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Thursday, 23 November 2017

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Jun
26
Mon
Visit the MAS Exhibition in Antwerp All Year Round @ Museum aan de Stroom
Jun 26 2017 – Apr 10 2018 all-day
Visit the MAS Exhibition in Antwerp All Year Round @ Museum aan de Stroom

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

MAS Exhibition
Name Start Date End date
The Corner Shop 19 Apr 16
Chocolate Secrets 3 Mar 17 9 Sep 17
City Photographer 25 Apr 17
Encounters 19 May 17 20 Aug 17
Brillant Desire 18 Oct 17 14 Jan 18

MAS Exhibition 2017

The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) located along the 350 km long Scheldt river is in the bustling district of Eilandje. The 10-storey modern, orange building boasts a 5,700 m² exhibition space since its establishment in 2011. Moreover, every exposition floor incorporates a different theme. You will surely find something interesting to spend your entire day.

At the top of the museum is the Boulevard where one can see a panoramic view of Antwerp from a 60 m height. Those with acrophobia can learn to conquer the fear of height from viewing though the 6-metres high glass panel. On the other hand, a breathtaking scenery awaits for the fearless.

There are a few other fascinating discoveries that make a trip to the museum worthwhile in Antwerp besides the exhibition. After the visit, grab some drinks or dine in the restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the museum. Without further ado, here is an exhibition list that you can visit in MAS museum in 2017.


The Corner Shop

  • Date: 19 April 2016 onwards
  • Time: 10:00 to 22:00 (until midnight from 1 April)
  • Location: Top Floor | Boulevard
  • Price: Free

The Corner Shop is a series of retail trade photography display by Sanne De Wilde. The pictures portray the shops and the shopkeepers in Antwerp. In addition, the images capture the various facial expression of the people running the local business. On top of the contemporary shots, old photographs from the 50s would bring you to a journey of nostalgic transition from the past to the present.


Chocolate Secrets

  • Date: 3 March to 3 September 2017
  • Time: 10:00 to 17:00
  • Location: 2nd Floor | Kijkdepot
  • Price: Free
It is a well-known fact that Belgium is famous for its chocolate. Indeed, a blessing to have the best chocolates easily with the reach of our hands. Here are three quick facts about the benefits of dark chocolates. Undoubtedly, there are more than three advantages.

➀ Natural Antidote Against Depression

Dark chocolates increase the serotonin chemical level in the brain which in turn relax it. The stimulation of serotonin acts as a natural agent to fight against depression. Munch on some chocolates the next time when you feel moody to induce positive energy.

➁ Antioxidant Properties

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which are found mostly in vegetables, fruits and some drinks such as red wine. Flavonoids are antioxidant which protect the cells from cellular damage and accelerate cell repair. Choose chocolates with more than 60% cocoa for maximum antioxidant effect. White chocolate contains no cocoa solids. Therefore, it is not a good source of antioxidants. Avoid drinking milk with dark chocolate as milk binds to antioxidant in chocolate making them unavailable.

➂ Protect the skin against UV

Consuming the flavonols in the dark chocolate also helps the skin to protect against UV. A study was performed on two groups of women over 12-weeks consuming different levels of the flavonols. The group which consumed a higher flavonoid showed decreased sensitivity to UV light and increased blood flow. Furthermore, their skin was more hydrated and a reduction in scaling and roughness.

» Exhibition Outline

Undoubtedly, the benefits do not stop at three. There are numerous usages of chocolates rather than sheer pleasure. Hence, you can find the answers in the Chocolate Secrets exhibition in MAS.

  • Other than consumption, what are the other functions of chocolates?
  • When was the first chocolate factory in Belgium?
  • How does a cocoa plantation look like?
  • How do chocolates evolve from the past to the present?

The secrets of the chocolates will be divulged in the exhibition. Additionally, there are shocking facts about the aphrodisiac, display of the tins collection and posters of Antwerp chocolatiers. Another noteworthy cause to visit the expo is the ceremonial goblets for the cocoa drink of the Mayans.


City Photographer

  • Date: 25 April 2017 onwards
  • Time: 10:00 to 22:00 (until midnight from 1 April)
  • Location: Top Floor | Boulevard
  • Price: Free

The inspiring photography portfolio of fifteen photographers chosen for the project ‘Stadsfotograaf Antwerpen‘ illustrates their unique perspective of Antwerp city. The assortment of photos will form a footprint of the historic trail of Antwerp 20 years later.


