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The week ahead…


South Brighton Kids Market

20th September // 10am – 2pm //  72 Beattie St, South Brighton Playcentre

A spring extravaganza! Come and join the fun at the annual family-friendly spring fundraiser. Yummy food & coffee. A craft market with everything imaginable for children. Good quality second-hand children’s clothes, books, toys, bikes & furniture. Entertainment – including Lou lou the Clown, face painting, pony rides & bouncy castle. Fantastic gala games – with great prizes. Free Admission & open to all. EFTPOS available. Contact Phone: 021-2533350


Washington Bowl Jam 2014

20th September // Noon – 3pm //  Washington Skate Park, Moorehouse Ave.

The Cheapskates Skate Skool is proud to announce the 1st official Bowl Jam at the recently upgraded Washington Skate Park mecca on Moorehouse avenue will be going down on Saturday 20th September!! All are welcome to join in on the open jam session and then register on the day to be in to win some epic prizes kindly donated by our legendary sponsors in a jam format competition. Divisions for the comp will be: 13 & Under, 16 & Under, Open Mens, Womens and Veterans (35+). Rain date – Sunday 21st Sept. Official Website:


Market Day

20th September // 11am – 2pm //  Riccarton Primary School, English Street, Upper Riccarton

Come and join for some tasty treats and lots of fun activities. Face Painting, Sausage Sizzle, Coffee, Ice Creams, Car Boot Sales, Bouncy Castle…to name a few. Lots of items, made by students, to purchase. Come and join in the fun! If you wish to have a Space in our Car Boot Section, please contact Dawn on 027 570 6967. Contact Phone: 348 5700. Official Website:


Time After Time Field Day

20th September // 10am //  West Melton; Opposite 454 West Melton Road

As part of the 150th Celebrations for West Melton we are holding the Time After Time Field Day. An event held on farmland opposite 454 West melton Road. There will be a heritage village depicting life in West Melton in the late 1800’s, displays of blade shearing, butter and cheese making, historical sawmill, pump organs, spinning and weaving and a blacksmith. Story Tellers and historians describing the history of the plains on our custom built colonial stage. There will be Traction Engines, working Clydesdale and vintage tractors taking part in a ploughing competition. To top it all off we will be having a farmers market were you can stock your larder up with Spring goodies! It’s going to be great day out for all the family! Contact Phone: 0274 742 773.
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Redcliffs School Fair

21st September // 11am // Van Asch on Truro Street, Sumner

This year the Redcliffs School fair will again be held at the lovely Van Asch Deaf Education Centre on Truro Street at the back of Sumner. Please join from 11am for fun for the whole family. The day’s attractions include rides, food stalls, good old-fashioned sideshows, crafts, sweets, cakes, toys, clothes and books and the white-elephant is back! The fair is one of the biggest school fairs in Christchurch; an event greatly looked forward to by the local community. As the main fundraiser, the fair is also a vital source of income for the school. Come and join on Sunday the 21st of September 11am – 3pm – a fun day out for everyone! Official Website:



19 – 21 September // times below  // Addington Raceway Stables

Make a note in your diary today – the Rotary Club of Christchurch West are once again raising funds for charity with another Bookarama at the Addington Racecourse from Friday 19 September to Sunday 21 September.

There will be a huge number of books of all sorts plus CDs, DVDs, Jigsaws, Records, and Art up for sale. Prices start at just $1 so bring a big bag along with you to take all those bargains home. The opening hours are 5pm to 8pm on Friday, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. Contact Phone: 027 4614013. Official Website:


Celebrating our Musical Diversity

23 September // celebrating 7:30pm  // Horncastle Arena

Christchurch is home to many different ethnic communities. This concert will give you a taste of over 15 different ethnic groups as they sing and dance to a wide variety of music including traditional and contemporary items. The concert will begin with a Maori welcome, followed by a range of vocal, instrumental and dance items. The final item will be a massed item involving the audience. Official Website:


NZ IceFest 2014

27 Sept – 12th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // Horncastle Arena

NZ IceFest celebrates New Zealand’s unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. New Zealand is a gateway to Antarctica with Christchurch acting as a logistics hub for both national and international programmes. NZ IceFest showcases the scientific, heritage and cultural importance Antarctica has to our country and the festival captures this through its strong programme of Antarctic-themed activities. From scientific speakers to sled dog racing, NZ IceFest has something for everyone, most of it free! Get along and experience the magic for yourself. Official website:

Events include NZ IceFest Launch and Sled Dog Tram Pull (27th @ 9:30am) and Sled Dog Racing (28th @ 9am)… check website for details.


Walking Festival

27th September – 5th October

38+ Walks – 9 Days. Beaches, forests, ridgelines and city streets. Walks for everyone – children, strollers, striders, families, people in wheelchairs, people with buggies, art and city interested people, AND a walk for dogs! A downloadable programme is available. Some walks require bookings and have limited numbers. Official website:


Spring Carnival at The Anglican Parish of Opawa St Martins

27th September // 9am // St Mark’s Church, Cnr. Opawa Road and Vincent Place, Opawa

Come to the Spring Carnival at The Anglican Parish of Opawa St Martins – fun, food & bargains galore for the whole family. All the fun of the fair with sweet, book, craft, cake, toy, white elephant, china, tool, linen, flowers stalls and more! Games for the children & a free bouncy castle. Bring your blunt wood chisel (in reasonable repair – conditions will apply) and we will sharpen it while you enjoy the Spring Carnival – $5.00 per chisel. For more information please contact the Office 980-9983. Official Website:


Halswell Community Market

28th September // 1 – 4pm  // St Lukes Church, 450 Halswell Road, Halswell

We are pleased to announce that the Halswell Community Project will once again be holding 3 Community Market Days in Halswell prior to Christmas. The markets are a community affair with a variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, local produce and amazing food. There’s live music and fun activities. Come on down and check out what Halswell has to offer on the 4th Sunday of each month and support local vendors and businesses. Enquiries please contact Kate on or 027 3700344. Organised by the Halswell Community Project. Official Website:


The Body Festival

19th September – 12th October

Quantity but not in any way a compromise on quality: check out the vast collection of opportunities to see some of the best dance and performance events New Zealand has to offer; together with numerous opportunities ‘to give dance a go’ at a broad range of dance workshops available throughout the festival. Official website: