From a luxe staycation to mouthwatering markets and everything in between, say farewell to winter in style with the ultimate guide to what’s happening on the Coast this August.
One of the Coast’s most beautiful B&Bs, Avoca Valley, is offering guests a suite of winter deals.
Anyone who books a stay directly with hosts Jo and Mick from now until the end of August will receive an upgrade to the next suite for free – just mention this offer and you could be luxuriating in the King Luxury Suite or King Spa Suite (ooh la la!).
Stays of two nights or more will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine at check in.
All bookings already include luxe accommodation, gourmet breakfast, specialty leaf teas, espresso coffee, liqueur and chocolates, as well as parking.
Avoca Valley Deal
Valid for bookings made until the end of August
Book online at www.avocavalleybnb.com.au
It has been three years since Greedy Guts Markets arrived on the Coast, bringing the flavours of the world to Terrigal once-a-month for an epic Friday feast.
To celebrate the market’s third birthday, organisers are combining three years of mouthwatering memories and foodie fun into one helluva street food market at Florida Beach Bar.
There will be Vietnamese noodle salads, Spanish empanadas, Filipino skewers, Mexican nachos and supersized American-style burgers, plus live music pumping all night.
It’s a great evening out for friends, families, groups, guys and gals – all you need is a good appetite!
Greedy Guts Birthday
Friday August 9: from 530pm
Florida Beach Bar (Crowne Plaza), Terrigal
From scrumptious sweets to gorgeous greenery, Handmade on The Coast is a lovely market offering crafty and creative Coasties the chance to sell their handmade wares by the water at Woy Woy.
Held on the second Sunday of each month at Woy Woy Wharf Park, these markets are dedicated to products that have been handmade, designed, cooked or created by a Central Coast local.
It’s a great way to support budding small businesses while also picking up something special and truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re talking everything from cruelty-free creams to abstract art, handcrafted jewellery, gluten-free treats and eco homewares.
Grab a cup of organic coffee, sit in the shade and enjoy the tunes from local buskers all within a stone’s throw of Woy Woy’s sparkling waterfront.
Handmade on the Coast
Sunday August 11: 9am-2pm
Woy Woy Wharf
On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is the place to be with the popular Umina Beach Markets rolling into town.
With many of the event’s 90 stalls offering plant-based options, it’s the Coast’s premier vegan-friendly market.
Buying local is something Coasties embrace and these markets offer punters the chance to support their neighbours while doing some shopping by the sea.
Stalls offer everything from art with a message about animal conservation to homegrown herbs and small-batch soap.
Pick up a coffee in a keep cup, sip some Somersby OJ, take away a vegan donut or two, and try a reishi latte.
Avoid the parking craziness with a free shuttle bus from Woy Woy or Ettalong Wharfs or Ettalong Diggers.
Umina Beach Markets
Sunday August 18: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
Umina coworking space Common on West – the Coast’s answer to WeWork – is offering a free seminar to help local businesses get ahead by mastering the art of selling and client retention.
Hosted by Human Behaviour Specialist, Tara Mollel, the two-hour workshop will focus on the psychology of sales to help businesses boost sales conversions, better target clients, stay motivated and close more deals.
It’s aimed at people who feel uncomfortable presenting their business or pricing, or might be struggling to turn contacts into clients and keep them coming back for more.
Free Business Workshop
Friday August 23: 1pm–3pm
Common on West, Umina
Register here https://authentic-sales.eventbrite.com.au/
One of the Central Coast’s most highly acclaimed photographers, Glenn McKimmin, is taking over Ken Duncan Gallery with a collection of his finest photographs.
Dubbed Shadow & Light, the exhibition is a snapshot of Glenn’s 15-year professional career spent mastering the art of shadows and light and how the two elements form the foundation of a successful photograph.
For the chance to meet the man behind the lens, Glenn will be in the gallery on the weekend of August 17 and 18.
He’ll also be hosting hour-long seminars about photography for anyone wanting to brush up on their technique.
Glenn McKimmin Exhibition
August 16-25: 10am-5pm
Ken Duncan Gallery, Erina Heights
Register for Aug 17 & 18 seminars at kenduncan.com/whats-on
One of the most popular monthly events on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month, the cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
The markets have a green heart with many vendors focussing on renewable and eco goods including vegan toothpaste, natural deodorant and chic reusable containers. The market also offers a Boomerang Bag to steer shoppers away from single use plastic.
A live stage has been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes who got their start busking regularly at the markets.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday August 25: 9am-2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach