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Olmenhorst is an apple farm located just 40 minutes from The Hague. For six weeks per year, they open their doors to the public to pick their own apples and pears (kilo price is 2,25 Euro). You can also enjoy lunch and fresh Dutch apple pie in their cafe while the kids play in the playground. It’s always a fun activity for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. For more information visit their website
Opening hours until 27th October:
Wednesday from 13.00-17.00
Saturday from 10.00-17.00 uur
Sunday from 10.00-17.00 uur
During the autumn holiday (21-25 October) it is open every day between 13-17.00 and in the weekends 10:00 – 17:00.
And for the other part of the country 14-18 October it is open everyday from 10-17.00
On 1,2 and 3 October, a huge festival will be held in Leiden, celebrating the liberation from the Spanish siege, now 434 years ago. Some historical background: In the 16th century the Dutch rebelled against the authority of Spain. Most of the fighting took place in the south of the Netherlands; the northern part could consider itself liberated towards the end of the 16th century. Before that, though, battles took place and the Siege of Leiden was an important event. Leiden was besieged for nearly a year in 1574. The Dutch army, led by William of Orange (nicknamed “the Silent”), deliberately flooded the fields around Leiden, breaking the dikes, to force the Spanish armies to end their siege. The Spanish tried to lure the citizens into surrender with promises, but the people of Leiden decided to stick it out in spite of a terrible shortage of food which brought them to the verge of starvation. Finally, the Spanish withdrew and the siege ended on October 3, 1574. The Dutch army entered the city with food: bread with cheese and herring. The date on which the siege ended, 3 October (Leidens Ontzet or Leiden’s Deliverance), is still celebrated every year with large scale festivities, parade, fun fair, market and spectacular fireworks on Tuesday night and…. with bread and herring. (source: tourist office Leiden).
Furieade is a harbour festival that features historical boats in the harbour of Maassluis and takes place for the 40th time from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 of October.
Lansingerland, comprising of Bergschenhoek, Berkel en Rodenrijs and Bleiswijk, is hosting the kunsttoer (art tour) for the 25th time. The idea is to bring interested art lovers into contact with art made by local artist all living in either of the three villages.
The opening with exhibition of a selection of art works takes place on Friday 4th evening at 20.00h in the new gemeentehuis of Lansingerland, Tobias Asserlaan 1, 2662 SB Bergschenhoek.
The ateliers are open from 11-17 h on both Saturday and Sunday, for more information and addresses
Statues By Night Ede – October 4 | Living statue performances by some of the world’s greatest, together with street artists, local artists, children and amateurs. This is a magnificent spectacle with amazing light and sound.
The Fantasy Fest is a two-day event for all those who are interested in the world of fantasy. This successful indoor event features gothic, fantasy and medieval specials, all presented in the Broodfabriek in Rijswijk.
What you will find
More than 120 merchants present all kinds of wares, like masks, clothing, accessories, jewellery, statues, incense, shoes, make up and much more.
You will find stands that offer piercings, tattoos or dreads on the spot, and you are sure to be able to stock up on your collections of corsets, crazy lenses, Victorian outfits, swords and crystal skulls.
Gothic and Irish musicians will be performing live on stage throughout the fair. There will also be various interesting workshops, and visitors tend to show up in impressive costumes.
11 days filled with premieres, special film events, parties, and more: that’s the Leiden International Film Festival. Founded in 2006 and currently one of the Netherlands’ most important film festivals. The 2019 edition will take place from October 31 to November 10, and will feature over 100 films from all over the globe, ranging from arthouse to mainstream, and everything in between.
From 9 until 16 November 2019, Eindhoven will be all about Light Festival GLOW.
Saturday : 18:30 – 24:00 hrs
Sunday – Thursday : 18:30 – 23:00 hrs
Friday and Saturday : 18:30 – 24:00 hrs
GLOW is a light art exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 35 famous national and international light artists. The light artworks are connected by a walking route. Besides the light artworks and numerous side events created by international light artists, there are also innovative, unique works of art that are created by (young) Eindhoven talent.
Theme 2019: Living Colors
Tickets are available for guided tours and Specials.
For a whopping month and a half Valkenburg, a small city in the hilly south, hosts multiple grand Christmas activities.
The multiple underground Christmas markets in the gorgeous caves of the Cauberg are without a doubt the main attraction of the Christmas City. The merchandise is not the most diverse, but their setting is unique in the Netherlands.
The most popular ones are the the Municipal and Velvet Cave. The newest addition to the Christmas market caves is Mergelrijk, where you can find brittle marlstone all around you.
Other activities include Santa’s Village, which is the main market above ground, the Christmas Parade, the delicious Route d’Amuse and Magic Sand, a collection of breath-taking sand sculptures.
