After an exceptionally long spring (that often felt more like autumn), filled with lockdowns, curfews, and sideways rain; summer seems to have bloomed in the North. With temperatures in the next few weeks reaching the heady heights of almost 25 degrees centigrade (!), here’s some of the best places to head to for beach tennis, sandcastle-building, and maybe even a spot of light swimming.Continue reading “To the beach! The best places to dip your toes in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe”
Category: Places to go, Things to see
Get out and explore the North!
With the summer holidays fast approaching, why not get out into the most beautiful region in the Netherlands (we think!) and check out some of the wonderful places for day trips in the North?Continue reading “Get out and explore the North!”
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!
It’s going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend in the Northern Netherlands, and whilst we advise that you check local news before heading to the beach or your local beauty spot (and remember to keep 1.5-metres apart when you get there), you can get that summer feeling anywhere in the North with a good scoop or two of ice-cream!
Not all Ijssalons are created equal, though, so read on for our favourite wacky, wonderful, and artisanal places to get ice cream in the North!Continue reading “I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!”
Panda cub born in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen
Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen is the only zoo in the Netherlands that has giant pandas. The two pandas, Wu Wen and Xing Ya, have been on loan from China since 2017. Back in January, the two pandas mated for the first time and it has been an anxious wait to find out if a baby panda was on its way.
All that waiting ended in celebration when, on May 1st 2020, Wu Wen gave birth to a baby panda cub.Continue reading “Panda cub born in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen”
Things to Do During Your Holidays in The Netherlands
Many of us probably will stay in The Netherlands for 2020s’ summer holiday. We suggest to use this opportunity and explore one of the most beautiful country in the world – The Netherlands.Continue reading “Things to Do During Your Holidays in The Netherlands”
Food Festivals in the North of the Netherlands this summer
This summer, get out and experience all the tastes of the world from the comfort of the north of the Netherlands. Across the three provinces Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, there is are a whole host of food festivals and events happening during the summer months offering a huge variety of culinary dishes.Continue reading “Food Festivals in the North of the Netherlands this summer”
On May 5, the Netherlands celebrates its freedom throughout the country at the various Bevrijdings Festivals, Liberation Festivals in English. All major cities have their own plans for the day. These are the plans for the three big cities in the north of the Netherlands.Continue reading “Bevrijdings Festival”
Christmas shopping in Oberhausen
Oberhausen is a city just across the border, in Germany. Each holiday season, CentrO shopping and leisure centre hosts one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, plus they have over 220 stores inside the large shopping mall, perfect for doing a big Christmas present shop.
The Drentse Koe is a real dairy farm in Ruinerwold, Drenthe. In 1999 they started selling homemade ice cream from the fresh milk produced on their farm. Since then they have grown to a full-fledged recreation play-center for kids, with a large outside and inside play area and in 2017 they said goodbye to their dairy cattle to focus on the play-center, but continue to make ice cream using fresh milk from neighbouring farms.
A day on the water
In such heat water is so tempting, be it an ice-cold drink, a cooling shower, a refreshing rain, a stroll under the sprinkler in the garden or (the best of all) a day (oh, at least an hour!) by or on the water. Just thinking about water activities seems to be helping already. To make it easier for you to arrange a day on the water, we’ve decided to put together some addresses in the Northern Netherlands where you can rent a boat without the need of a sailing license.