Grab your clogs and head on out to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival this weekend as it transforms into a mini-Holland! Our founders, Cees and Johanna Tesselaar emigrated from The Netherlands on their wedding day, bringing tulip bulbs in their suitcase, and their passion for flowers lives on this weekend.
Enjoy live stage shows throughout the weekend including Dutch music all time favourite tunes. On your visit, be sure not to miss the Tukker’s Troupe of traditional Dutch folk dancers, tapping away in their wooden shoes, known as Clogs (11am and 1pm daily). The Memphis Band will keep the music coming all weekend.
Visitors can try their hand at the traditional Dutch game of Sjoelbakken or Sjolen. We have a competion running 11am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday with some great prizes on offer.
Noon Clog Dancing Workshop, see how it is done and give it a whirl. 1pm Historic Cheese Market performance where you see amazing spectacle of how Dutch cheeses were bought and sold. 2pm Clog Dancing Workshop, see how it is done and give it a whirl.
On Saturday and Sunday Dutch Choir performance by Zing! and SilverBeat will take to the stage. There are roving entertainers, the Tulip Fairy telling her tales in our fairy garden and our famous Dutch Barrel Organ will be piping its tunes. We have historical displays too, including wooden tulip making, the traditional way, with pedalled machinery.
Enjoy traditional Dutch fare with a range of market stalls including A Touch of Dutch with a great grocery selection. This weekend you can discover more than a million spring flowering bulbs on show, including almost a million Tulips. As you stroll explore our historic gardens, there is so much to see. Here is a list of daily tulip festival features.