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Shrimp Fishermen on horseback 2019

eventsJune - September

The Shrimp Fishing on Horseback event in Oostduinkerke was added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2013 by UNESCO. Fishing on horse back is a tradition that exists for over 500 years. The Fishermen on horseback, who are sitting quite high on their tough looking horses are still admired by everyone as they are laboriously plowing through the waves.

The shrimp fishermen meet together on the beach with their horses. Then the nets are being attached, and the fishermen on horseback put on their traditional clothes; yellow raincoats, high boots, and a sou'wester on their heads.
Each horse gets a basket hooked on either side to the wooden saddle, it's where the catch is being kept. About two hours before low tide is the perfect time for the shrimp fishermen to go with their horses in the sea.
When the shrimp fishermen return to the beach three hours later the nets are emptied. They throw all crabs, fish and jellyfish that got stuck in the nets back into the sea. The shrimp catch itself is sieved, and all the sand is washed off.

During the months of March, April, May and September the horseback fishermen go to the sea around the Schipgatduinen (St. André), and around Groenendijk. During those months on the calendar, they depart from the Astridplein (Astrid Square). Then this secondary occupation gets the value of a centuries-old tradition again.

2018
Mon. 2 Apr 2018 - 09.00 hrs
Mon. 9 Apr 2018 - 14.00 hrs
Thu. 10 May 2018 - 15.00 hrs
Sat. 19 May 2018 - 10.00 hrs
Mon. 18 Jun 2018 - 11.00 hrs
Wed. 20 Jun 2018 - 12.30 hrs
Thu. 21 Jun 2018 - 13.30 hrs
Sat. 23 Jun 2018 - 16.00 hrs
Mon. 2 Jul 2018 - 10.00 hrs
Wed. 4 Jul 2018 - 11.00 hrs
Fri. 6 Jul 2018 - 13.00 hrs
Mon. 9 Jul 2018 - 16.00 hrs
Tue. 10 Jul 2018 - 17.00 hrs
Mon. 16 Jul 2018 - 10.00 hrs
Wed. 18 Jul 2018 - 11.15 hrs
Thu. 19 Jul 2018 - 12.00 hrs
Fri. 20 Jul 2018 - 13.00 hrs
Mon. 23 Jul 2018 - 16.45 hrs
Tue. 31 Jul 2018 - 09.30 hrs
Wed. 1 Aug 2018 - 10.00 hrs
Thu. 2 Aug 2018 - 10.30 hrs
Mon. 6 Aug 2018 - 14.30 hrs
Wed. 8 Aug 2018 - 16.45 hrs
Mon. 13 Aug 2018 - 09.00 hrs
Tue. 14 Aug 2018 - 09.30 hrs
Thu. 16 Aug 2018 - 11.00 hrs
Tue. 21 Aug 2018 - 16.00 hrs
Wed. 22 Aug 2018 - 17.00 hrs
Wed. 29 Aug 2018 - 09.00 hrs
Thu. 30 Aug 2018 - 09.45 hrs
Mon. 3 Sep 2018 - 12.30 hrs
Tue. 4 Sep 2018 - 14.00 hrs
Wed. 12 Sep 2018 - 09.00 hrs
Thu. 13 Sep 2018 - 09.45 hrs

Facebook: Paardenvissers-Oostduinkerke

Location: Astridplein

Website: www.paardevissers.be

Location

marker Astridplein

Contact information organizer Shrimp Fishermen on horseback:

Toerisme Koksijde
e-mail: toerisme@koksijde.be

Other events in Oostduinkerke

calendar Shrimp festival and shrimp procession
 
calendar Walking tour in nature
 
calendar Four-day March of the Yser
calendar Ice rink
 
calendar Shrimp Fishermen on horseback
June - September
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