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The week ahead…


Summer of Fun events

Various Dates, Times, & Locations around ChCh

A variety of activities from bouncy castles to archery, face painting to balloon animals. The Summer of Fun events are happening across Greater Christchurch throughout the summer. There are a variety of free things at each event. You can find out which ones are happening this week by checking here. They are funded by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT).


Jellie Park Bike Jam

1st February // 12 – 3pm
Jellie Park Skate Park

The Jellie Park Bike Jam is Back. Grab your BMX and head to Jellie Park skate park and join in on an action packed day. Best Trick Competition with Prizes plus a Free BBQ! All welcome, This is a family friendly event! Official Website: www.skateskool.co.nz


ASB Classical Sparks

1st February // 7:30pm – 10pm
Hagley Park North; Harper Avenue End

Public access from all areas of North Hagley Park. Car parking available on rugby fields, with entrance off Riccarton Avenue. This will be well signposted. $3 parking charge.  stponed to Sunday 2 February if wet. The city will be filled with a symphony of sparkles, space and stars in this year’s ASB Classical Sparks. The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will be joined by New Zealand’s own ‘Queens of Comedy’ The Topp Twins, for what is guaranteed to be an evening packed with laughs, music and pyrotechnics. Official Website: www.summertimes.co.nz


Little River Summer Festival

1-2 & 8-9 February
Little River

Little River Summer Festival. Six very special weekends. Basic information below but please search for the individual events.The Little River Summer Festival celebrates all that is special about our Little River community. Six weekends of special events, from the Agriculture Show on 18th January to the Drum Festival on 1st March. Our events are a little different, a little curious, a little loud plus a lot of learning. A perfect summer destination within easy reach of Christchurch, Little River is approximately 40 minutes from Halswell and is a lot more than just the gateway to Banks Peninsula. With a population larger than Akaroa’s you may be surprised at what’s on offer. The weekend events are a mix of traditional rural to quirky and creative, so if you are looking for something different to discover we’d love to see you. Official Website: www.littleriver.org.nz Contact Phone: 325 1014


Ingham Lazy Sundays – Aasha, Will & Cullen

2nd February // from 3pm
Botanic Gardens – Archery Lawn

Aasha Mallard, Will McGillivray and Cullen Kiesanowski allow their differing musical tastes to collide in alt-rock/folk songs at the Botanic Gardens.. They recently opened for Fly My Pretties in their home city, Christchurch, and were finalists in the 2013 Smokefree Rockquest competition. Official Website: www.summertimes.co.n


A Day in the Country

2nd February // 9am – 2pm

‘A Day in the Country’ is a free, fun day for families in a relaxed and safe country environment. The day will include; live music, clowns, pony rides, face painting, a bouncy castle, a farmers market, a craft market and a village market – something for everyone! Official Website: www.oxfordnewzealand.co.nz


Sunday Bandstand

2nd February // 12 – 1:30pm
Botanic Gardens – Central Lawn

For all the information go to: www.summertimes.co.nz or Contact Phone: 03 941 6417


Navy Warship Open to the Public

2nd February // 10am – 3pm
Lyttleton Port of Christchurch, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton

Members of the public are warmly invited to come down and visit the ship. At the Lyttelton Port, the crew of Canterbury will be ready to welcome you onboard, so why not make the most of this chance to see New Zealand’s Navy in action! Since commissioning into RNZN service on 12 June 2007 in Melbourne, the ship has been a familiar sight in Christchurch, most recently supporting the NZ Defence Force exercise Southern Katipo in November 2013. HMNZS Canterbury provides amphibious sealift and logisitics support to carry soldiers, fuel and supplies globally. She supports humanitarian missions with partner nations and in support of domestic and foreign disaster relief. Website info: http://www.navy.mil.nz/default.htm


Waitangi Day Picnic

6th February // Noon
Little River

A relaxed family picnic in Awa Iti Domain, Little River. Giant games for the kids big and small and some laid back tunes with a reggae feel- it being Bob Marleys birthday. Bring the picnic, but limit the booze eh? Official Website: www.littleriver.org.nz Contact Phone: 325 1014


