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From January to March 2015 Newcastle and The Hunter is set to host a range of exciting major events! There will be something for everyone, including foodie, music, sporting, cultural, family events and more. Take advantage of one of our sizzling hot accommodation packages and come and experience all the action.

Scroll down to check out some of the exciting events we have coming up. For a full listing of events click here

Newcastle Events


Sizzling hot accommodation deals
January – March 2015

8 November - 25 January: Kilgour Prize


The annual Kilgour Prize for figurative and portrait painting awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art, as judged by a selection panel. A People’s Choice prize of $5,000 is also awarded.

Born in 1900, Jack Noel Kilgour was known for his academic modernism, many of his works were paintings of urban landscapes and portraiture. His contemporaries included Jean Bellette, William Dobell, Paul Haefliger, Eric Wilson and his wife Nancy Kilgour, with whom he established a significant artistic partnership. His work is well represented in the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, as well as in significant state and national collections.

This year's winner was Alan Jones, Robert Forrester # 2, 2013. For further information, visit the website www.nag.org.au

29 Nov - Jan 26: Patricia Picinini 'Like Us' Exhibition

Image: Patricia Piccinini - Nature's little helpers - Surrogate (for the northern hairy nosed wombat) 2004.

'Like Us' is an exhibition of sculptures, paintings, drawings and video works by internationally respected Australian artist Patricia Piccinini. The exhibition premieres new works alongside significant pieces from the last fifteen years, including two important works from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection.Like Us presents an immersive world where the natural and the artificial meet and mingle. At every turn the viewer encounters unexpected places and unusual occupants that are both unsettling and appealing. Entry is free.

For further information, visit www.nag.org.au

Chifley Apartments Newcastle

Address: Building 7, 14 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle
Hot deal:
One Bedroom Apartment from $223 per night twin share. The earlier you book the more you save (30% = 30 days in advance or more, 20% = 20 days in advance, 10% = 10 days in advance). Receive a free pair of shades and a ‘thirst-quencher’ per person per stay.
Rates: $223 per night
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015, excludes 31 December 2014
To Book: Phone 1300 272 132
Terms and Conditions:
Subject to availability and blackout dates. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. One free pair of sunglasses and drink of the hotel’s choice per person per booking. Sunglasses available until stocks last.

Quest Apartments Newcastle

Address: 575 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hot deal:
Mix a summer adventure with 4.5 star serviced apartment accommodation. Chose one adventure to enjoy when you stay overnight, adventures include Newcastle Sights & Sound Cruise with MoonShadow Cruises, Sand boarding Adventure with Port Stephens 4WD Tours. Hunter Wetlands Walking/Reptile Adventure, Beach Pack, or a Restaurant Discount Voucher.
1 Bedroom Apartment: $265 per nigh, twin share
2 Bedroom Apartment: $440 per night, quad share
 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: Phone 02 4928 8000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Terms and Conditions: hen booking quote “Summer Adventure Escape Package.” Ticket numbers based on 2 tickets for one bedroom apartment, and 4 tickets for two bedroom apartment. Additional tickets can be purchased for extra travellers or extra activities. Transportation not included. Packages and bedding subject to availability. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Clarendon Hotel

Address: 347 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Hot deal:
Stay 3 or more nights and receive a 20% discount, plus a $20 bar voucher.
Rates: From $165 per night, twin share
 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: Phone 02 4907 6700
Terms and Conditions:
Bookings subject to availability.

Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Address: Cnr Merewether Street and Wharf Road, Newcastle
Hot deal:
Enjoy a harbourside escape and indulge in an overnight stay in a suite, full buffet breakfast and a Dolphin Watch Cruise and Sandboarding experience with Moonshadow Cruises for 2 adults. 
Rates: From $299 per night twin share (min 2 night stay required). 
Validity: 1 February 2014 to 31 March 2014
To Book: Phone 138 388 or visit  www.crowneplazanewcastle.com.au/
Terms and Conditions:  Full buffet breakfast for 2 adults at Seasalt Restaurant, Dolphin Watch Cruise and Sandboarding with Moonshadow Cruises for 2 adults. A min 2 night stay. Subject to availability and blackout dates.

