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The week ahead…


Rangiora A&P Show

24th-25th October //  Fri 4:30-9:30pm; Sat 7:30am-4:30pm  // Rangiora A&P Show Grounds, Ashley St

Friday Night Carnival – featuring side shows & amusements, Band – Smooth Talk, and tasty food stalls. Saturday – Show Day. Pricing: Fri $5. Sat $10 adult, $2 child (5-15). Official Website:


Cathedral Square Market

25th October // 10am – 4pm  // Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square Market is being rejuvenated in the square, as an ‘indie market’ including a carefully curated selection of handmade, vintage and ethical stalls presented by Canterbury’s local artisans. A celebration of Canterbury to be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. Info:


Christchurch Big Band Festival

23rd-27th October // various times & locations

Labour weekend will be full of the sounds of big band music as bands from around ChCh and NZ come together to play in a range of venues. Whether you’re into free city entertainement, a paid gala concert featuring jazz legends, Rodger Fox and Francisco Torres (USA) or would love to dance at the grand ball, or upskill and attend workshops or go to jazz service – there’s something for everyone who loves big band music! Venues include the Transitional Cathedral, ReStart Mall, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Cashmere Club, the Brewery, Speights Ale House, The Garden’s Visitor centre, CPIT Jazz School.Check out for details. Contact Phone: 027-2322912.


New Zealand blokart Open

23rd-26th October // Access from 8:30am  // Air Force Museum of NZ

A  blokart is a three-wheeled kart powered by a sail – a type of land yacht.  Come and watch New Zealand’s very best (and some Australians) battle it out at Wigram … in fact many of New Zealand’s best are the World’s best. This New Zealand open is being hosted by the Canterbury Blokart Club. You can access the venue from opposite 12 Harvard Avenue – just look out for the blokart flags. Contact Phone: 0275994615.


The Big Chill Youth Jam

25th October // 12-3pm  // Motu Quay, Pegasus Town

The Big Chill Youth Jam is coming to Pegasus! This is a free, fun filled day out for the whole family with activities including a learn a skate workshop with the Cheapskates Skate Skool, a basketball Shoot-out comp, a free BBQ, boucny castle as well as Pedalmania ‘Crazy Bikes’. This event was made possible with funding from the Winter Chill fund through the Ministry of Youth Development. Official Website:


FESTA 2014: The future will be live

24-27th October // various events happening  // 244 Avonhead Road, Avonhead

Make sure you are in Christchurch this Labour Weekend (24-27 October) for the third annual Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA). Following on from the success of LUXCITY, where 20,000 people populated Christchurch’s centre to participate in a city made from light for one night, and last year’s city-within-the-city featuring the magical Canterbury Tales carnival and procession, this year we present FESTA 2014: The future will be live. Lots happening. Check out all the events on their website.

Including Jelloucity – Children and families are invited to construct their own utopia – out of jelly! We present good ol’ jelly to you in a new light. Stop thinking of jelly as something you eat, and start thinking of it as something you can build with. We call it jellyscape! Find it at Cathedral Junction, 109 Worcester St during FESTA.


Family Fun & Afternoon Tea

26th October // 2pm-4pm  // Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School

A fantastic event planned. Come and join us for lots of fun! For the kids (and big kids!) there will be: face painting, balloon twisting, outdoor games, a bouncy castle, a magic show by the amazing Josh Grimaldi, as well as the School’s kids’ fort and lots of room to run around. For mums (both expectant and with babes in arms) and midwives, come and experience a lovely head and neck or foot massage, free of charge. For all, afternoon tea and refreshments. Contact Phone: 0211487510. Official Website:…


Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair

26th October // 10am – 4pm  // Orton Bradley Park, Charteris Bay

The annual Orton Bradley Park Spring Fair is the ideal family destination for a special day with something for everyone. Explore the heritage buildings, learn about our colonial past and imagine what life was like over a hundred years ago at this historic Banks Peninsula farm park. See the Mill House operating various machines by water power and visit the farm buildings that remain including a dairy, stables and implement sheds. These house original working farm machinery from the farming heyday including a rare cocksfoot harvester. If you’re hungry, check out the stalls for food, coffee and all your shopping needs while listening to live music. Have a picnic at the playground, watch the kids on the bouncy castle or even take a walk through native bush on one of the extensive walking tracks. Visit for more event details. Pricing: Adults $5, Children free. Contact Phone: 03 941 8999.


