June Events in Christchurch

June in Christchurch is a month of wonderful afternoons.  As the days draw in and the last autumn colours fade, you can still find plenty of things to do both inside and outside.

The Great British Encraftment Market

Held to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, this market has a theme of all things British.  Held at Rangi Ruru Girl’s School, 59 Hewitt’s Road, the market has many handcrafts for sale along with food and refreshments.  Parking and entry are free and the market will operate from 10am until 3pm.

Lego Learner’s Group

If your kids are between eight and fourteen, and want to play with Lego while have fun learning, the Learner's Lego Group could be for them.  Classes deal with the principals behind gears, levers pulleys, pneumatics and the forces of motion and energy, all in a fun environment of colourful Lego.  Classes are held daily (except Sunday) at The Learner, 120 Riccarton Road. Spaces are limited so booking is essential!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Re-creating the Big Band music of the 1930’s and 1940’s, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a concert that will get you “In the Mood” for a “Moonlight Serenade” and a sentimental journey down memory lane on the eve of Glenn Miller’s 75th anniversary. Featuring original Glenn Miller arrangements of the music of The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, the World War II melodies of Vera Lynn and classics of American culture such as Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo-choo  and Little Brown Jug, the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be performing a the CBS Canterbury Arena on Saturday June 22nd at 7:30pm.

The Christchurch Airport Marathon

Renowned as New Zealand’s fastest marathon course, the Christchurch Airport Marathon is inspired by the Commonwealth Games held in Christchurch in 1974.  The marathon’s scenic course is made even more attractive by the level of support given to competitors by local residents who cheers the runners on as they pass.  The marathon features a number of course options designed to cater for runners of all levels and abilities.  Whether you want to take part in the full marathon, half marathon, 10 kilometre run or kid’s Mara’Fun, the course will reward all your efforts.

The Dalai Lama talks about The Four Noble Truths

On Sunday June 9th, Christchurch will host a rare opportunity to hear the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet explain in his unique way the first teaching of the Buddha given over 2500 years ago in India. The Four Noble Truths, one of the core texts of Buddhism, explains the underlying nature of our existence as taught by the Buddha, it’s cause and it’s effect on our daily lives and the lives of all living beings. Delivered in a his usual conversational and inclusive manner, and suitable to a wide audience of all ages, this is a unique opportunity to hear the Dalai Lama speak on the benefits of practicing compassion in our daily lives. As the Dalai Lama has said: “I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. I don’t know whether the universe, with it’s countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves.”

Pub Quiz Nights

When it's cold outside, grab a few mates and try your hand at a pub quiz . It's a good way to show off your intelligence and general knowledge and there are usually good prizes up for grabs. A number  of pubs around Christchurch host weekly quiz nights. Monday night is quiz night at Bealey's Speights Ale House in the central city. On Tuesday nights, the Fox and Ferret in Riccarton, Bailies Bar in Edgeware and The Turf in Parklands hold their quizzes. And on Wednesdays it is the turn of Revival Bar, also in the central city.