Whitsun weekend at Paleis Het Loo: Mary’s market

For the first time, Mary’s Market will be held at Paleis Het Loo, from 4-6 June. The event is named after Princess Mary Stuart, the palace builder and a lover of flowers and plants. Enjoy stalls with vintage treasures in the stable square and in the gardens, and ‘Mary makes’ with story stages, workshops and demonstrations about plants, flowers and reusing materials.

Stable square
The stable square will become a market with live music. The terrace of Prince Hendrik’s garage is the best place to enjoy a snack and drink with a view of the stalls.

Mary makes
Mary and the 17th century provide inspiration. Craft demonstrations are performed in the colonnades surrounding the gardens. Make 17th-century scent pouches with dried flowers from the flower room. Rediscover royal hobbies such as embroidery and macramé, a knotting art of Arab knot, with Happy Crafts. The materials are on the table and you can get started right away.

Royal hobbies
Learn more about palace sketching with Egon de Regt – winner of Project Rembrandt 2022 – and watch Anouk Bijsterbosch using the palace gardens as a source of inspiration for botanical painting. There are also various demonstrations by Royal Talens about the reuse of materials, including botanical drawing with ecoline, upcycling with vintage chalk paint and drawing jewelry with pencil.

Story stages
The gardens of Paleis Het Loo were already a sustainable country estate in the 17th century. At the Story stages, you can learn more about the gardens and their function, reusing materials and Mary’s royal hobbies.