The 10 best days out in Zeeland
Written by: Zeeland.com
Zeeland is great at any time of year! That’s no less true in autumn. In the outdoors, nature can be enjoyed to the full, but there are plenty of fantastic indoor activities to discover too. Curious to know what Zeeland has in store this autumn? Let’s give you some inspiration ...
1. Visit a brewery
Zeelanders are outstanding brewers! Whether you’re looking for special beers, wines, homemade gins or natural syrups, you’ll find many craft breweries, wineries and distillers here. Take, for example, the Kees brewery in Middelburg, or producers of The Holy Spiritus in Sint Jansteen. If you’re close to Goes, visit the Slot Oostende brewery and sample a tipple or two. Do you prefer a bit of winetasting? Then don’t miss out on a visit to De Kleine Schorre winery in Dreischor. Remember to book ahead.
2. A walk in the woods
Where better to discover the warm and uplifting colours of autumn than in the forest? Exceptional flora, undulating dunescapes with sandhills, hollows and dunefields; their proximity to the coast creates unique contrasts in the landscape. Keep a tally of all the warm autumn colours and countless mushrooms you see and you’ll begin to realise how memorable this really is!
Along the coast are the forested areas of Oranjebos and Westerschouwen, the biggest forest in Zeeland, and the Clingse woods with their unique vegetation are definitely worth seeing! Other forests in Zeeland are unmissable too.
3. Discover the world of mushrooms
In September, wild mushrooms start appearing in all shapes, sizes and colours. Curious to know how many types of mushroom there are? The Gadra woods between Renesse and Burgh-Haamstede are justly renowned for their mushrooms and offer the perfect spot for a mushroom hunt! You can find more information and tips here.
4. Visit a museum
Zeeland has an plethora of museums: anything from historical, to entertaining, hands-on museums. Want to know more about Zeeland’s history without all the stuffy details? Then why not visit the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg? Have you always had a fascination for strange facts and peculiar inventions? If so, the Bizarium in Sluis is just the thing for you!
Other recommendations include the Watersnoodmuseum (flood museum) in Ouwerkerk, the Zeeuws Maritiem MuZEEum (maritime museum) in Vlissingen, Sjakie’s Chocolademuseum (chocolate museum) in Middelburg and the Industrieel Museum Zeeland (industrial museum) in Sas van Gent.
Have you ever stared a roe or fallow deer in the eye? If not, there’s every reason to visit Zeeland’s forests! The best time to catch sight of red deer is in September and October. During the rutting season they reveal themselves more often. Listen out for a deep, heavy baying sound, because there’s a good chance that’s the bugling (mating call) of a red deer. Roe and fallow deer also come out, but more often in the mornings and evenings. Find out the best places to spot a roe or fallow deer.
6. Visit the Fashion & Art Exhibition in Goes
Are you a devoted follower of fashion and a shopaholic? When in Zeeland, you must visit Goes, the fashion capital of Zeeland! Every autumn, the town organises Goes Couture, a reference to the high-quality fashion for which Goes is justly famed. The ‘Fashion & Art around Europe’ exhibition is held in the old town hall (Oude Stadhuis) until 30 October. Here, you can find items of haute couture from top designers, such as Mart Visser and Yves Saint Laurent.
7. Go bargain-hunting
Not perhaps everyone’s cup of tea, but for lovers of antiques and other curiosa, street markets are a real gold mine. This autumn various markets are being organised, so pencil them in your diary! More information on dates and places can be found on the websites meukisleuk.nl and rommelmarktvandaag.nl.
8. Treat yourself to a day at the spa!
With the humdrum of the summer behind us, the autumn is the ideal time to relax. A spa break in Zeeland will have you leaving for home totally refreshed. Blue Wellness resort Zeeland, Thoornkreek Wellness Spa and Wellnessresort Goes are examples of spas where you can relax to your heart’s content. From traditional and steam baths to a soothing massage; a day at the spa will do you no end of good!
9. Watch talented bands at pop venues!
What could be more satisfying than attending an intimate concert venue being played by up-and-coming singers or bands? Zeeland has diverse locations where you can see new and exciting talent and we’re happy to give you some suggestions here. For example, ’t Beest in Goes, De Spot in Middelburg and Porgy en Bess in Terneuzen. As a matter of fact, the latter has seen many great jazz legends take the stage!
10. Try out your skiing prowess at Snowworld Terneuzen
Are you longing for the winter and the call of the mountains? Are you already yearning to hurtle down the slopes on your skis or snowboard? Sadly, there’s still a while to go, but in the meantime, why not learn the ropes or brush up on your skills at Snowworld in Terneuzen? Tackle the slopes here on your own, or take private or group lessons.