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Home Décor, Winter Comes Alive
Home Décor - how to update your home with simple pops of colour
Check out our simple, affordable and on trend ways to bring some colour into your home this winter.
 
Style, Winter Fashion, Winter Comes Alive
Winter Fashion - The must have colours of the season
We’ve rounded up the hottest colour trends to be across this chilly season. Be gone dark and moody winter clothes!
Winter Comes Alive, Kids Fashion
Boots, brollies and coats for kids
This Winter, there’s an amazing rainbow of wet weather fun fashion for kiddies. So rug them up, wrap them up and sent them outside in style that will keep them dry, warm and clean!
Food, Dinner
Easy winter dinners you can prep, set and forget
Life is busy, we know. So here are some sure-fire ways to make meal planning easy this winter.
Fashion, Fashion Week
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - The trends have been set
Another year has passed and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has wowed, dazzled, delighted and set all the glorious trends for the year ahead.
 
Fashion, Style
Trench Coat Trends
The timeless trench coat is a staple in every wardrobe - man, woman, adult or child (especially trendy ones). From military function to everyday fashion, the trench coat is très chic.
Mother's Day, Lifestyle
The Fun Mum
The Fun Mum is one that shines from the inside out. She’s all smiles, laughs and about quality time with her loved ones. She’s always surrounded by people, because she simply has that personality that people love to be around.
 
Mother's Day, Lifestyle
The Sporty Mum
The Sporty Mum (not to forget Sporty Grandma) is always up for a challenge. She’s strong, inside and out. She loves new experiences and pushing boundaries is her idea of fun.
 
Mother's Day, Lifestyle
The Natural Mum
The Natural Mum is a relaxed and thoughtful beauty. She loves spending time in the great outdoors, finding peace with mother nature. Environmentally conscious, her peaceful home is a place where you’ll find natural products, lush gardens and a tranquil atmosphere.
Mother's Day, Lifestyle
The Glam Mum
The Glam Mum (not to forget grandma’s or ‘Glam Ma’s’) is a rare and beautiful gem. Sure, she likes the finer things in life, but it isn’t all about things that sparkle. She shines from the inside too. She’s classy, she’s intelligent, she’s dazzling and she sets trends wherever she goes.
 
What's On at Reading Cinemas
Check out the amazing line-up of movies at Reading Cinemas these school holidays!
Easter, Kids & Family
Where to Shop this Easter
Looking for inspiration to create some extra fun with the family this Easter? Take a peek at what Charlestown Square has to offer, from cute kids bunny sleepwear to Easter baskets, home décor and of course Easter Eggs. We’ve got you covered this Easter!
 
Easter, Recipes
Easter meal ideas for kids
Looking for some food inspiration for the Easter long weekend that the kids will love?
Recipes, Easter
Easter Sweet Treat Inspiration
Easter sweet treats to keep the kids busy & the whole family happy!
Recipes, Easter
Good Friday Seafood Inspiration
Simple seafood ideas the whole family can enjoy this Good Friday.
Recipes, Easter
Easter Egg Cookies Recipe
Everyone loves the classic choc chip cookie, but have you considered adding to your favourite choc chip cookies with delicious Easter eggs? Yum!
Recipes, Easter
Hot Cross Buns Recipe
These buns are delicious, fruity and spicy, with a fun twist by swapping the traditional peel for dried apricots for a bun the whole family will love!
Easter, Recipes
Chocolate Easter Cake Recipe
Treat yourself and your family with this delicious chocolate cake, topped with tasty chocolate frosting and your favourite Easter eggs.
Kids & Family, Kids Shoes
Autumn trends for little feet
This Autumn is all about colours and textures with shoes. Footwear is FUN! You’ll see little feet stomping about in a wide variety of colours and textures.
 
Food, Family & Kids
Healthy & clever bento box lunch ideas for kids
It’s trendy, it’s neat, it’s tidy, it’s fun and it’s EXCITING. The Bento Box. 
Family & Kids
Laps for Life
This March, challenge yourself and swim to save lives. Set your goal then dive on in!
Lifestyle, Organisation, Home
Declutter your home, Marie Kondo style
We’ve hopped on board the Marie Kondo train. We resisted, but we confess… we are HOOKED! 
Lifestyle, Organisation
Keep your family organised with these 3 clever steps
It really doesn’t take much to make a big difference, when it comes to family organisation. Here are our top 3 tips that will have your family marching in line before you know it.
 
