Future Events

The Alkmaar Café - the place to be! 

Bath’s Alkmaar Café , every first Wednesday of the month at The Rising Sun just of the Pulteney Bridge in the centre.

The Alkmaar Café is an informal gathering of people who have an interest in the Bath-Alkmaar link and all things Dutch. Organised by the Bath Alkmaar Twinning Association, Alkmaar Café attendees don’t have to be members, or Dutch - the Alkmaar Café is open to one and all.  Free to attend, the Alkmaar Café is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 6.00 pm and everyone is warmly welcomed to this informal gathering.

So join us at The Rising Sun Inn on Grove Street in the centre of Bath, from 6.00pm until 7.00, for a night of Dutch conversation, snacks and celebration: catch up with the latest news on our special 'Alkmaar 70 events, meet others from the Dutch community in and around Bath, or just those with a Dutch link.

Date & time of the next Alkmaar Cafe: Wednesday 5 July, 18.00-19.30. Location: The Rising Sun, 3-4 Grove Street in Bath (off Pulteney Bridge). See you there/Tot ziens! (01225 425 918).


3rd of July at 18.00 at The Little Theatre in Bath

Tickets are on sale at The Little Theatre

As part of the the 'Alkmaar 70’ celebrations, we have organised for you a special screening of the film 'Black Book', produced by the Dutch director Paul Verhoeven.




The Bath Alkmaar Twinning Association invites you to a Short Service of Remembrance at Bathford Parish Church on Thursday the 13th July 2017 from 10.00 to 10.30 am, when we will reflect on the contribution Elias and Ida Prins made in the establishment of the friendship between our two cities.

The children of Bathford School will be singing, and the Mayors of Alkmaar and Bath will attend. The Service will be led by our Chairman, The Reverend Martin Broadbent.

The Chairman of the Bath Alkmaar Twinning Association invites you to a finger buffet on Thursday 13th July from 12.45pm at 

Larkhall Sports Club, Plain Ham, Valley View Road, BA1 8DJ

RSVP to: dianabathboules@yahoo.com by Sunday 9th July

Tickets free to individual BATA members;

2 free tickets for family and corporate members.  Other guests £5

After lunch the Mayors of Alkmaar and Bath will launch an informal game of pétanque starting at 2pm and finishing by 5pm. 

Beginners welcome. We can lend you boules and show you how to play.

Contact Diana Lockwood on 07967 711120 for further information

Alkmaar Regional Youth Orchestra Concert "Connections"

Saturday 15th of July 2017 from 19.00 - 21.00 

The wonderful, talented & spirited Youth Orchestra of Alkmaar, part of the 'Artiance' Cultural centre in Bath's Dutch twin city, and their inspirational musical director, Otto de Jong, are returning to Bath in July to help us mark 70 years of friendship between our two cities.

This will be a very special concert on the theme of "Connections": connections between the past and the present, between the young and the old, and between people from different countries and cultures.  

Featuring readings from the extraordinary & moving tale of how the two cities first became linked during the Second World War, the programme will include music from John Williams, Hubert Parry, and a special orchestral arrangement of "Lilli Marlene", the famous wartime song, written for the event.

In what promises to be a memorable occasion during Bath's 'Alkmaar 70 Week', the young Dutch players will be joined by a young dancer and a singer, and in the second half by young musicians from Bath, to create our first ever international youth orchestra.

Please - come and join us for what wil be a memorable event, and show your support for the very special bond between Bath and Alkmaar.

Space is limited - book early to avoid disappointment!

Click here for our online poster to share.


The Big Bath Cheese Trail is organised by Bath Comedy in association with Bath- Alkmaar Twinning Association and VisitBath, with support from Heritage Lottery as part of the 70th Anniversary of the world’s first town twinning. The aim is to tell in an entertaining and unique way the amazing story of how the twinning came about through the generosity of the citizens of Bath towards the children of Alkmaar in the aftermath of World War 2.

The Cheese Trail is aimed both at young people and those who perhaps are unaware of this fascinating event in the history of our city. Full use of VisitBath’s social media presence will be utilised.

Thanks to the generosity of the Alkmaar cheese traders, up to 100 cheeses, some large but mostly small/medium will be placed in shop windows and other prominent places throughout the city. The plethora of independent traders will be the main targets as it is felt they are more easily approachable, and more likely to benefit from the attention the trail will bring.

Each cheese will have a card attached displaying a ‘factoid’ about the origins of the twinning. The ‘factoid’ will correspond to a numbered question on the map which will accompany the trail, such as ‘What unusual musical instrument was used to raise money?’ Thus trail participants can build up a complete picture of the events that eventually led to the twinning.

This will provide an end in itself, but in addition we aim to collate completed questionnaires, probably online, with a prize (cheese?) for the first correctly answered entry drawn.

Article in ‘The Bath Magazine’ regarding the forthcoming ‘Big Bath Cheese Trail’

In addition to the Cheese Trail there will be an evening featuring contemporary cutting edge Dutch comedy at Widcombe Social Club on July 11th. Both Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association and VisitBath have contributed funds to support the comedians’ visit, along with Heritage Lottery. Tickets will be available on www.bathcomedy.com


We’ll need help/suggestions of where to place the cheeses. Do you know any independent traders who might display a cheese? Do you have a business of your own with a public frontage? Are you willing to take on a street or part of a street and distribute details or indeed go and talk to shop owners face to face? We would be disappointed if our minimum goal of fifty cheeses wasn’t reached. They can keep the cheese!

We will need help distributing the cheeses. The Heritage Lottery grant includes van hire, but the more help the better!

Could you help put together a display of archive photos etc for the Social Club to accompany the comedy night?

Any offers/suggestions to ralph@bathcomedy.com please.

Dutch Comedy Night - Comedytrain On Tour

Date: Tuesday 11th July, 2017
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £10

For the last 25 years stand-up comedy collective Comedytrain has been responsible for every major talent in Holland. The collective has its own comedy club Toomler in Amsterdam – world famous in Holland and a favourite place of comedians from all over the globe.

In the last couple of years the Toomler stage has hosted Natasha Leggero, Moshe Kasher, Daniel Kitson, Doug Stanhope, Tig Notaro and Trevor Noah to name but a few.

Especially for Bath's Alkmaar Week celebrations we are flying over the best Comedytrain comedians of the younger generation to Bath. Primarily for the challenge of performing for a foreign audience in a foreign language, but also because we feel they can contribute something different to the comedy scene.

Line-up: Rayen Panday (MC), Stefan Pop, Kasper van der Laan and Johan Goossens. 

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2952065

List of future twinning events

The list of future events can be seen by clicking here. The latest  list was issued in June 2017 and will be updated on a regular basis.


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