General visitor information
October 20th, 2017, the Battle for Grolle will once again commence.
During 3 days and nights the whole town of Groenlo will breathe the spirit of the Battle for Grolle and you as a visitor can expect to see a chockfull, exciting and beautiful program. Between 10:00AM and 5:00PM the center of the town will be a pedestrian only area, where you can experience the every day life, watch children activities, enjoy great dining in style, while following the Battle for Grolle.
Of course you are also welcome during the nightly hours to experience the year 1627. The mystical torch procession through the streets of Groenlo is something one should experience at least once in a lifetime! The procession starts at 8:00PM. Friday- and Saturday evening, lots of food, drinks and entertainment are offered not only on the central square but also in all the surroundings streets of Groenlo city center.
Every day life
Fancy yourself back in the year 1627. All streets are decorated and everywhere you’ll encounter the best entertainment. Not only citizens from Groenlo, but also professional entertainment groups are moving along the streets, creating a beautiful and authentic atmosphere. Complete ranches and even a windmill contribute to the complete experience. The food service industry is also turning back to 1627, with cooking pots on wooden fires, a traveling goods market, and by serving food as if it were still 1627. There is also a marketplace with demonstrations of old trades and sales of local products.
The Battle for Grolle is just the perfect trip for a day out with the family. Scattered throughout the town, all kinds of children activities are available for the kids to join in. The kids can also play, to their heart’s content, at the scouting group terrain where the “Harmen en Bregje” play is performed and where they can watch how children played in 1627. When this is also combined with a visit to the firing range, where you and your kids can watch ‘real’ soldiers in battle, their day out will be one to remember for a long time.
Battle for Grolle/Firing range
Throughout the day you can watch demonstrations on the firing range, explore the trenches, watch riots, skirmishes and fights between the re-enactors of the Spanish- and Dutch (“Staatse”) side. Over 1400 re-enactors will be fighting, divided over the Spanish- and Staatse side, the Staatse side under the leadership of Frederik Hendrik. Fights with roaring canons, peaks, rapiers and muskets, and with 22 horses, specially trained for these kinds of conditions. Will Frederik Hendrik succeed in recapturing Grol from the Spaniards?
At 8:00PM, when night falls, thousands of citizens and re-enactors in style will walk in a long procession with lighted torches through the streets of Groenlo. This special event should not be missed. The torchlight procession is mythical and impressive and will stay in your memory for a long time. Be there!
Wining and dining
Spread throughout the town center, as well as near the firing range, numerous eateries and drinking facilities are available. There will also be mobile food markets on wheels that will try and sell their food and drinks, like it was done in 1627. Chefs take care of preparing snacks and meals, like in the days of 1627. By the way the local currency is a special Battle for Grolle coin, available at several point of sales.
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