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Upcoming Events

  • Book Club: Jasper Jones 8 December 2016
  • Club Outing to Valkenburg Christmas Market 10 December 2016
  • Christmas Cookie Workshop 15 December 2016
  • TIC Annual Holiday Dinner 14 January 2017
  • Chocolate Making Workshop 11 February 2017

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Register for a day trip to Valkenburg

rememberJust a quick reminder that our day trip to Valkenburg is coming up next week. There’s still time to register if you haven’t already done so!
Date: Saturday, 10 December 2016valkenburg
Pick-up Place: Tilburg University parking lot, Warandelaan 2, 5037AB Tilburg
Time: 8:15 am
Register by: 6 December (registration form below)
Cost: €5,00 pp for members
Guests: €10,00 pp for guests (ask how €5,00 pp can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

The holiday season is upon us and the TIC would like to invite you to join us on a day trip to Valkenburg.  Valkenburg proudly transforms itself every year about this time into “The Christmas Town of Holland”!

This will be a “free” day for you to explore the Christmas Cave market(s) at your leisure. If the market isn’t your thing, then perhaps you would rather walk around the city center where every restaurant, shop and café is decorated for the season. Whatever you choose, it is sure to be a spectacular scene!

We will be travelling to Valkenburg by minibus. The driver will be waiting for us in the parking lot of Tilburg University and will drop us off right in the city. No fuss, no hassle, no parking!

There are no “multiple cave” ticket purchases available this year, so we thought it best to let everyone explore the city and/or the caves at their own pace, choosing for yourself what you would like to see and do. The entrance to each cave is €7,00 for 12 years and up; €5,00 for 5-12 and free for children under 5. On a side note … the caves are always around 22 degrees Celcius (72 Farenheit) ☺

TIC will be covering the majority of the transportation cost so that the cost for our members is only €5,00 per person! Since minibus seating is limited to 16 persons, reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. So hurry and reserve your spot today!!

To check out all of your options (and there are a lot of them!) in Valkenburg – visit the official website (in English) at www.kerststadvalkenburg.nl

Please plan to be at the bus at Tilburg University between 8:15 and 8:30.  The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 … we will depart on time!!! We will leave Valkenburg at 17:00 (5:00pm) to return to Tilburg

We look forward to having you along with us on this fun day trip!

Guests are Welcome!

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Guests are always welcome at any #TilburgInternationalClub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full TIC experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of TIC, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a TIC event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know at til.int.club@gmail.com!

We look forward to meeting you!

Donders family says, “so long”

dondersby Melissa Donders


My Dutch husband, my 3 teenage girls and I arrived from Australia to Tilburg in November 2015 to live for one year. Within 2 weeks, I was looking for an English speaking book club and asked at the library, but they didn’t know of any. So I started searching on google and the Tilburg International Club website with all the information about book club, social functions and general help with integration into Dutch life came up.

The first book club I attended was a cold, wet night and as my confidence in driving on the other side of the road had not yet kicked in, I decided to ride my bike. Google maps said a 20 minute ride…..took me 45 minutes battling against the rain and wind. I arrived wet, hot and sweaty to a group of about 15 ladies who were kind enough to catch my breath before allowing me to introduce myself! I believe now, if I had to make the same journey again, 1 year later, I would make that ride in 20 minutes.

Having events at TIC gave me an opportunity to meet some lovely people while trying to navigate my way in a new country. We have enjoyed attending the events as a family and also as a couple or me on my own. TIC gave us a feeling of being included while meeting new, interesting people that we might not have met otherwise.

We are now back in Australia and who knows what the future holds, but if we return to Tilburg I’ll be back at book club!

Invitation: Christmas Cookie Workshop

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Date: Thursday, 15 December 2016
Place: Ronde Tafelhuis, Haendellaan 40, 5011 LS Tilburg (Wagnerplein in Tilburg Noord)
Time: 19:30 (7:30pm)
Register by13 December (registration form below) or contact us with any questions at  til.int.club@gmail.com

It’s that time of year again, so put on your aprons and join us for a fun evening of baking yummy holiday treats. We will be making 4 different kinds of cookies – 3 old favorites and 1 new-to-become-favorite ;- ) There will be Christmas music playing to help us get into the holiday mood, and with a glass of wine or juice, the cookies will taste even better! Make sure to bring a couple plastic containers along to take home your generous share of the cookies!

