Are you an expat in Finland or travelling around the northern pearl just for fun? This is where you should head right now: Rauma Lace Week, the biggest and the most important summer event in Rauma, has just began. So in case you are around and you are thinking about what to do, Rauma is the place to be. Are you wondering what or where is Rauma? It’s a cosy little seaside town on the south-west coast of Finland.
Are you now stuck with the word ‘lace’ and thinking ‘blah’? Don’t let the name distract you. Even though Rauma is famous of its’ lace, Lace Week is about so much more than just making lace.
You can make lace even by dancing, as shown by Mirku Flika dance group at the opening ceremony of Rauma Lace Week in 2015.
For tourists, and locals too, perhaps the most fascinating part of the Lace Week is a peek in the inner courtyards of Old Rauma, the historical wooden old town. Old Rauma is not only one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, but also a lively neighbourhood where people are still living their everyday life, in these old wooden houses. Every single house has its’ own history, name and story.
And a lovely yard that is normally closed by gates.
During Rauma Lace Week, that means until Sunday the 31st of July, there is an ongoing event called Old Rauma open yards and flea markets. What does this mean?
Every house in Old Rauma that is participating in this event is opening its’ inner courtyard for anyone to view. Most of the open courtyards are having a flea market or a little coffee service on their yard. Below you can see a map of all the 35 houses taking part to this event. You can print out this map or take one with you from any open yard you visit.
Print out the map of Old Rauma Open Yards and Flea Markets, or save it on your phone once you head for Rauma Lace Week celebration.
The true highlight of Lace Week is called the Black Lace Night, which takes place on Friday the 29th of July. Traditionally all ladies are wearing black lace in their outfit.
Besides the Black Lace Night, the whole week is filled with different kind of events, exhibitions, concerts and even a huge international outdoor market in the town centre. You can view the detailed daily program on the website of town of Rauma to find the most interesting events for you.
Once you visit Rauma, don’t forget to enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the most authentic coffee shop in Old Rauma, or to test out our new toy which can be found on Otanlahti beach close to Poroholma camping. That is Poroholma Wake Park, a cable ski where you can do wakeboarding. They have now built also a ramp for jumping, in case you are a true madcap.
If you prefer a bit calmer day at the sea, I can highly recommend you a day trip to the lighthouse island of Kylmäpihlaja, where I very recently spent 5 wonderful days together with my kayak. You can catch the water bus to get there, and visit the old fortress island of Kuuskajaskari during the same trip. If you’re really into the history, you should definitely stop by in Rauma Maritime Museum!
Tervtulo Raumall merem barttall, ol niingon gotonas!
Funny fact: we have our ‘own language’ here in Rauma, a dialect that hardly anyone can understand properly. The sentence above means ‘Welcome to the seaside town of Rauma, enjoy your visit’!
And I’m sure you will!
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