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The British Society offers a program of social activities and welcomes all English speakers to its extensive range of events. Regular weekly sporting activity such as badminton and tennis with seasonal golf and sailing.

Burns Night

Burns Night

We will be celebrating Burns night on the 27th January 2024 where we will celebrate the life of the poet Robert Burns, Famous for Auld Lang Syne.

We have the fabulous McVities Band playing for us and we will be once again dancing the night away at the British School of Amsterdam in their Grand Theatre.

The centre piece of any Burns night is the traditional Burns Supper which this year will be served with a tot of whisky.



Location: The British SchoolAmsterdam

Cost: €42.50 Adult / €20.00 Child


Weekend Battlefield Tour

EVENT DATE: 1st to 2nd June 2024

John Cameron-Webb is running a guided weekend battlefield visiting locations, monuments and museums relating to the above mentioned battles in Oosterbeek, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Groesbeek and into Germany towards the Rhine. On route, John will explain the operations from a broader military perspective and including stories of individuals who took part.




Britsoc Somme Trip

EVENT DATE: 15th and 16th June 2024

British Society President John Cameron-Webb MBE will be running a World War One tour to the Somme battlefields over the weekend of 15th and 16th June 2024. The tour will look at the series of British offensives commonly referred to as The Battle of the Somme, or “The Big Push” which cost around 245,000 British and Empire casualties between 1st July and 18th November 1916. We will visit a variety of places of interest such as monuments, trenches, craters and cemeteries where John will give detailed information about the battles, the reasons why and how the offensive was conducted and it’s legacy.

Travelling the four-hour journey in private cars, the tour starts in the market town of Albert at 11. a.m. on Saturday 15th June and ends about 3 p.m. on the Sunday thus allowing an early arrival home on Sunday evening. Costs can be kept to a minimum, they will include overnight accommodation, breakfast, lunch and Saturday evening dinner together; travelling costs and incidentals. The tour is also suitable for those of restricted mobility and most age groups.

If you are interested to take part, please email John Cameron-Webb direct before 13th May at Please note: These trips are popular and will have to be capped at about 25 participants, so please respond as soon as possible if you would like to take part.


Evening Badminton

About: Beginners and regulars are welcome to join us for some fast action Badminton. We have a regular booking on the first two courts each week and usually end the evening with drinks and snacks upstairs. We can supply shuttles and rackets if needed.

When: Every Wednesday (Sept – June), 20.00-23.00

Where: Sporthal de Pijp, Lizzy Ansinghstraat 88, 1072 RD Amsterdam

Cost:   One-off for whole season – €150

Contact: David Pollack

Registration required?  If you are new, yes please



About:  Ever picked up a racket?  Then you’ll be able to pick-up this Japanese version of lawn tennis (played outside if dry).  The game uses a lighter ball and more spin than regular tennis.

Tuesday Tennis

When: Every Tuesday, 20.00 – 21.00
Where: Indoors on court 19, Amstelpark Tennis Centre, Koenenkade 8, 1081 KH Amsterdam
Cost: € 10
Contact: Geoff Dudley ( for more information

Sunday Tennis / Soft Tennis

When: Every Sunday, 17.00 – 18.00
Where: Indoors on court 19, Amstelpark Tennis Centre, Koenenkade 8, 1081 KH Amsterdam
Cost: € 8
Contact: Sharron Reed ( for more information


Every 3 weeks May to September

Where: Either Kaag or Loosdrecht (see

Cost: Kaag: € 45 per boat (afternoon);  Loosdrecht: €75 per boat (whole day).  2-5 persons per boat

Contact: Geoff Dudley ( for more information



The main criterion for Britsoc Golf is to be able to play to a standard that doesn’t hold up play, English language based. There are a few lower handicappers, and others in the 20’s.

Games are on the Hogedijk course (near the AMC), on either the Saturday or the Sunday of each weekend (usually alternates by weeks).

That course is home to the Olympus club, of which many BritSoc players are also members. (The club has a competition schedule and some Britsoc golfers join some competitions).  We have a simple weekly process where an invitation mail goes to the mail list on Monday AM for golf the following weekend.

Mail info includes: 

  • Start day/time (One of either Saturday or Sunday), Usually quite early, ranges from around 7:30am to 9:00am on different weeks.
  • Which course combination, (Holendrecht, Bullewijk, Abcoude, all at the Hogedijk course)
  • Max number of people (usually 12 in Spring/Summer, based on 3 consecutive T times, e.g. 8:00, 8:10, 8:20).

Golfers who want to play reply to the mail by end of Wednesday, and the booking is confirmed by me to players and club on Thursday by email. If players are interested in signing up to the mailing list then contact golf@britsoc.nlIf players do sign up but need to cancel, they should inform the Hogedijk course directly, with 24 hours ahead, and cc the mail box.

Annual Events

Our British flavoured enjoyable events are one-off events that are run throughout the year, the most notable being our very popular Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night, Burns night and last, but not least, our spectacular Charity Christmas Ball and Boat trips. We have something to offer all ages and all tastes and we welcome members of any age, from young to ageing nicely, and remember you don’t have to be British.

Recent Photos

Burns Night

Video of Burns Night 2019

Bonfire Night

Bonfire night photos from 2018

Christmas Ball

Christmas Ball photos from 2018

Britsoc Calendar

Regular Sports & Annual Events