Quality Hotel Noah's on the Beach
Address: Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara St, Newcastle
Hot deal:
Enjoy your getaway at Newcastle’s only beach front hotel. Book any Ocean, Harbour or City side rooms and receive 10% off the best rate of the day when you book 2 nights or more. Offer includes free Wi-Fi and complementary parking.
Rates: From $169 per night, twin share
Validity: 1
 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: Phone 4929 5181or visit www.noahsonthebeach.com.au
Terms and Conditions: 10% discount off the rate of the day on any room type when booking a minimum of 2 nights.

Boulevard on Beaumont
Address: 131 Beaumont St, Hamilton
Hot deal:
Stay any 3 nights and receive 50% off the rate for the 3rd night of your stay. Located in the cosmopolitan restaurant and café strip of Hamilton, this boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Newcastle’s CBD & beautiful coastline.
King Studio from $170 per night
Two Bedroom apartment from $230, midweek
Validity: 1
 Feburary 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: Phone 4940 0088 or visit www.boulevardonbeaumont.com.au
Terms and Conditions: When booking quote “Its ON” deal. Subject to availability, weekend rates apply, blackout dates also apply.

Stockton Beach Holiday Park
Address: 3 Pitt Street, Stockton
Hot deal:
Book during the It’s ON period and save 20% in the new 2 and 3 bedroom villas, sleeping up to 7 people. Located on the beachfront, these modern villas are a great way to enjoy what Stockton Beach and the Hunter region have to offer.
Rates:$279 for 2 nights in a 2 bedroom during midweek $279 (normally $348 - save $69).
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: Phone 4928 1393 or visit www.stocktonbeach.com
Terms and Conditions: When booking quote “ITS-ON!” to receive offer, or enter online as promotional code. Minimum 2 night stay. Blackout dates apply. Valid for villa accommodation only, subject to availability. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Valid for new bookings only, existing bookings cannot cancel and rebook.

Lovedale Lodge

Address: Londons Road, Lovedale
Hot deal:
Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd free. Enjoy 36 acres of bushland nestled among the Pokolbin and Lovedale wine regions. A charming homestead, cottage and villa can be booked individually or collectively for groups sleeping 4 to 20 guests.
Rates:$80 per person per night. Minimum bookings per cottage.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: Visit www.lovedalelodge.com
Terms and Conditions: Minimum bookings per cottage. Booking subject to availability.

Hunterstay Accommodation
Address: Broke, Hunter Valley
Hot deal:
Book 2 nights and received the 3rd night free, or save 50% when booking a self-contained holiday house package. Includes personal vineyard tasting, and a free bottle of wine on arrival.
Rates:Starting from $120 twin share mid-week.Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.hunterstay.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Quote "Destination NSW" to receive 50% off holiday house. Quote “It’s ON” to receive 3rd night free. Excludes public holidays and special event days, other blackout days may apply. Weekend rates apply. All deal components must be redeemed during stay. Other conditions may apply.

Somehwere Unique
Narone Creek Rd, Wollombi
Hot deal: Stay 2 nights, get your 3rd night free. Endulge in romantic, relaxing self-contained accommodation. Located minutes from the historic Wollombi village in Hunter Valley Wine Country.
Rates:$315 per night twin share.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.somewhereunique.com.au 
Terms and Conditions:
Valid for Direct Bookings Only. Blackout dates apply. Use Promotional Code “ITS-ON” to book online.

Wine Country Motor Inn
5 Darwin Street, Cessnock
Hot deal: Deluxe Queen Room starting from $250 for a 2 night stay! Minimum 2 night stay. Add a Thursday or Sunday night to your 2 night package for just $65. Offer includes $20 Voucher for McLeish Wines cellar door.
Rates: From $250 for a 2 night stay.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.winecountrymotorinn.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Weekend rates vary. Booking subject to availability and blackout dates.

Ironstone Estate
Address: 97 Olsens Road, Lovedale 

Hot deal: Book two nights, get the 3rd free. Luxurious self-contained group accommodation, set on a 45 acre in the Lovedale region of the Hunter Valley.
Rates:Lodge $1300 per night 12 share, Homestead $1100 per night 12 share.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.ironstoneestate.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Mention "It's ON" when booking. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.

Peppers Guest House
Address: Ekerts Road, Pokolbin
Rejuvenate w
ith a weekend away at the original Peppers Retreat in the Hunter Valley
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.peppers.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.

