The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Tour

The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Tour must be close to the most anticipated rock event ever. It made headlines when first announced, it made headlines when cancelled earlier in the year, it made headlines when the new dates were announced and it has been making headlines since the good ol’ rockers touched down on Aussie soil.

Only the Stones know what will go into their power-packed two hour show and much of the light and shade will be determined by the way the audience reacts – whatever happens it will be huge and it will be memorable! Due to demand a second show has been added in Perth and the concerts are at Perth Arena on Wednesday, October 29 and Saturday, November 1.

According to the trivia buffs, the Stones have performed some 1703 gigs since they first took to the stage back in 1962 and it must be hard to come up with a set-list when you consider the amazing numbers of tracks they have produced. In all those concerts, only four songs have made the cut more than 1000 times – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice and Honkey Tonk Women… and two others have been on the playlist more than 800 times – Start Me Up and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

The external doors open at 6:30pm – the internal doors open at 7:00pm – the show kicks off at 8:00pm and finishes around 11:00pm – it will be two big nights out and if you are travelling to Perth for either show, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Summer Brew at Infusion Brewery

There’s a new Summer Brew at Infusion Brewery – it will be launched very soon BUT it doesn’t have a name yet. We are totally open to suggestions via an online poll on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/infusionrestaurantbar).

To get the thinking cap sitting in the right direction, here is a description… it is “an American pale ale style with a citrus combination flavour, from American hops, one being cascade and the other amarillo. It is refreshing and easy to drink.”

Naturally, ‘Camarillo’ sprang to mind, but that also conjures up a chocolate infused with caramel but that’s not something that would accompany a hot summer’s afternoon when looking for the thirst-quenching equivalent of a liquid summer breeze…

There are already five fabulous boutique beers brewed on site and they have mostly​ borrowed from local history and geography – the brews are Appin Ale, Fisher’s Ghost Premium Lager, Macarthur Wheat, Summermoon Pilsner and Razorback Golden Ale. If you’d like to sample, there’s no better time than Happy Hour on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 7pm have these drops on tap for just $4 a beer (plus $5 house wines & spirits, $8 cocktails and $12 pizzas).

We look forward to seeing you at Rydges Campbelltown whether it be for a drink, a meal, High Tea or an overnight stay. And will let you know soon the name for the new brew real soon!

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The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost

The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost is one of Australia’s longest running community events and it comes to life over 10 days in Campbelltown from October 30 to November 9.

During the festival there are lots of fun events including a spectacular Street Parade, the prestigious Fisher’s Ghost Arts Award, the annual Fisher’s Ghost Fun Run, a Street Fair, Craft Exhibition, open day and a giant carnival with fireworks. Here is a link to the official website for more info.

The festival is named after Australia’s most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher. The story of the ghost in more detail here but, in a nutshell, Fred was a convict who was sentenced to 14 years in London for forgery and transported to NSW. He was eventually granted a ticket-of-leave and some land and became a Campbelltown farmer. In 1826 he mysteriously disappeared and his neighbour, George Worrall, let everyone know that Fisher had sailed back to England. A few weeks later, George sold Fred’s horse and belongings and people became suspicious. Then, one night, a wealthy and respectable farmer by the name of John Farley stumbled into a local pub in a state of shock. He has just seen the ghost of Frederick Fisher, sitting on the rail of a bridge over a creek, pointing at a paddock… and that’s where they later found the body. During the trial, George confessed to the murder.

Fisher’s Ghost Premium Lager is one of the fine boutique beers brewed on site at Rydges Campbelltown’s Infusion Bar & Brewery and, of course, we are handy to all the festival fun for all your accommodation needs.

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Australian International 3 Day Event

The Australian International 3 Day Event is happening from November 13 to November 16 in Adelaide’s spectacular parklands.

The Australian International 3 Day Event is unique to the world as it is the only one staged right in the heart of a busy city. It is Australia’s premier equestrian competition and there’s much more than three days of dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

As well as the world’s best riders and horses competing for the biggest prize pool EVER in eventing in the Southern Hemisphere totalling $120,000, there will be plenty of attractions to keep everyone entertained. You can enjoy a drop of South Australia’s finest, get in a spot of shopping or sample some fabulous food. As well as enough market stalls for you to ‘shop till you drop’, the Grape and Gourmet Food and Wine Fair provides a sensational South Australian food and wine experience across all three days of the event.

