Things to do around Haarlem during July

As July rolls in, more restrictions are eased and more events will hopefully start happening. From 1 July, many – but not all – places can now welcome more visitors while everyone needs to remember to keep 1.5 metre distance rule and to make your reservations (where required) early.

The summer holidays are approaching and it will be interesting to see if many people will ‘staycation’ in the Netherlands. A Dutch tourist board campaign – ‘You need to be here’ (Hier moet je zijn) – has been launched that encourages people to uncover some lesser known places and delights yet to be discovered on home turf. Here are a few events happening this month that could be your Dutch destination for July.



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What: Birdhouse Stories
When: 3 July until 8 July

This is your chance to have a unique experience of sitting back and having a story read to you. The illustrations of beautiful picture books come to life in this French film (Dutch spoken). These are nine stories for children collected in 45 minutes of beautifully animated images about birds that fly, whistle, chirp and have special adventures. Suitable for children of between 3 and 6 years, as well adults of all ages! If you don’t know much Dutch, remember that reading children’s books is one of the best ways to learn. More details

Haarlem Canals

What: SUPmission #8
When: 8 July

Your next chance to get out on Haarlem’s canals and help to clean up as you SUP is happening on 8 July. If you don’t have a clue what this is all about, then check out our article from last month here. It is an ideal opportunity to undertake a healthy outdoor pursuit that is ideal in these social distancing times. More details

Ruine van Brederode

What: Playmobil Exhibition
When: 8 July until 30 August

At the historic Brederode Castle in Santpoort-Zuid, the Brederode in Playmobil exhibition runs this summer thanks to a great private collection. The highlight is the largest Playmobil army depicting the Battle of Azincourt, where Knight Jan van Brederode was killed. There is also a treasure hunt for children. It is mandatory to book in advance. More details


thijs boontjesPatronaat

What: Stage 1.5 Concert Series with Thijs Boontjes
When: 26 July

Good news! Music can be heard in Patronaat once again. The venue has launched the Stage 1.5 Concert Series which welcomes patrons to listening to live music within its walls once again. Once such concert is Thijs Boontjes and his Dance and Show Orchestra. The Amsterdam musician sings in Dutch and his tunes are sure to get stuck in your head and you might just find yourself tapping your toes. Go here to find out about the events for next month, including Tim Knol, Tangarine and Opera Alaska. More details


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