Cameraman Brian High
The 17th Timaru Festival takes place this year at the beginning of December, with 3 days of events for all families to enjoy, locals and visitors alike.
This will be a celebration with everything you could want to experience over the Kiwi summer - flowers, art, food and family activities.
“It’s really a giant summer celebration with public and private garden displays, rose themed tours, fabulous floral art creations, children’s activities, music, theatre and creativity – all with a huge level of community involvement,” said Chris Thomas, the Festival Director of the Timaru Festival.
The Festival attracts garden lovers and creative enthusiasts from all corners of New Zealand and its reputation is such that local and international tour groups are planning their itineraries (often one or two years in advance) around the annual beginning of December Festival dates.
Here are some highlights:
This was a massive hit in 2017, with record crowds enjoying the beautiful early summer weather. Sizzling food stalls serving up the very best street food plus the best of local arts, crafts and Christmas gifts will be a feature of the new night market on Saturday 1st December at Caroline Bay. There will also be local entertainment and night-time Shakespeare in the Gardens (tbc).
SC Hospice Home and Garden Tour
This major fundraising activity for South Canterbury Hospice gives visitors the opportunity to tour through some of Timaru's most exclusive private gardens and new homes. Open on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December.
Art and Roses
The Caroline Bay Hall is transformed into a symphony of colour with hundreds upon hundreds of stunning blooms and floral creations on display. The fragrance is intoxicating and hits you as you walk in the door. To make this an even more magical place - the Baby Buds Photo Competition captures 100 of our region’s newest arrivals - the sweetest, charming, most adorable babies - and puts them on show for you to go gaga at. Open on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.
Save the Dates - first weekend in December
Save the date for the Festival of Roses
Baby Buds Photo Contest Vote for the cutest pics