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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.


Britsoc Salon & Dance Orchestra Decadentia

1920s party


On the 25th November we will be celebrating our Roaring Twenties evening with a great 3 course meal and fabulous entertainment from Decadentia. Come and join in all the fun on the 25th November at our themed Roaring Twenties evening starting at 7pm. The event is being held in the Grand Theatre at the British School of Amsterdam, it will be a magical evening with great food cooked up by our fabulous chef and entertainment from our Jazz dance band Decadentia who will help to dance the night away till Midnight. We are delighted this year through our raffle to be supporting some great charities so don’t miss out.

Dress code: Roaring Twenties or Evening wear.
Location: The British School, Amsterdam
Cost: 80 euros
How to buy tickets: Click here (limited so first come first served)


Weekend Battlefield Tour of the Ypres Sailient

Menin Gate in Ypres

One of the many advantages of living in the Netherlands is the proximity of so many interesting places within a couple of hours’ drive. One area in particular really worth visiting whilst here is the former First World War battlefields in Belgium and France reachable by car from the Amsterdam in 3 hours and 4 hours respectively.

Battlefield Tour-guide John Cameron-Webb MBE will be running a Battlefield tour of the Ypres Salient of World War One on one of the following weekends (depending on participant numbers) Either: 30th September 1st October or 17th and 18th November.
The weekend tour looks at the 4 main battles in and around the Ypres Salient between 1914 and 1918. Visits will be made to important museums, original WW1 trenches and battleground, Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries and impressive monuments. The tour will focus on the life of the Tommy in the trenches and look at how the BEF developed its ability to wage war leading up to victory and armistice in 1918. The tour will also include participation in the Daily Act of Remembrance at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing on the Saturday evening.

For more detailed information or to register to take part, John’s email address is: If you would like to take part, please register before 31st August.


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 – €140

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