Events & Concerts

Historical Events

During the opening season various (historical) events are organized, such as the Knight’s Tournament (29 & 30 June), Brederodes Dutch Golden Age with the 17th century wedding of Lord Joan Wolfert (24 & 25 August) and Halloween (31 October).

Birds of prey

Falconer Martin from will be present at Castle Brederode with his birds a few times a year. A great opportunity to come closer to these fascinating animals. The next time the falconer will be at the castle is on Sunday 29 September 2019. Admission: € 5,- (children <4 years free).

Falconer Martin is also giving  a number of owl workshops for children. During this workshop children will come in direct contact with the owls under supervision of the falconer. The lifestyle of these beautiful birds of prey is also told. A fun, educational afternoon, suitable for children from 4 to 12 years old, provided they can attend without supervision of their parents. Rate € 10,- per child. In the meantime (grand)parents can have a drink at the outer bailey or, at a normal rate, visit the castle.
The next workshop will be on October 5th 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Please register in advance. This will be possible from Thursday 5 September 2019 via regio Haarlem (Dutch).


Regurlarly during the opening season concerts are given in the castlegarden or, by bad weather, in the cozy donjon by the cracking fire.

Every first sunday of the month,  with the exeption of May and August, the Sunday Concerts take place.
Time: 11 am – 12 noon (door opens at 10.30 am). Admission € 5,-, children 0-3 years free of charge. Afterwards the hat goes around for the artist(s). You can make reservations via regio Haarlem.

The next Sunday Concert will be on 1 September 2019: Cigale with close harmony.

Ruïne Bewoond

Some medieval residents of Castle Brederode come to life this year and will be present at the castle for a number of weekends. These can be the nobles, but also the craftsmen of the castle. They walk around in their medieval clothes, having a chat with the visitors, help with the catering or do some other work.
Entrance fee: € 5,- (children 0-3 years free of charge). The next ‘Ruine Bewoond’ will be on 21 & 22 September 2019. The other dates are listed on the Kalender 2019 (Dutch).

Exhibition Torture Instruments

The exhibition ‘Torture Instruments’ can be seen in the upper room of the donjon of Castle Brederode. The re-enactment group ‘Knights of Camelot’ had lent this special collection of (Medieval) torture instruments, like the Judas cradle or the guillotine.

We advise parents to visit this exhibition only with children over 8 years of age.

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Guided tours

During the opening season tour guides will be present at a regular basis. Most tours are in the Dutch language. If you ask the guide he or she will translate, but it depends on the guide.
Also, children’s tours are given in Dutch by Aagje the Storyteller or Rob the Castleguard. The next children’s tour is on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 2 pm. Reservations via regio Haarlem.

Admission: € 5,-, children 0-3 years free of charge.

Guided tours on request

The tours are for groups from 8 to 15 people per tour guide. Per requered tour guide € 50,- extra is charged on top of the regular admission price. Please contact us if you want to request a guided tour.

Please note that during the tour there are several steps and spiral stairs.

Other Activities & Events

The (private) activities below are only during the opening season. From November to the end of February the castle is closed.

Exhibition about the 18 Lords of Brederode
In the former storage cellars of the castle are panels with information (in Dutch) about the history of the Lords of Brederode.

Exhibition Archeological Finds
Below in the chapel tower is a small exhibition of objects from earlier times, found around Castle Brederode. A scale model is there as well, which gives an impression of how the castle may have looked like.

Event location
The garden, the courtyard or the donjon with fireplace; they are wonderful places to organize a concert, festival, private party or other events. Contact us for more information.

Wedding location
Castle Brederode has been designated as an official wedding location by the municipality of Velsen. It is a beautiful location for a wedding ceremony, reception or wedding photo’s. Contact us for more information.

Children’s parties
The castle is an exciting place for children’s parties. You can arrange this party yourself or you can leave it to us to organize it for you. For more information see the page ‘Kinderpartijtjes‘ (Dutch).
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Schoolgroups are also welcome at Castle Brederode. More information can be found on the page ‘Activiteiten voor scholen‘ (Dutch).

Cycling and walking tours
Castle Brederode is located on the edge of the dunes of the province Noord-Holland. Many hiking and cycling tours go along the castle. It offers an ideal place for a coffee- or tea stop. See the tourist sites on ‘Interessante links‘.

If you have other ideas for an activity, please contact Rob Kortekaas, one of the managers.

T 06 12412092 (Monday till Saturday between 9 am and 6 pm, other hours in emergencies only)

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