids Day Out

DATE: Sunday 28 July
LOCATION: Narara Valley High School, Narara

Mark your calendars for Sunday, 28 July, as Narara Valley High School hosts the Central Coast’s biggest family-friendly extravaganza: Central Coast Kids Day Out. This action-packed event features thrilling carnival rides, engaging interactive demonstrations, pony rides, a petting zoo, captivating circus entertainment, and storytime sessions, all accompanied by a variety of delicious food options. Kids will be delighted to meet beloved characters like Bluey, Bingo, Elmo, and Cookie Monster. Get involved in the treasure hunt and explore a wide array of educational stalls and workshops. It’s a fun-filled day for the whole family, blending entertainment and learning in a vibrant community atmosphere.

The Makers Studio Central Coast Dress Code: Behind the Seams

DATE: Saturday 6 July – Sunday 11 August
LOCATION: Gosford Regional Gallery, East Gosford

From Saturday, 6 July to Sunday, 11 August, immerse yourself in the intricate world of textiles and printmaking at The Makers Studio Central Coast’s “Dress Code: Behind the Seams” exhibition at the Gosford Regional Gallery in East Gosford. This thought-provoking show invites you to explore the social norms and hidden stories woven into the fabric of our society. By peeling back the layers, you’ll unravel the complexities of cultural values, gender power struggles, and societal expectations, all expressed through the rich tapestries of life. The exhibition also critically reflects on the environmental impact of fast fashion, highlighting its significant effects on our world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see how self-expression and societal issues are interwoven in this captivating display.