Oerol: made for First Times

Oerol is easy to arrange! This is all you need to know so you can set off well prepared for your very first Oerol. You’ll be lounging in the dunes before you know it…

There won't be an Oerol festival in 2020 'the way people are used to it'. Oerol is investigating another format. You can read more about this in our corona update.

The Oerol Festival Wristband

The Oerol Festival Wristband is your pass for all of the 10 days our festival takes place.

With the wristband you can acces all the Oerol activities, except for the complete theatreprogramme and The Secret Garden Sessions.

This basically makes Oerol one of the cheapest festivals around. You gain acces to as many as 140+ cultural activities for less than 35 euros! And: you can enter and leave Oerol using the same wristband.

For example, if you come over for two different days – say the Monday and the Thursday - you can use the same festival wristband both times.

  • Explore our two festival sites, both with a unique atmosphere and on fleek entertainment (in 2019 we programmed 50 different bands from all parts of the world).
  • On top of that you can acces 16 expeditions, all the Pop-up performances at the island (alltogether 39 in 2019)
  • Acces all the Oerol Talks activities, our programme that creates the context of our programme is included too.


  • If you want to see shows that are not covered by the festival wristband, you will have to buy a separate ticket for these.
  • The festival wristband does not include ferry crossings, Island accommodation, bicycles or showtickets.

Tips for in your backpack!

Oerol is a holiday and a festival in one – here are a few tips for handy things to bring along to make the Oerol experience even more enjoyable – particularly those heroes who will be camping:

  • Clothing: warm clothing (layers, layers, layers!); swimsuit; good shoes/boots; flip-flops/sandals (note: flip-flops are not so good at the festival sites).
  • Accommodation: a warm sleeping bag; a good mat to sleep on and a gas stove/burner for cooking or making coffee.
  • A groundsheet; a hammock (there are trees); stools/folding chairs; a cool box; a torch (those ones you can wear on your head are particularly handy for night-time walking); a multi-tool/penknife with tin opener. Oerol loves open tins.
  • Also recommended: a fully charged power bank; a tick remover; sun cream; cushions (for those hard wooden benches).
  • Digital list: follow Oerol on Instagram and Facebook & listen to the music of Oerol 2019 on the Spotify playlist.

How to get to Oerol?

Oerol always takes place on Terschelling (the island off the northern coast of the Netherlands, between Vlieland and Ameland). It is reached by boat from Harlingen Haven, which you can get to by car, bus, the special festival bus or train. From Harlingen Haven, you take the ferry operated by Rederij Doeksen – you will need to reserve a place on the boat at www.rederijdoeksen.nl. Tip: book early, as the boats fill up quickly.

There is a bus service at Oerol, almost everything is also within walking distance, but we advise renting a bicycle – another good tip is to do this in advance too. Another handy tip: decorate your bike with something easily recognisable, because there will be a lot of people at Oerol riding rented bikes just like yours.

Where to stay at Oerol?

The island has a lot of places to stay. You can sleep in a Bed & Breakfast, a hotel, a hostel, or on a campsite, etc. For more information on the possibilities, it is best to contact VVV Terschelling. Terschelling gets very busy during Oerol, so book your accommodation in advance. However romantic sleeping in the dunes might sound, Terschelling can get very cold at night, and that sand really does get everywhere.

Here is a list of various campsites that are suitable for small tents:

See you at Oerol!

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