Things to do in Christchurch over Winter 2017

  • Winter Encraftment market Christchurch

As we are heading into the cooler time of year, there are still plenty of things to do and places to go in and around Christchurch. Check out some of the fun options below.

Winter Enchantment Market, Lincoln Event Centre,  June 25

This Winter there will be more than 70 stalls! Everything is locally designed and made. There's heaps on offer, jewellery, food, prints, toys, clothing and so much more! There's something for everyone.

The Winter Encraftment Market will be held on June 25th 2017, 10am-3pm, at The Lincoln Event Centre, 15 Meijer Dr, Lincoln. A short 25 minutes from Christchurch CBD. There is plenty off street parking in the north and south carparks at the events centre, as well as the adjacent grassed area (parking wardens will direct you), in the domain, as well as on the street.

If you're a bus user, you can catch the Number 81 bus to Lincoln, check out the timetable and map on the Metro website. Find out more by viewing the Facebook event.

Fresh Ink Readings, Court Theatre, from Sunday May 14 - May 28

Your chance to listen to readings of brand new Work in Progress plays and offer feedback at the end of each play reading, for the ongoing development of the work.

They kick off with Astroman by Albert Belz. Find out the schedule of what will be playing and book your seats ($10 per person) at the Court Theatre website

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Isaac Theatre Royal, May 10 - 14

One of the most enduring musical shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is now reinvented for a new generation. Given a fresh contemporary twist, the show exudes all the colour, wit and energy of this irresistible family musical.

A joyous retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven scheming brothers and his coat of many colours, Joseph is a kaleidoscope of catchy songs and colourful dance numbers - Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door to Me and Go Go Go Joseph – parodying various musical styles from rock ‘n’ roll to country and western, French ballad, calypso and jazz.

This lavish international production features an outstanding cast, including Jonathan Roxmouth, who starred in Grease in New Zealand and The Phantom of the Opera internationally. 

WORD Christchurch Autumn Season, the Piano and Charles Luney Auditorium, May 14 - 17

WORD Christchurch in association with the Auckland Writers Festival is bringing six international authors to Christchurch for the WORD Christchurch Autumn Season.

The Autumn Season features bestselling Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin, creator of the Rebus series; Booker prize-winning Irish novelist Anne Enright; highly-respected British historian and biographer A. N. Wilson, author of The Victorians; science writer James Gleick exploring the mysteries of time travel; and novelist Stella Duffy, who is currently completing Ngaio Marsh’s unfinished novel Money in the Morgue.

WORD Christchurch is also thrilled to welcome back the hit of the 2016 festival, Canadian storyteller Ivan Coyote. Find out more and book tickets right here on the WORD website.

The Cavell Leitch International Jazz and Blues Festival, various locations, May 24 - 28

The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival is one of the longest-running music festivals in the country. 

The 22nd  annual festival, from 24th – 28th of May, is an outstanding programme of international and national performances, and a few once-in-a-lifetime shows.

Headlining this years’ festival is American jazz great Kenny Barron with his trio.  Honoured by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, and nominated nine times for a Grammy award, Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “the most lyrical piano player of our time.”

Irish blues and jazz guitarist Jimmy Smyth also joins the line-up. Jimmy will be joining a festival favourite Mary Coughlan, as well as perform a solo show.

The amazing singer/ songwriter Anna Coddington is here with the big and bold Oval Office; powerhouse Tami Neilson and her band join us for one night in the Charles Luney Auditorium, while The Waiheke International Soul Orchestra perform in the festival’s Blue Smoke series at the Tannery.

This festival will also feature more than a few Christchurch musicians performing their best work. Don’t miss a thing. 

ASB Christchurch Marathon, Queens Birthday Weekend, Sunday June 4

Like Christchurch itself, the new-look ASB Christchurch Marathon is rebuilding following the earthquakes of 2010/11.

Inspired by the 1974 Commonwealth Games marathon, the annual Queens Birthday Weekend event has been the South Island’s premier marathon event for almost 40 years. Renowned as one of the fastest courses in the world, it is also one of the most scenic and supportive with a new central city course taking in iconic Christchurch landmarks such as Cathedral Square, Hagley Park and the Avon River.

With a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & Kids' Mara'Fun, there is something for everyone, with some 5000 participants from a dozen countries turning out.

If you are keen to get some training in around the city in advance of the marathon, check out our running blog post here for some great running spots around Christchurch. 

Click here for more information about the course.