Bath Alkmaar

Eight decades of international friendship

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75th Anniversary of the Alkmaar link

We finally celebrated the 75th Anniversary of our link with Alkmaar, albeit two years late! Eight decades of international friendship between the cities of Bath and Alkmaar in the Netherlands were celebrated in the Guildhall by members and supporters of the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association (BATA), and the Rotary Club of Bath.

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You can stay up to date of our twinning activities and everything that revolves around the Bath-Alkmaar twinning, by reading our news items on a regular basis. All news items together can be found here.

The barrel organ has returned to its home in the Town Hall in Alkmaar

The Mayor of Alkmaar, Anja Schouten, hosted a small reception to toast for the return of the little barrel organ. On the videos below you can watch the barrel organ being played (faster, faster....) and a speech given by Dick Braay chairman of the AUC (in Dutch).


75 years of the link between Bath and Alkmaar Celebrated in person in May 2022, despite two years of delay because of COVID restrictions. A 20-strong delegation from Bath, consisting of members of the Rotary Club and the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning committee, visited the...

Museum of Truus’ children in Alkmaar

Pop-up Museum Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer An exhibition about the life of Truus Wijsmuller-Meijer has opened in the former Oilily building on Waagplein in Alkmaar. Here the special story is told about this woman who was born and raised in Alkmaar, who saved the lives of...

Return of the Barrel Organ to Alkmaar

The Bath-Alkmaar barrel organ (yes, as we repeatedly say, it's really a barrel piano) is on its return home to Alkmaar. It was unexpectedly rather poignant. Richard and Tom Dean, from Dean Organ Builders, who helped us two years ago unpack the instrument, and then...

Bath and Alkmaar are two historic cities, linked for over 75 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 counterparts in the Alkmaar Twinning organisation, the AUC, hosted an online launch of the Dutch edition of Aletta Stevens’ book, “The Remarkable Journey of Mr Prins”.  This book tells the story behind the events which first linked our two cities together, more than 75 years ago.  
After many years of hoping for this memorable story to be properly told, it is pleasing to see it becoming available not just in English, but also in Dutch. The video is largely in Dutch, with partial subtitles, and includes some English contributions.

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.

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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

The next Café will be 31st of August


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