The Christmas market in the Velvet Cave is more than just a Christmas market. A visit here immerses you in a wonderful Christmas atmosphere you can find nowhere else: iconic underground ambiance, a fairy-tale decor, and, of course, stall after stall of Christmas and gift items, from rustic to luxurious. In short, a great experience, with something for everyone. And all the while, the cave’s atmosphere, with its striking wall paintings and sculptures, brings the Christmas spirit and the old, nigh-forgotten Valkenburg legends to life.
For opening hours and entrance fees have a look here
The postcard-perfect city of Haarlem hosts a traditional Christmas market at the central Grote Markt (big market), a picturesque square overlooked by the impressive Grote Kerk.
You’ll find lots of shopping opportunities for Christmas art, fashion & design, festive food and decorations – plus live choirs providing a festive soundtrack. It all takes place over the weekend of 7-8 December.
Opening hours Christmas Market
Saturday the 7th of December from 10:00 to 21:00
Sunday the 8th of December from 11:00 to 19:00
Archeon Midwinter Fair, 7 & 8 December
For those who’d like to do something special this winter, which doesn’t necessarily follow the classic Christmas aesthetic, there is the Midwinter Fair, a charming fantasy event at Archeon.
The indoor market is filled with interesting stalls, and the outdoor terrain contains all kinds of tents with traditional tradesmen selling their unique items. Warm yourself by one of the fires, check out one of the interesting bands and grab a bite after shopping. There will also be various fun shows to admire, as well as trade demonstrations and medieval fights.
Entrance is a 24,90 Euro, however, if you have a museum card it is only 6 Euro.
Christmas at Keukenhof Castle
When the weather gets cold and you’re looking for that holiday cheer, search no further than Christmas at Keukenhof Castle!
Each year Keukenhof Castle puts on a magnificent Christmas display that is reason enough to pay a visit during the tulip low season.
Lined with ornaments, magnificent lights and beautiful holiday decorations, the Keukenhof Castle becomes something of a fantasy land.
It only happens once a year, so make the most of the holidays at Christmas at Keukenhof!
The castle will be open from 11 Dec until 5 Jan. Entrance and parking is free.
In Dordrecht, a small town near Rotterdam, you can find one of the biggest Christmas markets of Holland! Under a sky of bright stars and sky high Christmas trees, you can wander around more than 300 stalls in the many shopping streets and squares in the historical part of Dordrecht.
For more information have a look on www.kerstmarktdordrecht.nl
From Friday 13 until Sunday 15! Friday and Saturday from 10 – 21h and Sunday from 11-18h.
Leiden Christmas Market from 13 to 24 December
The Leiden Christmas Market will host approximately 70 festively decorated Christmas chalets situated on and around the ambient Nieuwe Rijn location. It is the only floating Christmas market. The stalls will be places on scaffolding that are temporarily placed over the canals. Visit the market for a great selection of wintry products and inspiring gifts, or a delicious snack and drink. On Wednesday the chalets will change merchants so that a whole new array of products will be on offer. This makes it all the more rewarding to pay multiple visits to the Christmas Market. The market is situated right next to the ice-skating rink on the Nieuwe Rijn canal, making it easy to combine a visit to both festive locations. Whizz around the skating rink and wind down with a tasty hot drink at the market.
Fr 13 December 2019 including Tu 24 December 2019
Mo -Su: 12:00 – 21:00 hour.
The historical city centre of Gouda will be celebrating its 64th edition of Gouda by Candlelight, an event with over 80 programmed activities. Every year, the occasion is visited by around 20.000 people from the Netherlands and abroad.
The gooseherd and shepherd will bring their animals into town and join a living nativity scene as the beautiful churches present free concerts, and gorgeous decorations brighten up the street.
Galleries and museums will be open and freely accessible all day. In the town centre you can take a city walk with, or without a guide.
The shops will all be open and up to 50 restaurants will prepare special menus to contribute to that extra special feeling on the day.
Illuminating the night
At sundown electric lights will be turned off, and only candles will be lit to illuminate the night in the city centre.
The day’s highlight takes place between 6.30pm and 8pm, when everybody gathers at the square by the medieval City Hall.
The lights in the enormous Christmas tree will be lit as everyone joins in and sings Christmas songs, accompanied by a professional gospel choir.
The historic center of the city of Deventer will provide the backdrop for the Dickens Festival. Well over 950 characters that feature in the famous books by the 19th-century British writer Charles Dickens come to life. Come and meet Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Mr Pickwick, Christmas carols, orphans, drunks, office clerks, and the upper-class. Enjoy the aromas of English punch and roasted chestnuts, thousands of fairy-lights, and tall Christmas trees.
The Dickens Festival takes place on 14 and 15 December, from 11:00 – 17:00. Well over 150,000 visitors come to this festival annually. Admission is free, so be prepared for queues of approx. 1,5 h at the entrance.
For more information have a look on https://dickensfestijn.nl/english/#page-content
20 anniversary of Christmas in Oud Kampen!
