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Nelson Farmers Market

Every Wednesday Rain or Shine the Farmers Market comes to Morrison Square bringing you local fresh produce and products from all over the top of the south region. Come down have lunch and sample some incredible deals and taste sensations from the people that grew and made the products themselves!

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Nelson Farmers Market is on these dates:

  • 13th May 2015
  • 20th May 2015
  • 27th May 2015
  • 3rd June 2015
  • 10th June 2015
  • 17th June 2015
  • 24th June 2015
  • 1st July 2015
  • 8th July 2015
  • 15th July 2015
  • 22nd July 2015
  • 29th July 2015
  • 5th August 2015
  • 12th August 2015
  • 19th August 2015
  • 26th August 2015
  • 2nd September 2015
  • 9th September 2015
  • 16th September 2015
  • 23rd September 2015
  • 30th September 2015
  • 7th October 2015
  • 14th October 2015
  • 21st October 2015
  • 28th October 2015
  • 4th November 2015
  • 11th November 2015
  • 18th November 2015
  • 25th November 2015
  • 2nd December 2015
  • 9th December 2015
  • 16th December 2015
  • 23rd December 2015
  • 30th December 2015
  • 6th January 2016
  • 13th January 2016
  • 20th January 2016
  • 27th January 2016
  • 3rd February 2016
  • 10th February 2016
  • 17th February 2016
  • 24th February 2016
  • 2nd March 2016
  • 9th March 2016
  • 16th March 2016
  • 23rd March 2016
  • 30th March 2016
  • 6th April 2016
  • 13th April 2016
  • 20th April 2016
  • 27th April 2016
  • 4th May 2016
  • 11th May 2016
  • 18th May 2016
  • 25th May 2016
  • 1st June 2016
  • 8th June 2016
  • 15th June 2016
  • 22nd June 2016
  • 29th June 2016
  • 6th July 2016
  • 13th July 2016
  • 20th July 2016
  • 27th July 2016
  • 3rd August 2016
  • 10th August 2016
  • 17th August 2016
  • 24th August 2016
  • 31st August 2016
  • 7th September 2016
  • 14th September 2016
  • 21st September 2016
  • 28th September 2016
  • 5th October 2016
  • 12th October 2016
  • 19th October 2016
  • 26th October 2016
  • 2nd November 2016
  • 9th November 2016
  • 16th November 2016
  • 23rd November 2016
  • 30th November 2016
  • 7th December 2016
  • 14th December 2016
  • 21st December 2016
  • 28th December 2016
  • 4th January 2017
  • 11th January 2017
  • 18th January 2017
  • 25th January 2017
  • 1st February 2017
  • 8th February 2017
  • 15th February 2017
  • 22nd February 2017
  • 1st March 2017
  • 8th March 2017
  • 15th March 2017
  • 22nd March 2017
  • 29th March 2017
  • 5th April 2017
  • 12th April 2017
  • 19th April 2017
  • 26th April 2017
  • 3rd May 2017
  • 10th May 2017
  • 17th May 2017
  • 24th May 2017
  • 31st May 2017
  • 7th June 2017
  • 14th June 2017
  • 21st June 2017
  • 28th June 2017
  • 5th July 2017
  • 12th July 2017
  • 19th July 2017
  • 26th July 2017
  • 2nd August 2017
  • 9th August 2017
  • 16th August 2017
  • 23rd August 2017
  • 30th August 2017
  • 6th September 2017
  • 13th September 2017
  • 20th September 2017
  • 27th September 2017
  • 4th October 2017
  • 11th October 2017
  • 18th October 2017
  • 25th October 2017
  • 1st November 2017
  • 8th November 2017
  • 15th November 2017
  • 22nd November 2017
  • 29th November 2017
  • 6th December 2017
  • 13th December 2017
  • 20th December 2017
  • 27th December 2017
  • 3rd January 2018
  • 10th January 2018
  • 17th January 2018
  • 24th January 2018
  • 31st January 2018
  • 7th February 2018
  • 14th February 2018
  • 21st February 2018
  • 28th February 2018
  • 7th March 2018
  • 14th March 2018
  • 21st March 2018
  • 28th March 2018
  • 4th April 2018
  • 11th April 2018
  • 18th April 2018
  • 25th April 2018
Tasman Skatepark Tour 2017 - Brightwater

The Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to the region this summer, showcasing the best talent on skateboards, bmx bikes and scooters.

Skate, BMX and scooter competitions are split into junior (5-11 yrs), senior (12-17 yrs) and open (18+ yrs) categories.

The tour’s championship leaderboard has riders across all ages and disciplines competing for competition points from placing at each heat.

Accompanying the smoking hot thrills and spills of the park will be bass pumping, toe tapping tunes from the regions finest youth DJ's.

The Tasman Skatepark Tour is a free community event with entries taken on the day.

Helmets are compulsory for all competitors entering the competition.

The tour is also visiting Takaka, Mapua, Tapawera, Motueka, Murchison, Richmond and Nelson.

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An Introduction to Micro Controllers - A Workshop for Children

A behind the scenes look at projects from 'The Arcade' and 'Light Nelson' events and a hands on introduction to electrical circuits, microcontrollers, LEDs and sensors.

