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Practical info about the 2024 Pageant of the Golden Tree 

You can find all the practical information about the 14th edition of the Pageant of the Golden Tree here. Is something still unclear? Then please don’t hesitate to check our FAQ.

 

Where and when will the Pageant take place?

The Pageant of the Golden Tree will take place on 25 August 2024 in Bruges city centre. The Pageant starts at 2:30 p.m. at ’t Zand. There are both free and paid spots from which to enjoy it.

  • Ticket sales

    You can follow the Pageant of the Golden Tree completely free of charge at most parts along the route. There will even be free benches placed at several locations. It’s a good idea to get to the city in good time so you’re sure to have a great spot.

    If you prefer to sit, you can buy a ticket for a seat in the stands on the Markt for €12.50. Ticket sales start at 10 a.m. on 1 June. Tickets are available at In&Uit and the Historium on the Markt.

    Do you have a European Disability Card or a blue parking card? Then you may bring one companion to sit with you for free in the paid seats.

  • The route

    The route of this 14th edition covers 2.7 km and passes by the most charming spots in Bruges.

    The Pageant will start at 2:30 p.m., and takes about an hour to proceed past each point, so it will pass through earlier or later in the afternoon depending on where you are situated along the route.

     

    Route

    ’t Zand – Zuidzandstraat – Sint-Salvatorskathedraal – Heilige-Geeststraat – Guido Gezelleplein – Dijver – Wollestraat – Markt – Vlamingstraat – Jakob Van Ooststraat – Kuipersstraat – Eiermarkt – Geldmuntstraat – Noordzandstraat – Smedenstraat

    Download the route map

  • Getting to the Pageant

    The Pageant of the Golden Tree is held in central Bruges, with the main route travelling between ’t Zand and the Markt.

    We kindly request that you come by public transport or bicycle insofar as is possible.

    By bus

    Those travelling to the city centre by bus should arrive a few hours in advance. Please bear in mind that buses will not be allowed to pass through the Pageant’s route and the city centre will be closed to traffic during the Pageant’s procession. All info from De Lijn in Bruges can be found on the website. There are free shuttles from the station to the Bruges city centre.

    By car

    If you still plan to come by car, we recommend parking at one of the car parks along the periphery of the city, where you can park your car for free without any time restrictions. More info on the car parks can be found on the City of Bruges website.

    You will not be able to enter or exit any of the city centre car parks located along the route at any time during the Pageant, so it’s best to come to Bruges in the morning.

    On foot (from the station)

    It takes about 12 minutes to walk from Bruges station to ’t Zand. You can walk along the Koning Albert I-Park or via the Oostmeers. The entire route is easily accessible from there.

    By bicycle (from the station)

    We advise cyclists to park their bikes in the underground bicycle parking on ’t Zand. Movilo mobile bicycle storage systems will also be available on the Burg.

  • Accesibility

    The Pageant of the Golden Tree is a true folk festival that everyone should be able to enjoy. Therefore, we will provide several pathways to promote accessibility.

    Digital accessibility

    Did you know that several Bruges libraries have Digi-points? The digi-assistants here will help you navigate your way through your online experience, whether you’re a visitor or want to participate. This way, you can always stay up to date with everything related to the Pageant of the Golden Tree, even if you don’t have your own computer, don’t have permanent internet access, or simply find navigating the worldwide web a bit too daunting. They’re ready to lend a hand! Please visit the following link to find out where you can go for help.

    Seating areas for people with disabilities

    We believe it’s important that everyone is able to enjoy the Pageant of the Golden Tree, which is why we’ve provided three seating areas along the route for people with disabilities.

    The first zone is in the paid seats in the stands at Bruges’s Markt. The first row here will be kept free for wheelchair users and the second row for their personal companion. You can also enjoy the Pageant for free from the accessible seating area on ’t Zand or at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady). Coming with a large group? Let us know in advance and we will make sure you have a place among the party crowd.

    Find out exactly where the seating areas are located on the map.

    P.S.: If you can show that you have a European Disability Card or a blue parking card, then you may bring one companion to sit with you for free in the paid seats.

    Care zone on ‘t Zand

    A designated care zone will be set up at ‘t Zand for people with disabilities. There will be plenty of on-site assistance to make your visit to the Pageant as pleasant as possible. For example, you can be picked up at a drop zone or bus stop to be escorted to your spot from there. In addition, there is an accessible toilet and you can obtain audio description on request. Finally, there is an area for (electric) wheelchairs and we provide chairs, not benches.

    You can reserve the wheelchair seating and chairs - on presentation of EDC or the blue parking card - at Lokaal Sociaal Beleid Stad Brugge via 050 47 54 78 or via sociaalbeleid@brugge.be.

    Please note: these conditions only apply to the care zone at ‘t Zand. Reservations for the seating area are on a first come first served basis. The accessible seats on the other stands can only be reserved via In&Uit and the info office on the Markt. 

    Getting to Bruges accessibly

    Those following the Pageant from the accessible seating area at ’t Zand can get there under the guidance of our stewards and thus avoid the busy city centre. They will wait for you at the drop-off point at Bruges station. The other accessible seating areas along the route can only be reached on your own initiative.

    You can also enjoy the Pageant of the Golden Tree from home

    Would you rather soak up the ambience of the Pageant of the Golden Tree from the comfort of your own living room? It’s possible thanks to Focus WTV. Curl up on your couch and follow the live broadcast with commentary by historian Lisa Demets, translated simultaneously into sign language! This way, everyone can enjoy this wonderful folk festival. Grab some snacks and a drink, then sit back and relax as the Pageant starts at 2:30 p.m. live on your screen.

  • Food & drink

    The route of the Pageant of the Golden Tree passes numerous catering establishments where you can get something to eat or drink.

  • Toilets

    You’ll find some public toilets at the following locations along the route:

    • ’t Zand
    • Stadshallen
    • Gruuthusemuseum
    • Historium
    • Kuipersstraat

    Some toilets are accessible to people with disabilities, while others have a changing table. See an overview of all available public toilets here.

  • Safety

    If you would like to photograph or film the Pageant of the Golden Tree, we kindly request that you stay in place and don’t walk in the middle of the Pageant or among the participants.

    Drugs and sharp objects are prohibited.

    The Pageant of the Golden Tree is an event meant to connect people. Tolerance is key. Verbal and physical violence is therefore prohibited.

  • Info points

    You can get information from

  • Programme booklet

    A programme booklet will be on offer as from 1 July. You can buy the booklet at In&Uit (’t Zand 34, 8000 Bruges) and at the Historium on the Markt. One booklet costs €5. The booklets will also be sold at various points along the route on the day of the Pageant itself.

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