Back to Singleton 2020 Events

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, some Back to Singleton 2020 events may be cancelled or postponed. Please contact event holders directly for more information.

According to historical documents, 2020 will mark 200 years since the naming of St Patrick’s Plains – the area we now know as Singleton – on 15 March 1820 by an exploration party led by John Howe, which included Benjamin Singleton and two Aboriginal trackers.

Back to Singleton 2020 from 13-15 March 2020 is designed to be a whole-of-community commemoration focusing on the history of St Patrick’s Plains as well as what we love about living, working and playing in Singleton. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a frequent visitor, this is an opportunity to learn more about our area, come together to reflect on the people who wove the fabric of our community and look forward to the opportunities of the Singleton of the future.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a significant portion of Back to Singleton 2020 events have been postponed. Event updates will be posted to this webpage.

Singleton homecoming
Singleton day out
Singleton Soiree
Event DateTimeLocationDescription
Seniors Festival Expo + High Tea
19 February 2020
10am > 2pm
Singleton Civic CentreA celebration of Singleton seniors including a student-catered luncheon, entertainment, awards ceremony, oral history project and community services expo.

More information: T 02 6578 7290
Singleton Combined Services Dinner
2 March 2020

Singleton Diggers, York St, Singleton
The annual Combined Services Dinner will have a Back to Singleton theme in 2020, showcasing Service Club achievements in the town. More information: E
Singleton International Women’s Day Celebrations
6 March 2020
Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen St, Singleton
#EachforEqual: Come along to Singleton Business Chamber’s annual lunch event, with inspiring guest speakers and networking opportunities.

More information: W
Monthly Rally + Back to Pony Club Day
8 March 2020 |
9amSingleton Pony Club Grounds, 7 Range Rd, Whittingham
Club members are encouraged to dress in period clothes for the rally, and past club members are invited to attend, share old photos and stories, and enjoy light refreshments.

More information: E
Hedweld Open to the Public – Facility Tours
13 March 2020
10am > 12pm
Hedweld, 5 Thrift Cl, Mt Thorley
Hedweld will open its doors to the public between 10am and 12pm for tours of the new Advanced Manufacturing Facility and other workshops. In 2020, Hedweld will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Visitors are requested to wear enclosed shoes, other PPE will be provided.

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Singleton Lunch, Tennis + Croquet
14 March 2020
Howe Park Tennis Club, Boundary St, Singleton
Browse the old memorabilia display, dress up in old tennis clothes and try your hand at a wooden racquet. Croquet, social tennis and kids activities will be available.

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Open Day + Evensong at All Saints’ Anglican Church
15 March 2020
Church open all day. Evensong 6pm
All Saints’ Anglican Church, 40 High St, Singleton The church will have an open day all day, with history of the church on display and Evensong held at 6pm.

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New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra
15 March 2020
Sisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen St, Singleton
A fabulous concert for Singleton’s Bicentenary commemorations, featuring the music of the 1920s. Tickets will include a delicious Convent-made afternoon tea.

More information: T 02 6572 2398 W
Singleton Hospital Reunion
15 March 2020
8.30am onwards
Singleton Hospital, Dangar Rd, Singleton
Enjoy breakfast on the lawns of the hospital, catered by the Hospital Auxiliary and Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter, followed by tours of the hospital and museum.

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CANCELLED Singleton Garden Viewing
15 March 2020
2pm > 6pm
“Hambledon Hill”, 535 Hambledon Hill Rd, Singleton
First public viewing of ‘Dale Frank Botanical Gardens’ - stage 1, a proposed 20 ha Botanical ‘dry garden’ of rare species and plants developed over the last 10 years. Situated around the original c1864 “Hambledon Hill”.

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CANCELLED Bushwalk Together
15 March 2020
10am > 2pm
Catherine Vale Wines, 656 Milbrodale Rd, Fordwich
Share with the Landcare Group the experiences of past present and future traditional custodians of this land. Experience positive relationships between the wider community and descendants of original custodians of St Patricks Plain now Singleton Council Area.

