What's on in the Coromandel? 08 December 2017 It looks as though summer has arrived early in the Coromandel this year and with it a vast range of exciting events to keep the whole family entertained. Don't forget to get along and support your local community groups and business at the Santa Parades around the district this Saturday. Santa Parades Coromandel Town Saturday 9 December, 2.00pm Thames Saturday 9 December, 11.00am Whangamata Saturday 9 December, 3.00pm Whitianga Saturday 9 December, 12.30pm Matarangi Saturday 22 December, 11.00am Denise Newton Friday 8 December, A very talented Coromandel musician Denise Norton is now doing a show in Devonport, Auckland. Ticket information for the show can be found here The Coromandel EV Scenic Touring Route is now open! Our Council has partnered with Charge Net NZ, Powerco and EECA to install five fast EV chargers in our main town centres. More details and locations on www.tcdc.govt.nz/evchargers We're holding a launch event with Charge Net on Saturday 9 December 12.00pm - 1.00pm at the Coromandel Town fast EV charger site at the Woollams Ave car park. The day will start at 12.00pm with a few speeches from Charge Net NZ officials and our Mayor Sandra Goudie, followed by rides & drives in electric vehicles. At 2.00pm, the electric vehicles will take part in the Santa Parade through Coromandel Town . If you would like to ride in, or drive an electric car, talk to one of the car owners and they'll make it happen. You'll also get to find out what it's like to own an EV straight from a user. Thames Christmas Wonderland 11 - 24 December 2017, 7.30pm - 10.30pm Thames Civic Centre Get into the Christmas spirit with the Thames Christmas light display. A combination of light, static display and hands on creativity. Make this part of your Christmas tradition and spend an evening out with the kids. Gold fever year is underway, marking the 150th anniversary of the Thames Goldfields opening. Check the online calendar of events here to see what's on. Thames Public Art Trust - Sculpture Competition 1 November 2017 - 10 January 2018 Competition is open to anyone interested in developing sculpture projects to populate the Kopu -Thames leg of the Hauraki Rail Trail. Click here to see more details on the competition or see Thames Public Art Trust on Facebook. District Libraries Thames Library and Mercruy Bay Library Lego Club: Tuesday afternoons 3.30 - 4.30pm Tuesday 12 December - Christmas spectacular - Santa, reindeer and sleigh, Christmas tree town, a fireplace, a stocking can you create a cozy Christmas scene? Food for Fines is back: We know our library patrons love their local library - and for six weeks from November 6th, even clearing an overdue book fine will make you feel good. Patrons will have the option of donating a non-perishable food item instead of paying their overdue fees, and each donated item will reduce the fee by $4.00. The food will be donated to the local Food Bank, just in time for Christmas. Food for Fines runs from 6 November to 15 December. Pick up a list of suggested items to donate from your local library branch. Whangamata Christmas Tree Forest and Santa Grotto 16 - 19 December 2017. Proudly sponsored by First National Real Estate and TCDC and in association with the Whangamata Lions Club. If you would like to register your business to participate in the decorating of a tree please contact Melanie Metcalfe or phone 021 945 716. Santa on the Pepe Saturday 16 December, 9.00am Pepe Reserve, Tairua Entertainment, spot prizes, Santa and much more. Shayne P Carter Sunday 17 December, 5.00pm - 8.00pm Mercury Bay Estate, Whitianga Tickets available from The Ferry Landing Store, Mercury Bay Estate and Oh Boy! Tacos Christmas Exhibition Sunday 17 December - Saturday 13 January 2018 Hauraki House, Coromandel Whanga Week Wednesday 27 December - Tuesday 2 January 2018 Whanga Week ™ was started by the club Patron, Richard Scelly Q.S.M 32 years ago in 1985 as a way to encourage families and friends to participate in outdoor events over the summer season and raise funds to help the club purchase the vital equipment needed to help protect the men, women and children who use the aquatic environment at Whangamata. For further information regarding this years schedule see the Whangamata Surf Lifesaving website. Whitianga Wellbeing Market 29 December - 7 January, 10.00am - 5.00pm Whitianga Town Hall New Years Eve at the Coroglen Tavern Tickets available at Coroglen Tavern, Blackjack Surf and AAA Ticketing Moehau Enviroment Group January 2018 programme. Each year a dedicated bunch of volunteers from Moehau Environment Group run a Summer Programme over January on the Coromandel. The programme offers kiwis and visitors the chance to experience and enjoy Coromandel’s natural treasures guided by local volunteers keen to share their passion and knowledge. Download the MEG