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Experience program Ketelbinkie & Kruitloper

The first iron Dutch naval ship, BUFFEL, came from the construction yard in Glasgow, Scotland in 1868. The originally steam-powered ship is now moored in the port of Hellevoetsluis, within the historic fortress.

The Ketelbinkie – Kruitloper experience activities program is one of the possible additions to a visit; there are many options in consultation.

The program is set in 1868, when the new BUFFALO needed crew. Ketelbinkie – Kruitloper participants (from 8 years old) are students on board. Their experiences of the special activities are also in the 21st century
still relevant.

Experience activities aimed at discovering, doing and experiencing

All participants will be met upon arrival and divided into boxes (teams) of preferably four people. Together they follow a preparation and the opening ceremony in 1868. All this in just 20 minutes.

Afterwards, each box with supervisor and worksheets follows a varied activity program spread over several decks of the ship. This takes about an hour and a half.

A communal closing ceremony of approximately 10 minutes brings everyone back to the 21st century.

An addition to the program for groups of 16 or more participants is possible. This addition includes an introduction to the ship based on questions during a tour on board. A break with a soft drink and chips is included.


Spending two hours on a warship in 1868.


Koningskade 2, 3321 CC Hellevoetsluis (in the fortress).

Intended for:

Groups of 4 or more participants from 8 to 80 years old. They are guided on board by enthusiastic volunteers.


In bad weather or dark: The entire program is held below deck.

Participants must climb stairs between decks; only the upper deck is wheelchair friendly.

Join us for a historic maritime experience!

Availability and registrations

To participate in the Ketelbinkie-Kruitloper program, reservations are required at least two weeks in advance, just like with other BUFFEL packages.

Please contact:
• the general information number of the
BUFFALO: 06 – 3049 4685 or
• by e-mail to
to request information and/or make further arrangements.

A Ketelbinkie – Kruitloper arrangement is possible for 16 or more people outside the regular BUFFEL opening hours.


Participants in the two-hour Ketelbinkie Kruitloper program only pay €13.00 per person (€15.00 as of July 1), regardless of age. This includes the entrance fee. Accompanying supervisors or interested parties who do not actively participate in the program only pay the normal entrance fee.

In the case of a social activity, half.
For schools the rate is €6.00 ​​per person including 4 supervisors.
And half for schools from Voorne aan Zee.

These prices give access for the entire agreed day.

More information

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and sometimes some light refreshments are available on board (for a fee at reception). Other, more extensive packages are also possible upon reservation; see

There is free parking nearby.

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