The Market Place is centrally situated near the beautiful and newly renovated Adelaide City Council Heritage  Grandstand, within viewing of the ATCO main arena, with a food court, the funky VDub Combi Bars, a Big Screen to follow all the action and the HorseQuest scoreboards.

The event centre will once again be the main arena in Victoria Park, right in front of the grandstand. On Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the main entrance and box office will be on Fullarton Road, near the corner of Fullarton Road and Wakefield Street.
On the Qantas Cross Country Day, (Saturday), the main Fullarton Road entrance and box office will be supplemented by additional box offices positioned on East Terrace, just down from Bartels Road, and on the corner of Bartels Road and Dequetteville Terrace.

Here is a link to the event’s official website www.australian3de.com.au and if you are visiting Adelaide, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Rydges and Wellington Rugby

Rydges and Wellington Rugby are now partners and both parties are thrilled with the arrangement.

Recently awarded the best accommodation hotel in the country at the New Zealand Hospitality Awards, Rydges Wellington is now the official accommodation partner of the both the Hurricanes and Wellington Lions.

Wellington Rugby chief executive James Te Puni was thrilled to announce a new sponsorship deal with such a renowned hotel. “It’s always exciting to partner with new businesses as we look to expand and improve what we are doing,” he said, “To have the support of one of the country’s most prestigious hotels is a great honour, and we look forward to collaborating with them on some exciting initiatives.”

Rydges Wellington General Manager, Simon White, said it was their mission to partner with like-minded businesses to help drive the ‘destination Wellington’ story.

“The Hurricanes and Lions represent both the capital and Hurricanes region in the best possible way, through a team of like-minded individuals who continue to strive for excellence and are committed to achieving the best possible results,” Simon said. “This partnership represents a collaborative approach of marketing and success. The hotel is looking forward to growing the partnership with Wellington Rugby in the coming years, and being part of one of the country’s best Super Rugby franchises.”

Wellington Rugby and Rydges Wellington plan to work together to offer the public and rugby fans many opportunities throughout both the Super Rugby season, and the ITM Cup.

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Dogtober is here!

Dogtober is here!Dogtober is here! Again the month of October has been dognapped for awareness and fundraising for Assistance Dogs Australia and it is shaping up to be the best Dogtober ever.

The month is dedicated to celebrating not only your canine companion but ALL dogs across the country. By getting dog owners and dog lovers to take fundraising into their own paws through individual donations and doggy themed events/challenges, much needed funds are being raised for this great national charity.

Assistance Dogs Australia trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities. Training takes two years and the cost is over $27,000 per dog – and they are then given free of charge to people in need. This gives the new owners freedom and independence with their four-legged friend assisting with everyday tasks as well as providing unconditional love to relieve social isolation.

Dogtober is here!Assistance Dogs Australia has already placed 165 trained dogs and there are up to 30 pups in training at any one time. 165 trained pups comes in at $4,455,000, all of which has been raised by the generosity of individuals and corporate entities in the community.

Congrats to Jessica and Malinny from the sales team at Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel for volunteering and rattling the tin at help Assistance Dogs Australia, and here is a link to the official Dogtober website where you can get more info and donate to this worthy cause – http://www.dogtober.org.au/.

Here’s a short video teaser (complete with the statistical fact that 12 out of 10 people donate money at the mere sight of a puppy!):

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Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour

Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour is simultaneously one of the city’s best known icons and one of its best kept secrets. It’s amazing how many residents have looked at it from land, the water or the Bridge but haven’t taken time to actually visit.

Fort Denison in Sydney HarbourThe island has been the heart of the harbour since 1788 when the penal settlement dispatched recalcitrant convicts to the ‘Rock Island’ as punishment with little bread and water. That’s how it got the nickname ‘Pinchgut’. It was very effective as a prison – many convicts were unable to swim and, those who could swim, weren’t game to take on waters that were reputedly full of sharks.

The fort was built from local sandstone and completed in 1857. From 1906 to 1942 the one o’clock cannon was fired daily to allow sailors to set their ship chronometer to local time. This tradition ended during World War II in case Sydneysiders thought the harbour was being invaded. The cannon resumed in 1986 and is still fired daily at 1:00pm.

These days the island is an historical tourist attraction, weddings/event venue and a delightful spot for morning/afternoon tea, lunch or Sunday brunch. It is just a five minute ferry ride from Circular Quay or a quick trip in a water taxi. There are three guided tours daily and it makes for an excellent self-guided tour option. Here is a link to the menu and the ferry timetables are also on the website.

If you are visiting Sydney, Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central are both handy on the CBD side and Rydges North Sydney is just across the Harbour Bridge.

