From cinematic folk music to cello stars, from ceramics in the church to art on Insta: these are the 10 tips for activities in the Alkmaar region

New sequel to ‘Midzomerfair’ in Oudkarspel: ‘Swaanzaam Festival’ on 30 and 31 July in the De Swaan play park. An event for the whole family. Featuring: food trucks, a 100 meter assault course, rodeo, ‘mega Twister’, ‘shuffleboard live’, a foam party, game shows, a balloon clown and live music. Around 5,000 visitors are expected. Tickets … Read more

School holidays: lots of fun for children, but also lots of art and music in the 10 tips for activities in the Alkmaar region

blues have Before café De Pilaren takes a six-week summer break with programming bands, the Amsterdam band Blues Garden is still playing on 9 July. This eight-part formation consists of frontwoman Daisy and a horn section. Blues Garden plays a ‘danceable repertoire’ with well-known and lesser-known songs. They play blues, soul, rock’n roll and sometimes … Read more