What's on in the Coromandel? 13 July 2018 It's the middle of the school holidays and you're out of ideas on how to amuse the kids already. Don't despair, there is a variety of activites in the Coromandel to keep the young and the young at heart entertained for the final week. Public submissions are now open on the proposed 15-year resource consent at Williamson Park reserve in Whangamata. Click here for more information. Mercury Bay Museum Friday 13 and 20 July 2018 Come over to the Mercury Bay Museum for Joe's Scavenger Hunt this school holidays. For further information regarding the Mercury Bay Museum, follow them on Facebook or see their website. Friday 13 July - Saturday 14 July 2018 Light - Stories - Wonder For two nights Illume Festival will be lighting up the main street of Coromandel Town. A free family festival with live music, projections, street performers, lights, food, fun and laughter. More information has been released on the line-up, which includes a kids zone at Hauraki House, the 'Pimp my ride' procession, Powerco fireworks and a street parade. For further information on how you can become involved see the Illume Festival website. Grease Party 14 July 2018 Frankies Sports Bar and Grill, Whitianga The Grease Party will be the first mega event at Frankies. The team there have amazing entertainment planned with door and lucky prizes for best dressed. A delicious supper will make it a perfect night out. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out. Get yours now from Frankies. Mercury Bay Art Escape’s annual fair A showcase of quality handmade arts and crafts produced in the Coromandel. The fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to meet talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. There is also a chance to win a fantastic raffle hamper donated by Mosaic Gallery in Whitianga. To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with local artists while you are here, see Mercury Bay Art Escape's website for contact details. The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust is currently seeking new artists and local art groups interested in participating in the Art Escape 2019. This annual opportunity for new applicants has been open since May and will close 31 July 2018. New applicants can conveniently go online to fill out their submission form www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artistapplications Thames Library, Tairua Library and Mercury Bay Library Get reading this winter and be in to win. Thanks to our friends at Mighty Ape, our district libraries have a huge range of kids books up for grabs these school holidays. For every book your children read or Matariki activity they complete before July 19, they'll earn one entry into the draw for the book of their choice. For further information see the District Libraries Facebook page. Whangamata Community Library, 10.30am Story time is on in the library, Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the school holidays at 10.30am. All welcome and it's free. Thames Library Book Club is a relaxed and informal book group. Meet other book lovers and share what you’re reading. Here's the ideal place to pick up some tasty new titles. The Book Club is held in the Thames Library's meeting space, the Carnegie Room, on the first Friday of every month. Lego Club Mercury Bay Lego Club is free and happens every Tuesday from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Mercury Bay Library. Thames Lego Club is free and happens on the first Wednesday of the month from 3.30pm - 4.30pm at Thames Library. For further information please see the Thames-Coromandel District Libraries Facebook page. Thames 150 Hospital Celebrations James MacKay 2018 Lectures Four monthly lectures will lead up to the celebration of 150 years since the opening of Thames Hospital. The general public is welcome to attend on a Wednesday evening from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. The first lecture is on Wednesday 25 July 2018. The presentations will be followed by questions in under an hour. A small supper will be served. Koha (gold coin) entry is optional. For further information on these lectures and also the 150 year celebrations visit the Thames Hospital Facebook page. No Holds, Bard - Michael Hurst Thames - Wednesday 1 August 2018 Coromandel - Thursday 2 August 2018 Whitianga - Friday 3 August 2018 In a career spanning over 40 years, Michael Hurst has become one of New Zealand's leading actors and directors. In the 1990s he came to international prominence as Iolaus in the US television series "Hercules - The Legendary Journeys". Renowned for his work with Shakespeare, Michael received an ONZM in 2005 and is a New Zealand Arts Laureate. Includes 30 minute Q & A with Michael Hurst after the performance. For further ticketing information see No Holds Bard website. Whangamata Adventure Race Saturday 11 August 2018 Registration has sold out however you can still go onto a waiting list and they will send you an email if a spot opens up. See the Whangamata Events website. Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel Saturday 18 August 2017, 7.00 am - 5.00 pm The Coromandel will play host to a round of the 2018 New Zealand Rally Championship on the 18 of August, with the organisational team behind Rally New Zealand linking with our Council to base an event from the seaside township of Whitianga. The rally will be based at the Mercury Bay Sports Multi-Sport Park, which will host Rally HQ and the service park. Competition will take place over 135 kilometres of special stage on forestry and public roads around the Mercury Bay and Northern Coromandel regions. For further information on NZ Rally see their website here. Road closure information will be available once confirmed. Whitianga Summer Concert Whitianga Waterways Arena Sunday, 27January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) Another sizzling hot summer of music will be hitting our shores in January with Greenstone Entertainment announcing its line-up of four international acts for the annual Summer Concert Tour. See the Greenstone Entertainment website for further details. Leadfoot Festival 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 on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb. For ticketing information see Leadfoot Festival's 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. Tairua Market The first Saturday of every month, you will find this eclectic collection of stalls and produce right by the harbour next to the one-lane bridge in the Tairua Main Road. From 9:00am through to about 1:00pm. Coromandel Town Homegrown Community Market Each Friday morning on Wharf Road beside the BNZ Bank you will find an array of local/homegrown produce and crafts for sale. Organic and gluten free options . . . you're spoilt for choice. 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.