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March 2019

16th March
to Sunday
17th March
11pm - 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, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: Koha
Contact: School of Mines  Ph: 07.8686227

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.

Venue: Grahamstown Hall, Pollen Street, Thames
Price: Competitors Entry Fee $4.00; Spectators No Charge
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. 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 or at

Venue: Historic Kopu Bridge, Kopu Rd, Thames
Price: Koha (to help with restoration)
Contact: Kim Buchanan  Ph: 07 8685581

  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.

Venue: Goldmine Experience, SH 25, North Thames
Price: Tba
Contact: Tba  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba

8am - 12pm  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.

Venue: Grahamstown, 700 block Pollen Street
Price: Free
Contact: Angelika and Peter Poeschl  Ph: 07-868 9841

16th March
to Sunday
17th March
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).

Venue: Steampunk Central, 300a Cochrane Street, Thames
Price: Gold coin to Exhibition; Workshops may incur a charge.
Contact:  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba

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.

Venue: Steampunk Central, Queen Street, Grahamstown, Thames
Price: $15.00 for Passport Holders; $20.00 at Door.
Contact:  Ph: Tba
  Email: Tba

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