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National Mill Day

12 May 2018

On May 12, all the windmills of the Netherlands get a little extra time in the spotlights, because on this day, we celebrate National Windmill Day. Obviously, we can’t let such a special day go by without doing something special in Kinderdijk. Drop by and enjoy some additional helpings of windmill fun with our special activities and… a windmill present for all the children!

Miller Bjorn rolled up the sails. And clamps them.

Miller Bjorn rolled up the sails. And clamps them.

Enjoy Kinderdijk at its best on National Windmill Day

May 12 2018 is the one day of the year when the Dutch millers are at the centre of interest: it’s National Mill Day! All across the country, mills of all kinds are opening their doors to the public, but for the nineteen windmills of Kinderdijk World Heritage, this day of celebrations is just too good an opportunity not to go all out! Dutch history is full of tales about flapping sails, whirring gears, and heroic millers struggling against the elements, which by itself is plenty of reason to come and have a look at the wooden hearts of our machines. Presently, however, we see more and more wind power turbines rising all around us, so the future is promising some smooth sailing for windmills as well. All in all, we have every reason to celebrate our national windmill affection once a year, and you are very welcome to join us!

Centuries of Dutch technological marvels deserve a day in the spotlights!

Miller’s delights

To add a little something special to our National Windmill Day, Kinderdijk has even more going on than usual on Saturday May 12. Getting a taste of Dutch culture is a real treat at the Blokweer museum windmill, where a real eel smoker prepares his treats. Drifting towards you by the sails of the mill, you can smell the scent of freshly smoked fish from a distance. On top of this miller’s delight – millers loved catching eels from the ditches they drained – we have a genuine Dutch herring cart that is more than 100 years old. Although the cart may be of historical value, the Dutch herring that you can gobble down head first in traditional fashion are as fresh as can be! Thirsty gourmets and baristas are bound to end up at the Nederwaard museum windmill, where excellent quality Zuiverkoffie brand artisan’s coffee is served in the openair from a carrier cycle. This is going to be a Windmill day with a great aftertaste!

Traditional Dutch games for children

We have a bunch of extra activities waiting for the little visitors on national Windmill Day in Kinderdijk. You’ll find games that local children have been playing for centuries near the Nederwaard museum windmill. Come by for an old-fashioned round of can-walking, or test your skill in a blindfolded game of ‘pin the tail on the windmill’! On the mill yard around our other museum windmill, Blokweer, we have a treasure hunt waiting for you. Anyone looking for an active and educational day out is in for a real treat between the mills on May 12…

A miller’s treat

If all the Dutch windmills are having a bit of a birthday bash, there should of course be some presents, too. Don’t worry though: there is no need for you to bring gifts. Instead, you’re in for a miller’s treat today. At the Wisboom Pumping Station visitors centre, we have a surprise waiting for all our young visitors. To really get the party going, we also hand out activity booklets to all children at the ticket office, to make even more out of your visit to Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage… Summing up, there’s every reason for people of all ages to come and celebrate national Windmill Day with us on May 12!

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