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Heritage Hijinks at Lake House

Lake House is part of this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival which spans a two week period 28th Sept – 13th Oct. We have a broad programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy…


Perfectly timed to compliment heritage week, Bustle is an exhibition that brings together recreated historic costume and the visual arts. Selected costume pieces spanning the last 500 years by Costumier Chantelle Gerrard will be on display to capture the beauty and industry of their time. Specific art works that have been made to compliment them will also be shown. Showing from the 30th September to 20th October.

Talks and Tours:
Enjoy an entertaining talk and tour of the historic Lake House and its surrounding buildings. The Lake House, an Edwardian/Victorian beauty is a Takapuna landmark and was originally a family home situated on Takapuna Beach. It has had a fascinating history - from family home, hospital and seaside boarding house to a party destination for the young and hip during the latter half of the 20th century. The Barracks building, shifted on site to be used as art studio's and classrooms started life as World War II Army barracks at Fort Cautley in Takapuna. Tours and talks at specified times during the day - Bookings are essential. FREE ENTRY. 

High Tea Sundays:
Lake House’s London-qualified patisserie chef will be creating some scrumptious treats especially for this event. The high teas will be served on beautiful vintage linen and china cake stands in our cafe and will be run on the three Sundays over the Auckland Heritage Festival. A minimum of two people are required per booking. Cost is $20 per person (includes tea or coffee). Bookings are essential to secure a place.

Heritage Film Night:
In association with the New Zealand Film Archive, Lake House Arts Centre presents a selection of short films spanning the 20th century, including 1920’s silent films with an accompanying pianist. All the films were either filmed in or based on the North Shore of Auckland. More details on the films, run times and bookings can be obtained from our website Refreshments available - one glass of wine is included in the entry cost ($15 pp).

Holiday programme for kids:
The heritage inspired school holiday programme offers a range of classes for all ages, including making a ceramic 'Toby' mug, knitting in 3D, printmaking with lace and doilies, creating Beatrix Potter-inspired watercolours, making wooden "Peg Families", embroidered felt bags, pinhole photography, castles and lighthouses and much more!

Open Day:
Talks and tours around the Lake House's historic buildings, displays and exhibitions, demonstrations of heritage crafts and techniques, vintage cars and costumes, open artists studio's, art for sale and heritage themed art activities for the kids. FREE ENTRY
Please check our website, email or phone
(09) 486 4877 for more information and bookings.

Lake House Arts Centre is located on Barry’s Point Reserve in Takapuna, housed in a beautiful 19th century Edwardian/Victorian heritage building that once stood on Takapuna Beach. The Lake House has a constantly changing exhibition programme, a café with delicious homemade fare, artists studio’s and a vibrant and varied arts education programme with  something for every member of the family, including weekend workshops, after school classes, holiday programmes and adult daytime classes.  Lake House is open 9:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on public holidays.

by Channel Editorial