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2018

Saturday

14 September

2019

Two days discovery of Ostbelgien

Our 2-day outing in the Eastern part of Belgium will give us the opportunity to discover famous nature spots, rich merchant houses and romantic castles. It will also give us sufficient time to get acquainted with the region’s history, economy and institutions.

Wednesday

26 June

2019

The Brussels Ommegang

The Ommegang on the Grand Place in Brussels is one of the most interesting and unexpected aspects of Brussels' history, enacted by some 1400 participants dressed up in dazzling historical costumes.

Tuesday

18 June

2019

2019 UK Trip to Essex and Suffolk – June 18-23

This is to give you advance notice that the 2019 UK Trip to visit National Trust Properties will take place from June 18 to 22 and will visit Essex and Suffolk.

Saturday

08 June

2019

Explore Tervuren

Save the date! This is a preliminary programme - Full details will follow soon.

Saturday

18 May

2019

The City and the Citadel of Namur

The Citadel of Namur, 100 m above the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Sambre, is one of Europe's great fortifications. We will visit the information centre “Terra Nova” and the huge underground tunnel system, 'The Termite Mound of Europe' as Napoleon once called it.

Saturday

27 April

2019

The Port of Zeebrugge and its idyllic hinterland.

With the Brexit conundrum raging on both sides of the Channel, nothing more timely than a visit of the Port of Zeebruges, Belgium’s most important gateway for traffic to and from the UK.

Saturday

23 March

2019

Testimonies of the Cold and the Great war

The Kemmel Command Bunker in Dranouter and the Talbot House in Poperinge.

Saturday

16 February

2019

Mechelen : Capital of the Burgundian Netherlands

We visit the historic city of Mechelen and its recently renovated Museum 'Hof van Busleyden' which is housed in a magnificent Renaissance 'hôtel'.

Saturday

08 December

2018

The Port House, Antwerp – End of Year Event

The Port House is the head office of the Antwerp Port Authority. The new building symbolise the dynamic, reliable, ambitious and innovative nature of the Port of Antwerp.

Saturday

17 November

2018

Mons – Great War Commemoration 1914

In British historical writing the Battle of Mons is an unlikely victory against overwhelming odds, similar to the English victory at Agincourt. Mons gained a myth, the Angels of Mons, the phantom longbowmen from Agincourt, who saved the British Army.

Saturday

06 October

2018

An Emblematic Castle & A Windmill

Belgium is a land of castles but if you wish to discover one of the oldest, one of the best preserved, still with a moat as castles should be, you have to come with us to Corroy-le-Château.

Saturday

29 September

2018

Magical Gardens of Hainaut

Francis Peeters and Guy Vandesande, who present the weekly garden show on RTBF “Jardins et Loisirs”, will guide us through their 40 are “Amoena Garden”. After lunch we discover the “Gardens of the World” in the “Domaine de Cambron”.

Friday

14 September

2018

London Weekend, Sept 14-17

Eurostar from Brussels Midi to St Pancras. Accommodation in the residence of the Imperial College in South Kensington. Weekend price is about €680 ppers sharing a double room, with a supplement of €95 for a single.

Tuesday

19 June

2018

England’s Three Counties: June 19-24

More than thirty members of the association, under the watchful eye of Carole Ducastel, toured an exciting variety of places in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Review by Colin Puplett

Saturday

09 June

2018

A colony of artists in a rural village

The region between Ghent and Deinze, where the river Leie meanders through woody marshland, played a crucial role in the development of 20th C Belgian art. Come with us to Deinze, Latem and Deurle for a discovery.

Saturday

05 May

2018

Surprising Chimay

Chimay, one of Belgium's smallest towns, is reputed for its typical landscape, its historic castle and the famous “Trappist“ ale, brewed at the “Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont”.

Saturday

21 April

2018

Herkenrode Arboretum and AGM

Father Damien of Molokai and the famous arboretum of Herkenrode, including the private estate of Viscount Philippe de Spoelberch, a renowned dendrologist. The Annual General Meeting for NTAB-members will take place at lunch time.

Saturday

17 March

2018

Clocks and Carriages

A handsome Art Deco house in Schaarbeek provides the setting for a unique collection of ceramic mantlepiece clocks. Next stop is the Train World museum at the Schaarbeek Station, where we have lunch and discover the social history of train travel.

Saturday

17 February

2018

Antwerp: Butchers, Music and Art

We shall be in the centre of Antwerp all day: first at the Vleeshuis Museum, a museum on 600 years of music and dance in the city. After lunch we move on to the Wolsack in the Oude Beurs (17-18th C), which has recently been renovated.

Saturday

09 December

2017

End of Year Festive Gathering

We will close this year’s activities on December 9th in the prestigious setting of the Academy Palace, in the centre of Brussels. We visit the apartments of the Prince of Orange and have a tour of the rest of the palace and its gardens, followed by a drink.

