What's on in the Coromandel? 12 March 2020 It’s Parks Week and time to get adventurous and enjoy the great outdoor facilities we have across the Coromandel. Get your creative fix this weekend as the Mercury Bay Art Escape has open studios in Whitianga, Tairua, Kuaotunu, and Hot Water Beach. This event attracts many art-loving visitors to the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay on our east coast. There is an abundance of other events happening this weekend. There is running, jet ski racing, mountain biking, and swimming. If you want to enjoy music instead, there is also dancing in Coromandel Town at the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks Tribute Show. See below for more events that might interest you. Call for events at Williamson Park Whangamata If you are wanting to host an event in Williamson Park, Whangamata on the 2020/2021 summer period - we want to hear from you.There is a high level of compliance and professionalism required to operate an event on this reserve. For further information please contact with our District Events Co-ordinator Kirstin Richmond on email@example.com. Mercury Bay Art Escape Saturday 7 Mar - Sunday 15 March The ever-popular Mercury Bay Art Escape 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 on the Eastern Coromandel Peninsula. This stunning self-drive art tour includes Hikuai, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Coroglen, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Rings Beach and Opito Bay. Coupled with world-class scenery, eateries and wineries the Open Studio weekends provide the perfect opportunity to spend time and enjoy art. For more information click here. Te Wheke Challenge Saturday 14 March, 8:30pm - 3pm at Onemana Beach. Te Wheke Challenge is a 13km trail running event that starts and finishes in the small coastal settlement of Onemana. Te Wheke means Octopus and the race takesits name from a secluded beach known as Octopus Bay. In summer it is common to see octopus playing in the clear water there. The race route passes through Octopus Bay twice. This area is a trail running paradise with stunning white sand beaches and steep, technical trails winding around the coast and headlands. Click here for more information. Tairua Wet’n’Wild 14-15 March A new organising committee is gearing up to make the event as exciting as ever, in conjunction with Jet Ski Racing New Zealand. Committee chairman Alan Roper says Tairua Estuary is a great place to race and allows spectators to get close to the action while enjoying food, music and entertainment at the Pepe Reserve. Jet Ski Racing NZ treasure Dean Hudson says it’s easily one of the best events on its calendar. “At the end of the day we offer all the kids a ride on the jet skis for a few laps around the track. You should see them lining up. They love it.” Click here for more information. Whangamata Multisport Challenge Saturday 14 March at the Whangamata Harbour. The Whangamata Multisport Challenge is an action packed multisport event based in the adventure paradise of Whangamata. The course is one of the most scenic in the country. Race options include multisport, duathlon, run, paddle or mountain bike riding events. Click here for more information. Cathedral Cove Swim Saturday 14 March at the Marine Reserve of Cathedral Cove This is an idyllic swim through a marine reserve to the famous New Zealand landmark of Cathedral Cove, and then back 4km to stunning Hahei beach. Or enjoy the scenic walk there and swim the two kilometres back. Click here for more information. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks Tribute Show in Coromandel Town Saturday 14 March at Admirals Arms, 146 Wharf Rd, Coromandel Town. Landslide is an Auckland based, live five piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past seven years. Covering well-known classics from Fleetwood Mac and also Stevie's solo hits. They are visiting Coromandel Town for a tribute show. Click here for tickets and more information. Historic Kopu Bridge Cycle/Walk Challenge For more information please contact Sereena Burton firstname.lastname@example.org. More FM Mount Everest Challenge Thames Country Music Weekend March 20 - March 22 at Thames Workingmen's Club, 407 Cochrane Street, Thames. A weekend of country music featuring top NZ artists. Tickets are $45. Click here for more information. Pauanui Half Marathon Saturday 21 March Pauanui Beach provides the ultimate backdrop for this exciting new running event on 21 March, 2020. The 21km course takes in some of the best scenery at this all-time popular holiday spot: the surf beach, the Pauanui Waterways and the off-road forest and estuary-side track of the Pauanui Tairua Trail. The event also offers 10km and 5km distances, with walking options available. The first 400 entries get a finishers medal. Register now: pauanuihalfmarathon.co.nz A weekend workshop with Mark Dawson in Thames 21 - 22 March at the Church of Christ Hall on Parawai Road. Click here for more information. The Book Launch of Taking Flight in Hamilton Saturday March 21 - Sunday March 22, at 78 Lake Crescent Hamilton. Head along to The Book Launch of Taking Flight by Coromandel Authour Susan Flight. For more information click here. Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon in Thames Saturday 21 March The Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon has been described as the most technically challengingmarathons 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 12km 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. For more information click here. Free Census Seminar Click here to register. Beach Hop in Whangamata Wednesday 25 March - Sunday 29 March Held in the popular seaside holiday resort of Whangamata, the five-day festival celebrates the music, culture, fashion, music, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters, and scooters of this golden era. The festival has grown from 4,000 to about 100,000 people since it begun in 2001. This makes it one of the largest events of its kind in the world. Come along and enjoy all the non stop action. For the full five day programme and for more information click here. Rock "n" Roll Concert at Beach Hop For more information click here. Repco Beach Party Whitianga Thursday 26 March The vehicles that will participate in the Repco Beach Party will leave Whangamata at 9:30am on 26 March and are expected to arrive at Buffalo Beach Reserve in Whitianga by 11am. From there they will be marshalled via The Esplanade to park up in Albert Street (between Hannan Rd and Blacksmith Lane), Taylor’s Mistake and the Northern Reclamation at the Whitianga Marina. Parts of Albert Street, Blacksmith Lane and The Esplanade will be closed while the vehicles are in town. The Poppy Flight in Whitianga Friday 27 March. For more information click here. Echo Walking Festival Tuesday 28 March - Sunday 19 April, Coromandel to Kaimais. 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. Click here for more information. Thames Music and Drama Adult Comedy 3 - 9 April Dates: Friday 3 April - 7.30pm Saturday 4 April - 7.30pm Sunday 5 April - 4pm Sunday 5 April - 7.30pm Wednesday 8 April - 7.30pm Thursday 9 April - 7.30pm Please book to attend this event online at www.thamesmad.co. The comedy is based on five women finding themselves pregnant, for some it's a dream come true and for others it's a nightmare. For more information visit www.thamesmad.co. A Taste Of Matarangi Saturday 4 April, on The Village Green Kenwood Drive, Matarangi. A Taste of Matarangi is all about having a fabulous day of food, wine and music by the beach and a charitable event in support of Kuaotunu Land Search and Rescue and Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust. Tickets are selling fast get yours here. Colville Easter Festival Friday 10 April - Monday 13 April at the Colville Hall. Colville Easter Festival is a community event celebrating the arts. Great artistic workshops and variety of entertaining events are happening over the weekend. For the full programme, times, and prices click here. White Chapel Jak at the Coroglen Tavern Saturday, 11 April from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Coroglen Tavern. Thrilled to announce their “Summer Vibes Tour”, this high energy acoustic Kiwiana band will have you groovin’ and vibin’ with their fresh and funky approach to songs you all know and love. Click here for tickets and more information. Coromandel Town Seafood Festival Saturday 2 May 2020 at the Coromandel Area School Field. Coromandel is home to pristine nutrient-rich waters and a variety of marine life. The western side of the Coromandel Peninsula is renowned for its aquaculture industry supplying world famous mussels. The Coromandel Harbour is the gateway to Coromandel Town supporting oyster and mussel farms, as well as being a great place to catch fish. Now in its fourth year, the Seafood Festival is held right in the heart of Coromandel Town and offers a variety of stalls including all day entertainment, educational, cooking demonstrations and much more. Be sure to bring the whole family for a fun filled day with plenty on offer, rain or shine. Entry is just $2 per person. For more information click here. Friday 29 May - Sunday 31 May Over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, from May 29-31 2020, the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the visit of the Royal Navy Ship ‘Coromandel,’ after which the town and our peninsula are named, will combine with the Illume Festival in Coromandel Town. On Friday 29 May there will be a DJ performing at the Barry Brickell Memorial Stage. The Disney Kids Zone will also be on Friday night for parents to take their children to enjoy a variety of fun Disney activities. On Saturday 30 May there will be a themed ball at the Coromandel Citizens Hall, in conjunction with live music at the Samuel James Reserve featuring talented musician Gemma Louden as part of the entertainment for the weekend. Tickets for the ball are $30 per person and can be bought at the Coromandel Information Centre, see the poster below. The street parade follows on Sunday 31 May. We are encouraging locals and businesses to participate in this. You can decorate anything from floats, cars, trailers, push prams, or just yourself. There will also be the Richardsons Real Estate fireworks display over the town and the live music will continue at Samuel James Reserve. For more information click here. Pauanui Wearable Creations and Arty Bra Show in Pauanui Saturday 19 September at 31 Sheppard Avenue, Pauanui. This is a fundraiser event that invites creators, makers, artists, and design enthusiasts to bring to life outrageous, unique, and challenging wearbale art created from recycled materials. Tickets ($60) go on sale on August 1 at the Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club or the Pauanui Information Centre or email email@example.com. 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 not available. Thames Crafters Market - Held the second Saturday of each month. 8am – 2pm, Welsey Hall Pahau St Thames, behind Saint James Church opposite the GBD. Contact Dana on 0272792220 or Gaylene on 0211424543 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. To see the dates for winter click here . Whitianga Ars and Crafts Market – Held weekly on Saturdays from 9am – noon from Labour Weekend to Easter. The market is centrally located in Soldiers Memorial Park featuring locally made art, crafts and home-made produce. Coroglen Farmers Market – Held weekly on Sundays from 9am – noon from Labour weekend through to Easter. You will find quality local organic seasonal produce and check out the handcraft stalls and grab a hot drink or some home-made goodies at the Coroglen hall.