Leisure & clubs

Leisure & Clubs for Expats in The Netherlands

Leisure & clubs

Many activities exist for the Netherlands’ thriving expat community


There are a few regional variations for Dutch public holidays, except for the orange madness of King’s day, which takes over the whole country. Carnival is also celebrated in February and March in Catholic areas.


You can find the following information about “Leisure & Expats” in Expat Survival Guide 2024:


  • Public & Bank holidays
  • School vacation holidays
  • Groups & Clubs
  • Culture & Media
  • Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Volunteer Groups
  • Advise & Information

Leisure & clubs service providers

Relocating to the Netherlands? Plans to move here? ACCESS, a local not-for-profit organisation, managed by volunteers – who moved here themselves – is here to help. We answer any questions you have about moving to, living in and leaving the Netherlands. Questions internationals have when navigating new circumstances, while living here.


DutchNews.nl provides Dutch news and current affairs in English for an international audience. Some 70,000 people read DutchNews.nl every day, either online, through our daily digital newsletter or via our social media channels.

Dutch News

The British Society organises events with a British flavour. A very social club, we’re open to people of every nationality who are English speakers looking to meet new friends, play sports and socialise. BritSoc as the society is known is a pro-active and multi-cultural organisation which is run by its members for its members.

The British Society

We are a social club for international women living in and around Eindhoven. Some of our members have just moved here, and others have lived in the Netherlands for decades. Women join the IWCE for a variety of reasons: to make new friends, to feel less alone in a new place, to practice English (and Dutch!) and to enjoy a sense of community.

International Women’s Club Eindhoven

We’ve been sharing stories and music for Amsterdam since 2014. In 2018 we started building an independent, streaming radio station for Amsterdam, in English, and we are already broadcasting to thousands of listeners per month. We have live radio shows most days, all shows available On Demand, and a range of talk-only podcasts on a range of Amsterdam themes.

Broadcast Amsterdam

easylaughs is an improv comedy group based in Amsterdam. easylaughs offers comedy shows, improv and stand up classes and improv workshops, in English. We have been performing improv in Amsterdam since 2005.


There are thousands of volunteering possibilities to make fellow Amsterdammers smile. Come join our volunteering movement, meet new people and make Amsterdam a better place to live!

Serve the City Amsterdam

The Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII) is an international not-for-profit association. We are a community for women business owners, sharing knowledge and experience. We offer a wide variety of events and opportunities to connect, support and grow your business. The pro-activeness of our members enriches and enhances the value of the network.

Women’s Business Initiative International

Would you like to… Meet new people? Practice your Dutch? Develop new skills? You can do this as a volunteer! We bring people who like to do voluntary work in Amsterdam in contact with volunteer organizations who need volunteers for all kinds of different purposes.

Volunteer Centre Amsterdam

The ICN was set up to support the objective of allowing the growing number of Irish people settling in the Netherlands to maintain contact with each other and to provide support for sporting and cultural activities. Along with its monthly e-newsletter, the club is organised both on a national basis and with Local Activity Groups.

ICN – Irish Club Netherlands

JCI Amsterdam International is a chapter of JCI Nederland, a membership-based not-for-profit organisation. We are part of a global network of more than 200,000 young people aged 18-40, which is present in more than 100 countries.

JCI Amsterdam International

ExpatsHaarlem is the broadest international community & media platform in the Haarlem area and is about easing and enriching the life of internationals. We provide news, information and articles and organize events for expats – and Dutchies too-. We arrange special offers and discounts for our readers.

Expats Haarlem

Whether you’re temporarily overseas or ‘going Dutch’, Democrats Abroad Netherlands brings us all together to keep connected to the political process back in the US. In Dutch, there’s just one word (stem) for ‘vote’ and ‘voice’. And we couldn’t agree more. Your vote is your voice — and we’re here to make sure you’re heard!

Democrats Abroad

Boom Chicago introduced improvisation theater to the Netherlands and 30 plus years later, it has grown into the influential and innovative international theater company it is today. Their current complex on the Rozengracht has three theaters with 500 seats, and a creative hub in their multi-level cafe-bar under the original stained glass windows.

Boom Chicago

We support the deep connection between the Netherlands and the United States through public outreach, activities, information sharing, and cultural activities.vOur diverse membership includes newcomers, those who have spent most of their lives in Holland, and everyone in between! Our members are located in Amsterdam, Haarlem, ‘t Gooi and beyond!

American Women’s Club of Amsterdam

A home for expatriate life stories! The Expatriate Archive Centre collects and preserves the life stories of expatriates worldwide for future research. We are located in The Netherlands but our outreach is global. We are here to serve researchers around the world!

Expatriate Archive Centre