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The scouting WABO Heemstede

The scouting WABO Heemstede is an active, fun and tough girl group in the Groenendaalse Bos and they are celebrating their  75 year anniversary this year.

What does one do during scouting? You can do fun and exciting activities, such as treasure hunts, crafts and campfires etc.

What is Scouting? It is the largest youth organization in the Netherlands. If you are a member of the scouting club, you will come together with other members weekly. Sometimes you go to camp and when you are older there are also international activities. You also have a special outfit when you are a member.

Worldwide there are 50 million girls and boys in Scouting. Queen Maxima is patroness of Scouting Netherlands.


You have a group of 7 to 10 years the Cubs and a group of 10 to 14 years the Scouts. There are also groups of 14 years and older.

For more information click on the link below:

The club house does not have its own address. There is a small bridge at Ritsema Boskade at number 11, if you cross that bridge and keep left, you will arrive at the clubhouse.
You can participate a number of times without becoming a member.

Summer Heroes

Summer Heroes

What makes one a hero? What superpowers does one require? Does a hero live in your street or are you one yourself? Together we go on a hero hunt during a summer class. We are all going to do super cool and heroic things like drawing cartoons, making power hats, cooking food, and eating together. Sign up quickly!

When: July 22, 23, 29, 30, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With: Children from group 5 to 8

Where: Luifel, Herenweg 96, Heemstede

Costs: € 5.00 including lunch

 Bicycles and bicycle trainers wanted!


 Bicycles and bicycle trainers wanted!

Have you just bought an e-bike and is the old bicycle still in the garage?

You could make the permit holders who are residing in Heemstede very happy with this. Learning to ride a bicycle is very important for their self-reliance. They have a cycling lesson club that has an immense shortage of bicycles. Folding bicycles are conveniently adjustable in height and therefore very suitable. But also women’s, men’s and children’s bicycles are very useful. And we can also use people who want to help them learn to cycle. Have you never given cycling lessons to anyone before? Don’t worry it doesn’t matter, if you are somebody who is patient and enjoys giving lessons and at the same time, has 30-60 minutes available once or twice a week, you can go a long way! In short, help our new fellow citizens on their bikes and help them navigate safely through traffic.

For more information: Welcome Heemstede, Platform for Integration

Pim van Wonderen, email:


As you know, there are plenty of people over 18 years old who are being vaccinated. The plan is that as many people as possible get vaccinated. If it is not clear to you what the plan is

all about, you can click on the links below, where the explanation of the vaccination plan can be found in your own language.

The link of “corona.steffie” also has audio text.


Adventurous day in the Speelbos Meermond

After great success during the spring break, the neighbouring sports coaches will be returning to Speelbos Meermond during the May holiday.

On May 3, Sportsupport is organizing an adventurous day in the Speelbos Meermond with tough forest games such as Stratego suitable for all ages.

Children from groups 3 to 8 can register for free via the website

Monday 3 May: Speelbos Meermond. Cruquiusweg 49, #heemstede


09:00 – 10:30 am: group 3 – 4

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: groups 5 – 6

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: groups 7-8

Unfortunately, parents cannot join due to the corona regulations in the play forest!

Hurry up, because FULL = FULL!


Daffodils in the Groenendaal woods       

                                                                                                                                                                                 How do the daffodils get into the Groenendaal woods?

Daffodils are flower bulbs and they are put in the ground. So they don’t just grow in the woods. In 1953, a Flora was held on the Vrijheidsdreef. That is an exhibition of plants and flowers. A lot of flowers and bulbs are then exhibited to show what is being grown. At that time, flower bulbs may also have been planted in the woods. Anyhow, it looks very attractive in the spring.

Walk into the woods and then go to the woods where the dogs are not allowed to come, then you will see many daffodils. A flock of sheep can be seen at the end as well.

Spring school

Spring school in Bloemendaal

After the Summer and Winter School, Welzijn Bloemendaal now also organizes a Spring School during the May holidays for teens (from 11 to 18 years old) like resident permit holders, refugees and expats. The holiday school is not an ordinary school. The school is organized in collaboration with the town hall of Bloemendaal offered to ensure that young people remain engaged with the Dutch language during holiday periods and thus do not get a language deficiency. In addition, the school aims to make these teens get to know each other by coming together to increase their social network. In the morning hours, lessons are given in Dutch and social studies. in an interactive way. Cultural and sports activities take place in the afternoons. The Spring School is offered free of charge and is intended for children who live in the municipality of Bloemendaal (Bennebroek, Vogelenzang, Aerdenhout, Bloemendaal and Overveen) and Heemstede. Especially nowadays it is of extra importance for these children to continue to follow these lessons.

The Spring School takes place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm during the May holidays on:

Week 1: Monday April 26 and Wednesday April 28

Week 2: Monday, May  3, and Wednesday,  May 5 (with a special activity )

Are you someone or do you know children who would qualify for this or do you want more information? Then contact Nicole Honingh before April 15;


Even if you want to register as a volunteer, feel free to contact. The number of registrations for the holiday school is growing and there is limited space.



It is that time of the year again. On the night of Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28, the clock will be put forward an hour forward. That means one hour less sleep. But also that it will be light for an hour longer in the evening.

Because it is light for an hour longer, the cabinet has decided to start the curfew an hour later. That’s from March 31. The curfew will then start at 10 p.m.

Earth Hour March 27

Heemstede will turn off the light in solidarity, would you do the same?

On Saturday 27 March from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm Heemstede will turn off the lights in the town hall and the Molen and request all inhabitants of  Heemstede to participate.

With this worldwide action of  Earth Hour, in which 180 countries and millions of people participate, attention will be drawn to our fragile nature on Earth.

This year there is a special and live stream version of Earth Hour. During this livestream, ambassadors Humberto Tan, Armin van Buuren and André Kuipers together with other well-known Dutch people will give nature a voice.

During the  Earth Hour LIVE, full of music, inspiring stories from special guests, discussing  dilemmas and entertainment. Such as a mini-show by comedian Guido Weijers, a live performance by Danny Vera and FRIDAY, a lesson on climate by Amara Onwuka and much more. The live stream can be followed from 20:15 via

Press release Municipality of Heemstede


Port of Heemstede is being renewed:

Port of Heemstede is being renewed:

You might already have heard of it, there is some construction going on at the port of Heemstede on the Heemsteedse Dreef, at the corner of Havenstraat.The intention is that the port will become a place where you can chill comfortably. There will be benches and a scaffolding staircase on which you can sit and chat and / or enjoy the view of the harbor. It will also be made accessible for disabled people and prams. There will also be a berth for boats from passers-by.

Passers-by are people who berth their boat to visit Heemstede.

The plan was devised by the Havenlab; that is a group of residents, entrepreneurs and interested parties who made the design. The construction  is expected to be completed by the end of June. Then everyone can visit in the summer.