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The week ahead…  


Fanzone Family Fun Day!

13th – 23rd February  // 10-2pm // Victoria Square

Open and free to the public, fans, friends and families will be able to sit and experience all the thrills and action of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Come down to the ICC Cricket World Cup Fanzone and bring the family for a day of fun with inflatable fun stations, backyard cricket, face painting and more! Cultural groups performing. Live music. For further information on the Fanzone and the Fantrail including a map detailing the location further information about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 please visit Located in the heart of the city, an interactive “Fanzone” will be open on the 13 February for 11 days. Complete with cricketing activities the games will be screened live so people can support their teams in addition to the 20,000 expected attendees at the Hagley Oval only 1.4km away. Click here for schedule


Anthony Harper Summer Theatre presents Peter Pan

4th – 22nd February  // See below for times // Outside Riccarton House

Excitement is in the air! Escape from the traffic hassles, money worries and holiday season stresses and fly away with us this summer to Neverland. The Forge at The Court in collaboration with The Court Youth Company presents a new adaption of Peter Pan for the whole family. Our story begins when Peter Pan comes to Wendy’s window and together they stumble across Neverland, where they join the Lost Boys and of course Tinkerbell to do battle with the wicked Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Action, sword fights, comedy and tragedy… this show will have it all this summer. Set up a chair or rug on the lawn at Riccarton House and settle in with the boy who would not grow up, for a chaotic, cheeky and charming version of this favourite story. Full of the joys and wonderment of childhood, sprinkled with the dark fears and bittersweet moments that inhabit our youth, Peter Pan will delight the immortal child in all of us. No performances Monday and Tuesday. Street parking is available or limited car parking at the Riccarton Bush car park. Please be aware of the Saturday markets and allow yourself time so you can truly enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this location. Free! Wednesday to Sunday 7pm, Weekends and Waitangi Day 2pm and 7pm. No performances Monday and Tuesday. Facebook Event: Click here


Once Upon A Time exhibition and public programmes

12th Feb – 1st March  // See below for times // Tin Palace Lyttelton

Come and view four original fairy tales bewitchingly illustrated in hand-bound books. Saturday 21st February 8pm: The Story Collective storytellers perform Grimm brothers’ tales featured in the exhibition – by torchlight! Bring the whole family, your pj’s and teddy bears. Hot chocolate provided.
Sunday 22nd 2pm: The story of a distracted scholar: Masha Oliver will share the most interesting and witty facts from her research on collecting, editing and publishing the world’s most famous fairy tale collection. Open to all.
Saturday 28th 2pm: Artist’s talk and solar plate printing demonstration with Gaby Reade. Open to all.Programmes approx 45min duration. Entry by donation. Tin Palace is open Thursday and Friday 12-4pm and weekends 10am – 4pm. Official Website: Click here. 

Spectrum Street Art Festival

14th Feb – 10 May  // YMCA

Featuring: The largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Who: Cope 2, Sofles, Adnate, Owen Dippie, Flox, Buff Monster, Dcypher & Jacob Yikes. Admission is free, and there are rumored giant spray cans adorning the venue, customized by selected artists. All the major players in spray paint manufacturing are set to contribute, and we imagine this event will undoubtedly cement Christchurch’s reputation as one of the country’s great street art advocates. Official Website: Click here


Family Fun Market Day

22nd February  // 10-2pm // Village Green, Wakefield Avenue, Sumner

All your favourite stalls and live music plus: Lolytwist Balloon Show (10.30am); Melanie Poppins Entertainer (11am & 12.30am); Kahuna Kidsongs (11.30am); Josh Grimalde Street Show (1pm); Pony Rides. More info:


Aoraki Open Dragon Boat Regatta

22nd February  // 10am // Lake Pegasus

The annual opening event of the dragon boating calender held at the beautiful Lake Pegasus. Local teams from corporate business, open teams and high schools will compete to be the fastest crew on the water over 250m ,500m and 1km distances. The competition will be fierce and local food vendors will be on site to provide refreshments. Come along and join the fun and watch some of countries best dragon boat crews compete on their home turf of Canterbury. Official Website: Click here


Garden Party at Edmonds

22nd February  // 12-4pm // Edmonds Factory Garden, 359 Ferry Rd, Christchurch

Enjoy the gardens at their best. Live entertainment with Fat Boy and Slim, The Garden City Chorus, Fanfare Brass and Stedfast Brass. Bring a chair or rug to sit on. Plants and cards for sale, WEA artists display and Devonshire Teas available for $2. Parking available. Cancelled if wet. Phone Jenny 389 3584 for more information.


