Exhibition Events

Exhibition Events

For information about the background to the 175th anniversary exhibition and to read stories about Broad Bay, visit the Expo 2023 page.

For details about the individual events happening during the exhibition week, see below …

Broad Bay Historic Photo Exhibition

Saturday 21st October through to Sunday 29th October.
Saturdays, Sundays & Labour Day open 10am– 5pm, Weekdays open from 4pm–7pm

An exhibition of images, words, stories and artefacts charting the history of Broad Bay through its changing population and institutions, drawing on material from the community and other archival sources.  Books and photographs for sale. 

Entry by gold coin donation.

Broad Bay Community Centre, 2a Clearwater Street, Broad Bay

Broad Bay Gala Day

Sunday 22 October, 11am–3pm

Featuring live bands and entertainment. There will be children’s games and activities, prizes and raffles, heritage boats, 100th Anniversary regatta, images of the past vintage parade, dressing up encouraged (prizes for the best dressed!), and the historic photographic exhibition.  There will also be food and ice creams available.  Why not come on the bus?  The No 18 bus service from Dunedin to Portobello (via Broad Bay) runs every hour. If the event is cancelled it will be posted on social media and via radio stations.  

Entry by gold coin donation (which buys you free raffle ticket!)

Broad Bay Beach Reserve

A Little Paradise — an evening of talks on Broad Bay

Wednesday 25 October, 7pm–9pm

Author, Neville Peat will give an illustrated talk about the glory days of Broad Bay as a visitor attraction from the 1890s to the early 1900s, informed by a city schoolgirl’s memoir of family life and times at their holiday home on the little peninsula called Dunoon. 

Alan Roddick, poet and Charles Brasch’s literary executor, will be speaking about the cultural history of Broad Bay, in particular Charles Brasch’s part in the origins of the Caselberg Trust, and the wider number of writers associated with 10 Gwyn Street, Brasch’s crib, in the years before the Trust was started.

Free / Koha

Broad Bay Community Centre, 2a Clearwater Street, Broad Bay

Vintage Afternoon Tea

Saturday 21 & 28 October and Sunday 22 & 29 October, 2.30–3.30pm

Enjoy cakes, scones and a refreshing cup of tea at Broad Bay Community Centre.  Take some extra time to view the historic photo exhibition to see how Broad Bay has changed over the years. 

$7.50 per person

Broad Bay Community Centre, 2a Clearwater Street, Broad Bay

Broad Bay School Open Afternoon

Friday 27 October, 1.30pm–3pm

Be entertained by the Broad Bay schoolchildren’s Polyfest performance, look around this historic school and grounds and enjoy a sausage sizzle.

Free / Koha

Broad Bay School, 4 Roebuck Rise, Broad Bay

Fletcher House

Saturday 21 & 28 October and Sunday 22 & 29 October & Labour Day open 11am–4pm

Step back in time!  Imagine living in the days when there was no electricity!  Visit the historic Edwardian Villa built in 1909 in Broad Bay by Sir James Fletcher, founder of the Fletcher Construction empire.  Fletcher House was the very first double bay villa home that Sir James Fletcher built and a symbol of the days when the well to-do of Dunedin society spent their summer holidays in Broad Bay. 

Proof of entry to the exhibition will also give you free entry to the historic Fletcher House during the two weekends of the exhibition.

Fletcher House, 727 Portobello Road, Broad Bay

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church

Sunday 22 & Sunday 29 October,  11am–4pm

Explore this unique church that was transported from Waihola to Broad Bay 75 years ago. The historic Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church was built by Polish settlers living in the Waihola area back in 1899 and originally called St Hyacinths.  It is a charming and welcoming little church that is treasured by the local Catholic community, and also the Polish community.  It is now located in a lovely spot in Broad Bay overlooking the harbour and close to historic Fletcher House. 

Free / Koha

Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 721A Portobello Road, Broad Bay