The workshop is aimed at children aged 11 years and over. No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and experiment.

The workshops will be limited to 10 children but parents/caregivers of the children are welcome to come along too.

Please bring along a laptop if possible (we will have a small number of computers available for those that don't have access to their own).

There is no cost for the workshop but if children wish to take components home there will be a charge to cover the cost.

The first workshop will run on Wednesday afternoon from 1pm until 4pm and a second workshop will run on Thursday if there is enough interest.

To register or for more information email johnpaulpochin@lightnelson.org.nz

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Tommy and The Fallen Horses

The Amazing Tommy and his horses at The Playhouse

Amazing act not to be missed!

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Outdoor Picnic Story Time at Takaka Library

Join us in the courtyard by the Takaka Library for outdoor story time.

Grab a towel or a blanket and enjoy your picnic while listening to some great stories. Children can also play with chalk art along the paths.

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Takaka Library: Outdoor Picnic Storytime

You bring the picnic, a towel or blanket and a hat. We'll provide the stories.

Enjoy listening to some great stories while enjoying your summer picnic in the area courtyard outside Takaka Library.

Then create some pavement art using chalk.

Cancelled if wet.

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Splash Time at Nayland Pool

A great way to introduce your toddler to the water with games, music and interactive learning. The pool will be filled with fun toys to make the experience even more interactive. This event will require you to be in the water with your child! What better way to spend the morning, little ones will also be required to wear a little swimmer nappy.

Event cancellations will be listed on https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParksProgramme

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Richmond Library: Outdoor Picnic Storytime

You bring the picnic, a towel or blanket and a hat. We'll provide the stories.

Enjoy listening to some great stories while enjoying your summer picnic in the area beside the Richmond Library courtyard.

Then create some pavement art using chalk.

Cancelled if wet.

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Best 80's Dance Party EVA!!!!

Big Tobacco present: THE WORLD’s BEST 80’s DISCO PARTY!!!
Friday 20th January
Doors open 6pm, Music from 7pm. FREE TO ALL!
Big Tobacco playing all the 80’s tracks you love on vinyl all night long!!!
Come dress up and celebrate the 80s goodness!!

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Parcel of Rogues with Pretty Tricky Pony

From the shores of Wellington’s harbour to the fjords of Scandinavia, a veritable bucketload of experience and experiences come together to form ‘A Parcel of Rogues.’ Having been around in one guise or another for nigh on 15 years, the latest version comes in a three piece form – being the magic number n ‘all! Tastes of alternative country, bluegrass and folk with a sprinkling of Celtic spices forms the bands sounds. The members have been part of such bands as Jacky Tar, Hobnail Boots, The Shot Band and comprise;
Andrew Kerr (guitar, bodhran, harmonicas, vocals)
Nick Swan (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals)
Bill Hickman (guitars, vocals)
Supported by
"Pretty Tricky Pony are a (mostly) two-piece act latterly from Wellington, performing originals and covers, and referencing a wide musical landscape from oldtime bluegrass and country music through to post punk and pop. Banjos may occur."

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Sinderella and the Septic Sisters

SINderella and the Septic Sisters is a Panto Slam Show featuring a diverse range of Nelson's talented performers and models and some neat costumes.

All profit from the door will go towards Q-Youth Gay/Straight Alliance, an incredible local organisation that reaches out to and nurtures young LGBTQI Nelsonians- providing them with lots of love and support, entertainment, weekly get togethers and a safe environment to grow and succeed.

We will be running raffles and there will be an opportunity for guests to give a Koha straight to Q-Youth to help them to keep doing the fantastic work that they have been doing in the Nelson region.

The show and all the festivities will be filmed by TVNZ on the night so if you're not shy come and get involved!

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The Vellamo Band

Pia Leinonen, originally from the arctic region of Lapland, is Vellamo’s lead singer. Her exquisite voice combines her love and vast knowledge of Finnish folk music with the western singer–songwriter tradition in a unique and beautiful way.

Joni Tiala, originally from the Finnish port of Kokkola, began playing guitar at the age of 11. He is now a master of several stringed instruments. His eclectic musical background includes writing and performing for theater, progressive and alternative rock and Finnish and western folk.
"A visit to the world of Vellamo is an enchanting, educational and unforgettable musical journey."

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Freaky Meat

Combine elements of Jazz, Funk, Rock and Metal with beat-speak vocal styles inspired by Jack Kerouac, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart and you get Auckland-based Beatspeak Innovators: Freaky Meat.

Their performance will captivate you with mesmerizing narratives of the life, travels and the strange experiences of front man, beat-poet Shane Hollands, drawing from his most diverse adventures both real and visionary.

The band showcases the sophisticated musical styles of accomplished musicians John McNab (guitar), Chris Dawson (drums), and Julian Pettitt (bass), who create the intricately developed sonic backdrops that weave throughout the words to move your brain and your feet.

In 2015 Freaky Meat headlined for the second time at The Oamaru Jazz Festival and featured at The Davies Bay Music Festival.

They have toured extensively around NZ, playing every major city from Auckland to Invercargil and
supported Canadian band Ocean Full Of Fins on their the north Island leg of their national tour.

