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    Boat trips in Oostende---Seastar

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    The Seastar will take you on a trip along the Belgian coastline.
    This company has 2 vessels "Seastar" and the much smaller "Yserstar".
    The company operates a line between two Belgian coastal cities Oostende and Nieuwpoort.
    address: Seastar NV
    Havengeul 17
    8620 Nieuwpoort
    Tel: ++32 (0)58 23 24 25
    Fax: ++32 (0)58 23 24 00

    Daily departures in July and August from the 'Visserskaai'.

    Time schedule July and August 2008:

    Departure Oostende: 12.00 am Arrival Nieuwpoort: 1.30 pm
    Departure Nieuwpoort: 2.30 pm Arrival Oostende: 4.00 pm

    Departure Oostende: 4.30 pm Arrival Oostende: 5.30 pm

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    Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap '

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    When you visit Ostend you must visit the Fishermen’s Quay.
    This is on the way to the fish market.
    In the morning you can attend the homecoming of the shrimping boats.
    This is the best place to go to if you want to learn the dialect of Ostend
    .. The most delicious shrimps and many other kinds of fish are
    offered for sale in typical fish stands. Along the quay many
    stands sell lots of seafood.

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    Riding the Kustram

    by cheryl123 Written Nov 16, 2008

    Buy a 3 day ticket - not expensive. Get on and off as and when you like. The flyer tells you all about every town along the stop. We visited sandsculptures, markets, shops, and walked and walked and walked in the sunshine along promenades, streets, parks, town farms etc.

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    Tourist Office

    by bonio Written Sep 29, 2008

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    A visit to the friendly and helpful Touisme Oostende office, close to the casino, would be a good place to start a visit to Oostende.
    They will book a hotel room for you and have maps of the city as well as loads of useful information.
    Helped us a great deal arriving in town with no hotel booked.

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    13 May - 14 may : International Kites Festival

    by Innovator Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    Program example :
    10.00-18.00 : kiting nationale & Internationale teams
    10.00-18.00 : Ostend Windgarden
    10.00-18.00 : Expo ‘alle kinderen vliegen’
    10.00-18.00 : Expo Kite Aerial Photography
    10.00-18.00 : Expo Mini Kites, Pins & Posters
    10.00-12.00 : Kinderatelier
    11.00-12.00 : Rokkaku gevecht
    11.30-12.30 uur: Kite initiatie
    13.00-14.00 uur: Happy Rotor Hour
    14.30-16.30 uur: Kinderatelier
    15.30-16.30 uur: Snoepjesdropping
    16.30-17.00 uur: Mega Team
    22.00 uur: Nachtvliegeren

    10.00-18.00 uur: kiting nationale & internationale teams
    10.00-18.00 uur: Ostend Windgarden
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo ‘alle kinderen vliegen’
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo Kite Aerial Photography
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo Mini Kites, Pins & Posters
    10.00-12.00 uur: Kinderatelier
    11.00-12.00 uur: Rokkaku gevecht
    11.30-12.30 uur: Kite initiatie
    13.00-14.00 uur: Happy Rotor Hour
    14.00-14.30 uur: Mega Team
    15.30-16.30 uur: Snoepjesdropping
    16.00-16.30 uur: Prijsuitreiking

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    21 March 2008 - 22 March 2009 : Art on table

    by Innovator Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    "Kunst aan Tafel" is a gastronomical & cultural event. Best restaurants & artists combine art & food. After you have eaten in an Art plate, you get the plate as a collectors item.

    See here for more info

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    16 August : Afro Carribean Festival (Bredene)

    by Innovator Written Aug 20, 2008

    One day a year (16 August in 2008), from 14hrs - 2hrs you can visit this festival freely in open air, with lots of Afro Carribean music, food, drinks, animation and markets. Interesting when you are in Ostend, cause Bredene is nog to far (you can reach it by tram or car,...)

    Sierra Maestra (Cuba) Buena Vista Social Club style Bora Bora samba-rhythms.
    La Kinky Beat with Manu Chau ’s 'Radio Bemba' orchest. Ska, punk, reggae,... a highlight

    17-headed orchestra NG La Banda, one of the best salsa orchestra's from Cuba. The voice of the street with well schooled musicians, one explosive cocktail!

    Dr. Sakis (Congo) from Paris with dynamic live-act, soukous & zouk & great dancers.

