Rauma Lace Week and Open Yards of Old Rauma 21.–29.7.2018 and Black Lace Night 27.7.2018
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 begun. So, in case you’re around and thinking what to do, Rauma is the place to be.
Don’t know 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’ saying ‘blah’? Don’t let the name distract you. Even though Rauma is famous for its’ lace, Rauma 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, the most fascinating part of Rauma Lace Week is a peek in the inner courtyards of Old Rauma, the historic wooden old town. Old Rauma is not only one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, but also a lively neighbourhood where 800 people are still living their everyday life in these old wooden houses. Every single house in Old Rauma has its history, name and story.
And a lovely yard that is usually closed by gates.
Rauma Lace Week and Old Rauma Open Yards and Flea Markets 2018
During Rauma Lace Week, that means until Sunday the 29th of July 2018, 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 will open the gates to the inner courtyards for anyone to view. Most of the open courtyards are having a flea market or a little coffee service. Below, you can see a map of all the 40 houses taking part in this event this year. You can print out this map or grab one to go from any open yard you visit.
Even if you aren’t that interested in the flea markets, you should go, explore and peek inside the gates now, when you have a chance. And don’t forget to pay a compliment for two or the owners – people in Rauma really love it!
Scroll down for two local tips for the open yards of Old Rauma.
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. Click the map, and it will open in a new window.
Old Rauma Open Yards that you shouldn’t miss
Open Yard and a Pop-up Café in Naolmäki, Vähämalminkatu 1
Some participants are willing to go for an extra mile during Rauma Lace Week. My friend Nora and her neighbours belong to this group. The yard number 36 is called Helsing, and besides a flea market, this spacious yard hides a pop-up café serving coffee and other refreshments, including ice-cream and sweet treats. You can find this yard also on Facebook.
Wälmlä Home Museum, Eteläpitkäkatu 30
Another Old Rauma yard not to miss is called Wälmlä, and this one is a true surprise even for locals. Wälmlä (number 26 on the map) hides a massive collection of ye olde items in a stunning home museum maintained by the residents. Wälmlä is a museum that doesn’t have an entrance fee, doesn’t advertise itself but is welcoming visitors whenever they happen to find them.
You can easily waste an hour or two listening to the stories and viewing the collections of Wälmlä. If you have time for only one open yeard during Rauma Lace Week, make sure it’s this one.
The highlight of Rauma Lace Week: Black Lace Night
The real highlight of Rauma Lace Week is called the Black Lace Night, which takes place on Friday the 27th of July. Traditionally, all ladies wear black lace in their outfit – at least a little lace string around a toe, if nothing else. Of course, you’re allowed to arrive without black lace, but wearing some is part of the fun.
The whole old town will be packed with people, and there will be a countless number of different kinds of events starting in the morning, lasting until the early hours of Saturday. See the detailed program for the Black Lace Night in English here.
Besides the Black Lace Night, the whole week is filled with fun events from exhibitions, concerts and competitions, like Miss Lace competition, to a huge international outdoor market in the town centre – and everything in between. You can view the detailed daily program to find the most exciting events for you. The program for children’s Lace Week is here.
The Black Lace Night on Friday the 27th of July is the highlight of Rauma Lace Week. The whole town will be packed with people, music and happiness.
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. Also, Poroholma Camping will have a lot happening during the Lace Week.
If you prefer a bit more relaxing day at the sea, I can highly recommend you a day trip to the lighthouse island of Kylmäpihlaja. You can catch the water bus to get there and visit the old fortress island of Kuuskajaskari during the same journey. If you’re really into the history, you should also stop by in Rauma Maritime Museum!
If you still long for something more to do during your visit, check out this massive post with more than 30 travel tips to Rauma.
Tervtulo Raumall merem barttall – ol niingon gotonas!
Funny fact: we have our ‘own language’ here in Rauma, a dialect that hardly anyone can properly understand. The sentence above means ‘Welcome to the seaside town of Rauma, enjoy your visit’!