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Vlaardingen on Koningsdag

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By Dee Bodle



image1What a day, we were in Vlaardingen on Koningsdag this year and we had a great time, the weather was very kind to us and at one part of the day we were in sunbathing mode with a nice beer in hand. It is around 6 years since we have been to Vlaardingen on Koningsdag and it had so much going on, firstly starting at 7am in the morning the town centre changes into a ‘kleedjesmarkt’ which  literally takes over everywhere with people selling everything but the kitchen sink.


Everything is then officially opened at 10am by the Mayor in the Veerplein and then the balloons are released.


Down by the Fishbank the runners are getting ready for the fun run which starts with the children of all ages running around the harbour area, this year it was won in fantastic style by a 10 year old girl who beat off all the competition. The main event is more of a competitive race this year being the 68th year that it has been run with both the 5k and 10k runners running at the same time. My partner’s father ran this when he was 65 and some of the runners were well in excess of 65 so I take my hat off to them.


On other areas of the harbour area children had lots to entertain them, boats with entertainment, bouncing castles, hook a duck and the Brandveer giving them the opportunity to hose down a building and believe me there was a very long queue for this.


During the day Vlaardingen comes alive with the sound of music in a variety of forms from singing, entertainers and musical groups so from midday until 7pm there is plenty to entertain you.


So all in all it was a fantastic day which was finished off by a fabulous fireworks display at 10 o clock which could be seen all over the town as the fireworks went high into the sky. We had a lovely time and when I was asked to do a piece on Koningsdag outside of Amsterdam i hope I’ve given you a flavour of what is happening elsewhere.


Vlaardingen also has another great weekend on the 12th & 13th June with their ‘Loggerfestival’ and I can promise you a great time with music, dance and lots of things happening so if you fancy something different then Vlaardingen has a lot to offer.


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Amsterdam International Community School | Britsoc Sponsor

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Amsterdam International Community School (AICS)

The Amsterdam International Community School is a Dutch International Primary and Secondary School offering international education in English.

To be a community where learning is at the heart of everything we do.



Amsterdam International Community School

Prinses Irenestraat 59

1077 WV Amsterdam

Amsterdam International Community School
Dutch International Primary and Secondary School offering international education in English.

Family Open Day—24 January 2015—AICS

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Amsterdam International Community School invites you to a fun family open day.

Saturday 24th January 2015. 9:30-12:30.

(No sign up needed, but you can email us for the exact schedule)

Meet our teachers

What does community action & service mean?

Learn how to make a volcano

Ceramic workshop

Have fun with maths

Try our very own Quidditch


The AICS provides international education in English for children aged
4-19 years. Let our students show you around our school, talk to our
teachers and find out more about why “learning is at the heart of
everything we do”.

Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 16.11.01We hope to see you there.

Prinses Irenestraat 59, Amsterdam
tel: 020 577 12 41

Summer Club for kids 6-16 years

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Our new courses just started, below you’ll find the lesson schedule. It’s still possible to join the course and you can always try the first lesson for free to see if you like it. You can email us for more information at

Summer Club summer-kids
Ages 6-16
July 14 – 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Costs: 225,- 200,- if you register before July 1st.
Location: Huis van de wijk Lydia, Amsterdam-Zuid. Entrance at Bronckhorststraat 3.

Summer holidays long and boring? Not this year! Artifact organizes a Summer Club from July 14 to July 18. Everyday from 10am until 3pm we’ll do fun and energetic drama games and we’ll work towards a play!
The Summer Club is for kids aged 6 and up.

Register before July 1st and receive an early bird discount!

Register by clicking this link.