Odoorn Things to Do
International SIVO dance festival
Every year in the 31th week dance groups from all over the world come to the village Odoorn. During 5 days Odoorn become the most international village in Drenthe. In 2008 the 24th edition of the so-called SIVO festival will be from wednesday ..... till sunday the ....of august.
More than 20 dancing groups participate. The about 600 guests stay with more than 100 host-families in Odoorn and surrounding area. During the 5 days Odoorn becomes a wonderful international community with a great atmosphere where different nationalities and cultures meet each other in peace and friendship. Even many international marriages have their origin in Odoorn.
About 35.000 visitors visit the festival. The groups dance on six stages in the open air between the houses in the village. Every evening there are six dance rounds. After there is gala in a huge tent and 'last rounds' in two smaller tents.
The festival is opened and closed by a swinging parade of all the participating groups. In the weekend there are also performances in the afternoon and a multicultural market.
Entrance fee 2012:
afternoon or evening: 11,00 euro (e-ticket 8.00 euro)
day entrance at saturday: 17,00 euro (e-ticket 12,00 euro)
passe-partout for all the performances: 34,00 euro (e-ticket 30,00 euro)
Discounts for children.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Hunebedden (megalithic tombes)
The Hunebedden (megalithic tombes) of Drenthe are famous throughout our country. The stoneage people built graves with huge granite bolders brought here by the galciers in the last iceage. In this area there were many of these tombes. But over the years people used the stones as building material (see the church) or to strenghten the dikes at the seaside. Only the last century the tombes are really protected. Around Odoorn you can find some remainders of hunebedden. The first one is along the road from Odoorn to Valthe, where Eppiesbergje (next tip) is on your left hand go right. When you enter a wooded area the huge stone are on your left uphill.
Another one is along the road to Borger. Not far from Odoorn to your left. Both are not very complete, but you can get an idea of how they used to be. A room built with large stones, covered with smaller stones and after that with earth.
To get the complete picture you can visit the hunebed museum in Borger.
Sheep in Exloo
In Exloo, a village only 2 miles from Odoorn there is a sheepfarm in the middle of the village. This herd is taken into the woods by the sheppard to graze on the heathland. In may there is a sheepshearing festival in Exloo. Here you can see how the wool is sheared from the sheep. There even is a contest. There also is a market in the village that day. Nice to see, great with kids too.
Hoofdstraat 40, Odoorn, 7873 TB, nl
Good for: Couples
Hoofdstraat 9, , Odoorn, Drenthe 7873 BB
Good for: Families
Hoofdstraat 24, Odoorn, 7873 BC, nl
Good for: Business
Hoofdstraat 19, , Odoorn, Drenthe 7873 TA
Good for: Business
Boshof: casual eating
Boshof is a bar/restaurant and besides that you can book a larger room for parties.
Because it also is a bar the restaurant menu is not very extensive, but there aresome nice dishes on it. We had some steak and fish, which were both served with lots of greens and fried potatoes.
The restaurant was filled with locals who almost all came on bicycles. Probably because they expected to have a drink or more.