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|11am - 3pm||Art Exhibition|
|This exhibition is of selected artwork which has been completed at the workshops held at The School of Mines during the week. The artwork is created with heritage paint made from crushed clay.|
Venue: Thames School of Mines, 101 Cochrane Street, Thames
Contact: School of Mines Ph: 07.8686227
|10am - 3pm||Open Days at The Pumphouse|
|It has been nearly 100 years since the Pumphouse engines last operated, but the original massive counter-balanced pumping quadrants are still in place over the main mineshaft, together with the recreated five metre diameter flywheels. Take a walk through this historic building and marvel at how it operated during the goldrush days in early Thames. On display are the original plans from 1896 of the 23-metre Poppet Head, which is going to be re-constructed when funds become available. There are also many photographs of mining and old Thames on display.|
Venue: Bella Street Pumphouse, Cnr Waiokaraka Road and Bella Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin donation
Contact: Cara Penney Ph: 07.8687820
|8am - 1pm||Petticoats & Pantaloons Competition|
|Come dressed in your finest "undergarments" namely petticoats and pantaloons, and enter our fun competition. Judging will take place at 11.00am and you must register before then. There will be trading tables in the Hall. (If you would like to book a table please email Margaret - Cost is $10.00)|
Venue: Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Competitors Entry Fee $4.00; Spectators Free
Contact: Margaret Cropp Ph: 07.8681024
|5pm - 7pm||Pre-Dinner Promenade|
|Come for a leisurely promenade of nearly a kilometre (458 metres each way) across the mighty Waihou River on the Historic Kopu Bridge (Heritage NZ Category 1 Historic Place).
This is a rare chance to walk all the way (nearly a kilometre there and back) across the now closed historic bridge which is still in original
pre-restoration state (with restoration due to start soon).
A stroll should help build the appetite for dinner!
Dress up welcomed, bring your top hats, parasols, Victorian or Steampunk
dress through to Art Deco era (the bridge was built in 1928).
Walking, prams and wheelchairs only please - no bikes, scooters, horses or vehicles. "Mr Whippy" will be in attendance for refreshments, and Rosalie will be storytelling.
Entry: Koha ♥ to help Kopu Bridge and Community Trust raise funds to restore the bridge
Event by Historic Kopu Bridge and Community Trust and Historic Kopu Bridge Society.
Find our more at www.historickopubridge.co.nz or at www.facebook.com/savekopubridge
Venue: Historic Kopu Bridge, Kopu Rd, Thames
Price: Koha (to help with restoration)
Contact: Kim Buchanan Ph: 07 8685581
|10am - 3pm||Steam Up at Goldmine Experience|
|The steam engine will be put into action this weekend. This is a rare engine and is only steamed up for special occasions so come along to witness the spectacle. You can also explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, pan for gold, and check out the Cave Weta Colony!! (torch and covered footwear needed for this). With a guide you can watch the 19th century stamper battery in action, or you can take a self-guided tour ($15.00 per adult; $5.00 children under 13 years)(Tour groups 20% discount). This wonderful attraction has been built, refurbished, resurrected, and installed over many years by volunteers from the Hauraki Prospectors Association.|
Venue: Goldmine Experience, SH 25, North Thames
Contact: Alan Young Ph: 027.2226379
|8am - 1pm||Thames Heritage Market|
|Supporting Thames Heritage Festival with our traditional Heritage Market with many stalls and stallholders alike decked out in vintage things and costumes. Cone along and enjoy the atmosphere.|
Venue: Grahamstown, 700 block Pollen Street
Contact: Angelika and Peter Poeschl Ph: 07-868 9841
|Check out the wares up for auction at Seagulls during the week before auction day. Monday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm; Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to 5.00pm|
Venue: Seagull Centre, 104 Burke Street, Thames
Contact: Seagull Centre Ph: 028.4062758
|9am - 3pm||ZEPPELIN BY DAY|
|An exhibition of steampunk transportation. There will also be goggle-making workshops and a photo booth (these may incur charges). Visit www.steampunkthethames.org|
Venue: Steampunk Central, 300a Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin to Exhibition; Workshops may incur a charge.
Contact: Diane Connors Ph: 021.1770746
|7pm - 11:30pm||Zeppelin by Night|
|A Led Zeppelin inspired dance party and social with DJ and percussionist Martin Marshall. Cash Bar. Great company. Light supper. Steampunk costume encouraged but not compulsory: Theme is transportation. Enjoy a meal at The Boilerhouse Bar & Dinery beforehand and receive a 10% discount on your meal with presentation of your ticket to Zeppelin by Night. Visit www.steampunkthethames.org|
Venue: Steampunk Central, Queen Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $15.00 Online ; $20.00 at Door.
Contact: Diane Connors Ph: 021.1770746
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