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The week ahead…


Maker Space – Family Time (All ages)

Various dates within 13-27 January // 10-12noon // South Learning Centre & Te Hāpua: Halswell Learning Centre

Come and check out this cool maker space!  There will be arts & craft, Lego, 3D colouring, clay, robots and more. The Make Company will be the running the arts & craft activity at our Te Hāpua Learning Centre sessions, click this link to book into these sessions: .  So, get down to the Library and have a go! Bookings required. Official Website: Click here


Badjelly the Witch

20 – 30 January// Tonkin & Taylor Main Stage
Tim and Rose are looking for Lucy the Cow in the big, black forest when they are captured by Badjelly the Witch. Help! Will Binklebonk the Tree Goblin, Mudwiggle the Worm and Dinglemouse rescue them from Badjelly? Or will they be turned into sausages? 11am and 1pm, Monday – Friday; 10am Saturday. Price: All tickets $10. Running time: approx. 50 mins.


The Good Night Film Festival

23 & 24 January

An outdoor festival of movies for all the family with a splash of animation, a sprinkle of comedy, a drop of action and a dusting of drama. Live music preludes from 6pm. Facebook Event: Click here

23rd January // Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 

PG, 81mins // Halswell Quarry

The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever-faithful dog Gromit, the much-loved duo from Aardman’s Oscar-winning animation star in this comedy adventure. As the annual Giant Vegetable Competition approaches, it’s “veggie-mania” in Wallace and Gromit’s neighbourhood.
Sunday 24 January // The Lego Movie 
PG Low Level Violence // 100mins Barnett Park
The LEGO Movie is the first-ever, full-length theatrical Lego adventure. It follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.


Muscle Car Madness

23 & 24 January // 10am – 5pm // Rangiora A&P Showgrounds, Ashley St, Rangiora

The 26th year of this popular car show featuring American muscle cars, hot rods and restored classics. Live music, burnout pad, displays, fun fair and refreshments. 10 Live Bands including Flyin’ Saucers from Melbourne will entertain. Burnouts 1.30pm each day, trade displays, food and of course 1,000 cars. Adult $15, Kids aged 5-15 $2, Family $30. Event Website:


St Albans Skate Jam

23 January // Noon-3pm // St Albans Park

Join the Cheapskates Skate Skool at St. Albans Park and get rolling this Summer! Free gear hire is available plus you can get free tips and learn tricks from the friendly team of roaming instructors. Bust out your best tricks to win heaps of prizes in the competition. All ages and abilities welcome.


Lego Technics FUN!

Mondays & Wednesdays; 28th December – 27th January // Imagination Station // 4-5:30pm

Are you fascinated by how things work and think you can figure out the mechanics behind how Technic contraptions function by building them yourselves? This 90 minute session will introduce you to all the different Technic parts and how show you how to use them to make contraptions such as the Squeeze Claw Grabber, Paper Shredder, Gearing Up and Down, Catapult and the Trap Ball. Whether you have built with Technics or not before, this session will develop your understanding of how each piece aids in the function of the contraptions and further your building skills. Pricing is $15. To get all the details and to go to the official website: Click here


Opawa Farmers’ Market – BERRY FEST

31st January // 9am-12noon // 275 Fifield Terrace, Opawa

The Opawa Farmers’ Market is holding its annual Berry Festival on Sunday 31st January to celebrate the abundant summer harvest. On the menu are fresh berries, strawberry sundaes, real fruit icecreams, smoothies, juices, jams, sauces and more. Come along and indulge in all things berry, plus check out the best selection of fresh, locally grown produce in town. The festival runs from 9am-12noon on Sunday 31st January at the Opawa Farmers’ Market, 275 Fifield Terrace (see their facebook page for directions). See Facebook event for more info.


Ride the Red Zone to the Kite Festival on New Brighton beach

30 January // 11:30am // Meeting place: Beverley Park, cnr Stanmore Rd/Avonside Dr.

Happy New Year all you fantastic cycling frockers! Our first ride of 2016 is a cracker, and will take us from Beverley Park through parts of the Red Zone to the Kite Festival on New Brighton beach! We will have a short stop along the way, where Ashley from Greening The Red Zone and Denise from Avon-Otakaro Forest Park will tell us about some of the good work put into ensuring future generations can enjoy a fantastic native environment along our Avon-Otākaro river. Then we continue our ride on the bumpy roads along the Avon-Ōtākaro river through the urban parkland that is the Red Zone. Before we arrive at New Brighton beach, we will stop for refreshments/lunch at the funky Urban Corner Cafe (New Brighton’s container cafe). Then it’s only a short ride to the beach and hopefully hundreds of beautiful kites to admire…… or you might have a kite of you own you want to fly! ETA New Brighton beach: around 1.30-2.00 pm. ETD from New Brighton library (by the clock tower) – you choose north/west or south/west/ direction: around 3.00 pm. Please see Metro Journey Planner if you plan to take your bike into town by bus (no extra cost for your bike). Or you want to take the bus back to town from New Brighton. Approximate cycle route here (11.7 km). Dress theme: Something GREEN and something RED. As usual this is optional ;-). This ride is free and open for all (Men, women, old and young). Children are very welcome, but need to be cyclewise and under the supervision of a responsible adult. This ride is on public roads (some with pot-holes) and all participants are responsible for their own safety, so if you are new to cycling or not comfortable crossing roads, please let us know before we head off. Please contact Connie on 021 0277 9250 if you have any queries/input relating to this ride.
If the weather is decidedly nasty on the day this event will be postponed to Saturday 6. February – see Frocks on Bikes Christchurch facebook page for updates the day before the ride. Come join us for an enjoyable ride. And bring your friends and family!


Kite Day

30 January // 1:30-4:30pm // New Brighton Beach, South of the Pier

Spectacular kites of all varieties and sizes will flutter and soar over New Brighton beach, delighting children and adults alike. Kite makers from around New Zealand and the world travel to partake in this popular event. Create and decorate your own kite or buy one from The Kite Shop on the day and fly it on the steady sea breeze. If you don’t have a kite sit back, relax and watch while enjoying an ice cream, cool drink or fish and chips for tea on the beach. The New Brighton Silver Band will perform on the promenade. Catch a bus to avoid parking hassles or car-pool with friends and family. Facebook Event: Click here. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap! This event is part of the Christchurch City Council’s Smokefree policy at events. Please respect the people around you and refrain from smoking.


Ongoing Events 

For the details on all the ongoing events – including Summer Pool Parties, Summer of Fun Events, Ingham Lazy Sundays, Cricket Season, Da Vinci Mechanics, SPECTRUM Street Art Festival, and Friday Night Food Trucks – go here.