On 31 July 2017, events in Belgium will commemorate 100 years since the start of the Battle of Passchendaele – a series of attacks on Ypres in the country’s Flanders region. With 450,000 casualties by its end on 10 November 1917, this particular campaign is known not only as one of the bloodiest of World War I, but also one characterised by bravery – fourteen Victoria Cross medals were given out on the first day alone.
To honour its centenary year, each nation involved will be holding special tributes, and Belgium itself is holding a series of events too. With the Flanders region less than an hour away from our Zeebrugge port, travelling with your car will give you the best access to see it all. Our guide to the schedule follows below.
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While the term refers to pieces composed between 500 and 1600, early music is far from being stuck in the past. In fact, today’s early music scene – spanning medieval, renaissance and baroque genres – is thriving, bringing together a huge number of instruments in harmonious and immersive performances. A number of talented musicians are taking to the stage this year for concerts in York, as well as Bruges and Leuven in Flanders. Continue reading Early music events: Flanders, Bruges and more
Encompassing everything from the sandy beaches of Ostend to the diamond city of Antwerp and surrounding the Belgian capital of Brussels, Flanders is the perfect choice for a short family break on the continent.
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Escape city life and discover a whole new side of Belgium this year with a trip to one of its renowned nature reserves. From stunning hilltop hiking trails to expanses of salt flats stretching further than the eye can see, the country boasts a rich and diverse geography, and offers up surprises at every turn. If you’re looking for a new place to explore, we’ve put together a few of the best spots to visit in green Belgium.
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