Dashville 'knows how to' Christmas Party!

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 as a bean to continue in the tradition of this great family day out and make it your new spot for that priceless family Christmas 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.

For those keen to make a weekend of it, there is also the option to purchase a camping pass for the night.

Market Stallers Unite!

Dashville is currently putting a call out to all local 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.

Apply BELOW to if you're interested in a market stall space (hand-made artisan style, second hand goods, school fundraisers, community groups and car boot sale attendees welcome).

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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2020 PORTRAIT PACKAGE OPTIONS

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

We'll offer similar packages as 2020 for 2021.

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.

IMAGE SIZES

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

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

PHOTO PICK UP/ DELIVERY

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

Photos are taken by photographer Kate Atkinson who was the recipient of the coveted People's Choice Award in The National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2019.  You can check out her work at www.kateatkinson.com.au

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PICNIC MENU - coming soon!

Pre-order your picnic hamper so you don't miss out! We sold out last year. We'll open up pre-ordering closer to December.

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FAQ's

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