Hermitage Lodge
Address: 609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 

Hot deal: Enjoy a two night midweek Hunter Valley wine and cheese experience at Hermitage Lodge. Stay in a 4.5 star Vineyard Studio, and be greeted with a complimentary bottle of Hunter Valley wine and a cheese plate, and experience a winery tour at Tyrrell’s Wines.
Rates: $350 for two night midweek ($175 per night) twin share.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.hermitagelodge.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.

Wine Country Villas
Address: 136 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin 

Hot deal: Stay two nights get the third night free. Experience a taste of luxury in a self-contained split level villa. Enjoy a king bed, breakfast provisions, a kitchen, and your very own deck.
Rates: Starting from $230 per night twin share.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: winecountryvillas.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.

Camway Estate
Address: 81 Campbells Lanes, Pokolbin 

Hot deal: 2x entry into the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular, 2 Lepack breakfast packs, a bottle of local Hunter Valley wine on arrival and complimentary late checkout of 11am.Rates: From $160 per night in a Studio Suite
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.camwayestate.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability and blackout dates.

Quest Singleton
Address: 81 Campbells Lanes, Pokolbin 

Hot deal: 2x entry into the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular, 2 Lepack breakfast packs, a bottle of local Hunter Valley wine on arrival and complimentary late checkout of 11am.
Rates: From $160 per night in a Studio Suite
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.questapartments.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Other conditions may apply.

Watersedge Boathouse
49 Alexander Parade, Arcadia Vale
Hot deal: Book 3 consecutive nights, and get the 3rd night free. Located just meters from enchanting Lake Macquarie with uninterrupted 180ᵒ water views, the Watersedge Boathouse is perfectly placed to enjoy all the action of It’s ON! in Newcastle and the Hunter, as well the peace and tranquillity of the local area.
Rates: Self-contained studios start from $180 per night twin share.
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 30 January 2015
To Book: www.watersedgeboathouse.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability.

Rafferty's Resort
1 Wild Duck Dr, Cams Wharf
Hot deal: Stay 2 nights at the luxurious waterfront Raffertys Resort Lake Macquarie for just $239 per night!
Rates: From $239 per night.
Validity: 1 February to 31 March 2015
To Book: www.raffertysresort.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability. Existing bookings cannot cancel and re-book. Rate only for the Its On campaign. When booking quote “Its On” campaign. 

Best Western Apollo International
290 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown
Hot deal: Stay 2 nights and Save 15% on Weeknds for all room types.
Rates: Varied
Validity: 1 December 2014 to 30 January 2015
To Book: www.bestwesternapollointernational.com.au
Terms and Conditions: Subject to availability.Existing bookings cannot cancel and re-book.

Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks
Hot deal: Stay 7 nights and only pay for 6 in any Lake Macquarie Holiday Park – Belmont Pines, Blacksmiths Beachside, Swansea Gardens or Wangi Point.
Rates: Varied
Validity: February to March 2015
To Book: lakemacholidayparks.com.au/special-offers/
Terms and Conditions:  Valid in low and off peak seasons only*. Subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

Nov - Jan 26: Christmas Lights Spectacular

Over 250,000 lights have been added to this year's Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens ensuring that the event, with over 1.5 million lights in total, will be the best yet! The AUD80 million Hunter Valley Gardens will be filled with vibrant colour, incredible light and sound displays every night from 7th November until Saturday 26th January (excluding Christmas Day and night).

In its eight year, Christmas Lights Spectacular is the largest lights display in the Southern Hemisphere, making it a must-see for the entire family and a great way to kick start that festive season. In addition to the lights there are food and beverage stalls, photo opportunities with Santa, a light up disco floor, Christmas displays and amusement rides.

For further information, visit www.huntervalleygardens.com.au

Dec 28 - Jan 4: Australian 19 Foot Skiff Championships

The 2014 - 2015 Australian 16 foot (and 13 foot) Skiff Championships are scheduled to be sailed at Belmont (Lake Macquarie) between 28 December 2014 and 4 January 2015.

It is proposed that heats will be held daily with a reserve day on Thursday 1 January. The Championships will wrap up with the presentation night on 4 January.

For further information, visit www.skiffs.org.au

Janurary 3 & 4: Kelloggs Nutri Grain Ironman Series

For almost 30 years Nutri-Grain has been as much a part of an Aussie summer as the men and women who set our beaches alight with displays of courage and athleticism that have to be seen to be believed.Every muscle in the body will come into play for these impossibly fit athletes as they paddle a surf ski like an Olympic kayaker, swim like fish, navigate the waves on boards like they were born in the ocean and run like the wind.