Encounters

  • Date: 19 May to 20 August 2017
  • Time: 10:00 to 17:00

An exhibition of abstract art left to the imagination of the observers. It comprises of two sections:-

1. Appreciation of Visual Art

100 artworks are chosen all around the world from ancient time to the present. There would be no text or explanation of the art pieces except for the name of the artist and object. The visual interpretation of the art is left solely to your creative imagination. The artists include Francisco Goya, Rona Pondick, Dosso Dossi and Adriano Cecioni.

2. Contemporary Dance

There will be dance performances by international dancers to enhance the experience of the theme in the exhibition hall. Once again, the dances invoke your sensory perception on the meaning of art that arises from many forms of expression.


Brillant Desire

  • Date: 18 October to 14 January 2018
  • Time: 10:00 to 17:00
  • Price: €1 to €10

How do you feel about diamond other than the fact that it is made out of carbon under high pressure and temperature? The pursuit of diamond derives from the desire of power, wealth, love and social status. The exhibition unfolds the answers of how people deal with their desires. The exhibition also inaugurates the Diamond Year in Antwerp.



If you are planning to visit the MAS exhibition, here are some practical information about the opening hours, transportation, tickets and accessibility. The museum is closed on every Monday. It is free for everyone on the last Wednesday of the month.

Add the event to your online calendar by selecting “Add to Calendar” on the top right-hand corner of the page if you are interested in going to the MAS exhibition. Subsequently, your calendar will reflect the events. Lastly, remember to share the event with your friend or on social media so that they can visit the MAS exhibition too!


Sep
9
Sat
Classic Cars and Motor Show Events for Vintage Car Fanatics 2017 @ Various Events
Sep 9 2017 @ 10:00 am – Feb 28 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Classic Cars and Motor Show Events for Vintage Car Fanatics

Where to See Classic Cars and Motor Show Events?

The OldTimerWeb is the largest information point for classic car enthusiasts in Belgium. It organises vintage car exhibitions and activities in various locations from June until the end of the year. Not merely just classic car show, guests can anticipate motors and rally events which they can take part.

The exhibition primarily focuses on vintage cars. Some highlights are luxury brands like Ferrari, Jaguar, BMW and Opel’s automobile shows coming up, just to name a few from the hundreds of events listing yearly.

Most of the classic cars events took place in Flanders with a few in Wallonia. Some are in villages where arriving by public transport might be a challenge whereas some are in cities like Brussels and Antwerp.

Classic Cars Display: Dukes Cruisers Still Going Crazy 2017

In one of the events “Dukes Cruisers Still Going Crazy 2017” which took place in Asberg, Westerlo, Belgium on 4 June 2017, the highlight was classic cars on display in Park Kwarekken. Free entry.

Park Kwarekken: Vintage Classic Cars | Car Show Gallery Event: Dukes Cruisers Still Going Crazy 2017

The first part of the video will show that upon entering Park Kwarekken, there was a counter where people can buy tokens for their food and drinks. There were also several tables and chairs with umbrellas, a concert stage with bands, a jumping castle for children and a row of souvenir stalls.

At the back of Park Kwarekken was a display of many classic cars. Those who love old vintage cars would appreciate such an automobile event. The high definition video has many beautiful photographs of classic cars for vintage car lovers. Enjoy the video, the cool cars and the music!

Video Length: 3 minutes

Plan Your Visit with a Map

The best way to go to these places is by car. Many of these events take place concurrently in nearby locations on a daily basis. After visiting one event, you can drive to the other event.

Oldtimer has a map with all the events on it to help you plan your visit by filtering the date. On the long list below, search for the days with the most number of events so you can travel to see some of the classic cars on the same day.

If any of the activities below from Oldtimerweb’s site interest you, please refer to their web page directly for the event and latest update.

