Events & Concerts

Historical Events

During the opening season various (historical) events are organized, such as the Knight’s Tournament, the Dutch Day of the Castle, Brederodes Dutch Golden Age, the Archeology Days and Halloween.

On 29 and 30 June 2019 the Knight’s Tournament Brederode will be held at Brederode Castle. A real tournament with the cooperation of various re-enactment groups from the Netherlands and abroad. The components include sword fighting and skill testing. But the most spectacular will be the jousting: knights in armor who try to stab each other of their horses with a lance. There are also weapon demonstrations and medieval crafts.

Both days from 11 am to 5 pm.
Entrance fee: € 7,50 (children 4-11 years € 5,-, children 0-3 years free of charge).

Urgent request to the visitors to come by public transport. The railwaystations Santpoort-Zuid and Santpoort-Noord are close by. On Saturdays bus 481 stops at busstop ‘Anna van Saksenlaan’.

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 14 July 2019, from 1 pm. Entrance fee: €5,- (children 0-3 years free of charge).

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.
Check our website for the next owl workshop. Reservation required. This is possible to no later than one day in advance via regio Haarlem. Note: there is no waiting list. A friendly request not to call or mail us in case there is no more place left.


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. 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 2 June 2019: harpist Yolanthe Cornelisse.



On 24 August 2019 a Spanish Gypsy Summerconcert with Mónica Coronado & Manito. The past years they performed succesfully at Brederode Castle with their own music and songs from other artists. Pure and with passion!

Mónica Coronado was born in Barcelona. She sings with her clear voice the stories she has collected during her travels as a musician. Songs about love, struggle and incomprehension.

The Gypsy Flamencoguitarist Manito plays the Spanish guitar with passion, in various styles and influences. He also plays other strings like the láud (Spanish lute).

Time: 8.30 pm. Tickets € 12,50 (please only cash). Reservations via or call 06 23259107.

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 25 & 26 May 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, monthly children’s tours are given in Dutch by Aagje the Storyteller or Rob the Castleguard. The next children’s tour is on Sunday 28 April 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.

Kennemer Story Festival

On Saturday evening 11 May and Sunday 12 May 2019 the annual Kennemer Story Festival will be held in and near Castle Brederode. This time the festival is all about the year 1573. The 80-Years War, the Dutch independance war, is in full swing and Haarlem is besieged by the Spaniards. The Spanish soldiers are stationed in Castle Brederode.
Keep in mind that this festival is in the Dutch language.

On Saturday evening, before the break, Ingrid Bartels and Andrea Roosen will play two Haarlem women, who experience the siege of Haarlem from the inside. How to survive? Guy Recourt will be the host of a historical quiz. Yolanthe Cornelisse provides the musical intermezzos with her harp playing. Finally the Haarlem storyteller Monique Veelenturf takes the listeners to the city of Haarlem in 1573.
After the break, harpist Yolanthe Cornelisse and storyteller Piet Parée from Santpoort will tell the new musical story ‘De Schat van de Spanjaardsberg’ (The treasure of the Spanjaardsberg). A story that takes partly place in Brederode Castle.
Time: 8 pm. Admission: € 10,-

Two story sessions will be held on Sunday afternoon for young and old.
Ingrid Bartels, Andrea Roosen and Guy Recourt will tell the story of Koen the Knight. Monique Veelenturf knows all about the story of the children Krijn and Klaartje, who are trapped in besieged Haarlem. Yolanthe Cornelisse will tell an interactive musical story, in which the audience, young and old, can participate.
Time: 1.30 pm and 3 pm. Admission: € 5.-

Reservations for both days can be made via regio Haarlem.
See also the websites of  Monique Veelenturf and Piet Parée .

Special Children’s Book Tour

Since 2017 Angelique is, together with Rob Kortekaas, the manager of Castle Brederode. Once it was a large castle, where the rich and powerful Lords of Brederode used to live. And she knows about every Lord an interesting story and writes a children’s book about them. Join Angelique with a tour through the castle and let her tell you about the last bookchapter she wrote.

The next dates: 28 April, 26 May and 23 June 2019 from 3 pm to 4 pm. For reservations see regio Haarlem.
Fee: € 5,- per person including entrance Castle Brederode. For children 8-14 years.

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 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 (between 9 am and 6 pm, other hours in emergencies only)

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