Free Transport

Free Transport for Pokolbin Pride 

Some excellent news… 

We are delighted to announce that Aurizon Group, who employee many hundreds of people in the Hunter Valley region, have made a significant donation to help make Pokolbin Pride happen in 2017.

Part of the donation is being used to fund bus shuttle transfers between Hunter Tent Stay and Pokolbin.

The campsite is the ONLY remaining affordable accommodation option this year due to so much happening in the Valley.

Camping starts at $89 per person for two nights including breakfast. There are plenty of BYO and ‘get them to do it’ glamping options available.

There will be free transport available from the campsite to Peterson House for the Bubbles & Beats Party on Friday 20th October. The last bus will leave Peterson House at 11.45pm on Friday night.

There will be free transport from Hunter Tent Stay to all participating venues throughout the day and for the evening Party at Tamburlaine Organic Wines on Saturday 21st October. The last bus will leave Tamburlaine at 12.30am on Saturday.

There will be free transport available all day from Hunter Tent Stay including the Ivanhoe Easy Sunday Recovery Party on 22nd October. The last bus returning guests to the campsite will leave Ivanhoe Wines at 4.30pm and Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen at 4.45pm.

You will need to show the driver a valid ticket for a Pokolbin Pride 2017 event to use the bus service.

Buses will be provided based on the number of guests booked at the campsite for Pokolbin Pride.

Buses will only stop at Tamburlaine, Drayton’s, Ivanhoe, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen and Peterson House. Anyone deemed unfit for travel will be refused by the driver. Please behave and let us make this a part of of every Pokolbin Pride in the future.

Please book your camping now, book your tickets now and let us make your Pokolbin Pride experience a fabulous one.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Aurizon and their generous donation.

See you next month at Pokolbin Pride.

Matty & Jimmy Kerr xxx

Yes, Yes, Yes

Here’s my 5c worth after some very deep thought and Google research along with illegally marrying my darling husband last December. These are the views of Jimmy Kerr personally a Founder of Pokolbin Pride and no one else.

  • 1 in 5 straight people get married more than once.
  • 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce.

Less straight people got married in 2015 than in 2014 (the last accurate numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics).

11% and growing; the proportion of marriages that are second marriages for both parties.

More than 70% of marriages are overseen by a Civil Celebrant rather than a Priest or religious celebrant. Marriage is no longer a Christian or religious property by any stretch of the imagination.

Dissecting the statistics one time, life long marriage between a Christian man and a woman accounts for less than 10% of all new marriages.

Marriage as an solid social, let alone Christian, institution is pretty much non-existent in our society.

The LGBTIQ community includes 46,800 same-sex couples according to the 2016 census results. Many of whom who have been in hidden stable relationships for a lot longer than their straight counterparts.

Allowing these relationships to be included in Marriage statistics by extending the right to marry would go a long to immediately ‘save’ the institution of Marriage from a statistical perspective.

11% of the Australian population identify as LGBTIQ allowing us the right to get married opens up the institution to about two million potential new customers.

Let’s give everyone the chance to screw it up even further.

Or perhaps, just perhaps let’s give 11% of adults the opportunity to give marriage another chance at success and reinvigorate for generations to come.

Vote Yes. 

Because a no vote is a not just inhumane judgement on 11% of the population similar to racism or sexism in the last century: a No vote is a vote of no confidence in the institution of marriage as viable vehicle for our social structures in the future.

Facts for this opinion from;

Rainbow Family Lunches

Spit or SwallowSunday 22nd October 2017

On Friday, Saturday & Sunday we will be welcoming rainbow families of all shapes and sizes to Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen for a family lunch served picnic style on the grass (under cover or inside in the case of rain). There will be entertainment for kids of all ages and heaps of fun and games; fur babies welcome too.

Our friends at Macquariedale Organic Wines are supporting us with the event and will be releasing Say YES celebration bottles to support the LGBTIQ community. We will have limited edition Stunning Shiraz 2016 and Cheeky Chardonnay 2016 vintages for sale at just $7 glass or $35 a bottle to be consumed on-site.

You’ll also be able to purchase the specially commissioned bottles from Pokolbin Pride for delivery to anywhere in Australia very soon.

Pre-purchase your tickets for the Rainbow Family Lunches now.

Pokolbin Pride 20th – 22nd October 2017

It’s official the line-up for Pokolbin Pride 2017 is here

We’ve just got information that there is a concert at Hope Estate on the same weekend as Pokolbin Pride… our advice is to book accommodation now to avoid high prices or disappointment.

