Events in the Tasman/Nelson Region

Download a copy of the Summer Events GuideThis page contains a list of upcoming events in the Tasman/ Nelson region and a guide to summer events.

Summer Events Guide

Every year, the Tasman District Council produces a guide for locals and visitors to help promote the events, attractions and businesses of the Tasman District. In 2015-2016 the guide is co-produced with Nelson City Council.

Copies are distributed free to all households, and are available at i-Sites, libraries and Council Service Centres. Details include:

  • Outdoor events incuding movies, picnics and other family events;
  • New Year's Eve events;
  • Beach events;
  • Nelson Buskers Festival details;
  • Community and local events.

See also

Featured Events 

These events have been organised or supported by Tasman District Council.

Add An Event 

To add an event, use the regional events website All events listed in the Tasman District on ItsOn will appear on this page.

Event Listings 

Classical Concert
(Wednesday 2nd December 2015)

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of
classical music by The Doctors Duo (Dr
Andrew Divett, piano, and Dr Gerrit van
der Lingen, violin) and Maria Archer,
soprano. They will be performing works
by Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Schumann,
Schubert, Gershwin and some gypsy tunes.
Followed by drinks and nibbles

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Sport Tasman's Give it a go
(Wednesday 14th October–Wednesday 2nd December 2015)

Sport Tasman's Give it a go spring programme is out now. Try new recreational and sporting activities in a fun group focusing on having fun!

A new and exciting activity each week to give a go. Activities include Frisbee, Squash, Croquet, Table Tennis, Chair Yoga, Self Defence, Badminton & Mini Golf.

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Folk Night
(Thursday 3rd December 2015)

A fun and casual evening of folk music. Join in or just listen.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 12th February–Thursday 3rd December 2015)

Based at the Richmond Library, Mystery Ink discuss what’s hot and new in books, music and movies.

Get first choice of the new YA books fresh in at the library and win movie passes and books with cool competitions and spot prizes.

A great opportunity to meet new people and have a bit of fun. All welcome, ages 12 to 17.

Come check us out in the Young Adults section.

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Richmond Library: Mystery Ink
(Thursday 3rd December 2015)

Fun, games, prizes, food!

Party time at Mystery Ink! Come along and join in for our annual pizza special with surprise guest!

Mystery Ink is Richmond Library's group for teens where you can discuss what's hot and new in books, music, and movies.

A great opportunity to meet new people and have a bit of fun.

All welcome, ages 12-17.

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Motueka Christmas Night Market
(Friday 4th December 2015)

Join us at Deck's Reserve to pick up your Christmas gifts and get in the Christmas spirit. Stallholders will be local craftspeople, artists, and makers of delicious delicacies! This is the same night as the Starlight Christmas parade in Motueka. To apply for a stall, please contact Eva by phone at 021 77 10 11 or email: Cost is $25 per stall. Hosted by Motueka Playcentre.

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Motueka New World, Starlight Christmas Parade
(Friday 4th December 2015)

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

Celebrate with the whole town as they line the streets to watch in wonder. Santa and his sleigh, festive floats, marching bands, colourful street entertainers, music, food and fun for the whole family!

High Street foot traffic only from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Parade from 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Free Parking. Arrive early, leave late and explore everything Motueka has to offer!

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Gary McCormick Live at The Playhouse - SOLD OUT
(Friday 4th–Saturday 5th December 2015)

The Playhouse Theatre Presents
Gary McCormick
4th (half full) and 5th(soldout) Of December 2015
$25, 8pm start, Dinner available from 6pm. Disco DJ after show.

The one, the only Gary McCormick live at the Playhouse with his hilarious comedy show. Don't hesitate to book as this will sellout.

PURRRRFECT for your Christmas Party! Contact the Playhouse direct on 5402985

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Greenhill Orchestra Concert
(Saturday 5th December 2015)

A Greenhill Orchestra Concert with players from Blenheim (Marlborough Civic Orchestra) as well as Golden Bay Orchestra playing Beethoven Romance for Violin, Mozart Flute concerto, 1st movement, Faure's Elegie for Cello and Dvorak's New World Symphony.

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Mapua Makers Market
(Sunday 6th December 2015)

The Mapua Makers Market is a contemporary craft fair featuring unique and affordable handcrafted items.

We have a wide variety of stalls featuring local craftspeople, many of whom did not sell elsewhere. There is something for everyone at this unique market.

