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The week ahead…


Little River Summer Festival

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


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.


Summer Shakespeare

12th – 22nd February // 6pm prompt
Mona Vale

The Tempest By William Shakespeare Wed 12th – Sat 22nd February 2014 Performances start at 6pm except Sunday which has only a 2pm Matinee In its tenth year of delighting Christchurch with summer Shakespeare, Top Dog Theatre brings you The Tempest. Toilets and refreshments on site. Sit on a picnic blanket, (at the front) or low/high chair (seating is segregated for audience viewing) and remember to bring plenty of warm clothing. The Mound Lawn, Mona Vale Gardens, Christchurch The Court Theatre Box Office: 963 0870 Gate Sales available – Come early. Security patrolled parking. Official Website: www.topdogtheatre.com. Ticket Info: The Court Theatre (or ph. 03 9630870). Contact Phone: 0274500026. Pricing: Adult $15, Concession $10


Bottle Lake Orienteering Day

16th February // Starts between 10:30am & 12:30pm. Finishes at 2:30pm
Bottle Lake Forest Park

This is a FREE event where you can have a go at navigating your way through the forest on foot, mountain bike, on your own, or in a group! Start the course anytime between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm, the event finishes at 2.30 pm. There are courses for beginners and experts with advice from Peninsula and Plains Orienteering Club. All ages are welcome! Free activities include face painting, a Hellers sausage sizzle, bouncy castle and lots more! Buy a coffee to get you going, a mini donut for a treat, or a burger after all the running around! We even have Christchurch’s latest event classic: THE SMOOTHIE BIKE. The blender is attached to the pedals so you can create your own real fruit smoothie run on the power of you! Come try it out! This event is supported by the Christchurch City Council Recreation and Sports Unit. For more information, visit the Peninsula and Plains Orienteering Club website at: www.papo.org.nz Contact Phone: 0278733329


Ingham Lazy Sundays – Ranchsliders and Special Guest Al Hunter

16th February // from 3pm
Botanic Gardens, Archery Lawn

Ranchsliders and with special guest Al Hunter. Three members of the Tui Award winners the Coalrangers – Alan Cattermole, Geoff Farmar and John Sanchez-Lloyd teamed up with guitarist Phil Doublet to form the Ranchsliders. Settle in for a foot-tapping treat as they play with special guest Al Hunter, icon of the country music scene, aka New Zealand music’s best-kept secret at the Botanic Gardens. Official Website: www.summertimes.co.nz


Festival of Fun

16th February // 8am
Spencer Park Spencerville

5km Fun run 9am start children’s fun run 10.15am. Court jesters entertainment from 11 -1pm. Sport Suzie 1pm. Eve and Massad from The 4.30 show will be at the event. Adrenaline Mega rush bouncy slide sponsored by Takahe construction. All proceeds go to Ronald Mc Donald House, Cholmondeley and dog watch. Pricing: Family $20.00 2 adults 2 children or child $5.00 adult $10.00. Contact Phone: 0274849383.
Official Website: www.facebook.com/CHCHfestivaloffun


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). This week’s areas include: Bishopdale, Prebbleton, Avonside, Linwood, Papanui, Halswell, Fendalton, and St Martins.