Date Description Location

01 Oct 2017

Late Summer Tour

Genk

01 Oct 2017

The ACCG Gullerit

Gullegem

01 Oct 2017

Esplanade Meeting

Leper

01 Oct 2017

Historic Alden Biesen

Bilzen

01 Oct 2017

“L’Art de Vadrouiller” 5th Edition

Kruishoutem

01 Oct 2017

Oldtimer Fair Motorcycles and Mopeds

Wachtebeke

08 Oct 2017

3° Strolls Cap Gris Nez

Poperinge

14 Oct 2017

Citroen 2CV & A Type Vintage Parts Market

Merksplas

14 Oct 2017

15 Oct 2017

Belgian Historic Cup Nascar Attic

Heusden-Zolder

22 Oct 2017

Cars and Coffee 

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

22 Oct 2017

Haspengouwrit

Velm

28 Oct 2017

29 Oct 2017

International Antique Fair Ravel

Weelde

26 Nov 2017

Cars and Coffee 

Sint-Pieters-Leeuw

26 Nov 2017

64th LIMAC-Exchange Fair for Miniature Cars and Accessories

Maasmechelen

02 Jun 2018

240th Anniversary of Hoofdplaat

Hoofdplaat (NL)


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Mar
18
Sun
Hallerbos Forest Spring 2018: Purple-Blue Wild Hyacinth Flowers Not to Be Missed @ Hallerbos
Mar 18 – May 6 all-day
Hallerbos Forest Spring 2018: Purple-Blue Wild Hyacinth Flowers Not to Be Missed @ Hallerbos

Hallerbos Spring 2018 – Events and Museum

Visit Hallerbos 2018 in Spring

Hallerbos is an enchanting forest with purple-blue wild hyacinth flowers flourishing all over the place in spring. Also known as bluebells, forests with such flowers are rare in the world. Therefore, the peculiar charm attracts many visitors and photographers. They flood to the renowned Hallerbos for witnessing the stunning sight during the blooming period around mid-April.

The primary attraction of Hallerbos during spring is certainly the blooming hyacinth flowers. Hence, a walk in the forest is undoubtedly rewarding. The climate condition of the early spring is a key influence in the colouring of the flowers as they undergo several colour phases.

So, the flower blooms are not the same every year. The best time to visit the Hallerbos is end March. Visitors can pleasure themselves in the irresistible dense clusters of hyacinths carpeting the whole forest.

Hallerbos is in the municipality of Halle. It is approximately 25 km away from Brussels by driving. The forest has most parts concentrated in the Flemish Brabant. The minority of it is in Walloon Brabant. It is a magnificent forest not to be missed!


Hallerbos Rules

Here are some house rules for visitors and photographers to observe strictly.

  1. It is important to always stay on the designated path for photo-taking and filming so as to preserve the nature. The soil and unique vegetation are susceptible to damage by stepping on it.
  2. Plucking the flowers and bringing them back home are forbidden.
  3. For cyclists, there are designated cycling tracks indicated by the signboards.
  4. Professional photo shoots, filming, with or without models ought to request permission through the film counter.
  5. Dogs are welcomed but have to be leashed. 

Tourist Office

The hiking map is available for free in the tourist office from April to September. In the meanwhile, you can also download a digital copy of the walking directory (PDF).

Operating Hours
  • Weekday: 10 h to 16h (Close from 12h to 14h)
  • Weekend: 9h to 12h (Close from 12h to 13h)

Guided Walk

1. Voorjaarsroepen in Het Woud

The trail is in search for the Middle Spotted Woodpecker and the Black Woodpecker in the Sonian Forest.

2. Gele Lentekriebels

Explore the less visited vicinity of the lush forest and valleys.


Volunteers Wanted

  • Date:  15 April to 7 May 2017 (Hyacinths Bloom Period)
  • Time: Flexible

Agentschap Natuur en Bos (ANB) – Agency of Nature and Forest is seeking volunteers who can give a few hours of their time over the weekend to ensure a green and peaceful environment. The volunteering time is flexible. There are two types of positions currently.

The first group of volunteers welcome the visitors to Hallerbos. They make sure that the visitors do not stay off from the designated paths and walk onto the forest ground due to the highly vulnerable flowers and vegetation. The second group of volunteers wanted are the Parking Attendants. The Government of Flanders strives to protect and enhance the development of nature.

What can ANB offer you?

  • Work in an enchanting nature of Flanders
  • Enhance social interactions with other volunteers who share your interests
  • Material required to execute the task would be available

There will be voluntary insurance for the volunteers throughout the course of volunteering.

Are you interested?

☞ Fill up the form before 13 March 2017.

The management will contact you within two weeks. Alternatively, you can contact Groenendaal Regional Office.

