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Events and functions in Armidale

Hold your next conference, business function or sporting event in Armidale, Australia’s highest city.

What’s so appealing about Armidale is that it’s a cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centre located in a picturesque rural setting on the doorstep of some of the most scenic national parks in Australia. This means that it ticks a lot of boxes as a perfect change of scene for jaded conference organisers looking for a bit of inspiration and somewhere ‘different’.

Armidale is the first city in mainland Australia to be fully fibred under the National Broadband Network (NBN). Your next conference will benefit from a world-leading communications infrastructure. Armidale can provide you with a wide range of activities for your conference from city tours to paintball, national parks to goat farms. Whether you would like to fill in an hour or a whole day, there is something for everyone.

For further information please contact the Armidale Visitor Information Centre on 02 6770 3888 or email us.

Armidale conference venues

Armidale City Bowling Club

A gold star member of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy, The Armidale City Bowling Club offers five (5) function areas with our larger rooms all having just undergone renovation. Each well-appointed to allow for guests privacy and our capacity varies from our smaller board rooms to our larger Auditorium which can hold over 300 guests. We are continually updating services and audio-visual equipment in order to provide you with professional and modern facilities for your next event.
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Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place

The Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place showcase a diverse range of Australian Indigenous arts and culture. Visitors can view articles of interest from New England and exhibits from regional NSW. Touring exhibitions from major galleries and museums are also a feature of their program. Traditional Aboriginal paintings are for sale all year round and the well-stocked gift shop offers Aboriginal artefacts and gifts. The centre also offers cultural tours and runs a wide range of Aboriginal cultural activities in its workshops. While entry to the centre is free, cultural tours and Aboriginal cultural activities do attract a cost. Bookings are essential and minimum numbers apply for these activities. For more information please contact the Centre.
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TAS Hoskins Centre

The centre consists of a state-of-the-art theatre, rehearsal rooms, exhibition space and a large, light-filled foyer. The 230 seat theatre is perfect for conferences, lectures, film screenings, presentations and performances. The centre has two open drama rooms that can seat 20-40 people in which workshops, presentations and small gatherings can take place. The foyer with bar facilities can act as a central area between all rooms and has been used for exhibitions, trade events, dinners and fundraisers.
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Armidale SerVies

Whether you are planning your wedding, birthday or corporate event, the Armidale SerVies Club has a wide variety of venues. It’s Armidale’s premier function venue, catering for all corporate events, conferences, meetings, weddings and special events. With five versatile event spaces to choose from and a variety of food and beverage packages to suit any budget, we know your event will be a success at the SerVies. Our function rooms each cater to a variety of different purposes. Depending on your needs we have function rooms with the following features: dance floors; audio visual systems with fixed data projector and screen; private fully equipped bar; internet facility and wireless access available on request; stage and extendable catwalk with adjoining dressing rooms and private amenities; theatrical light fixtures; audio and sound control room; private outdoor entertainment area. All functions rooms are accessed via the upstairs foyer, which makes for the ideal pre-reception drinks.
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Echidna Gully

Macquarie Hall provides a quiet, scenic landscape for conference conversation. A well-fed group is our business and enables you to go about yours. In addition this is the perfect wedding and function venue. The Metz Motel has eleven air-conditioned en-suite rooms specifically designed for groups. The Red Rover Room is a light filled space with a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering and privacy. Shearer’s Quarters accommodation provides cost-effective accommodation alternatives. The 15 rooms are ideally suited for teams, schools, conferences and private retreats. Flynn Cabin has three separate rooms with adjoining bathroom, outdoor kitchen, deck and party area. Enjoy conversation fuelled by the glow of an open fire. The Cooks Room has a double bed and is nearby the bathroom facilities of Flynn Cabin.Conference room facilities include a whiteboard and projector screen.
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Lazenby Hall, University of New England

Lazenby Hall is set within the picturesque grounds of the University of New England. Facilities Management Services (FMS) manages Lazenby Hall, a 856 seat proscenium arch semiraked auditorium with limited winched fly lines. Lazenby Hall currently hold a public license and it is available throughout the year for external hires. FMS administers links between the University of New England and potential hirers of university venues. Please note that other halls at the university are available for hire also. Details via the link provided. Lazenby has a small piano available located on the stage and a large piano available that is located on the floor area.
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Saumarez Homestead

Saumarez Homestead, a historic country homestead and ten-hectare property, was first inhabited by British settlers led by Henry Dumaresq in the 1830s. Today it includes an elegant, fully furnished Edwardian mansion, built between 1888 and 1906, and 15 farm and other buildings dating up to 1910, with their collections of early farm equipment. In 1874 the property was purchased by Francis White, whose eldest son, Francis John White took over management, spending his life developing Saumarez and its associated holdings into one of the largest and most successful rural properties of New England. Bring a picnic and enjoy a stroll through the extensive English-style gardens and Mary White’s garden, with its Jocelyn Brown-style cottage garden, the picking garden, lawns, centenarian trees and the Heritage Rose Garden with over 600 heritage roses (rose garden maintained by the Australian Garden History Society).
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The Wicklow Hotel

The Wicklow Hotel has been a part of Armidale since 1852. Originally named the Armidale Hotel, it is the New England region’s oldest licensed establishment. The Wicklow offers an extensive menu, an impressive wine list and 16 beers on tap, including the Wicklows very own ‘Wicklow Gold’ – a mid-strength lager brewed by a boutique local brewer. The hotel has a warm and inviting atmosphere, with two log fires for those cold winter nights, and a sunny courtyard for those warm summer days. It’s a pub that caters for young and old, with a kids room for the younguns, and specialty beers and wines for the older ones. Not only will a drink at the Wicklow help support the town’s oldest venue, but you will also be helping to support a multitude of local sporting teams from Armidale and surrounds. Open for lunch and dinner 7 day per week
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Armidale loves sport

There are plenty of reasons to choose Australia’s highest city for your next sporting camp or event; premium facilities, great climate, altitude training and an active sports community with a high level expertise and experience.

For a city with a population of approximately 30,000 Armidale’s list of facilities is particularly impressive. Eight turf cricket ovals, a state of the art indoor arena, twenty two outdoor bitumen and grass net ball courts, fifty all weather tennis courts, a 50 metre Olympic pool plus a warm down 50 metre pool, hectares of playing fields and a state of the art indoor gymnastics centre.

These facilities are maintained to a high standard with a progressive policy of development as witnessed by the recent addition of lights to the main sporting field – lights that are a standard to allow International day/night cricket matches. As a result of theses facilities Armidale is regularly chosen to host regional, state and national sporting events.

For further information please contact the Armidale Visitor Information Centre on 02 6770 3888 or email us.