A day of surprises awaits young and old alike at the Coudenberg, Charles V's palace in Brussels. A programme to enjoy, taste, dance, initiate, discover and remember: themed games and workshops, a period buffet, an introduction to dancing and guided tours. A chance to go back in time with family or friends to relive the Renaissance and even try on the clothes worn by a crossbowman, a lady of the court or a knight.
Practical information - Date: Sundays 21 May from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Price: €5 - €7; free for under 18s - Activities included in the entrance price - Period buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (€3 - €8) - Assembly point: Palais du Coudenberg – Place des Palais 7 – 1000, Brussels - Info: www.coudenberg.brussels or + 32 (0)2 500 45 54
Renaissance cuisine offers you delicious savoury and sweet dishes to treat yourself and boost your energy between one activity and the next. A team of fine chefs will be serving their period recipes in an ostentatious buffet.
Crossbow shooting The Grand Serment Royal et de Saint Georges des Arbalétriers de Bruxelles will initiate you in the use of one of the Renaissance's most dangerous weapons: the crossbow.
There is also a safe version for kids.
Would you like to try your hand at cooking? Get baking and make delicious dishes that will send you on a journey through time and history.
Renaissance cookery workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up on site.
Meet the characters of the Ommegang procession | photo shoot
Crossbowmen, pikemen, gentlemen and ladies of the court will welcome you, and you get to frame this meeting as a souvenir from another era. Replicas of period costumes and accessories will be provided for your stagings.
Zythology (or beerology) workshop
Do you know a bit about oenology? Zythology stems from the same principle… but with beer. A chance to discover its history, its composition, the different types and also to taste them as they should be tasted.
Renaissance games to test your skills: marbles, bones… It's your turn to play!
Become a court architect: create your own model of the palace, as it was, or as it could have been... You decide. A leisurely family workshop to construct the buildings that make up the Palais du Coudenberg.
Interactive dance and musical discovery
The past buried in the basements of Brussels comes back to life through the melodies, sounds, instruments and dances of the time of Charles V! With the participation of the Capriool, woodwind groups and a string of musicians and dancers.
Guided tours of the route taken by "Remigio Cantagallina, an Italian traveller in the southern Netherlands". The tour starts on the hour in French and at half past the hour in Dutch. In Spanish at 2pm and 4 pm. Others guided tours in French : 18 June, 16 July and 20 Augustus at 2.30pm. In Dutch 25 June, 25 July and 27 Augustus at 2.30pm. Plus a whole host of non-stop activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Underground Paper Chase: Treasure Hunt for the Golden Fleece
Set off as a family to hunt for the collar of the Golden Fleece in the underground remains of the former Palais de Bruxelles; the young Charles V needs you to find the password that will open the treasure chest. How does it work? Each child will receive a backpack containing supplies for the missions (a treasure map, a disguise, a puzzle, a torch, etc.). Each mission reveals a clue to the password that will lead them to the treasure chest containing the famous Golden Fleece collar. The children will receive a small gift at the end of the game. Practical information: Dates: 1 July to 31 August – Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - closed on 21 July. - Price: €4 per child. (aged 5 to 8, accompanied by an adult) - Duration: 1h to 1h and 30 mins. - Assembly point: Palais du Coudenberg – Place des Palais 7 – 1000 Brussels - Info & Bookings: www.coudenberg.com > visits and activities > for all the family