This Week in Newcastle: Festival Madness and Mother’s Day
It has been a while since Newcastle has seen such a variety of things to do in one week. Despite your mood, tastes and fancy, there will sure be something for you to do this week in Newcastle.
Friday 6 May
The Sydney Travelling Film Festival returns to Newcastle tonight with a great selection of indie and documentary films. Friday is opening night and to celebrate, complimentary champagne and canapes will be served after the first film. Running from Friday, 6 May to Sunday, 8 May - leaving you just enough time to bring mum along for Mother’s Day. Tickets can be purchased per film or if you are really keen, in bulk. For more info and tickets.
Saturday 7 May
The annual Groovin the Moo festival is returning to the paddocks of Maitland. With fantastic Australian acts including, Washington, The Jezabels, Drapht and The Holidays and international guests including, The Wombats and The Drums - a line-up Maitland hasn’t been subject to for quite some time. Online tickets for the festival have sold out but rumour has it there are hard tickets still floating around locals shops and if all else fails, there will always be someone on Facebook selling last minute.
If you are looking for a Groovin the Moo after party, King St Hotel has got your back. Doors open at 9pm until late featuring Sydney DJ act, DJ Minx. Entry is a small 10 clams available on the door.
The Seven Seas Hotel has said goodbye to being another ordinary pub and said hello to being the newest live music venue in Newcastle. The hotel has undergone some dramatic renovations in line with their new image, including a newly built stage in the back bar of the hotel. The Seven Seas Hotel is set to be home of the best Friday night meat raffles in town along with amazing Thai food served up in the Sticky Rice restaurant. Hank Green’s Blues will be kicking off the next generation of the Seven Seas Hotel this Saturday night.
Sunday 8 May
Sunday is Mother’s Day so why not shout mum to a nice lunch or dinner. If you are really looking to spoil your mum, Brown Sugar in Warners Bay has an exceptional set menu to do just that. Mum will be treated to champagne on arrival and a complimentary box of chocolates. For more info and prices.
If your mum is a chocolate lover, you need to take her to Max Brenner, Charlestown, it’s a must. For chocolate lovers, it’s as if you have died and gone to heaven. Their menu ranges from chocolate fondue, to chocolate pizza, to hot chocolate to chocolate brownies - I could go into a chocolate coma right now! There will certainly be something to delight the senses this Mother’s Day.
Tuesday 10 May
Looking for something different to do on a Tuesday? Why not try Taste Test Tuesdays at The Dockyard. Hmm, what is this you may ask? Basically, you order the Dish of the Day, grab an entry form and get tasting. If you guess the right ingredients you could win a $50 Dockyard voucher. Who said Tuesdays were boring?!
The Civic Theatre is opening it’s stage to comedian David Strassman. Strassman’s show, Chuck’s Revenge, will be in Newcastle until Sunday 15 May with shows every night. For those of you who aren’t familiar with David Strassman, he is the man with the creepy looking talking doll, Chuck and soft teddy bear called Ted E. His shows are hilariously funny for both first timers and devoted fans on the Strass. For more info and tickets.
Wednesday 11 May
For the very first time, Newcastle Town Hall will be opening for a walk on the dark side, a Ghost walking tour that is. Starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 8.30pm, this two hour session could be filled with hauntingly shadows and eery activity. Wonder who will come out of the shadows to say hello. For more info and tickets.