Agenda: museums and exhibitions, art, nature and parks, sport and james ensor in Ostend

Mercator

Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 voyages. In 1956 it repatriated the remains of Father Damien from Molokai. In 1960, it sailed into the harbour of Antwerp and in 1961, it was equipped as a museum ship. Since 1964, it has been the pearl in Ostend’s crown. Like to visit this attraction at a discount? Print your free Coast Pass now on www.kustpas.be/home/register

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Japanese Garden

Take a stroll in this magnificent 'Kaiyusschiki-style' garden and marvel at the various landscapes which unfold before your eyes. No-one would expect this oasis of tranquillity and contemplation so near to the sea and Oostende’s vibrant city centre. During Belgian school holidays (with the exception of the Christmas and the spring break holidays), open every day.

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Racetrack Wellington

This racetrack, neighbouring the Thermae Palace Hotel, is named after the Duke of Wellington. It is open all summer to anyone who enjoys a bit of a flutter or is simply fond of horses. During recent years the racetrack has increasingly been used for important concerts.

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VVW Inside - Outside

Every year, the surf club is the perfect place to meet people and enjoy the sunset with sand between your toes. Of course you can get drinks there too.

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The Vicognebos – Ostend

A little over 10 ha, Ostend’s Vicogne wood consists of young woodland and polder meadows, while the Vicognezwin retention pond, an old antitank trench and the Spuikom basin provide the area with much-needed water. A winding walk will give you a glimpse of the open polder grasslands while taking you through the woodland populated by a wide variety of small songbirds in spring. Bird lovers are definitely in for a treat along the Schietbaanstraat as the islands in the adjacent Spuikom welcome...

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Venetian Galleries

In 1900, Belgian King Leopold II commissioned architect Henri Maquet to design the first royal gallery: an L-shaped, closed and covered walkway between the royal villa and a large octagonal salon. Nowadays it is known by the name ‘Venetian Galleries’, referring to Venice’s classicist architecture. When the Belgian royal family decided they would no longer use their coastal residence, Ostend was given the concession of the entire complex and resolved that the building be used for cultural...

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Puzzle Oostende

Puzzle escape rooms challenges your team to escape from a room full of cryptic riddles and mysterious secrets. Every escape room has its own original story and a realistic interior. Get set for a frantic race against the clock as you try to decipher all the codes. The only way to succeed in this ultimate challenge is with teamwork, out of the box thinking and good communication.

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