    Closing act : DJ with worldmusic dancebeatz

    16 h Sierra Maestra (Cuba – son)
    18 h Bora Bora (Braz/NL – samba/funk)
    20 h La Kinky Beat (Barcelona – mestizo)
    22 h NG La Banda (Cuba – salsa)
    24 h Dr Sakis (Congo – soukouss)
    02 h DJ party

    STAGE 2
    From Cameroun : Funkis with Black Yekan orchestra. Afrobeat, hiphop, bikutsihythms with modern instruments. Staff des Leaders with young musicians from Congo's diaspora play Soukouss, most danceable African music!

    From Casablanca a Maroccan woman from the world of raï. Cheba Maria mixes Algerian raï, Marokkaanse chaabi & oriëntal rhymes and is very popular in Maghreb. Not to miss!

    19 h Funkis & Black Yekan (Cameroun – afrobeat/hip hop)
    21 h Staff des Leaders (Congo – soukouss)
    23 h Cheba Maria (Marokka – raï/chaabi)
    01 h DJ party

    Oriëntal sounds & dances, henna-paintings, Maroccan thee-ceremony, bellydancing, DJ

    Learn the hotest salsadances / latin DJ

    16 - 16.30 Workshop salsa
    16.40 - 17.10 Workshop zouk-style
    17.20 - 17.50 Workshop salsa
    18 - 18.30 Workshop zouk-style
    18.40 - 19.10 Workshop salsa
    19.20 - 19.50 Workshop zouk-style
    20 - 20.30 Workshop salsa
    20.40 - 21.10 Workshop zouk-style
    21.30 - 01.30 DJ Pepe

    Djembé, a master from Burkina Faso with hypnotising balafonsounds.
    When dark a DJ from Senegal + breakdancing in open air.

    13.30 - 14 Workshop djembé
    14.10 - 14.40 E. Sanou - balafon
    14.50 - 15.20 Workshop djembé
    15.30 - 16 E. Sanou - balafon
    16.10 - 16.40 Workshop djembé
    16.50 - 17.20 E. Sanou - balafon
    17.30 - 18 Workshop djembé
    18.10 - 18.40 Workshop Afrikaanse dansen
    18.50 - 19.20 Workshop doundoum
    19.30 - 20 Workshop Afrikaanse dansen
    20.10 - 20.40 Workshop doundoum
    20.50 - 21.20 Workshop Afrikaans dansen
    21.30 - 22 Workshop doundoum
    22.10 - 02 DJ Cisko + dansressen
    + hiphopact

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    Kinepolis Cinema

    by Innovator Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    The cinemacomplex has 10 movie-rooms and will be built partly under the Wellingtonrenbaan on the parking between Cafédroom and the ex-fuelstation.

    The horse-racing track will take place for a professional golf terrain with 9 holes, waterparts, heights and a parking with 942 places. A movie is about €7 worth.

    Montly there is an exclusive 'ladies night' and 'mens night' with one special movie dedicated to them, together with free gifts from sponsors (perfume,cola light,cornflakes,...) & prices to win (beauty arrangement,travelcheque)... Entrance is €10 for this Event.

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    1 Jul - 31 Jul : Summer Sales

    by Innovator Written Jul 19, 2008

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    Need new clothes at cheap prices? Ideal for tourists are the summer sales (whole month July).
    Oostende has been chosen as the best shoppingcity in Flanders and the whole coast.

    Sales start at -25% reduction, ending the last week of the month for about -70%!

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    30 Jul - 8 Aug : Theatre @ Sea - great event

    by Innovator Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    Don't miss the opening night! The theater itself starts 2 days before the official opening night in various theaters and pubs.

    The opening night is the first weekend (this year Saturday 29th July 23hrs - 0hrs at the station square). It's a breathtaking spectacle of 1 hour in open air (free) with futuristic acts on the square.

    Malaya is a dreamworld with big birds, a big floating airbaloon with a woman in white costume that sings over the audience high in the air, stiltwalkers fight each other with weapons and fire. Great futuristic beings. The spectacle is impressive due to the interaction of light, sound, the story and the public. The spectacle is a battle in a mythical dreamworld of big statues, fire, light and sound.

    You can describe it as science-fiction theatre, they march through the big audience on stilts, dressed as some sort of robots, with some princesses in great costumes.

    They set some things on fire and walk close through the audience with torches and lightguns, some special metal scafolds, and they perform a science fiction-like story.

