What’s in a name?
This typical church-centric village on Walcheren houses some 900 souls. Its name, a fusion of ‘kerke’ (‘church’) and ‘bigge’, very common in the Middle Ages, probably derives from patron Saint Begga, who had a role on rheumatism. There is no reason to assume any link to the Dutch ‘bigge’ for (young) pig.
The village church in Biggekerke dates from the 15th century, and is one of the few complete churches on Walcheren. The corn mill, now called Brassers, is another monument, going back to 1712, and renamed in 1833 after a new owner family Brasser, still there today. It tends to operate most days, and you can buy flour and baking products there.
Another special feature is the village’s own pure water aquifer, the Bekerke. It’s also called the ‘Belle of Bekerke’, a play on the Dutch word ‘bel’ for groundwater reservoir. The spring was discovered by a religious father who had the ‘Willibrordusput’ well drilled. As centuries passed, it fell into disuse but resumed service in 2009.
Time for a bit more exertion? Down on the beach, the people at Strandsport Zeeland will soon get you moving, or how about a horse ride in the woods or on the sands with Manege de IJslander? A good old two-footed walk could work too: get some fresh air in the Biggekerke woods, or visit the Zeeland museum for cars, agriculture and curiosa. You’ll find details of routes and ideas in our web shop.
Just once a year, the village’s tranquillity is disrupted by the notorious Solex race noisily careering through, with a vividly attired procession in tow. For a list of events in
Biggekerke, check out the Events Calendar.