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Bonfire Night 2016

Categories: Bonfire Night, Britsoc Events, Firework display, Guy Fawkes
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by Elliott Ford-Jones

It was a wet start to this years’ annual BritSoc Bonfire night.  However, as usual our great mix of student & adult volunteers braved the weather to begin setting-up the drink & food stalls; the most interesting being the large marquee that took around 12 people over half an hour to put together

…it was a great puzzle but it felt like a good team-building exercise once completed.  At 4pm the gates opened to the general public to another great sell-out event.  Some volunteers & most likely some people decided not to brave the weather, however those that did participate witnessed a terrific firework display provided by a new Dutch firework company, a fantastic bonfire where five (5), Guy Fawkes dummy’s were ritually thrown into the blaze and 3 lucky winners of great prizes.

We had mulled wine to lighten the dampened spirits, BBQ food supplied by Marks & Spencer, cakes & other delicacies provided by the British Society and the usual festive treats.  Sorry there were no Toffee Apples this year, we will ensure they are available next year.  If you would like to volunteer for this or any BritSOc event…

The event gallery is HERE




Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our sizzling September edition of the Zine.  Now the heat is slowly subsiding we can look forward to our exetensive programme of Autumn and Winter events.

We recently held our AGM on 1st September which is a bit earlier than normal.  There are few changes to the society to which were agreed at the meeting.  I would like to thank our outgoing Treasurer, William Tweddle thanks for his many years of service and would like to welcome on board Rupert Apthorp as our new treasurer.

There are a a number of other things we have agreed in the meeting such as our commitment to free membership for the coming year.  We have also created some new committee positions.

Since the relationship with English speaking schools is very important to us, we have created school liasion positions on our committee so they can have their say in what would interest their families and staff for social events and get togethers. It is a pleasure to welcome Paul Morgan the new Principal of the British School of Amsterdam on our committee and we hope to feature an interview him soon.  We are still looking for liasions for the other English Langauge schools in Amsterdam and surroundings.  If you are representative of the school be it teacher or parent and would like to join our board and give the British Society some direction then we would be happy to welcome you.  We meet around 4 times per year to discuss the Society.

We have also created the position of Events Coordinator.  This is a new position and at the moment remains unfilled.  If you are a dynamic person with some free time on your hands and would like to organise social events with the financial backing of our organisation then this is the job for you.  Please feel free to contact me at

Our Autumn/Winter season is the busiest we have.  Please keep your eyes peeled for the following:

Expactica Fair – 2nd October, Beurs van Berlage

We need a bit of help on the stand so if you dont mind standing around for a couple of hours I can promise a couple of free drinks are in it for you.  Please contact me a

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Booming Business 3 – 12th October, Boom Chicago (TBC)

Bonfire Night 2016 – 6th November


Glitz & Glamour Charity Ball – 10th December


The las 2 events are our to premier events and sell out extremely quickly please do not be dissapointed.  Tickets go on sale very shortly.

For our smaller events please see our Meetup site:

We have our sports clubs, comedy nights, curry nights and many other events which we get exclusive discounts and special offers for our members.

British Society of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, NL
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The British Society organises events with a British flavour. A very social club, we’re open to people of every nationality who are looking to meet new friends, play sports and…

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Nick Nugent

Our premier family event returns again this year on Sunday 6th November to the Watersports centrum Sloterpas.  This year promises to be more spectacular than ever!  We have engaged a new firework provider who is promising our most spectacular display yet.  Attached to the page is a movie of some of their previous displays.  You can see some of their recent work below.

All the usual stuff will be available mulled wine, burgers and hot dogs.

The Guy competition will be bigger this year with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Tickets will go on sale shortly in the Britsoc shop.  Last year we sold out in about 1 week.  Please don’t be dissappointed and get your tickets as soon as you can.  We have a strict limitation on tickets with our license so in the good dutch term OP=OP.



Watersportcentrum Sloterplas

Christoffel Plantijngracht 4, 1065 DA Amsterdam

Tram 1 and 17, Bike and Car parking available.


Gates open 4pm Event finishes 8pm

Fireworks: as soon as it is dark enough

Adult tickets:  15 euros

Under 14: Free