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Living the Dutch life - August

Starting the cultural season

Sneekweek & Sailing Champignonships

From 5 until 10 August in the province of Friesland, the largest inshore sailing event will take place. The Sneekweek is named after the city of Sneek where the event is held. It is a great event for lovers of sailing but more famous for its fun and enjoyable atmosphere. By day there are competitive races and after the races the party begins – as the famous saying goes “by day for the honour, by night for the atmosphere!” There are also various other festivities, such as a fair and a big market. The event starts with a spectacular opening ceremony, including a naval review and a fireworks show.

From 5 until 18 August there are also the Frisian Skûtsjesilen Sailing Championships. Every day the races are sailed in a different place by fourteen skûtsjes in order to win the championship, all for the honour of a town, village or region. Skûtsjes are historical flat bottom boats that were originally used as cargo ships by Frisian farmers as they could easily sail through shallow water because of their structure. Sometimes farmers used them in sailing matches to make some extra money. These competitions form the basis of the organized Skûtsjesilen Championships.

International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen

Enjoy the most gorgeous firework shows across two weekends, on 11-12 and 18-19 August. The annual Fireworks Festival is a serious international competition with strict rules for the participating countries. For four nights several countries will try to put on the best fireworks display on the beach of Scheveningen. On the boulevard you can also watch fire eaters, jugglers and dance and music groups. The event draws tens of thousands of visitors, so it is recommended to go there by bike or foot if possible. 

Canal Festival Amsterdam

This ten-day classical music marathon is one of the most wonderful cultural events in Amsterdam. From 11 until 20 August more than 150 concerts are held in very special locations on and around the canals, such as roof terraces, cruise ships, canal houses, tube tunnels and hotel suites. The concerts are of high quality, involving young talents from around the world, and very affordable (mostly free of charge). The main event and definitely a must see during the Canal Festival is the Prinsengracht Concert, held on a pontoon on the canal with the audience listening from hundreds of little boats and from the canal side.

Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen

From 17 until 27 August a festival village appears in the city of Groningen with a unique and exciting programme. The Noorderzon Festival provides creative and innovative performances for a broad audience and is freely accessible. There will be theatre, dance, music, literature and visual art provided by national and international artists. 



Uitmarkt Amsterdam

During the last weekend of August the new cultural season is launched with the Uitmarkt, the largest cultural festival in the Netherlands. This free festival takes place at more than 30 surprising venues in Amsterdam from 25 until 27 August. The varied programme offers a range of performances, such as music, art, theatre, dance, opera, literature and cabaret. For the youngest visitors there is also the Uitmarkt Junior.

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Living the Dutch life - July

Your Guide for Summer

North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam

For three days the North Jazz Festival will turn Rotterdam into the jazz capital of the world. Known globally as the event where the past, present and the future of jazz are featured within one festival, just under thirteen hundred artists will perform including jazz legends,such as Erykah Badu, Miles Davis, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai. Next to jazz lots of other genres will pass by, such as blues, soul, funk, hip hop and more.

The festival will be held in Ahoy Rotterdam from 7 until 9 July. Visit the website for more information about the programme and tickets.

The Four Day Marches Nijmegen

From 18 until 21 July the greatest walking event in the world will be held with over 40,000 participants. During these four days people from all over the world, young and old, soldiers and civilians, walk 30, 40 or 50 kilometres a day through the beautiful city of Nijmegen in hopes to receive the coveted medal. Along the route thousands of spectators cheer on the walkers every day. The goal of the event is to promote sport and exercise but it also offers entertainment for non-walkers with the Four Days Festival.

Unfortunately the registration period for this year’s event is already closed since the registration limit has been exceeded. So if you are into walking the Four Day Marches should definitely be on your list next year!

Tilburg Funfair

The biggest funfair of the Benelux can be found in the city of Tilburg with more than 1.5 million visitors each year. For ten days, from 21 until 30 July, the entire city centre forms the fairground with over 230 attractions. You will find spectacular attractions like rollercoasters and catapults and besides the attractions you can also enjoy several events, such as Dutch music and typical Dutch snacks. It is a unique experience that cannot be missed when in Holland.

Rotterdam Unlimited

From 25 until 29 July the Rotterdam Unlimited event celebrates the cosmopolitan diversity of the city with a mix of music, dance, theatre and a colourful summer carnival parade. It is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the Netherlands and attracts more than 900,000 visitors from all over Europe. On several locations throughout the city you can enjoy many acts and performances from major international artists. And you will also find a big festival market with many different kinds of food from different cultures. Find out more about the event on the website.

