What's on in the Coromandel 01 November 2018 Get your fishing rods ready this weekend for the Shelly Beach Fishing Tournament. Hook up the boat, pack up the family and enjoy a fun fishing weekend. Or if you're more interested in history there's the Thames Hospital 150 commemorations this weekend as well. Thames Hospital 150 years Celebration Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November Celebrations include a programme of events (registration required), and a series of lectures that feature how the hospital has developed its patient care from its simple beginnings through to the specialised services and innovative technology of today. For further details see Waikato District Health Board website. Alpaca Social Club – Dazzling Music Virtuosity 7:30pm Saturday 3 November, at the Kauaeranga Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Rd, Thames. The Alpaca Social Club, with well-loved musos Craig Denham and Jon Sanders, are visiting Thames again this year after two years of travelling and adventure. Listen and be beguiled - Celtic, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Reggae, Soul, Americana and Gypsy swing origins. All live at Kauaeranga Hall. Tickets: $20 for pre-sale and door sales are $22. For more information: Text 021912993 or Email Kauaerangahallmusic@gmail.com Developing Depth with Kate Jones Madhill Saturday 3 November, 4pm - 6pm, The Little Gallery Whangamata Check out the Little Gallery Whangamata and gain an insight into how an artist develops depth using layering and glazing techniques, with Kate Jones Madhill. Click here for more information Letitia Mackenzie Saturday 3 November, 11am, at the Back Room at Lotus Realm, Thames. Letitia Mackenzie, a local musician from Hikuai. Free entry, good vibes and an acoustic buzz. For more information visit the Lotus Realm Facebook page. For more information visit Eventfinda. Women Of Empire 6 - 18 November For more details see the Eventfinda website link. 8 - 11 November The Thames Steampunk Festival rocks our region’s biggest town every November. The festival programme includes steampunk balls, a banquet and burlesque nights, as well as exhibitions and concerts. Featured this week: Steamy Hot Night Friday 9 November, 9- 11PM, Thames Civic Centre, Mary Street. Join Steampunk for some nightlife the likes of which you have never seen before in Thames. Catch the talented 'ladies' from Limelight’s comedy cabaret and the gorgeous Brazilian Divas, Latin American dancers.Thrills and laughter guaranteed. $35 per ticket Click here for tickets and more information. Tairua Trail and Tides To enter see Simply Timings website. NZ Trio NZ Trio are performing at the Morcom Residence, Cooks Beach on Saturday 10 November. NZ Trio bring a fresh and approachable style to classical music, appealing to listeners from all walks of life. Click here for more information. Flow Arts Workshop Friday 16 November - Sunday 18 November Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, 2183 Main Road, Colville, Coromandel. Click here for tickets and more information. For tickets and more information click here. Arts on Tour Seven Deadly Stunts Thursday 22 November 7pm, Whitianga Town Hall.What drives someone to walk on broken glass, swallow fire or juggle a chainsaw? In Seven Deadly Stunts, married couple David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache celebrate seven of the most notorious stunts in carnie history, along with the stories of how and why they exist. The couple will put their bodies - and their marriage - on the line. Performing each of the seven stunts live requires total trust. Click here for tickets and more information. Pauanui Christmas Home Wander Saturday 24 November A day not to be missed. Stunning homes, Christmas flavour, Devonshire Tea, all for Look Good Feel Better, supporting cancer patients. For further information see Pauanui Christmas Home Wander on facebook. Paeroa to Thames Fun Run/Walk Sunday 25 November, 7am-3pm,101 Normanby Road Paeroa. For tickets and more information click here. For tickets and more information click here. Coroglen Tavern Saturday 1 December Donavon Frankenreiter will bring his honey-thick vocals, masterful guitar work and newest album “The Heart” to the Coromandel Peninsula for one night only. Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon Frankenreiter started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson. For ticketing information see Eventfinda. Kiwi rockers Blindspott announce their ‘Reunion Tour’ with Devilskin as special guests. tickets on sale at TheTicketFairy.com. For tickets and more information click here. Click here for tickets and more information. Click here for tickets and more information. Fat Freddy's Drop Monday 7 January 2019 at Thames Racecourse. Freddy’s annual summer roady around New Zealand in Jan 2019 gets a super-charged tune up with the addition of some incredible tour bus buddies; DJ legend Norman Jay MBE direct from London plus local super stars Ladi6, Salmonella Dub featuring Tiki Taane, The Black Seeds and Troy Kingi with more to be announced. With fresh tour destinations added to the menu, Freddy's are about to serve up one massive summer tour. For ticketing information see Ticketmaster. Whitianga Summer Concert Sunday 27 January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend) at Whitianga Waterways Arena. 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 Market 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 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 Soldiers Memorial Park from 8am. For more information on the Art Market contact Marle Ward on 07 866 0204 or 021 0241 9368 Toddler Time Every Thursday during term at 9.30am. Tairua Library after school club 3.30pm Book Club Friday 2 November, 10.30am. Friday 7 December, 10.30 am. For more information on the Thames-Coromandel District Librarie events please visit the Thames Coromandel District Libraries Facebook page.