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P&O Ferries: National Mills Day


Every year on the second Saturday of May, the Netherlands opens up around 600 of its windmills for the public as part of National Mills Day.

In 2012, Nation Mills Day will be hosted on the weekend of the 12th May.

It’s normally safe to gamble on great weather during mid-May, and with the flat terrain that Holland is famed for we recommend taking your tour by bike. Last year, National Cycling Day was combined with National Mills Day as a bid to get more people on two wheels, and it went down a storm.

A family cycling holiday across open stretched country this summer could be a wonderful way to bond, relax and get some exercise at the same time. Plotting your course will be a breeze thanks to the National Mills Day maps which will be given out to participants.

Windmills in the Netherlands have a long history, dating back to the 18th century. They helped build Holland’s infrastructure, and many innovations in mill technology happened there first before spreading across Europe.

There are currently around 1150 functioning windmills in Holland, and the ones open for free entry this May will fly blue pennants to signal to passers-by.

Windmills have been developed for various industrial purposes; they don’t all just grind corn. You’ll be able to find out about the workings of watermills, how saw milling works as well as the mechanisms of mills designed for land drainage.

From Hull to Rotterdam you can catch a P&O ferry, an overnight trip will land you just a short drive away from the nearest mill. If you want to rent a bike out there then you could even start cycling from the port city.

Image credit: JASON ANFINSEN

P&O Ferries minicruises to the Keukenhof gardens


Fancy a trip to the famed Keukenhof bulbfields? Then you’re in luck – P&O Ferries are offering minicruises to this famous Dutch flower show until the 20th May.

On 32 hectares, visitors to the Keukenhof gardens will be able to admire blower beds, garden designs, and a huge array of colours and fragrances. Check out our blog post about this lovely attraction here.

On the P&O Ferries minicruise, you’ll have the chance to dine in the West End Langan’s Brasserie and the on-board Four Seasons buffet restaurant, and enjoy a film in the swimming cinema or have a go in the casino.

During the day shore, you’ll be picked up on a coach and driven to the Keukenhof gardens, where you can spend the day wandering among picturesque scenery and taking in the fantastic visuals, before boarding the ferry for your return journey to Hull.

The Keukenhof minicruise offer is vaild until 20th May. For more details and booking as well as a travel itinerary, go here.

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