In English (a summary)
Awesome, you’re from outside The Netherlands and interested in the Groningen Mini Maker Faire! We didn’t have time to make a bi-langual website (but you could let Google translate it for you), so we made this summary for you in English.
What to expect
At the Groningen Mini Maker Faire you can join loads of workshops, experience an art-meets-sience expo, watch an exciting scrapheap challenge, and meet many, many makers. We’re aiming for 1000–1500 visitors from all over The Netherlands and some from outside the country.
The event is in the Dutch language, but the Dutch are known for the ability to speak good to OMG-how-do-they-do-that kind of good English. So don’t worry.
Location of the Groningen Mini Maker Faire: Kolendrift 7 & Bloemstraat 38 Groningen (Map)
Groningen is very easy to reach by car or train. Here are some options.
By air: Groningen is only a two hour (and a secnic twenty minutes) train ride away from the international Schiphol airport
By train: Plan your trainride to Groningen Central train station at the NS website. From the train station it’s a 15 minute walk (see directions) or 5 minute busride (plan your busride) to the Groningen Mini Maker Faire location.
By car: The best thing to do is drive to Groningen and then follow the signs to one of the Park and Ride places. Here you can park your car for a small fee and then take a bus into town. Saves you a lot of hassle.
On foot: You’ve got it. When you’re in Groningen, you can walk anywhere in town really. It’s not that big. You can get to the Groningen Mini Maker Faire location from the central train station in about 15–20 minutes.
If you’re from further away, staying in Groningen is a very good option. The are hotels a plenty (we like Miss Blanche, mention our name) hostels, bnb’s and couch surfing options. But we makers are a friendly bunch, so you could even ask us for a spare bedroom
Things to do in and around Groningen
The Groningen Mini Maker Faire is awesomeness in itself, but whilst you’re here, why not enjoy some other attractions as well? Of course the city of Groningen has lots to offer (think of it as a small Amsterdam), but as makers we can recommend:
the world’s oldest functioning planetarium (built by Eise Eisinga between 1774 and 1781) in the Frisian town of Franeker, the world renowned Dutch TT circuit in Assen, and of course the remarkable Groninger Museum.