For further information, visit www.nutrigrainironman.com.au

January 12: AFC Asian Cup - Japan vs Palastine

Reigning champions Japan will be looking to add to their record haul of four AFC Asian Cup titles in Australia in 2015.

To begin the Newcastle season, Japan will take on the Challenge Cup winner Palestine on 12 January 2015 at Newcastle Stadium commencing at 6pm.

For further information, and to book your tickets visit www.afcasiancup.com

January 15: Disney Live!

Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales.See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast unfold before your eyes.

Dream with the princesses and cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains.Beautiful music, breathtaking sets, costumes and special effects capture all the adventure, humour and romance in this stage spectacular not to be missed. Two shows only, book 10am or 1pm.

For further information, visit www.nec.net.au 

January 17: AFC Asian Cup - Oman vs Kuwait

Come see the clash between Oman and Kuwait at Hunter Stadium.Oman secured a return to the AFC Asian Cup for a third time after advancing from Group A with two games to spare.

Kuwait's rich Asian Cup history includes lifting the title in 1980, finishing runners-up four years earlier and reaching the semi-finals in 1996 and quarter-finals in 2000.

For further information, and to book your tickets visit www.afcasiancup.com

January 17: Giggle and Hoot Live Stage Adventure

Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle are setting off on a giggle-icious live stage adventure with their friends the Bananas in Pyjamas and Hoopla Doopla's Zap, Mimi and Jango this summer!

Starring in the live children's show of the year, "Giggle and Hoot and Friends" is a 50-minute stage spectacular with everyone's favourite songs, dancing, and of course fun and laughter.

Joining Jimmy Giggle is everyone's favourite twins, the Bananas in Pyjamas, B1 and B2. And for the first time ever on stage joining the show will be Zap, Mimi and Jango from the show Hoopla Doopla.

For further information, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

January 26: Australian Day Celebrations

Newcastle's Australia Day is a one day spectacular event including a range of harbourside activities, kids amusements, food stalls and live entertainment throughout the day.

For further information, head to www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

January 26: Lake Macquarie Australian Day Festival 

The Australia Day Festival at Lake Macquarie will be a great family friendly day of activities for kids, entertainment, music, amusement rides, and a fireworks display.

Head on down to do your part to help celebrate Australia in style. A day for not just the whole family, but the whole community.

For further information, head to www.lakemac.com.au

January 30: AFC Asian Cup - Semi Final 

Newcastle will be hosting one of the semi finals of the upcoming Asian Cup on Tuesday 27th January 2015.

Get your tickets early and see two of the greatest teams battle it out for the finals.

For further information, and to book your tickets visit www.afcasiancup.com

January 28: Kenny Rogers - Farewell Tour

Grammy Award winning Legend, Country Superstar and contemporary music icon, Kenny Rogers, brings classic hits and a new album on his Farewell Down Under Tour. The Gambler, Coward of the County, Reuben James, Islands in the Stream, We've Got Tonight, Through The Years, You Can't Make Old Friends and more.

For more information: www.nec.net.au


January 30: AFC Asian Cup – 3rd v 4th Playoff

Watch two great team battle it out for third place in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2015. The game will take place on Friday 30 January at Newcastle Stadium.

Book your tickets early to secure your seats to see these two great teams and one of the last games of the Asian Cup.

For further information, and to book your tickets visit www.afcasiancup.com

February 6 – 9: Australian Bowl Riding Championships

The Festival promises a contest that will exhibit some of Australia's best bowl riders.

This is the first true "Nationals" skateboard competition for any discipline within skateboarding in Australia. It has four divisions to cover the whole rider spread, rather than one group within a group; Under 18s, Women, Pro/Am Open, Masters 40 plus. It is open to all competitors.

For further information, visit www.abcskate.com.au


February 14: Sting and Paul Simon On Stage

Sting and Paul Simon are heading to Australia on a double-bill that will see the two music greats on stage together, sharing bands and singing each other's songs.

The old friends, who have known each other for decades and lived in the same New York apartment block for more than 20 years, will tour wineries and arenas around the country next February with their successful On Stage Together show.

