International Twinning Weekend:  Ghent 2020

International Twinning Weekend: Ghent 2020


Written By: Daniel Harley, International Committee
Edition: February 2020

GHENT 2020

As you may have seen from the Bulletin prior to Christmas,  the twinning relationship between the law societies of Nottinghamshire, Ghent and Karlsruhe (now in its third decade) will continue in 2020 with Ghent taking their turn to host.

The weekend will start from the evening of Thursday 7th May with an informal dinner so that the attendees can congregate ready for the programme of events to start in earnest on Friday morning. Don’t forget Friday is now the bank holiday due to the VE day celebrations.

Highlights from this year’s programme include a visit to the Ghent Floralies (check it out at https://visit.gent.be/en/calendar/ghent-floralies-2020), a visit to the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art together with great food and great company as seen here from what turned out to be a truly riotous dinner on our 2017 visit to Ghent. We’ll tell you the story if you join us.  

We will also be attending a seminar on a topic I am sure everyone will find interesting, at least this time around you won’t have to put up with me droning on!

It looks like it will be another fun packed weekend but if you don’t believe me, I am sure that if you find anyone who has attended a previous twinning weekend they will strongly encourage you to take part. It’s a unique opportunity for experiences you may not otherwise get such as our tour of the European Parliament in 2017, apologies for the unfortunately timely reminder!

Of course it also helps that Ghent is such a beautiful city and is well worth a visit on its own plus it’s a great opportunity to meet and get to know colleagues both from Nottinghamshire and across Europe.

In terms of practicalities, dinner on Thursday 7th May is booked at 7pm and we have a full programme taking us through Friday and Saturday with a view to travel back on Sunday 10th May at our leisure. Attendees will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation but our hosts will take care of the arrangements while we are in Ghent.

There are various ways to get to Ghent, you can book through train tickets via Eurostar which take you right into Ghent or you can fly to Brussels and get the train from there. You can also drive (my own personal preference) which doesn’t take as long as you think either taking the Ferry or the Channel Tunnel. As a general rule, the sooner you book the cheaper it is.

In terms of accommodation, those who have confirmed attendance so far are staying at the Hotel de Flandre but our hosts also recommend the Ghent River Hotel. On previous visits we have also stayed at the cheaper but very well appointed Ibis Hotels of Ghent Centrum Kathederaal (right in the heart of the old city) or the Ghent Centrum Opera (about a five minute walk to the action).

Due to the Ghent Floralies taking place that weekend, rooms are booking up fast so don’t delay.

If you have decided to join us I would be grateful if you could let me know so I can confirm numbers or if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at daniel.harley@actons.co.uk.

As a final note, watch this space for details of the twinning weekend 2021 when Nottinghamshire will take its turn to host!