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.

Snow Time in the Garden

Saturday 29 June to Sunday 21 July  | Hunter Valley Gardens | $34 for Adult, $25 for Child. Family Pass $105 (2 Adults +2 children). Kids under 3 free. | 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 the opportunity to see ice sculpting.

The Cat in the Hat Live on Stage

Wednesday 10 July  | Civic Theatre Newcastle | 10:30am & – 1pm | $25. kids under 2 free on lap | Details

Why you should go: The Cat in the Hat stage show is coming to Newcastle during the July school holidays. Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes. Spoiler alert: Things run amuck, and quickly!!

Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends

Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | Various times | From $33 | Details

Why you should go: Grab your mouse ears and get ready for a party as Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends skates into Newcastle again. This year, Moana and Maui will be skating around the ice as part of the highly anticipated addition of Disney’s Moana to the show.

Newcastle Brickfest

Saturday 13 July to Sunday 14 July | Newcastle Racecourse | Various times | $5 per person. Kids under 2 are free. There will be limited tickets at the door [$8 each] | 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.

Rafferty’s Coastal Run

Saturday 13 July | Raffertys Resort | From $50 | 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.


Friday 12 July to Sunday 21 July | 48 Watt St, Newcastle | Various times | $62 – $125 | Details

Why you should go: Hog Watts is an immersive lunch/dinner & show experience set within the magical walls and halls of 48 Watt St. Perfect magical adventure for Potter fans young & old! Family matinee sessions are almost sold out! There’s also 18+ evening events for those who want to leave the kids at home.

My Kids Market

Sunday 14 July | Newcastle Basketball Stadium | 9am – 12pm | Adults $4, kids free | Details

Why you should go: Want some gently used baby and kids clothing, toys or goods for a fraction of the retail price? Head to My Kids Market on Sunday 14 July 2019. My Kids Market provides families with the opportunity to purchase quality preloved items at huge savings. The market held three times a year in Newcastle is filled with local stallholders selling their family’s gently used baby and kids goods that they no longer need.

Human Whale World Record Attempt

Sunday 14 July | Fingal Beach | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Take your family for a drive to Port Stephens and join the World Record attempt to create the biggest human humpback in celebration of the annual whale watching season. Join all the fun as the mammoth mammal takes shape on the sand of Fingal Beach. Participants will pay homage to ‘The Humpback Highway’ where over 30,000 whales will pass by on ‘the great whale migration’ forming an outline of a 100m long humpback.

Guess How Much I Love You – Christmas in July movie

Thursday 25 July | Event Cinemas Glendale & Kotara | 10:30am | $10 | Details

Why you should go: This selection of timeless children specials is the perfect way to treat your little one this July with their first cinema experience or just a fun day out with the family. Discover Christmas in July and share in the laughter and fun with Little Nutbrown Hare, his friends and family – Big Nutbrown Hare, Little Field Mouse, Little Grey Squirrel, Blue Bird and many more.

Roald Dahl’s The Twits

Wednesday 31 July – Friday 2 August  | Civic Theatre Newcastle | Various times | Adult $30, kids 2 to 12 $16 | Details

Why you should go: Enjoy world class puppetry paired with the world’s greatest storyteller for children. The performers from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre bring characters to life in the blink of an eye, using hand held puppets in a simple stage setting, highlighting the playfulness of live performance. Suitable for ages 5-12

Featured image credit: Brickfest

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