  • Email:  groenendaal.anb@vlaanderen.be
  • Tel: 02 658 24 60
  • Hours: Monday to Friday (08h30 to 15h30)

Forest Museum

Visitors can also visit the free Forest Museum from 14h to 17h30 on the following dates.

  • Sunday, 09 April 2017
  • Sunday, 16 April 2017
  • Monday, 17 April 2017
  • Sunday, 23 April 2017
  • Sunday, 30 April 2017

Exhibition: Spring Bloomers (The Heroes of the Spring)

During autumn, the Forest Museum opens on 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October 2017 on Sunday afternoons.


How to Go Hallerbos by Public Transport?

Take a train and arrive at STATION HALLE.

Weekday

BUS 114

Visitors can take a 9 minutes bus ride from (A) Halle Station Bus Stop and alight at (J) Halle Vlasmarkt Bus Stop.

  • Walk 4 minutes to Bosmuseum (Forest Museum) from the bus stop.
  • Walk 3 more minutes to the Hallerbos Entrance from the Bosmuseum.

Take note that the transport company for Bus 114 is TEC and not DE LIJN. There are several bus stops around Halle Train Station. So, remember to go to the correct station so that you can find Bus 114 (TEC) easily. Note that this service only operates on the weekday.

There seems to be no bus route of 114 in Google Maps from Halle Station to Halle Vlasmarkt. Therefore, I decided to customise my own map. I marked all the bus stations of 114 from the starting point to the destination accordingly with the help of TEC app (Google Play Store) to ensure accuracy. Alternatively, the Bus Schedule for Bus 114 (PDF) can be downloaded.

Please click on the top left-hand corner of Google Maps to get more detail. The coloured icons will provide some other information as well upon clicking.

Weekend and Public Holiday

The journey of Bus 114 takes 9 minutes to arrive at Hallerbos. Unfortunately, the short route for this bus service is not available over the weekend. Thus, visitors will have to take a bus that runs on a longer distance. There are two available bus numbers operated by De Lijn to go Hallerbos over the weekend.

BUS 156

This bus service runs hourly.

Note: I have monitored the Google Maps below for a week ever since my uploads of the maps. For Bus 156, if you check the map of this post during the weekday, it will only reflect the Bus 114 bus route instead. Likewise, if you check the map after the operating hours at night, the map will display bus route of 153. As a result, the bus journey of 156 will only show if you see this post over the weekend.

  • Take the bus from Halle Station Perron 4. Alight at Lembeek Congo (20 stops). The travelling time is approximately 20 minutes.
  • Walk 20 minutes (1.5 km) from the bus stop to the entrance of Hallerbos located at Vlasmarktdreef 4.

 

BUS 155

This bus service runs hourly.

  • Take the bus from Halle Station Perron 3. Alight at Essenbeek Mooi Vergezicht (14 stops). The travelling time is approximately 16 minutes.


  • According to Google Maps below, the walking distance is approximately 37 minutes for 3 km. Hallerbos official website mentioned that it took 15 minutes to walk from Essenbeek Mooi Vergezicht via the road Hogebermweg ‘P1’.

I have not figured out how one could reach the Hallerbos entrance in 15 minutes time. Between Bus 156 and 155, it seems that Bus 156 is a better choice of public transportation over the weekend to save time from walking more than 30 minutes. It is also more convenient for people who have young children.


Remember to share the event with your friend or on social media so that more people can discover the Bellbell Forest which is a Pride of Belgium!

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Apr
13
Fri
Visit the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken 2018 @ Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – May 4 @ 9:30 pm

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken 2018

The last day of visit for the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken in 2017 is 5 May. If you have missed it this year, here is a chance for you to add this event and mark your calendar for the opening in 2018.

Every spring, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken opens its door to the public for three weeks during the second week of April following a century-old tradition until today. For most times of the year, the public cannot visit the premises of the royalty.

People with reduced mobility will have a privilege to visit on a special day set aside for them with ramps and bridges on the stairs to facilitate their movement. Some part of the route will also be adjusted slightly to make it easier for their tour around the greenhouse complex.

The visiting date of the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken 2018 is officially not out yet. The analysis of the mentioned date in 2018 relies on the past three years event record which starts and ends on a Friday. The estimated date is 2018 is useful for tourists planning for their travel in Belgium.

  • 2018: 13 April to 4 May
  • 2017: 14 April to 5 May
  • 2016: 15 April to 6 May
  • 2015: 17 April to 8 May

What Do You Expect to See in the Royal Greenhouse of Laeken?

