Sinterklaas in Hilversum

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It is that time of year again and Sinterklaas is coming to Hilversum this weekend:


13:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock : Sinterklaas arrives at the Kerkbrink

14:00 - 15:45 : the parade starts around the city from Kerkbrink to the Gooiland theatre

16:00 - 17:00 : Party with Sinterklaas in theater Gooiland (open to all)

Sinterklaas Route:

Kerkbrink, Langestraat, Neuweg, Gijsbrecht van Amstelstraat, Bosdrift, Havenstraat, Vaartweg, Kerkbrink, Groest, Leeuwenstraat, Kampstraat, Pr. Bernhardstraat, Groest, Emmastraat roundabout, Gooilandplein.

(Program and route still subject to change)

Ticket Give away for The Grinch


The Vue cinema is releasing The Grinch in the original version (in English) on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of December. To help promote this screening the Vue Cinema and Ourendeavour is giving away 4 free tickets, if you would like a chance to win the tickets please Tag a friend to the facebook post and we will pick a winner.

Original Version times:

Saturday December 1st – 16:10 & 19:00

Sunday December 2nd – 15:40 & 18:30

Despecable me 3 at the Vue cinema

Morning Everyone this weekend is a Despecable me 3 weekend at the Vue cinema with a bouncy castle , unique drinks and candy for the launch of the movie.

The English version of the movie is at 13:40 and 16:10 on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately the weekend of the 24th there will have no options for birthday parties, but if people would want to book a birthday party at Despicable me 3 it will be possible from Wednesday the 28th.

book or contact via:


Children’s clothes and toy fair this weekend

The largest children's toys and clothes fair is coming to Hilversum this weekend. It is a chance for private sellers as well as online shops and outlet stores to show off their children's clothes and toys, it will have 270 stalls and is held at the Dudok Arena in Hilversum. It is open from  10:00 to 14:00 and entry fee is €2. 


For more information please visit their website :

Sinterklaas is coming to town !!!

Good Morning all,

Just a reminder that Sintaklass is arriving in Hilversum this weekend (Saturday 12th) . He will start outside the steps of the museum on the Kerkbrink at 14.00 then head down the Langestraat towards the Gijsbrecht and then finishing Amrath Grand Hotel & Theatre Gooiland. (full details of his route can be found at ) .

Have a lovely weekend 


Gooi Q3 Property Market numbers

Good Morning, I am including the top numbers for the current property market in the ‘t Gooi . At present the number of transitions which occurred in Q3 are 14.1% higher than it was in Q3 2015 with prices 9.5% higher as well (average price at € 334,000) . On the positive side the prices are still 9.2% lower than they were before the 2008 crash, giving the market a bit more room to grow. If you have any further questions on buying a property or the current market, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Alex.

All the best Hugo


Are you look for a nanny service?

Are you looking for a Nanny at home?

Day-care is important to every family. If this is properly taken care of, the parents can relax and go to work without any worries.

Nanny Home Netherlands provides day-care at home and is a nationally registered employment agency between nannies and parents. We are a young and enthusiastic company that recruits, selects and guides nannies. We also provide day-care during events

Nanny Home Netherlands values high quality. The quality of our day-care depends on our nannies, which is why we have a strict selection procedure for nannies. The guidance from Nanny Home Netherlands is also important to keep a high quality of day-care. We support the family and the nanny in the care of the children, and on a pedagogical level. We put much time in our guidance, and we believe that “everything you give attention to, grows”, just like children.

Every family is different, has different wishes and has a different family formation and therefore requires different day-care. Nanny Home Netherlands responds to this by offering day-care at home. A nanny will come to your house and meets your wishes regarding day-care.

The nanny makes sure that everything at home will continue while you’re at work. The children will be brought to school, kindergarten, (sports) clubs and are picked up. They can play with friends and have their own familiar toys and things. The nanny will do household chores and could cook and already eat with the children, bathe the children en make sure they’re on the couch in their pyjamas when mommy and daddy come home. You will then have the possibility to spend quality time with the children and then eat together.

The day-care the nannies offer is flexible and you only pay for the hours the nanny has actually worked. If you’re in a traffic jam when you’re driving home after work, you don’t have to worry about the closing time of the day-care center. If you need day-care during the weekend or at night for a change, the nanny can come.
We are happy to help you fulfilling your day-care wishes. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you want more information.



  • Only pay for the actual worked hours
  • Often cheaper than regular day-care
  • Child in familiar environment
  • Household chores are done
  • Personal attention for your child
  • Familiar face for your child
  • Flexible hours
  • Entitlement to child care allowance
  • Child can meet up with friends

For more information please contact Nanny Home Nederland.

