What’s On In Newcastle? Parkway Drive, Exhibitions and Holiday Events

Rod Bathgate

Here’s your jam-packed what’s on guide for Newcastle this week! Parkway Drive returns to Newcastle, Art and museum exhibitions are happening all around town + stacks more on offer.

Friday 14th December

Darren Williams @ Cardiff Panthers

With special guest Belinda Marks, Darren Williams is bringing Christmas to Cardiff. His first stage appearances were at the age of seven when he won several medals for singing at Sydney’s Opera House. With the rare ability to sing just about anything from pop to opera, Darren captivates audiences with his charm and amazing vocal range that has earned him several vocal accolades.

Darren has appeared on many of Australia’s variety shows and has travelled the globe as a headline act for an array of corporate clients and the world’s most luxurious cruise liners.

Belinda Marks, one of Australia’s top cabaret stars, she delivers a show full of fun, class and elegance, singing a mixture of swing, jazz, country, pop and musical theatre to keep you entertained. She has performed at many Carols by Candlelight and appeared on multiple major television variety shows.

Don’t miss the chance to see these two world-class performers.

Free Entry. Doors open 1pm. Starts 1.30pm.

Diesel @ Lizotte’s Restaurant

Whether you know him as Diesel or Mark Lizotte, this energetic live performer will showcase his talent for three shows at Lizotte’s. Johnny Diesel, brother-in-law of legendary Jimmy Barnes, has recorded an impressive nine albums, who is best known for his impressive singing, songwriting and guitar skills, will wow Newcastle audiences for three shows – Friday 14th December, Saturday 15th December, and Sunday 16th December. Supporting act Evil J and St Cecelia will also amaze you with their eclectic vibe.

Three course meal and show - $124.00

Show only with bar menu available - $54.00

Tickets are selling very fast. Visit the Lizotte’s website for more information and details on other upcoming performers.

Saturday 15th December

Olive Tree Christmas Markets @ The Junction Public School

The Olive Tree Christmas Market Festival was so successful, a second and final Christmas Market is on again today from 9am-5pm. These extended trading hours will ensure you don’t miss out on bagging a bargain. This market will see the return of regular stallholders along with special artists and creators who have constructed popular murals at Newcastle Museum, the Newcastle Beach Tunnel and the Newcastle Mural on Hunter Street. Stop by and grab a handmade Christmas treat for yourself and your loved ones.

The Toot Toot Toots @ The Great Northern

If their name is anything to go by, this Australian band will have you up and dancing in no time. Complete with go-go dancers, a brass section and occasional mandolin, this country blues band will have you screaming for more with their ‘Pre-Apocalypse Tour’. Door cost is TBC, with doors opening 8:00pm and going till late with supporting act Mother and Son.

Sunday 16th December

Tu Serais Mon Fils (‘You Will Be My Son’) @ Tower Cinemas Newcastle

After a bit of French culture? Tu Serais Mon Fils follows a dominating Business Master Winemaker who has serious concerns that his own son does not deserve an inheritance. He believes the ailing Foreman’s son might be a better choice, which leads to family manipulation and all the trouble that comes with it. This is a compelling foreign film with excellent visuals. A must-see of lovers of French cinema.

For sessions times, click here.

Nobbys Lighthouse Grounds Opening @ Nobbys Lighthouse

Novocastrians have wanted Nobbys Lighthouse open to the public for a long time. Now it is possible to experience these beautiful grounds yourself every Sunday.

Entry from 10am to 4pm. Free event.

Art Exhibitions @ Newcastle Arts Space

There is not one, but two exhibitions opening today at Newcastle Arts Space. Gallery 1 will display life drawing extraordinaire Ann Caddey with ‘The Drawing Room” and Gallery 2 will feature Peter Lankas’ “NCAC Life Class”.

Grand opening 2-3pm

Open daily 13-20 December 12-5pm.

Monday 17th December

Parkway Drive @ Newcastle Panthers

Resist, Triple J’s Short.Fast.Loud and Channel V present Parkway Drive’s “Atlas” Australian Tour with special guests I Killed the Prome Queen, Northlane and Survival.

This is an All Ages show. Doors open 7:00pm. Show Starts 7.30pm

Tickets are selling fast. Standing Room Only.

General Admission Tickets $39.00 + Booking Fee

Go to the Panthers website to buy tickets.

Rod Bathgate – ‘The Summer of Love’ Exhibition @ Cooks Hill Galleries

The final exhibition of 2012 for Cook Hill Galleries is showing the talented work of Rod Bathgate. Primarily using soft pastel and an ‘edge to edge’ technique, Rod has an impressive collection of artworks of Australia’s coastline, rivers, hideaways and holiday spots.

Exhibition closes December 21.

If you are stuck on what to buy someone for Christmas, look through Rod’s collection here.

Tuesday 18th December

Jack Newton Celebrity Classic @ Cypress Lakes Resort

This golf tournament is a highlight of the Australian social sport calendar, now in its 34th year. It is a 36 hole, 2 day tournament in the Hunter Valley. Cypress Lakes Resort boasts a world class golf course and is surrounded by award winning wineries and spectacular scenery, making it the ideal location for this premier event. This event also hopes to raise money for two organisations, Jack Newton Junior Gold and Diabetes Australia.

Members of the public are welcome to come watch business people, celebrities and professional golfers battle it out across two days, including Wednesday 19th December.

Wednesday 19th December

Antics Xmas (Dress Up) Party @ The Cambridge

Join in on all the fun for Newcastle’s biggest mid-week student party 0 Christmas edition! Starting at 8.30pm, this party features  live performances from The Phat Controller and Flight To Dubai, along with DJs till late. With free Entry and pool all night, dress up is essential for any keen partygoer wanting to tear it up across The Cambridge’s two dancefloors.

Toys: Science At Play @ Newcastle Museum

One for the whole family, this popular exhibition includes all the fun stuff like robots, dolls, hula hoops, building blocks, toy timelines and kaleidoscopes. This provides an excellent opportunity to satisfy your child’s enquiring mind to tinker with toys, while also learning some of the basics of science.

Developed by Scienceworks and Scitech, Perth, this interactive exhibition is a must-do these school holidays.

Exhibition closes 24 February 2013.

Entry fees:

Free under 3 years

$3 per child (ages 3-12 years)

$3 concession (student, pension, disability, unemployed)

$5 per adult

$15 family

For more information, visit the Newcastle Museum website.

Thursday 20th December

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Civic Playhouse

This musical within a comedy from Company Clegg will certainly have you laughing, sending up other musicals, vaudeville and burlesque. Set in the 1920s, this rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love will certainly help you escape the silly season.

Starts at 7.30pm with tickets costing between $18-$22.

To buy tickets and check out other performance dates, visit the Civic Theatre website.

Leah is a recent Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) graduate from the University of Newcastle, who is interested in social media, SEO and advertising. To handle the stress of undertaking Honours this year, she will occupy herself with way too many movies and TV series, first person shooter games and taking cute photos of her cat.

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