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Ready for a right royal weekend?

This weekend offers the chance to get royally involved in coronation celebrations. If this isn’t your thing, don’t fret – there’s still plenty to do and see.

Booktown preparation

It’s also a good weekend to make sure you have all the tickets you want for next weekend’s Booktown events. These are selling out quickly, and it’s encouraged that all who want to attend any of the literary extravaganzas taking place [featuring the likes of bookish legends like Lynley Dodd, the writer behind the magic of Hairy Maclary] and get in there quickly to secure places. Booktown is not one to miss!

Coronation information

For those royalists among us, there are a few ways to get involved in toasting the new-to-the-throne King Charles III. All district councils are hosting tree-planting ceremonies for His Majesty Charles the third’s coronation. Details on the different events happening throughout Wairarapa can be found on the local pages.

Female Riders Day

If you’re in Masterton, keep an eye out for the leather-clad women participating in International Female Riders Day. This is celebrated in more then 120 countries worldwide, and looks to highlight women motorcyclists. About 200 riders will be completing a 160km ‘mystery ride’, leaving from the Masterton Club and ending up at Henley Lake at about 3pm. Prizes are up for grabs for riders, such as furthest travelled, highest mileage and best dressed. If you’re out and about, keep an eye out for these speedy ladies burning some rubber!

Aratoi wrap up

A few exhibitions at Aratoi Museum of Art and History are wrapping up this month, so if you haven’t been yet, it’s time to tick those off the list. Simon King’s Shades and echoes, a commentary on the passing of generational knowledge, tradition and wisdom through vessels, closes on May 21. Also finishing this month is Burn it all down, a collection bringing together the work of seven artists who use fire in their art to highlight the fragility of the world around us. The last day is May 14, so get down to Aratoi this weekend to catch those before they move on to their next journeys.

Jason Ireland: One-man-band

Tonight, the ultimate one-man band is taking the stage at The Top Pub in Greytown. Jason Ireland promises a night of favourite covers from all genres and eras – from Elvis Presley and Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa. Entry is free and the gig kicks off at 8.30pm.

Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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