Quilt Festival Noord Groningen 2021

Groningen Quilt Show 2021
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An Escorted Tour to the wonderful Quilt Festival Noord Groningen 

10 - 13 June 2021  The Netherlands

If you would like to be kept informed on the 2021 tour, please get in touch and let us know.   

Marjan and Rob Ruitenberg launched the Quiltfestival Noord Groningen in 2010 out of their shared passion for quilting. Nine years on, it has grown into a biennial celebration of the art of quilting that draws visitors and exhibitors from across the world. The 2021 edition, the largest yet, will feature traditional, art and experimental quilts by more than 30 outstanding artists from around the world. Their work will be shown in 25 venues, ranging from medieval churches to village halls and windmills, across the area. This year's highlights include two Modern Quilt exhibitions, a fashion show featuring traditional Staphorst costume, demonstrations, workshops and, of course, stalls selling a wide variety of textile accessories. 

The location is rather extraordinary too. Set in the North East tip of the Netherlands, 119 miles from Amsterdam, North Groningen borders the UNESCO world heritage site of Waddenzee. It is an area of wide open, flat landscapes where the horizon is broken by villages clustered around pretty medieval churches. Textile fans will be interested to learn that, in the 19th C, the region was known for its distinctive samplers embroidered in black thread. Groningen itself is a vibrant, cultured University city and our programme allows plenty of time to explore.



Waterfall installation by Hilde van Schaardenburg

ATOL Protected travelling with ECT

The eponymous capital of this northern region is an historic and vibrant city filled with historic monuments, lively cafes and great shopping opportunities.

Designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Mendini, the Groninger Museum is a treat inside and out. Modern and contemporary art sits alongside a world-renowned collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.

Groninger Museum

The Martini Tower is another architectural highlight. 100m high, it is the city's tallest building and offers spectacular views of Groningen and its surrounding landscape.

Grote Markt, the main square in the heart of the city, is home not only to the Martini Tower, but also the impressive 18th century City Hall and plenty of cafes where you can soak up the atmosphere.

Groningen Markt Square

Shoppers should head for the streets surrounding Grote Markt. Folkingestraat is filled with lifestyle shops, galleries and characterful cafes, while the two streets that make up Kromme Elleboog offer high end clothes, jewellery and art. Oude Kijk In't Jatstraat, close to the University, is the best place to find vintage treasures and independent boutiques. 

World Heritage Site Schokland is a unique combination of cultural history and nature. A place between land and water, in the middle of the Noordoostpolder, the 160 archeological  sites in the area show traces of human habitation going back 10,000 years. 

Museum Schokland takes visitors on a journey from the ice age to the present day, bringing the history of the region to life. Highlights of the collection include several prehistoric footprints, the remnants of ancient habitations and a reconstruction of a wooden palisade. 

Schokland Museum

Located in a 19th century warehouse, this charming museum's impressive textile gallery includes a collection of lace dating back to the 17th century and a unique series of European lace pillows. 

We have arranged a private guided tour of the collection, including a special exhibition that includes quilts which tell the story of Dutch Indonesia through the memories of those of who made them.

Museum Pakhuis Koophandel

This centuries-old fishing village with its red and white lighthouse is a charming place to relax and enjoy a lunch of local delicacies. 


The 4* Apollo Hotel is located in La Liberte, a prominent building on the city's skyline designed by the French architect Dominique Perrault. 20 minutes from Grote Markt, the hotel's streamlined, modern bedrooms (all with tea and coffee-making facilities, air conditioning and a lounge area) 24/7 bar and fitness centre make it the perfect base for this tour.

Apollo Hotel Groningen

Day One, 10th June

Approx 1200h - arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol airport where you will be met by your Tour Manager and begin the journey to Groningen.

Lunch stop at Urk

1530 - arrive at Museum Pakhuis Koophandel, Leeuwarden. Welcome tea/coffee and cake on arrival.

1545 - guided tour of the collection, including a special exhibition that includes quilts which tell the story of Dutch Indonesia through the memories of those of who made them. There will also be some quilting demonstrations taking place. After the tour you will have time to shop for materials

1700 - depart museum and onward travel to Groningen

Approx 1800 - arrive 4* Apollo Hotel, Groningen  

Evening - group dinner at the hotel

Day Two, 11th June

Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Noord Groningen for a full day at the Quilt Festival

Day Three, 12th June

Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Noord Groningen for a full day at the Quilt Festival

Evening - group dinner at the hotel and speciality workshop with Herma de Ruiter. 

Day Four, 13th June

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning at leisure to explore Groningen

Late morning - check out of the hotel and transfer to Schokland

Lunch at Schokland

Afternoon - continue on to Amsterdam Schiphol for return flights to the UK

Tour ends


Flight to Amsterdam with KLM

Flights with KLM

Outbound into Amsterdam Schiphol Thursday 10th June 2021

  • London Heathrow: Depart Heathrow 0840h > Arrive Amsterdam 1100h                 
  • Birmingham: Depart Birmingham 0915h > Arrive Amsterdam 1130h                            
  • Manchester: Depart Manchester 0900h > Arrive Amsterdam 1115h                               
  • Bristol: Depart Bristol 0920h > Arrive Amsterdam 1135h                                          

Inbound from Amsterdam Schiphol: Sunday 13th June 2021

  • London Heathrow: Depart Amsterdam 2030h > Arrive Heathrow 2055h
  • Birmingham: Depart Amsterdam 2105h > Arrive Birmingham 2120h
  • Manchester:Depart Amsterdam 2115h > Arrive Manchester 2135h
  • Bristol:  Depart Amsterdam 2200h> Arrive Bristol 2210h

Key Legislation

Additional information:

  • This tour requires a minimum of 10 passenger refer to point 7 in our booking conditions

  • Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking

  • Please ensure you have a valid passport (at least six months from the date of travel) and visa (if travelling on a non-EU passport)

  • Travel insurance is required 

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Fly Dutch quilt tour 2020 KLM

Fly from Heathrow  £795pp
Fly from Birmingham £790pp
Fly from Manchester £780pp
Fly from Bristol £790pp

Price without flights (meet us at Schipol or at the hotel): £625 

Single Room Supplement: £120

Tour Includes

  • Return flights to Amsterdam
  • 3 nights bed & breakfast at 4* Apollo Hotel, Groningen
  • 2 evening dinners at the hotel
  • Local transfers throughout the programme
  • Services of an accompanying ECT tour manager
  • Entry to Quiltfestival Noord Groningen
  • Specialist quilt workshop with Herma de Ruiter
  • Entry to Pakhuis Museum and guided tour with tea and cake
  • Entry to Schokland Museum
  • Lunch at Schokland