Pirates take over

Beck Eleven looks at the weekend's events and beyond.

Pallet Party

One for the kids today. Dress them up and take them to the Pallet Pavilion Pirate Party. Games, face painting and a treasure hunt. On the site of the old Crowne Plaza hotel, corner of Durham and Kilmore streets. Saturday, 12.30pm to 3pm. For more events at the blue Gap Filler amphitheatre, see the website.

Coast to Coast Finishing Line

Head to Sumner beach to watch these incredible athletes cross the finishing line. Expect people coming through from about mid-afternoon on Saturday.

Summertimes Fun Day

The sausage-sizzle and face-painting community Fun Days across the weekend are: St Mary's Anglican Church, Saturday, 9am to 12pm, Church Lane, Merivale. St Luke's Halswell Union, Saturday, 4pm to 7pm, 438 Halswell Rd. St David's Union, Sunday, 11am to 2pm, in Cust. St Nicholas, Sunday, 12pm to 3pm, 231 Barrington St. St Barnabas Anglican Church, Sunday, 12pm to 3pm, 8 Tui St, Fendalton. Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Sunday, 4pm to 6pm, 168 Stanmore Rd.

Sunday Bandstand

Head to the Botanic Gardens where music will be played from the bandstand, just like Ye Olde Times. Starts on Sunday at noon with Bond Street Bridge band playing from 3pm to 4.30pm.


Waikuku Art Exhibition

The 9th annual art exhibition from the Waikuku Art Groups in North Canterbury. Both days of the weekend at the Brick Mill on Main North Rd, Waikuku, from 10am to 6pm. Gold coin donation.

Canterbury Scottish Cultural Festival

All things Scottish, Highland dancing, Scottish Country dancing, pipe bands, and a haggis ceremony from 9.30am on Sunday at the Riccarton Bush Market. Gold coin donation.

Christchurch Parent Centre - Family Fun Day

This group are having a family fun day so head to Steam Scene at McLeans Island on Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, for free train rides, magic show, icecream, sausage sizzle and face painting. Bookings to Pip Stephenson on pip.stephenson@hotmail.com.

Scrabble tournament

Wordgame lovers can attend a Scrabble tournament at the Pallet Pavilion on Monday from 6.30pm. Win prizes for the longest word, highest single play, highest total game score, lowest game score, most obscure word and more. Please bring a board. Coffee, cold drinks and food available on site.

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