Return of ‘The End’ – An eclectic celebration of arts, culture and heritage in Hill End

Hill End’s festival of arts, culture and heritage ‘The End’, is back by popular demand for a second year this April.

Presented by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and with support from Bathurst Regional Council, ‘The End’ will see the historic gold-mining village of Hill End, transformed into a music, culture, food and history lover’s paradise.

An eclectic, fun-filled weekend for friends and all the family, ‘The End’ offers arts, music, heritage and unique culture, not to mention the region’s best food, wine and craft beer.

Music and cabaret fans will delight in the ticketed evening shows in the Royal Hall on Friday and Saturday nights.

‘The Beginning of the End’ kicks off the festival on Friday with music, song and daring cabaret, hosted by harmony slingin', guitar pickin' house band Sweet Smith & Jelly Jones.

This opening night show includes The Morrisons’ Man of Constant Sorrow: A tribute to the music from the film ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ – a homage to the artists and music from the legendary film that will have audiences laughing, crying and most importantly, dancing.

Cabaret Sasquatch will also perform with their modern cabaret extravaganza packed with dancing and dangerous circus stunts, doused in glitz and glamour. Both shows are being staged again on Saturday night. 

A great program of free music will take place on the Golden Age Stage on Saturday and Sunday. Indie-folk singer-songwriters All Our Exes Live in Texas will headline the outdoor stage on Saturday, supported by seven piece bluegrass band The Morrisons’.

‘The End’ offers something for everyone with art exhibits and installations, markets of artisan wares, delicious local produce from Bathurst, Mudgee and Orange, and a rare trades village showcasing leather, woodwork and fibre trades from years past.

Set in the charming Hill End Historic Site, tours of the village are also available for those keen to learn more about its history and significance. And for those who dare, ghost tours can also be arranged!

Make a weekend of it, and pack the tent for nearby camping at the Village Campground or the Glendora Campground. And for those looking for a more carefree option, a low-key tent-town with set-up camping is also available to book online.

‘The End’ is a one of a kind event experience in an extraordinary location.

‘The End’ will be held from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 April in the historic gold-mining village of Hill End.

For more details about the festival, including the full program of events, accommodation options, and to purchase tickets for the Royal Hall shows, go to