For further information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

February 17 – 23: Surfest at Merewether Beach

Surfest is the largest surfing festival in Australia. In 2015, Surfest is proud to boast 30 years of unbroken competition and community engagement in Newcastle.

From February 17-23, ten surf events will comprise Surfest 2015 and all promise spectators hours of unrivalled competition and hard fought wins. Surfest Newcastle Australia is conducted over  at Merewether beach, a recognised Australian National Surfing Reserve.

For comprehensive information on Surfest, visit www.surfest.com

February 17 - 1 March 13: Speigleltent presents Absinthe

The thriving Las Vegas residency of Absinthe commenced in 2011, playing on the forecourt of Caesars Palace following summer seasons in Spiegelworld's iconic spiegeltent in New York City. Now in its fourth sold out year, the production has been hailed as 'the most inventive and daring show to open on the strip in years!', and was announced the 'Best Show in Vegas'.

For more information, visit www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au

February 18: Suzi Quatro Concert

Celebrating 50 years of performing, Suzi Quatro returns in January 2015 for her last Australian tour. With 30 Australian tours under her belt, this will be the final chance for Australian fans to see their rocker Suzi on stage.

Between 1973 and 1980 Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for 101 weeks and to date sold over 55 million records including hits, 48 Crash, Too Big, Devil Gate Drive, Daytona Demon, The Wild One, She's In Love With You, Rock Hard and her duet with Chris Norman, Stumblin' In. Suzi was one of the first rock and roll acts to tour to Russia where she performed to 500,000 people in six weeks in 1989.

For more information: www.nec.net.au 


February 20 - 27: Lakefest 2015

Lakefest is a celebration of Lake Macquarie's aquatic lifestyle and rich maritime history. The festival kicks off on February 20 2015 with the Heaven Can Wait pre-race dinner and will continue through to February 27.

The Heaven Can Wait regatta involves sailing yachts, dinghies and skiffs racing around Lake Macquarie for up to 24 hours and raises money for Cancer Council NSW.

Lakefest will include sailing events and water-based sporting and social activities including a Twilight Race, Paddlefest, and Variety Splash.

For more information: www.lakefestnsw.wix.com/lakefestnsw

February 21 - May 10: The Making of Midnight Oil Exhibition

The band that inspired a generation is the focus of a stunning exhibition coming to Newcastle in 2015.Developed by Manly Art Gallery and Museum, The Making of Midnight Oil examines the band's impact on social and cultural history across a 40 year period.

The exhibition showcases rare and iconic items including stage props, instruments, protest banners, hand written lyrics, photographs and posters sourced from public and private collections as well as the band's own archives. It also highlights the band's various actions and causes across the years.Entry fees apply.

For more information: www.newcastlemuseum.com.au

February 21: Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk 

The Light Up Newcastle Lantern Walk will celebrate the Chinese New Year 2015. Join an evening walk with people carrying Chinese lanterns starting from two locations on the harbour and meeting at the Maritime Centre in Harbour Square at Honeysuckle. As people walk with lighted lanterns and the sun sets over Newcastle, this will form a snake along the water front of Newcastle Harbour as people make their way into the Honeysuckle Precinct.

The event will be held between 4pm-8pm finishing fireworks at 9pm. This is a fundraising event to support the Newcastle Mission to Seafarers at Wickham.

For more information: www.lightupnewcastle.com.au

February 28: A Day on the Green - Roxette

Roxette play A Day On The Green at Bimbadgen Winery, Hunter Valley NSW on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Legendary Swedish pop-rockers Roxette play Bimbadgen Winery on Saturday 28 February with special guests Eurogliders, Dragon and Boom Crash Opera. One of Sweden's finest exports, Roxette's hit singles include Listen To Your Heart, The Look, How Do You Do, Joyride, It Must Have Been Love and many many more.

For more information: www.adayonthegreen.com.au

March: Newcastle Craft Beer Week Newcastle

Now in its third year, Newcastle Craft Beer Week is back! Running over seven days in March 2015, Newcastle Craft Beer Week is a celebration of all things craft beer. There will be up to 40 events in 20 venues around Newcastle, Maitland and Lake Macquarie.

Venues include but are not limited to The Grain Store, The Pourhouse, The Hop Factory, The Fire Station, The Albion, The Blind Monk, Honeysuckle Hotel, Murray's Craft Brewery, The Clarendon and many more.

