What’s On in July: Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter especially selected for families.

A Portrait of Australia Exhibition

Saturday 5 June, 2021 – Sunday 1 August, 2021 | SEEN@Swansea | Monday – Sunday 10am-2pm | Gold coin entry | Details

Why you should go: This Australian Geographic exhibition celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there. The exhibition features photographs from the Australian Geographic archive selected and curated by the National Museum of Australia. This stunning display of large format photographic prints will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians

Blackbutt Reserve Reptile Shows – ON HOLD

Mon-Fri in School Holidays and Every Sat & Sun | Blackbutt Reserve, Kotara | Mon – Fri 11am & 11:45am, Sat & Sun 11am | $4 per person | Details

Why you should go: The School Holiday Reptile Shows are back at 11am and 11:45am from Monday to Friday and 11am on weekends. Blackbutt’s expert team will allow attendees to meet , learn about and at times interact with, their favourite scaly, slithery friends. You will learn interesting facts about their behaviour, physiology and habitats, and if you’re lucky… an opportunity to get up close and personal. $4 per person, tickets available at the Kiosk (limited tickets available).

Bricks 4 Kidz Winter School Holiday Workshops

Monday 28 June, 2021 – Friday 9 July, 2021 | Various Locations | 9am – 4pm | Full day workshop $90, 2-day workshop $180 | Details

Why you should go: The Bricks 4 Kidz Winter School Holiday Programs with LEGO® are nearly here and are PERFECT for your aspiring LEGO® Master! These workshops will be running from Monday 28 June – Friday 9 July across four convenient locations in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Erina. All programs will be run in compliance with a COVID Safe plan and restrictions on numbers in their venues. They have got SUPER fun workshops with Ninjas, Movie Mash Up and many other favourites inspired by Star Wars™, MineCraft™ and Pokémon™, just to name a few! There is something for EVERYONE these school holidays. Book today so you don’t miss out!

Prehistoric Creatures & Kids Craft at Stockland Greenhills

Monday 28 June, 2021 – Sunday 11 July, 2021 | Stockland Green Hills | Prehistoric Creatures 9am – 5pm, Kids Craft 10am – 3pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Explore a world of life-size animatronic ice-age mammals and amazing creatures. More than just a display, this immersive, interactive event will captivate the hearts and minds of young and old. Get up close with the most infamous prehistoric animals including the fearsome Saber Tooth Tigers and everyone’s favourite, the colossal Woolly Mammoth. Celebrate the arrival of the Prehistoric Creatures of the Ice display with your very own snow globe. Decorate your choice of a Woolly Mammoth or Saber Tooth Tiger snow globe for you to take home and treasure.

Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens

Saturday 19 June, 2021 – Sunday 18 July, 2021 | Hunter Valley Gardens | 9am – 6pm | Family Pass (2A + 2C) – $105 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy all things winter without having to travel to the snow at Snow Time in the Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens. Your family can enjoy ice skating, playing in the snow, building snowmen, ice tobogganing and explore the Snow Cave filled with animatronic Arctic creatures.

Hudsons Circus

Thursday 24 June, 2021 – Sunday 18 July, 2021 | Richardson Park, Hamilton North | Various times | Adult from $25, 3-15 years from $15, 2 years and under free | Details

Why you should go: A two hour traditional style circus with a modern twist. See daredevils, hilarious clowns and animal acts. A fast-paced show for the whole family.

Inflatables on the Green – Club Charlestown – CANCELLED

Monday 28 June, 2021 – Sunday 4 July, 2021 | 5 Lincoln Street, Charlestown | 11am – 2pm | $7 per wristband | Details

Why you should go: Join Club Charlestown for Inflatables on the Green in Week 1 of the school holidays.

Hunter Events Bar & BBQ Festival – POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 2021

Saturday 3 July, 2021 – Sunday 4 July, 2021 | Dalwood Estate, Dalwood | Sat 10 – 9pm, Sun 10 – 4pm | Tickets start from $16.85 for kids and $31.15 for adults | Details

Why you should go: A full-throttle weekend jam packed with live music, bbq cook-offs, local breweries and loads of entertainment. With Aussie FMX Freestyle Motocross stunts, car shows and helicopter joyrides plus market stalls. For the kids there’ll be rides, children’s entertainment, face painting and more.

Young People’s Theatre presents BUNYIPS – PERFORMANCES ON AND BEFORE 9/7/21 POSTPONED

Tuesday 29 June, 2021 – Saturday 17 July, 2021 | Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton | Various Times | Tickets from $25 | Details

Why you should go: Loosely based on the famous Australian children’s book, Naked Bunyip Dancing by Syeven Herrick and adapted for stage by Callan Purcell, this is a delightful show for all ages. The performance runs for an hour plus a short interval.

Circus Skills Workshops at Jesmond Central

Tuesday 29 June, 2021 – Friday 22 July, 2021 | Jesmond Central | 10am – 1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Learn to juggle, spin plates, walk the tightrope and more at a Circus Skills Workshop at Jesmond Central this school holidays. Bookings essential. 4 x 30 minute sessions daily.

