Visit the new Nicholas Street Precinct at Tulmur Place
It's the Grand Opening of the new Nicholas Street Precinct at Tulmur Place, Nicholas Street in Ipswich Central. The brand new $246 million civic plaza is part of Ipswich City Council's new redevelopment. The beautiful new precinct is opening a zero-depth water play area, new library and more. Ipswich residents will be able to walk all the way down Nicholas Street to the end, where the official opening of Tulmur Place will happen, overlooking the Riverheart Parklands. This is also the fabulous new home of The Handmade Expo Ipswich each month.
It's the beginning of a new era for the heart of Ipswich City, so a full day of events are planned, kicking off at 9.00 am on Saturday, 28 November, with The Handmade Expo Markets lining the plaza until 2.00 pm. The official opening of Tulmur Place will take place at 10.30 am with a traditional smoking ceremony the Yugara Traditional Dancers.
You are invited to enjoy the Christmas festivities with over 100 market stalls filled with handmade creations, live music and delicious food and drink vendors. Families will love the new picnic areas, water play area and a special visit from Santa with goodies for the children. This is a not to be missed Christmas shopping experience where you can pick up gifts you simply won't find anywhere else.
The Handmade Expo Ipswich opened the gates for the first time in 2008 and I was there. This popular market has been growing stronger from year to year. Its goal was to provide a forum for local and exclusively handmade artists, designers, bakers, growers and creative artisans to showcase their talents and that remains its focus today. You can buy direct from local makers and creators who showcase their wares at the markets. You can buy mass-produced goods for Christmas but how much better is it to visit the market and speak with the creator of something truly unique? All the stallholders put in endless hours of toil, love and attention to detail to refining their craft and conceiving works customers will love. So I urge you to go along and support small businesses in the Ipswich area.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said that the new City Centre is one of the most exciting projects in Ipswich's history and she would like to see as many residents as possible come and take a look. "The new city heart is a once-in-a-generation redevelopment and we are very proud of the results," she said. "This council is ensuring we keep step with the rapidly growing population and having a vibrant Ipswich CBD is something we are delivering with each stage that opens with the Nicholas Street Redevelopment. We are putting the infrastructure in place and as the reinvigorated CBD reopens it will create new jobs and be an important part of building the economy post-COVID-19."
Go and join in the Christmas festivities at this huge grand opening. Meet up with friends and family members and have all the fun of the season after what has been a year to forget. For more details, visit the Handmade Expo site.