Bath Alkmaar

Twinning Association


Bath and Alkmaar are two historic cities, linked for over 70 years. In that time, thousands of our citizens have travelled back and forth, making friends, working on projects and activities together, and finding out about each others’ country. 

We celebrate and enjoy the opportunities our link creates by supporting friendship, fun and fellowship between our two cities, and more broadly between the UK and the Netherlands.

Our role

We encourage links between people in our two cities, enriching both communities. Through local social activities we act as meeting point for all Dutch people who have made their home in and around Bath, and for anyone locally who has an interest in the Netherlands.

Why Bath & Alkmaar? 

The story behind the Bath – Alkmaar link is inspiring (click here for the full story). We work closely with our Dutch equivalent, the Alkmaars Uitwisselings Comité.

Get involved and support us!

We are entirely voluntary: become a supporter-member and help grow our activities.

How the friendship between the two cities started

The Remarkable Journey of Mr Prins: WWII, Jewish Refugees and the Bath-Alkmaar Friendship. 

The barrelorgan has arrived in Bath

After 75 years the Barrel Organ has returned to Bath from Alkmaar and the BBC was present. Read more and watch the BBC evening news item on the Barrel Organ!

Official launch

 Bath 70 week

Youth Orchestra in Bath

 Alkmaar 70

Farewell in Prior Park


Alkmaar 70

Big Bath Cheese Trail


Alkmaar 70

Future events

Alkmaar Cafe

Every first Wednesday of the month

Due to Covid restrictions, our next Alkmaar Cafe will be held by Zoom on December the 2nd. Make sure you don’t miss it, there will be a special guest appearance! 


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Latest News


Relic of Bath’s recent social history will help commemorate end of the Second World War 

21 July 2020: An historic barrel organ, last seen on the streets of Bath in 1945, has returned from the City’s twin town of Alkmaar in the Netherlands to mark 75 years of friendship between the two communities.

The barrel organ was used to publicise a public fund-raising appeal launched in Bath to help children in the Dutch city who had been badly affected by the events of the Second World War.  The instrument was wheeled around the City, including around the football pitch at Bath City FC, by volunteers including the city’s Rotary Club and local Air Raid Wardens.