Orienteering Day at the Groynes

22nd February  // 10:30am – 1pm // The Groynes, Recreation Lakes, Johns Road

Walk, skip or run! – Suitable for individuals, groups, families. New – not like our previous set-route courses at Bottle Lake – this year it’s an event where YOU can select your route and collect as many points as you can in one hour. Markers at the furthest distance or challenging locations are allocated higher points. Young families can make a leisurely route. The course will take you to places within the Groynes which you have not yet discovered yet including the Otokaikino walkway. Tips and advice provided by volunteers from the Peninsula and Plains Orienteering Club. Free Hellers sausage sizzle provided. Please note: There is no mountain bike option provided this year. There is a new permanent course in the Groynes for individuals and groups to enjoy.  For more information about where to pick up a map contact 941 5333.


Skate Jams

by Cheapskates Skate Skool; free gear hire and coaching from experienced skaters; All events include a best trick competition where participants can show off their best moves for a chance to win prizes. Official Website: Click here

25th February  // 4-6pm // Darfield Community Park, West Coast Road 

27th February // 4-7pm // Halswell Domain Carpark

28th February // 12-3pm // Waltham Primary School



The Good Night Film Festival: Frozen

27th Feb  // See below for times // Outside Riccarton House

Bring a blanket, cushion and a torch for a mini-season of three outdoor movies over Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. There will be pre-show entertainment from 6pm, followed by the movie at 7pm. Entry is a gold coin donation to The Emergency Care Foundation – a local charity that helps improve the quality of patient care in emergencies. Best entrances to the Botanic Gardens are: Riccarton Ave, Armagh St bridge and Rolleston St (beside the Museum). Please vacate the Gardens after the movie ends as the gates will then be locked. Facebook Event and all movie listings: Click here
Frozen: When a princess with the power to turn things into ice curses her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff. G – 102 mins – Animation/Adventure/Comedy.  


Bromley Fair

28th February  // 11am – 2pm // Bromley Community Centre

Bromley Community Centre presents Bromley Community Fair, taking place at the Bromley Community Centre on the corner of Bromley and Maces Roads. There will be heaps of fun for the family with a free bouncy castle and rides for children, a sausage sizzle and plenty of stalls. Plenty of free car parking. Phone 389 1657 or text 027 716 8476 for more information. Rain date, Saturday 7 March.


Summer of Fun Events 

Community Day // 21st February // 11am – 3pm // St Paul’s Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church, 236 Cashel Street

Aranui // 21st February // 10:30am – 2:30pm // St Ambrose Anglican, 309 Breezes Road

Harewood Play Centre // 22nd February // 10am – 2pm // 719 Harewood Road, Harewood

Halswell Community Picnic // 22nd February // 1-4pm // 26 Nash Road

Rangiora // 22nd February // 11am – 2pm // Victoria Park, Percival Street, Rangiora

Linwood // 28th February // 3-6pm // The Salvation Army, 177 Linwood Avenue, Linwood

Cashmere // 28th Februry // 1:30-4:30pm // St Augustines Anglican, 5 Cracroft Terrace, Cashmere



Ongoing events…


Ingham Lazy Sundays

Every Sunday through 22 Feb // 3-4:30pm  // Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens

A chance to wind down on a Sunday afternoon, spread out a picnic rug and enjoy some local performers. More info found on the Summertimes website.


Sunday Bandstand

Sundays // Various times and locations

There’s nothing quite like sitting back and enjoying a brass or pipe band’s stirring sounds on a Summer day. Sunday Bandstand showcases outstanding Christchurch talent in some of the most beautiful areas of Christchurch. Pack up your picnic, pick up your family and march on down for some wonderful Sunday afternoon entertainment. Find the schedule on the Summertimes website.