Summer Holiday Programme Final 2018. Department of Conservation - Kauaeranga Summer Fun Kauaeranga Visitors Centre January 2018 A fun-filled, jam packed January for all ages, including abseiling, gold panning, kids craft activites, treasure hunts, teddy bear picnic, movie nights, conservation talks on moa, bats and kauri history, gecko encounters, day walks with knowledgable DOC rangers, twilight walks, mountain biking and the free live music event - The Picnic in the Forest. For the full programme of events see their website. Coroglen Tavern 2 January 2018 Tickets available at Coroglen Tavern, Blackjack Surf and AAA Ticketing. Keltic Fair Tuesday 2 January, 9.00am - 4.00pm Coromandel Area School, 151 Tiki Road, Coromandel The Keltic Fair is one of New Zealand's most successful fairs and the highlight of the Coromandel holiday season. Over 300 stalls including arts and crafts, food stalls, all-day entertainment. Entry $2 per person over 5-year-old with all gate proceeds going to the Coromandel Area School. For further information see Keltic Fair website. Pauanui Summer Series Market Day Wednesday 3 January Kennedy Park, Pauanui The Annual Market Day is one of the largest in the Coromandel with over 150 different stalls. Everything from art, crafts, tools, clothing, and delicious food. Not to mention a huge area filled with kid’s amusements. There truly is something for everyone! Thursday 4 January 2018 Wiiliamson Park, Whangmata For ticket information see Ticket Master Saturday 6 January 2018 Williamson Park, Whangamata For ticket information see Shapeshifter Tairua Food and Wine Festival Saturday 6 January 2017, 9.00am - 4.00pm The Tairua School Wine & Food Festival is a major event for the local community and an important fundraiser for the school. The upcoming festival boasts an array of exciting new aspects along with the usual favourites, with a big focus on celebrating all things local to the Coromandel. Visitors to the festival will experience a delicious offering of food and beverages including several New Zealand craft selections. With entertainment provided by Anika Moa. For further information see the Tairua Food and Wine Festival website. Extravaganza Fair, Whangamata 6 and 7 January 2018 Whangamata Area School A free event for the family, where you will find market stalls, arts and craft, food, all day entertainment with musicians playing tunes, kids shows running throughout the day where your children can 'shine like stars' and be involved. Mercury Bay Seaside Carnival Monday 8 January 2018, 9.00am - 3.00pm Over 120 stalls, arts and crafts, designer clothing, music, food, rides and all day entertainment. For further information see their website. Concert in the Vines Friday 12 January 2018 Mercury Bay Estate If you like summer, kiwi music and supporting a great cause, this event is perfect for you. Artists include Landslide (Fleetwood Mac tribute) Will Martin and Kendall Wise Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information Sunday 28 January 2018 Whitianga Waterways Arena (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Sold Out There will be a free shuttle bus service running to and from the event from Brophys Beach, Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Wharf, Taylors Mistake and Mercury Bay Area School. For further event information on the event or for those who may be selling tickets see www.greenstoneentertainment.co.nz. Leadfoot Festival 3 and 4 February 2018 280 Link Road, Hahei The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend on the New Zealand and International calendar that brings together a unique mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend, Rod Millen opens his private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants. For ticket information see Leadfoot Farmers Markets Coroglen Market Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter. A fabulous farmers's market for you to buy some local organic produce, home made goodies and crafts. Conveniently located on the main road State Highway 25 at the historic Gumtown Hall. Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Fridays 8am - 12pm Local manuka honey, home grown community market, baking and much more! Thames Market Every Saturday 8am-12noon - Pollen Street, Grahamstown. Head down to the Thames Market this weekend. Don't forget to bring your own bag, basket or box to the Thames Market, plastic carry bags are no longer allowed. Whangamata Community Market Whangamata Library Carpark - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter Held in the heart of the Whangamata township. Selling goods from arts and crafts to produce! Come enjoy the warm atmosphare! Whitianga Market Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter. Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and homegrown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market.