It might not feel like it, but Spring is officially only a month or so away! Which means now is the perfect time to start booking ahead for events and accommodation. And if cherry blossoms in full flower is your "thing", you really need to make sure you are visiting Christchurch in September to enjoy the walk or drive through Hagley Park.
We have brought together some links to some of our other posts which are a perfect fit for the Spring and Summer months, as well as some of the events coming up in the Garden City.
1. Gardens to Visit around Canterbury
We did some homework so you don't have to, and brought together a nice collection of gardens around Christchurch and Canterbury that will be open for you to visit in the Spring months. Many gardens in this part of the world are at their best over spring, so make sure you don't miss out on seeing them in full bloom.
Wrap up in a few layers, tuck your brolly under one arm and head out for some of the cities most beautiful walks. As the daffodils start to pop through the long grass, and the blossoms appear, walking is an even more pleasurable activity. Just be well prepared for a change in the weather!
Yes, the International Film Festival is happening in the city through most of August. The venues are the Isaac Theatre Royal (the fanciest theatre you have ever watched a movie in!) and Hoyts Northlands. If you are looking for more mainstream fare check out our blog post on movie theatres around the city to go try out some you might not have visited before.
4. Street Food!
The Friday Street Food Market is back on from the beginning of August, every Friday from 11am till 9pm. You'll find the best food trucks, food stands from around the world and live entertainment, buskers and more gathered in Cathedral Square every week.
Featuring: 5 Foot way, Adams Malaysian Style Noodles, Escarto Espresso, Horse Shack Food Co, Indian Express, Indos Loveat, Kung Fu Dumplings, Lettuce Eat, Liberty Dogs, Little German Kitchen, Lucky Ninja, Malaysia delights Street Food, Polka Ltd, Q-Cuisine Catering, Spring Potato, Tag Coffee, The Vagabond Chefs, The Whole Hog, Tommy Taco, Transylvanian Delight - kürtős kalács/chimney cake, Yaki Soba, Yummy Treats and more!
All stalls take cash and most take Eftpos. You can read a little more about some of the vendors in our Food Trucks blog post.
5. Farmers Markets
Checking out the Farmer's Markets is always a fun thing to do, especially with the fresh new spring produce starting to become available. Check out our popular Farmer's Markets blog post for details on some of the best around the city.
6. Star Gazing
Each second Friday night from 7.30pm - 9.00pm till September 22nd 2017, the Canterbury Astronomical Society opens up the starry skies to the public via their telescopes. The location is the RF Joyce Observatory, 218 Bells Road, West Melton. Confirm the available nights via the CAS website.
Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children aged 5 - 15 years. This is weather dependent so you need to check their website to make sure it is proceeding that night. Refunds are given if the weather is not suitable. You can book online right here.
The Christchurch Arts Festival runs from 30 August - 17 September 2017. It's the perfect opportunity to brush off those winter blues!
This series of entertaining events has something for everyone, from comedy to ballet, the life and songs of Cole Porter and even our very own cabaret called Christ(church) Almighty! Performers are travelling to the Garden City from all around the globe - from places as far flunmg as China, Mexico, Denmark, South Korea, the UK, Sweden, Germany, Australia - and of course, from right here in NZed.
Check out the programme right here - and get booking those tickets!