Website: freakymeat.co.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/freakymeat
Music: freakymeat.bandcamp.com/

They are supported by local band Alien Abduction Survivors Club. Entry is free.

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Tasman Skatepark Tour 2017 - Richmond

The Tasman Skatepark Tour returns to the region this summer, showcasing the best talent on skateboards, bmx bikes and scooters.

Skate, BMX and scooter competitions are split into junior (5-11 yrs), senior (12-17 yrs) and open (18+ yrs) categories.

The tour’s championship leaderboard has riders across all ages and disciplines competing for competition points from placing at each heat.

Accompanying the smoking hot thrills and spills of the park will be bass pumping, toe tapping tunes from the regions finest youth DJ's.

The Tasman Skatepark Tour is a free community event with entries taken on the day.

Helmets are compulsory for all competitors entering the competition.

The tour is also visiting Takaka, Mapua, Tapawera, Motueka, Murchison, Brightwater and Nelson.

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Sport Tasman Fun Run/ Walk 2017

Solo entry $5.00 Family entry $15.00
Registrations 7am race starts at 8am.
Spot prizes and best dressed competition.
Come and join the fun.

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Port Nelson Community Guided Snorkel Day Cable Bay

Experiencing Marine Reserves and Port Nelson are offering a free community guided snorkelling experience on the edge of Horoirangi Marine Reserve at Cable Bay. Snorkel Guides will instruct you on how to snorkel and lead you on an under water snorkelling experience. Wetsuits, masks, snorkel, fins and floatation boards are provided.
Bring swimming gear and a change of clothes.

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Parcel of Rogues

Upbeat Irish

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Elsewhere Presents THE UPBEATS

******THE UPBEATS*******
With support from Evil Empire (WC), T Bone (CHCH), Distortion & Level MC.
Bar & yum food on site. Eftpos available.
Set in the picturesque grounds of Trafalgar Park, this gig will go down as the best of summer 16/17 !!!
Tickets $30 +bf from www.cosmicticketing.co.nz or Nelson I Site.
After Party 11pm-3am @ Paradox.

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New World Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring your teddy lets have some fun. Facepainting, sports equipment, free goodies, train and entertainment.

Bring a picnic lunch.

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Tasman Skatepark Tour 2017 - Nelson

Join us for the finale of the Tasman Skate Park Tour, showcasing the best talent on skateboards, bmx bikes and scooters.

Skate, BMX and scooter competitions are split into junior (5-11 yrs), senior (12-17 yrs) and open (18+ yrs) categories.

The tour’s championship leaderboard has riders across all ages and disciplines competing for competition points from placing at each heat.

Accompanying the smoking hot thrills and spills of the park will be bass pumping, toe tapping tunes from the regions finest youth DJ's.

The Tasman Skatepark Tour is a free community event with entries taken on the day.

Helmets are compulsory for all competitors entering the competition.

The tour is also visiting Takaka, Mapua, Tapawera, Motueka, Murchison, Brightwater and Richmond.

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Park Fun Day

Games, challenges, more games and don’t forget the bouncy castles! Fun for the entire family! Join us in the ultimate family day in the beautiful Isel Park grounds. Everyone is welcome!

Meet outside Isel House

Event cancellations will be listed on https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParksProgramme

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Singing for Joy

Teapot Summer School presents its 17th concert ‘ Singing for Joy’ at Old St. John’s Nelson on Sunday 22 January at 2pm. Ben Parry, director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, is the conductor.

The program includes Requiem by Faure, the mood being one of peacefulness and serenity. Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten, who movingly encapsulates the poem’s half-mad and delightfully religious spirit. Seven Goodly Reasons to Sing by Ben Parry, ” and if, at last, your voice take wing, this noisy world may hear the song you sing”.

Teapot Summer School has over its 17 years attracted singers from all over NZ who come together for a week of an intensive singing course directed by highly respected overseas conductors, including Sir David Willcocks, Brian Kay and Ebbe Munk.

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Cruise Control at The Moutere Hills Vineyard and Cafe

Listen to the beat and groove of Cruise Control, a 3-piece boogie and soft rock band while you wine and dine. Hear the songs of Van Morrison, James Taylor, Neil Young, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, America, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival and many other great artists from recent times.

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Julian Temple Band

Alternative Rock

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Motueka Library: Outdoor Picnic Storytime

You bring the picnic, a towel or blanket and a hat. We'll provide the stories.

Enjoy listening to some great stories while enjoying your summer picnic in Memorial Park next to Motueka Library.

Then have fun creating some pavement art using chalk.

Cancelled if wet.

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System

Experimental 'ecological edutainment'

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London Klezmer Quartet

Expect exuberant and accomplished performances from this band of Europe’s top Klezmer players. Dance, sing, laugh and cry with the group as they take you on a musical journey across continents and centuries. LKQ brings fresh life to an almost-lost instrumental folk tradition, and the band also features the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and even a song about beetroot soup!
Their new CD, ‘To the Tavern’ is their fourth, and tells a day-long story that they recreate in performance. LKQ is Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).
The London Klezmer Quartet's schedule in 2015-2016 has included a month-long tour in Australia and festivals in Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and the UK (Lichfield Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend, KlezFest London, South Social Film Festival), as well as concerts in venues ranging from theatres and folk clubs to universities and arts centres. This is the band's debut tour of New Zealand.

