I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published October 3rd 2015
Shop till you drop
Operating since 2008 in the grounds of the Junction Public School the Olive Tree Market moved to Civic Park Newcastle this year. We were regular visitors previously but believe the new venue has a lot of advantages. It is much easier to move around the market now in the open spaces and the experience of shopping is more relaxed. The location wil also open the markets to more drop ins from passing motorists.
This is an art and design market full of unique items. The 130 odd stalls include fashion for men, women and children, jewellery, homewares, art, photography and food stalls where it is possible to meet and speak to the producer/artisan.
It would be easy to spend a couple of hours in the sunshine shopping. You could check out the homeware stalls, buy a cupcake or croissant and enjoy a coffee while listening to folk music, a soloist or a local school band. Then try on some clothes and jewellery, taste test some Hunter wine and olives. Participate in an art making workshop whilst the kids are getting their faces painted and playing in the park. Meet up with some friends for a lunch break at one of the food trucks and don't forget to pick up a bunch of flowers and some sourdough to take home.