Valley culture

“The Dowse Art Museum and the city’s commercial galleries offer a huge range of interesting art and craft works, plus regular exhibitions.”

Retirement is a time when many people take a more active interest in the arts, culture and religion. The valley is a great place for this.

The Dowse Art Museum and the city’s commercial galleries offer a huge range of interesting art and craft works, plus regular exhibitions.

There’s a small library in Woburn Apartments, but if you need access to a wider range of material, the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library is just down the road. It shares resources with Wellington Public Library, providing readers with access to a vast range of books, CDs, DVDs and other resources.

Fuse Circus perform at The Dowse Art Museum's Big Day Dowse 2013If your interests include local and family history, the Petone Library Heritage Centre and the Petone Settlers Museum are worth a visit. There are also active historical and genealogical groups in the valley.

The facilities at Woburn Apartments include arts & crafts and games rooms, a snooker room, gym and  theatre. But if you want to draw upon wider skills and networks there are groups in the valley catering for almost every activity, interest or craft you may want to be involved in.

Freemasons, Probus and Rotary meet regularly in the valley, as do groups catering for older people such as Age Concern, Greypower & the Retired Persons Association.

The valley also caters for most Christian denominations, Bahai and Buddhist meditation. The nearest synagogues are in Wellington city.

Fuse Circus perform at The Dowse Art Museum’s Big Day Dowse 2013
Image: Copyright Mark Tantrum
Background: Viewing an exhibition at The Dowse Art Museum
Image: Copyright Mark Tantrum

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