Camping Holidays in Holland
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.
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!
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.
Open in Spring every year, these world famous gardens are a feast for the senses with over 7 million bulbs in bloom! Spread over 32 hectares the gardens are a great day out for all the family - don't miss the Tulip mania exhibition at the Juliana Pavilion. Children will love the petting farm, maze and playground too. The gardens draw big crowds - if you're looking for a little peace and quiet, it's less busy before 10:30 and after 4pm, when the early morning light and evening sun is perfect for photography.
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).
The annual Flower parade begins at Noordwijk at around 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.
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.
The fifth Invictus Games will take place in Holland in 2020. Hosted by The Hague, events will be held across the city over the course of the week, with over 500 competitors from 19 nations expected to compete in a series of adaptive sports. For more information about these Invictus Games, please visit www.invictusgames2020.nl
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. 2019 dates to be confirmed.