From Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October the Old Dutch Fair will once again dominate the Outdoor Museum. During this festive week children, parents and grandparents alike can enjoy free olde-worlde fairground attractions from the 1920s, such as a swan whirligig, an air swing, a merry-go-round and a try-your-strength machine. Of course the attractions also include candy floss and popcorn stalls in case you feel peckish.
And there will also be a snug games cafe with all kinds of board games of bygone days such as game of goose, chess and ludo.
The Zuiderzee Museum aims to keep crafts alive and this season they receive even more attention within the context of the central theme Handmade. In the Outdoor Museum, visit the workshops of the fish smoker, sailmaker, ropemaker, netmaker, smith, cooper, stoker and basket weaver. Find out how it is that even today their craftsmanship is of great value and get to work on these trades yourself! In a pavilion designed especially for this year, you can set to work with typical Zuiderzee materials. Discover your creative talents and artisanal qualities. A great experience!
The Museum ferry will take you on the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum, where you can make a walk through history. Go for a stroll on the cobbled streets along more than 140 authentic dwellings, shops and workshops from villages round the former Zuiderzee including a chapel and a fish smoking shed. Give craftsmen in the Marken harbour a hand making nets, make a rope in the special workshop, give the housemaid a hand or have a chat with the Urk 'residents'. On the city canal there is a dressing-up chest with colourful traditional costumes that the children can put on. Join the family in a 1920s household for a meal or tuck into a lovely fresh-smoked fish.
A number of presentations offers modern interpretations of traditional techniques, materials and themes, such as Richard Hutten's Zuiderzee Chair in the chapel.