Come along and check out the amazing products and complete your Christmas shopping. There will be tables outside so bring a picnic or buy some delicious food at the Naked Bun and relax after a great shopping experience.

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Motueka A & P Show
(Friday 4th–Sunday 6th December 2015)

All the usual A & P Show fun, and this year celebrating our 80th birthday.

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Pigeon Valley Steam Museum Steam Up
(Sunday 6th December 2015)

Pigeon Valley Steam Museum, Wakefield, On Steam! Tractors, machinery, sawmill, Harry Holmwood Shed, Ray Win cars, Rural Life museum, traction engine & jigger rides. Allan Palmer 027 319 7427

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Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party
(Sunday 6th December 2015)

The magical and mystical Washbourne gardens are to become alive with the annual Tiny Tots, Toys and Teddies Christmas Party.

A spectacular lineup of children's performers will be on display featuring larger than characters to create a truly memorable experience.

Levity Beet will be along to serenade the audience with an interactive musical show to get everyone up and grooving. He will be joined by larger than life fancy costume characters, pony and cart rides, face painting, and an obstacle course courtesy of the Sport Tasman Active Movement Trailer.

Interactive play activities and games will also be available - sure to keep both young and old amused and active for ages.

So come along, bring your teddy, and join in the celebration.

Free community event, cancelled if wet.

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(Sunday 6th December 2015)

The 9th annual original music festival includes acts from through-out the Tasman region. This year we have...Shunt, Rocksalt, The Dark Country, The Fartbombs, Queen St Crusher, The Bollocks, Chris Rendel, Van Helsing and Des Comody plus one extra act that needs no introduction. Free entry for all!!!

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Arduino Robotics
(Tuesday 20th October–Tuesday 8th December 2015)

Ministry of Inspiration - This senior class for ages 13+, will construct a Bluetooth controlled robot that will navigate based on input from the student's smartphone. Once constructed, the robots will be placed against a series of challenges and competitions that the students will have to overcome through their acquired skills!

The cost of this workshop is $140 which includes students bringing home their own Arduino robot that they have built and programmed. If a student has a lap top computer please bring it along. Nelson College will provide netbooks for students who need them.

Please bring an ice cream container or shoe box to put your pieces in each week.

This workshop requires the students to bring their own blue-tooth device, like a tablet, smart phone, and/or Ipad/Ipod.

This course runs from 20 October to 8 December, Tuesdays.

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Motueka Library: Book Talk - All Guts, No Glory
(Thursday 10th December 2015)

Join author Cheryl Carnahan talking about her book All Guts, No Glory: Nelson Tasman Nurses and Chaplains of World War I.

All Guts, No Glory introduces the courageous nurses and chaplains from the Nelson Tasman area who were often very close to the firing line during World War I.

Meet the author of a very special book marking this important time in local history.

The book talk will be followed by light refreshments and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Big Bike Tune Up at the Takaka Market
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

Grab a free bike check and tune-up from the Get Moving team at the Big Bike Tune Up at the Takaka Village Market. If you're visiting the market, or just in town on Sunday morning head over to the Get Moving pergola to give your bike some Christmas cheer, and maybe pick up a bike-related give-away or information on riding in Tasman or Nelson.

Get Moving is supported by Nelson City and Tasman District Councils and is focussed on getting people more motivated to be active and out enjoying some exercise for a healthier, happier lifestyle. So whether you walk, run or cycle find out some fun ways to do it at Get Moving.

For bad weather postponement check

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Brightwater Glo-lites
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

Saturday 12th December 2015
Brightwater Glo-lites is a highlight on the Brightwater Community calendar. The event is held at Snowden's Bush with the local fire brigade, school, kindergarten and church coming together to provide a fun filled evening of entertainment. Come along and enjoy a picnic tea with live music and Christmas carols. Food, refreshments and glo-lites available for purchase or bring your own and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Santa will be making an appearance again this year.

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Carols in the Church
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

Sing through the Christmas Story by candlelight with the Light of Christ Singers in the beautiful Upper Moutere Heritage Church Building.

This family friendly event is an annual event that starts the Christmas season in Upper Moutere with a chance to relax and be entertained amidst the rush of the busy season.

Supper is provided.

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Santa Parade Golden Bay
(Saturday 12th December 2015)

A parade by Golden Bay's Collectable Vehicle and Tractor clubs, a visit by Santa in his sleigh plus performances by the Takaka Citizen's Band and the Motueka Highland Pipe Band. FREE face painting and balloons for parade participants.
Please note that Commercial St will be closed from 10am to noon.

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A Night to Remember
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

"A Night to Remember" with Diana Whittaker Clairvoyant & Medium. A special christmas event connecting you to those you have loved and lost, whoever and wherever they are. Join us for an evening of love laughter and light and awesome psychic energy.

Some extra special gifts from Diana on the night.

Food and drink available throughout the evening from the bar.

Don't miss out reserve your places today

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Carols by lamplight
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

Annual celebration held in Bev & Ernie Dyke's woolshed, singing traditional Christmas Carols accompanied by Motueka District Brass, and musical items from "The Sisterhood ' quartet.
This popular event has been held here for about 30 years - a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Interruptions from the 'pet sheep' are a 'special feature'of the evening!
People are advised to arrive early to get a seat and wear warm clothing.

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Christmas in the Gardens
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

Featuring Nelson City Brass, Trudi Wilson and special guest Santa. FREE photo with Santa*
Bring a picnic or cash for a sausage sizzle.

Postponed if wet to Wednesday 16 December 6-8pm.
*While stocks last.

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Explore Yourself Retreat
(Monday 7th–Sunday 13th December 2015)

Discover practical methods for exploring your internal world. Experience the different branches of yoga to suit all personalities and receive a broad range of tools to help you uncover who you really are. Leave with an enhanced set of skills to apply to your daily life.

• Hatha yoga class
• Small group discussions
• Guided meditation
• Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• Karma yoga (action with meditative awareness)
• Daily chanting
• Kirtan (singing mantras to music)
• Havan (ancient Vedic fire ceremony)

Every Body is Welcome!


NZ$495 (6 nights) including shared accommodation, all meals & daily schedule
20% non-refundable deposit required to secure your place

Part HANDS accepted.

For Bookings & Information:

Please contact us via email or telephone.

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Kids Community Christmas Party
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

One Huge Childrens Christmas Party for the whole family.

If you have been before you'll know how good it is.

Totally free. Rides, activities and food for all.

Everyone welcome. Cafe for the adults.

And the best thing is it's all free - our gift to you.

Grace Church ~ helping families celebrate Christmas

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Meet Local Writers
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

Do you write? Are you interested in writing? Would you like to meet other people who share your interest?

The local branch of New Zealand Society of Authors is hosting an informal event which will provide the opportunity to socialise, network and share something about your work (if you want to).

Bring your publications, your work in progress, your news, any questions you may have. Bring along your old friends and be ready to make some new ones! Everyone is welcome.

There will be a guest speaker, Tony Etchells, talking about 'Working for the Beeb', a light-hearted look at his 15 years as a screenwriter for the BBC.

Afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for a gold coin donation.

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Second Hand Sunday
(Sunday 13th December 2015)

Have you heard of SECOND HAND SUNDAY? The idea is simple—it’s like a garage sale at your home but with no money involved. You put out items and people come by and take those items away for free. Or you can go on your very own treasure hunt!

How to Participate
If you have items you would like the offer, please register online or pick up a registration form the Council Customer Service Centre.

If you would like to look for items, there will be a list of the registered participating households online or you can pick up a copy from the Council Customer Service Centre. You do not have to be registered to take part. For those looking for items, please respect the 10am start time.

What to do
•Sort and collect the things you wish to put out. Please do not include items such as food or dangerous goods like faulty electrical equipment, chemicals or firearms.
•Register before 9.00am on Thursday 10 Dec. Your address will be added to our participant list.
•Print the letterbox poster and put it up before 10am.
•Put your items out on your driveway - please not on the footpath.
•At the end of the day bring in any remaining items.

This event is run in partnership with Tasman District Council.

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The Paul Madsen Super Star Show - SOLD OUT
(Thursday 10th–Sunday 13th December 2015)

Madsen Promotions Presents
The Paul Madsen Super Star Show
10th, 11th and 12th ,13th (if required) December 2015
$25, 8pm start, Dinner available from 6pm.

Paul Madsen busts out all your favorite acts in this world class tribute show. Queen, The BeeGees, The Eagles, CCR, Neil Diamond, Elvis and more!!!
With over 20 years of performing all around the world from Las Vegas to Lyttelton. Don't miss this amazing entertainer make you laugh, sing and most importantly dance!

PURRRRFECT for Christmas Party! Contact the Playhouse direct on 5402985

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Richmond Library: Tasman Talks Titles Book Group
(Wednesday 18th February–Wednesday 16th December 2015)

Tasman Talks Titles is a chance for you to talk about what you have enjoyed reading and to hear about what other people have been reading.

You'll also get to see a selection of new titles which the library has purchased.

Tasman Talks Titles meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3.00pm

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Country Music Night
(Thursday 17th December 2015)

We've got the band, you've got the voice. Or you can just watch the action!

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Live Poets Society
(Thursday 17th December 2015)

The Live Poets evening kicks off with music from local musicians and an open mic session follows. Our guest poet takes the stage around 8:15 pm. After a break, the second open mic session will roll from 9.15 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend or participate. Contact Rose at

Thanks to Creative Communities and Community Grants from Rates for their support.

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Complementary Currency H.A.N.D.S. Market
(Friday 18th December 2015)

How About Non-Dollar System (H.A.N.D.S.) presents a lively summer market on the Takaka Village Green in Golden Bay. Enjoy live music, refreshments and a convivial market scene. Come experience Golden Bay's complementary currency system!

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Matt Harris/Acoustic Blues
(Friday 18th December 2015)

Matt Harris/Acoustic Blues will be playing at the vibrant, "Kai Waka Cafe" in Motueka on Friday the 18th of December from 7pm.

Matt has a tasteful, laid back style, he also cranks out some upbeat blues standards and originals.

He has a rhythmic, bass line, finger-picking guitar style, while wailing away on the harp at times, accompanied by his bluesy soulful vocal.

A resident in Nelson he's looking forward to heading over to play in Motueka at this festive season.

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Motueka Library: Babytime
(Friday 20th February–Friday 18th December 2015)

Babytime is a fun, social and interactive programme introducing literacy and a love of language to babies, as well as helping to develop the bond between parent and child.

Babytime is a 30 minute programme of action rhymes, music, and books especially suitable for children two years and under. We do not limit session numbers.

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Takaka Library: Cryptic Turkeys
(Friday 20th March–Friday 18th December 2015)

Book club for kids!.

A fun session for 9-12 year olds where you can talk books, share your favourite authors, play games, tackle quizzes and have first pick of the new children’s books.

The group meets every third Friday during the school term.

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Cruise Control Band at The Mapua Sprig and Fern
(Saturday 19th December 2015)

Be entertained and dance the night away to the beat and groove of Cruise Control, a 3-piece boogie and soft rock band. Hear the songs of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Neil Young, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, America, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times.

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Gypsy Pickers @ Toad Hall Motueka
(Saturday 19th December 2015)

"Hot rhythms and feel-good music with the power of soul!"

The GYPSY PICKERS are a multi-instrument duo known for their engaging live performances that have kept them busy on the NZ and international touring scene.

These two lively entertainers have a captivating show and an extensive repertoire to suit any event. The Gypsy Pickers make music to move you and make you move - with rock, popular, reggae, bluegrass, celtic, blues, roots, classic hits, jazz, originals and more - to suit the occasion. For a night of floor-shaking dance music or a quality concert experience, the Gypsy Pickers are known for consistently pleasing crowds of all ages.

Experts at their craft on hot guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, melodica, rich vocals and percussion.

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Tapawera Country Christmas Twilight Fair
(Saturday 19th December 2015)

Join us for a great selection of local and out of town craft stalls. Enjoy a bite to eat on offer from one of our food carts whilst listening to live music in the beautiful setting of the sculpture garden.
This year's fair has a new time of day which is perfect for a relaxed afternoon of shopping. Christmas/Shopping/Relaxed - yes these words can all go together! New stalls and some familiar ones too. There really is something for everyone. A family friendly date to mark in your diaries escaping the hustle and bustle of town with easy parking and a short stroll to a feast for your eyes.
Bring your family and friends for a magical day with plenty on offer.
Gold coin entry with St John's Ambulance as our chosen charity.
Check out our FaceBook page Tapawera Christmas Fair

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Carols by Candlelight at Washbourn Gardens
(Sunday 20th December 2015)

The serene Washbourn Gardens lays host to Richmond's Carols by Candlelight where all your favourite christmas tunes will be sung and celebrated in true festive spirit.

Pack a picnic, bring some warm clothing and come along to share in the tradition that has been spreading christmas joy in Richmond for over 20 years.

Candles available to purchase (gold coin) at the event.

Free community event, cancelled if wet.

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Carols in the Vineyard
(Sunday 20th December 2015)

A friendly Community Carols event held in the beautiful gardens of Neudorf Vineyard (Moutere Hills Community Centre if it's raining)

This is a great chance to celebrate the Christmas season with a band, soloist performances and even a visit from local Muppets Millie and Bonzo.

Bring a rug and some nibbles and join with us. Neudorf Wines available for purchase on the night. A fun night for all ages.

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Pit Stop & Kids Light Competition
(Thursday 17th–Sunday 20th December 2015)

A 'PIT STOP' on the Light Up Nelson trail.

Visit the Headingly Centre to view the Kids Lights Competition.

See what Chirstmas means to us.
Enjoy free tea and coffee & live entertainment.
Toilets available

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RED: A Fairy Tale Burlesque Show
(Friday 18th–Sunday 20th December 2015)

Mamma Vega presents
RED: A Fairy Tale Burlesque Show
18th and 19th December 2015.
$20, 8pm start, Dinner available from 6pm. Disco DJ after show till late.

International Burlesque artist Verona Vega returns to Nelson. Accompanying her are the cream of the crop of The New Zealand burlesque scene. Expect a little sauciness, laughs and great acts take on fairy tales and twist them in their own sexy ways.

R18, this event is about empowerment not sleaziness and is suitable for most people.


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RichmondLibrary: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A hands on session using songs, stories, rhymes and movement for children aged two years and younger with their caregivers.

An opportunity to have fun in the library, interact with your tot using rhymes, songs and movement and introduce them to the wonderful world of books.

Every Tuesday during school term time.

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Takaka Library: Tiny Tots
(Tuesday 10th February–Tuesday 22nd December 2015)

A fun hands-on session for the under-twos.

Songs, movement, rhymes and stories for early learning.

Every Tuesday during term time.

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Richmond Library: Alzheimers and Dementia Information Sessions
(Wednesday 23rd September–Wednesday 23rd December 2015)

Do you have questions about Alzheimers and dementia? Not sure where to go to get answers?

Alzheimers Nelson staff will be in the library on the fourth Wednesday of the month to help you find the information you need.

These are informal drop-in sessions. No booking required.

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Christmas Carols on the Village Green
(Thursday 24th December 2015)

Come join our Christmas Carols on The Village Green led by the Candle Light Choir for everyone's favourite traditional Christmas carols. Song Sheets provided.
If wet Carols at the Takaka Village Theatre across the road.

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Ron Valente's - Open Mic Thursdays
(Thursday 29th October–Thursday 24th December 2015)

Ron Valente (of the Gypsy Pickers) hosts the Brigand Cafe Bar's popular open mic nights. Every Thursday from 9pm.
Always lots of fun, surprise musicians and dancing. No cover charge.

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Richmond Community Christmas Dinner
(Friday 25th December 2015)

A community Christmas Dinner held in central Richmond at noon on Christmas Day.
This family friendly event is open to all including those who would otherwise be on their own, visitors passing through, those struggling to make ends meet, as well as those who would just like to be a part of a larger event at this time of year.
Registrations would be appreciated and can be made at the Richmond Mall or at Holy Trinity Anglican Church office 27 Dorset St. Preference will be given to those who have registered.

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Traditional European Christmas Luncheon
(Friday 25th December 2015)

Playhouse Cafe's presents a Traditional European Christmas Lunch, brought to you by Manuela Fuhrimann from Switzerland

Why cook Christmas lunch when the Playhouse Cafe can provide all you need for a relaxing day in the sun for the whole family with a traditional European Christmas feast.

Buffet banquet for the whole family with all the trimmings. Smoked salmon, mussels, gourmet salads, Ham, Roast beef and much much more.

This event sold out months ahead of time last year and booking are compulsory, so please give us a call on 035402985 to reserve your spot.

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The Great Backyard Cricket Comp
(Saturday 26th December 2015)

Boxing day is a great day for cricket, especially backyard cricket...get your team together and participate in the thrid annual GREAT BACKYARD CRICKET COMP at the Playhouse Cafe on Dec 26th.

This event will take place from 2pm with teams of 5 facing off in the purpose built backyard Cricket pitch in our kids area.

Round robin tournament and then knock out comp.

Entertainment in the early evening and prize giving after event. Lots of give-aways!


Teams of five, must register ahead of time at the Playhouse by calling 5402985 or email

10 overs per side

one hand one bounce
over the fence on the full is out
bonus objects in play for extra points

and many other minor rules to be advised on the day.

This is a family friendly event so get the team together and register now! Limited spaces so dont miss out.

Call 5402985 for further details.

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