On reaching the ripe previous age of 200 years, only a few individuals would rejoice by tearing off their garments and working straight into the bracing waves of the North Sea—however that’s how the Dutch seaside resort of Scheveningen blew out the candles on New Year’s Day, kick-starting a year-long seashore social gathering all through 2018 to mark its double century.
Around 10,000 adventurous locals from the Hague took half within the annual New Year Dive and the sub-zero swim is ready to be adopted by a swath of intriguing occasions and reveals, together with Rings Beside the Sea, an enormous land artwork challenge measuring 150 x 300 metres that will likely be scrawled into the golden sands. Other occasions lined up on the calendar embody the Sand Sculpting World Championships in June, which is able to function 11 massive sand artworks; the world’s greatest motocross seashore race, Red Bull Knock Out, in November; and August’s spellbinding International Fireworks Festival.
Scheveningen has additionally been chosen because the end line for the gruelling Volvo Ocean Race, a 65-boat crusing competitors that may have coated 46,000 nautical miles of excessive winds and crashing waves in 9 months. The ears of music followers ought to prick up too as a variety of concert events and stay reveals have been deliberate, similar to BonFire Beach Fest in April, a stay efficiency of the fisherman’s opera Hard Hands in September, and a weekend of Latin and Caribbean music in February’s Tropical Valentine competition. Plenty of artwork exhibitions are additionally on the playing cards, head right here for additional particulars.
200 years in the past native fisherman Jacobus Pronk erected the resort’s first bathhouse, a humble picket construction containing simply 4 seawater tub tubs. Those tub tubs would go on to remodel the village into the nation’s first seaside resort.