Valentine's Day, Lifestyle
9 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day
Here are 9 unique ideas for how to spend your day, whether you are with another, single or ready to mingle!
Fashion, Jewellery, Valentine's Day
Jewellery trends to add sparkle to your Valentine's Day
 We’ve rounded up the latest jewellery trends you’re going to want on your wishlist this Valentine’s Day
Kids, Back to School
Back to School - it's in the bag!
We've got all the back to school essentials, including handy tips and hot picks for choosing a new backback.
Gadgets, Tech, Lifestyle
This year, make your virtual assistant do it.
Was one of your resolutions to be more organised this year? Maybe you need a smart speaker your life.
Tech Christmas gifts for kids (that their parents will thank you for)
We’ve rounded up the best tech gifts for kids that will make playtime so fun, they won’t realise it’s learning time too.
Day to night fashion for the festive season
Tis the season to party! And if, like us, your days are filled with work and your nights promising play… you’ll need some inspiration for how to turn your daytime look into nighttime #fashiongoals
Beauty, Style, Christmas
​Summer Beauty Essentials
Must-have products & hacks to get you through the sunny season
Christmas, Lifestyle
Christmas Table Styling
3 easy themes that are sure to impress your guests this Christmas!
Christmas, Kids & Family
How to get a great photo with Santa
How to dress your kids AND keep them smiling for Santa.
Food
Beet Pesto, Parmesan and Pine Nut Canapes
These tasty and vibrant canapes are crowd pleasers. They are delicious, incredibly simple to make and (shhhh…) rather inexpensive. 
Food
Caprese Santa Skewers
When you are asked to bring a plate to Christmas, you want something simple and effective. Now you can add ‘adorable’ to your checklist, with these tasty, fresh, Caprese Santa Skewers. 
Food
Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull Apart
Flavoured with garlic and herbs, this delicious cheesy pull apart makes a fun Christmas party snack that is guaranteed to impress your guests.
Food
Easy Pavlova Wreath with , Pomegranate, Pistachio & Raspberry Coulis
You don’t need to spend days in the kitchen making a festive dessert that guests will rave about for years to come. Here’s our tip to make something that is equal parts simple and spectacular (in both taste and appearance).
Food
Easy Traditional Christmas Pudding
Nothing marks a traditional Christmas more than a beautiful, warm, rich Christmas pudding. But they often take a lot of preparation and time to get right. This version cuts the fuss, but doesn’t compromise on the end product.
Food
Fresh Oysters with Beet Chilli Salsa
Nothing marks a traditional Christmas more than a beautiful, warm, rich Christmas pudding. But they often take a lot of preparation and time to get right. This version cuts the fuss, but doesn’t compromise on the end product.
Food
Green Beans with Caramelised Onions and Roasted Pine Nuts
The Christmas table wouldn’t be the same without a side of green beans. This recipe adds a little something special, with the sweet caramelised onions complementing the pine nuts.
Food
Prawn Mango Salad with a Lime Vinaigrette
This fresh prawn salad gives a taste of the ocean with a sweet twist. For a fresh dish to suit any seaside Christmas, this one is tasty, simple and impressive.
Food
Side of Salmon with Lemon, Dill & Pomegranate
This simple but irresistible dish looks beautiful as part of a seafood spread.
Food
Spiced Honey Glazed Ham with Sour Cherries
You can’t go past a glazed ham to get everyone into the festive spirit, and this one
makes a stunning centerpiece for the Christmas table.
Food
The Perfect Crispy Roast Potatoes
Roast potatoes are the perfect accompaniment for a traditional Christmas meal. Everyone loves them crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. Here’s how to do it and impress all your guests.
Food
Traditional Gingerbread Cookies
Run, run as fast as you can, we can’t wait for you to try these gingerbread men! Simple, delicious and purely delightful. These gingerbread men will bring back festive childhood memories.
Kids & Family
Halloween in Australia - What you need to know
Halloween is a growing trend in the good old land of Oz. If you have kids, they’ll expect to be involved in some weird, wacky or wonderful way so you’d better get with the freaky program if you want to take part this year.
Kids & Family
Activities for Kids
Every parent knows what it feels like to have a bored child. Here are our tips to keep kids entertained, off screens, educated, active and creative, without breaking the bank! (And, if it helps you out with the daily chores - bonus!).
 
Food
Beautiful food - how to brighten up the table this Spring
Whether you are entertaining friends, planning a party, or just looking to jazz up your brekky, here are some beautiful ways to do it. 
Family & Kids
FAMILY FUN AT THE MOVIES THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
For a fun family outing these school holidays you can't go past a trip to Reading Cinemas Charlestown Square!  
Family
​Mindfulness for kids - simple ideas that can help reduce anxiety
The rates of mental illness in kids is rising in Australia (and worldwide). So, what can you do to protect your precious little people and to help them navigate this weird, wonderful and sometimes scary life?
Fashion
SPRING RACING STYLE - THE ‘DO’S AND DON’TS’
Spring racing season is upon us and the fashion is one of the best parts. So shine your shoes and fluff your fascinators… we’ve got you covered for the latest looks that will ensure you are your trackside best.
Fashion
Surviving winter in style
Baby it’s cold outside… but don’t worry, we’ve got some advice to get you through the rest of those chilly days along with some of our favourite fashion picks of the season. 
 
