If you get a chance, go to see a movie in Cinema De Keizer. The movie theatre exists since 1924, and has only one room. It's the only still existing cinema from that time in Belgium. It's been ages since I was there, but it really has a lot of charm.
Lichtervelde has a lot of chapels (small and bigger) and a cycling route of 26 km has been created that passes alongside 22 of the nicest ones. It's a very nice route that takes you along the small roads through the fields of Lichtervelde.
There's a big sign with more explanation next to the church, and you can find the way by following the signs that say 'Kapelroute'. You can also get more information in the community hall on the market place or by phone (051/729430).
Famous among experts is the Lichtervelde baptismal font. It is a classified Romanic baptismal font from the 11th century. I'm not an expert so I can't tell you anything more about it, but if you're interested in these kind of things it's definitely worth having a look, as is the entire church.
If you end up in Lichtervelde at noon and you're looking for a place to have lunch, there are only a couple of options. One of them is tearoom/bistro De Notelaar on the market place. They don't serve your most exquisite food, but you do get very good dishes for a very fair price. They also have a daily (3-course) menu for only 8,90 euro.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think they're closed on Wednesdays.
Favorite Dish: Stoofvlees!
In one of the corners of the market place in Lichtervelde lies the bar "Den Gouden Appel", or short "Den Appel". It is famous in the whole area of central West-Flanders. They give whisky's, Irish coffees, etc that are double the size of elsewhere at half the price of elsewhere. And at any time of the evening or night you can order a good spaghetti or croque monsieur. And the atmosphere is always really pleasant.
Lichtervelde has actually, as small as it is, one of the most important train stations in West-Vlaanderen and beyond. It lies on the crossing of two important lines, so from Lichtervelde you can take a direct train (which means without having to change to another train) every hour to:
- Brussels Airport
- De Panne
This place is really amazing. The shop is part of a farm in the middle of the fields, and they sell really really good dairy products, most of them self-made. It's really nice already just to visit and look around, but I'm sure you can't resist trying and buying some things. Sometimes it can get a bit crowded. The owners or the other people who work there are really friendly.
Open on Tuesday and Friday (8-12 & 13.30-19) and on Saturday (9-12 & 13.30-16).
What to buy: Milk, butter, yoghurt, chocolate mousse and paste, different kinds of pudding, different kinds of jam (also sugarfree), about 50 kinds of ice cream, cakes, ... .
They also have more than 100 farmer's (craft prduction) cheeses. They don't make these themselves, but they come from farmers in the area and some from France.
In Belgium, a lot of villages have a 'drankcentrale', a place that is specialised in selling drinks and especially in beer. The one in Lichtervelde, Bevernagie, is in my opinion one of the better ones in West-Vlaanderen. They sell lots and lots of different kinds of beers, but also wines, whiskies, soft drinks and any other drinks you can think of. They also have special articles that are ideal as a present. If you're in the area, go have a look, and I'm sure you will find something of your liking.
Closed on Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings. Saturday: 9-12 & 13.30-18; other days: 9-12 & 13.45-18.30