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Credit Union Christmas Pageant

The 2014 Adelaide Credit Union Christmas Pageant kicks off at 9:30am on Saturday 8th November.

Credit Union Christmas Pageant The first Christmas Pageant was held during the Great Depression in 1933 and featured approximately eight floats, four bands and ran for around 40 minutes. 200,000 spectators came to watch that one and there’s much more to be seen this year!

The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a spectacular family event held to celebrate the approaching Christmas.

A magical array of Christmas floats travel through the streets of Adelaide bringing a smile to all who join in the fun. This year there will be three new floats – see if you can spot them!

This year, 170 bright and colourful sets, including floats, bands, dancers and clowns, will entertain thousands of people, culminating in the arrival in Adelaide of Father Christmas himself.

The complete pageant route starts at the intersection of South Terrace and moves north on King William Street to Victoria Square. This year it will return to Grenfell Street.

The Pageant comes to an end when Father Christmas enters the Magic Cave at David Jones on North Terrace at approximately 11.20am.

If you are visiting Adelaide, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Fremantle’s newest old pub

The Ball & Chain is Fremantle’s Newest Old Pub. And don’t think they aren’t legit!  The historic pub that is heritage listed has one of the most important sites in WA – it housed the first convicts to arrive in the state…

The pub’s history dates back to 1850 when Captain Daniel Scott decided to build a warehouse and to dig a well on the site. With a well and warehouse he could act as a ship’s victualler but the waterfront warehouse was invaluable when the first 75 convicts arrived in Fremantle on 1 June 1850. The convicts that had arrived on the Scindian used Scott’s warehouse as their only home until Captain Henderson and the convicts had constructed their own convict establishment in 1857 – hence the name Ball & Chain..

Matilda Bay Brewery was our states first iconic craft brewer and in some ways was an institution well before it’s time.  Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the Ball & Chain have partnered with Matilda Bay to bring the iconic brand back to its home town of Fremantle. Step into Bourbon Street – a stylish lounge area with floor to ceiling shelves loaded with the best range of whiskey brands from around the world.

Feeling peckish?  Choose from a range of tasty pub grub items, whenever you need a little something to chow down – or just want to take the edge off? Grab a knife and carve off some cheese from the monster parmesan cheese wheel at the bar…salted Macadamia nuts, chilli popcorn in a cone – bit more special than Nobbys nuts from the 80’s…

There is always something happening at the Ball & Chain.  So lose the excuses and get it on; you will be blown away with the décor, amazing new team, wide range of interesting craft beer and extensive spirit range.

Find them on Facebook and Instagram or drop by to Corner Marine Terrace & Essex Street, Fremantle.

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Justin Timberlake at Allphones

If you scored tickets to Justin Timberlake at Allphones Arena – well done. It looks like a sell-out at Allphones Arena on October 1 and 2.

Seven years on from his stunning run of shows in 2007, Justin Timberlake returns to Australia to top off some amazing recent achievements. After dominating the global charts in 2013 with the year’s best selling album, The 20/20 Experience, and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Timberlake has mounted some electrifying live shows on his global tour.

In addition to gracing the cover of GQ’s 2013 Man of The Year issue, Timberlake recently took home three Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Song (Pusher Love Girl), and three American Music Awards, including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist.  The 20/20 Experience has been well received critically, and is the year’s best selling album with over 4 million sold to date worldwide. The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist.  The 20/20 Experience held the #1 spot in both the Top 200 (3 weeks) and R&B album chart (10 weeks).  In just its first week of release, all 10 tracks charted on the digital songs chart and have sold over 7 million tracks in the US.  The album has reached platinum status in three other countries as well as gold status in nine other countries.

“With his hair slicked back, wearing Tom Ford clothes — Mr. Timberlake was every bit the 21st-century entertainer, a song-and-dance man with subwoofers.”
-  New York Times

“His showmanship, class, and impeccable ease in which he can deliver an over two-hour set of music that barely allows for any time to sit, breathe or falter all boiled to those final moments as he let the fans sing back to him a song that, within its barely developed young life, has already budded into its own kind of icon, just like its creator.”
-  The Village Voice

If you are going to either Justin Timberlake concert at Allphones Arena, for $35 you can park at Rydges Parramatta, enjoy a dinner and beer/wine/bubbly or soft drink and get a shuttle to/from the game… or there is an Events Package that includes a night’s accommodation for two people in a Queen Room with full buffet breakfast plus return shuttle to the game.

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