Lifestyle
A life without plastic – 7 top tips
We’ve seen supermarkets ban single use plastic bags and work towards reducing unnecessary packaging. There’s a long way to go yet for Aussie brands, however the anti-plastic movement is gaining momentum.
Family & Kids
Family fun at the movies these School Holidays
Check out the INCREDIBLE movies screening these school holidays!
Recipes
EASY BREKKY IDEAS SHE'LL LOVE

Impress her this Mother’s Day with a tasty homemade brekky. 

Family & Kids
What's on at Reading Cinemas these School Holidays?
Head to Reading Cinemas Charlestown Square these school holidays for fun films the whole family will enjoy!
The Family Chronicles
Looking for Easter treats?
Here are our top gift ideas for kids at Chirnside Park this Easter!
Recipe
Easter recipe: Chicken breast roasts
These mini roasts are an easy option for an Easter buffet as there are no bones to contend with, which means they are very easy to carve and nice and quick to cook, not to mention delicious!
Recipes
Easter Recipe: Stuffed roast pumpkin with haloumi
This roast pumpkin is filled with rice, quinoa, veggies and haloumi, making it a winner for any Easter gathering!
Recipes
Easter recipe: BBQ grilled prawns with mango salsa
It's not Easter without a seafood feast. Try this delicious prawn recipe!
Recipe
Easter recipe: CRUNCHY HERB AND GARLIC POTATOES RECIPE
Who doesn't LOVE roast potatoes? This variation will keep your guests coming back for more! Our hot tip? Cook more than you think you'll need, as they will be the first thing to be finished!
Recipes
Easter Recipe: Cherry Berry Cheesecake Trifle
If you're struggling to decide whether to make a cheesecake or a trifle for your Easter dessert, we have made the decision incredibly easy for you with this creation which will give you the best of both glorious worlds!
Recipes
Easter recipe: Roast vegetable celebration salad
“Can you please bring a salad?” would have to be one of the most commonly asked questions when you’re invited to lunch. Why not wow them with this delicious creation?
Food
It's hot cross bun season!
​Nothing says Easter like a delicious hot cross bun!

Check out our favourite new flavours from our retailers here at Charlestown Square.
Health & Wellbeing
Join our FREE Fitness Classes!
We’re proud to be sponsoring the Live Life Get Active program to provide FREE fitness classes for our customers!
Fresh Food & Recipes
Delicious treats for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may be wondering how to celebrate your loved ones. Why not create a gift from the heart that will also satisfy their sweet tooth?