Welcome to Toonworld! at Terrace Central

Every Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu in the winter school holidays | Terrace Central, Raymond Terrace | 11am, 12pm & 1pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Go DRAWING MAD these school holidays in Toonworld! Come on a journey filled with creativity and drawing challenges where you will meet fun characters and design your own wonderful heroes while defending the Toonworld’s lands against the Evil Rubbix and his rampaging stickmen army!

Kids Entertainment at Shoal Bay Country Club

Every Sun, Tue & Thu in the winter school holidays | 35-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Keep the kids entertained this winter school holidays with free kids entertainment at Shoal Bay Country Club including Magic Show, Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, Oakvale Reptile Show and Slime Making. There’ll also be a jumping castle, kids disco, projector games and prizes to win each day.

Kids Entertainment at The Exchange Hotel

Every Sun, Tue & Fri in the winter school holidays | 125 Denison St, Hamilton | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Keep the kids entertained this winter school holidays with free kids entertainment at The Exchange Hotel including magic show, pony rides & petting zoo and Oakvale Reptile Show.

Rafferty’s Coastal Run – POSTPONED UNTIL 7/8/21

Saturday 3 July, 2021 | Raffertys Resort | 7.30am – 3pm | From $20 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy a trail run around scenic Lake Macquarie. You can choose 12km, 22km or 36kms. There’s also a 1km Kids Fun Run for children aged 5 to 12. Juniors aged 11 – 16 can compete in the 12km trail running event.


Monday 5 July, 2021 | Nesca Park & Civic Park | 8.30am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join the Awabakal NAIDOC 2021 celebration to gather as one community and celebrate culture and explore this year’s theme – Heal Country. Meet in Nesca Park at 8.30am for the Opening Ceremony and speeches and march along Darby Street to Civic Park for a community event of live entertainment, food and rides.

Maitland Gaol Junior Sleuth – Tattoo Tales

Tuesday 6 July, 2021 | 6-18 John Street, East Maitland | 11am | Adult & Child package – $15, additional child – $10 and additional adult – $10 | Details

Why you should go: Junior Sleuths will learn about how prisoners lived in the Gaol over the 150 years of its operation on this 1 hour guided tour. Afterwards they’ll delve into prison tattoos and what these symbols represent (don’t worry, it’s family friendly).

Giant Games at Wallsend Village

Tuesday 6 July, 2021 – Friday 9 July, 2021 | Wallsend Village | 10am – 1pm| Free | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy some free giant games during the school holidays at Wallsend Village. Get ready for GIGANTIC school holiday fun with giant Connect 4, Jenga, Cornhole and more, each day at Centre Court.

Love My Plants – Family Art Class

Wednesday 7 July, 2021 | 101 Newcastle Street, East Maitland | 11am – 12pm| Tickets from $5-$45 | Details

Why you should go: This workshop is designed for Parents/Guardians & kids between the ages of 5-12 years old (primary school age). All kids must have a guardian present for the duration of class. There will be fun activities for you to do with the kids.

Fast Five5 – One Dayer

Thursday 8 July, 2021 | Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, Speers Point | 9.30-2.30pm | $200 per team ($25 per player, maximum 8 players) | Details

Why you should go: Fast Five5 is a fully supervised activity with trained football specialists and provides participants with an opportunity to develop their football skills, agility and fitness through fast-paced, five-a-side games. Players need to register as a team ($200) with maximum eight players (five on the pitch). With eight players the cost is $25 per player.

Alice in Wonderland Jr presented by Hunter Drama – POSTPONED TO 21/1/22 & 22/1/22

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 July, 2021 | Cessnock Performing Arts Centre | Matinee & Evening Performances | Tickets from $34 | Details

Why you should go: Travel down the rabbit hole with Hunter Drama in our 10th Anniversary production of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR. Join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

Newcastle Brickfest – POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER, 2021

Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July, 2021 | Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow | Various times | $6 single ticket, $20 family ticket (2A+2C), Children under 2 free | Details

Why you should go: Newcastle Brickfest is Newcastle’s first and longest running LEGO Fan event. It’s a community event, created by local volunteer LEGO fans, for LEGO Fans of all ages, showcasing LEGO creations and collections from across NSW. It features 60 exhibitors and over 180 tables of exhibits to enjoy. This is a family friendly, not for profit event which supports local Newcastle schools and charities.

Maitland ‘Gets Its Glow On’ Festival of Lights

Saturday 24 July, 2021 | Maitland Showground | 5pm – 8.30pm | Adults $10, Children 5-15yrs $5, Children under 5 free, Family (2A+2C)$25 | Details

Why you should go: The evening will include a family friendly night market with amazing street food, market stalls, LED animal installations, roving performers, kids amusements and music. The night will finish with a spectacular light show. Glow accessories will be available for purchase so you can ‘get your glow on’.

Feast & Furious – Newcastle Foreshore

Sunday 25 July, 2021 | Newcastle Foreshore | 11am – 3pm | Adults $2, Kids free | Details

Why you should go: Feast & Furious is hitting Newcastle Foreshore. With classic cars & bikes, international street food, local musicians and local retail stores, kids rides, jumping castles, Kiddie Kartz, laughing clowns, fairy floss, popcorn and sno cones. Bring your picnic rug and chairs.

Featured image: Blackbutt Reserve

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