Winter Garden at Royale Greenhouses of Laeken

King Leopold II who was the second king of Belgium invented the brilliant idea of his majestic greenhouses. He entrusted the project to the architect, Alphonse Balut who designed the enormous complex. The Royal Greenhouses were built for 31 years from 1874 to 1905.

There are more than 15 greenhouses where visitors will tour around the greenhouse complex. Each greenhouse has a different theme and houses different types of trees and plants. Some collection originated from the century of King Leopold II.

Other than the admiration of the greenhouse architecture, visitors can also indulge in the pleasure of lovely flowers in their full bloom during spring. Visitors can expect to see subtropical trees such as palm tree and fern tree. As for the flowering plants, the majority are geranium, azalea, camellias Medinilla and abutilon.

Small Geranium Gallery before Entering Palm Greenhouse at Royal Greenhouses of Laeken 2018

Not convinced?

If you want to see more stunning photos and get more information about the greenhouses, check out the comprehensive guide on Royal Greenhouses of Laeken. The full article will also provide you information on:-

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Apr
29
Sun
Ciney Militaria 2018: Military Sales Exhibition in Namur, Wallonia @ Ciney Expo
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Ciney Militaria Exhibition 2018

Ciney Militaria 2018 exhibition is the most important military fair in Europe every year. The event held two times a year attracts a lot of visitors. On 29 April 2018, it will be holding its 66th edition of the exhibition and a spectacular display of military items. The Ciney Militaria is in the province of Namur in the Wallonia region.

There will be more than 550 exhibitors coming from all over Europe like Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, United Kingdom and Switzerland. It is forbidden to exhibit any object displaying the SS or Nazi emblem (swastika) except to demonstrate that this object presents historical collection value.

Ciney Militaria Expo 2017
Photo: Ciney Expo

Ciney Militaria Sales Items

Visitors can expect the following items listed below on 4.5 km of tables set inside the covered market and the Ciney Expo lobby:-

  • Weapons (legally authorised for sales)
    • Rifles
    • Pistols
    • Sabres and Swords
    • Knives
    • Ammunition
  • Military Vehicles
  • Uniforms
  • Helmets
  • Medals
  • Hats
  • Belts
  • Shoes
  • Flags
  • Tents
  • Bags
  • Bikes
  • Rifle Glasses
  • Radio
  • Binoculars
  • Charges
  • Engravings
  • Charts
  • Books
  • Documentation
  • Utensils
  • Kits Survival
  • Maps
  • camouflage makeup and accessories
  • and much more
Ciney Militaria Exhibition 2017
Photo: Ciney Expo

Next Event Date 2018

The 66th edition of Ciney Militaria show is on 28 October 2018, Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm at the same venue.

May
12
Sat
Zwemvijver Boekenberg 2018: Swim Free at Antwerp/Deurne Most Natural Outdoor Pool during Summer @ Zwemvijver Boekenberg
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm

Swim Free at Zwemvijver Boekenberg Natural Outdoor Pool during Summer!

If you are planning to go swimming in Antwerp during the hot summer and have not discovered Zwemvijver Boekenberg, this should be one of the swimming pool sites that you should not miss.

Zwemvijver means ‘swimming pond’ in English. The location is in Boekenberg which is in Deurne and near to Berchem. Coincidentally, it is also near to the Antwerp International Airport. Moreover, Zwemvijver is right in the middle of a park, Boekenbergpark.

What is so unique about Zwemvijver Boekenberg?

First and most important of all, the swimming pond is ecological. It makes use of the plants and stones as a water filter to purify the plant. That means no drying effects of chlorine and other harmful chemicals on the skin. The cold and purifying water is sure to rejuvenate you as well.

There are two pools over there. The large pool is 73 m long with a depth of 1.80 m and 2.50 m. The small pool has a depth of 50 cm and is mainly for children.

There is a large lawn over there. If swimming is not your interest, how about a picnic with your family and friends under the sun? The surface of the lawn is flat. So, it is indeed comfortable to place just a thin cloth and lie on the even surface.

 Secure your belonging with ease. Lockers are available at a coin of 2 euro. At the end of the day, you can take back the 2 euro coin. If you intend to use the locker, arrive earlier as it gets more crowded in the afternoon so there might not be enough lockers for use.

