What's on in the Coromandel? 10 May 2018 Looking for something active to do with Mum this Mothers Day weekend? The nationwide Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun run/walk returns this year, offering women the chance to have fun, get active and support a worthy cause. Jennian Homes have partnered up with the Heart Foundation to support its Heart Foundation for Women campaign, which aims to help stop our women dying prematurely of heart disease. The campaign asks women to band together and love their hearts.For information on entering the Whitianga fun run/walk event see eventfinda. NZ Offshore Powerboat Racing Saturday 12 May 2018 Buffalo Beach Reserve, Whitianga Powerboat racing is one of New-Zealand’s most well-established water sports. This weekend you can watch the fleet of multi and mono hull, large and small boats thunder across the water at speeds of up to 200km/h and hear the distinctive roar of engines. It's the ultimate “motorsport on water”. For full programme details see NZ Offshore website. Wild Women Weekend Friday 18 May 2018 - Sunday 20 May 2018 A chance to get away with friends, take some time out, shop, play some sport, have fun, stare at the sea. Come by yourself or with friends. Choose individual events or go for the full package. For further information see the Wild Women website. Social Climbers - Roger Hall Hauraki House, Coromandel 25 May 2018 - 2 June 2018 In this hilarious play by Roger Hall a group of women teachers, plus one reluctant daughter, embark on a weekend of bushwalking in the mountains to get away from it all! Torrential rains and a washed out bridge later... arguments ensue, secrets are revealed, lots of tears and laughter. For ticketing information see Eventfinda Thames 4 day market Queen's Birthday Weekend - 1 June 2018 - 4 June 2018 Citizen Band Hall, Queen Street, Thames Whitianga Half Marathon Saturday 26 May 2018 This is the first annual half marathon to be held in the beautiful Mercury Bay. There is a 21km course, a 10km course, a 5km course and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be either run or walked. The organisers are encouraging a fun, family event where everyone can participate in some way. For further information and registration details see Whitianga Half Marathon website. The Pipi Pickers Saturday 26 May 2018, 7.30pm Coming to Kauaeranga Hall for the very first time is bluegrass band The Pipi Pickers. Often simply referred to as The Pipis, they play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops, and an engaging performance style that puts a smile on everyone’s face and infuses even the most dreadful of murder ballads with a sense of joy and energy. Tickets available on the door or from Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames. For further information or to purchase tickets see Cosmic Ticketing. Kelvin Cruickshank Wednesday 11 July 7.00pm Thames Civic Centre With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series "Sensing Murder", Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this reason, he is continuing his series of exclusive shows that will help to reach out and touch more people at once. These shows will simply be Kelvin working with spirit. For ticketing information see eventfinda 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. For further information on how you can become involved see the illume Festival website. Coromandel Peninsula Art & Craft Fair Saturday 14 July, 9.00am - 3.00pm Whitianga Town HallMercury Bay Art Escape’s annual fair showcases quality handmade arts and crafts produced in the Coromandel Peninsula. The fair is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to purchase work directly from talented and enthusiastic Coromandel artisans and artists. To make a weekend of it, you may want to arrange visits with local artists while you are here, see http://www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artists for contact details. Farmers Markets Coromandel Town Market 31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel - Saturday 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. 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. 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. You can read the lates press release here For information on how you can be involved see Ministry of Culture and Heritage website or Mercury 250 website. 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.