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Bonfire Night 2016

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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




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