ABOUT US

ABOUT THE WOOLSTON CLUB

The Woolston Club is a multi-functional entertainment centre. A sporting platform for everything from bowls to boxing, a music venue for Christchurch’s artists and bands, an entertainment complex for shows from across Australasia, a place to dine with family and friends in the Whitford’s café, bar and restaurant, and a conference centre with over 10 different function rooms for private hire.

FACILITIES

Whitford Cafe And Restaurant

WHITFORD'S CAFE AND RESTAURANT

Our Whitford’s restaurant serves up delicious meals in a cosy family dining environment, seven days a week from 5pm. Sunday’s it’s the place to be from 12pm to come and enjoy a Sunday roast with the whole family! The Whitford’s café is open every day from 10.30, providing freshly ground barista coffee and homemade cakes! It’s the perfect spot to catch up with friends at lunch in our cosy bar or if the weathers nice, in our outdoor seating area overlooking Garrick park. 

WHITFORD'S BAR

The Whitford’s bar is the heart of the club, where our members and guests socialise and catch up. From theme nights to pub quizzes, there’s always something going on, and every weekend we have live music in the bar, from classic golden oldies to some of the hottest bands in Christchurch. We also have shows and performances taking place in the club, from artists across Australasia! We’ve got pool tables in the bar, a gaming area and full service TAB. 
Whitford Bar

function and event room hire

FUNCTION & EVENT ROOM HIRE

The club sits on top of 18 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds and award winning gardens, and with 10 different function spaces available for hire, suiting groups of 10 up to 400 people, it’s the perfect venue for your special event, be it your wedding day, a party or your company’s training conference. Our room prices are some of the most competitive in Christchurch and room hire includes setting up the room to your exact requirements, from theatre style seating to banquet dinners. We can offer tailored bar and catering packages, and we provide dedicated wait and bar staff for your event. From board and meeting rooms, to our sporting pavilion, to our huge sports bar we’ve got the right space, and the best people, to make your event perfect.  

SPORTING FACILITIES

The Woolston Club overlooks Garrick Park, where our local football and cricket teams play throughout the year. Our Sporting Pavilion provides a great spot to cheer on teams and if the weather permits, maybe even put on a sausage sizzle! As a member of the club you can take advantage of our sporting grounds and facilities, in the summer you can be out on our grass tennis courts, petanque and quoits courts, and for winter, relax in our snooker and billiards room and enjoy our competition standard pool tables. You could also join one of our 14 sub sections to socialise with friends and perhaps pick up a new hobby. We’ve got groups for all sorts of interests, from cards and pool to gardening and travel – everyone is welcome to join in!
sporting facilities

ADVANTAGES OF BEING A MEMBER
Anyone is welcome at the club, you don’t have to be a member to dine here, to enjoy the weekly entertainment, or to even book an event here in one of our many function rooms, but membership does have its benefits!
As a member of the Woolston Club you are entitled to: 
  • Purchase and consume alcohol within the club
  • Earn loyalty points on all food and beverage purchases
  • Weekly members draws and promotions
  • Access to all the clubs facilities and sporting grounds
  • Receive discounts on room hire for your private functions or events
  • Reciprocal visiting rights for all other member clubs of Clubs New Zealand
  • Enter members only draws and promotions 

CLUB HISTORY

Back in 1953, The Woolston Working Men’s Club was first proposed at a community meeting in Woolston, and the first committee members were elected.
22nd December 1956 saw the official opening of the original Club building, known as “Ward 8” (now known as the Kellaway Bar) The Mayor of Christchurch, Mr R.M. McFarlane CMGM, cut the ribbon! 
In 1974 the Courtyard Bar & Restaurant was opened (now known as the The Whitford’s Bar)
Now more than sixty years on, the Club stands on 18 acres of award winning landscaped gardens and sport grounds. The Club is not only home to its strong membership but also boasts a proud history in the eastern suburbs as a sporting and community leisure centre.

HOW TO JOIN

Membership is processed at our reception from 8.30 – 4pm, Monday – Sunday. You can pick up a copy of the membership form from reception or download one here. Our membership year period runs from the 1st September each year, therefore if you are joining mid-year you will need to pay a pro rata amount and then the full subscription the following August.

TEMPORARY MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION

We are currently running a three month temporary membership promotion. For only $5, your temporary membership will enable you to purchase alcohol in the club, use of all the facilities, watch the live entertainment every weekend, and also receive discounts on room hire for your functions! Ask at reception to sign up for your temporary membership today!

SERVICE OF ALCOHOL

The Woolston Club operates under a “club liquor license”.

A Club License authorises the Woolston Club to sell and supply alcohol for consumption on the premise to:
  • Current financial members 
  • Signed in guests
  • Members of affiliated social clubs
For special events where members may not be present at private functions, speak to us about getting a special license so your guests can freely purchase alcohol at the club.

SIGNING IN GUESTS

You must sign in your guests at the bar in order for them to become an authorised guest and therefore eligible to be served alcohol. Our friendly bar staff will ask to sight your membership card when serving alcohol or introducing guests. Please don’t be offended if you are continually asked to produce your membership card at the bar as it is a condition of the license to sell and supply alcohol. 
Any member of staff or the Board may ask to see your membership card at any time and, in compliance with the Club rules it must be produced on request. Under a Club License you are responsible for the conduct of your guests and once signed in, your guest should remain within your vicinity whilst at the Club.

CARDS

Membership cards are required to be sighted at the point of sale. 2.5% of each transaction (excluding members roast) can be earned by scanning your members card at point of sale in the restaurant and bars. Loyalty points can be redeemed either at the Club’s bars, restaurant or café.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

The Woolston Club operates a shuttle service for member’s enjoyment, pick up and drop off within an 8 km radius of the Club. Members can enjoy this service for a small fee. The shuttle runs from 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday. 
To arrange a pick up call: 0508 (WOOLSTON) / 0508 966 5786

CLUB RULES

A full set of Club rules can be purchased for $3.00 at reception or viewed on the Club’s website here.However, in general terms, all Club members and their guests are expected to conduct themselves with decorum and behave in a fashion that does not adversely affect any other member. In the case that a person commits an offense under the Club rules they may be ejected from the Club for a period of time by the Club’s judicial system. 
Any Club Board Member, the General Manager or Duty Manager has the authority to take custody of a membership card. In the case where there is an incident you must write to the General Manager, President or Vice President - stating what happened, your name and membership number, so that the complaint can be dealt with via the correct procedures within 72 hours of incident.

DRESS CODE

The Woolston Club has the following dress code:
  • No singlets
  • No dirty or soiled work boots
  • No offensive slogans, dirty or ripped/torn clothing
  • Neat and tidy attire is required at all times 
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