Deventer is one of those beautiful medieval towns located on the east bank of the IJssel in The Netherlands. Known for delicious gingerbread Deventer Koek and it’s annual Dickens festival – this is one of those little Dutch towns you cannot miss. If you’ve read 20 Photos To Inspire You To Visit Deventer and are in search of more Deventer inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re visiting in July, August or December (highly recommended!), there is always something to do.
Here are three events you absolutely cannot miss in Deventer!
July: Deventer Op Stelten
The centre of Deventer is transformed in July to what can best be described as a huge theatre! “Deventer Op Stelten” or “Deventer on Stilts” is a weekend long outdoor theatre festival. Actors and artists give free performances in the streets and on the Brink square. The catch? All actors must use stilts during their acts!
August: Deventer Boekenmarkt
The first Sunday in August is the best time to be in Deventer for book lovers! It’s at this time that Deventer hosts Europe’s biggest book market! The Deventer Boekenmarkt or Book Market hosts some 900 stalls, all of which are overflowing with books, magazines and postcards. Walk for close to 6 kilometres of cobblestoned streets lined with books! Um… yes please! Sounds like any book lovers dream come true!
December: Dickens Festival
If you’re a Charles Dickens fan then you’re going to love the Dickens Festival in Deventer! The entire town comes to life as locals dress up as characters from the works of Charles Dickens. You’ll see some of the oldest streets and alleyways in the city converted to the Victorian era! It’s as if you’ve stepped back in time!