What's on in the Coromandel? 02 March 2018 It's International Childrens Day this week and the Coromandel is playing host to a number of events to entertain the whole family. Coinciding with this international celebration is the commencement of the Trillian Treks Car rally which sees Thames kicking off the week long fundraiser seeing approximately 135 people in 40 themed cars, buses, trucks and fire engines travel through New Zealand handing out grants, giveaways, sports gear, special needs equipment, laughs, smiles and more to communities, schools and individuals. Make sure you get along to one of their events and support this fantastic charity. And don't forget this is the first weekend for the Mercury Bay Art Escape where you can meet more than 40 artists in their galleries and studios. 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 . 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 Hikuai, 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. T.J'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 performance 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. Trillian Trek Car Rally - 7 Day Fundraiser Sunday 4 March 2018 Approximately 135 people in 40 themed cars, buses, trucks and fire engines will be descending on Thames to commcence their New Zealand wide travel, handing out grants, giveaways, sports gear, special needs equipment, laughs, smiles and more to communities, schools and individuals. For further information on the Trillian Trek, see their facebook page or website. 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 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. If you are interested in having a stall at this event please contact email@example.com Dave Flynn Friday 23 March 2018, Coghill Theatre, Whitianga March is a great month for the Arts for our next event we introduce a highly successful Irish composer, writer guitarist Dr Dave Flynn. Described as ‘a masterful guitarist’, Flynn’s style evokes the celtic rhythms of his native, Ireland, and expands to draw on his experience playing classical, folk, jazz and contemporary music. Dave's trip to NZ has been supported by a Culture Ireland travel grant, a government agency that supports promoting Ireland's Art abroad. For ticketing information see Creative Mercury Bay website. Penny Ashton Tuesday 27 March 2018, Coghill Theatre, Whitianga Penny Ashton known to many for her roles in Promise and Promiscuity, this time she swaps Austen for Dickens and brings orphaned hero Olive, and a squalid gaggle of Victorian characters to pox-ridden London life. Will Olive find a family amongst the brothels, toffs and gruel? Or will Mrs Sourtart break her heart as well as her teeth? One woman portrays 15 characters in an hilarious musical journey that will fulfil your greatest expectations and be the best of times and well… the best of times. For ticketing information see Creative Mercury Bay website. Friday 30 March 2018 - Monday 02 April 2018 Colville Hall Artists will present sculptures, workshops will run during the day and the 3 nights will be filled with music, comedy, dance, cabaret and children performance. For further information see Colville Easter Festival website. A Taste of Matarangi Village Green Reserve, Matarangi 7 April 2018, 10.00am - 4.00pm Bring your family and friends to the sixth Taste of Matarangi. Great food, wine and locally brewed 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. Cathedral Cove Swim Saturday 7 April 2018 This is an idyllic swim through a marine reserve to the famous New Zealand landmark of Cathedral Cove. For further information see Brent Fosters website. Dive Festival 2018 13 - 15 April 2018 Book this must-do Dive event into your calendar! A great weekend of gathering divers together from far and wide, entering into fun competitions with a huge pool of awesome prizes and a bit of social fun as well. You can choose to just enter one event or multiple events. If you enter all required events you will go into the draw to join the crew on a fantastic dive trip for two diving Taveuni, Fiji in July 2018. To enter is simple – fill out the enquiry form here or email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Saturday 14 April 2018 The Surf 2 Firth Bush marathon has been described as the most technically challenging marathon in New Zealand and gives runners the opportunity to run from one side of the Coromandel to the other. The half marathon offers a challenging run/walk option and a new 12 km option is now available. All based out of Thames with competitors bused to the start of the full and half marathon. All options are run on DOC tramping trails with many following the pioneering trails of yesteryear. For further information see the Surf 2 Firth website. Saturday 21 April 2018 Tairua Trail and Tides Options for a 5km walk, 5km and 10km run, and 20km run at the Tairua Trail and Tides. This fun run-walk event takes in all the stunning vistas of Tairua, starting at Cory Park and traversing alongside the waterfront and for the longer sections, up and around Mt Paku. All events will start and finish at the Cory Park Domain, Tairua Rugby & Sports Club. For registration details email Tairuatrailandtides@gmail.com or see the Tairau Trail and Tides facebook page. 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. 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. This month's theme is Mad as a March Hare. Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration, Thames Library Tuesday 27 March and Thursday 29 March 2018 Back by popular demand - Hunsa will be back with a brand new vegetarian cooking demonstration at Thames Library. Bookings essential as there is a limit of 12 per class. Cost $10.00 to be paid at time of booking. For further information please see the Thames Coromandel District Libraries facebook page. Tairua library closed Monday 19 March We are swapping out the front counter at the Tairua library which will involve some concrete cutting, removal of the old counter, electrical work and installation of new desks. To complete this work we need to close the library for the day on Monday 19 March.