Dashville returns with a banging weekend-long' Christmas Party! 

It's been a big year but we can start to put that behind us with the return to events out at Dashville and better yet the return is looking like a doozy!

Kicking off Friday night with a much needed kick in the live-music butt with our first of the Dashville Nights Concert Series.

Kicking off Friday night..


Then on Saturday...

Then on the Saturday, wake up in serenity, or head on out to join us for the return of Dashville's community-famous Christmas Party and Family Portrait Day.

Saturday night will again feature some great local live music and we encourage everyone to head on out and camp it up for a great weekend of fun and celebration, so we can all wallow in it over some Sunday morning breakfast.

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Dashville Christmas Party and Family Portrait Day

By-pass the big centres and bring your mob out to the great open spaces of Dashville on Saturday 11th December 2021, for the return of the big 'Lower Belford silly season soiree', otherwise known as the Dashville Community Christmas Party.

After last year’s successful introduction, Dashville is keen to continue in the tradition of this great family day out and make it your new spot for the annual pre-chrissy family catch up and that priceless mob photo. Particularly if it needs to be a dog friendly family photo!

Last year proved it well, that this event really is the perfect option for that end of year catch up with family and friends. Spread out across the sprawling bush venue located at Lower Belford, will be an afternoon full of live music, family portraits, local markets, ‘pre-loved' car boot sale, loads of kids activities and picnic vibes aplenty with the world famous 'Swoop Inn' serving up fresh picnic baskets full of delicious treats for adult and kids and the even more famous Bird Bath bar in full flight.

Stay the whole weekend!

We're kicking off our return with Dashville Nights on the Friday night which is a ticketed event and includes camping.

The Saturday is a special free entry day that rolls into a concert evening, with camping tickets available for those who would like to stay the night.

We suggest making a weekend and booking two nights of camping, with a guarantee of two great nights of quality Dashville times.

The weekend is fully licensed, with parental supervision required.

The Bird Bath in full swing along with The Swoop Inn hosting pre-order picnic hampers, Ruby's Pizzeria and other quality food stalls providing breakfast, lunch and tea.


Join us for the Market and Pre-loved Car-Boot sale!

As suggested, we're building a great outdoor thrift shop to Dashville, the perfect option to make a bit of cash or for all those last minute gifts.

We're currently putting a call out to all locals, individuals, schools and community groups, if you would like to host a fund-raising stall or be part of the car boot sale, please submit a quick expression of interest via the link below for stalls or pay your $30 tariff to grab a car space for the boot sale!

Pre-purchase picnic Hampers

We encourage those interested to pre-purchase picnic hampers as we sold of out of couple last year before the Christmas Party even started!

Pre- Book Family Portraits

For those interested in family portraits, we ask you to pre-book your package - we'll open up bookings closer to December. Please note, Santa won't be joining us this year for family portrait to support COVIDSafety. Hopefully he'll pop in for a quick visit though! Photo packages start from $15, see below prices from last year.

Dashville Live Music

As is the staple on Dashville soil, home of many great music festivals, there will be plenty of live music from local acts to enjoy into the evening as part of this event.

All sounds like bliss in comparison to hitting the multi-story concrete jungle. (In our opinion…) and we hope to see you along!

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Package 1.  $15 = 1 x digital file*

Package 2.  $25 = 1 x A4 print

Package 3.  $65 = 3 x A4 print

Package 4.  $45 = 1 x A4 print & 2 x A5 print

Package 5. $45 = 4 x A5 print

Like the usual Christmas portrait the pack is of one photo, the best selected by Kate our photographer.

All print packages include a high res digital file along with your prints.


A5 (148 x 210mm)
A4 (210 x 297mm)

*Digital file - 72dpi, suitable for web, socials etc.


Photos will be printed and ready to pick up approx a week later at PixelPro, Hunter St Newcastle.
Alternatively, you can have your photos mailed to you for an additional $10. Digital files will be emailed to you approx a week later...maybe earlier if we pump the elves full of coffee!

We work with the best in the biz to offer affordable, quality family portraits.

All images are printed by award winning landscape photographer and fine art printer Shannon Hartigan at his Newcastle gallery. Paper used is a professional quality Ilford Galerie Smooth Pearl. It has a classic pearl surface with considerable sparkle that has beautiful photographic results and is the most popular inkjet paper in the world! Check out his work at www.shannonhartigan.com.au

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Will Santa be stopping by?
To support COVIDSafety - Santa won't be joining us this year for family portraits, but he might pop in to say hello for a bit! We'll have a beautiful Dashy Christmas set though for the family to get a happy snap.

How much is our family portrait and what do we receive?
There's a few different options to select from, the base rate is $15 for a digital image. All the options will be listed on the ticketing website closer to December.

Is this a COVIDSafe event?
Yes, of course. We don't know specifics at this stage regarding the vaccine passport in order to operate as an events venue. Dashville is a COVID Safe venue and we've held many events since COVID came into our lives. With so much room for activities we can socially distance really well on Dashville’s bushland property and we'll have all appropriate restrictions and sanitisation in place.

Can we BYO picnic?
Yes, you can. There will be food available at Swoop Inn if you’d like to purchase picnic style food and dinner on the day. No BYO alcohol and no glass.

Can we bring our dog?
Sure can! Please keep them on a leash at all times and supervised. If your dog isn’t well behaved, we’d appreciate it if you left them at home.

Can we camp?
Yep. Book your camp site through the above ticket button.

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Please contact the Dashville office for any event related enquiries mail@dashville.com.au