The biggest one-day sporting event in the Netherlands sees the world's top athletes negotiate the city's atmospheric marathon alongside thousands of other runners.
Known as the platform for Dutch film, the Fantastic Film Festival in Amsterdam presents Dutch and international films. Lasting for a week it is a popular cultural event.
The annual Flower parade begins at Noordwijk at 9.30am and finishes in Haarlem at 9pm, passing the popular Keukenhof. 20 fabulous floats and 30 beautifully decorated cars will travel the 42 kilometres route, treating spectators to a fabulous display of colour and aroma. On the Sunday the floats will remain on view in Haarlem until 5pm.
Originating way back in 1947, the Holland Festival is the biggest Festival of the Arts in the Netherlands and fills the streets of Amsterdam with culture. It includes international performers of theatre, dance, music and opera with the classical elements being given a more contemporary feel. 2016 dates to be confirmed.
This food-based festival takes place in early June and is a chance for the top restaurants of Amsterdam to showcase their culinary creations. Stalls are set up in the park and it is a great opportunity to meet the chefs and drink some fine wine.
Since its inception in 1970, this pop music festival has grown in size and is now world renowned. Showcasing new acts alongside famous pop and rock bands, Pinkpop attracts a diverse following every year, making for a cracking atmosphere for all. Pinkpop offers camping throughout the festival but why not holiday either side at one of our Dutch parcs?
Every Saturday between July and August in the Kinderdijk area most windmills open their doors to welcome visitors. There are also a few working mills still in Holland where the millers carry out demonstrations for tourists.
Amsterdam's annual dance festival takes place on a variety of stages at the Leidesplein and other venues across Amsterdam. Dances are performed by international artists and contemporary choreographers. Text, visual arts, film and urban dance are a regular feature of this festival. 2016 dates to be confirmed.
Rotterdam Unlimited is a colourful, tropical affair akin to the famous festivals in the Caribbean, with a great party atmosphere. Featuring a wide array of exciting events across a number of days - The Battle of the Drums is on the 29th April and the Street Parade on the 30th. Stay at Duinrell or Koningshof to make the most of this exotic event.
Also known as the Canal Festival, this popular event attracts visitors from all over. Performers and musicians will take to the stage in various unique locations both indoor and outdoor, from boats to pontoons to 17-century canal-side houses!
Every August the International Fireworks Festival lights up the skies over Scheveningen. Held on the beach, this popular event draws in large crowds looking to enjoy the displays as well as fire eaters, jugglers, dance and music groups.
The biggest Formula 1 event in the Netherlands is great for petrol-heads as well as those with a need for speed, with amazing demostrations being performed in Rotterdam's streets!
For two days every September, four thousand historical buildings and monuments are opened up to the public and are free to visit. This includes canal houses, palaces, castles and forgotten factories that are ordinarily closed to the public.