What's on in the Coromandel? 27 July 2018 There's a variety of events to get us through to the end of winter - whether it's celebrating our heritage, participating in the arts, or some outdoor action - there's something for everyone. Remember public submissions for the proposed 15-year resource consent to hold events at Williamson Park reserve in Whangamata closes 10 August. Click here for more information. 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. Thames 150 Hospital Celebrations James MacKay 2018 Lectures 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 Tasting The Coromandel at the Food Show Five of our homegrown Coromandel food producers will return to the Food Show next month, showcasing the quality an diversity of artisan food products made right here on The Coromandel. Those exhibitors, representing the Coromandel Food Collective network, are: Thames Valley Bacon, Omahu Valley Citrus, Mercury Bay Creamery, Chocolates are Us and Castle Rock Café. You can read more about these exhibitors here: The Food Show is the premier event for food lovers. "We'll be giving thousands of people a taste of The Coromandel's bountiful organic and specialty produce, which can be found at markets, butchers, and boutique shops across the district," Mayor Sandra says. The Food Show in Auckland is on from Thursday July 26 to Sunday July 29, 2018 Tickets can be bought online at www.foodshow.co.nz Thames 150th Gold Fever Year closing event Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Friday 31 July 2018 - 7.00pm - 9.00pm A year of commemorations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Thames Goldfields opening come to an end with an evening of reflection. Entertainment, song, story telling and much more. Gold coin donation entry for those who can afford it. This event is hosted by the Thames Heritage Events Trust and is sponsored by Mitre 10. For further information see the Whangamata KATCH 4 KIDZ Facebook page. Saturday 4 August 2018 7.00pm - 8.30pm Thames War Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary St, Thames, The Coromandel New Zealand's freshest Magic and Illusion Spectacular is back with new illusions, more magic, more comedy, more antics and much more fun for 2018. Come along to witness an unforgettable show with one of New Zealand's leading magicians Mike Lindsay assisted by his sidekicks, Jazz the Mind Reading Dove, Nugget the Chicken and his lovely assistant. For more information visit the It's Showtime website. The Little Gallery Whangamata, Shop 2, 427 Port Road, Whangamata Saturday 4 August 2018, 4.00pm - 6:00pm A guided tour of The Little Gallery Whangamata with former art history teacher and local artist, Lynne Robinson. Designed to be a fun and informal approach to art history, this tour is suitable for all - from those with little or no knowledge of the history of art, to the seasoned art historian! Questions are welcomed and visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion with Lynne. Lynne Robinson is a Whangamata-based artist, working primarily in the medium of drypoint printmaking. She has nearly a decade of experience as a high school art history teacher and was formerly Education Manager at Waikato Museum. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, Lynne is particularly passionate about making art history fun, engaging and accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds. 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. Hayden Paddon will be back in the country in between rounds of the World Championship season and will once again contest the Rally of Coromandel. For further information on NZ Rally see their website here. Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018 The Whitianga Scallop Festival is having a gap year due to the town centre and marina upgrade – but for those keen to enjoy the local delicacy fresh at the start of the season, save the date. The Whitianga local restaurants are hosting a Celebration of Seafood weekend, come and enjoy seafood and music with beer and wine matches, in and around Whitianga Restaurants and Wineries. More information will follow. 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. 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. 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.