Within walking distance from Zwemvijver Boekenberg, there is a playground for the children. Although this is not the main attraction, it serves its purpose to keep them busy.

You can play badminton at the open field beside the playground if there are not many people. As there is not much wind due to the side fences, the location is better than some other windy open fields. Bring your rackets though.

Is free entry to the incredible all-natural swim site another unique feature to boast? Best things come free. If you have a bike, it seems to be the most flexible way to get there easily and to spend a perfect afternoon swimming, suntanning, talking and eating!

Picnic and Suntanning at Zwemvijver Boekenberg Lawn

Things to Take Note at Zwemvijver Boekenberg

❶ Wear appropriate swimsuit because many are refused entry into the swimming site due to inappropriate swimwear. Here, I refer to the men who wear (3/4) loose short. The men should wear the correct swimming trucks. The security guards even have pictures on their hand to show what is appropriate swimwear. If they refuse entry to these people, they are still allowed to remain on the lawn.

❷ For ladies, no T-shirt over the swimsuit or bikini in the swimming pool. Girls with long hair should tie their hair.

❸ Go as early as you can as in the afternoon, the lawn is full of people. It is likely that you would still be able to find a picnic or suntan spot there, but the position might not be ideal.

❹ During peak hours when there are many people in the afternoon, there would be an announcement in Dutch. It means that visitors can only swim for a block of 15-minutes. Furthermore, only 150 visitors are allowed into the swimming pond each time. In this instance, you can see a long queue outside the swim site.

❺ No sitting on the edge of the wooden platform along the swimming pool circumference. It is for the lifeguards to walk. They are constantly looking around the swim site for rules breakers.

❻ Water might still be cold in early summer as the temperature has not warmed it up enough. On the other hand, whether the water is cold or not is subjective.

❼ No food and drinks sold over there though. You have to self-supply your own. If you are lucky, there will be a van coming in the afternoon to sell ice-cream. The business is good with a lot of people queueing up to buy from the ice-cream truck.

Zwemvijver Boekenberg 2018 Date and Time

The Zwemvijver Boekenberg opens daily even during the public holiday because I have been there. The electronic gate automatically closes half an hour before the closing time. Everyone had to leave the water in the next fifteen minutes.

* The below dates are just an estimation. I will update it in May 2018.

  • 12 May to 30 June 2018
    • Monday to Saturday: 12 pm to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
  • 1 July to 31 August 2018
    • Monday to Friday: 12 pm to 8 pm
    • Saturday: 12 pm to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
  • 1 to 16 September 2018
    • Monday to Saturday: 12 pm to 7 pm
    • Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm

How to go to Zwemvijver Boekenberg by Public Transport?

By Velo

The nearest Velo Station to reach Zwemvijver Boekenberg is Velo Station No. 254 – Sint Jozef. Walk 400 metres for 5 minutes to reach the swim site.

 

By Bus

The start and end point of Bus No. 31 are from (Wommelgem) Krijgsbaan and (Antwerpen) F. Rooseveltplaats Perron 44. Alight at Deurne Unitaslaan. Walk 300 metres for 4 minutes to reach the swim site.


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Daily Water Temperature

The Twitter Feed below is the daily water temperature of Zwemvijver Boekenberg. I think it is useful to know particularly when the weather is not that warm yet.


13.05.2017 (Sat) – 17.09.2017 (Sun) | 12.05.2018 (Sat) – 16.09.2018 (Sun)

May
13
Sun
Antwerp Flea Market 2018: Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats in Zurenborg @ Dageraadplaats, Zurenborg
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hello! Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats 2018

Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats Dates 2018

Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats Antwerpen has ended their three flea market events for 2017. In the year 2018, the released dates are on the second Sunday for three months from 9 am to 6 pm. The jumble sales will continue despite the weather.

  • 13 May 2018
  • 10 June 2018
  • 9 September 2018

For those who have the interest to sell things ranging from clothes, books to housewares and so on can register with Rommelmarket Dageraadplaats from 4 January 2018 onwards. The price is 6 euro per running metre + 10 euro refundable deposit per event to be paid within 5 days of reservation by bank transfer. You can get the full detail from their website.

Interested? Email them. In the meanwhile, read on and check out some photos.

