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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Salad Days May-June 2017
Easter Issue Salad Days 70
New Year Issue 2017
Christmas 2016 Issue no 68
Issue 67 Autumn 2016
summer 2016 Issue 66

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June 17

An old favourite and so easy!


Be a time traveller!

Be a time traveller!

June 17

Fab Science


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

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August Events

Tuesday, 01 August to Thursday, 31 August

1–31 August
Mad Science Holiday camps. to book now!

2nd August
10.00-12.00 Bees!—holiday event for accompanied children at Wandlebury. CB22 3AE. Age 7 to 11. Enter the world of bees! Find out about the honey bees.Booking essential.

5th August
Free Museum Tour – Bishop’s Stortford Museum. 11.00. Join us at the reception desk for a free guided tour of the museum displays. No need to book.

7th-11th August
Discoveries and Inventions at Audley End House & Gardens. 11.00–17.00.

8th August
10.00-12.00 for ages 5 to 8. 13.00-15.00 ages 3 to 5. Art adventures — holiday event for accompanied children at Wandlebury. Booking essential.

8th-10th August
Make a Summer Bird Mobile – Bishop’s Stortford Museum. Drop in activity between 11.00 and 14.00, £2 per participant. All persons under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

9th August
10.00-12.00 Pond predators — holiday event for accompanied children at Wandlebury. CB22 3AE. Age 5+. Pond dipping followed by craft activities. Booking essential.

12 Aug to 14 Jan 2018
New Exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum. Life in the Ice Age. Meet Stone Age man and discover the creatures that lived here during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago.

13th August
Messy Church 16.00. Get messy and creative as we explore a biblical story or theme. Cooked supper. Email: Venue: Windhill Churches Centre behind St Michael’s Church, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2ND

The Nurture Barn Baby and Toddler Summer Outdoor Barnfest 10.00–15.00.

15th August
Come and try Canoeing! Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club 12.45pm-3.45pm, on the River Stort. No need to book - just turn up suitably dressed. It’s not just for kids - parents can have a go as well! £5 per go - cash only – all proceeds to Grove Cottage.

16th August
Saffron Walden Museum Stone Age Day: To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Life in the Ice Age, we’ll have a special visit from a Stone Age Man! A small charge may apply to this activity - please contact the museum for more information.

21st-26th August
Tempos Performing Arts Holiday Workshops for ages 3-16 years. See pages 28 and 36 current issue Salad Days

22nd-24th August
Stortford Tapestry Craft Activity – Bishop’s Stortford Museum; Drop in activity between 11.00–14.00, £2 per participant. All persons under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

23rd August
Saffron Walden Museum. Shell Creatures: Get crafty and make your own sea creatures out of shells. Use one of our shells or bring any that you’ve collected from the beach! Drop-in sessions, 11.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.00. Usual admission charges apply and children must bring an adult.

Saffron Screen Films August

Friday, 04 August to Thursday, 31 August

Fri 28th July 3pm; Sat 29th July 11am (autism-friendly screening); Sun 30th & Mon 31st July 3pm; Tues 1st, Weds 2nrd, Thurs 3rd & Thurs 24th August 3pm
In the latest instalment in the entertaining animated series, reformed villain Gru discovers his long-lost brother Dru – and the Minions are back too.

Fri 28th July 8pm; Sat 29th July 3pm; Thurs 24th August 8pm
DC’s greatest heroine takes on her solo live-action debut, as Diana enters the human world to bring an end to the Great War.

Fri 4th & Sat 5th August 3pm; Sun 6th August 2pm
A charming animation about a Tibetan mastiff who leaves home to pursue a musical career but is drawn back to protect his village from danger.

Sat 12th & Sun 13th August 3pm
Fireman Sam must help Pontypandy when an alien hunter-cum-TV presenter (voiced by David Tennant) comes to town.

Mon 14th & Thurs 17th August 3pm

Fri 18th, Sat 19th & Sun 20th August 3pm
Peter Parker tries to return to his normal daily routine while coming to terms with his new-found identity as Spider-Man, until he has to take on the evil Vulture.

CARS 3 (cert tbc)
Fri 25th & Sun 27th 3pm
Lightning McQueen is trying to get back into racing, taking on the new generation of fast cars, and turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician.

Fri 25th August 8pm & Sat 26th August 3pm

In the third chapter of this critically acclaimed reboot of the franchise, Caesar and his apes are embroiled in a deadly conflict with an army of humans.

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Life in the Ice Age exhibition

Saturday, 12 August 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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