If you’ve always fancied finding out more about the traditional Dutch sport of korfball, had a secret wish to take up belly dancing or sail across the seas in the Volvo Ocean Race, this year’s Feel at Home in The Hague fair is the place to be.
This year, the central theme of the annual Feel at Home in The Hague fair is sport, leisure and wellness, and some 70 sports and cultural organisations and community groups will be on hand to help you find out more.
The Feel at Home Fair will bring The Hague’s city hall to life with an exciting programme of activities, demonstrations, try-outs and challenges. ‘Sport is a great way of getting people together because language and cultural barriers are more easily overcome by a shared interest,’ says fair organiser Billy Allwood.
‘Being active also contributes to our sense of health and well-being, while belonging to a club or participating in events gives us an important sense of belonging somewhere.’
Unlike fairs where the focus is purely on expat services, the Feel at Home in The Hague fair is a fun day out for the whole family.
A complete range of sports clubs are taking part, from hockey, tennis, cricket and cycling to more unusual team games like lacrosse, floorball and korfball – the traditional Dutch game played in mixed teams.
The Hague has recently been named 2022 European Capital of Sport and the city will be showcasing the wide range of sports and leisure facilities available in the region – to watch as well as play.
You’ll be able to take part in hockey, tennis and fitness challenges to test your skills or raise funds for local charities such as The Krajicek Foundation, the fair’s sponsored charity, which develops playgrounds to less privileged parts of Dutch cities.
You could even win tickets to the ABN Amro tennis tournament in Rotterdam this February while practising your serving technique.
Advice and information
Among the diverse list of around 150 exhibitors, visitors looking for advice and information will find experts on financial and tax matters, careers and health, childcare and education options.
‘These are the essential services which help you make the most of life in The Hague,’ says Billy.
You’ll also be able to attend free interactive workshops on subjects ranging from mindfulness to career transitions; learn how to write or speak effectively; how to cope with stress, headaches and back pain, or to face the challenges of learning a new language and culture.
And not to mention, enjoy the comedy, theatre, music and international cuisine which make the Feel at Home Fair such a special meeting place for the entire international community.
More than this, the entire day is free to visitors who sign up in advance for tickets on the website. So be a good sport and join in!