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Richmond Library: Wheels Day

Bring your bike and helmet and test your skills on the Ride-on-ramp in the area beside the outdoor courtyard at Richmond Library.

Fun for all the kids!

Cancelled if wet.

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Left or Right Soundsystem

Left Or Right Soundsystem features two of the three members from The Deep South’s favourite nuggety trio Left or Right. The duo will perform songs from all three of their studio albums – stripped back in their purist form + some other treats thrown into the mix too.

The most recent album Trippy - released through Dunedin label MrYoda Productions took just under a year in the making and was recorded in Dunedin at Albany St Studios by Mike Holland & Left or Right then mastered by Rick O'Neil at Turtlerock Mastering (NSW, Australia).

The new material has seen LOR continue to evolve as a song-writing unit whilst maintaining their classic genre mash ups and strong emphasis on vocal harmonies.

Trippy follows on from previous releases Nuggety (2009) & Buzzy (2012) spending several weeks in The Official NZ Music charts reaching #9 and #2 in the IMNZ Independent charts. All three albums were released on 12” Vinyl & cassette as well as on CD and digitally. Now on the scene for 9 years, LOR have toured NZ & Australia extensively.

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Lloyd Cole – Classic Songbook Tour

The release of a Lloyd Cole career retrospective box set was the catalyst for an acclaimed series of live concerts around Europe showcasing Cole’s songs between 1983 and 1996.

Now New Zealand gets a turn with the singer/songwriter performing seven shows here from January 28 to February 5, 2017. Cole will perform in Auckland, Devonport, Wellington, Nelson, Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Expect gems from Lloyd Cole and the Commotions albums Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces and Mainstream, along with tracks from his first four solo albums.

Says the US-based, English singer-songwriter: “For this tour all of my set lists comprise material from 1983-1996 only. In New Zealand I’ll be joined on guitar by my son Will, and I look forward to introducing him to some of my favourite parts of the country.”

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Broadway Unplugged

Come and see 9 singers perform two musical theatre songs of their own choice in the first in a series of concerts designed to give people the chance to perform. No auditions are endured, no rehearsals are held. These performers are all lined up and ready to delight you with a selection of songs you might otherwise never get to hear. See some new faces, fresh voices, discover songs and singers you perhaps didn't realise existed. Get your tickets fast, because they are sure to dissapear quickly. Door sales will be available unless sold out prior.

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Sarau Festival

This is a late afternoon festival to celebrate the fabulous Moutere Valley and its people, together with the NZ Blackcurrant growing industry - an important crop in our horticultural district. Find out about blackcurrants, and hop growing, together with the other interesting crops and crafts out here in the Valley!
The Sarau Festival has something for everyone - interesting stalls to discover, artisans to chat to, workshops to take part in, and events for children to participate in - all in our spacious open Domain.
Remember to bring along your entries for our wonderful Barker’s Cooking Competition, and to enter the other competitions and workshops, check out our website www.saraufestival.co.nz.
Browse our book stall, listen to our fantastic musicians and enjoy food, wine and beer or yummy blackcurrant juice and deserts as the sun goes down over the Mount Arthur range.
See you at Sarau Festival!

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Experiencing Marine Reserves Lake Rotoiti Community Guided Snorkel Day

Come and experience Lake Rotoiti with Experiencing Marine Reserves and the Department of Conservation offering free Community Guided Snorkel Day at Kerr Bay in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
Let our snorkel instructors guide you on a freshwater snorkelling adventure.
A snorkel guide, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, hoodie, fins and a floatation board are all provided.

Bring swimming gear, food, water, a change of clothes and sunscreen.

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Karen Hunter and Matiu Te Huki

Acoustic Funk!

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Stoke Legacy celebration

Discover the Stoke Legacy Trail on Nelson's 175th Anniversary. Bike or walk to meet characters from the past at heritage attractions. Hear intriguing stories about the families of the historic houses Isel and Broadgreen, meet a ghost from the past at Barnabus churchyard, hear harvest stories over coffee at Isel café and meet the railway conductor on the old railway reserve. Learn more about wonderful off road biking, edible trails and art in Stoke. Maps of routes and key sites available on Nelson City Council website in January 2017.

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Beyondsemble

Beyondsemble is a 4 piece band based both in Europe and New Zealand playing original world meets funk meets gypsy swing meets reggae meets latin meets....?

Beyondsemble is music to move you, an eclectic and diverse mix of tunes and songs sourced from around the globe executed with virtuosic skill, innovation, and infectious energy.

Beyondsemble is four talented musicians who have the skill to make music of the highest quality look easy. They play together with complete trust...

Craig Denham; Accordion, Piano, Whistles & Vocals
Jon Sanders; Guitar, Bouzuki, Ukelele, Vocals
Darryn Sigley ; Cajon, Percussion, Vocals
Nathan Torvik; Mandolin, Guitar, Cello, Vocals

Music to move you and make..... you move.








