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The most fun to be had these school holidays
Every year in Newcastle during the September/October school holidays, the Mattara Festival springs into action. It's one of our city's biggest annual amusement events.
This year will be no exception with a great array of entertainment, food, art and music as well as a jam packed daily program promoting different aspects of life. Mattara is located down at the beautiful Newcastle Foreshore and will operate 10am to 5pm every day of opening with individual events scheduled at specific times. A daily event calendar is available on the website.
Themed Days include:
Monday 30 September- "Let there be Entertainment" The opening day of Mattara includes a number of fantastic stage shows including a Kick Fighting Display and Ruby the Clown Magic and Game show.
Tuesday 1st Oct – Kids Carnival Day Today the Exhibition for 'Outdoor Art' kicks off. Stage shows include performances from Kumari, Energize Studio and Glee Newcastle. Budding young ballerinas should not miss the Tiny Tutus Debut at Mattara on stage at 11am.
Don't miss a moment
Wednesday 2nd Oct - NBN Family Fun Day What's a Mattara Festival without an appearance from Big Dog? Today Big Dog will be meeting all of his fans at the park around 12:30pm. Don't miss out of the prizes available for picnic races today as well as many more stage performances from the likes of Dial a DJ Demon and Energize Fitness Studios.
Thursday 3rd Oct – KOFM Radio rocks Mattara Today Festival sponsors KOFM will be broadcasting from the Mattara with lots of giveaways, promotions and chances to get involved including the KOFM Music Jury and the "Sing n Win" Competition at 11am and 3pm. Also don't miss a stellar performance from Newcastle City Choir on stage at 3:30pm.
Friday 4th Oct – Health & Fitness Day What better way to get inspired for summer than attending a Health & Fitness clinic at your Mattara Festival? Zumba workshops and performances will occur throughout the day. Don't miss The Crawford Brothers, a successful local duo performing at 3:30pm on stage.
Saturday 5th Oct – Greening Newcastle
Salt Water Markets will be joining forces with Mattara for a Car Boot Sale. Come and grab a bargain. Samurai Judo Academy will also have demonstrations and workshops throughout the day not to mention many other artists performing on stage. Hunter Wetlands will be at the Festival with a promotion and display of our beautiful local wetlands.
The Resistance Renegades
Sunday 6th Oct – Moto Mania Day A day dedicated to the Motor Industry, come down to check out the massive display of boats, homes, cars, bikes, tools etc. The Resistance Renegades will also be performing every hour on their Honda CRF50s. Other stage shows include Ronald McDonald and Friends as well as popular local favourite Overload.
RAAF Military Working Dog Display
Monday 7th Oct – Pets on the Park Here's a great day to check out the Baby Animal display which will be available all week of the Mattara. If you think your pet has what it takes, why not enter him/her into one of the many competitions held throughout the day. At 12pm there will be a Pets of Parade performance that is open to the public. Today will also hold some impressive displays by the RAAF Military Working Dog unit. Not to be missed.
Running throughout the week will be some fantastic amusement rides available for young and old, The Baby Animals Farm, The Lego Arena area, Picnic Races and activities, Side Show games, markets and lots of food available with undercover dining available.
As part of the festivities of Mattara, Shannon's Hill Climb is one of the most famous events. Taking place this year on the 6th and 7th of October, the King Edward Park course is considered one of the most challenging hill climb courses in Australia. Sir Jack Brabham described it as "the most demanding and best set up hillclimb" in Australia. The record for the 1.094km track is 33.63 seconds held by Neil Farr. Sunday competition is open to all cars and bikes, where Monday is for Club Cars. If you are interested in displaying your car, please contact Andy Peters on 0407 039 495.