Flea Market Jumbo Sale Photos and Information

Rommelmarkt refers to a jumble sale which is also a flea market. The event happens in Dageraadplaats 3 to 4 times a year in the Zurenborg district located in South-East Antwerp. Believe me, some of the items are indeed value-for-money if you are eagle-eyed to spot the hidden treasure among the pile of second-hand items.

As the Rommelmarkt in Dageraadplaats does not happen every weekend like the typical flea markets do, therefore, expect to see many people at Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats who go there early to scoop the best items there. Even in the afternoon, the flea market continues to have a large crowd of people.

There are approximately 110 exhibitors who set up their stalls as early as 6:30 am. You can look and walk around for a few hundred metres in the Dageraadplaats square. Like such a jumbo sales market in Belgium, you can find all sorts of stuff on sales. For instance antiques, clothing, shoes, household furniture and appliances, books, posters, etc.

Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats Flea Market Jumbo Sale in Zurenborg, Antwerp, Belgium


Children and Playground

The parents can keep the children busy by letting them have fun on the playground. There are also several benches around the playground too.


Restaurants and Cafés

There are a few restaurants and cafés surrounding the Rommelmarkt Dageraadplats where you can grab a drink or have some food. However, many are not opened on Sunday too.


Sint-Norbertuskerk Church

The Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats situated in front of Sint-Norbertuskerk Church gives the flea market a captivating background. The Sint-Norbertuskerk opens its door for visiting during summer from 9 am to 5 pm every day. Therefore, you can visit the church at the same time. On 10 September 2017 which I last went to the flea market, the church was still open.

Sint-Norbertuskerk behind Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats Jumbo Sales Flea Market


How to go to the Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats Flea Market?

  • By Tram: Take Tram No. 11 which starts from ‘Berchem Station’ or ‘Melkmarkt’. Get off at ‘Dageraadplaats‘.
  • By Velo: There is a velo station no. 110 beside the flea market.


Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats 2017 Dates

This is the last date for the Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats jumbo sale flea market on the next Sunday in September 2017. Save the next date on your calendar with the “Add Calendar” button on the top left corner of the post so that you will not forget to visit the jumble sale at least once. Immerse in the Belgische atmosphere. That is what I really like about flea markets in Belgium!

  • 10 Sept 2017, 9 am – 6 pm

Coincidentally, on 10 September 2017, there are two more flea markets at Rommelmarkt langs de Antwerpse Singel and Swan Market Antwerpen at Groenplaats which you may like to visit on the same day. However, Swan Market is not really a second-hand market but a platform for entrepreneurs who would like to showcase their talents in handmade items.

Two Dutch volunteering to be my photo models

Youtube Video – Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats Flea Market

Video Length: 1m 16s



May
18
Fri
Medieval Market of Etterbeek 2018: Weekend Activity to Watch the Folkloristic Characters from the Middle Age in Brussels @ Parc du Cinquantenaire
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – May 20 @ 10:00 pm

Medieval Market of Etterbeek

Some Activities Highlight of Medieval Market

For the past 26 years, one of the key events in the Etterbeek municipality is the Medieval Market (Marché Médiéval d’Etterbeek). Participants will have three days of unforgettable memory through the discovery of the Middle Ages, its folklore and its traditions.

The Medieval Market usually happens three days before Pinkstermaandag. Also known as the Whit Monday, or Pentecost Monday, it is a Christian holiday which commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, according to the New Testament of the Bible.

In this highlight of this 26th edition festival in Brussels, you can see a lot of folkloristic characters and crafts come true right before your eyes like saddler, blacksmith, potter, carpenter, stonecutter, archers and arrows, etc.

There will also be a demonstration of sword fighting by the knights from the company of Armati Peregrini. The Belgian Federation of Medieval Fencing will also be present.

The children can have fun at the rhythm of the animations proposed by “Ludentem” or linger at the stand to see the work of an executioner, the sorcerer or the healer. Children who are up for more adventure can learn to throw the javelin at one of the game booth – Jeux d’Antan.

Throughout the weekend, the musical group “Varius Coloribus” and “Prima Nocta” will take charge of the musical performance. No less than 180 exhibitors from all over Belgium and throughout Europe will present their artisan products.

Mesnie du Maître Dragonnier” will prepare the drink concoction of the 15th century to quench your thirst. Be curious by the taste difference from the medieval time as compared to the modern day. The mentioned activities consist of only a part of all the activities proposed during the 25th Medieval Market of Etterbeek. Be there to witness the knights in shining armour!