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Jon and Craig Acoustic and Swan Sisters

Acoustic Celtic Country Blues!

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Adam Chamber Music Festival - Sotheby’s Gala Dinner

Adam Chamber Music Festival’s Gala dinner gives you a gourmet meal, fine wines, a surprise selection from the festival programme, a chance to catch up with old friends – what better way to start your Festival immersion!

New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello)

A surprise selection from the Festival programme.

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Tattletale Saints

Tattletale Saints have built their career on exploring new territory.

Formed in New Zealand and currently based in Nashville, the duo takes a unique approach to Americana music, rolling jazz influences, coed harmonies, upright bass, and electric guitar into a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own travel schedule.

Bandmates Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan began performing together years ago in a New Zealand-based jazz ensemble before relocating to London, where they experimented with country music as one half of the four-piece Her Make Believe Band. Drawn to Nashville's creative community, the two eventually headed to Nashville in January 2013 to record their first record as a proper duo, teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Tim O'Brien along the way. That album, How Red is the Blood, became a launching pad for Tattletale Saints, earning them an audience on both sides of the Pacific Ocean while also winning the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year in 2014.

"In Cy Winstanley they have a potent songwriter with a voice gently reminiscent of Paul Simon, while fellow Kiwi Vanessa McGowan adds beguiling harmonies" Uncut Magazine
http://www.tattletalesaints.com/

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SOLD OUT Operatunity Presents: Waltz of My Heart

Sue, John, Bonnie, violinist Jess and Paul on piano celebrate the waltz with famous songs in the tradition of Strauss, Lehar, Romberg and Andre Rieu.

Tickets are $34 and include a light lunch after the concert.

Discounts available for groups.

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Opening Concert

Dedicated to the Festival’s Naming Sponsors, Denis and Verna Adam in appreciation of their visionary and long time support, our opening concert will sizzle from start to finish. Music from four centuries and four countries – let the magic begin!

New Zealand String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, James Campbell, Matthew Barley

Telemann – Concerto for 4 Violins No. 1 in G Major
Gao Ping – Ephemera for string quartet and clarinet (NZ premiere)
Britten – Solo cello sonata
Dvorak – String Sextet

Sponsored by Nelson Pine Industries
Concert dedicated to Denis and Verna Adam

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Julie Bevan

Brazilian Jazz

For more details please see website.

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Fantasy

A concert of firsts – the first of the cycle of Beethoven’s five cello sonatas presented throughout the Festival, the first of our four world premieres, and the first set of luscious Schumann miniatures, which are also dotted throughout the Festival. Added to that we have Denes Varjon’s first chamber music performance in New Zealand – we are proud to have secured this exceptional artist.

Ashley Brown (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano), Dene Olding (violin), Helene Pohl (violin), Dénes Varjon (piano), James Campbell (clarinet)

Beethoven – Sonata for cello and piano Op 5/1
Tabea Squire – Trio for 2 violins and piano (World Premiere)
Schumann – Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano

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Cindy Batt & friends - Maori music for Waitangi weekend

As part of the Live Music Series at the Library, for Waitangi weekend, Cindy Batt and friends will perform with voice and taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments)

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Jazz at Founders

The finest of Nelson's jazz invite you to relax on the lawn at Founders and enjoy music inspired by Miles Davis spanning 1959 to 1995.
Simon Williams - EWI, Saxophone
Chris Harris - Trumpet, Percussion
Barry Korcheski - Piano
James Wilkinson - Bass
Gabor Irmalos - Drums

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Journeys

The intriguing sounds of South African composer Peter Klatzow’s mysterious Adagio Espressivo for violin and marimba open the concert and are followed by Beethoven’s wonderful G minor cello sonata in one of many cross-Tasman collaborations in the Festival. Australian Ross Edwards’ “Shekina” (the female soul of God) is a synthesis of dance, plainsong and sounds from the natural and cultural environments of Australia and South East Asia. What a journey!

Naoto Segawa (marimba), Monique Lapins (violin), Julian Smiles (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano), Goldner Quartet

Marimba/Violin Duo
Beethoven – Cello Sonata opus 5/2
Ross Edwards – String Quartet Shekina Fantasy (NZ premiere)

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Dénes Varjon in Concert

Our wonderful Hungarian virtuoso opens his solo recital with Beethoven’s divine E Minor Sonata and continues with the remarkable Fantasy Pieces of Schumann. The second half is entirely Hungarian – come and hear his special angle on some of the most colourful music of Liszt and Bartok!

Dénes Varjon (piano)

Beethoven – Sonata in E Minor, Op.90
Schumann – Fantasiestücke, Op.12
Liszt – Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort (Sleepless! Question and Answer)
Liszt – Valse oubliée No.1. (Forgotton Waltz)
Liszt – The Fountains at the Villa d’esme
Bartók – Improvisations, Op.20
Bark – Three Hungarian Folk Songs from Csík, Sz.35a
Bark – Old Hungarian Dance Tunes (15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, BB 79: Nos 7-10, 12, 14-15)

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The Eastern

Country

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Iris Dreaming

The first of what will be a stunning Waitangi Day double-header – the NZ Trio shares some of their favourite music with us, and then we delve into the tragic life of NZ poet Robin Hyde in Dame Gillian Whitehead’s new one-woman opera “Iris Dreaming” in a special adaptation for our Festival.

