Lake Macquarie City Council's Cultural Projects Officer Meredith Downes polishes the teeth of a giant deinosuchus featuring in the upcoming exhibition.

With the school holidays upon us, let this be your guide to what’s happening across Newcastle and the Hunter over the next week.

Saturday 4 July:


As the longest running and most popular, meet-the-maker market in the vineyards, you will meet and talk with the grower, maker or artist behind each of the expertly crafted and truly unique “Handmade in the Hunter” creations.

Conveniently located near the three major concert venues (Hope Estate, Bimbadgen and Roche Estate), wineries, restaurants and Hunter Valley Gardens.

Come along to see, taste, try, buy and marvel for yourself at what the vibrant Hunter Valley artistic and creative community has to offer.

The next event is on Saturday 4 July from 9am to 3pm at Sobels Wines (5 Halls Road, Pokolbin).


Church 4 Life Garage Sale – everything $2. Toys, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs, clothes, some items brand new. Bargains galore. 

It’s on Saturday 4 July from 8am to 12pm at 32 Sixth Street, Boolaroo. Social distancing rules apply.


Dinosaurs return to SEEN@Swansea this winter with a special exhibition all about the king of the dinos… T-Rex! School tours and workshops available.

Opening day is Saturday 4 July from 10am to 2pm. See the king of the dinos up close and take home your own dino excavation kit.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be asked to wait for entrance to the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 2pm. Entry is a gold coin donation.

Monday 6 July:


Join a Newcastle Art Gallery Educator for this free 30 minute online class using materials from around the home.

In this activity you’ll learn about Murrurundi-born, Melbourne-based artist Peter Atkins and his use of found and collected objects to create works of art, followed by a demonstration of a simple art-making activity you can do in your home using collected objects and other recycled materials.

You can use a mixture of materials you might have at hand, including a collection of found/recycled materials made from plastic, metal or cardboard, pencils, paper, glue, scissors and tape.

This event is a free Zoom webinar; bookings required. It will go from 11am to 11.30am on Monday 6 and Wednesday 8 July.

Visit Newcastle Art Gallery’s website for more details on upcoming online classes and virtual events.

Tuesday 7 July:


Do you love writing? Would you like to have your work published and distributed throughout Lake Macquarie? Enjoy two writing workshops to write your story that will be included in a published book. Get creative, develop your writing and have fun.

The first workshop is on Tuesday 7 July from 1pm to 4pm at Toronto Library, while the second is on Tuesday 14 July from 1pm to 4pm at Warners Bay Theatre.

The activity cost of $40 includes tuition by published author Jess Black, who has written numerous picture books and junior novels; attendance at two workshops; inclusion in the published book; and afternoon tea each day.

Bookings are essential. Contact 4921 0400 or buy tickets here.

Thursday 9 July:


Would you like to illustrate a story to be published and distributed throughout Lake Macquarie?

Take part in illustration workshops these July school holidays to create pictures for a book Lake Mac Libraries are producing for the ‘Go Wild for Libraries’ place-marker project.

The first workshop is on Tuesday 9 July at Belmont Library and the second is on Tuesday 14 July at Warners Bay Theatre. Both will go from 1pm to 4pm.

Bookings are essential.

The activity cost of $40 includes tuition by Kirrili Lonergan, a picture book illustrator and art therapist; inclusion in the published book; all materials supplied; and afternoon tea each day.

Saturday 11 July:


Set amongst veggie plots, chicken run and orchard, The Coffee Coop serves delicious fresh barista made espresso and sweet treats made from produce grown on the farm.

The Farm Gate Stall will also be operating selling a range of seasonal organically grown veggies, eggs, preserves and honey.

Bring the family for a relaxing morning. It will go from 9am to 1pm on Saturday 11 July at Phoenix Park Farm.

Sunday 12 July:


Rainbow Bricks is excited to be putting on a Virtual Newcastle Brickfest. They would have loved to run a physical event but they value the health and safety of their exhibitors and the public visiting them.

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.

This year, it is a free event, with everything being online at their Facebook page. Original creations and displays of Lego themes will impress and inspire kids of all ages. Interact with the exhibitors, ask them about their displays and Lego in general.

The Virtual Newcastle Brickfest is on Sunday 12 July from 10am to 2pm.


Start your engine and build your own Model T Ford at home. All you need to do is print the templates and follow the instructions to cut, glue and construct and you will be on track to making your very own mini vintage car.

The Model T Ford is one of Newcastle Museum’s favourite objects in its collection. It was not the first car ever built, but it was the most important car of the early 20th Century.

This activity will go until Friday 31 July. Click here to find out more.

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