Tamworth Region: Lifestyle
There is plenty to see and do throughout the year in the Tamworth Region. There’s a full calendar of local festivals, fairs and events to keep the whole family entertained. The Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) and the Capitol Theatre are two of the city’s red carpet venues. Both venues host touring shows and musical productions all year round from Powderfinger to Keith Urban to the Wiggles; the Sydney Theatre Company to Bell Shakespeare to the Sydney Symphony orchestra.
The regional art gallery hosts touring shows such as the annual Archibald prize as well as permanent display of stunning regional art works. Museums throughout Tamworth provide a sense of heritage and history and display a range of memorabilia. The city features public libraries, private art studios, sporting fields, swimming pools and many clubs.
Visitor Information Centres
Tourism Tamworth has a comprehensive website on the attractions in the Tamworth region. Their website is www.destinationtamworth.com.au.
Address: Corner Peel and Murray Streets, Tamworth
Phone: 02 6767 5300
Address: 116 Queen Street, Barraba
Phone: 02 6782 1255
Address: 197 Manilla Street, Manilla
Phone: 02 6785 1207
Address: 103 Jenkins Street, Nundle
Phone: 02 6769 3026
Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music
Learn, play, sing, enjoy – whatever your musical passion or persuasion, it all starts at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music. We offer music tuition programs for all age groups and ability levels, music experience classes for young children, and a range of instrumental and vocal groups to educate, encourage and inspire.
Tamworth Musical Society
The Tamworth Musical Society has been providing musical theatre for the people of Tamworth and the surrounding district since 1888. Two major productions are staged each year providing community theatrical experience on stage, in orchestras and behind the scenes for a large number of people. The Society is open to all people who want to have this experience – performers are chosen from auditions for each production, whereas all other jobs are open to volunteers.
Tamworth Dramatic Society
The Tamworth Dramatic Society was established in 1947 and has been producing plays ever since. TDS perform two major shows a year at The Capitol Theatre, and hold regular sessions of more informal gatherings for members, guests, and new friends. TDS Youth Theatre meets weekly, and is a vital part of our involvement with the community. We also encourage local theatre practitioners to develop special projects which hope to foster new ideas in our vibrant city. Our committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Wests Diggers in Kable Avenue, and new members are always welcome.
Tamworth Regional Art Gallery
Address: 466 Peel Street, Tamworth
Phone: 02 6767 5248
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm, Closed Sunday, Open Monday by appointment
Tamworth Regional Gallery was established in 1919 and is one of the oldest regional galleries in New South Wales.
Claycraft Gallery, Fred Hillier Ceramics
Address: 163 Braefarm Road, Moonbi
Phone: 02 6760 3662
Hours: 8am to 5.30pm weekly
The Claycraft Gallery is a ceramics gallery with attached workshop and memorabillia. The gallery is situated 18 km north of Tamworth off the New England Highway and features the designs of Fred Hillier and work of Ian Richards. The range includes porcelain figurines and miniature bush buildings.
Volcania Art Glass
Address: Jenkins Street, Nundle
Phone: 02 6769 3469
Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and public holidays or by appointment
Volcania Art Glass and Nundle Art Gallery will provide you with an experience full of country warmth and charm. In this delightful rural setting is a fantastic range of handmade glassware and wonderful exhibition of local art at Nundle.
Address: 192 Brisbane Street, Tamworth
Phone: 02 6766 5847
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10am to 4.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm or by appointment
A purpose built gallery, there is a programme of changing exhibitions of paintings by contemporary Australian artists, representing the works of Australia’s top emerging and established artists as well as exhibiting major investment works from across New South Wales and nationally.
Community and Sporting Groups
Tamworth Regional Council maintains a community directory which includes a listing of the community and sporting groups in the region. The directory is reguarly updated and is available on their website here.