Gay Pride Parade Amsterdam

Each year in early August the equality of LGBTQ+ people is celebrated in Amsterdam. From 29 July until 6 August all kinds of events are organised within this theme including the famous Canal Parade. During the parade more than 80 decorated boats will sail on the Prinsengracht Canal to show that we welcome and accept people of all sexual orientations. To find out more about each event visit the website.

City Beaches

In Summer there is no better place to be than on the beach! You can of course go to one of the popular coastal cities such as Zandvoort, Noordwijk or Scheveningen. But it is also great to relax on an urban beach without having to leave the city. The cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam offer a great selection of places, but in the East of the country you will find some nice places as well. Below you will find our suggestions.


Blijburg aan Zee is Amsterdam’s main city beach located in the east of the city on the (man-made) island of IJburg. It has a sandy beach by the water with a bohemian vibe where you can enjoy food and drinks, live music or evening campfires. Learn more about urban beaches in Amsterdam.


The beach of Nesselande at the Zevenhuizerplas is all you would like a city beach to be. It is situated on the north-eastern fringe of Rotterdam, with palm trees, boulevard and wide beach. Learn more about urban beaches in Rotterdam.

Other Cities

In the city Best (near Eindhoven) you will find Aquabest, a man-made and family-friendly beach resort. It has one of the most impressive beach clubs of the Netherlands, called Beachclub Sunrise, where it will feel like being on holiday in Saint Tropez. 

Zandfoort aan de Eem is a very popular city beach in Amersfoort. It has a unique location right in the city centre and close to central station. With an international restaurant, cosy bar and little beach chairs in the sand you will get the ultimate feeling of being on vacation.

Strand Oog in Al (SOIA) is one of the nicest spots in Utrecht. It is also Utrecht’s prime city beach (childfriendly!) and located along the Amsterdam Rine Canal and Merwede Canal. You can spend your day here enjoying the sun with some great food and drinks or just relax in the covered seating area when it is raining. 

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Well Done Stella! 64 miles for the British Heart Foundation

Trek for Charity

Our very own move coordinator celebrated completing 64 miles walking from London to Oxford, all in aid of The British Heart Foundation.

Despite a sore knee, Stella came back to our W1 office with a huge smile on her face! A great achievement for a worthwhile cause. Until next time...

If you would still like to donate, please click here for Stella's JustGiving page.

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Living the Dutch life - June

Plan your month ahead in the Netherlands

Day of the Castle

Every year on Whit Monday, history is brought to life with the Day of the Castle. Dozens of centuries old castles, country estates and ruins will open their doors hosting activities for young and old, such as guided tours, expositions, music and theatre performances. This year the event will take place on the 5 June.

Discover a magical setting where culture and nature merge together. Take a moment to admire the moats, orchards, statues and nature, while reliving the past and learning how people live and work in a castle today.

Visit the website to find an overview of all castles that are participating.

Open Garden Days of Amsterdam

Discover one of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets during the Open Garden Days from 16 until 18 June. Behind the impressive canal houses hides a completely different world where you will find a quiet green oasis. This year around 30 of these canal house gardens will be accessible to visitors for the weekend.

Purchasing a ticket will allow access to all of the gardens as well as a city map to help you locate the gardens. On the website you can find more information about tickets and locations.

The Day of Architecture

Since 1986 the Day of Architecture has been a national phenomenon attracting thousands of visitors each year. During the event the importance of architecture and urban development is highlighted with each city or region organising their own programme and theme. Readings, debates, tours through iconic buildings and fun excursions will take place throughout the weekend, such as tours through an old bunker complex, government buildings and a canal tour along monumental buildings.

The event is celebrated from 16 until 18 June, but this may differ in certain cities. Please visit the website for more information.

Flag Day Scheveningen

Celebrate the first herring catch of the year on Flag Day with a festive programme in the harbour of Scheveningen. This event is one of the biggest street festivals in The Hague, held this year on the 17 June. The festival is a great opportunity to see people in traditional attire as well as live music.  And of course you can taste some Hollandse Nieuwe (new Dutch herring) at one of the fish stalls!

Flag Day is held every year in June at the start of the herring season. Spring is the best period for herring to be caught because there is more plankton for the fish to eat - any earlier and the herring will be too lean and too late they will be too fatty. The first cask of herring is always sold at auction every year, with the profit being donated to charity.

