What can you do in Groningen and Drenthe this weekend? Six tips for fun excursions

Visit the harvest day or the Wollig Landleven fair, experience historic Drenthe, cycle with the Roegwold tour, take a look inside a stately farm or meet a lifelike Tyrannosaurus rex.

Old-fashioned farmers during harvest day

In Orvelte, harvest day has been a well-known name for years. On this day, a scythe and old tractors are used, after which the rye is driven to the village by horse and cart. Dorsteam Ruinen then processes the rye in an authentic threshing machine, after which it is baked into thick bacon. There is also a hand carousel for the children.

Dorsvlegel’s dance group provides dancing in traditional dress and on wooden shoes, accompanied by its own accordion players. At Brink there is an Orveltermarkt with more than enough regional products. In addition, old handicrafts are displayed. Harvest Day is celebrated on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Spareribs, wool, beauty products and much more

On Sunday, more than sixty exhibitors come to Zorgvlied to offer their products and specialties at the Wollig Landleven fair. You can go to the fair for regional products, freshly grilled burgers or spare ribs, but also for all kinds of wool and yarn for your next knitting or crochet project.

There are also home decorations and beauty products, and you will find art, jewellery, outdoor, workshops and everything to do with lifestyle. The fair can be visited at the Hotel Villa Nova from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When Drenthe was still a jungle

Discover with one walking excursion of the Staatsbosbeheer in Schoonoord the past of Sleenerzand. A guide will take you on a journey through the history of this nature reserve, where many traces of the past are still visible. When the first people settled here, Drenthe was still a jungle. The funnel cup, named after the shape of the pottery they made, built dowels from granite stone. The female bed De Papeloze Kerk is a gigantic example, with a topstone of 25,000 kilos.

Galgenberg is also worth a look. The leader of Sleenerzand was buried here 3,500 years ago. A garland was erected around his burial mound as a sign that the dead should be left alone. You can register for the excursion via Staatsbosbeheer.nl/sleenerzand.

Get stamps with the Roegwoldtocht

The Roegwoldtochten will be organized for the fifth time this weekend. The forty-kilometer bike ride goes around Roegwold. Stamps can be obtained at various points of interest along the way.

The starting points are the Stone Museum in Slochteren, Ecomotion/ Hof van Kolham in Kolham and ‘t Hof van Scharmer in Scharmer. The Roegwoldtochten can be cycled on Saturday.

Take a look inside a stately farm

Oldambt is known for its large farms. The white farmhouse Hermans Dijkstra, built in the Swiss chalet style, with its English landscape garden is open for viewing on a few Thursdays and Saturdays. A number of volunteers, a farmer, workers and girls in historical clothes carry out their daily work and can tell visitors something about it. When the farm was built in 1858, Groningen’s agriculture was at the peak of its prosperity, sometimes referred to as the champagne years, and this is reflected in the farm. At the same time as the construction of the farm, an English landscape garden with a pond and winding footpaths was created.

The farm, which partly has a catering function, has stucco ceilings and Art Nouveau decoration. The front house has a stately entrance with pavement and further beautifully decorated rooms. Further back you will find the dining room, the kitchen, the girls’ room, the kitchen and the churn house. At the very end is the farm area with agricultural equipment, the cow alley, the horse stables and the huge barn for storing the harvest. With a visit to the museum premises, you go back in time. The farm can be visited on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A lifelike T-Rex with Circus Saurus

Do you meet a real T-Rex dinosaur in the circus? It is possible this and next weekend, because then Cirkus Saurus settles in Ter Apel. The big circus tent is being erected by Dr. Mansholt Park. Cirkus Saurus takes you on an exciting journey through the jungle in a show that lasts over an hour and a half. In addition to a lifelike T-Rex dinosaur, the show also contains all the classic circus elements, including; lightning fast jugglers, agile acrobats, deadly knife throwers, spectacular fire eaters and crazy clowns.

Of course, there are also appearances by the animals. For example, horses, mini-cows and llamas are examined. The performances in Ter Apel start on Friday at 19, Saturday at 15 and 19 and the last performance on Sunday at 11. A week later, from Friday 12. to Sunday 14 August, the circus can also be visited.

You can find more excursions at dvhn.nl/agenda.

You can register for an event via uitservice.nl.

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