What's on in the Coromandel? 01 February 2018 We've got that storm mix of high winds and king tides from today until tomorrow morning; however the forecast is improving for the weekend. If you're planning your Waitangi weekend on the Coromandel, we're open for business and there's plenty going on. Leadfoot Festival 3 and 4 February 2018 280 Link Road, Hahei The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend on the global automotive calendar that brings together classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. New Zealand racing legend Rod Millen opens his Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive racers. Leadfoot have confirmed that 4-time Indy Car Champion Scott Dixon will be returning this year. For ticket information see Leadfoot. Coromandel farewells Royal Navy boat HMNZS Manawanui and her crew were welcomed with a powhiri by local iwi Ngati Hei representative Joe Davis as they arrived in Whitianga for ceremonies and parades yesterday until 5 February ahead of its official decommissioning on 23 February at Devonport. Friday 2 February 2018 • Community service to be done by the Manawanui’s crew. Saturday 3 February 2018 • A friendly challenge between the crew of the Manawanui and the Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade (involving a variety of drills) at 10:00am. Sunday 4 February 2018 • A public open day on board the Manawanui from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Monday 5 February 2018 • The Manawanui sailing from Whitianga for the last time with a farewell and wave-off at 11:50am Click here to read more. Whangamata Ocean Sports Club Nauti Girls Cathedral Cove Snorkel Day Our District Library events Meet Coromandel Town author Vivianne Flintoff as she visits our District Libraries speaking about her book ‘Kiwi on the Camino – A Walk that Changed My Life’: Kiwi on the Camino is essentially a travel book in which Vivianne includes historical, social and spiritual reflections gained on her challenging journey. Listen to the joys, pain, fears, anxieties and the fun Vivianne encounters on the famous pilgrim trail—The Way of St James. Thames Library - 2 February, 10.30am Tairua Library - 7 February, 10.30am Mercury Bay Library - 19 February, 10.30am Lego Club - 7 February 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Lego Club is free and happens on the first Wednesday of the month at Thames and Mercury Bay Libraries. This month's theme is The Year of the Dog. For more information click here. Whangamata Ocean Sports Club A1Homes Classic Tournament Brits at the beach festival Friday 16 February - Sunday 18 February 2018. Celebrating All Things British - Brits at the Beach is a 3-day festival based around a British Motoring gathering that attracts hundreds of vehicles and is based right on the waterfront at Whangamata's Beach Road Reserve. As well as organised drives to Thames and Tairua, they have the Grand Parade and Village Fete in Whangamata which features music, food, entertainment (including Scruffs Dog Show). Click here for more information. Farmers Markets Coroglen Market Gumtown Hall, Coroglen - Sundays from Labour Weekend to Easter. A fabulous farmers 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. Whitianga Market Soldiers Memorial, Whitianga - Saturdays from Labour Weekend to Easter. Your opportunity to purchase some beautifully made local crafts, art and home grown produce from the Mercury Bay area at the Whitianga Farmers Market.