Kaiapoi Waitangi Day Celebration 2014

6th February // 10am
Trousselot Park, Charles St, Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi’s Waitnagi Day Celebration 2014 will feature street theatre from King Arthur and his Maori adversaries; official speeches from the Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers and Rakiihia Tau; the Corcoran French period costume competition; the launch of Kaiapoi Is The Mill, a textiule mural by Mary Kelleher; musical entertainment, market stalls and food stalls. Hangi is avaialable at $10. Hangi tickets at Kaiapoi I-site. Official Website: www.kaiapoi.org.nz Pricing: hangi $10. Contact Phone: 03 3126 413

I Love New Brighton 2014

6th February // 11am – 4pm
Thomson Park

I Love New Brighton is an annual event held in Thompson Park to celebrate life in Brighton and the fantastic spirit of the community. Large FREE family event celebrating all we love about New Brighton! Lots of free activities, sports, market, food stalls, bouncy castles and a LIVE stage featuring many bands including Christchurch’s own ’The Byllie Jean Project’! Contact Phone: 9415333

Hornby Skate Jam

7th February // 3:30 – 6pm
Sockburn School Courts, Springs Road

Join the Cheapskates Skate Skool and Learn to Skate. Free skateboard and inline skate hire available with coaching from the Skate Skool Team. Mobile skate park. Free BBQ and a best trick competition with prizes!! Official site: www.skateskool.co.nz


The Big Pirate Picnic Beach Party

8th February // 2 – 6pm
Corsair Bay

You’re invited to bring the family along to The Big Pirate Picnic Beach Party at Corsair Bay. The Natural Magic Pirate Band will entertain and there will be a lot on offer – kayaking, ice cream, coffee, food, a treasure hunt, bouncy castle and other activities for the kids. Dress like a pirate and do your best to dodge the canon fire from the pirate ship as it sails into the bay! http://www.lyttelton.net.nz


Festival of Flowers

8th February – 2nd March // 10am – 3pm
Cathedral Square

“Love Our Garden City” is the theme for our 25th Festival of Flowers, to be held in Cathedral Square in the beautiful Garden City of Christchurch. We are heralding the return to the inner city with this celebration of stunning floral installations, gardens and displays. The Festival launches on Saturday 8th Feb, 10am-2pm with a dynamic opening ceremony which will include live music and entertainment by artists from many cultures. This will a great day out for all. Chinese Cultural Day, from 11am-4pm. Colour, music and of course, great food! Official Website: www.festivalofflowers.co.nz


Summer Pool Parties

9th February // 12pm – 3pm
Jellie Park

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun at Christchurch City Council’s Summer Pool Parties. Sunday 9 February 2014 – Search for a Star– Jellie Park 12pm–3pm.


Ingham Lazy Sundays – Christchurch Pops

9th February // from 3pm
Botanic Gardens; Archery Lawn

No strangers to stomping applause, the Christchurch Pops Choir is just as happy to flashmob an airport as they are to sing an achingly beautiful rendition of Dave Dobbyn’s ‘Welcome Home’. They perform superbly, they sparkle with fun and they’ll embrace you with their vitality and joy at the Botanic Gardens. Official Website: www.summertimes.co.nz


Parents Centre Family Fun Day

9th February // 11am – 3pm
Steam Scene, 621 McLeans Island Rd

Come along to enjoy a great day out!! Free unlimited train rides for all. Free entertainment. Free face painting and balloon animals. Free sausages and paddle pop ice creams. Cancelled if wet, listen to MoreFM for details. Pricing: $5 per family (Parents Centre Members Free)


Avice Hill Arts and Craft Festival 2014

9th February // 11am – 3pm
Avice Hill Arts & Craft Centre

Free community event with Art & Crafts demonstrations and “give it a go” activities. There will also be entertainment, food and kids activities. Cash Only. Contact Phone: 0274904743.