Camping Holidays in Holland
Twice a year, restaurants from all over Holland organize a week long event where visitors can eat a 3-course meal at a special rate. This is a great chance for a range of chefs to show off their culinary talents and for customers to grab a bargain!
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. The main marathon race takes place on the Sunday, but on the Saturday there is a mini-marathon (4km) and fun races for children (of 1km, or 2½ kms).
Known as the platform for Dutch film, the Fantastic Film Festival in Amsterdam presents Dutch and international films. Lasting for over a week it is a popular cultural event.
The annual Flower parade begins at Noordwijk at 9.30am on the Saturday and finishes in Haarlem at 9pm, passing the popular Keukenhof. 20 fabulous floats and around 40 beautifully decorated cars will travel the 42 kilometres route, treating spectators to a fabulous display of colour and aroma. On Sunday the floats will remain on view in Haarlem until 5pm. There is a different theme every year - in 2018 the theme is Culture.
Events are held throughout The Netherlands to celebrate the king's official birthday. In Amsterdam the city is bursting with orange pride in the biggest street party of the year, with around 750,000 people expected to join in the fun. Most events begin at midday, with the biggest and most popular party venues held in the Westerstraat, Prinsengracht and Reguliersdwarsstraat. Please note many of Amsterdams major museums and attractions are closed on King's Day.
The second Saturday and Sunday in May is National Mill Day in Holland. On that day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors. For centuries, mills have played an important role in reclaiming land, processing raw materials and manufacturing products. Mills barely have any economic value these days, but they still remain an iconic feature. On this special weekend, millers make a real effort to decorate their mills as beautifully as possible and will usually give guided tours.
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 Amstelpark and it is a great opportunity to taste different dishes from Amsterdam's best restaurants and chefs, all in one place. The size of the dishes has been designed with this in mind, making sure that you can sample lots of different things!
Originating way back in 1947, the Holland Festival is the biggest performing arts festival in the Netherlands. It includes international performers of theatre, dance, music and opera, with the classical elements being given a more contemporary feel.
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?
The Amsterdam Roots Festival takes place annually in June. It is a leading festival of non-western music and attracts bands and artists from all over the world. Enjoyed by approximately 60.000 visitors each year, it's considered to be one of the most important music festivals in Holland. Listen to performances of fado, zouk dance, hiphop, latin-jazz, rumba, flamenco and more! The music comes from all corners of the earth, from Cape Verde to the Caribbean and from Mongolia to South Africa.
Amsterdam's annual contemporary 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, showcasing all the latest trends and the most innovative creations in the field. Text, visual arts, film and urban dance are a regular feature of this festival.
This festival, with it's focus on diversity, is one of the biggest in the Netherlands, attracting 900,00 visitors from all over Europe. It's a great 5 day experience with many art and cultural events, live performances, major international artists and a vibrant summer carnival.
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 year the International Fireworks Festival lights up the skies over Scheveningen over two weekends in August. Held off the beach, on a pontoon, this popular event attracts up to 100,000 visitors all looking to enjoy the displays as well as the fire eaters, jugglers, dance and music groups. Every night, two different countries give a fireworks show of about 15 minutes. In 2018 the event takes place on the 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th August.
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.
Scheveningen Kite Festival, held annually at the end of September on Scheveningen Beach, offers the opportunity to watch kites of every shape and colour grace the skies. Each year there are different themes - sports, history, nature and even science fiction! Visitors also get to check out the latest sports including kite-surfing, kite-yachting, kite-skateboarding and kite-skiing. 2018 dates to be confirmed.