What’s on: D-Day remembered at the coast, medieval magic & a festival of food

Summary

A new exhibition looks back at a lesser-known campaign of the Second World War, while there’s plenty to keep all the family amused – and well-fed – outdoors this weekend

Operation North Sea

As Europe looks back to the D-Day landings of 75 years ago, a new exhibition in Zeebrugge created by the War Heritage Institute does the same.

Operation North Sea 1944-45 at Seafront maritime theme park follows the liberators from Normandy to the Belgian coast in a crucial operation that brought the Allies access to the port of Antwerp and liberated the Scheldt river. Photos, maps, videos and other objects tell the story, with pride of place going to a 15-ton anti-aircraft gun from the HMS Roberts, which was involved in the 6 June landings in Normandy. 8 June to 3 January 2021, Seafront, Vismijnstraat 7, Zeebrugge

Sage van de Eenhoorn

Step back even further in time at De Sage van de Eenhoorn (the Saga of the Unicorn) at Hasselt’s Herkenrode Abbey, a magical medieval spectacle for knights of all ages (pictured above). On the programme: puppet shows, a jousting tournament, music from wandering minstrels, sword fights, fortune tellers, acrobats, medieval dancing, unicorn rodeo, archery, storytelling and all manner of arts and crafts. And since it coincides with Father’s Day, there’s a surprise in store for dads too. 9 June, Abdijsite Herkenrode, Hasselt

SuperVliegSuperMouche

 

The arrival of the ever-creative family festival SuperVliegSuperMouche heralds the beginning of summer in Brussels. Among the highlights of this two-day event in Forest Park are a soapbox derby, climbing wall, street theatre, pancakes cooked on a contraption made entirely from recycled materials, circus acts, hands-on workshops for kids of all ages and tricycles powered by screams (pictured above). There’s a focus on recycling and ecology, and parents can hang out at the park’s resident summer bar. And best of all, it’s absolutely free. 8-9 June, Forest Park, Brussels

Hap food truck festival

 

Finally, Mechelen’s De Nekker provincial park becomes one giant restaurant this weekend, courtesy of Hap food truck festival, the biggest of its kind in the country. Twenty trucks serving food and drinks from across the world will be there – from Cuba and Tibet to US street food and Spanish churros – and there’s a packed programme of street theatre and live music plus workshops and places for kids to run wild. Can’t make it this weekend? The event will be showing up in a further 12 towns and cities across Flanders before the end of the summer. 8-10 June, De Nekker, Nekkerspoel-Borcht 19, Mechelen

Photo (top) © Roland Hermans
Photo (centre) © Firmakodde