We will be meeting at a new location this year: The Ronde Tafel Huis in Tilburg north – Wagnerplein 101. There is plenty of parking in the shopping center’s lot.  Our location can also be reached by bus (lines 1, 5 and 6) and is a 3 minute walk from the “North Bus Station”. The entrance to the Ronde Tafel Huis is from the small sidewalk between the building and the shopping center.

Hope to see you there,
CM (Cookie Master) Anne

Cost: €12,50 pp for members
Guests: €17,50 pp for guests (click HERE to see how €5,00 can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

Reminder: Sinterklaas party

Just a quick reminder that our Sinterklaas party is coming up next week. There’s still time to register if you haven’t already done so!

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When:  1 December (Thursday), 18:30 – 20:30. Sinterklaas arrives at 19:00.

Where:   Willemstad room, 1st floor, Wijkcentrum Heyhoef (Kerkenbosplaats 1, 5043 RX Tilburg)

Cost: Members attend free! Drinks and light snacks will be provided courtesy of TIC.

Guests: 5 euro (ask how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee!)

RSVP: Please complete the form below no later than 24 November to say whether you’re joining us.

Note: Sinterklaas’ helpers for the evening will be the traditional Zwarte (black) Piets. Admittedly they are not without their share of controversy but they remain a much-loved Dutch custom.

Register here:

A dark and stormy US election night borrel

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by Sondra Grace

What happened? What’s it all about, Alfie? Misogynistic, feckless, dissolute, 1966-film Alfie ends up all alone, save a stray dog. How did his Donald twin end up with the presidency?

Nothing for it but to talk about the Elephant in the room, and so we did in a cosy corner of Café Bakker in Tilburg. By evening’s end the spirits of true-blue Americans had been restored by Aussie, British, Dutch, and French solidarity.

There will be many a borrel before the one we plan in November 2020 to celebrate the retaking of the White House!

Disclaimer: The writer has a long, Democratic and Green voting record.

Invitation: Day trip to Valkenburg

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Date: Saturday, 10 December 2016
Pick-up Place: Tilburg University parking lot, Warandelaan 2, 5037AB Tilburg
Time: 8:15 am
Register by: 6 December (registration form below)
Cost: €5,00 pp for members
Guests: €10,00 pp for guests (ask how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

The holiday season is upon us and the TIC would like to invite you to join us on a day trip to Valkenburg.  Valkenburg proudly transforms itself every year about this time into “The Christmas Town of Holland”!

This will be a “free” day for you to explore the Christmas Cave market(s) at your leisure. If the market isn’t your thing, then perhaps you would rather walk around the city center where every restaurant, shop and café is decorated for the season. Whatever you choose, it is sure to be a spectacular scene!

We will be travelling to Valkenburg by minibus. The driver will be waiting for us in the parking lot of Tilburg University and will drop us off right in the city. No fuss, no hassle, no parking!

There are no “multiple cave” ticket purchases available this year, so we thought it best to let everyone explore the city and/or the caves at their own pace, choosing for yourself what you would like to see and do. The entrance to each cave is €7,00 for 12 years and up; €5,00 for 5-12 and free for children under 5. On a side note … the caves are always around 22 degrees Celcius (72 Farenheit) ☺

TIC will be covering the majority of the transportation cost so that the cost for our members is only €5,00 per person! Since minibus seating is limited to 16 persons, reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. So hurry and reserve your spot today!!

To check out all of your options (and there are a lot of them!) in Valkenburg – visit the official website (in English) at www.kerststadvalkenburg.nl

Please plan to be at the bus at Tilburg University between 8:15 and 8:30.  The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 … we will depart on time!!! We will leave Valkenburg at 17:00 (5:00pm) to return to Tilburg

We look forward to having you along with us on this fun day trip!

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