Saturday

18 November

2017

Kortrijk, Golden Spurs and Golden River

During the Middle Ages, the town boomed thanks to the flax and wool trade with France and England. We visit the the Golden Spurs Museum, the beguinage and the Textile Museum, which tells the story of the raise and fall of the flax industry along the Golden Leie river.

Saturday

21 October

2017

Celebrating 20 years of the NTAB

Celebrations will start at 3 o’clock with a seated session at the Château. From 4 until 5 o’clock there will be a guided tour of the Château - where the negotiations leading to the original Treaties of Rome took place. A drink at about 5 o’clock will close the day.

Saturday

30 September

2017

Pearls of Haspengouw / Hasbaye

Our day will start in Kerniel, a formerly independent municipality of Borgloon. There the Mariënlof Abbey excels by its tranquil and timeless beauty and authenticity. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the Castle of Duras and its English landscape garden.

Friday

08 September

2017

Eclectic London, from 16th century politics, through Marx to Multiculturalism

Tuesday

20 June

2017

Come with us to the Welsh Marches!

Saturday

03 June

2017

Mons: Past Glories and Revival

Saturday

20 May

2017

The Rubens Castle or “ het Steen “ in Elewijt

Saturday

22 April

2017

History and gastronomy in the land of Breughel around Brussels

Saturday

18 March

2017

Oudenaarde – Ancient City of Art

Saturday

18 February

2017

Antwerp humanists: Christophe Plantin and Nicolaas Rockox

Saturday

10 December

2016

End of year festive gathering at the Boesdaalhoeve

Sunday

13 November

2016

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Saturday

15 October

2016

The British Connections in Bruges

Saturday

17 September

2016

Mushrooms, wine and history in Haspengouw

Tuesday

21 June

2016

Be Inspired by the Lake District

Saturday

11 June

2016

One exceptional site and two original gardens

Saturday

21 May

2016

Two charming gardens in the undulating landscape of Walloon-Brabant

Saturday

23 April

2016

Three Centuries in a day – Canal trip and the Domaine de Seneffe

Saturday

19 March

2016

Turnhout: success story of the early and late industrial revolution

Saturday

20 February

2016

Art Nouveau and Folklore in Schaarbeek

Saturday

12 December

2015

Year End Reception in the Egmont Palace

Our traditional Year End reception will this year take place in Brussels historical Egmont Palace. We will start with a short lecture about this famous palace, followed by a guided visit of the main rooms and a festive reception.

Saturday

07 November

2015

The cosmopolitan character of Antwerp through the centuries

Over the course of the 19th century the development of the port of Antwerp attracted a sizeable number of Germans to the city. Many were involved in banking, shipping and commerce and made a valuable contribution towards the rapid growth of the port.

Saturday

17 October

2015

The glamorous past of a Borinage town

Today, Catteau-Keramis ceramics are collectors’ items. After our visit you will recognize them at first glance in museums all over the world.

Wednesday

16 September

2015

The Battle of Waterloo in perspective

Our day on the battlefield will be a very different experience from the normal tourist visit. Our visit will be led by a Waterloo historian and official 1815 guide, Michael Farrar, who will begin with a talk in the morning putting the scene in perspective.

Tuesday

23 June

2015

2015 UK trip: The Anglo-Scottish Border

The Scottish Borders is a region often overlooked by visitors to the UK’s most northern country; wrongly so in our opinion for it is one of great beauty. Its main features are the bubbling River Tweed, which offers great salmon fishing, and the Southern Uplands.

Saturday

06 June

2015

From Castle to Cottage – Beauvoorde and De Panne

For this event we have worked closely with Herita, the organisation created recently to promote the heritage of Flanders.

Saturday

16 May

2015

The Land of the Painter David Teniers

David Teniers immortalized Perk and its surroundings in paintings to be found in museums all over the world.

Saturday

25 April

2015

Handcrafted Stained Glass and Outsiders’Art in a Psychiatric lnstitute

We invite you for a discovery tour by public transport in Ghent to visit, firstly, a stained glass workshop hidden in the historic centre and, secondly, Belgium's oldest psychiatric hospital that also houses a museum and an extraordinary collection of art.

Sunday

22 March

2015

Two Unusual Art Centres in Brussels

Reserve your first Sunday of spring for the guided visit (English and Dutch/French) of two original and rather recent artistic centres in Brussels: the Wiels museum of contemporary art in Forest and the lnstitute Bruno Lussato - Marina Fédier in Uccle.

Saturday

28 February

2015

The Restoration of the National Trust’s Historic Garden – A lecture by Richard Wheeler

Richard Wheelers talk will look at the restoration of National Trust gardens over the last 40 years.

Saturday

20 September

2014

Beloeil: a French castle with a magnificent Baroque garden

Beloeil is the ancestral home of Prince Charles Joseph de Ligne (b.Brussels 1735 - d.Vienna 1814), a real bon vivant who befriended Goethe, Rousseau, Voltaire and even Casanova. The interior has fine furniture and an art collection.