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The week ahead…  


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


Estuary Fest 2015

14th February  // 1-7pm // McCormacks Bay Reserve

A festival to celebrate our special coastal environment. Use whatever water craft you fancy and join in the Grand Armada crossing the Avon Heathcote Estuary at 1.30pm or if you prefer being a land lubber watch it on land at McCormacks Bay reserve from the Ferris wheel. Enjoy the fabulous live music, good food and all the kids entertainment for the rest of the day. Court jesters, bumper boats, crazy bikes, bouncy castle, Natural magic pirates and bathtubbing and much more! Adults and kids come dressed in your craziest outfit and you could win a great prize. Free entry with small charge for some rides. Official Website: Click here


Inner City East Multi-cultural Festival

14th February  // 11-3pm // 395 Memorial Ave

The Linwood Community Art Centre will be hosting its Annual Inner City East Multicultural Festival to celebrate the local Inner City East community’s diverse and exciting nature. The Festival will be held in the Doris Lusk reserve nest to our centre on the corner of Stanmore Rd and Worcester St from 11am till 3pm  The Festival will host food and ethnic stalls, entertainment all day on the main stage,  Children’s entertainment (Natural Magic Pirates,face painting, hair braiding and soap carving) roving performances, dancing and plenty of fun for all ages. There will be a $7 hangi available between 12pm & 1pm. This event is Fun and Free for all the family.


State OceanKids – La Grande Swim

15th February  // 11am // Children’s Bay Beach, Akaroa

Over the past years, we’ve battled with storms and earthquakes, but we are pleased to announce that after three successful years in Akaroa, we will be back to bring you another instalment of the State La Grande Swim, the fourth of six events in the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. Consisting of four different swim events, the State La Grande Swim provides an ocean swim event for all ages and abilities including ‘State OceanKids’ – a swim for children aged between 6-10 years old, consisting of a fun 30min safety activity session followed by a 200m shallow water triangular swim off Children’s Bay Beach, lined with Surf Life Saving NZ guards. But not only can you watch your child thrive in the water, you can get involved yourself too, with three different distance options for adults – see website for info.


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


Latino Market

15th February  // 10am – 2pm // The arcades

At the Arcades, “The Commons” on Durham street (Ex Crown Plaza) , Featuring Latin Food and Music, with Dance workshops, Live music and the warmth Latino ambiance. Now looking for stall holders and performers. Entry is free and fun in complimentary. Facebook Event: Click here 

BENEFUL® Bark In the Park®

15th February  // 9-12pm // Foster Park, Springston-Rolleston Rd, Rolleston

The tour is rolling to Rolleston!Make sure you head down to FOSTER PARK with your fur buddy for this paw-some morning!Featuring: The BENEFUL Play Truck, Tennis balls, Bottom sniffing, Play-gility course, Doggie dress ups, MORE Tennis balls, Prizes, Giveaways, and……EVEN MORE Tennis Balls! Contact Info: 092804207. Facebook Event: Click here


Mums and Bubs at Waltham Pool

18th February  // 10am-12pm // Waltham Park

Bring your bubs down to Waltham Summer Pool for a fun morning of activities with More FM.For full information on Summer Pools opening hours and admission prices visit


Farewell to the Godwits

19th February  // 5-6:30pm // Southshore Spit Reserve, end of Rocking Horse Road, South New Brighton

Prepare for takeoff. The Godwits are flying back to their breeding grounds in Alaska. Come along to a unique and very special ceremony to farewell about 2000 birds that have spent the summer in Christchurch getting ready for their flight of more than 11,000kms via the Yellow Sea in eastern Asia, then on to Alaska. It is the longest known journey for any bird. Be part of this natural wonder by joining Christchurch City Council’s coastal rangers, the Ornithological Society, Sea Week team, and Avon, Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust to say goodbye to the Godwits. Meet at South Shore Reserve at the end of Rocking Horse Road. Bring your own telescope or binoculars, but no dogs please. The track is rough and it is a walk of about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the viewing site, so this event may be unsuitable for some people. Don’t be disappointed if take-off is delayed. While the ceremony and viewing the birds feeding is between 5pm to 6.30pm on 19 February, the birds may have other ideas about the best moment for them to depart. Facebook Event: Click here


Phillipstown Festival

20th February  // 4-7pm // Phillipstown School

The Phillipstown Festival with have fun for the whole family with music, a BBQ, fun activities, entertainment and games. Rain date, Friday 27 February. Phone MaryAnn 379 3256 for more information.


Family Fun Market Day

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

ALL YOUR FAVOURITE STALLS & 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 *

Summer of Fun Events 

St Valentines Fun Day Merivale // 14th February  // 10-1pm // St Mary’s Anglican Church, 30 Church Lane, Merivale

West Melton // 14th February  // 2-5:30pm // St Pauls Anglican Church, West Melton Road/Weedons Ross Road, West Melton

Riccarton Family Fun Day // 15th February // 1-4pm // St James Anglican Church, 69 Riccarton Road

Rangiora // 15th February // 11am – 2pm // Trinity Methodist Church, 176 King Street, Rangiora

Old Fashioned Family Picnic // 15th February // 10am – 4pm // Mandeville Sports Ground, 431 Mandeville Road, Ohoka

Avonside // 15th February // 12 – 2:30pm // St Francis Hall, 168 Stanmore Road, Avonside

Addington // 17th February // 5:30 – 7:30pm // Church Square, Addington

St Stephen’s Fun Evening Yaldhurst // 20th February // 4-7pm //St Stephens Methodist Church, 376 Yaldhurst Road, Russley

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


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.


Sculpture on the Point

28th Dec – 22 Feb //Godley House

A fantastic Sculpture Trail from the ferry wharf to the Godley site  – 7 prominent New Zealand artists including Graham Bennett, Hannah Kidd and Aaron Te Rangiao present installations on the point for the summer. View the sculptures as you make your way to the music for a Sunday Session or choose any day of the week to view. Catch the Black Cat Ferry from Lyttelton for a 10 minute cruise across beautiful Lyttelton Harbour, or enjoy the 35 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. Official Website: Click here