10 - 10.30am: Welcome to Country by Pat Hansson Aboriginal smoking Ceremony
10.30 to 11.45am: Family Walk in the Bush - Learn about native plants and recognise how trees can be used for aboriginal crafts. View a Cultural Burned site and compare with a more traditional method of protecting properties from Bushfires as experienced in the recent fires within the Shire (small groups will be formed with leaders). Bark painting with Pat Hanson
11.45am - 12.15pm: Indigenous dancing and singing
12.15 - 1.15pm: Lunch featuring indigenous creations
1.15 - 2pm: Local art exhibition
2pm: Tag on - Those wishing to visit Baiame (aboriginal Cave Painting in Wanaruah Country and Aboriginal grinding stones at another local property.

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Parish Mass for the feast of St Patrick and Back to Singleton15 March 202010amSt Patricks Church, Queen St SingletonThe parish of St Patricks Singleton will come together for one mass to celebrate Back to Singleton 2020 and the Feast of St Patrick. Following mass, morning tea will be served in St Catherine’s Catholic College Hall with displays of memorabilia.

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Singleton Tidy Towns 2020 Garden Competition
17-18 March 2020
Judging commences at 8.30am
Singleton local government area
With 10 categories including a novelty “St Patricks Day” or “The Orange and the Green”, the competition is open to all age groups and all types of gardens in the Singleton local government area. Entries close 13 March 2020 and the winners will be announced at the presentation at the Singleton Mechanics Institute on 20 March 2020 at 6.30pm.

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Singleton Emergency Services Expo
28 March 2020
9am > 12pm
Civic Park, 12-14 Queen St, Singleton
The Expo is designed to showcase the role our emergency services play, and how residents can prepare themselves for an emergency situation. The event will include emergency services demonstrations, with disaster assistance and education on ‘Get Ready!’ to prepare for an emergency.

More information: T 02 6578 7290 
CANCELLED Presentation on the History of the Christian Israelite Church Community
29 March 2020
2pmChristian Israelite Church Hall, Goulburn St, Singleton
A presentation on the history of the Christian Israelite Church in Singleton detailing the early members and how they influenced the development of Singleton. The sequence of Church buildings and the businesses operated by the Christian Israelites illustrate the involvement and impact that Church members have had on the Singleton community. The presentation will be followed by afternoon tea and fellowship time.

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Singleton High Tea + Fashion Parade
4 April 2020

Singleton York St Digger’s Club, York St, Singleton
There will be a fashion parade, showcasing local clothing businesses, combined with a high tea.

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Collectables in the Convent
5 April 20209am - 4pm
Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

Our version of Antiques Roadshow! Have your items appraised (booking required), or drop in and listen to the appraisals, browse local collections, learn about collectables, listen to local musicians. Food will be available.

Tickets: $5 at the gate. Under 10s free.

More information: or 6572 2398

POSTPONED Singleton Show Rodeo
2 May 2020
12pmSingleton Showground, 32 Bathurst St, Singleton
The Singleton Rodeo is back in 2020. Come along and watch talented riders test their skills, including bull riding, steer wrestling, bare-back and saddle bronc riding. The rodeo promises to be fun-filled and action packed, with food, bar and post-rodeo entertainment available.
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POSTPONED Concert - Bach in the Dark
9 May 20207.30pmSisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

A concert in the dark by cellist Rachel Scott and classical guitarists Raffaele & Janet Agostino
Optional canapés & wine before the concert (pre booked only)

More information: or 6572 2398

POSTPONED Hunter Valley Food + Wine Festival
May + June 2020

There’s no better time to take in the delights of Australia’s premium wine-growing region than the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. Spanning May and June, the festival showcases the epicurean pleasures of this iconic food and wine destination, and offers the perfect journey of discovery through the stunning region. From incredible gourmet dinners at award-winning restaurants to vineyard tours, winemaking masterclasses, hands-on cooking classes and cosy evenings beside an open fire with friends, the Festival has something for everyone.

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POSTPONED 10th Putty Road Truck Drivers Memorial
16 May 2020
1pm Memorial Service (refreshments available from 11am)
Garry Miller Memorial Park, Putty Rd, Mibrodale
The memorial honours truck drivers who ran the Putty and lost their lives, as well as those who dedicated a lifelong career to the industry.

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CANCELLED Cystic Fibrosis Breathe Ball
23 May 2020

Help to raise funds for vital research and equipment and to assist local families with physio, medical costs and medications.

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POSTPONED Singleton Business Excellence Awards
29 May 2020 |
6pmClub Singleton, 50 Pitt St, Singleton
Established more than 30 years ago, the Singleton Business Excellence Awards recognise excellence in business leadership, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, business growth and employment practices in the Singleton local government area.

