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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


The Big Pirate Picnic Beach Party

7th February  // 1pm // Corsair Bay

The beloved Natural Magic Pirate Band will entertain, including “Lyttelton’s Got Talent,” parachute games and music. Bouncy castle, ice creams and sausage sizzle. Piratical yum and fun! Official Website: Click here  and Facebook Event: Click here


The Fourth New Zealand SandCastle Competition

7th February  // 10am // Marine Parade, New Brighton

The Pegasus Bay Charitable Trust is proud to bring you the fourth New Zealand Sandcastle Competition. Enjoy having fun in the sand at this family friendly event and build or view the great sand sculptures. There will be plenty of entertainment at the beach including food and drink stalls, children’s entertainment, bouncy castles and water walking. Sandcastle competition entries are free for children, family teams, adult teams and adult individuals, enter online. Held on the beach in front of the southern car park by the Library on Marine Parade New Brighton. Official Website: Click here


Avice Hill Arts & Craft Festival

8th February  // 11-3pm // 395 Memorial Ave

Join us for Avice Hill Arts & Craft Festival happening at Avice Hill Reserve, 395 Memorial Avenue.

Up to 50 craft stalls offering a range of quality products, food stalls, live music, childrens entertainment plus free have a go activities….all on offer at the Avice Hill Arts & Craft Festival.


Farmyard Fun at Halswell Pool

8th February  // 12-3pm // Halswell Aquatic Centre

Join More FM for Farmyard Fun at Halswell Summer Pool. Its going to be farm animals galore!For full information on Summer Pools opening hours and admission prices visit

Opawa Farmers’ Market – BERRY FEST!

8th February  // 9am-12pm // 275 Fifield Terrace

Come and join to celebrate all things berry! Fresh strawberries, blueberries, cherries, berry smoothies, berry juices, berry jams, berry sauces, berry ice-cream, plus a load of berry delights from your local stallholders! Children’s Facepainting & Activities. Facebook Event: Click here


Go by bike day

11th February  // 7-9:30am // South Hagley Park

February is Bike Wise Month so if you’re not already, it’s time to get cycling!  There’s no time like the present. Wednesday 11 February is National Go By Bike Day and we’ve got a whole host of fun lined up for your morning commute that day. Come along 7:00-9:30am and check out the new shared pathway near the netball courts in South Hagley Park to see what’s going on… free bike checks, goodies, alternatives bikes to try out. Official Website: Click here


Summer of Fun – South Hornby School & Community Fun Day

13th February  // 12:30-3pm // South Hornby School

We will have a family fun day with a bouncy castle, face painting, sausage sizzle, a BYO picnic, games, ice-creams and drinks for everyone. It will be targeted at our community, celebrating the new school year and welcoming our new families to South Hornby School.

Summer of Fun – St Valentines Fun Day Merivale

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

A day for the community with a bouncy castle, BBQ, games for all ages and many family activities.


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.


Summer of Fun – West Melton Fun Day

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

Bouncy castle, clown, face-painting, tug-of-war, games and lolly scramble.


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.


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


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