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Do I have to pay for Stories Unfold?

Entry to the castle grounds is free, as are some of the activities. For activities like concerts, workshops and gastronomic events, you have to buy a ticket. The website clearly indicates which activities are for free and which aren’t.

What are the opening days and hours?

Stories Unfold takes place from August 1 to October 29, every week from Wednesday to Sunday.

General opening hours

  • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. - 11.30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. - 11.30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11.30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 11.30 p.m.

Summer bar opening hours 

  • Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Friday: 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Can I bring my own food and drinks to Stories Unfold?

No, you’re not supposed to bring your own drinks and food. You can order something from our summer bar. The bar’s opening hours can be found in the answer above.

Are animals welcome at Stories Unfold?

Animals are welcome if you keep them on a leash.

Is Stories Unfold suitable for young children?

Yes, Stories Unfold has plenty to offer for the youngest among us. For example, we’ve got lots of children’s activities planned. Explore the program.

Is the Rubens Castle accessible for wheelchair users?

The Rubens Castle is an old site. This means that some areas can be difficult to access for people using wheelchairs. However, most activities take place in the Pavilion, where you can also find the bar, and that location is easily accessible. There is also an accessible toilet for wheelchair users. Would you like more information or do you need assistance? Don’t hesitate to let us know via info@storiesunfold.be.

Are the property and castle freely accessible?

The property and castle are free to visit during opening hours:

General opening hours

Wed: 11:00 - 21:30
Thu – Fri: 11:00 - 23.30
Sat – Sun: 10:00 - 23:30

Bar 1635 opening hours

Wed: 12:00 - 21:00
Thu – Fri:  12:00 - 23:00
Sat – Sun: 10:00 - 23:00




What’s the address of the Rubens Castle?

You can find the Rubens Castle at Steendreef 77, 1982 Zemst.

How can I reduce my carbon footprint during Stories Unfold?

You can cycle to Zemst or use public transport to get to the festival. The nearest train station is that of Eppegem; nearby bus stations are those of Eppegem Station, Vilvoorde Haesendonckstraat and Elewijt Kerk. Please respect the environment by not leaving items behind and by throwing your rubbish in the appropriate bin. We use reusable cups; head to the bar for more information.

What’s the best way to get to Stories Unfold?

Stories Unfold attaches great importance to sustainability. That’s why we ask you to come by foot, bike (there’s plenty of cycle parking) or by public transport. The nearest train station is Eppegem, where you can use a bike sharing service (more info on that coming soon). Nearby bus stations are those of Eppegem Station, Vilvoorde Haesendonckstraat and Elewijt Kerk.


Can I rent the Rubens Castle and its gardens for a private event during Stories Unfold?

No, Stories Unfold is a public event. The activities we organize are open to everyone.

How can I pay at Stories Unfold?

You can pay by card and cash at the summer bar. For the paying activities and concerts, you have to buy a ticket in advance via the website.

Is there wifi at Stories Unfold?

Yes, there’s wifi on the castle grounds.

Which items are not allowed on the castle grounds?

You’re not allowed to bring your own drinks or food. (Pocket) knives and other sharp objects are not allowed either; nor are alcohol, drugs or other substances, drones, fireworks and any other item that the organization considers to be dangerous.


Can I volunteer at Stories Unfold?

We need a lot of helping hands during Stories Unfold. Fancy rolling up your sleeves?  Then send an email to crew@storiesunfold.be and let us know which days or period you are available.


To whom can I direct press enquiries?

Please send your press enquiries to press@storiesunfold.be.

Where can I send my general questions?

Please send your general queries to info@storiesunfold.be.