Back to Singleton 2020: It's time to celebrate the old and new

EXCITING TIMES: The Singleton Bicentennial commemorations working group has been hard at work. Picture: SUPPLIED.
EXCITING TIMES: The Singleton Bicentennial commemorations working group has been hard at work. Picture: SUPPLIED.

From a street party and family-friendly fun to a night of glamour and nostalgia, there are plenty of opportunities to be part of the festivities in Singleton's huge milestone year.

The bicentenary marks 200 years since the European exploration of the area now known as Singleton, but Singleton mayor Cr Sue Moore said it was a chance for everyone to come together to share their own stories of Singleton and write new ones.

A weekend of events across March 13 and 14 headlines the Back to Singleton 2020 program, which also includes a host of activities throughout the year.

Event will include the first public viewing of the Dale Frank Botanic Gardens in the grounds of historic Hambledon Hill (c. 1864), as well as sporting and industry events, and high teas in some of Singleton's most historic buildings.

"The bicentenary commemoration is not limited to John Howe and Benjamin Singleton, or any of the other 15 or so members of the exploration party who staked their claim on this land on March 15, 1820," Cr Moore said.

"It's in the stories of the Wonnarua/Wanaruah who passed down the traditions of their ancestors, and in reverence of their unbreakable connection to the land.

"It's a reflection of everyone, no matter where we came from, how we got here, or why Singleton is meaningful to each of us."

The weekend of commemorations starts at Singleton Homecoming on Friday, March 13 from 6pm, with a free street party you won't forget including live music, kids' activities, roving entertainment, food trucks, local wineries and community stalls.

The free and family-friendly Singleton Day Out will take over the Civic Green on Saturday, March 14, with real live magic, music and entertainment, jumping castles, an animal nursery, games and more between 11am and 4pm.

The festivities then take a glittering turn into the evening, with old-time cocktail glamour at the Singleton Soiree including pop jazz nostalgia band the Roslyns, canapes and dessert, and entertainment hosted by MC and media personality Craig Hamilton at Singleton Civic Centre.

Tickets cost $35 and are available from council's website, administration building and Singleton Visitor Information Centre.

Cr Moore said Back to Singleton 2020 was an open invitation to everyone to come home, come back or come for an adventure in Singleton.

"With such a fantastic range of events to be part of, we hope as many people as possible come out to be part of our milestone year and help us to write the next chapter in the story of Singleton," she said.