Tessa van den Berg
Rembrandtlaan 8
1399 VJ Muiderberg
Tel: 0031 (0)294 772565 / Mobile Phone: 0031 (0)6 21246434  

Free Mortgage and Property Consultation

We are starting free mortgage and property consultations here in Hilversum for anyone interested in buying or selling a property. This will include  meeting both with local property experts and a mortgage advisor , if you are interested or know of anyone who is please contact us or fill out the form below. 

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Heads up to all expat property owners, a new law protecting landlords has been passed

The Dutch government has passed a new law giving greater protection to landlords when renting their properties, the aim of the law is to increase the number of available properties to rent.  Hopefully this will mean that the rental process will become easier for both sides.

Have a lovely day.


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Kung Fu Panda 3 event at the Vue cinema

On April the 10th the Vue cinema will be holding a special day for Kung fu Panda 3 (if anyone knows my smallest Seth, this will be a big day) . They are holding the event in conjunction with , a website showing all events and activities for kids in the gooi region (alas only in Dutch but a google chrome works fine).

The event is from 12:00 to 14:00 and will end with a showing of the film (both a Dutch and English showing).

Have a lovely Easter break 



Introducing Caroline Hulshoff - Spouse Career Coaching


Caroline repatriated to The Netherlands from Sydney, Australia after being a trailing spouse in various countries along with growing up as an expat child. These personal experiences along with her education and work experience have contributed to successfully providing customized Spouse Career Coaching programs at The Expat Company. The programme is a three half-day program and four months following up, focusing on personal branding, C.V. and cover letter techniques, job market analysis and job preparation. Each program is tailored according to the needs of the spouse. Caroline takes great pride and pleasure in her work as a career coach, particularly as she is so aware of the challenges one must navigate through as an expat and a trailing spouse. Caroline is located in Laren but can also offer her services in Amsterdam and the Hague.


Caroline Hulshoff

+31 (0) 36 530 2000

+31 (0) 6 575 53 437

Zootropolis now showing in English with Vue Hilversum (formally J.T)

Vue Hilversum, formally JT Hilversum Bioscope has arranged for an English version of the new childrens film Zootropolis in 3D and will be screening from this Saturday. The following times have been scheduled:

Saturday 13th at 16:10

Sunday 14th at  16:10

Wednesday 17th at 16:20

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.


2015 Q4 property data

Good afternoon, if anyone is looking to buy an house or just bought a house the data for Q4 and an overview of the current property market for Hilvsersum and the Gooi has just come out , the data can be found here (click here for slides).

If you have any questions or would like some help with looking to purchase a house please contact ourendeavour or Patrick / Carol at

Have a great weekend


RBS Six Nations 2016 - Saturday 6th Febraury - Join us at the Hippo!

February see's the return of the RBS Six Nations come back to our screens and we would love to invite you to share a drink and watch it with us at the Hippo in Hilversum.

Over the last couple of years, we have had a good gathering for the Rugby and its always nice to catch up with friends and meet some new ones over some live sport and a beer or two, so don't be shy and come along!

The opening Saturday see's France take on Italy in Paris (16:25) , Wales visiting the Irish at the Aviva stadium (15:00) and Scotland hosting the English at Murrayfield (17:50). We will be there to See the England game ofcourse!

Below you will find the link to the Fixtures and Results table for future reference plus all the latest news and trivia over the next two months. The Hippo is located in Hilversum Centre at - Havenstraat 43‎, 1211 KG Hilversum, look foward to seeing you there, Alex, Hugo and Paul.

Click here for Fixtures



Specialist Expat Mortgage Advise - Introducing FVB De Boer

OurEndeavour are pleased to be welcoming to our network of partners FVB De Boer Financial Consultants, specialists in mortgage advise for expats!

Both myself and Hugo had our own mortgages arranged with Mike De Gruijl (FVB de Boer) who will be managing enquiries for OurEndeavour clients. We both found his service, knowledge and professionalism exceptional when helping us purchase our own properties. Mike is able to source the whole of the market to make sure you get the best rate available and also make sure that more importantly it is the right mortgage for you.

FVB De Boer have two offices in the Hague and Amsterdam but are also happy if required to visit you in Hilversum, alternatively they understand the busy travel schedules many Expat have and have a Webex system which allows a real time online based option to discuss and arrange your mortgage any time anywhere.

Should you wish to get in touch with Mike to discuss your future property purchase, grab either Myself or Hugo for a business card or visit the FVB de Boer link on our Partners Page. You can find additional information with this PDF Brochure.

Star Wars Coming to Hilversum, bring out the Geek !!

With the opening of Star Wars on the 18th of December JT cinema is having a opening night with a contingent of the 501st ( Stormtroopers , sorry for being geeky) .

Tickets are almost sold out for that night but if you want to pop down and see the troopers all are welcome. 

Below is the trailer to watch again (and again, and again)