Get outdoors and exploring the Coast's waterways at The Lakes Festival | 5-14 Nov

This year's The Lakes Festival is all about getting outdoors and active, as well as learning a little about one of the Central Coast’s greatest assets – its waterways!

With festivals and events missing from our lives for longer than we care to remember, Central Coast Council is excited to announce the return of one of its most loved events. Running from November 5 to 14 The Lakes Festival will once again bring the Central Coast community together via a collective of events, however this year's festival will look a little different with all events being run in a COVID safe format. Here's what you can expect to find.

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Since launching in 2015 The Lakes Festival is one of the Coast's biggest events on the calendar, with the 2019 event attracting upwards of 65,000 people across the 10 event hub sites. In 2021 the event is promising to once again provide a variety of community spaces to enjoy and experience over the 10-day period, with something for all ages and interests, here's what you can expect.

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Pippa the Pelican

Join Pippa, The Lakes Festival Mascot as she shares everything we need to know about keeping safe and healthy this summer, as well as key messages around our waterways!  Be sure to keep an eye out for Pippa videos on our Facebook page on the dates below!
To catch Pippa visit The Lakes Festival Facebook page and website.

Surfing for Everyone

Join us at Shelley Beach or Avoca Beach for this exciting new offering as part of The Lakes Festival! Sign up and learn to surf safely at some of our local beaches with Central Coast Surf Academy. A great way to enhance your physical and mental health and connect with members of your community.

SUP Yoga/ Pilates

Have you ever wanted to try SUP Pilates or yoga? We have the perfect opportunity for you to get out and give it a go! Join us for your very own stand-up paddle board Pilates and or yoga class, on a specialised SUP board.

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Enjoy a kayak paddle on our beautiful Lake Munmorah and Tuggerah Lakes. Learn about saltmarsh, our unique birdlife, seagrass, the endangered Little Tern and how we can all help to care for our lakes.

Paddle to Pedal

Enjoy a leisurely kayak paddle down Spring and Wallarah Creeks followed by a bike ride along Budgewoi Lake.

Waterways Education

Local residents will be given the opportunity to learn interesting facts and learn where to access information on the local waterways. The waterway educational information will be shared across the Love Our Waterways website such as iBooks, eBooks, virtual tours, and videos.

Scavenger Hunt

Get active with the all-ages ride & walk shared pathways Scavenger Hunt app. Featuring 4 pathways - Tuggerawong, Gosford to Woy Woy, Kincumber to Davistown and Chittaway to Long Jetty, each of them will ask you to complete challenges and activities as well as learning along the way. Everyone who participates in the Scavenger Hunt will score points for each activity or challenge completed.

Simply download the ‘Get Active Scavenger Hunt’ app where you can complete challenges and activities as you walk or ride along each pathway, while you earn points! Best yet there will be a Stand-Up Paddle Board prize for the winner with the highest points.

Craft & Science Activities

Get the kids active at home and learn a little about The Lakes Festival, the online activities are based around water and are designed to help the kids get educated about water safety and have some fun at the same time.

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Eat Fest

Each day along the waterway locations a different food truck will be popping up from 5 – 14 November. Eat Fest is a great excuse to either grab some takeaway to eat at home or set yourself up a picnic and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, trying some new cuisines besides the waterways. 
Timings: Monday - Thursday, 4 pm to 8 pm | Friday - Sunday, 12 pm to 8 pm.
More Info: To find out what food trucks will be popping up each day visit The Lakes Festival Facebook page.

Sydney Comedy Club at The Entrance Lake House

A Lakes Festival Comedy Gala will line up of some of the funniest Sydney Comedy Club acts in a 2-hour comedy extravaganza. 

To get involved in this year's The Lakes Festival be sure to visit Centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/thelakesfestival

Proudly presented by Central Coast Council.