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Hunter region turns on the summer events for all

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Grab dinner by the lake or see a show in the park, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK PRESENTS A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 

  • Where: Pacific Park 
  • When: 14 to 17 December (from 7pm) 
  • Cost: $35-$45 

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is returning to Newcastle’s Pacific Park. 

Set among the fig trees at Newcastle East, Shakespeare Under the Stars is a Whale Chorus production, performed with “live” music and an ensemble of local actors. 

After a sellout season last summer, with reviewers describing it as “joyful”, its creators are hoping to once again wow audiences.   

A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the story of four young lovers, and a group of amateur actors, as they journey into the forest and are overtaken by the unpredictable world of fairies in a comedy of unlikely love spells.  

Tickets can be purchased from Civic Theatre Newcastle.  

FRIDAY NIGHT FOODIES 

  • Where: Multi-Arts Pavilion (MAP mima) Lake Macquarie 
  • When: Fridays 15, 22, 29 December (5pm-8pm) 
  • Cost: Free 

For a Friday night treat, grab dinner by the lake at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, MAP mima. 

Friday Night Foodies will deliver a series of curated events, delicious eats from a selection of gourmet food trucks on site, a bar stocking local beer and wine and cheeseboards from Harry and Lola’s. 

On 15 December, Yen’s Yumm Bahn is dishing up Vietnamese street food with charcoal BBQ meats, while N3bula provides the entertainment. 

Dog House Grill will serve authentic smoked Vienna dogs on 22 December. 

And, for all sweet tooths, head down on 29 December for Lulu’s Gelato, a dessert bar with 24 flavours on display. 

So, enjoy the art and a local wine or beer in our outdoor licensed area, with a different food vendor each week.  

SOUNDSWELL 

  • Where: Queens Wharf, Morpeth 
  • When: Saturday 13 January 
  • Cost: Free 

The historic township of Morpeth will turn up the heat this summer with a new music festival, Soundswell. 

Featuring the likes of electropop act Boo Seeka, alt pop singer songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, local Kira Puru and Newcastle-based indie rock band The Appointments, the free all-ages event is sure make waves on the banks of the Hunter River at Queens Wharf on Saturday 13 January. 

Soundswell, proudly funded by the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program, will not only showcase the incredible musical talent of Australia but highlight the town’s unique charm and boutique offerings. 

Family-friendly activities and a diverse selection of food offerings from local vendors is expected to add to the atmosphere. 

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