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POSTPONED Singleton NAIDOC Celebrations
8 July 2020
10am > 2pm
Singleton Showground, 32 Bathurst St, Singleton
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Singleton. Celebrations will include a free community event and the NAIDOC awards.

More information: T 02 6578 7290
POSTPONED High Tea in the Grand Hall
11 July 2020
2.30pmMechanics Institute Singleton, 74 George St, Singleton
The Mechanics Institute was officially opened by the then Hon. Henry Parkes on 8 July 1867. The user groups, including The Family History Society Singleton, Singleton Potters, Singleton Textile Artists, Singleton Artist Group, Singleton Tidy Towns and Singleton Quilters will highlight the history and heritage of the building and its place in our community, as well as their various art and craft forms.

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POSTPONED Hunter Wind Ensemble
26 July 20202pmSisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

Talented Department of Education Hunter Region wind/brass/percussion musicians in concert

More information and tickets: or 6572 2398

Presentation on the Ancestry of Founding Members of the Christian Israelite Church in Singleton
16 August 2020
Christian Israelite Church Hall, Goulburn St, Singleton
A presentation on the ancestry of founding members of the Christian Israelite Church in Singleton detailing the families of early members, where they are today and the contribution they made to the development of Singleton. The presentation will be followed by afternoon tea and fellowship time.

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CANCELLED String Loaded – Celtic fiddle band
30 August 20202pmSisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

An Irish celebration concert

For more information: or 6572 2398

POSTPONED Friends in Stitches - Exhibition of the Australian Quaker Narrative Embroidery Project
30 August - 1 September 2020Contact Sacred Spaces for Exhibition timesSisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

$2 entry, or by donation

For more information: or T 6572 2398

POSTPONED 1875 in Singleton – Let’s Talk Over Tea!
1 September 202010amSisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

Over morning tea, local history enthusiasts will share their stories about 1875, the year that the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Singleton.

Tickets: $5 per person

More information: or T 6572 2398

Glendon School of Arts Back in Time Devonshire Tea
12 + 13 September 2020

Glendon Hall, Glendon Lane, Glendon
Enjoy a display of back-in-time memorabilia and a Devonshire tea for a small fee. Celebrate the 110th birthday of the historic hall.

More information: 0427 741 282 
CANCELLED Singleton Church Service and Presentation on the Lifestyle of Members of the Christian Israelite Church
20 September 2020
3pmChristian Israelite Church Hall, Goulburn St, Singleton
A service in the church featuring some musical items followed by a presentation and fellowship meal in the Church hall. The presentation will include details of the lifestyle of members and the launch of a vegetarian recipe book. A smorgasbord dinner, featuring some recipes from this book, will be served at the conclusion of this event.

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CANCELLED Singleton Show
25, 26 + 27 September 2020

Singleton Showground, 32 Bathurst St, Singleton Running throughout the two days of the show, there will be plenty for all ages to see and do along Sideshow Alley, throughout the various pavilion displays, and animal competitions in the arena. .

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CANCELLED Plektra ensemble – Music for mandolin and guitar
27 September 20202pmCommunity Room at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton
For more information: or T 6572 2398
CANCELLED Quintus – 5 male voices in concert
18 October 20202pmSisters’ Chapel at Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton
For more information: or T 6572 2398
POSTPONED Hunter Coal Festival
23 October 2020

The Hunter Coal Festival is a celebration of the “Hunter community”, marking the co-existence between the people and industries involved in the Hunter’s largest economic force. The festival highlights include a Community Day, Mining Leaders Lunch, Mining & Industry Careers Expo and the annual Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day will also be included for the very first time.

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CANCELLED Singleton Show Campdraft
24 + 25 October 2020

Singleton Showground, 32 Bathurst St, Singleton
Singleton Show Campdraft will be held on 24 + 25 October 2020. Spectators can attend the Campdraft for free and see the amazing skill of horsemen and women compete for fantastic prizes.

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CANCELLED FibreFest 2020 with the Knitters’ Guild NSW
25 October 2020
10am-4pmSacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, 30 Queen Street, Singleton

Knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, machine knitting, lace making… retail & demonstrations day on Sunday. Workshops on Saturday 24th.

Tickets: Saturday workshops- bookings to be advised. Sunday retail day – free entry

For more information: or T 6572 2398