Medieval Market of Etterbeek: Artisan at Work (Marché médiéval d'Etterbeek)
Photo: Michel van Reysen / Flick
Food at Medieval Market of Etterbeek
Photo: Michel van Reysen / Flickr

Operating Hours 2018

The event will enchant the public on Cinquantenaire Park (around the fountain) on the three dates:

  • Friday, 18 May:  4 pm to 10 pm
  • Friday, 19 May:  10 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday, 20 May: 10 am to 8 pm

How to go Parc du Cinquantenaire by Train?

The nearest metro station to alight is Bruxelles-Schuman. Walk approximately 6 minutes for 500 metres.

For more things to do in Belgium during summer in Belgium, check out Timeless Monthly Events.


Jun
5
Tue
Swan Market Antwerpen 2018: Entrepreneurship of Handmade, Design, Vintage and Organic Items @ Grote Markt
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Swan Market Antwerpen at Grote Markt

Swan Market originates in Netherlands. For Swan Market Antwerpen, it started in April 2015. Ever since, once or twice a month from April to September, the event would take place in Grote Markt, near to the Groenplaats. You can locate Swan Market Antwerpen in front of the famous City Hall (Stadhuis van Antwerpen) and near to the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal).

Swan Market Antwerpen

The concept of Swan Market focuses on entrepreneurship of handmade, design, vintage and organic items. They are mostly ladies’ stuff like bags, wallets, jewellery and clothes, just to name a few of the more common display. Because many items are handmade, the design only comes in a single piece. That is the uniqueness since there would be no repetition. The prices of these handmade items were high too.

What I like about the Swan Market Antwerpen during my visit under the blazing sun in a warm summer, was the free can of drink given by one of the sponsors, San Pellegrino. You can see from the photo below that many people were queueing up for the free drinks. One could also choose the flavour. At another corner was a few food stalls and bars. Tables and seats were available.

Swan Market Antwerpen Free Drinks

Swan Market Antwerpen Bar

Swan Market Antwerpen Seating

There was also a bouncing castle for kids and some live music performance. As we arrived around 12.30 pm and stayed there for nearly one hour, the live music had not started yet. So far, the location of Swan Market in Belgium happens only in Antwerp. However, throughout the year, the Swan Market takes place at different cities in Netherlands. The event in Antwerp is free.

Are You an Aspiring Entrepreneur?

For aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to rent a stall to display your hand-made items or have ideas on any other creative workshops, you can check out the organiser’s page, SHPPR booth rental rates. The organiser would need a few days to decide whether your concept fits into their theme or if there is an overwhelming supply of similar objects on sales.

Swan Market Antwerpen 2017 Dates

The next and the last date in 2017 for Swan Market is on the 10 Sept 2017 @ 11 am to 6 pm. On this date, there is also another flea market – Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats in Zurenborg district and Rommelmarkt Goegekregen langs de Antwerpse Singel from 9 am to 6 pm. You can visit both markets on the same day. Swan Market highlights on new items whereas Rommelmarkt Dageraadplaats and Goegekregen are selling mostly second-hand items.

Public Transports

Located in one of the most touristic areas in Antwerp, locals would be familiar with the area and have no problem going there. However, I would like to be kind to tourists or people who are not sure how to go to Groenplaats. Here is a Google Map to reach the location.

» From Antwerp Central Station

Walk approximately 21 minutes for 1.7 km. If you take a train to Antwerp, the walk from Antwerp Central Station to Grote Markt is highly recommended. You can pass through Meir which is the most trendy shopping street in Antwerp. However, on Sunday, most of the shops are closed. You get a glimpse of the fashion anyway. If you like, you can also catch a tram or buses within the vicinity.

» From Antwerpen Premetrostation Groenplaats

If you take tram 3, 5, 9 and 15, alight at “Groenplaats” Light Rail Station. Walk 400 m for 5 minutes to the Swan Market Antwerpen at Grote Markt.

There are a lot more trams and buses that go to the area around Grote Markt and Groenplaats. You have to find the tram number that is the most convenient for you to reach the destination by consulting Google Maps.

A few steps away from the Swan Market is a Vietnamese restaurant, Pho 61 in Grote Markt. Be it a bowl of Pho vermicelli noodles or just some spring rolls as snacks, read my food review of Pho 61 Antwerpen and try the food there! Have fun there!