Writing Motherhood

Starts 30th October // 7:30-9pm  // Upper Riccarton Library, room LC2

A writing group for mums at all ages and stages. 7.30 – 9pm Thursday nights, starting 30th October, for six weeks. Will work on journals of our experience of motherhood using activities and inspirations from the book Writing Motherhood by Lisa Garrigues. (Please note this is not a writing class and there will be no feedback on or judgement of the quality of your writing.) Each phase of motherhood is both challenging and fleeting, and writing is one way we can mindfully approach, navigate and record our hugely important and rewarding task. Free! (but please bring a journal and pen). For more information and to register attendance please email Anna Donald


Light Party

31st October // 5:30pm  // St Albans Baptist Church

A fantastic FREE event for the whole family! Vertical Bungy, merry go round, giant bouncy castle, clown, puppets, magic show, and a fun black light disco. Fancy Dress, come along wearing your favourite ONESIE!!! Contact Kim on0276772472. Official Website:


Waimakariri Light Party

31st October // 4:30-7:30pm  // Wylie Park, Cnr Smith & Ranfurly Streets, Kaiapoi

A fun-filled alternative to traditional Halloween activities that provides family-fun in a safe environment for children up to 14 years. Bouncy Castle, Crazy Bikes, Clowns, Petty Zoo, Bungy, Photobooth, Water Walkers, Noddy Train, Fire Demonstration, Face Painting, and much much more… Come dressed as something funny, friendly or fantastic and enter the non-scary Fancy Dress Completion (rules apply). Give away prizes + loads of treats – celebrating the Light Party’s 10th birthday. Food & Beverages available to be purchased. Contact Phone: 027 241 9987


Halswell Community Light Party

31st October // 4-7pm  // Halswell Domain

A FUN filled, family friendly, alternative to traditional Halloween activities. Free! Live performances by El Gregoe the Illusionist, Hillmorton Hip Hop crea, Loaklands School Kapa Haka and the cast of Esther the Musical from Aidanfield Christian School.  Plus free Pony rides, Train Rides, Bouncy Castles, Face painting, and much much more. Come dressed as something funny or friendly – but definitely NOT scary. $1 Sausage Sizzle, Spit Roast and other food vendors available on site. Contact Phone: 027 3700344.


Pre-loved Children’s Toy and Book Sale

1st November // 10am  // St Albans Uniting Church, Nancy Ave, off Innes Road

Come along and grab yourself a bargain or two or more….! Friendly community event, with sausage sizzle. Contact Helen on or 0276510789 to find out more information. Free entry to sale for shoppers! Contact Phone: 0276510789


Summer of Fun – Upper Riccarton

1st November // 11am – 3pm  // Hanson’s Reserve, Corner Hansons Lane & Haynes Avenue

A Community Fun Day – come and join us for a free sausage sizzle, bouncy castle, second-hand clothes give away, games, competitions and performances including Elgregoe the Magician and a clown. The Summer of Fun events will be happening across Greater Christchurch throughout the summer.  They are funded by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT).


Summer of Fun – Bryndwr Street Party

2nd November // 11-1:30pm  // Aorangi Rd (between Brookside Terrace & Bateman Avenue)

This is a street party targeting the community of Bryndwr. Into it’s 4th Year, it is a celebration of the diverse nature of the Bryndwr community. Market stalls, food stalls, entertainment, bouncy castles, BBQ’s, children’s corner, school Kapahaka groups and choirs. A great day out!



Rutherford – Full Steam Ahead!

9th September–19th November // 9am to 5pm  // Canterbury Museum

In 1935, when only eight-years-old, Patrick Fowler was given a model locomotive as a surprise gift after taking part in a train-naming ceremony at St Pancras Railway Station, London. The train was named after his world-famous grandfather, New Zealand physicist and chemist Ernest Rutherford. See it at the Canterbury Museum. Contact Phone: 366 5000. Official Website: