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The week ahead…


Heathcote Valley School Twilight Halloween Gala

1st November // 5 – 8pm
Heathcote Valley School, 61 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote

Once again this year there will be a Halloween theme – come along in costume! There will be competitions for the kids, spooky poems, kids cupcake decorating and plenty more. Something for everyone – white elephant stall, books, plants, toys, games and rides for the kids, including pony rides and archery, tombolas, chocolate wheel, raffles, baking/preserves, great food and live entertainment. Website: www.heathcotevalley.school.nz


Spring River Festival

2nd November // 1pm – 6pm
New Brighton Beach, Marine Parade

The 2013 Spring River Festival will showcase the vitality and potential of the east as “Ōtakaro: place of the game”. The programe will focus on two key events, the River Regatta and the Community Concert. The festival will also have a range of other events which will connect up the many areas of the east. There is something for everyone!


Cotswold School Market Day

2nd November // 9am – 3pm
Cotswold School, Cotswold Avenue, Bishopdale

A great family day out. There will be a variety of stalls including: sausage sizzles, raffles – amazing prizes, sushi, water walkers, entertainment stage, buy a bucket – mystery goodies, ​baking stall, pimms tent​, dunk the teacher, and much more. Website: www.cotswoldschool.wix.com/market


Saint Mary’s Church Fair

2 November // 10am – 2pm
Saint Mary’s Anglican Church, 329 Halswell Rd

A fantastic day out for the whole family – just 30 minutes drive from Christchurch.

150th anniversary of Saint Mary’s Anglican Church in Halswell. White elephant, bumper raffle, book sale, plants, craft and baking, food, kids’ games and entertainment and lots more! This event will go ahead – rain or shine!


Guy Fawkes Twilight Market

5 November // 5pm
New Brighton Pedestrain Mall

Come see what’s on offer at the market stalls before the Fireworks Spectacular! Awesome entertainment to enjoy while you shop!


Treetech Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular

5 November // 9pm
New Brighton Beach

Come to New Brighton Beach to see a magnificent display off the pier that will dazzle the living daylights out of you! Contact Phone: 03 941 8999


Christchurch Mums Meet Up!

7 November // 9:30 – 11am
Addington Coffee Co-op, 297 Lincoln Rd, Addington

Come with your little ones (or without), meet some new mums, have a coffee. Really casual meet up for mums to meet other mums. Email me (Jamie) if you have any questions!


St Albans Catholic School Gala

8 November // 5 – 8pm
St Albans Catholic School, 49 Rutland St, St Albans

Enjoy dinner with friends, find a treasure at the white elephant, revamp your wardrobe at the pre-loved designer store, take home a cake, buy a toffee apple, relax with a Devonshire tea, take a spin in a classic car go for a haircut (kids $10, adults $20) with Mike McIntyre at the “Surreal Sweets & Hair Bar”, buy some vegetable plants and plan your garden do your Christmas shopping at our gorgeous craft stall, try your luck on the chocolate wheel, bid on an auction prize… afternoon tea with an All Black, 3-course meal, edible garden design and more! Grand Auction at 6.30pm.\


Steiner Spring Fair

9 November // 10am – 3pm
Rudolf Steiner School, 19 Ombersley Terrace, Opawa

Fairyland, Crafts, Music, Games, Books, Clothes, Flowers, Plants, Organic Food and much more! Come along for a great day of family fun together and enjoy all that we have to offer.


Aidenfield Christian School Fair

9 November // 10am – 2pm
2 Nash Rd, Halswell

Something for everyone – silent auction, white elephant stall, books, plants and pre-loved clothes, games and rides for the kids including WaterWalkers, stalls, great food and live entertainment. Held on the school grounds – rain or shine!


Tai Tapu Village Fair

9 November // 10am – 2pm
Tai Tapu Scout Den, State Highway 75

The fair is in the grounds of the Tai Tapu Scout Den. Stalls are mainly locally made crafts, food, products & a raffle. Includes a bouncy castle, car wash, sausage sizzle, face painting. Involves many from the community including scouts, keas, playcentre.


Cashmere Kindergarten Spring Fair

9 November // 10am – 1pm
106 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere, Christchurch

There will be a bouncy castle, donkey rides, tombola, white elephant stall, silent auction, face painting, sausage sizzle, sweet & cake stall, coffee van, devonshire tea, sandpit treasure hunt, kids quality pre-loved clothing stall, splatter art, yummy food, and loads of fun!


Not Just Babies Market

9 November // 9am – 12pm
Christchurch Park, 250 Westminster St, Mairehau

Not Just Babies Market showcasing great Canterbury and New Zealand small businesses. A selection of end of line, seconds and sale products for babies, infants, toddlers, children and mums. This is a Free Entry event with a gift basket draw upon entry, extra entries with purchase. Come along to find that perfect Christmas gift! www.facebook.com/notjustbabies


Motukarara Fireworks

9 November // 5:30 – 9:30pm
Motukarara Domain, Park Road, Motukarara, Banks Peninsula

Gates will open at 5:30pm and the display will be at approximately 9pm. Live music, lolly scramble, bouncy castle, pony rides, sausage/bacon sizzle, espresso coffee, cold drinks and ice cream, hotdogs and chips, candy floss, free hay rides. Entrance fee is $20 per car of 5, $5 per person thereafter, walk-ins $5 each. Postponement date is Sunday 10th November. For any enquires phone: Fiona 325 2300 or Adele 329 7818


Chinese Festival

9 November // 6:50 – 9:30pm
Aurora Centre, Cnr Greers Rd & Memorial Ave, Burnside

These activities use photos, poetry, song, dance, musical instruments, VCR, and film etc., comprehensive display of China’s brilliant culture of excellence, allowing local people and the audience is more intuitive, truly understand China and Chinese culture, let all the participants to enjoy the festival. The main programs – check official website .


New Zealand Cup and Show Week 2013

Friday 8th–Saturday 16th November

New Zealand’s most vibrant and exciting spring festival, New Zealand Cup and Show Week, kicks off on Friday 8 November 2013. Christchurch is vibrant with entertainment and things to do throughout the city. So there is plenty to do after race or show action is over for the day.

This year’s festival is all about celebrating the thrill of a win, a night out with friends, getting a taste of rural life at the show, a chance to dress to the nines, to experience our region’s excellent food and wine and to come together and have some fun.

Whether you are looking for race or show action, or you just want to enjoy all that Christchurch and the Canterbury region has to offer. New Zealand Cup and Show Week is a must do on your social calendar!