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The week ahead…  

Oxford Observatory Open Night

31 July // 7-10pm // Oxford Area School Observatory, Bay Road

A great opportunity to view the night skies through big telescopes at the Observatory in Oxford. ‘Once in a blue moon’ 2015. Open Nights are on selected Friday evenings with an option for the Saturday night if weather postpones primary date. Gold coin donation. Please check on the viewing conditions before traveling to Oxford if you traveling more than 30 minutes as conditions may be different where you live. Skies can be clear in Oxford and cloudy in Christchurch/Rangiora and vice versa. To confirm conditions, call or text James on 022 364 1959. Cloud/weather updates will be placed on the home page at 7pm. At this time the Open Night will either go ahead or be postponed to the next evening. Event Website:


Farmers Market

Every Sunday // 9:30am // 70 Kilmore Street

A new and dynamic weekend Farmers Market established in central Christchurch at THE COMMONS. With a strong focus on fresh produce (local where possible – fresh fruit and vegetables, butchery, fish, bread, cheese, deli, eggs, coffee and juices), this vibrant and bustling market also incorporates a smaller element of non-produce/giftware, plants, arts and crafts, furniture, live music/entertainment, kids’ activities, artisan food stalls and food trucks selling delicious ready to eat food. Now you have somewhere to bring the family every Sunday to do some cool shopping, have lunch on our tables from our Food Trucks or from the many boutique foodies around the site. Facebook Event: Click here


There are lots of great ongoing events…


Library Storytimes

Various ChCh Libraries and times // Find all the info here



A variety of locations and times // For more information go here.


Halswell Miniature Trains

Halswell Domain // 1-4pm // Runs every Sunday, weather permitting. More info on their facebook page.


Local Markets – see here


20 free things to do in ChCh


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Whole House Reuse -the unique challenge of reusing an entire home to save it from waste

05 Jun to 23 Aug // Canterbury Museum

The unique challenge of reusing an entire house to save it from waste has formed the basis for a new and inspiring exhibition called Whole House Reuse to open at Canterbury Museum on 5 June 2015. The project involved reusing every single piece of 19 Admirals Way – a 1920’s weatherboard home in New Brighton, Christchurch – which was scheduled for demolition in 2013. Since then, over 250 people from around New Zealand and the world have invented ways of reusing these resources and the result is a huge collection of objects from a delicately carved taonga puoro (flute) by master carver Brian Flintoff, to a finely crafted backyard studio by artist Nic Moon and architectural designer Lyn Russell. Visit for more information and tickets to this unique opportunity. Further exhibition and public programme information can be found at


Reading to Dogs

Various library venues and the times depend on the library

A ‘fur-tastic’ programme for growing readers! Christchurch City Libraries ‘Reading to Dogs’ programme is designed to provide a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere which encourages children to practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading. The programme uses dogs who are now the beloved pets of the Christchurch City Council Animal Control team. These furry friends have all been trained and tested for health, safety and temperament. Our dogs: Can increase a child’s relaxation while reading; Listen attentively; Do not laugh, judge or criticise; Allow children to proceed at their own pace; Can be less intimidating than a child’s peers. Library staff and a dog handler will be present at all times to help facilitate the sessions. Each session is 15 minutes long. Don’t miss out on this fun programme! Please call: 941 7923 or book at South Christchurch Library.


Wacky Wednesday and Funday Friday!

Wednesdays & Fridays  // 4 – 5:30pm // Imagination Station, 113 Worcester Street

Too rainy for sports? Need a break? Register the kids for Wacky Wednesday and Funday Friday! Drop the kids off at 4 and either hang around the enjoy our free wifi and coffee delivery, or head off to get things done. We will take take of everything! The kids will be entertained by our skilled Fun Team – providing them with building challenges, team work competitions and brain bending brick games. Registration includes a Mrs Higgins cookie, a drink and 90 minutes of fun! Suitable for ages 5+! More info and registration info go to: Official Website. General Admission: $5.00.