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The week ahead…


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

1 – 11th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // The Court Theatre

‘G’ prefers baseball caps and skateboards to bows and pretty dresses, but she still thinks nothing of sneaking into strange houses uninvited. When the house belongs to three large bears… Well, the outcome might not be what you expect! October school holiday show… GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS adapted by Georgia-Kate Heard. All tickets $9.00 (Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver).


The Trucking 2014 Show

11th October // 10am – 5pm  // Wigram Air Force Museum

The Trucking 2014 Show is on the 11th October at Wigram. There is going to be a “Show and Shine” so all the big trucks will be polished up and parked up along either side of the runway. It will be an awesome opportunity for kids to see big trucks up close and cheap family day out. Gold coin entry and all proceeds go towards Child Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House. More info here.


Spring Fling

12th October // 11am – 5pm  // Broadfield Garden, 250 Selwyn Rd, Broadfield

Come and enjoy a complete country garden experience in David Hobbs’ beautiful award winning garden.  This is a family friendly event and there will be activities for children.  For just $20 take a tour of Broadfield Garden with exhibits and entertainment provided. There’s nothing more relaxing than strolling through 10 acres of award winning gardens on a lazy Sunday afternoon. 100% of Ellesmere Spring fling proceeds go to supporting Lincoln & Districts Community Care. Featuring: Specialist artisan stalls, plants, great food and beverages, childrens activities, garden tours and more.  Relax and soak up the atmosphere while shopping. Tickets: On Sale from August. Adult $20, Children Free. Tickets avaliable at the gate or phone 03 325 2007. This event will go ahead regardless of the weather.


UC Lunchtime Concert: UC SoM Strings, Wind and Brass students

16th October // 1pm  // University of Canterbury School of Music Room 205

University School of Music Strings, Wind and Brass students in concert. Free and open to all. Contact Phone: 03 3642987 xtn: 7630. Official Website:


St Christopher’s Community Fair

18th October // 9am – noon  // 244 Avonhead Road, Avonhead

Second-hand goods, fabulous food, crafts, auction and raffle items, bouncy castle, candy floss.  Have your photo taken with a Star War character! Plus thousands of books. Contact Phone: 358 8780.


Take a Kid Fishing

19th October // from 9am  // The Groynes

A great, free, fun morning for children up to 12 years old. The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust has once more generously donated hundreds of young salmon which will be released into the lakes at the Groynes, along with a small number of very large trout. Bring your family and enjoy a fun kids’ fishing day. No registration or fishing licence necessary (Fish and Game provide a whole-of-site licence for the day). Adults may assist but are not permitted to fish. There will be caravans on site with food and drinks for sale but please remember to bring some cash.

The morning session is set aside for children 12 years and under, with one lake especially for the under-8s where each child has a short one-on-one session with an expert angler (there is sometimes a queue for this). We have some loan rods and tackle in the morning, and worms and artificial bait  too, so don’t worry if you don’t have gear. At all the lakes, skilled anglers — volunteers from local fishing clubs — will be there to give advice and help. From 1pm until dusk, all children (under 18 years old) can fish, but will need their own equipment and bait. Phil Keen, our “Executive Chef”, will be there too with his hot plate and some brilliant ideas for quickly turning your fish into a tasty dish. Phil also does filleting demonstrations. Contact Phone: 0274 812 455


Sumner Sunday Market

Every Sunday // 10am – 2pm  // Sumner Village Green, Wakefield Street

Calling treasure hunters, bargain hunters, antique addicts and seaside lovers… From October 19th, Sumner Village is hosting a fantastic seaside market every Sunday throughout spring and summer!

Stalls will feature a range of quality accessories, kids gear & jewellery. Vintage wares, artworks, antiques, retro junkstyle and much more. Enjoy culinary delights and live entertainment. Added bonus of plenty of great village specials at the local shops, cafes and restaurants. Live music on the green, petanque matches, pony rides and skate park demonstrations throughout the summer. The Christchurch City’s library van with be in the market. And in the run-up to Christmas there’ll be plenty of festive surprises!

Every Sunday from 19th October 2014 through to Autumn 2015. It’s at the temporary Sumner Village Green on Wakefield Avenue in the centre of the village, just a stone’s throw from the beach front. Contact Phone: 0211132884. Facebook/SumnerSundayMarket


Ongoing events…

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.

Prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, the Rutherford’s Den Trust was housed in the 19th century buildings of the former Canterbury College (now the Arts Centre) and this was where Rutherford had studied and undertaken many of his early experiments. As work on this building is not due to be completed until 2015, Canterbury Museum are exhibiting this historic locomotive until it can be returned to the refurbished Rutherford’s Den. Contact Phone: 366 5000. 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:


Antarctic Time Travel Exhibition

1 – 12th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // NZ IceFest Hub, 33 Cathedral Square

NZ IceFest makes time travel easy! Zap through geological time, from 50 million years in Antarctica’s past to generations into the future in our very own Antarctic Time Travel exhibition. You’ll be surprised and intrigued by the climatic conditions Antarctica has experienced in the past and what it’s projected to be in the future. This exhibition is creative, interactive and educational, showcasing NZ-led Antarctic research, particularly in the area of climate change.

We’re making climate change accessible and interesting to everyone. Hope you’re as excited as we are to take this journey through time. And don’t worry, we’ll deliver you back safe and sound to 2014! Developed with GNS Science, Victoria University of Wellington, Lincoln University and NIWA. Supported by Lion Foundation and The Canterbury Community Trust. Pricing: Gold Coin Entry.