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The week ahead…


Summer of Fun – Aqua Saturday Summer School Party

15th November // 7-9pm  // Dudley Park Aquatic Centre, 47 Church Street, Rangiora

Come along – 6 week summer pool party – taking place every Saturday from 15 November – 20 December. This program will provide music, inflatables and a free BBQ.


Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

15 & 16th November // Lyttelton, Little River, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

Over forty exciting walks make up the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival – this year running over four weekends in November. Highlights include the new Rod Donald hut, Onawe Pa, and the family overnight camp on Quail Island. Book now to avoid missing out. All walks are lead by experienced volunteer guides. Numbers are limited. For a full programme, see


Qwacker Cup Rubber Duck Race & Family Picnic

16th November // 12-4pm  // Trousselot Park, Charles Street, Kaiapoi

A day out at the Races with a difference. See the fastest Rubber Ducks in Canterbury. Bring a Picnic or prepurchase one. Fashion show, pimp your Duck colouring competition & create ducky fascinator. Cost is $2 per duck. For more info visit


In the Court of the Tyrant King: Dinosaurs! 

18th November // 6pm  // The Bird Hall; Canterbury Museum; Rolleston Avenue

Hear all about tyrannosaurs from world-renowned dinosaur expert Dr Thomas Holtz, visiting from the United States. How did these terrifying creatures evolve, live – and die out? Holtz takes you on a fascinating journey to explore the origins of tyrannosarus, the environment in which they lived, their adaptations, their feeding habits, and more.

Palaeontologist Dr Holtz is the writer of Dinosaurs: The most complete, up-to-date encyclopedia for dinosaur lovers of all ages (2007). He was a consultant for the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs series (1999) and is currently Senior Lecturer in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geology. He has been brought to Canterbury Museum with support from National Services Te Paerangi.

FREE event, but bookings are essential. Contact Info: 366 5000. Official Website


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:


Hoon Hay Fiesta 2014

21st November // 4:30-7:30pm  // Hoon Hay Park

Head along to the Hoon Hay Fiesta to celebrate your community! Take part in free activities including face painting, a bouncy castle and heaps more! Wander round the stalls and take some time to relax and check out the stage performers. Supported by the Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board. For more information phone 941 899. For cancellation information listen to Newstalk ZB


Fun Fair

22nd November // 11-3pm  // St Mary’s Church Square, Poulson St, Addington

The Addington Fun Fair features home-made carnival games, pony rides, a bouncy castle, races, Devonshire Teas, ethnic food, gelato and more will fill the tree-filled square. 35+ stalls will include baking, local community groups, white elephant, books, crafts and more. A much -loved part of the fair is the concert featuring this year, Nakey, Ben Eldridge, the Addington Choir singers and more. Homemade carnival games are always a delightful part of this fair: the Great Sheep Catapult, Giraffe stacker and more will be present. This year as well, Wateratz will make an appearance – giant inflatable, clear orbs floating on water for kids to play inside. The rain day is Sunday 23 November from 12pm – 4pm to accommodate church services. Stall enquiries to:


St Martins School Summer Fiesta

22nd November // 10-2pm  // St Martins School

Come along to the St Martins School Summer Fiesta and enjoy bouncy castles, pony rides, home baking,  toffee apples, Devonshire teas, face painting, hairbraiding, stage entertainment …. not to mention all glorious food – curries, sushi, bacon butties. Or you can pick up a Christmas gift or three, plants for your garden, browse through pre-loved book and white elephant!


St Albans School – Monster Fair

22nd November // 4pm  // St Albans School

The Monster Fair is St Albans School major fundraiser, held every two years. Whilst it is a fundraiser, a key aim of the fair is to create a really fun afternoon for the whole community. The funds raised will go towards the school’s redevelopment of library spaces and school community hub. Fun, food and festivities. Facebook Event Page


Summer of Fun – Aranui Family Fun Day

22nd November // 10-2pm  // Iona Presbyterian Church, 306 Breezes Road, Aranui

Family games, face painting, bouncy castles, swap stalls (bring your books and toys to swap!) and a BBQ – a fun event for everyone to enjoy! 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 – Beckenham Christmas Craft Fair & Fun Day

22nd November // 9-2pm  // Beckenham Methodist Church, 83 Malcolm Avenue

Come along! Make some homemade Christmas crafts for yourself or someone else and enjoy a day out with the family. Lots of fun free activities!


Jellie Park Season Opener

23rd November // 12-3pm  // Jellie Park Summer Pool, 295 Ilam Rd, Burnside

Join More FM to celebrate the season opener for Jellie Park Summer pool! Lots of fun activities including inflatable’s. For full information on Summer Pools opening hours and admission prices visit their website.


Garden City Orchestra Concert

23rd November // 3-5pm  // Avonhead School; 55 Avonhead Rd

Varied program including Beethoven,Elgar, Irving Berlin and many more. Conductor: Beth Cohen. Leader: Tracy Melzer. Tickets sold on the door. Children: $4.00; Seniors / students: $6.00. Door Sales Only.