Family & Kids
We've got all your Back to School Essentials
It's time to go 'back to school' shopping! There is nothing like getting your little ones decked out in fresh school clothes and brand new backpacks to get them excited to go back to school. Check out our favourite new back to school gear at Charlestown Square.
Recipes
Christmas ice cream cake with berries and caramelised peaches recipe
This sensational creation combines some of our favourite Christmas ingredients into one impressive dessert!
Family & Kids
Christmas Crafts For Kids
In our home it’s not Christmas unless we have made all the craft! No matter the age of your kids you can easily get them involved in these three simple craft ideas to add some festive cheer.
Christmas Recipes For Kids
Have some festive fun with the kids this Christmas, with this range of recipes that can be made by the youngest master chefs.
Family & Kids, Gifts, Toys
Top Kids Toys For 2017
Looking for the latest kids toys? Discover Charlestown Sqaure's list of top toys of 2017 for boys and girls.
Recipes
PAVLOVA WREATH RECIPE
There is no dessert more Aussie than a Pav, especially when adorned with fresh slithers of mango, banana and a generous drizzle of passionfruit!
Recipes
Panettone stuffing cups recipe
Love stuffing? Try this delicious Christmas recipe that makes the side dish a real star of the show!
Fashion, Christmas
GET PARTY READY
Womdering what to wear to all of your Christmas parties this season? We've picked the 3 hottest trends straight from the runways.
Health and Beauty
Beauty Trends & Services this Festive Season
Everyone wants to look and feel their best during the busy festive season. We've highlighted some of the hottest trends this summer that you can achieve from our range of beauty services here at Charlestown Square.
Family & Kids
Top Gift Ideas for Kids in 2017
Looking for the best kid’s gifts at Charlestown Square this Christmas? Check out this go-to list of the best presents for children, to give them a gift you know they’ll love!
Style Notes
POP to it
Colour is, and always has been, a recurring trend for summer. But this season, our favourite stores have offered us a whole new and more daring ways to wear the bold theme. 
Style Notes
Bold & Beautiful
If we learnt anything from the runways of New York Fashion Week, it's that colour is going to be huge when it comes to makeup this season. Discover a whole new world of beauty at Charlestown Square.
Recipes
Lime and ginger glazed ham recipe
If you are looking for a no-fuss glazed ham recipe to try this year, well this one is for you!
Christmas Food Gift Ideas
Need Christmas food gift ideas? We've created a list of the top Christmas food gifts to bring along to any Christmas party.
The Top 10 Reads This Summer
Get in early and pick up your new read for the Summer holiday period. Discover our top list of holiday reads for 2017.
Classic Australian Christmas Foods
When it comes to Christmas, Australia shares similar meal traditions of Europe and America, but due to the warmer weather, we like to put a unique twist on the classic Christmas meals. Discover the classic Australian Christmas foods today.
Style Notes
Be left red-faced by the latest makeup trend
It’s a makeup colour that has the capacity to either look classic or avant-garde, depending on where you use it. Of course we’re talking about red, red, red.
Style Notes
We're Seeing Red
We're seeing red - and it is looking hot this summer. Let red be the new star of your wardrobe and don’t be afraid to face it head-on. Whether it’s a daring pencil skirt or luscious boots; red will certainly put a spotlight on your outfit this season.
Red is a fearless trend for any aspiring fashion standout.  Pairing red with foundational colours, like black, white or even beige can create a striking style.
Make White Rose & watermelon iced tea
Delicate rose combines with summery sweet watermelon makes for a very grown up iced tea, delicious served on balmy evenings!
Make Cucumber & chicken sandwiches with Matcha mayo
A modern matcha take on a classic high tea morsel, these tea sandwiches are delightfully satisfying.
Make Chocolate Chip Matcha Popsicles
Summer is on it's way in and what's  better for summer than a healthy, freshing, delicious popsicle!  Read on for our recipe.
Our unbeatable cookie recipe for dad!
If your dad is anything like ours, he loves a good cookie! Read on for our favourite cookie recipe to share with dad this Father's Day!
Charcoal is the new black
Charcoal is the latest food craze to sweep the nation, here’s everything you need to know to about it.
food, recipe
HALLOUMI AND CHORIZO TOOTHPICKS
Halloumi and chorizo, where can you go wrong?!
food, recipe
HONEY BALSAMIC GLAZED SHRIMP SKEWERS
A sweet and savoury shrimp recipe for the record books!
Food, recipe
GOAT CHEESE WITH FIG SPREAD AND PROSCIUTTO
An easy and delicious recipe that the whole family will love and want again and again!
SWEDISH MEATBALLS
A Swedish meatball recipe to die for!
Health, Fresh Food
​5 Super Healthy Food Trends You Haven’t Tried Yet
We are all on the kale, quinoa and Greek yogurt band wagon, if you’re looking for new uber-healthy to your repertoire, look no further!  Here are 5 new foods to add to your healthy diet.
Cleansing with honey
2016 is all about natural remedies and one of our favourite is moving away from face cleansing with soap and onto honey!
Adaptogens – the new stress-fighting superherbs!
Today on the blog: Adaptogens – the new stress-fighting superherbs!
Today on the blog: Beauty products you drink!
It’s no secret that you are what you eat but now you are also what you drink!  And we’re not just talking water! Read on to find out about the new beauty trend that's taking over the world!
6 life hacks for eating better
​Even though we enjoy healthy meal prep, it can sometimes feel a chore and often over overwhelming.  Take note of the following tips and healthy lifestyle choices will become habits!
 
food, health
Our Top 5 Ways to Improve Digestion
Make these 5 small changes in your life and your gut will thank you!
clean eating, recipes, food, fresh food, dessert
Our top 5 clean eat dessert recipes
5 easy, clean eating dessert recipes
food, skin, beauty, health
5 Foods to Get Glowing Skin!
Skin looking a bit dull this winter?  Here are our 5 top foods that will keep your skin glowing all year round!
Recipe, fresh food, food, winter, health
Chinese Greens Stir-Fried With Soy Sauce & Ginger
A greens recipe that even the kids will like!
recipe
Potato Gnocchi with a puree of Stinging Nettles, Spinach & Herbs
A Gnocchi recipe you'll use again and AGAIN!
Classic Italian Lasagne
Classic Lasange - your family will thank you!
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Opening hours
Regular trading hours
Mon - 9am - 5.30pm
Tue - 9am - 5.30pm
Wed - 9am - 5.30pm
Thu - 9am - 9pm
Fri - 9am - 5.30pm
Sat - 9am - 5pm
Sun - 10am - 5pm
Location
Charlestown Square
30 Pearson Street
Charlestown NSW 2290
Phone: 02 4944 4333