THE CLAY LANDSCAPE OF THE RUPEL BANKS
Whoever mentions the Rupel river, thinks of a moon landscape of adjoining old quarries where clay was excavated, with ruins of abandoned brickworks and desolate living quarters. This guided tour offers you the story of living and working in the Rupel region in the past and today. The red ribbon linking places and stories is the brick industry.
THE ‘FLAX VALLEY’
Guided visit to the industrial heritage remains of the town, organised by the West-Flanders chapter of the Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology. The focus is on industrial, economic and social history of the town, with an accent op flax, textiles and the role of the Leie-river.
WEST-FLANDERS BEER HERITAGE TOUR
The Belgians are right to be proud of their beers. With 1600 brewed varieties, Belgium is unmistakably the Country of the Beer. At the latest count there are around 180 breweries in the country. They range from nano, pico and microbreweries to medium and all the way to mega. Most of these are situated in the Flemish region. Making and appreciating beer is part of the living heritage of a range of communities throughout Belgium. It plays a role in daily life, as well as festive occasions. For this reason the Belgian beer culture was inscribed in 2016 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.