To the countryside for Walpurgis Day!

Photo: Remo Savisaar

To the countryside for Walpurgis Day!

  •   Photo: Eesti Maaturism
  •   Photo: Visit Estonia

On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, for the fifth time rural tourism companies will open doors for visitors, to introduce their companies and services! Every participating company has a special offer for their visitors. Walpurgis Night, April 30th, is celebrated in some countries as a time when witches were believed to gather. The following day, May 1st, is called Kevadpüha (Spring Day) in Estonia and signals the arrival of spring.

Who will be there?

Rural tourism companies, nature tourism and adventure experience providers, goat farms, cheese farms, cider farms, wineries, wine villas, and several other farms and small producers will take part. Additionally, museums, visitor centres, handicraft centres, sights, attractions and other exciting and interesting places will participate. During this day, excursions introducing the companies will take place and in some places, discount cards and 1 = 2 gift cards will be awaiting guests.

More adventurous people can test their skills in a 3D bow and arrow field with animal figures, take part in treasure hunt, try disc golf, take part in a safari in the wildlife park, or practice your golf skill at the golf course. Nature-lovers can enjoy a bog walk with a biologist, take part in the scooter hike in Otepää nature park and go on a trip along the Pärlijõgi (Pearl River). Raft trips on Saadjärv and on Ermistu Lake will also take place.

Exciting workshops in cooperation with volunteer marine rescuers will be held in Pärnu. Marine biologist Jüri Tenson will hold a talk with all the visitors interested in fish and their lives. Ecological friends in Lahemaa invite visitors to come and get to know nature-friendly systems and principles such as solar panels and solar power generators.

Harbour in Hiiumaa

Photo by: Mariann Liimal, Visit Estonia

Some companies will be introducing their innovations on this very day to visitors. Pop-up and farm cafes will be open, including a cannabis cafe and milk bar. During this day, a tour of decorative and herb gardens take place. As spring will be in full swing, in addition to the products of small businesses, you will also be able to purchase plants. Furthermore, you can take a walk in the highest organic berry field and visit the highest lighthouse in Estonia!

On this day, the smallest of the family have also been thought of. Spring is the time for small animals and birds on the farms. Alpacas, ponies, rabbits, raccoons, goats, sheep, calves, geese, ducks, chickens, roosters and pheasants are waiting to be seen, and some of them even petted. Santa Claus is even waiting to be visited on May 1st. Afterwards, go listen to the mini-concerts of young trumpet prodigies in Pärnu, or listen to the performance of 100 Dutch brass player in Avinurme.

Workshops are waiting for DIY-lovers – making little animals out of cattails, clay modeling, braiding of ethnic ribbons, wool spinning, folk games and dance lessons are just a few examples of available activities. One company will even hold a drawer making workshop. Quiltwork lovers can see the magnificent quilt exhibition in Rapla County.

For the first time in the history of Open Doors Day, you can participate in animation and film workshops in Rapla County and sculpt under the guidance of the most famous Estonian sculptor in Harju County. You can even have a portrait drawn by a well-known artist for only a small cost.

Enjoying holiday in Mooska farm

Photo by: Mariann Liimal, Visit Estonia

In some places you can invigorate your sense of taste, for example you can participate in BBQ training in Harju County, or in Saaremaa you can prepare an a la carte restaurant dish under the supervision of the head chef. Everybody is welcome to the Apple Liquor Factory in Rapla County as well!

The day will concldue with the concert "Rändaja" in Soomaa.


Why should you visit the Day of Open Doors?

Simply because rural life is so diverse and why not spend a nice and energetic day in countryside.
You can find offer for Open Doors Day on www.maaturism.ee

Last updated : 26.04.2018

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