David Hamilton – The Faraday Cage
Claire Cowan – Ultraviolet
Dame Gillian Whitehead – Iris Dreaming (NZ Premiere)

Joanne Roughton-Arnold, NZTrio

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Bold Strokes

We are particularly excited to present two world premieres in this programme! Starting with Kevin Puts’ stirring and uplifting trio, one of Ian Rosenbaum’s favourite chamber music pieces, continuing with two hot-off-the-presses NZ works, by up-and-comer Natalie Hunt and the effervescent Gareth Farr, and ending with one of Mozart’s most sublime creations.

Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello), Justine Cormack (violin)

Puts – Trio for marimba, clarinet and violin
Natalie Hunt – Quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello (Festival commission – *World Premiere)
Gareth Farr – String Octet (Festival commission -*World Premiere) – performance dedicated to Denis and Verna Adam
Mozart – String Quintet in C K515

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Memories

A magic double bill – Borodin’s famous love song to his wife on their 20th wedding anniversary and the amusing, quixotic and virtuosic clarinet quintet by Francaix. James Campbell and the Goldners are sure to delight!

James Campbell (clarinet), Goldner Quartet

Borodin – String Quartet no. 2 in D
Francaix – Clarinet Quintet

Note this is the programme that will be performed in the ‘Up Close’ excursion on Thursday 9th February.

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Cadenzas

We begin with the beloved A Major cello sonata of Beethoven, with the famous solo-cello opening melody. Then two of our special guests team up in Canadian composer Alexina Louie’s dramatic, highly-charged Cadenzas. The concert ends with the grand sweep and soaring melodies of Brahms’ first trio.

Matthew Barley (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano), James Campbell (clarinet), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Helene Pohl (violin), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

Beethoven – Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major op 69
Alexina Louie – Cadenzas II for clarinet and marimba
Brahms – Trio in B Major opus 8

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Forest & Bird illustrated talk by Andrew Hamilton on Coral reefs of Marovo Lagoon

The Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands is the world’s finest double-barrier-enclosed lagoon, bordered by the large New Georgia and Vangunu Islands on one side and a double line of long barrier islands on the other.

It contains hundreds of beautiful small islands, most of which are covered by coconut palms and rainforest and surrounded by coral, and is home to a diverse range of marine life.

The talk will focus on an exploration of the diverse marine inhabitants of the reef using both still images and underwater video.

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Jonathan Crayford Band

Jazz Funk

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Fire in the Belly

A festival first – not 1 but 2 marimbas on stage together! Enjoy the exotic sounds and rhythms of Argentinian Viñao’s “Dance Groove Drifting” alongside Beethoven‘s mature C major cello sonata and the fantasy pieces Schumann wrote based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We end with a bang with Jack Body’s energetic “Fire in the Belly”.

Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Naoto Segawa (marimba), Gillian Ansell (viola), NZTrio

Beethoven – Cello Sonata in C Major opus 102/1
Alejandro Viñao – Dance Groove Drifting for two marimbas
Schumann – Fairy Tales for viola and piano op. 113
Jack Body – Fire in the Belly for piano trio

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Bach by Candlelight

Our special Bach concert is, once again full of highlights – Andrew Goodwin’s golden voice in glorious renditions of some special arias, Monique Lapin’s NZ concerto debut in the A minor violin Concerto, a new take on Bach’s 5th cello suite and the effervescent 6th Brandenburg Concerto will guarantee a joyous musical evening for everyone.

Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, the Troubadours, Matthew Barley (cello), Douglas Mews (harpsichord/organ), Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Joan Perarnau Garriga (double Bass)

Aria from Cantata 171 for tenor and 2 violins
Aria from Cantata 97 for tenor and violin
Suite no.5 in C minor for solo cello performed on marimba
Violin Concerto in A Minor
Aria from Cantata 148 for tenor and violin
Aria from Cantata 41 for tenor and cello
Brandenburg Concerto no. 6

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Fiona Pears and her band

‘Electrifying’ – ‘extraordinarily animated’–‘featuring rare and natural charisma’….

These are words used to describe Fiona Pears, the highly talented violinist and composer from Christchurch.

Together with her talented band, featuring Ian Tilley on piano, Pete Fleming on double bass and Burke Goffe on guitar, Fiona will perform music from her own exciting compositions as well as some well-known favourites. Expect a fiery melting pot of flavours!

“The audience couldn’t help but smile as we recognised that here was a musician who not only has an amazingly accomplished technique, but she’s also up on stage having a ball.” The Nelson Mail

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Walk/Run Centre of NZ

Join us in a timed walk or run to the center of New Zealand and back, take in the views of our amazing region or race against the clock to see how fast it can be done. We challenge you to continue doing this trail, and aim to better your time over the following months.

