Here are some activities we were doing last years. The 2017 official program will be announced later.
The Program Belgium Summer Camp 2017
Tuesday 22 August
Preparty at HATIMs place in Bastogne
Wednesday 23 August
9 am: First arrive at the camp and building up the camp.
5 pm: Visiting Durbuy “the world smallest city” or and La Roche en Ardenne.
After 9 pm Party
Thursday 24 August
8-11 am breakfast.
1 pm Visiting Orval Abbey visit.
22 pm World music night
Friday 25 August
8-11 am breakfast.
1 pm La Chouffe Brewery with Marga
6 pm Drama workshop with Liza
8 pm Flunkyball Championship with Ola
10 pm Gipsy party, Dress up like a gipsy and don’t be a pussy
Saturday 26 august
12 am Canoeing
8 pm Music quiz
10 pm Latino Caribbean night
Sunday 27 august
8 – 12am Breakfast
12 am Acro Yoga with Osman
Chilling and cleaning day (instruction Hatim)
9pm Bonfire night
Monday 28 August
Leaving in the early morning (10 am).
The Medieval city of Durbuy, The world’s smallest city
You could say Durbuy itself is the main attraction in the camp area , with its postcard-prop narrow streets, blue-grey stone-buildings and fairytale castle, all shot through by the sparkling waters of the River Ourthe. But there are plenty of highlights set within its overall scenic splendour. Most start with Durbuy Castle, the sharp turreted-and-towered fort right at the heart of the city.
It has roots that go back to the 8th-century, but most of it was built in the 11th-century, and then reworked in the 17th. Perched on a mound above the Ourthe, it looks imposing enough from the outside – and unfortunately that’s all you’ll get to see. This private castle doesn’t open its doors to the public. Other architectural gems can be found, though, including the Halle aux Blés (or Wheat Hall) with its rare timber framing and unusual front gable.
The Medieval city of La Roche en Ardenne
The middle age city Located 70 km from Liège and 20 km from Marche-en-Famenne and from the camp site, is situated on both banks of the River Ourthe and is overlooked by its pretty medieval castle.High above the river, the Diester belvedere offers visitors superb panoramic views of the town and the Ourthe valley. La Roche-en-Ardenne welcomes visitors, with its two delightful bridges across the river, which link the two halves of the town and its wooded riverside walks. Its wild countryside will delight strollers, walkers and sporty types. It has a rich history of folklore, which is celebrated at the Bandas Festival and Ghost Festival, which all create a warmly welcoming atmosphere in the town. Markets are held in La Roche-en-Ardenne and its surrounding villages, where you can buy delicious, local, hand-made produce and craftwork.
The abbey is one of the most beautiful in Belgium. Founded in 1872 by the Benedictine order in a Neo-Gothic style, the abbey is architecturally unique. Maredsous is the name given to both the abbey beer and the Benedictine abbey, found near Denée, between Namur and Dinant. It’s the first Belgian abbey to re-establish its links with the country’s rich monastic past, after the destruction of the French Revolution (1789-1799).
Today, thirty-two monks live, pray and work in this pastoral location. They follow the Rule of St. Benedict – ‘ora et labora’ (pray and work) – a tradition that goes back to the year 529AD.
Unlike the trappists though, this abbey no longer has a brewery within its walls: since 1963 the Maredsous abbey beers have been brewed, under licence, by Duvel Moortgat. But while the monks may not be involved in the day-to-day brewing, the beers do still have an authentic abbey connection. The recipe comes from those of the original Benedictine beers, passed down over the centuries.
The abbey itself is an impressive structure, built in the neo-gothic style, and towering over the Molignée valley. Its buildings are emanate a strong sense of spirituality, calm which is quietly infectious. Here you can relax and enjoy the beautiful abbey gardens, soak up their tranquil atmosphere, and admire the natural splendour of the abbey’s setting.
Here, you will learn more about the beer, the cheeses and the traditions of the abbey. All Maredsous products can be purchased from the visitors’ centre and come in their own original gift wrapping. What may come as a surprise is that Maredsous is also a major centre of knowledge. The Bible Centre was set up in 1872, and has been housed in a separate building since 1947.
