Whether you're searching for trolls, getting your feet into it on the Barefoot path or just looking for some new sights along your walking route, this super family friendly park is sure to tickle your fancy.
THE amount of activities here! De Schorre is known for the all-famous Tomorrowland festival but outside of the festival, there are many activities to do with your partner, friends or family:
- Barefoot Path: a 900m path with all kinds of sensory surprises along the way.
- Hunt for trolls: Hunt for the 7 giant, mythical trolls throughout the forest and make sure to check out the tower for a great view.
- Outdoor and indoor playgrounds: De Schorre Brasserie has a huge free outdoor playground with an accompanying large terrace great for the parents to take a break and also has an indoor playground for 5€
- Never-ending hopscotch: A 300m hopscotch path for the little ones to keep jumping 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2.....
- Boxtalino Circus Terrace: Every day in the summer and starting September to October, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon this circus open and tent-covered playground with accompanying terrace is sure to keep your kiddos entertained. Make sure you check their website as they also have certain events and shows they hold
- Tunnel Walks: If you're keen to take a good old forest walk, there are 2 tunnel routes recommended to take, one of 4 KM and 17km. More info below.
- Adventure Tower: An indoor/outdoor climbing tower with a zip glide for kiddos above 1.40 meters and at least 6 years old. Looks legit fun. Reserve ahead of time.
- Skate Park
- Beach volleyball & badminton: Summers only, free to play (first come first serve, no need to reserve)
- Dinner on the lake: From springtime until early fall you can dine in style on a floating deck. Available for lunch or dinner and a bit on the pricey side but you get a gorgeous view so well worth it. For dinner there sometimes is a live cooking show and/or BBQ. Reserve ahead of time here.
- Glamping at the Lake: a glamping tent with a hearty breakfast included. Summertime only. Reserve here
Check out the official website for other activities to sign up.
Barefoot path (Barrevoetspad)
This recently created path lays right in the middle of the forest and takes you through moss, mud, clay, hay, and some other surprises. Make sure you pay attention and smell what's around you - herbs and scented plants such as mint, thyme and lemon verbena are planted all around.
Take your shoes off and get to stepping!
- You'll start at "De Schorre" welcome center - a map can be found here. You can also pick up one at the welcome center.
- The walk is about 900m long and takes up to an hour max.
- During the walk you'll also discover the wooden sculptures from Carving Cis, a Belgian chainsaw artist.
- At the end of the path, near the water pumps, you can wash your feet and put your shoes back on.
- At the welcome centre before your walk, you can purchase a "barrevoets" backpack with some useful goodies for 10€ (a towel, a toy and a pen which you can use to carry your shoes during the trip). This kit also has a "doeboek" (only available in Dutch ) which includes information about the walk and can be coloured in :).
- You'll also maybe on the way come across a troll or two!
PS. The path is closed for the winter (Nov to Mar), check the website for up to date info.
Hunt for Trolls
These giant Seven Scandinavian Trolls have made De Schorre their home. Designed by Danish artist Thomas Dambo for Tomorrowland in 2019, these trolls are between 4 to 18m high and made out of recycled wood, reused pallets, broken twigs and fallen trees. There's also a look-out point on a tower also made by Thomas Dambo where you can get a great view of the entire park. Each of the trolls are scattered around the forest and have names - make a hunt out of it and discover all 7 while walking around.
The idea is to make a hunt out of it but if you really want to you can get a map from the visitors centre or download here (It's only in Dutch but you can find the trolls with the blue square icon with the head inside).
These walks derive their name from the tunnels built by bricklayers, some of which are as old as 400 years. The bricklayers would transport the clay and the dried bricks through the tunnels via horse, car, locomotives between the clay pit, engine hall and the brick ovens along the water. 44 of these have been revived and you can explore during your walk.
- 4KM walk (kid friendly) - Map and details in Dutch can be found here.
- 17KM walk (not so kid friendly but for the avid walker/explorer/runner) - Map and details in Dutch can be found here.