Stay up-to-date with upcoming public events and community engagement activities from the Revitalising Newcastle team.

With major construction in full swing throughout the city centre, it's never been more important to plan your journey into town. Consider using public transport, walking or riding your bike, or if you need to drive, we've put together some suggested routes into the city and a handy parking guide.


FREE events in December

Our city is still buzzing and we have a range of great events on in December.

And what's more...they're free!

View our December events calendar for all the details.


An a-maze-ing Newcastle Christmas

Newcastle Museum Lawn will come alive with an a-maze-ing Christmas Tree Maze from 11-20th December. With over 115 trees, kids will have a great time finding their way through the maze and out the other side.

Little kids can come along to Special Christmas Storytime readings on Tuesday 12 and 19 December at 10:30am, plus, on Saturday 16 December there will be a FREE Christmas Treasure Hunt with great prizes and surprises from 10am to 3pm.

Oh, and don’t forget to post your letter to Santa in the Santa Mail Box.

Christmas cheer is still here … and it’s all FREE! 

Aussie beach-style Santa photos

Hunter Street Mall will play host to FREE Aussie beach-style Santa photos from 11 to 22 December, 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday.

With a spectacular backdrop of Nobbys Beach, step onto the sand and take a seat on our very own Mark Richards custom-made Santa surf seat for a very ‘newy’ Christmas photo. Pets welcome!

And in case you haven’t written a letter to Santa yet, there’s a space to write your letter and post in the Santa mailbox.

Located in Hunter Street Mall -111 Hunter Street, corner of Hunter and Morgan streets.

Christmas cheer is still here … and it’s all FREE! 

Lunchtime Live

Bringing some fun to Wednesday lunches. Food trucks, live tunes, tables, deckchairs and shady umbrellas on the Lawn. Grab a co-worker for a midweek break or bring a friend and enjoy live contemporary folk by Jason Lowe over lunch! 


Free lunchtime boxing

Join us on Tuesday 19th for a fun boxing session in Civic Park! Grab your active wear and meet at the fountain. Gloves provided, everyone welcome.

Lunchtime Live

Back again, our second lunchtime live event. Enjoy street food and today’s live, original and soulful entertainment by James Osborn from under a shady umbrella. Bring the kids or your workmates, kick back and enjoy the lunchtime live vibe. 

Revitalising Newcastle Family Fun Zone

‘The Revitalising Newcastle Family Fun Zone’ on Market Street Lawn will be in the heart of Newcastle City Council’s 2017 Neon New Year’s Eve event!

This family friendly space will have an illuminated walkable labyrinth, a Resolution Tree to add your New Year's resolution, and other fun activities like creating lanterns and projections that light up when the sun goes down. Why not bring a rug and watch the fireworks?

Market Street Lawn

Market Street Lawn, at the intersection of Market and Scott streets in the city, opened in December 2016 as a community space with a variety of activities for you, your family, friends and colleagues to enjoy.

The community's vision for Market Street Lawn, which we will deliver, is underpinned by the themes of connection, culture, engagement and wellbeing. All events proposed for the Lawn will align with one or more of these themes.

Newcastle City Council has approved a development application to landscape the Lawn and repurpose the Signal Box. These works will take place in 2018.

We are happy to take your booking request. Construction may affect the availability of the Lawn so please get in touch with us so we can talk about your event idea. 

Who can use the Lawn?

Everyone is welcome to use the space. Market Street Lawn is available for community, charity and other events that meet our essential criteria.

These criteria include considerations around the type of use, hours of operation, number of people permitted on the site at any one time, noise levels, serving of alcohol, and operation within designated site boundaries.

Examples of community events held on Market Street Lawn include the Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon, NewRun Newcastle’s festival of running, World Tai Chi Day and animals from Blackbutt Reserve during the school holidays.

Please contact us for further information.

Will it cost to use
the Lawn?

In line with our vision to make the space as accessible and affordable as possible, there is no fee for community events and not-for-profit activities to use the Lawn.

How to apply

Please complete an application form to use the Lawn. Your application will be reviewed and we may seek additional information depending on the impact and scale of your event. If your application is approved, you will need to sign a sub-lease to use the space.

Contact us if you have any questions about using the Lawn.

Market Street Lawn

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