Belgium’s Ardennes region is the place to head to ride rivers. A great way of discovering the beauty and authentic character of the Belgian Ardennes is taking a kayak trip to discover the Ourth river villages! The river runs through the famous gorge of Herou, one of the nicest spots in Europe. Every year we make 10 km kayaking starting from La Roche to the little village ” jupille”. You also can make long distance kayaking: Nisramont-La Roche (21km), Maboge-La Roche (10km) or La Roche-Hotton (20km).
Price: 15€/person for half day kayaking, included shuttles and the rental of lifejackets. Different outdoor activities are also available in La Roche, check this check this for more details
Ps: This activity might be cancelled if the water level is too low and thus the government forbids any navigation.
Year after year we get addicted to this game. Never heard about it? Check this.
About the rules you get all the explanations at the camp ground. The winners will be awarded.
The chocolate manufacturer ”Defroidmont”
Charming little chocolate shop and museum that sell mouthwatering home made bonbons, you can even visit the small factory. Tasting is offered as you enter, many other local products and very friendly people.
While walking around the museum with the lovely smell of hot chocolate filling your nostrils, you will discover the history of the company and travel through the world of chocolate. At the workshop, you will find out about the different stages of manufacturing, from the cocoa bean to the chocolate itself. The Defroidmont chocolate factory and the museum are both located in Erezée, 20 km away.
6997 Erezée, Belgique
Entrance to the museum costs 5,50 euros/person includes a praline tasting. Special price for groups.
La chouffe Brewery
The story of Brasserie d’Achouffe starts something like a ‘Belgian dream’. It is the year 1982. Two brothers-in-law start up a microbrewery in a dilapidated cowshed. Around ten thousand people who visit the brewery every year, La chouffe beer pulls in the crowds, at the annual Grande Choufferie feasts in August, the Chouffe Cycling weekend and at the Mountain Bike World Cup in nearby Houffalize. L’ Achouffe beer suits a wide range of cuisine, both simple, traditional dishes, as well as some more complex and refined recipes. The beer also goes well with unpasteurised cow’s cheeses such as the Fleur d’Audresselles from Northern France, and the Beaufort Haut Alpage originating from the Savoie region. Ath the end of the brewery visiting, you also can have a break at the brewery restaurant where you can tast recipes based on salmon, mussels, oysters, dried ham and bacon. Also recommended as accompaniments: roast chicory, mushrooms and recipes including sweet soy sauce or prunes.
La Fantôme brewery
Near the town of Soy-Érezée, in the Wallonia region of southeastern Belgium, stands a spooky little brewery called Fantôme. According to legend, the brewery’s namesake (fantôme is French for “ghost”) is the spirit of Countess Berthe de La Roche who was kidnapped and murdered on her wedding night by a jealous cross-dressing rival, He can still be seen haunting the old castle ruins in a commune 15 miles south of the brewery.
Visit: 4€/person upon advance booking, included a glass of beer
The Orval Abbey
Built in the 12th Century, the Abbey of Notre-Dame d’Orval takes the visitors around the ruins of the abbey, the museum constructed at the beginning of the 18th century, as well as the garden of medicinal plants. Beer and cheese are made at the abbey.
As is the case with all the Trapists, tours of the brewery itself are not on offer at Orval abbey. There is a mystique to preserve, after all.
The Orval Museum does a great job of depicting the history of the abbey, and its famous brew. The early chapters of Orval’s story are covered – including some of the first Trappist beer-marketing materials. Art deco objects have been put on display, serving to remind of the artistry involved in advertising ‘back-in-the-day’.
During the visit you will get an audiovisual presentation of the history of the monastery and of the present-day life of the Community (approx.20 minutes), access to the ruins of the medieval abbey, the Museum housed in the foundations of the 18th century buildings, the pharmaceutical Museum and the medicinal herb-garden.
Please check back the abbey website to get the lastest updates about the visits and the prices.