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A festival felled by the C-virus we postpone the festival to September 3-5-2021.

So: Welcome to the New Dutch Wooden Boats Festival in the Netherlands held in Den Helder with lots of wooden boats on land and in the water. Every boat made with love by boat builders who have put their soul and heart into it.

We will celebrate this festival for the second time; the last one was a big hit!

Our event will take place on the premise of Willemsoord, the old Navy shipyard in the city of Den Helder, 1 hour north of Amsterdam. There are many maritime institutions on this shipyard like the Nautical Monuments Foundation that hosts many other foundations that honour the up keeping of a nautical monument, most of them steel, but also some made of wood.

Navy Museum and a SAR Museum are at Willemsoord too. Many of the members of these foundations will be invited for the festival.

With over 1000 m of wooden boats counted last year, we hope it might even get bigger!

What is the Dutch WoodenBoat Festival
The Dutch WoodenBoat Festival is the celebration of the existence of wooden boats for a very long time now. The oldest wooden boat ever lies in a Dutch museum and is about 10.000 years old.

Traditional aswell as contemporary build boats are welcome! Both represent an era of woodenboats from past to the present.

What can be expected?
Old wooden boats, new wooden boats, small and large, and everything in between; Amateur BoatBuilding Award; networking with builders and buyers/sellers, jobs, workshops, presentations, food and music or even works on a boat: maybe there will be a wooden boat on the slipway for a caulking job.

How can I register?
It is a free event and you only have to register when you come with your own wooden boat. Boat-owners who want to join and Businesses who want to have a stand at the festival are asked to register by sending an email with their details to info@dutchwoodenboatfestiival.nl