It’s that time of the year again! Christchurch is set to buzz this week with an action-packed schedule of events lined up for Cup and Show Week. Here is a quick overview of this year's events.
This eagerly anticipated week kicks off today with the prestigious Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway. Take a punt on your favourite horse, sample some of the delicious eats and drinks on offer or watch the Best Dressed at the Races fashion competition on the big screen – the heats and finals will be broadcast for all to see. It's not too late if you decide last minute to attend - the last race is at 5.15pm. Wednesday is the opening day of the Canterbury A & P Show, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. A celebration of rural life, as well as the normal mix of agricultural products on displays and competitions such as shearing and woodcutting, there will be a number of special commemorative events and displays showcasing the long history of the event. There are 3,000 animals and 7,000 competitive entries battling it out to determine the top titles at the Show, including the Supreme Champion Animal, which will be announced on Friday. For the chance to get up close and personal with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, head along on Friday, the final day of the show.
Wednesday is also the day for ‘Ladies’ Day’ at Riccarton Park, with the Ladies’ Day’ Couplands’ Bakeries Mile. This event involves racing action and of course a fashion competition. If you fancy a night out at the races, New Zealand’s premier greyhound racing event, the Buy Sell & Exchange NZ Greyhound Cup, takes place at Addington Raceway on Thursday. The first feature race is at 5.05pm, with and the Buy Sell & Exchange New Zealand Greyhound Cup at 8.55pm. If you’ve never seen a greyhound race before, this is the perfect opportunity to experience the sport. Admission is free. Friday is known as people's day at the races, with Lindauer Race Day providing fun for the whole family. Take a picnic and the kids and enjoy watching the racing on the Lindauer Lawn - the first race is at 12.30pm. Entry is $10 with children 15 years and under admitted for free. Christchurch Cup Week wraps up on Saturday with the jewel in the Cup Week crown, Christchurch Casino NZ Cup and New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas Day. The Saturday Races attract the biggest crowds to Riccarton Racecourse. Fashionable ladies and gentlemen vie for the titles of best dressed man and woman in the Ballantynes Fashion in the Field competition. There are a range of categories to enter from high fashion to the daring body art section. Aside from the extravagant outfits, trackside you can watch the 3,200 metre Christchurch Casino NZ Cup which is sure to be an exciting end to eventful week in the city. For a full list of Cup and Show Week events, check out the official Cup and Show Week website. If you're wanting some tips on what not to wear to the races, check out this article.