Postcards From Amsterdam is an international event hosted by Girlguiding North East England for Guides, Rangers, 18-30 members, Leaders and Trefoil. The Girlguiding North East England Board of Trustees met on Thursday 16th April to consider the viability of our upcoming events and they have taken the decision to postpone Postcards from Amsterdam. (Due to take place 20 February 2021.)
The Trustees considered the financial difficulties faced by many, the uncertainty of travel at this time and the concerns expressed about organising bookings whilst units aren’t meeting and it was agreed that Postcards from Amsterdam be postponed to 2022. We hope this change will give units a better opportunity to plan wonderful adventures around the event.
All the information given will remain available on this web page but bookings will not open on 30 April. A new date will be confirmed later this year. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved the planning of this event so far and look forward to making it the highlight of 2022!
Download and print this page: Information Sheet
With world-class museums, quirky canals and colourful houses, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam! There are over 800,000 bicycles, picture-perfect canals and endless opportunities to learn about heritage. Floating along the canals by guided boat tour is a great way to get under the fabric of the city, and you’ll learn lots of fascinating facts along the way. Explore art galleries, museums, historic neighbourhoods and the Prinsengracht house where diarist Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years. (This is a trip which you should book online in advance to beat the queues.) Meandering through the beautiful and varied streets is a free way to see the real Amsterdam and stumble across the unexpectedly beautiful architecture. And, if you weren’t already convinced: Amsterdam is renowned for its pancakes and creperies!
Find out more: Lonely Planet Amsterdam
The North East England event itself will be a wide game held on Saturday 20 February 2021 in the centre of Amsterdam. Working in patrols, the wide game will give you the opportunity to explore the city and its famous sights, whilst completing challenges to earn points. We’re putting activities ranging from dancing, eating and making to treasure hunting. You will be sent further information about the programme outline once you have booked on, in advance of the event. The cost of this part of the event is £30, you will also need to pay for your own travel, food, accommodation, and any other extra travel costs you may decide to spend.
What groups get up to in the days before or after the event on the Saturday is entirely their choice! We’d like participants to think about how they travel to the event, ferries and trains have smaller carbon footprints than flying but we understand sometimes, for logistical reasons, flying is the only simple option. You can catch a ferry from Newcastle or Hull with an overnight option, Eurostar offer high speed trains from St. Pancras International every two hours or Amsterdam’s national airline flies to Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester.
Read more in our info booklet and FAQs