Lots of fun on this weekend and there really is something to suit all tastes. Horsey stuff, history stuff, kids fun, racing cars, art…take your pick. Why does everything seem to happen at once? Last weekend was a bit quiet – this weekend everyone is holding their events. Ah well, it’s a great weekend to get out and have some fun.
Woodford Glen Speedway – Friday 13th 7pm start – New Zealand Streetstock Championship – This includes Streetstocks, A-Grades/Saloons and Ministocks. Tickets are Adults $20, Juniors $5 and a Family Pass $40 (great value that family pass by the way as it covers 2 adults and 4 kids).
Art Exhibition – Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm – The Brick Mill, Main North Road, Waikuku – This is an annual exhibition and is advertising a real wide range of art forms from sculpture to painting, watercolours to pottery. There will be a combination of first time exhibitors and some returning from previous years. There is a broad spectrum of contributing artists; their use of media include: glass making, jewellery making, sculpture, pottery, painting – oil, acrylic, watercolour and line drawing. Some artists have been working in their chosen field for many years exhibiting both locally and elsewhere. Others are participating for the first time. Gold coin donation entry fee.
Birch Hill Station Memorial Ride and Guest Speaker Evening – Birch Hill Memorial, Okuku – Sat 14th and Sun 15th – Apparently 10,000 horses went from NZ to WW1. Only 4 returned. There is a memorial ride for those military horses on Sunday. But I hadn’t noticed they are also having a guest speaker evening about WW1 horses which takes place on Saturday evening at Ashgrove Primary School in Rangiora where you can listen to Paul Sanderson presenting his WW1 horse documentary ‘All the King’s Horses’ as well as a Derrick Milton giving a history on Birch Hill Station and the legacy of his great great uncle. There will also be poetry and songs. Tickets are $15 per adult and under 16s are free and can be purchased in advance. It sounds like a fantastic evening for the horsey or the historically minded. You can find out more details, including where to buy tickets on their website.
St Joseph’s School Fair – Rangiora – Sunday 15th Feb 11.30am to 3.30pm – We went to this last year and had a fab time with the kiddo. This year they’re promising live entertainment, pony rides, craft stalls and a white elephant. There’s also going to be a fashion parade that will feature some great clothes from Kaiapoi based designer clothing label Martha Nellie. Apparently there’s also a chance for kids to meet Peppa Pig. Sounds fun. Gold coin donation entry fee.
Summer Fun Day – Trinity Methodist Church, Rangiora – Sunday 15th, 11am to 2pm – A free community event that will include: sausage sizzle,bouncy castle, balloon twisting, face painting and a bit randomly, archery.
Old Fashioned Family Picnic – Mandeville Sports Ground, Mandeville – Sunday 15th, 11am to 4pm – Well, this sounds good if only because you can leave your wallet at home. It’s totally free and apparently there’s nothing to buy. So if you want to eat, you really do need to take an old fashioned picnic and not hope for a coffee van I guess. They’re advertising old fashioned activities like the 3-legged race, egg and spoon race, sack race, etc. Could be fun if the weather is nice. But if it’s raining it’s cancelled. So watch the skies.