Take this opportunity to meet the brewers, talk to the local experts and taste some amazing brews.

For more information: www.newcastlecraftbeerweek.com

March 6 - 8: Newcastle Show at Broadmeadow Showground Newcastle

The Newcastle Regional Show has been a staple of Newcastle's annual calendar of events since 1902. The event includes food, music, animals, rides, and entertainment. Come along to the 2015 IGA Newcastle Regional Show to celebrate living a healthy lifestyle. There will be demonstrations of sport and fitness for all the family, and healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings.

For more information: www.newcastleshow.com.au

March 7: The Eagles 

Join Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley for the Eagles. Reminisce with the Californian Rockers with some of their classics including Hotel California, The Long Run, New Kid in Town, Witchy Woman, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin' Eyes, Best of My Life, One of These Nights, Take It to the Limit, I Can't Tell You Why, Take It Easy, Life in the Fast Lane and Desperado.

For more information: www.ticketmaster.com.au

March 8: Loop the Lake 

Loop the Lake is a family fun cycle around Lake Macquarie organised by the Rotary Club of Warners Bay. Route Marshals, St. John Ambulance and Police will be monitoring the race. The ride will be on rain or shine!

The 16 kilometre Easy Loop starts at 8:30am from Lakeside Park Recreation Reserve, Belmont South. The 50 kilometre Part Loop starts from 8:30am at Morisset Railway Station Dora Street Carpark. The 85 kilometre Loop starts at 7am (you may start earlier if you wish) at Speers Point Park.

For more information: www.loopthelake.com.au

March 13- 15: Campfire Festival at Hope Estate 

The 'Campfire Festival' is a brand new three-day music event featuring a top-class line up of respected Australian talent. Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and the John Butler Trio are just a few of the acts that have confirmed their attendance.

The Campfire Festival will feature bigger staging, a wider variety of food and beverage options including craft beer from the new onsite microbrewery and a new five-star camping facility - all with its beautiful vineyard setting as the backdrop.

For more information: www.hopeestate.com.au


March 21- 22: Newcastle Writers Festival 

From the best contemporary crime writing, to high voltage Aussie rock'n'roll history, award-winning poetry, ethical dilemmas, sex addiction, a centenary since the outbreak of World War I, motherhood, high adventure, and high-heeled drama at a fashion magazine - this year's festival is a colourful coming together of genres and ideas from some of Australia's most interesting and respected writers and thinkers.

For more information: www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

March 23: Nitro Circus

Nitro Circus Live is the greatest live action sports show on earth. Travis Pastrana and 40 of the worlds best in FMX, BMX an Skate are coming back to Newcastle!

Direct from a sell out tour of the USA, this will be a show not to be missed! The show is completely themed and styled as a 1920's Barnum and Bailey circus!

For more information: www.nitrocircus.com

March 27 - 29: Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival

The Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival is now in its second decade and has established itself as one of the Hunter's premier festivals, featuring all things 1950s - rock n roll, cars, music, fashion and dancing.

The three day program of events includes the Show and Shine vintage car display, retro market stalls, talent quests, best dressed competitions, fashion parades, Rock n Roll dancing and plenty of live entertainment in the main street of Kurri and at the local clubs.

For more information visit www.kurrikurrinostalgiafestival.com.au

March 28: Folk in Broke


In great news Folk in Broke is returning in March 2015 and it's going to be an exciting new direction for one of the best little festivals about!

Folk In Broke is a NO BYO alcohol or food event. Glass will not be permitted on site and all bags will be inspected upon arrival by very friendly security staff. Please note Folk in Broke is an All Ages event however any person under-18 must be accompanied by a guardian of parental age to enter the festival. Proof of age will be required to be shown at the door to receive entry.

For more information visit www.folkinbroke.com.au

March TBC: Maitland Taste, Food and Wine Festival

At Maitland Taste enjoy a host of entertainment and activities for all ages and interests including cooking demonstrations featuring celebrated Hunter Chefs, wine education and food matching sessions as well as wine and boutique beer tastings.

Local Hunter restaurants will offer up the best the region has to offer along with a multitude of market stalls laden throughout the Heritage Mall with gourmet goodies, fresh local produce, artisan cheeses, delectable desserts and fresh roasted coffee.

For more information visit www.maitlandtaste.com.au