Board Games from the libary

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We have been staying inside a lot during these cold dark winter evenings. One of the things we like to do as a family is play board games. Did you know the Bielefeld Library has a game room where you borrow games for only 1 euro! It’s on the first floor of the library (see map below) and run by the Spielwiese games club. It’s open on Saurdays from 11 – 13.45. You can borrow up to three games for 1 euro each for  a week (50 cents for Bielefeld university students). They have a huge selection of games from the very youngest (lots of Haba) to grownups. They are serious game experts and love to answer questions.



Christmas market

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The LWL (outdoor historical) museum in Detmold are celebrating Christmas in 1900 in their christmas market this weekend. A great chance to see this popular outoor museum while it’s closed for the winter.


Freitag, den 5.12.2014 von 14.00 Uhr bis 21.00 Uhr
Samstag, den 6.12.2014 von 14.00 Uhr bis 21.00 Uhr
Sonntag, den 7.12.2014 von 11.00 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


Advent fun!

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The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! There are two fun advent activities going on in the Altstadt this month.

Daily from 01.12 to 23.12 at 17:00 Theatre Bielefeld will give a short presentation from their balcony. It might be musical, dance or literary. For those who don’t want to be surprised, you can see the advent program here.

There is also a daily free concert from 01.12 to 24.12  at 19:00, usually at Altstädter Nicolaikirche (or sometimes other places).

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Events around town this weekend

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PollyEster, our local Bielefelder, gave us the following tips for this weekend –
The FH Gestaltung/school of design at Lampingstrasse 3 is presenting the works of this semester’s graduates in photography, advertising and fashion design on Friday from 6 p.m. It will be open Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), too. To get to the exhibition, take tram line 4 up to Oetkerhalle. The opening on Friday is followed by a party at Nr. zu Platz, a small venue for concerts, parties and ping-pong (on Thursday nights) next to the Recyclingbörse and Cutie cafe (near the train station.)
On sunday morning, it is worth to take a trip to Bielefeld’s north to the shores of Obersee to join the traditional “Eiswette” – a bet to see wheter it is possible to cross the lake on ice or not. There weill be pea soup, Glühwein, fried sausages, stuff for kids and music and if you have a penguin costume it is an excellent opportunity to wear it. This is what it looked like in 2012 and here
Transition town Bielefeld organised a swap cafe at the IBZ on Teutoburger Straße 106 two weeks ago like  the one that took place at the sadly closed Eisbar in Altstadt.  They also have a repair cafe this sunday  from 2-5 p.m. If you have small (electrical) items that need fixing or want help with repairing clothes, this is the place – there will be coffee and cake, too. To get there, take a bus till stop “Volkshochschule”, not far from Real supermarket and Wäschereifabrik museum or tram line 3 up to “August-Schröder-Strasse”.




Today marks the start of the Christmas season for us here in Finland. A bit of decorating, cookies, and mostly Christmas music and Glögi ( a type of  Glühwein Nordic style). All this got me thinking about Bielefeld and the great German Christmas markets.

What I love about the Christmas markets in Germany is that everybody goes, every evening, by the looks of it. Christmas market is not only a place to  purchase  presents and crafts, but a place to meet up with friends. And drink and eat. It is so easy to eat out as there is lots of choice and it’s fairly cheap as well.

We had three Christmases in Bielefeld and had a bit of a tradition budding. A night at the market with the kids and friends, meeting place ‘the talking elk’s head’ near the church at the Altstadt. Be warned, the place is FULL!

On the drinks front my favourite is the  very sweet and strong Feuerzangenbowle which is made of rum-soaked sugar-loaf  and mulled wine. It’s just the best thing in a really freezing winter night, bearing in mind that it is strong! And sweet. Well worth the try though.

I also visited the Berlin Christmas markets one year with my sister. That was great, as we navigated through Berlin following various markets refueling in each of them 🙂 Curiously I don’t remember feeling cold once on that trip although it was very tough winter in Germany apparently.

Upcoming September Events

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Just a quick note to let you know about a few upcoming events that I look forward to every year.

Event number one is this weekend is the Schildesche Stadtfest with one of my favorite fleamarkets of the year and Carnival with rides and games. The festival runs from Friday until Sunday and includes shows and concerts as well. The weather looks pretty good, so it should be fun. Just take the Line 1 to the end at Schildesche and follow the people going down the street. You will not be able to miss it.

Event number two is a special day sponsored by Bielefeld and Hereford called ohne auto mobil. On September 29 (Sunday), the entire 10 kms between Bielefeld and Hereford will be closed off from 10am to 6pm to autos for bicyclers, rollerbladers, walkers, etc. The last time they had this event was a few years ago and I can really recommend it. The length is not hilly and there are plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks and water. At the end in Hereford is a festival. Last time we biked to Hereford, had some lunch and then biked home, but of course if you have smaller kids, you can take the train home from Hereford. More information can be found here:


Autumn is in the air, but we can still have fun outside!! See you there!

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

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24.08.2013   20:00

Jazz im Garten

Another outdoors event at the Bielefelder Kunstverein im Waldhof

Richie Arndt & The Bluenatics

Driving blues-rock, soul-stirring ballads and deep roots in the blues and roots music shape the unique sound of this trio, one of the leading bands of the blues-rock genre in Germany.

In case of rain: Bunker Ulmenwall
[Admission: 10, – / red 6, – / BI Pass 1, -]

Architecture Exhibit

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A last minute recommendation for this weekend from PollyEster at the Bielefelder Kunstverein. All exhibits and photos in this architecture exhibition are bilingual. Admission is free all Saturday and there is a bring-your-own picnic and bbq in the evening, drinks are on sale and there will be music:

Unsere Ausstellung »Neue Bescheidenheit. Architektur in Zeiten der Verknappung« läuft nur noch bis Sonntag.
Wer sie noch nicht gesehen hat muss sich also beeilen.

ÖFFNUNGSZEITEN /opening times :

FREITAG/FRIDAY, 19. JULI 2013, 15-19 UHR
SAMSTAG/SATURDAY 20. JULI 2013, 12-22 UHR (Ab 17 Uhr OPEN AIR BAR und ganztägig freier Eintritt in die Ausstellung)
SONNTAG/SUNDAY 21. JULI 2013, 12-19 Uhr (Um 17 Uhr letzte Führung mit dem künstlerischen Leiter Thomas Thiel)

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English Cinema


I think we’ve mentioned Lichtwerk Kino before , but it’s a nice cinema in Ravensburger Park and shows movies often on Sundays and Tuesdays in their native language. I noticed Before Midnight and the Great Gatsby are both playing at the moment. Check out their schedule to see when films are screened in OmU (native language with german subtitles).



Summer Events

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The English drama student group are performing Arthur Miller’s: The Crucible  from July 22nd – July 27th at 8 pm in Bielefeld University’s AudiMin. Admission is free.

Sunday 30th June

Neighbourhood festival at Siegfriedplatz – music, food, dancing and fun for everyone!

15:00 Tausch- und Trödelmarkt

15:00 Spielmobil für Kinder
15:30 Live-Musik »Valise Quintett«
Lindy Hop (in der Pause)

18:45 Live-Musik »Kristin Shey«
20:30 Live-Musik » SKArtist«

Saturday 3rd August

Children’s Fest also at Siegfriedplatz from 14 to 18 clock. Last year they had a puppet show, games, and the fire department let the kids climb into a real fire engine (huge hit with my sons!)

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