SAIL / Navy Days Den Helder

From 22 until 25 June two huge nautical event will bring back the Golden Age to the city Den Helder. The event features a fleet of Tall Ships and ships from the National Sailing Heritage, and visitors will have the opportunity to look inside the ships. SAIL Den Helder is not an annual event and therefore this edition promises to be very special.

Taking place at the same time is the Navy Days as organised by the Royal Navy. As the Nieuwe Haven is the largest naval port in the country it is the perfect location for both events. During the Navy Days there will be many demonstrations and navy ships to be admired. As seen in this video.

Veterans' Day

The annual Veterans’ Day in the Netherlands honours more than 117,000 veterans. We take a moment to appreciate the effort of all Dutch military everywhere in the world both now and in the past. This festive day is celebrated in The Hague with a ceremony in the Hall of Knights and at the Inner Court, with a march past the Court Pond and a unique airshow.

During the march thousands of veterans and military will march around the Court Pond followed by a range of army vehicles. The veterans will all wear a special gold pin which symbolises the appreciation for the honourable work they have done in name of the Dutch government.

The event will take place on 24 June from 11:00 till 17:00 and the airshow will start at 13:00. Throughout the day a range of activities will take place on the Malieveld, such as informational stands, veterans’ art, exhibitions, military museums and bands. To get an impression of Veterans Day in The Hague watch this trailer!


Summer in the Netherlands is the prime time for festivals. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite festivals taking place this June.

1 – 25 June: TREK

Foodlovers can visit this eco-friendly festival with free entry in Utrecht, Eindhoven and Enschede and various other locations. TREK turns a park into a huge open-air restaurant with delicious food trucks.

3 – 5 June: Pinkpop

This is Holland’s biggest open-air festival and is sold out almost every year. It is a multiday event which takes place in Landgraaf, and has previously featured musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

9 – 18 June: Oerol

Since 1982 Oerol has grown to become a true phenomenon on the island of Terschelling. It is one of the most fun and exceptional theatre festivals in Europe, with ten days of (street) theatre, dance, art and music at many exceptional locations. 

19 – 25 June: Amsterdam Roots Festival

A musical world trip along the most divergent cultures and styles is how Amsterdam Roots Festival can be described. You can enjoy performances of fado, zouk, latin, flamenco and more non-western music, but the highlight of the festival will be in Oosterpark where 50,000 people will come together!

23 June – 2 July: De Parade

This travelling festival is a theatre, circus, carnival and funfair all in one. In June through to July it hits Holland’s four main cities – Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and then Amsterdam.

25 June: Parkpop

The biggest free pop festival in Holland is held in The Hague - the number one pop city for a reason! Tens of thousands of music lovers gather in Zuiderpark to enjoy many top musicians and upcoming talented bands.

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Living the Dutch life

Events, fun facts and more in May

The Dutch Beer Week

In the Netherlands beer is a popular alcoholic beverage. There are many different types of beers produced by more than 400 Dutch breweries. During Dutch Beer Week hundreds of beer related activities are being organised throughout the country. Experience the surprising multitude of flavours in Dutch beers or discover how beer is brewed from natural raw material: malt, hops, water and yeast.

At the beginning of every May, a three day Dutch Beer Tasting Festival takes place in The Hague, this year from 11 until 13 May. The festival takes place in the unique setting of the Grote Kerk (church) where beer lovers can taste more than 150 beers or enjoy delicious beer and food combinations in a relaxed atmosphere. Visitors also have the possibility to talk with brew masters about their beers and they can sign up for interesting masterclasses given by beer experts.

A week later on the 19, 20 and 21 May hundreds of Dutch breweries open their doors to the public. During these days brewing demonstrations, beer tastings and presentations about the great variety of flavours are organized. The opening hours and programme are different for each brewery. 

Tickets for the Beer Tasting Festival and a list of the participating breweries can be found on the website. Also an overview of other activities, such as restaurants, pubs and liquor stores organising beer tastings and beer menus, can be found there. 

Arcen Asparagus Market

The months April, May and June are the harvest months of the “White Gold”, or asparagus, in the province of Limburg. During this period a variety of festivities within this theme are being organized in the area. One of those events is the traditional asparagus market in Arcen, held every year on Ascension Day, which is on the 25 May this year. During a visit you can attend demonstrations on harvesting, sorting and washing the asparagus. Also many typical asparagus products can be tasted, such as tasteful wines, asparagus liqueur, asparagus pie and even asparagus chocolate! The market is open from 11:00 till 18:00 at the Raadhuisplein.

