What's on in the Coromandel? 31 January 2019 With the summer heatwave upon us, another hot weekend looms on the Coromandel and there are still plenty of events to choose from on our events calendar. The Leadfoot Festival is being brought to you this weekend at Leadfoot Ranch in Hahei. The festival promises to be packed with action and excitement, as the most glamorous racing machinery and famous motorsport competitors gather together for this annual internationally-recognised hill climb event. One of the largest ladies-only fishing competitions in New Zealand is hitting Whangamata this weekend - Nauti Girls - with over $45,000 in prizes. Another weekend of music hits the district as the Flamenco Concert plays in Thames this Saturday night. Get your creative fix as the Coromandel Art Group hosts the Annual Exhibition at the Hauraki House Gallery in Coromandel Town from 25 January - 7 February. For more information on these events and more, please read on. 2 and 3 February 2019 The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Tickets are offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod and Shelly Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 150 acre, ocean-front estate in Hahei features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb. For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's website. Friday 16 February - Sunday 18 February 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 the Scruffs Dog Show), and other ticketed events. Check out their website here for more information. Flamenco Concert Saturday 2 February at Cafe Melbourne 715 Pollen Street Thames. Feel the fiery rhythms of Spanish flamenco. A folk music with its roots buried deeply in ancient Spanish culture. Its vibrancy contains a heady mix of Arab, Christian, and Jewish influences. Doors and Bar open 7pm-7:30pm performance. Book now as seating will be limited. Tickets are $28 (sorry no door sales). Tickets at: Carson’s Book Shop, 600 Pollen St, Thames or Email or Ph Cheryl Coleman: email@example.com Ph: 021 797 921 The Topp Twins Heading for The Hills Coromandel Area School, Woollams Ave, Coromandel Town. Saturday 9 February, 5pm - 8pm. For more information visit Eventfinda. The Bubble Show Tuesday 12 February 11am and 4pm in the Kauaeranga Valley hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames. Wednesday 13 February 4pm – 5pm Whitianga Town Hall, 24 Monk Street, Whitianga. Thursday 14 February 4pm – 5pm in The Theatre , 21 Boyd Road, Waihi. For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda. An Afternoon of Yoga Saturday 16 February 12:45pm – 5pm , 424b Pollen St in Thames. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Michele A'Court & Jeremy Elwood - On the Road Thursday 28 February 7pm at The Coghill Theatre 18 Coghill Street, Whitianga. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Tuia 250 Whitianga Street Art Festival Monday 4 March - Friday 8 March 10am – 4pm at the Whitianga CBD Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga. Mercury Bay Art Escape has organised this festival specifically to highlight the national Tuia - Encounters 250 commemorations. Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) has great seafaring significance as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited many centuries ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship The Endeavour. For more information visit Eventfinda. Mockingbird Saturday 9 March 7:30pm at Hauraki House Theatre, Kapanga Rd, Coromandel. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Te Wheke Challenge Saturday 16 March 8:30am – 3pm at Onemana Beach Onemana Drive, Onemana. For tickets and more information visit Eventfinda. Thames Country Music Weekend Friday 22 March – Sunday 24 March at Thames Workingmen's Club, 407 Cochrane Street, Thames. For tickets and more information please visit Eventfinda. NZMTG Beach Hop Park Over From Tuesday 26 March 11am to Monday 1 April 2019 12am at Mayfair Avenue Reserve 126 b Mayfair Ave Whangamata. For more information please visit Eventfinda. Tuia 250 Encounters In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Europeans during James Cook and the Endeavour's 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. A national commemoration, Tuia – Encounters 250, will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the exceptional feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier. For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website Farmers Markets 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. Thames Crafters Market - Held the second Saturday of each month. 8am – 2pm, Welsey Hall Pahau St Thames, behind Saint James Church opposite the GBD. Contact Dana on 0272220700 or Gaylene on 0211424543 Tairua Market - The first Saturday of every month, you will find a collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge on the Tairua Main Road from 9am -1pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market - Every Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ bank you will find an array of local, homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Whangamata Sunday Market - Held in the heart of the Whangamata township in the Council carpark on Port Rd from 9am - 1pm, selling goods from arts and crafts to produce. See here for further details. Coroglen market - Every Sunday 9am-1pm, Coroglen Hall. Whitianga Art Craft and Farmers Market - Every Saturday at Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am.For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368 or visit their Facebook here. Every week: Thames Toddler Time Toddler time is starting again on 7 February (every Thursday) at 9:30am for half an hour with a Chinese New Year theme. Mercury Bay is starting their toddler time back on 4 February (every Monday) at 10.30am which also runs for half an hour. Thames Lego Club Thames Lego Club is starting back in Thames on 6 March at 3.30pm (every Wednesday) for an hour. Mercury Bay never stopped their Lego Club and it will be running every Tuesday starting from 4 February at 3.30pm for an hour. Thames Library Knitting Group Bring whatever you're working on to the Carnegie Room at Thames Library or come along to get started. Everyone is welcome between 10am and 12pm every Tuesday and tea and coffee is provided. Book Clubs Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. This is the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. Meeting in the Carnegie Room at Thames Library, at 10:30 on the first Friday of every month.