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Selwyn Times: December 19, 2017

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22 Wednesday December 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at SUMMER FUN AND HOLIDAY GUIDE SELWYN TIMES A festive fun summer With lots of last minute things to do, this time of year can be a rush, completing Christmas present and food shopping, along with packing for a planned holiday away. Remember to take time out to chill and enjoy this festive time of the year, making the most of the opportunities to share a little Christmas spirit with others. If looking for that extra special gift or something unique: • A Lincoln Christmas Twilight Market will be held this Thursday, 21 December (4-7pm) along with the usual market on Saturday, 23 December (10am-1pm). • The West Melton Market will be on this Saturday, 22 December (9am-12noon). Entertaining the children may also include checking out the Christmas lights adorning many homes as well as a visit to the Seawards’ Christmas light display in Shands Road, open every night 8.30pm to midnight, up to the 30 December. You might also take the children to the Darfield Jail Santa’s Grotto. You can take a photo of the little ones with Santa from 3-6pm tomorrow this Thursday, 21 December and Friday, 22 December, or 10am-12noon this Saturday, 23rd December. The family will enjoy cooling off at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre where a pool party with games, prizes, music and inflatables will add to the fun this Wednesday, 20 December (2-4pm). The local pools at Darfield, Sheffield and Southbridge will also be open over the holiday period for a refreshing swim while there are lots of other places to enjoy a dip like the Pegasus Bay or peninsula’s beaches. Until the end of January, children up to 12 years can also participate in the district’s libraries Selwyn Summer Reading BINGO, which sets reading tasks that will add another dimension to the holiday period and have them chilling out with their head in a book or other written material. For a fun day out at the trots, there are two events scheduled for the Interislander Summer Festival Motukarara Trots, on Friday, 29 December and Sunday, 28 January (both beginning at 10am). In the city, international cricket games will be held on Saturday, 23 December and on Boxing Day, 26 December while the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will run from 13 January to 3 February. The Ingham’s Lazy Sundays are on again in 2018, from 7 January to 25 February (3.30-5pm) on the Botanic Garden’s Archery Lawn. The whole family might also enjoy a day flying kites on Saturday, 20 January (1pm- 4pm) at New Brighton Beach. On your way there, check out the Street Prints Ōtautahi, a free street art festival of new murals in and around Christchurch and call into the Margaret Mahy Family Playground. Of course the World Buskers Festival will be on again, 18-28 January, with amusing entertainment, 11am to 11pm each day. With even more on offer over summer there are fun times in store to extend out the festive season. SUMMER in SELWYN OVER 70 EVENTS DECEMBER–APRIL! All your favourite events including: · Faringdon Music on the Green · New World Rolleston Picnic in the Park · Spectrum Lighting & Sound Outdoor Movies ... and many more! For a complete list of events follow us on Facebook or visit the Council website. growing strong communities together Shop 5, New World Shopping Centre, Rolleston

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday December [Edition 20 datE] 2017 233 SUMMER FUN AND HOLIDAY GUIDE Fun in the water this summer There are some great places to swim nearby. Starting with Rolleston’s Selwyn Aquatic Centre, children and adults alike will enjoy time in the pool with inflatables and paddle boats there to add to the fun. Check the advertisement on this page and selwyn-aquatic-centre for hours and days the centre is open. Local public swimming pools open this year are: • Darfield – an outdoor pool and two indoor pools – learners’ and paddling. (Children under 8 years must be supervised.) • Leeston – an outdoor pool suitable for families with primary and preschool children. (Children under 14 years must be supervised.) • Sheffield – two outdoor pools – lane and paddling with new changing facilities. (Children under 10 years must be supervised.) • Southbridge – two outdoor pools – lane and paddling plus hydroslide with new changing facilities. (Children under 8 years must be supervised). (Check: for pool details including opening hours.) Lakes and rivers suitable for swimming vary in water height and quality by the season and over summer. Swimming holes and places for a cool dip may be found in the: • Selwyn River at Coes Ford, Chamberlain’s Ford, Whitecliffs and Glentunnel. • Waimakariri River, a fast flowing river so avoid the main channels especially when the river is high, looking instead for a quieter flowing area. • The high country lakes, which may offer the opportunity for a quick albeit cold dip. (Check Ecan’s Facebook page: www. for water quality.) Bays and Beaches ideal for a great day out include: • Akaroa – a tidal beach in town, at Children’s Bay (a short walk away), and across the harbour at Wainui. • Eastern Bays – Port Levy, Pigeon Bay, Little Akaloa, Okains Bay (bookings essential for those camping), and Le Bons Bay. • Lyttelton Harbour – Corsair Bay, Cass Bay, Governor’s Bay, Charteris Bay, Diamond Harbour, Purau and Camp Bay. • Pegasus Bay – Taylor’s Mistake and Sumner through to Waikuku are great for swimming and surfing when the surf is on. The coolest place in Selwyn this summer! For the kids There’s something for all ages, including toddlers’ pool, leisure pool with lazy river, and fun lanes in the main pool. Inflatable play equipment will be available each day throughout the holidays. For grown-ups Join the kids in the leisure pool, swim lengths in the main pool, exercise in the hydrotherapy pool, or relax in the spa pool. If retail therapy is your thing, there’s an extensive range of the latest swimwear from Speedo, TYR and Zoggs to choose from. Christmas Hours · Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve), 6am–6pm · Sunday 31 December (New Year’s Eve), 6am–6pm · Wednesday 27 December–Tuesday 2 January, 8am–8pm · Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day · Normal hours resume Wednesday 3 January (6am–9pm weekdays and 8am–8pm weekends) KEEP FIT AND HAVE FUN! Selwyn Aquatic Centre 71 Broadlands Drive, Rolleston 7643 Contact (03) 347 2734