Library hours over the Canterbury Anniversary Weekend (Show Day)

All branches of the library at Ara Institute of Canterbury will be closed on Friday 13th November 2020 for Canterbury Anniversary Day (Show Day). We will reopen at 10am on Saturday 14th November.

Show Day will be different this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The annual Agricultural Exhibition held at the show grounds in Hillmorton has been cancelled this year. 

The Canterbury Agricultural Show in 2017…

Given that 80 000-100 000 people visit the show over its three days this was the only possible outcome. This will be only the second time in its history that the Show has been cancelled. The other time was during the Second World War when it did not take place from 1939-1944.

While the Canterbury Agricultural Show is cancelled most of us will still have a day off work & study. Show Weekend is usually fine so some sort of outdoor activity would seem to be a good alternate. Picnics, barbeques, camping, beach walks and family get togethers are all good options…

Travers Valley from the Lakehead Track jetty, Nelson Lakes National Park

Personally I will be spending the weekend tramping in Nelson Lakes National Park.

From all of us here at Ara Library I would like to wish you a safe Canterbury Anniversary Day and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

NZ Cup and A&P Show week 11-18th November 2017

Ara Institute of Canterbury (Christchurch and Ashburton campuses only)  will be closed on Friday 17th November as this is a public holiday for Canterbury. Take a break from your studies and immerse yourself in all things rural by heading to the Canterbury A&P show. Approximately 100,000 people visit the show which runs from 15th-17th November and there is something for everyone to enjoy eg; equestrian events, live music, carnival rides, woodchopping and livestock competitions.

If you would rather dress up in your finest attire and bet on horses then head to the Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 14th November.

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