Salad Days

Salad Days is a printed and on line magazine containing local information for parents, teachers and carers of children in Saffron Walden, Bishop's Stortford, Great Dunmow and surrounding Villages.

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Should I get my child into music?

Should I get my child into music?

September 17


Studies indicate that playing an instrument makes you smarter. It’s true, scientists say that those children who are exposed to music and learning an instrument, do better in school that those who don’t.


Walk to School!

Walk to School!

September 17

Road traffic has grown by 80% and the number of children travelling to school in cars has doubled over the past 20 years.


Salad Days publishes articles on health, books, music, sport, lifesyle, science, art and more.

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Saffron Screen - films for children

Friday, 01 September to Tuesday, 31 October

Sun 24th September 11am (Cinema for Tinies)
In the latest instalment in the entertaining animated series, reformed villain Gru discovers his long-lost brother Dru – and the Minions are back too. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about wriggling or noise.

Sat 30th September 3pm
Sun 1st October 3pm Sat 7th & Sun 8th October 2pm Tues 24th October 3pm
Gene, the only emoji with multiple facial expressions, heads off with his friends on an exciting journey through various phone apps to save their world.

Sat 14th & Sun 15th October 3pm
Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends are back, battling the local mayor who wants to bulldoze their park.

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd October 2pm Mon 23rd October 3pm
Join Thomas and his friends for this exciting adventure to the mainland that shows us friendship is more important than being the favourite engine.

Thurs 26th October 3pm
A gorgeous stop-motion animated film for older kids about a group of youngsters in an orphanage and the bonds they form with each other and the adults who care for them.

Fri 27th October 3pm Sat 28th October 2pm
Life in the jungle can be dangerous, but the Jungle Bunch – led by Maurice, the tiger-striped penguin – are there to protect their fellow animals. Entertainingly bonkers!

Sun 29th October 2pm
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in the Royal Opera House’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

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The Rhodes, Bishop's Stortford. Cinema, Theatre & Museum

Sunday, 10 September to Sunday, 29 October

thescreen - Spider-Man: Homecoming (TBC) Dads and Sons Special
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Sunday 10th September – 2pm
Treat the boys in your life with a fantastic Dads and Sons day at Rhodes Arts Complex. Meet and have pictures with Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America before embarking on the latest Marvel masterpiece to hit the big screen. Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.
Tickets – Dads and Sons Special £10, £8 Adult, £6 Concession, Family £24
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

Pop Divas Live
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Sunday 24th September – 3pm
The best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show – that’s Pop Divas Live!
Little Mix will cast some Black Magic, Katy Perry will Roar and of course, Adele will be saying Hello as five enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest pop performers of today. Meghan Trainor, Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift and Rihanna will all be dropping in to the biggest Pop Party ever so make sure you’re there! With dazzling choreography, state of the art videos and superb vocals, Pop Divas Live! is suitable for all ages and will leave you wanting more!
Tickets - £15, Special Deal for Phoenix Students £12
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

thescreen – ROH Live Encore – The Magic Flute (12A)
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Sunday 24th September – 7pm
Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.
Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems…
Tickets - £15, £10 Child
Please note: Sung in German, with English subtitles, approximate running time 3 hours 10 minutes including one interval.
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

thescreen - Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie (PG) Interactive Screening with characters
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Saturday 30th September - 11am
It’s superhero day at Rhodes Arts Complex, come along in fancy dress as your favourite superhero with prizes and competitions on the day. To top it all watch two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.Fancy dress competitions for the best dressed girl, boy and adult!
Tickets - £8, £6 Concession, £24 Family
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

The Hunting of the Snark
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Friday 6th October - 1.30pm and 4.30pm
All aboard! The ship is departing! All children, animals and silly people welcome! The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds. Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem. Fresh from London’s West End, this show features five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour.
Tickets - £15, £13 Concessions, £52 Family
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

Museum Drop In Activity
Bishops Stortford Museum
Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th October – 11am to 3pm
Celebrate the publication of Lewis Carole’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in 1865 by making a playing card soldier of you own.
Tickets - £2 per child, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Hoot Owl – Master of Disguise
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Tuesday 24th October – 11am
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl – He’s a Master of Disguise! And he plans to use his cunning camouflage powers to gobble up the tiny animals of the night. Trouble is, Hoot Owl’s prey keep escaping! Is Hoot Owl as masterful as he thinks he is? Will he become a member of the Owl Parliament? And will he EVER succeed in catching himself some dinner?
Tickets - £10, £8 Concession, £32 Family
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

Morgan and West – More Magic For Kids
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Wednesday 25th October – 2pm
Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West!
Tickets - £10, £8 Concession
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

Museum Drop In Activity
Bishops Stortford Museum
Thursday 26th October – 11am to 3pm
Be Inspired by Hoot Owl – Master of Disguise (showing at The Bishops Stortford Theatre on Tuesday 24th October) and follow the owl theme by making a cut out owl with moving wings.
Tickets - £2 per child, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Halloween Mask Drop In Activity
Bishops Stortford Museum
Saturday 28th October – 11am to 3pm
Make a mask for Halloween, creative fun for all ages.
Tickets - £2 per child, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

thescreen – ROH Live Encore – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (12A)
The Bishops Stortford Theatre
Sunday 29th October – 2pm
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.
Tickets - £15, £10 Child
Book online at or via the box office on 01279 710200

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Life in the Ice Age exhibition

Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 14 January

The Life in the Ice Age exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum opens on Saturday 12 August 2017 and continues until Sunday 14 January 2018. This exhibition explores the ice ages and is a collaboration between the Travelling Natural History Museum (TNHM) and Saffron Walden Museum.

Find out about the ice ages: ice sheets, glaciers and times of warmer weather. You can meet Stone Age man and discover ice age creatures. Stone tools and fossils from the collections of Saffron Walden Museum and the Travelling Natural History Museum will be on show. See fossils and models of animals that were found around the world during the ice ages, such as sabre-toothed tiger and cave bear, and those that lived in Britain during cold glacial and warm interglacial periods over 10,000 years ago. These include glacial woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros fossils and interglacial elephant, giant ox and hippopotamus fossils. TNHM is also exhibiting models of ice age creatures. You can meet a life sized sabre-toothed tiger and a European wolf. Visitors can also view a woolly mammoth however this model is not life sized because it would not fit into our exhibition gallery!

Three days of events will be held to accompany the exhibition.

Stone Age Day on 16 August when visitors can meet Stone Age man. A re-enactor will be setting up camp in the museum grounds and showing us what life was like in the Stone Age. You can even touch some tools made thousands of years ago.

Woolly Mammoth Fun Days on 25 and 26 October when visitors can take part in craft activities and learn about these enormous creatures.

The activities are drop in sessions, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm. Children must bring an adult and entry fees apply.

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