Here’s the line-up for the festival so far…

Friday 20th October

  • Rainbow Families Lunch 12pm to 3pm – Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen
  • Bubbles & Beats Welcome Party – Peterson House

Saturday 21st October

  • Rainbow Families Lunch 12pm to 3pm -Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen


Pokolbin Pride Party – Tamburlaine Organic Wines featuring DJ Mason Andrews, Mel & Jade, Daniel Turner and the fabulous Prada’s Priscillas.

Doors Open at 6.30pm with food & DJ – first act at 7.30pm

Sunday 22nd October

  • Rainbow Families Lunch 12pm to 3pm – Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen
  • Recovery Party 12pm to 4pm – Ivanhoe Vineyard


  • Community Markets – Draytons Family Wines
  • LGBTI Art Expo – Tamburlaine Organic Wines
  • Exclusive Tastings for Pokolbin Pride at Participating Wineries and Food venues – watch this space
  • Rainbow High Teas at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen from 9am to 4pm

Tickets for the Party and VIP Packages are now available.

#2 October 20-22 2017


It’s time for a teaser about Pokolbin Pride #2…

Singer / Songwriter Daniel Turner & Superstar DJ Mason Andrews
We’ve already locked in Newcastle’s cutest export DJ Mason Andrews and Central Coast local Daniel Turner as talent for the Saturday night party with more Australian acts to follow shortly.

Get in early and book your Hunter Valley accommodation early.. year one saw more than 600 people visit the festival and numbers are set to rise!

We’ve listened to the feedback and will be keeping the official events for year two consolidated over three days – here’s the beginnings of the festival calendar;

  • Friday 20th October – Welcome Dinner at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen 7pm
  • Saturday 21st October – Pokolbin Pride Party from 6pm
  • Sunday 22nd October – Recovery Party 12-4pm
  • Sunday 22nd October – Closing Reception 5pm – 7.30pm

You can expect more event announcements and early bird ticket sales to start in the new year.

For now have a dazzling Christmas and a glitzy New Year

Much love

Matty & Jimmy Kerr

A big proud Thank You…

Jimmy & Matty (aka Barbara Bush – sadly now retired) celebrating Pokolbin Pride #1

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make the inaugural Pokolbin Pride a reality.

With 5200 followers on Facebook we saw almost 600 people come out to the Hunter Valley over the festival and 243 people along to the party on Saturday night featuring Sisco Electro, Luke Antony and DJ Dom De Sousa.

We are delighted to announce the dates for Pokolbin Pride #2 – Friday 20th October to Sunday 22nd October 2017. Make sure you are on the mailing list to receive up to date information about the schedule and early bird tickets.

As the Founders of the festival we have decided to launch two initiatives to keep the momentum going…

Pokolbin Pride Sundays at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen

  • every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm we are offering a share platter and two drinks for $45; we want to create a regular space for the LGBTI community in the Hunter Valley to hang out – friends and families welcome.


Rainbow High Teas at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen

  • Nan’s High Teas are one of our most popular items in the restaurant – from Thursday 10th November all our High Teas will be rainbow high teas and $2 from every sale will go directly into the Pokolbin Pride fund to help make the festival happen each year.



Of course the festival couldn’t have happened without the help of the local businesses that lent us their space, staff, creativity, enthusiasm, insights and financial support…

Our founding partners are…

  • Cypress Lakes – Oaks Hotel Resort
  • Tamburlaine Organic Wines
  • Draytons Family Wines
  • Peterson House
  • Tinklers Wines
  • Eagles Rest Wines
  • Ivanhoe Wines
  • Log Press Cafe
  • Moorebank Private Vineyard
  • Hunters Quarter
  • Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
  • Lucy Laqua
  • Sports Power – Cessnock
  • Oliver Campbell Heslop
  • The Cellar Restaurant
  • Hart & Hunter
  • Macquariedale Organic Wines
  • McGuigan Wines
  • and of course ACON Hunter

See you very soon xxx

Much love

Matty & Jimmy

Two More Sleeps…


There’s just two more sleeps to go before Pokolbin Pride 2016 kicks off in the Hunter Valley…

Thursday to Monday

  • Art Expo at Tamburlaine – FREE
  • Markets at Draytons Family Wines – FREE
  • Rainbow High Tea at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen $35 – bookings on 0427 679 887 or online

Thursday to Sunday

  • Picnic Spaces at Eagles Rest & Tinklers – FREE
  • Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing – Hunter Valley Summer Theatre


  • Canape Reception at Hunters Quarter $65 – tickets



Our supporting vineyards and wineries that you should check out during the weekend…

Eagles Rest, Tinklers, Draytons Family Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Macquariedale, Hart & Hunter, Ivanhoe, Tempus Two, Moorebank Vineyard, Peterson House, Lambloch Estate

Where to eat…

Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen, Hunters Quarter, The Log Press Cafe, The Cellar Restaurant, Blaxlands Inn and Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop

How to get around…

Hunter Valley Hire Cars for travel in style and safety around the valley call 0498 492 539

Rover Coaches with services to and from Newcastle on Saturday & Sunday – book online

Have a wonderful Pokolbin Pride!

