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The week ahead…


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


Cathedral Square Market

Multiple Dates // 10-4pm  // 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. Official Website:


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!


Woodford Glen – Fireworks Extravaganza!

2nd November // 7pm  // Woodford Glen, Doubledays Road, Kaiapoi

Pricing info: Adult $20, Child $5, Family Pass (2 adults & 4 children) $40. Check website for info:


USA Day Woodend

2nd November // 10-3pm  // Gladstone Road, Woodend Rugby Grounds

All American origin vehicles on display. Raffles, spot prizes, trade stalls, food stalls, children’s entertainment. (No dogs allowed) $5 per person. Children under 12 FREE. Website:


Treetech Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular

5th November // 9pm  // New Brighton Beach

Prepare to be SPOOKED on the pier! Treetech and Christchurch City Council are once again bringing Guy Fawkes to Christchurch with a magnificent fireworks display that will send chills down your spine! With all the Halloween anthems you know and love, the Treetech Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular or should I say SPOOK-TACULAR! returns to New Brighton Pier Wednesday 5th November. Find a spot within 70 metres either side of the pier to enjoy the soundtrack. New Brighton Seaside Twilight Market will be on prior to the fireworks, 5-9pm. Contact Phone: 03 941 8999. Rain Day 6 November.


Parkview Primary Twilight School Fair

7th November // Opens at 5pm  // Parkview Primary School, 10 Chadbury Street, Parklands

An old fashioned twilight fair which features; chocolate wheel, raffles, white elephant, books. clothes, plants, games, food – hot and cold, tattoos, coloured hairspray, photo booth, hot rod rides, and lots more… Come on down to support your community and be entertained. Official Website:


Rudolf Steiner School Spring Fair

8th November // 10-3pm  // Rudolf Steiner School, 19 Ombersley Terrace, Opawa

Fairyland, crafts, music, games, books, clothes, flowers, organic food and much more. Come along for a great day of family fun and enjoy all we have to offer. Contact Phone: 033370514.


Summer of Fun – New Brighton

8th November // 10-2pm  // New Brighton Union Church, Corner Union Street & Collingwood Street

A Community Fun & Health Day – including bouncy castle, face-painting and balloons for the children. An op-shop gala, community group expo – including the community choir and Scottish dancing group! – community health information, BBQ and brass band.


Hillmorton Nest Spring Fair

8th November // 9am-11am  // 52 Tankerville Road, Hoon Hay

Join us for our first annual Hillmorton Nest Spring Community Fair. A wide range of stalls including: vegetables, bake sale, sausage sizzle, clothing, market stalls, Headbands for Little Petals, Holy Smoke Smokehouse, activity stalls for children, and much more!! Contact Phone: (03)3388888


Motukarara Fireworks Display 

8th November // Gates open at 5:30pm  // Motukarara Domain, Park Road

Gates will open at 5:30pm and the display will be at approximately 9pm. Entrance fee is $20 per car of 5, $5 per person thereafter. Walk-ins $5 each Live music, lolly scramble, bouncy castle, pony rides, sausage/bacon sizzle, espresso coffee, cold drinks and ice cream, hotdogs and chips, candy floss, free hay rides. Postponement date is Saturday 15th November.  For any enquires phone: Fiona 325 2300 or Adele 329 7818.


2014 Cheapskates Canterbury Skateboarding Regionals

8th November // 10-4pm  // Washington Skatepark, Cnr Washington Way/Moorehouse Ave

Cheapskates proudly present the 2014 Canterbury Skateboarding Regionals. Watch Canterburys finest skateboarders battle it out at the newly upgraded Washington Skate Park for qualification to the NZ Skate Nationals later in the year. Divisions include 13 & Under, 16 & Under, Open Mens and Womans with over $3000 worth of prizes up for grabs! $10 Entry fee for competitors / Free to watch. Official Website:


Tuhaitara Coastal Park Open Day

9th November // 10-2pm  // Woodend Beach Domain

A chance to visit Tuhaitara Coastal Park, see whats been happening through displays and activities.  Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust is restoring the Tuhaitara Coastal Park to a working native ecosystem. Website:


CTK School Fair

9th November // 12-4pm  // Christ the King School, 92 Greers Rd, Burnside

Held every two years, the CTK School Fair is our biggest fundraising event, and money raised goes towards the landscaping of the school grounds, following extensive earthquake repairs and drainage work, and the development of a new recreational space for the kids. Look out for – craft, baking, sweets & fudge, plants, produce, clothes, books, toys, raffles, silent auction, mystery bottle, $1 coin toss, face painting, lucky dips, kids entertainment area, live music, café and a range of hot food. A great day out for the whole family!! For additional info email



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: