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Events & escapades

Events & escapades

There’s some exciting events and escapades coming to Ashburton in coming months, things that will tempt, tantalise and tickle some funny bones. Looking for things to do and places to go? We’ve got a bunch.

Events & escapades

Ashton Family Circus & Dylan Daisy’s Magic Show

29 September to 30 September
Ashburton Domain
A wannabe strong man, a pole-dancer extraordinaire, princess aerialists and 5-year old twin tigers, complemented by a combination of illusion, dance and humour with an unexpected twist.


Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

10 October 10:30am and 1pm
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
Two bored kids. One rainy day. And one crazy cat wearing a red-striped hat. Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style.


Seven Deadly Stunts

1 November 7:30pm
Ashburton Trust Event Centre

Seven Deadly Stunts is a nail-biting experience, inspired by the life and times of Harry Houdini. Escapology, chainsaw juggling, walking on broken glass and other famous feats are performed.


Psychic Surgery With Jeanette Wilson

3 November 7:30pm to 10pm
Hotel Ashburton, 11/35 Racecourse Rd, Winchmore
Jeanette works with a team of spirit world doctors and surgeons to remove pain and restriction often within just minutes in this mind-opening evening.

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia’s Ashburton debut: get carried away to the music of ABBA at The Ashburton Events Centre

More than 54 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! And, in May 2018, it will be performed for a limited season at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, with a stellar cast, live band, amazing custom-made touring set and costumes.

Mamma Mia

The Ashburton Trust Event Centre was born out of the necessity to replace the aged Regent Theatre that had occupied the site for many years and was in very bad repair. “It would not have survived the Christchurch earthquakes had it still been standing,” Ashburton Events Centre Manager Roger Farr says.
“The brickwork was crumbling, the dressing rooms leaked like a sieve and there were broken trusses in the roof.”
Now ten years on, the Ashburton Trust Event Centre is gearing up to celebrate its first milestone by staging the box office extravaganza Mamma Mia. Leading the production team will be Director Roger Farr, Musical Director Richard Marrett and Choreographer Madison Tew Keyworth from Australia.
“I couldn’t think of a better show to pick for a celebration than Mamma Mia,” Madison says.
“It’s such a fun show; one of those shows that you just cannot help but smile when watching! It’s a clever storyline woven throughout Abba’s greatest hits.”
Mamma Mia runs from Friday 18 May to Saturday 26 May. For more information and to purchase tickets, drop in and see the team at the Event Centre, or visit online at