Pokolbin Pride logo with tag line

A note about the calendar

We have updated the festival calendar and removed some of the scheduled events that weren’t getting enough love.

Please appreciate that this is year one, with no council, regional government or tourist association funding so we cannot afford to run events that looked like they would be making a loss – this is a social enterprise and we want to make sure it’s a success so that we can get bigger in year 2, 3, 4 and beyond…

Much love Matty & Jimmy Kerr xxx

Plan your perfect Pride

Here’s how it works…Come for 1,2,3,4 or all 5 days.
Everyday you’ll be welcome to visit any of the Hunter’s fantastic wineries and restaurants.

We are just in the process of finalizing a list of businesses that are supporting Pokolbin Pride and will publish it here very soon.

Free Activities – every day

1. Family & Pet Friendly Picnic Spaces at Eagles Rest and Tinklers – with ‘all-ages friendly entertainment’

2. LGBTI Art Exhibition at Tamburlaine

3. Markets at Draytons Family Wines

Ticketed events and entertainment (from $12.50)

Everyday and night you’ll find a wide range of opportunities to sample some of best of the Hunter’s wine and food with a LGBTI twist to it…

There’s a progressive comedy tour, hypnosis show, Drag Queen and King volley ball match, Sunday afternoon recovery party and a Gala Dinner.

We have organised dinners and canapé receptions with entertainment and speakers.

On Saturday 22nd October there’s a evening party hosted by Tatler’s Wines; free parking available.

We will be announcing more events and activities up until the 17th August. Then a downloadable calendar will be available here and printed calendars will be distributed by our partners and through LGBTI media and venues throughout Australia.

Tickets are available from

$2 from every ticket sold automatically goes to the Pokolbin Pride good cause fund and many of the event organizers have also declared that portion of any profit will be donated as well.

Thanks for your patience and support as we make this happen…

We’d love your feedback and questions 😃

2016 Festival Update

ACON CMYK with holder
ACON is just one of the LGBTI organisations set to benefit from Pokolbin Pride 2016

Matty and I were on our way back from a camping trip and visiting his Mum and Dad in northern NSW our first real ‘holiday’ since we moved to the Hunter Valley in July 2016.

We were chatting away about how proud we were of what we’d accomplished and sharing our mutual frustration that we hadn’t really spent enough time cultivating new friendships in our new home.

It was the weekend of Lovedale Long Lunch which sees up to 20,000 people a day visit seven wineries in the Hunter Valley.

“There should be a LLL for the gays” said Matty innocently “then we’d make some new friends”.

When we first launched the Facebook group ‘Pokolbin Pride‘ we both thought we’d end up hosting a lunch sometime at our restaurant, Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen, and connecting with some of the LGBTI locals that we knew were out and about but we just hadn’t met them yet.

What happened next was astonishing…

  1. Overnight we gained about 400 followers, mainly locals, all voicing their excitement that someone was creating a gay and lesbian festival in the Hunter Valley
  2. Not really knowing what to do next we said we’d announce the details of the festival when we hit 3000 followers (we thought this would kick the project into the long grass for a bit)
  3. About 10 days later we’d notched up about 3100 followers
  4. True to our word we’d did a quick sense check of what else was going on in the valley in the spring and found a ‘clean’ weekend (20th to 24th October 2016)
  5. We now have a five day festival of LGBTI events and activities being hosted by us and a collection of other businesses in the Hunter Valley running as a social enterprise

Our ‘corporate’ kicked in and we created a survey to ask our audience what they wanted from a regional LGBTI event and we’ve shared the results with business community – Cessnock Council threw a business networking event so that we could share the story and more than 100 people showed up.

The outcome is that we’ve put together a calendar of events that the community said they wanted – this won’t be a Sydney Mardi Gras in the vines.

We have a number of free events including

  • a family and pet friendly picnic
  • an art exhibition
  • markets featuring LGBTI businesses and crafts alongside community groups and charities.

There’s entertainment from local and national talent starting at $12.50 a ticket and a host of spectacular dinners and parties to attend over the five days and nights.

Everything is going to have special LGBTI twist so expect performers popping up all over the valley.

A portion of every ticket sold and the overall profits from the festival will be shared with the LGBTI community through a good cause fund.

You can get involved by bringing your local or national business or community group along to the markets (apply here).

You can register your interest as a performer of any description here.

Or you can just join our mailing list to make sure that don’t miss out on what’s happening and when.

See you in October xxx