What's on in the Coromandel? 16 February 2018 The summer event season is still in full swing on the Coromandel with plenty of events and activities lined up. If you are in Thames on Friday, make sure you get along to Grahamstown between 9.00am and 1.00pm to view the Brits at the Beach cars which will be on display. Win a $500 petrol voucher Your reward for reading this far is a chance to win a $500 petrol voucher. Take our short survey on our Council's communications and be in to win the voucher. Don't delay, the survey closes at the end of February. Go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/survey2017 Flora Knight and Sean Donald Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames Flora Knight and Sean Donald are from different corners of the world. She’s a fiddle player from New Zealand who has previously played with The Eastern and The Lone Pine Specials. He's a guitar-picker raised in Canada playing in the All Day Breakfast Stringband. Recipients of the 2017 New Zealand Gold Guitars Overall Runner Up award, including winning the ‘Traditional Country’ and ‘The Freeze Ya Bits off Busking’ sections, the pair formed a musical bond a couple of years ago and have dedicated themselves ever since to gathering stories, songs and fiddle tunes from small communities around the world. For further information on ticket sales email Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com or pop into Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. Friday 16 February - Sunday 18 February 2018. Celebrating All Things British - Brits at the Beach is a three-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. Tristram Marine Open Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club 18 - 25 February 2017 For further information see Mercury Bay Game Fishing clubs website. 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’: This 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. Mercury Bay Library - 19 February, 10.30am For more information click here. Unfortunately the ocean conditions are not looking favourable for snorkeling this weekend, therefore the event has been postponed until the 25 February, with a back up location of Flaxmill Bay. See Experiencing Marine Reserves on Facebook here for further details. Rado and Raybon Save The World Whitianga Town Hall Friday 2 March, 7.30pm Creative Mercury Bay in association with Arts on Tour NZ are thrilled to bring leading comedians Raybon Kan and Nick Rado to Whitianga for what promises to be comedy gold on the Coromandel. Rado and Raybon Save The World is a multi-faceted two hour performance, starting at 7.30pm Tickets for Rado and Raybon Save The World are on sale now from Whitianga Paper Plus. For further information regarding 2018 events visit Creative Mercury Bay website or follow on Facebook . Sunday 4 March 2018 Coromandel Town Museum, 1.00pm - 4.00pm For school-aged child/children accompanied by parent Making toys of yesterday, peg dolls, cottonreel tractors, pom-poms etc. Free entry Mercury Bay Art Escape 3 - 4 March and 10 and 11 March 2018 These Open Studio weekends are held every year over the first two weekends in March and draw many art loving visitors to the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay, encompassing the areas of Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga and Kuaotunu, the art studios are open from 10am until 4pm. Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists and Art Groups present a wide range of art and craft media, including woodwork, pottery, sculpture, hand forged knives, lamp-worked glasswork, flax weaving, mosaics, painting, photography, printmaking and much more. For further information regarding the Open Studio weekends see Mercury Bay Art Escape website. Gala Opening Night 2018 Friday 2 March at 6pm Hot Waves Café, 8 Pye Place, Hot Water Beach The Gala Opening of the Mercury Bay Art Escape Showcase Exhibition with guest speaker T J McNamara – the NZ Herald Art Reviewer. TJ's talk is titled 'Light and the Warm Dark - memorable images of 50 years of reviewing'. The gala events includes a complimentary glass of Tohu wine, nibbles and a live performace by Alan Rhodes band. It is the opening preview of the Mercury Bay Art Escape Member's Showcase exhibition. All of Art Escape’s 45 members will be exhibiting, for further information see Mercury Bay Art Escape website. The Gathering Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March 2018 Taylors Mistake Reserve, Albert St, Whitianga. Sold Out - Harley Davidson only event .If you missed out on registering, or just want to check out the bikes, this is for you. 9.30am Saturday Harley bike show and the riders gather 11.00am Saturday the group ride leaves. The Whitianga Sea Scouts are running a bike wash and sausage sizzle, there will be food, craft stalls and Live Music. A Taste of Matarangi Village Green Reserve, Matarangi 7 April 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm Bring your family and friends the sixth Taste of Matarangi - food, wine and music festival by the beach. Great food, wine and local brewing beer, family activities and live music on stage all day. For further information see A Taste of Matarangi facebook page. ECHO Walking Festival 7 - 22 April 2018 Follow winding tracks through spectacular scenery and amazing views. Explore our backyard and learn about our local history. Hike across hills, discover pools and waterfalls, get a bit of exercise and enjoy our local bush and beach. From an hour's walk to full day tramps, there's something for everyone and every fitness level. Check out the full programme and walk details on the ECHO Walking Festival Website. Saturday 14 April 2018 The Whangamata Multisport Challenge is an action packed Multisport event based in Whangamata. The course is one of the most scenic in the country. Race options include multisport, duathlon, run, paddle or mountain bike events. See Whangamata Multisport Challenge website for further details. 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. 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.