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Winter’s Hottest Ashburton Events

As winter begins to make its chilly presence felt, there’s still plenty of fun activities to keep the whole family busy, active and entertained in Ashburton over the next few months. Here’s our list of top events coming up to get you through those colder days and nights.



1. Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom is the latest must-see live entertainment for children that will captivate young imaginations. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the show will be held at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre on Saturday 15 June at 12pm and 3pm. Prepare to be enchanted by the witch and her cat, along with a cast that includes a dog, a bird, a frog, and… a hungry dragon. For children aged 3 and up – and their grown-ups.To secure tickets, visit

2. Heartland Music Festival
The vocal prowess of Mid Canterbury’s local school choirs will be on display over two spectacular evenings in June. On Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June, from 7:30pm until 9:30pm, the Ashburton Trust Event Centre will host the annual Choral Festival, featuring Hinds, Longbeach, Allenton, Netherby and Tinwald Schools, plus many more! To secure tickets, visit

3. Adam McGrath
Well-known to music lovers in Canterbury for his twist on country-folk influenced sets, Adam McGrath is back to wow Ashburton audiences on Friday 14 June. The lead singer and songwriter of The Eastern returns to the Ashburton Trust Event Centre’s Woodham Foyer as part of his Ragged Ramble Tour. To secure tickets, visit

4. Dance Worx Ashburton Celebrates 50 Years
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dance Worx Ashburton, a special function will be held on Saturday 22 June at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre. Students will dance through the 50 years, covering everything from classical ballet to jazz funk. To secure tickets, visit

5. Simon O’Neill Recital
Described as “The Wagnerian Tenor of his generation”, Simon O’Neill returns to Ashburton on Thursday 4 July for a special concert, with Ian Paterson (bass-baritone) and Terence Dennis on piano, at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre. To secure tickets, visit

6. South Island Half Marathon
If you need a goal to keep yourself motivated throughout the winter months, why not start training for the South Island Half Marathon? Held at Lake Hood’s Huntington Park on Sunday 4 August, the marathon takes you around the beautiful lake and past stunning homes, gardens and reserves. Catering for all runners, the course is described as both fast and flat, which has got to be even better! To secure tickets, phone 027 226 7769.


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