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The week ahead…


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!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Market

16 November // 10am – 3pm
CPIT, Madras St

Eeek you haven’t bought any gifts! Don’t panic Lost and Found Market (formally the Craft Collective) have it covered. Pop in to sort all the gifts on your list (even the tricky ones like your boyfriend’s Dad or your fussy sister). On offer; designer jewellery & clothes, unique crafts, bespoke gifts, vintage wares, yummy food, coffee and live music. Website – Lost and Found Market


Bishopdale Skate Jam

16 November // 12 – 3pm
Bishopdale Skatepark on Leacroft Street

Learn to skate with the skate skool team. Free gear hire and mobile skate park, best trick competition and free BBQ. More info on website.


Homebush Stables Family Day

17 November // 10am – 4pm
Homebush Canterbury

Homebush Stables Family Day is a fun event for families.  The museum, cafe, shop will all be open with garden walks and history talks.  Special children actitives are planned including pony rides, teddy bears picnic. story teller and French skipping. Sign posted from Darfield. Official Website: www.homebushstables.co.nz


It’s Santa Season

17 November // 1pm
Westfield Riccarton, 129 Riccarton Rd

He wears a bright red outfit with a fluffy white trimming, has a big white beard and is best friends with Rudolph – any guesses on who is heading to Westfield Riccarton soon? Head down to Westfield Riccarton to share with Santa what’s on your Christmas list this year! On Sunday 17 November Santa and his special friends will be arriving from the North Pole. Enjoy free entertainment at Westfield Riccarton’s Centre Court with jugglers, balloon artists and Westfield’s Monty the Monkey putting on a show for the entire family to enjoy! Santa will arrive at 1pm to listen to everyone’s wishes and have his photo taken from Sunday 17 November until Christmas Eve.


Hoon Hay Fiesta

22 November // 4:30 – 7:30pm
Hoon Hay Park, Mathers Road

Take part in free activities including Pedalmania, horizontal bungy, face painting, a bouncy castle and more! Wander round  the stalls and take some time to relax and  check out the stage performers. Supported by the Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board. For more information phone 941 899.


Hoon Hay School Fair

22 November // 5-8pm
Hoon Hay School, 91 Sparks Rd

Come along for a night of fun, fabulous food stalls, bouncy castles, pony rides, huge white elephant, amazing raffle, and much much more. We will be raffling a 2013 All Blacks Rugby Jersey signed by all of the 2013 All Blacks. Website – www.hoonhay.school.nz


Second Hand Books

22, 24 November // 10 – 5pm
Hoon Hay Park, Mathers Rd

Books – $1- $5.00 a book Childrens Adults and other Interesting Books. Cooking, sports, science, children’s, history, world too many to mention.
Come on down to our Book Fair Day on the day. Thousands of books donated to this Charity by many Libraries across Christchurch.


Linwood X-Games

23 November // 12 – 3pm
Linwood Park

Dont miss the action at this years Linwood X-Games!!! Skating, Biking, Bouncy Castle, Sports and even a Free BBQ. This will be a free fun filled day out for the whole family. Official Website: www.skateskool.co.nz


Addington Fun Fair

23 November // 11 – 3pm
St Mary’s Anglican Church, 21 Church Sq, Addington

The Addington Fun Fair is always a gorgeous day with many stalls – crafts, baking, books, bric-a-brac and more – carnival games, pony rides, a bouncy castle, races, live music, Devonshire teas and more! There will be a BBQ and ethnic foods thanks to various community groups. Any donations from stall holders on the day will go towards St Mary’s Church to aid the purchase of games and sporting equipment for the local community to use.The ever-popular free live concert will come courtesy of Addington Primary, the Sunshine Band, Mustard, Warlords of Atlantis and the Billie Jean Project. It promises to be a lovely day, so please bring your family and friends.


Multicultural Evening

23 November // 6-9pm
Middleton Grange School, 50 Aracia Avenue, Middleton

Objectives: To enjoy fellowship among members of diverse ethnic and other communities for their networking and wellbeing. To showcase diverse cultures through music and dance performances. Programme: Cultural performances, Food, Raffle and Fellowship
Entry: Gold Coin donation. You are welcome to bring a plate of food and wear your ethnic costumes.


Plant & Quality Pre-loved Clothing Sale

23 November // 10 – 1pm
St Anne’s Church (Opawa-St Martins), 7 Wilsons rd

It’s spring planting time, so come and get your plant bargains. While you’re there, grab some quality pre-loved clothing. Enjoy the sausage sizzle and fish burgers too! Website info.


Summer Pool Parties 2013/14

16 November // 12 – 3pm
Bishopdale Skatepark on Leacroft Street

General overview // When, What, and Where:

Sunday 24 November 2013 – Jellie Park Season Opener – Jellie Park 12pm–4pm

Wednesday 4 December 2013 – Mums and Bubs at Halswell – Halswell Aquatic Centre 10am–12pm

Friday 20 December 2013 – Schools Out for Summer Party – Jellie Park 2pm–5pm

Saturday 11 January 2014 – Farm Yard Fun – Halswell Aquatic Centre 12pm–3pm

Sunday 9 February 2014 – Search for a Star– Jellie Park 12pm–3pm

Sunday 2 March 2014 – Bob the Builder Party – Halswell Aquatic Centre 12pm–3pm

Sunday 23 March 2014 – Final Splash Down – Jellie Park 12pm–4pm


Merrin School Fair

24 November // 11 – 2pm
Merrin School, 41 Merrin St, Avonhead

In the Avonhead area next to the Avonhead Mall. Bouncy castles, Great Children’s Games, Blow up squash courts, Pony rides, Variety of food stalls,- Amazing children’s clothes, White elephant, Fantastic Cake Stall, Chocolate Wheel, Water Walkers, Toys/books, Mini Make over tent


Rolleston Community Xmas Market

24 November // 10am
Rolleston Community Centre

We are a local market celebrating local craft and business’….come and join the fun on the 24th November 10am – 2pm on the grassed area beside the Rolleston Community Centre.