Popular Mattara festival finds new home base

There will be plenty of fun and activities for kids of all ages in the reinvigorated Mattara Program with something new and different each day.

The 56th annual Mattara Festival of Newcastle takes up a new home at Wallsend this year and coincides with spring school holidays.

From Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 8  there will be a full program of family entertainment and activities   at Wallsend Park  opposite McDonald’s.

CHARMING: The baby animal farm is sure to be a hit with young and old alike at this year's Mattara Festival, being held for the first time in Wallsend.

CHARMING: The baby animal farm is sure to be a hit with young and old alike at this year's Mattara Festival, being held for the first time in Wallsend.

Mattara will be open every day from 10am to 4pm with energetic stage entertainment, amusement rides, baby animal farm, circus, sideshows, showbags, market stalls, free activities and prizes for children of all ages.

On Sunday, October 1, there is a family concert by the popular Jumpin Jukebox Rock and Roll Band from 4pm to 7pm followed by fireworks at 7pm that will officially launch the Wallsend Mattara Festival 2017.

CLOWING AROUND: A wide range of themed activities and traditional festival fare will keep everyone entertained at this year's Mattara Festival.

CLOWING AROUND: A wide range of themed activities and traditional festival fare will keep everyone entertained at this year's Mattara Festival.

Each day of Mattara is themed to provide something different.

These include Super Hero, Pets on Parade, Bunning’s Greening, That’s Entertainment, KOFM Rocks Mattara, NBN Family Fun and Wallsend Town Community days.

Wallsend town coordinator  Rhonda Campbell said that the Wallsend business community welcomed the Mattara Festival’s move to Wallsend and believes it is a win for the whole region.

“Wallsend Park is a central and a convenient place for the people of the Hunter.

“Its picturesque parkland provides plenty of room for the festival’s expanded program in 2017.

“Importantly, Wallsend also provides the convenience of a local business and main street district offering dozens of complementary shopping, lifestyle and eating options.”

Britt Osborne, from the Mattara Festival Committee, said that the event was timed to provide a full program for the school holidays.

“There will be plenty of fun and activities for kids of all ages in the reinvigorated Mattara Program with something new and different each day,” Ms Osborne said.

Entry to 2017 Mattara Festival at Wallsend is free.

Tickets for carnival rides (including special deals) and a full program of activities and entertainment are available at www.mattarafestival.org.au or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

For more information email mattara_wallsend@outlook.com.