The Tesselaar Tulip Festival has been on my list of things to do since I heard about it several months ago. You can imagine my delight when I won a double pass in a competition from CHILD Magazine.
It may just look like a bunch of flowers but the colours and shapes of tulips are truly mind blowing! A lot of work goes into setting up for the Tesselaar Tulip Festival as well. In Autumn 900,000 tulip bulbs are planted by machinery and 80,000 by hand. They are tended to in winter and emerge in spring. When the festival is over the flowers are removed and the foliage is allowed to fade naturally until it yellows. At that point the bulbs are removed and put into temperature controlled storage until the next Autumn.
I originally wanted to go during Dutch Weekend (for obvious reasons) but unfortunately the tulips were late to flower. The lovely folks at Tesselaar offered those that bought tickets and visited earlier on to come back for free but since our tickets were freebies I didn’t want to risk using them up.
The late blooming of the tulips was quite unfortunate but they handled it really well and kept everyone updated on the progress.
I waited patiently and regularly looked at the photos uploaded on the Tesselaar Tulip Festival Facebook page until they gave everyone the big thumbs up!
We decided to go on Sunday 1st October and I was not disappointed with the amount of tulips in bloom. It was the Food, Wine and Jazz weekend and we were given two complimentary sample tickets each that you could trade in for a sample of beer, wine or cider. This was a nice surprise on arrival and a relaxing start to the day.
What is There to Do at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival?
Special events include Children’s weekend, Dutch weekend, Turkish weekend, Irish weekend and Over the Rainbow, which compliments the Wizard of Oz theme they have going on. There is entertainment, food vans, music, face painting, a tulip tractor ride and plenty of windmills and clogs to pose in front of.
They are open every day until the 15th October from 10-5pm so there’s still a bit of time for you to check it out. If not add it to your to-do list for next year.
The following events are left:
October 2nd – 5th | Children’s’ Week
October 6th – 8th | Irish Weekend
October 11th – 15th | Tulipmania
Children (16 and under): Free, if accompanied by an adult
Dogs on lead are welcome and we saw lots of dogs there on the day.
More information on these events can be found on their website.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival with a Baby
Since Amelia is under 1 we weren’t fussed about specifically going during Children’s Weekend however if we go next year I most likely will as she’ll be a bit older.
The following things made the day out a suitable one for taking a baby:
Easy to push pram around the grounds. Obviously, you can’t push a pram in between the rows of tulips bit you can get up close, park the pram and then pull your bubba out for cute photos like this…
Parking was free. It was close and although there was a slight slope it was easy to push pram up to entrance.
Open from 10am-5pm so you can easily pick a time that works with naps.
There’s a small parent room with changing table and microwave. Even on a busy day I was able to get in and give Amelia quick feed and nappy change.
You are allowed to bring a picnic. There’s plenty of food vans but since I knew I wanted to eat naughty things like croquettes, I made Little Miss a packed lunch.
Plenty of seating or grassy areas to sit down for lunch or a break.
Very family friendly. There were heaps of prams, babies, toddlers and kids around.
It did drizzle for a bit and there are hardly any undercover areas. Luckily it eased off but if you’re taking the pram be sure to pack the rain cover just incase. We were there from 10am until about 3pm and the weather varied from drizzly, grey, sunny, chilly and warm!
I had an awesome day! Amelia and I went along with Stu, his parents, his sister and her daughter and husband. It was a really fun family day out that was something a bit out of the ordinary.
I’d love to make visiting the Tesselaar Tulip Festival a family tradition!
Disclosure: I won a double pass by entering a competition at CHILD Magazine. You can see the current competitions they are offering here.