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Fab five: Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride

Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride

On Sunday 30th September 2018, streets across the world will be abuzz with finely dressed gentlefolk upon their classic and vintage style motorcycles, united in their support of men’s health. Last year, the ride raised over $33,000 for men’s health and has become the ‘most fun ride in NZ’. The route offers a mixture of urban and country scenery and the Hamilton Gardens are excited to host the start of the event this year.

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The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in The Hat interrupts this rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother’s cosy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style.

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Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Band regional contest

Waikato brass players competing in both solo and party events plus band events. Bands play an entertaining programme including a sacred item, a major work, featured soloist and light music. Don’t miss hearing Hamilton’s two brass bands – Hamilton City Brass and Hamilton Auxiliary Brass as they take on the best of the Waikato & Bay of Plenty!

Admission – $10.00 adults and under 12 years free

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Mitre 10 Cup 2018: Waikato v Southland

Get to the stadium to watch the battle of the Islands: Waikato vs Southland. Be there to witness an old fashion derby. Kick off starts at 7.35pm.

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Direct Group Uniforms Hamilton Half Marathon

This year, the event includes half marathon run/walk, 10km run/walk, 5km Fun run/walk and Kids Commando Challenge (an obstacle course). There is a distance for everyone and the event is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Sign up or get out to cheer on your friends and family that are participating.

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