The Hague has its own Southpark, and it’s nothing like the American sitcom. Zuiderpark has a lot to offer, but I want to tell you about the open-air theatre, which is a real treat. This is the only open-air venue in the region. It’s nestled in a pocket of beautiful trees and almost surrounded by water, which I suppose acts as a natural fence to keep out non-ticket holders. Amateur societies can use the venue for their shows, but there are also big names in music (and theatre shows for the little ones. The location is seasonal (July, August and September) and very definitely weather dependent, but as they explain on their website, the bad-weather policy states that shows will play unless code red is forecasted (extreme weather). So, in true Dutch style, if it’s raining, “just put on a poncho!”
Local concert venue Paard in the city also programmes concerts here in the summer. I can honestly say that seeing José González play solo accompanied by the rustling of the trees and a sunset backdrop was one of my favourite gigs in The Hague.
Parking is close by, and the theatre itself has café and toilet facilities but does not allow you to bring your own refreshments to concerts or shows. However, considering that many volunteers are involved in keeping this location running smoothly, I think it’s no problem to support the venue by buying drinks or snacks on site.