Since 1818, the fishing village has developed into a vibrant bathing resort for the wider public. The Hague is the only city in Northwest Europe with a beach. A historical city centre and eleven kilometres of beach create a unique combination that may definitely become more widespread. Admire the Meisje met de Parel (Girl with the Pearl Earring), get in the tram or on the bike and 15 minutes later you dive into the sea… that’s only possible in The Hague! Feest aan Zee puts Scheveningen, the beach and the sea in the spotlight for the entire year. All the residents and visitors are invited to come to the sea even more often in 2018.
Why Seaside Celebrations?
Since 1818, the fishing village has developed into a vibrant bathing resort for the wider public. The Hague is the only city in Northwest Europe with a beach. A historical city centre and eleven kilometres of beach create a unique combination that may definitely become more widespread. Admire the Meisje met de Parel (Girl with the Pearl Earring), get in the tram or on the bike and 15 minutes later you dive into the sea… that’s only possible in The Hague! Seaside Celebrations puts Scheveningen, the beach and the sea in the spotlight for the entire year. All the residents and visitors are invited to come to the sea even more often in 2018.
Seaside celebrations offers a diversity of entertainment and special events from the Plein in the city centre to the Pier by the coast. Main attractions are the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race, Vlaggetjesdag (Flags Day), the International Vuurwerkfestival (Fireworks Festival), Live on the Beach and Red Bull Knock-Out. Between February and April, the landscape artwork Ringen aan Zee will be dug at the beach and between May and August, the World Championship Sand Sculpting will take place in Lange Voorhout. In addition, almost all the museums in The Hague have scheduled exhibitions that fit with the theme. Three special theme weeks, a historical festival and a varied line-up of stage arts, beach sports and music complete the programme. Everyone is invited: #aanzee (by the sea)!
Events during Feest aan ZeeA large number of events in 2018 are part of Feest aan Zee (Party by the Sea), including the Unox New Year’s Swim, the City Pier City Run, Bonfire Beach Fest, World Championship Sand Sculpting, opening of the beach sport season, finish of the Volvo Ocean Race, Festival Classique, Vlaggetjesdag (Flags Day), Vuurwerkfestival (Fireworks Festival), Live at the Beach, Red Bull Knock-Out and the Vreugdevuren (Bonfires). In addition, the programme includes several historic events that are enveloped in the bathing atmosphere of the olden days and nostalgia. One of these is the spectacle with the land yacht of Simon Stevin. The programme also includes several theme weeks, such as Liefde aan Zee (Love by the Sea) (9 – 18 February 2018), Festival aan Zee (Festival by the Sea) (1 – 20 June 2018), Kind aan Zee (Children by the sea) (17 – 28 October 2018). View the entire events schedule.
The programme focuses greatly on culture. In 2018, almost all the museums in The Hague will have exhibitions related to the two centuries of bathing culture in Scheveningen and the sea. The renowned history of the Kurhaus as a concert stage will be revived during Tropical Valentine, Festival Classique and Jazz at Sea. In the Koninglijke Schouwburg, a summer production about the sea nymph Ondine will be performed and the Zuiderstrandtheater has three Scheveningen musical performances in its programme. Unique opportunities will be created by visual artists during the festivals DuneArt, a mini Oerol festival and Liefdeskuren.
Art projectsNo anniversary year is complete without art. Various art projects are part of Feest aan Zee. The iconic beach landscape artwork Ringen aan Zee will be dug in the sand between 12 February and 12 April near Keizerstraat. On Lange Voorhout, eleven international sand artists will compete in the World Championship Sand Sculpting. Between 4 and 12 June, they will work on their sculptures, after that everyone can admire these the entire summer. In the autumn, children and artists will jointly create luminous artwork.
Accessibility in ScheveningenThe future of the city and bathing resort is being developed. In 2018, various roadworks are scheduled, including the roundabout on Vissershavenweg. The renovation of Noord-Boulevard is also in full progress. Extra busses and trams will run in the weekends and during events. Plan your route to the sea!
Walking along the waterline or parading on the boulevard. Cycling through Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen (national dunes park of Holland) or riding the big Ferris wheel. In Scheveningen you can go to attractions, museums, events and go out every day. Whether you like something quiet or active, Scheveningen has something for everyone. On top of it all, it's the best surf spot in the North Sea and the place for exercising on the beach. You can order super fresh fish in the more than fifty beach pavilions and dozens of restaurants. It’s always a blast in the bathing resort and the sea is always nearby in The Hague.