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The week ahead…  


Arrivals and Departures: The Journeys That have Shaped Us.

9-26 October // 9am-5pm // Canterbury Museum

Arrive at the Museum, collect your arrival card, and travel through the galleries to explore our rich history. Imagine the journeys, discover the stories, search for the unusual, and depart with new found knowledge. This heritage trail is a self-directed fun exploration perfect for all the family to enjoy. Official Website: Click here


Big Band Festival 2015: Bands at the Gardens

26 October // 10am-3pm // ilex Cafe; Botanic Gardens

Enjoy the sound of Big Bands in the surroundings of the Botanic Gardens and Ilex Cafe at the Visitors Centre. 10am Chisnallwood Jazz Band; 11am Nelson Jazz Club Big Band; 12noon Aspire Big Band; 1pm Christ’s College Big Band; 2pm The Octet. Official Website: Click here


Big Science Day

31 October // 10am-4pm // Cathedral Square

On Saturday 31st October, 2015 Science Alive! will be hosting the BIG SCIENCE DAY, an all-day Science and Technology event suitable for families and people of all ages. Science Alive! will be taking over Cathedral Square in Christchurch, with this exciting FREE event. With displays, demonstrations, science shows and workshops, the BIG SCIENCE DAY will showcase the amazing innovation that can be found in the Canterbury area, and highlight the possible career paths in the area of Science and Technology within our community. For more info on showtimes and announcements


South West Light Party

31 October // 4-7pm // Halswell Domain

A FUN filled, family friendly, alternative to traditional Halloween activities. Free event including live performances by El Gregoe the Illusionist, local school groups, dance, music and more. Plus free pony rides, Train Rides, Bouncy Castles, Face painting, and much much more. Come dressed as something funny or friendly – but definitely NOT scarySausage Sizzle, and other food vendors available on site. Official Website: Click here


Shirley Primary School Light Party

31st October // 5-7pm // Shirley Primary School

Light Party presented by Shirley Community Trust and St Stephen’s Church, Shirley. Dress like a pirate and come and enjoy a fun evening of carnival games and magic. This carnival is aimed a primary school aged children and their families.  Gold coin donation on entry for a variety of pirate themed games including walk the plank, coconut bowling and boat races as well as sausage sizzle, candy floss, face painting, jumping castle and a magician.  Coffee and EFTPOS will be available. Pricing: Gold coin donation on entrance for access to over 15 games, food and entertainment opportunities.


Woodford Glen Speedway – Fireworks Extravaganza

31 October // 7pm // Woodford Glen Speedway, Doubledays Road, Kaiapoi

A great nights entertainment for the family with racing and the ever popular Fireworks Extravaganza. A-Grade/Saloons, Modifieds, Superstocks, Stockcars and Streetstocks. Adult $20, Family $40, Snr $10, Child $5 (5-14yr). Additional info:


North Beach Community Childcare Centre Market Day

31 October // 10:30am – 1pm // 150 Leaver Terrace

Cake Stall; Bouncy Castle; Raffles; Chocolate Wheel; Plants & Produce; Sausage Sizzle; Preloved Clothing & Toys; Children/Toddler Items; Plus much more. Limited sites available for stall holders – $15 per site.  Please contact on 03 388 1733 or


Waimakariri Light Party

31 October // 4.30pm – 7.30pm // Wylie Park, Smith Street, Kaiapoi

A fun-filled alternative to traditional Halloween activities that provides family-fun in a safe environment for children up to 14 years. Bouncy Castle, Crazy Bikes, Clowns, Petting Zoo, Bungy, Photobooth, Water Walkers, Noddy Train, Fire Demonstration, Face Painting, and much much more… Come dressed as something funny, friendly or fantastic and enter the non-scary Fancy Dress Completion (rules apply). Give away prizes + loads of treats. Food & Beverages available to be purchased. $2 per person. Event Website:


SCAPE 8 New Intimacies

03 Oct – 15 Nov // Official Website: Click here

A Public Art Walkway to help people create new memories and re-connect with the changed Christchurch landscape. SCAPE 8 New Intimacies, curated by Rob Garrett. The Christchurch Biennial will draw on the projects of both local and International artists; Antony Gormley, Pauline Rhodes, Hannah Kidd, Nathan Pohio, Fiona Jack, Peter Atkins and Judy Millar. The artists works will be accompanied by public participation project #ThatTimeYouHelped Our Portraits of People Reaching Out to One Another. These projects shape a Public Art Walkway, alongside a programme of artist talks, guided tours and public workshops throughout the six weeks of SCAPE 8 New Intimacies. SCAPE 8 Art Central Hub: Corner of Gloucester & Colombo Streets. The Public Art Walkway is mapped as a half hour walk to see the works or take as longer and enjoy the activities and atmosphere along the way. 


Friday Night Food Trucks

Every Friday // 4-9pm // Cathedral Square

Following last year’s trial, Friday Night Food Trucks are back in the square from Friday 9 October to Friday 25 March (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). For a fun family event, come down to Cathedral Square between 4-9pm each Friday night, grab some street food and relax in a fair-like atmosphere. A variety of food trucks will be there each week. Read more information on this project on the Future Christchurch website.  Official Website: Click here.