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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Summer Half Term 2019

Summer Half Term 2019

April 19

The summer term! So what’s inside this issue? Learn how to run, and how to do a handstand - they’re not just for children! Read the guide on treating bites and stings using many items already on your kitchen shelves, see reviews on some brilliant books for children to read during those precious gaps in their schedule just to chill! Cook flowerpot bread or pizza. If you’re separated, its definitely worth reading about planning trips abroad with your children. Check out the lists of activities, clubs, toddler groups, health clinics, schools, sports and so much more.


Published Articles

World Environment Day - at Hatfield Forest

World Environment Day - at Hatfield Forest

April 19

Helen Hooker & Elizabeth Reeve
Visitor Welcome Team
Hatfield Forest


Outdoor learning - so many benefits

Outdoor learning - so many benefits

April 19

Provide by Matthew O’Reilly, Head of Junior School, St Mary’s School, Cambridge


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

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Running Course

Monday, 29 April to Wednesday, 29 May

Want to learn to run? 4 week course with Jane Hartley and Liz Carter starts on 29th April.

Saffron Screen

Saturday, 04 May to Sunday, 30 June

Dumbo (PG) Sat 4th, Sun 5th, Sun 12th & Thurs 30th May 15.00
Tim Burton’s live-action remake expands on the classic Disney animation as Danny De Vito’s circus owner works out how to look after the baby elephant with enormous ears.

Shazam! (12A) Mon 6th May 15.00; Sat 18th May 16.30
A hugely enjoyable, family-friendly comic book adaptation about streetwise teenager Billy Batson who is unexpectedly granted super powers.

Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun (U) Sat 11th & Sat 18th May 14.00; Sun 16th June 11.00 (Cinema for Tinies) Join Peppa and George as they embark on brand new adventures, dancing in the mud at a children’s festival, celebrating Grandpa Pig’s birthday and heading to the cinema.

Wonder Park (PG) Sun 26th 14.00; Mon 27th & Tues 28th 15.00; Sat 8th June 15.00
An entertaining family animation about June who discovers an incredible amusement park populated by talking animals and must use her imagination to save it.

Avenger: Endgame (12A tbc) Fri 31st May 15.00 & 19.30; Sun 2nd June 15.00
Can the remaining Avengers use their skills and powers to restore their lost friends from the dust-like state they were left in after Avengers: Infinity War and save the world?

The Princess Bride (PG) Sun 2nd June 14.00
Join us for a special outdoor screening of this much-loved adventure comedy and bring the whole family along for a fun afternoon of film in the magnificent grounds of Saffron Walden’s Castle.

Detective Pikachu (12A) Sat 15th June 14.00; Sat 22ndJune 15.00; Sun 23rd June 14.00
This live action / animated film features Ryan Reynolds voicing the detective, on the hunt for missing detective Harry Goodman and trying to save the Pokémon detective.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG tbc) Sat 29th June 15.00; Sun 30th June 14.00
This hilarious sequel continues the story of Jack Russell Max and his furry buddies, following their secret lives in New York City after their unsuspecting owners depart for work or school each day.

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Rhodes - Bishop's Stortford

Monday, 06 May to Tuesday, 25 June

This Summer at THE STAGE Stortford:

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio - Monday 6th May, 2.30pm

Based on the fantastical children’s book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in a vibrant re-telling of Pinocchio’s extraordinary adventures. Packed with comedy, audience interaction, and a host of new songs guaranteed to have you singing along from start to finish, this high energy musical promises to be the perfect treat for the whole family, no strings attached!

An Elephant in the Garden – Saturday 25th May, 3pm
1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing at the end of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies’ from the West - and the Russians from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: an RAF officer who has bailed out of his aeroplane; a homeless school choir on the run from the Nazis; and the American army-tanks, appearing over the horizon. Morpurgo’s moving story resonates with the plight of refugees and displaced people fleeing wars around the world today.

The Wizard of Oz – Monday 27th May, 2pm and 6pm
Come and meet Dorothy as she goes on a magical adventure to the Land Of Oz. Follow Dorothy as she tries to find her way home. Along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion who is desperate to be brave and have some courage. It’s not going to be easy for Dorothy to find her way home with the Wicked Witch of the West keeping a close eye on her! Will the Great and Powerful Oz be able to help?

Ministry of Science – Tuesday 25th June, 6pm
WARNING! WARNING! 100% Educational. 200% Entertaining. 300% Explosive. 400% Fun.
This is a public safety announcement…..Please keep your head firmly on your shoulders, and your arms, legs and feet inside the ride at all times – Ministry of Science Live is about to explode onto the stage! Ministry of Science Live is not your ordinary science show – it comes with a bang. It comes with a whoosh. But most of all is comes with a hovercraft built on stage! This new production takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in. From Liquid Nitrogen frozen flowers to Hydrogen Bottle Rockets. From Buzz Aldrin to Virgin Galactic. From a cat food tin to the Hovercraft. From the discovery of Methane to the invention of the Battery. Join the super talented presenters and the voiceover from above (X Factor’s Peter Dickson) as they take you on a journey using brilliantly designed demonstrations with a few loud bangs to lead the way. Fingers in ears advised….

This Summer at THEMUSEUM Stortford:
Story Time at the Museum – Wednesday 8th May and Wednesday 12th June, 1.30pm
Join us in the museum for our special story telling! Perfect for toddlers and pre-school, our story telling mornings are a fantastic way to enjoy books with your little ones and let their imagination run wild! After the story telling you can join in with our activity, whether it be a sing song, small craft session or a trail around the museum.
No need to book, just head to reception on your arrival.

Museums at Night – Friday 17th May, 7pm
Join us in the museum from 7pm as we take part in this nationwide initiative with our night time trail.

International Museum Day – Saturday 18th May, 11.30am
Be a curator for the day! Come along and take a close up look at some of the museum objects and then carry out your own research around the museum to see where they fit in history. Please note that this is a drop in session so numbers may be limited at certain times 01279 710200

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