The week in activities: 13 May


Gay Pride Parade, Western-style horse shows and medieval festivals: fun family acivities in Flanders and Brussels this week

Coudenberg Family Day

Discover the period of Charles V with activities for the whole family: crossbow shooting, Renaissance cuisine and medicinal herbs.

Also on the menu: historical dancing, games and more. 17 May 10.00-18.00, Coudenberg Museum, Paleizenplein 7, Brussels; €4-€6, free for under-18s

Blankenberge Harbour Festival

Celebration of traditional fishing culture on the Flemish coast: live music, folk dancing, harbour tours, activities for kids and more. North Sea Folk and Shanty Festival on Friday and Saturday. 14-17 May, Blankenberge harbour; free

Antwerp Tastes

Culinary festival on the banks of the Scheldt, with dozens of top chefs and restaurants. Entry price includes a drink. Most dishes €5 or €7.50.
14-17 May, Waagnatie, Rijnkaai 150, Antwerp; €5.50

Gay Pride Parade

The highlight of the Pride Festival is the colourful parade through the city centre. Pride Village opens at 12.30 and parade is officially launched at 14.00, followed by DJ sets and musical acts on the main stage.
16 May 12.00-00.00; Beursplein, Brussels; free


Medieval festival with activities for young and old: learn to swing a sword, shoot a bow, make candles or weave a basket. Tournaments, games and a medieval market, too.
16-17 May 11.00-18.00, ’t Hooghuis, Hemelshoek 235, Berlaar (Antwerp province); €7-€12, free for under-6s

Photo courtesy Coudenberg Museum

Rawhide Cup

Western-style horse show with riding competitions and demos. Saturday evening BBQ (€15, reservations required.) 16-17 May 9.00-19.00, Rawhide Ranch, Dikberg 29, Herentals (Antwerp province); free