Meet on the grass at entrance way from Hardy Street

Event cancellations will be listed on https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParksProgramme

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The Company

The Company are a Brisbane-based bluegrass band with a passion for high-energy original acoustic music. From fast finger- picking to soulful songs with sweet harmony singing, these blokes do it all. This band has the credentials boasting two Australian Bluegrass champions on guitar, fiddle and banjo, not to mention numerous awards to their names from major music festivals in Australia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDgCLhTGyP0

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Matthew Barley in Concert

A not-to-be-missed event with our brilliant UK cellist Matthew Barley threading his way through Bach, improvising, Tavener and waltzing to singing in Sollima. Audience be warned – expect to be part of the action!

Matthew Barley

Improvisation
Bach – Suite no.1 in G for solo cello
Tavener – Threnos
Mark O’Connor – Appalachian Waltz
Giovanni Sollima – Lamentatio

Note this is the same programme Matthew will perform in his Up Close excursion on Tuesday 7th February.

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Love Triangle

Clara Schumann described the young Brahms’ music as “so masterly that one cannot but think that the good God sent him into the world ready-made.” And Robert Schumann was equally enthusiastic, citing Brahms as “springing forth like Minerva fully armed from the head of Jove”. Clara’s 3 whimsical Romances begin this extraordinary concert, followed by Robert’s compelling settings of Heine’s poems of “Poet’s Love” and ending with Brahms’ powerful piano quintet, originally for string quintet but revised upon his beloved Clara’s recommendation.

Helene Pohl (violin), Dénes Varjon (piano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Isabella Simon (piano), New Zealand String Quartet

Clara Schumann – 3 Romances opus 22
Robert Schumann – Dichterliebe
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quintet in f minor opus 35

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – 21st Century Improv

This unique collaboration of Festival artists who combine invention with interpretation in their performing careers gives us a once-off opportunity to share in their new perspectives on some of the great repertoire we have heard elsewhere in the Festival. Don’t miss hearing their playful communication as they stretch the form and improvise on music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and others. Sure to be a memorable event!

Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Edward Ware (drums), Jeoff Henderson (saxophone), Matthew Barley (cello), Helene Pohl (violin)

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Moondog Blues

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Cellissimo

Prepared to be transported to ‘Planet Cello’ by the burnished sounds of an ensemble of 4-6 cellos, indulging in music from the heavenly Bach Air to the romantic Rachmaninov Vocalise.

Matthew Barley, Julian Smiles, Rolf Gjelsten, Ashley Brown, Inbal Megiddo, Andrew Joyce, Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, James Tennant, Helen du Plessis, Edith Salzmann, Frances Yoon (cellists)

Bach – Air from Orchestral Suite #3
Bach – Organ Toccata
Bach – Gamba Sonata #1 in G major (arr. William Cowdery)
Dvorak – Silent Woods
Bartok – Rumanian Dances
Rachmaninov – Vocalise (arr. Rolf Gjelsten)

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Cellos by Candlelight

Bringing to a climax this Festival day on ‘Planet Cello’ is a glorious feast of repertoire for up to 12 cellos. NZ’s top cellists, along with Julian Smiles and Matthew Barley will create a night to remember with their favourite pieces from Pachelbel, Bach, and Rossini to Villa-Lobos and Piazzola. Special guest, soprano Jenny Wollerman, will join the ensemble for the mesmerising Bachianas Brasilieras #5.

Matthew Barley, Julian Smiles, Rolf Gjelsten, Ashley Brown, Inbal Megiddo, Ken Ichinose, Andrew Joyce, Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, James Tennant, Helen du Plessis, Edith Salzmann, Frances Yoon (cellists), Jenny Wollerman (soprano)

Pachelbel – Canon
Rossini – William Tell
Villa Lobos – Bachianas Brasilieras #1
Casals – Song of the Birds
Casals – Sardana
Villa Lobos – Bachianas Brasilieras
Da Falla – Suite Populaire Espagnol
Klengel – Consecration Hymn
Piazzola – Oblivion and Tango

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Burger King 3X3 Quest Tour

The Burger King 3x3 Quest Tour is returning to the beachfront in Nelson. We'll be playing on the tennis courts at the Tahunanui Beach Reserve. And what's more, entry is FREE. Make sure you have created your 3x3planet profile at www.3x3planet.com so that you can register and play in this event. There will be a slam/dunk and 3-point shoot-out competition as well as lots of prizes and good music during the day.

In addition, the Open men's category will double as a World Tour Qualifier, meaning that the team that wins will qualify to play in the World Tour Qualifier Final in Auckland on 25 March 2017 at the iconic Cloud venue. If they win that event then they'll receive an all-expenses paid trip to represent their city at the World Tour Masters in Asia later in 2017. So, make sure you have a 3x3planet profile (remember to confirm your profile by replying to the confirmation email), register and come along and play.

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Couch Stories

‘Couch Stories’, in association with Collective Holiday Memories, invites you to spend a summer evening at the Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Keith Hall Memorial Outdoor Theatre.

‘Couch Stories’ are true stories told the old fashioned way - no pictures or notes. Ten storytellers share true, personal stories that lie somewhere between drama and documentary or improv and stand-up.

The theme for the night is: “Call of the Wild: Stories about Camping”. Curated stories about adventures in tents and nights in the ‘wild’ under starry skies , plus stories from holidays at camping grounds, baches, caravans or motorhomes.

