The district’s annual Heritage Week has grown to become the Christchurch Heritage Festival.

With more than 80 heritage events to choose from in Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and Selwyn over three weeks in October, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.

Here in Ōtautahi Christchurch and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū Banks Peninsula we have many stories, from Ngāi Tahu, the European settlers, Pasifika and people of other ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have made this place home.

The Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival 2019 is an opportunity to share the stories of the past that link us to this place. He tātai muka, he tātai tangata – weave together the strands, weave together the people.

Search the programme below or pick up a copy of the Heritage Festival printed guide from your local library or service centre.

An Anglican perspective

We have gone through the events and have created a list of events that might be of special interest to Anglicans and include this below.

  1. Spirited Cemetery Tours – St Paul’s Anglican Cemetery – find Sir Charles Upham
  1. Historic Akaroa Cemetery Tours – Join a guided walk through the historic Catholic, Dissenter and Anglican Cemeteries of Akaroa.
  1. The Rose Historic Chapel Trust invites you to enjoy the chapel and grounds, and listen to a talk by trustee Susan Harding.
  1. St Paul’s Open Day and Cemetery Tours Visit St Paul’s Church to find your Papanui ancestors.
  1. An opportunity for children aged 5 to 10 to discover the story behind it and make a Christ Church Cathedral rose window.
  1. St Michael’s And All Angels Parish and School Since 1850 Visit the church and see some special displays relating to the history of the parish and the school.
  1. Walk from historic St John’s Church and graveyard through the Hororata Domain and the main street of Hororata to the Hororata Museum and Cotons’ Cottage where refreshments are available.
  1. A special opportunity for small tours to see Christ Church Cathedral from inside the construction fences.
  1. Spirited Cemetery Tours – St Mary’s Anglican Cemetery Join local historian Richard Greenaway on a tour of the historic grave sites of Canterbury citizens.
  1. Join us at the Transitional Cathedral for Devonshire teas. You will be entertained by the Cathedral’s Director of Music and the choristers. Groups will be taken to visit The Christchurch Club for a tour of the Benjamin Mountfort tower.
  1. Christ Church Cathedral – stained glass and stonemason demonstrations. A rare opportunity to see what’s involved in the repair and restoration of some stone and stained-glass heritage items.
  1. Spirited Cemetery Tours – St Peter’s Anglican Churchyard
  1. Join local historian Richard Greenaway on a tour of the Burwood Anglican Cemetery, and see where the  first president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union is buried, and more.
  1. Join local historian Richard Greenaway on a tour of the Avonside Anglican Cemetery, and see where some of our founding fathers (and their  wives) are buried including Superintendent Rolleston, museum founder Julius von Haast, and architect BW Mountfort.
  1. Fun for the family at the annual Hororata Parish Spring Fair.