    The music is great, the square is with 4 surroundspeakers, which makes the public feel they are part of the spectacle, you hear the futuristic robots speak a foreign language to make it more exiting with the fire. Not for small kids, they may be frightned!

    SPEKTAKEL CLOSE-ACT / WHITE WINGS on the station square (half hour)
    And at 23hrs starts the big fireworks on our small beach, to close the Theater Aan Zee spectacle officially.

    So the theaterfestival is for 9 days, acts everywhere, on the beach, through the shopping streets in the centre, in pubs and theaters and on big squares.

    Some acts are for free, some are to be paid (+-€6) and fast sold out, but make sure you don't miss the opening or closing spectacle in open air, it's really great!! See the 4 other pictures! For the whole program see

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    Casino Kursaal Oostende

    by csordila Updated Feb 14, 2008

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    From OOSTENDE magazine 2006:
    "There is a unique beginner’s formula for those who enjoy a bit of a gamble but dislike the idea of simply walking into a casino. One of the casino members of staff introduces you to the principles of the two most popular casino games, roulette and blackjack.
    You can start playing once you have mastered the basic rules. For this you receive six beginners’ chips. This tells the croupiers and your fellow players that you could do with a bit of extra help. Beginner’s formula with six chips plus cocktail: 14,00 euro per person."

    Open every day from 3pm. Free entrance.
    Minimum 21 years of age / Identity card required.

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    11 Dec - 9 Jan : Kiosk on Ice + Atmospheric Park

    by Innovator Updated Dec 23, 2007

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    Every year from +- 20 december, there is an ice-skating track of 108m around our famous 'kiosk' at the marketplace (very centre of the city).

    Around there are christmas market stalls & huts with lots of lights and atmosphere (see my personal picture).

    You can drink various Jenevershots for €2, Glühwein, hot chocolate, special coffee's with liquor, or eat a hot dog, hot waffle, and buy Christmas presents offcourse.

    In the park with the famous flowerwatch, it's always decorated with thousands of lights, fairy tale like.

    + 18 december from 18h special atmospheric acts of music, theatre,dance,art (watch calendar for exact date), drinks & snacks,and artists that bring a special christmas atmosphere.

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    Seastar cruise (july - august) with lunch, bbq,...

    by Innovator Updated Oct 1, 2006

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    Since more than hundred years you can book a mini-cruise during summer (July/August) from Ostend to Nieuwpoort or Brugge / Diksmuide. The service is renewed since 15 years now, sometimes with themes, barbecue on sea (saturdayevening), ... You get a permanent view of 500m from the shoreline.

    The cheapest formulla is around €18 without lunch.

    Daily you can book a lunchcruise Oostende - Nieuwpoort - Oostende
    You embark in the harbour of Ostend, you see the fisherboats, the on sea you can see the transformation from the sea to the dunes. You get presented a piece of history with the Royal Galleries, The Thermae Palace Hotel (where Michael Jackson stayed once during a concert) and further the Atlantic Wall in Raversijde.

    During the take-off you get an apetizer, Ostend shrink-dish and a glass of wine.
    After 1h30 we arrive at Nieuwpoort where you get 1 hour freetime to explore the city or walk at the promenade.

    At 15hr return to Oostende, passing hundreds of sail and motorboats, the nature domain at the IJzermonding.

    Practical info:
    Departure in Oostende 12 h 30
    Arrival in Nieuwpoort 14 h 00
    Return from Nieuwpoort 15 h 00
    Arrival in Oostende 16 h 30

    Tarif: 32 € Ostend-Nieuwpoort-Ostend with apetiser (Kir or fruitjuice) , Ostend shrink-plate with french fries and a glass of white wine.

    There's also a formula of €18 without lunch, or a formula on saturday evening with Barbeque (starts at 20hrs in the evening). Checkitout at Seastar offices, or call number below. Children beneath 5y free.

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    29 Sept - 2 Oct : Braderie Kapellestraat

    by Innovator Written Sep 30, 2006

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    The last weekend of September, yearly you can visit the 'braderie' where local shops sell in open air at reduced prices. Very busy period, watch out not to be aborbed by the crowd ;)
    It's together with the big fair, so lots of animation and things to do!

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    The Railway Station

    by viddra Written Nov 16, 2005

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    If you get to Oostende by train this will definitely be the 1st building you'll see. But don't just pass, stop for a while and admire its architectural beauty.

    The building was constructed between 1910 and 1913.

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