21 and 22 December, from 16-21h
From historical glimpses into a distant past to meeting the characters from the famous books of Charles Dickens in person: it is Christmas in Oud Kampen, in the picturesque city centre of Kampen. The smell of punch, beautiful Christmas trees, cosy streets and restored buildings and the backdrop of the Ijssel River form the scenery to this festival on Saturday and Sunday 21 and 23 December from 16 to 21h. Admission is 2,50 Euro per person.
On Monday 2o January, the Leiden Blues & Jazz Week will start in Leiden city center for the 39th time. Until Sunday 26 January there will be more than 70 performances, mostly in the ‘Jazz Quarter’ around Nieuwe Rijn, Nieuwstraat, Hooglandsekerk and Kaasmarkt. During the pub crawl on Wednesday 22 January, 30 concerts take place in cafés and restaurants throughout the city center.
Of course, the pub crawl cannot be missed. This takes place on the Wednesday 22 January. More than 35 catering locations will have live blues or jazz music that night. Also this year there are a number of new catering establishments including Grand Café De Burcht, Brasserie Bos, Belgian Beer Café Olivier and Bar Lokaal. In addition to the new stages, there are also the familiar places like ‘t Praethuys, De Marenpoort and Lemmy’s. In the Pieterswijk and along the Rapenburg the “Jazz Week” is also present from the Keyzer to Schommelen and the WW and everything on that route. Of course, there is music in many places along the Nieuwe Rijn and around the Hooglandse Kerk. https://www.deleidsejazzweek.nl/kroegentocht/
Monday: 19.30 – 00:00
Tuesday: 19:30 – 00:00
Wednesday: 19:30 – 01:00
Thursday: 19.30 – 00:00
Friday: 19:30 – 01:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 01:00
Sunday: 13:00 – 00:00
Source: The Hague Online
Local Dutch breweries present their seasonal concoctions at the Winter Beer Festival Leiden!
What are winter beers?
Winter beers have been brewed in the cold season, which is reflected in the taste. They are generally darker and maltier than regular beers, and the alcohol percentage is higher.
Many winter beers use spices like honey, cinnamon, liquorice root and cloves.
This year’s edition of the Winter Beer Festival Leiden will take place indoors at Scheltema, on the Marktsteeg. It is a robust building with an artisan feel, and its atmosphere isperfect for beer tasting.
Upon entering, visitors will receive a starter pack with a small tasting glass, two beer coins and a booklet containing the day’s programme
Online tickets are available and you can buy them at the entrance for 11/13 Euro.
We are very happy to invite you to our UEN painting workshop.
The workshop will be given by Jeanette Ruigrok-Greeve. She loves to paint with lots of happy colours but also Defts blauw see below. She has been giving painting and drawing lessons and workshops for many years now.
The workshop will be given in her home in Bergschenhoek, Oosteindseweg 32, 2661 ED Bergschenhoek
What: Painting Workshop
When: Tuesday 11 February at 10.00h until approx 14.00h
Duration: approx. 3 hours until painting is finished
Costs: 27,50 Euro per person to be paid beforehand into UEN account. Canvas, paint and coffee/tea are included.
The workshops are for a maximum of 6 persons! And will definitely take place when 4 persons are signing up.
March 20 and 21, Scheltema Leiden is the setting for the Gin & Rum Festival Leiden. Enjoy 2 days of more than 100 different rum and gins. Don’t forget to take a dance in the silent disco and enjoy the delicious food!
Are you completely sold after tasting that one gin or rum? Then buy a G&T or a Rum Based cocktail and move to the silent disco. Do you want to gain more knowledge and make your own cocktail? Then follow one of the Gin or Rum Workshops.
Here you learn everything you need to know to make your own mix drink. Of course you can also drink it yourself!
Friday 20 March from 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday 21 March from 3 pm to 10 pm
On June 5-7 the largest steam power event in Europe will be held for the 19th time in Dordrecht, which is just south of Rotterdam.
Organisers expect 250,000 visitors at this celebration of stream. Admission to ‘Dordt in Steam’ is free, however, a day-ticket (‘Stoomrondje Dordt’) can be purchased for round trips on historic stream transport.
On Friday evening, Dordt in Steam will open with an impressive naval parade on the river.
Dordt in Steam is spread across two areas in the city which are linked with (steam)ships, steam trains and old-timer buses.
By purchasing a day-ticket for the ‘Stoomrondje Dordt’, the visitor will have access to the various forms of historic transport at the event. It also includes admission to the Model Building Show. The day-ticket is available at all departure points. Be aware that a round trip lasts at least three hours!
In the picturesque harbour area next to the Groothoofd, Kuipershaven, Wolwevershaven and the Merwekade, dozens of steam-powered ships, machines and vehicles will be on view.
Steamboats will be make round trips on the river. For children, miniature steam trains will also be operating. Various (steam)ships will also be open for visitors.
International participants will display model trains, miniature steam powered machinery and model ships in a large model building show. You can travel by steamtrain or steamboat to visit this great Model Builing Show.
Sidewalk cafes and live music will add to steamy atmosphere.