Opening Hours: 8.30 - 3.30 during school terms
and we can be contacted at 09 422 6516
or email:




Quick Fire Raffles

People travel from near and far for our Quick Fire Raffles. With vast amounts of fresh seafood from our great friends and long time sponsor Leigh Fisheries - it’s the best way to get your hands on some fresh snapper, smoked fish, oysters, our famous local crayfish. Fabulous prizes donated by local businesses will also be up for grabs. The Quick Fire Raffles run from 9.15am for most of the morning – till sold out!


Gourmet Local Food

Come sample the best the Leigh area has to offer. Straight off the grill, we will be serving delicious butchers sausages with caramalised onions, Mussel Fritters, Snapper and Terakihi Burgers with sauce and good old-fashioned steak burgers with fresh salad (GF and Veg options available). Our local Lamb cooked on the spit, (served in baps with either traditional mint sauce or a yummy mint yoghurt dressing) sells out fast so make sure you are here early!


Devonshire Tea & Home Baking

Delicious baking smells will entice you into the hall, where our Gala Café will be serving traditional Devonshire tea and freshly baked scones straight out of the oven with lashings of whipped cream and jam, as well as a variety of home baked goods including gluten free options. As you enjoy your tea, coffee and sweet treats you can also check out the Cake Stall for additional goodies to take home with you.


Gala Family Fun

Kids of all ages and adults will enjoy the variety of fun rides and sweet treats - from Merry-Go-Rounds to Giant Candy Floss, Mini Hot Rods, Popcorn, Bouncy Castles, Candy Apples and the iconic Strongmans Transport Giant Ice Slide. There is something for everyone including henna tattoos as well as facepainting - So grab the whole family and join us at our Gala for a great day out.


Small Wanderers

At Leigh Community Preschool, children are central to everything we do and our Small Wanderers area offers a fenced area with activities (including face painting, lucky dips,  lolly guess and coloring competitions) to keep the little ones amused and bean bags and mats for parents to take 5 and relax on. Next to the Little Wanderers area is our Kids Toys & Clothing stall with pre-loved toys & clothes in great condition – countless bargains to be had, especially with Christmas just round the corner!



Nau Mai, Haere Mai - Welcome To The Leigh Community Preschool Gala held on the Sunday of Labour Weekend.


Our preschool would like to invite you to our annual gala.


We have a strong connection with our unique local natural environment and we want you to experience all that beautiful Leigh offers. Held every Labour Weekend Sunday in the beautiful seaside village of Leigh, our vintage country fair style gala is an event not to be missed - only 1 hour North of Auckland, and 10 minutes from Matakana Market.


We have wonderful locally sourced seafood in the quick fire raffle lots, delicious food hot off the grill served throughout the day, homemade baked goods, live music, with Aysha, Seven Zen, The Mangroves and a magic show with George the magician, rides galore for the older kids (and the young at heart), a Little Wanderers area for the preschoolers and a brilliantly supported silent auction with prizes including a large selection of wine from the numerous local vineyards to bid on, ensuring you come away with some great bargains.


To add to the vintage country fair atmosphere and to keep you entertained, there will be various entertainers throughout the day.



Just a short one hour drive north from Auckland and 10 minutes form Matakana Village and Markets, it’s a lovely, enjoyable and quick trip to visit us on what is always a great day.


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Leigh By The Sea

Warkworth i-Site


From the North

You can take Hwy 1 south to Warkworth, turning left at the first set of traffic lights, and follow the signs towards Leigh / Goat Island Marine Reserve. Or for a more scenic drive, you can take the Wellsford turn-off towards Pakiri. (The Pakiri route is not recommended for caravans or large vehicles as it is gravel most of the route, and is often narrow and winding.)


From Auckland

Take Hwy 1 north to the end of the motorway at Puhoi (note that the motorway is a toll road from Orewa to Puhoi. See the Land Transport website for tolls and instructions for payment), and continue on to Warkworth. At the third set of traffic lights in Warkworth, turn right and follow the signs 22km to Leigh.

Once in Leigh, you won’t be able to miss the Gala! It is held on the Leigh School fields and the school is on the main street through the village, next to the fire station and across from the Leigh General Store.

Little Farmers Market

If you love farmers markets you will feel right at home. Every year we have a large assortment of plants for sale, ranging from organic seedlings, herbs, vegetables, flowers to larger plants and natives donated by a variety of local businesses.


You can literally stop and smell the roses  - there will be gorgeous bouquets of freshly picked roses, and lots of freshly harvested produce including lettuces, courgettes, sweet red peppers/capsicums and chilies


A new addition to the stall this year is both new and pre-loved garden and outdoor items to help cultivate or enjoy your purchases!


Vintage Clothing Pop-Up Shop

Back by popular demand is our Vintage Clothing pop-up shop, with pre-loved vintage and designer clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and jewelry. If you want to dress to impress at a fraction of the cost then this is a Gala must stop.


Silent Auction

Prizes on offer range from accommodation packages, activity and dining vouchers, kids clothes & toys, garden & landscaping supplies, massages, beauty treatments, designer clothing & accessories, café & restaurant vouchers, home wares and sports equipment. There will be something for everyone, whether you are a local or a visitor just up for Labour weekend.


The auction closes at 1.30pm so make sure you get your bids in before then!


Pre-Loved Treasures and Books

Take your time perusing the Pre-Loved Treasures and Books stalls – you never know what gems you might uncover!  Those with a discerning eye are bound to walk away with a steal from the many Treasures and Books donated from our generous local community, libraries and bookshops.


Gala Contacts:
Leigh Preschool 09 422 6516.
Brenda Walton ph 021 276 0068






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