The Limburg region offers many other great activities that can be combined into a full day trip. You could take some time to relax and enjoy the natural springs at the Thermal Baths in Arcen or you could visit the Castle Gardens. And to explore more about asparagus you can take an asparagus tour along the fields and farms and visit Museum De Locht. And don’t forget to try one of the wonderful asparagus dishes at the restaurant In de Witte Dame (‘In the White Lady’).

Traditionally white asparagus is served with slices of boiled ham, a boiled egg that is quartered, new potatoes, melted butter or Hollandaise sauce and additionally some chopped parsley or chives.

Jazz Festival Breda

This year marks the 47th edition of the Breda Jazz Festival, making it the oldest and also largest festival of its kind in Europe. It attracts as much as 250.000 visitors and features an average of 175 gigs every year. The festival always begins on Ascension Day, the 25 of May, and lasts four days. You can expect many musicians from abroad, from France, England, the USA, Australia and Japan. But local and regional bands will also be well represented. The concerts are held on various stages in Breda’s historic city centre and all outdoor concerts are free! For special indoor concerts an entrance fee is required. 

For an overview of the programme and ticket sales please visit the website.

Tong Tong Fair The Hague

Want to be in the East without experiencing jetlag? Then why not visit the biggest Eurasian fair in the world being held in The Hague! The event is a blend of cultural festival, exhibition and food festival at the same time. The fair is held in a group of large tents with different areas. You will find many workshops to attend as well as lectures, movies, interviews, cooking demonstrations and music, dance and puppet performances. The Tong Tong Festival offers a broad range of cultural activities in several theatres on the fair site.

The first edition of the fair was organised more than half a century ago by a small group of Indian Dutch people who wanted to show how beautiful and inspiring they thought the Indian culture was. Nowadays, the fair is organised by the Tong Tong Foundation to foster Indies Eurasian culture and to broaden public understanding of its history. Many of the exhibitors even come all the way from Indonesia especially for the event!

The fair will be held from 25 May till 5 June on the Malieveld in The Hague. More information and tickets can be found on the website. 

North Sea Regatta Scheveningen

During the Whitsun weekend the harbour of Scheveningen becomes a nautical spectacle with the North Sea Regatta. Various sailing races, all kinds of shows and live performances are organised. This annual sailing event draws thousands of water sports fanatics and more than 2500 top sailors who will participate in the races. You can watch these races from the shore and enjoy a music programme at the Scheveningen harbour afterwards. There you can also find various eateries. Whether you are a sailor or non-sailor, young or old, everyone is welcome to gather at Scheveningen to enjoy the festivities and admire the yachts! 

The sailing event will take place from 26 May until 4 June. A day-to-day programme can be found on the website. 

Museum Night Leiden

In case you missed the National Museum Week in April, the Museum Night in Leiden on 28 May is a great opportunity to visit various interesting museums for an affordable price. During this annual event the participating museums open up for the entire night and offer many special activities. A special wristband will be an entry pass for all participating museums, the transport (shuttles, boats and tuktuks!) and the afterparty. 

Again there will be a comeback offer this year. Until 3 September there is a 2 for 1 offer in exchange for your Museum Night 2017 wristband. This allows you to take someone with you to one of Leiden’s museums for free!

On the website you can profit by different discounts when you buy your ticket on time. You can also find a list and description of the participating museums. 


Vlaai is a typical pie from the province of Limburg, in the South of Holland. It is made of a yeast dough, that needs to rise twice before baking, and the filling can be anything from plain fruit to rice pudding. It is quite similar to American–style pies, however a vlaai tends to be a bit larger and thinner. Traditionally the dough and the filling are baked together and only then it may be called a Limburgse vlaai.

Nowadays, you can find vlaai shops anywhere. A famous chain of outlets across the Netherlands, called Multi Vlaai, sells over 40 different flavours. From traditional varieties to exotic tastes like tiramisu, stroopwafel, banana or brownie. If this sounds mouth-watering to you, you will be relieved to hear that you can buy vlaai per slice, quarter, half or whole! But for the original Limburgse Vlaai you really need to visit Maastricht.

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Stella's Trek from London to Oxford

All in aid of the British Heart Foundation

As a Move Coordinator at our W1 London office, Stella Adeyi is an expert at helping people travel from A-to-B, across a variety of countries and continents.

On Saturday 13th May, however, Stella is taking on her own challenge by travelling 64 miles on foot, trekking 20-28 hours from London to Oxford - all in aid of the British Heart Foundation!

If you would like to support Stella, you can do so via her Just Giving page. All money donated will go to the British Heart Foundation. See more about their life saving research.


Good luck Stella, we’re all very proud of you here at Team!

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