Tahuna Beach Holiday Park’s Keith Hall Memorial Outdoor Theatre ( known as the Amphitheatre) is a perfect summer setting for listening to holiday memories. This is part of the 2016-2017 Collective Holiday Memories project that celebrates the site being available to locals and holidaymakers since 1926.

Show starts at 7pm with casual seating on the low, well groomed, grassy hillside. Bring a blanket to sit on and warm clothes. Food and beverage for sale on site or BYO a picnic. Gold coin donation for the public. Free for Tahuna Beach Holiday Park campers.

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Flash Electrical beach fun day

Fun for the whole family.

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The Bollands

Foot Stomping Folk!

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1 Day Bhakti Fest with Sun Hyland, The Gaya Tree & Sw Karma Karuna

1 Day Bhakti Fest Celebration on Saturday 11th February 2017 11.30am-11.30pm

- Full day Event with lunch, afternoon tea and dinner included
- Loving Good Food Workshop with Sun Hyland
- Hatha Yoga Sound Journey with Swami Karma Karuna
- The Gaya Tree ‘Sound of Yoga’ Workshop
- Fire Ceremony and Akhanda 5 hour kirtan
I day Bhakti Fest: $95 Please book ahead

There is also the option to join the evening program only

Fire Ceremony and Akhanda 5 hour kirtan on Saturday evening 11th February 2017 6pm-11.30pm
Includes Havan (fire ceremony)and 5 hour Akhanda kirtan
Saturday evening option: $25 Please let us know you are coming beforehand

Saturday Overnight Camping Option available - $50 for the night, includes 1 night camping, Sunday morning Hatha Yoga class and brunch

The Bhakti Fest Celebration is part of the bigger 4 Day Soulfood & Sound Yoga Retreat

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Beethoven Plus

An exciting programme featuring a brand new marimba quintet (marimba and string quartet – not 5 marimbas!) by New York-based NZ composer, Ed Ware, along with Beethoven’s “Eyeglass” Duo, performed by the same musicians (Gillian Ansell and James Tennant) who played it in the first Festival in 1992. And don’t miss the final Beethoven cello sonata played by the brilliant musicians Andrew Joyce, NZSO principal cellist, and Denes Varjon.

New Zealand String Quartet, Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), James Tennant (cello), Andrew Joyce (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano)

Beethoven – Duo for Viola and Cello with Eyeglasses Obbligato
Edward Ware – Cavernous Ruins (World Premiere)
Beethoven – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major op. 102/2

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Adam Chamber Music Festival – Grand Finale

Argentinian Golijov’s poignant marimba/cello duo, written as a requiem for a friend, and young American composer Andy Akiho’s thrilling LigNEous surround Brahms’ masterful clarinet quintet, which James Campbell has played with illustrious groups such as the Guaneri, Vermeer, Allegri and Amadeus Quartets. And what better way to celebrate the end of the 2017 festival than with our 3 string quartets taking the stage together for Dvorak’s cheerful, melody-filled Serenade for Strings.

Goldner Quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, the Troubadours, Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), James Campbell (clarinet), Matthew Barley (cello), Joan Perarnau Garriga (double Bass)

Akiho – LigNEous
Brahms – Clarinet quintet
Golijov – Duo for marimba and cello
Dvorak – Serenade in E for Strings op. 22

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Get Moving Family Bike Fun in Golden Bay

This is a fun event open to all and is about celebrating and enjoying cycling. Test your skills on the bike ramps, or enjoy other activities including a slow bike race, cycle skills and decorate your bike competition.

This will be a great day out for the whole family, so get those bikes dusted off and the sunscreen out.

If wet, we will postpone so look for updates.

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Dovedale Country Affair Festival

Take a drive out to the country and enjoy a real country occasion with entertainment and lots of free activities for the whole family.
With live music and entertainment all day and so much to see and do, you'll want to make a day of it. Experience life in the country and join in with traditional country games, including tug-of-war; marvel at the sheepdogs and shearers; step back in time with the wedding dress exhibition in the Church; admire local art in the Hall; back by popular demand is the kids water slide, not to mention the Silent Auction, treasure hunt, farm animals, vintage machinery, plenty of craft and food stalls, raffles and lucky dips!
Ample parking, including accessible parking, with a shuttle bus between the Hall, Church and Reserve for those needing assistance.
Cash EFTPOS facility for a small fee.
Entry is $2 for adults, children free.
Please NO DOGS.
All monies raised goes back into the Dovedale Community.
Next to the school in the Dovedale Recreational Reserve, just 45 minutes drive from Nelson.
Follow the signs from Prices Corner (Neudorf Road turnoff) on theUpper Moutere.
On rain or shine.

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Park Fun Day

Games, challenges, more games and don’t forget the bouncy castles! Fun for the entire family! Join us in the ultimate family day in the beautiful Queen’s Gardens. Everyone is welcome!

Meet on the grass area by the water fountain.

Event cancellations will be listed on https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParksProgramme

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Go By Bike Day

Passing cyclists call in for a FREE breakfast of hot English muffins and conserves on your way to work, school or out for an early ride.

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Go By Bike Day is on these dates:

  • 8th February 2017
  • 15th February 2017

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