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We are approaching the long summer break! You might be having a stayvacation, going abroad, juggling work and other family commitments and planning each day with military precision, or perhaps you are just looking forward to being chilled. 
This is the time of year when the outdoors beckons – when all sorts of brilliant activities are available and many of them free. Look through the summer edition of Salad Days for help with finding wonderful things to do with your children.
Probably one of the most annoying things about the summer holiday is that it’s only just started and already you will see signs all over the place advertising “back to school!” Then you’re off buying uniforms, bags and boxes! So this is the moment to remember a poem by William Henry Davies which starts with the words: 
“What is this life if, full of care, 
We have no time to stand and stare. 
No time to stand beneath the boughs 
And stare as long as sheep or cows.” 
I’d like to quote the whole poem (which actually isn’t very long) because it reminds me that, whilst I still have masses to get done and deadlines to meet, it is necessary to step outside once in a while and enjoy 
“Streams full of stars, like skies at night.” 
This summer is unique - the summer weeks you enjoy with your family and friends will be different next year - so I hope you can find the time to “stand and stare!” This edition marks the end of the academic year 2018-19 and is therefore an appropriate time to say thank you to advertisers, contributors, readers, schools, nurseries, health visitors and children’s settings, for the wonderful support I continue to enjoy for Salad Days. 
Happy summer 2019! 

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Take Away the Walls

Wednesday, 05 June to Sunday, 03 November

Saffron Walden Museum. CB10 1JL New exhibition opens: “Take Away the Walls”. Open Tue – Sat 10.00-17.00
Suns and Bank Holidays 14.00-17.00. Adults £2.50, discounts
1.25p, children free, season tickets £8/ £4. Tel: 01799 510333. days when the museum is closed, visitors can still explore the grounds, which include some outdoor exhibits,a listening bench, and the ruins of Walden Castle.

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Saffron Screen

Monday, 01 July to Saturday, 31 August

Aladdin (PG) Sat 13th July 15.00, Sun 14th July 13.45, Sun 21st July 13.45 (autism-friendly screening). A vibrant and exciting live-action retelling of the classic animation – it’s a whole new world!

Paw Patrol (U) Sun 14th July 11.00 (Cinema for Tinies
The ‘pawsome’ pups are back in town with six new back-to-back episodes of this favourite animated series. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about noise or wriggling.

Men in Black: International (12A tbc) Sat 20th July 15.00
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in this new outing for the agency fighting extra-terrestrial life on earth – expect comedic one-liners and super slick cars!

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG) Mon 22nd July 3 15.00
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.

Toy Story 4 (PG tbc) Fri 26th, Sat 27th, Sun 28th, Mon 29th July & Fri 2nd August 15.00, Sat 3rd & Sun 4th August 14.00
In what will probably be the final instalment in the peerless Pixar animated series, Woody and Buzz embark on a road trip with friends old and new.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (12A tbc) Sat 10th & Mon 12th August 15.00
Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

The Queen’s Corgi (PG) Fri 16th, Sat 17th & Mon 18th August 15.00
A fun animation about the adventures of the Queen’s favourite dog when he finds himself outside the palace walls.

Apollo 11 (U) Sun 18th August 15.00
An awe-inspiring documentary about the first manned moon landings, featuring a newly discovered treasure trove of footage.

Jaws (12A) Wed 21st August 15.00
A chance to see the classic summer holiday film on the big screen – you’ll never go in the water again!

The Lion King (PG tbc) Fri 23rd & Sat 24th August 15.00, Sun 25th August 14.00,
Mon 26th August 15.00.
Disney’s all-new live-action version of the classic animated tale follows the journey of lion cub Simba to be the true king of the African plains.

Horrible Histories: The Movie (PG tbc) Fri 30th & Sat 31st August 15.00, Sun 1st September 15.00
The popular TV series hits the big screen with a hilarious film and a great cast all about the Romans and how rotten they are.

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Audley End Miniature Railway Summer Festiva

Saturday, 20 July to Wednesday, 18 September

Audley End Miniature Railway Summer Festival. The Picnic Area will be packed full of activities including, Story Telling, Face Painting, Games Area and Craft Making. You can also take an enchanting Train Ride through the Audley End Estate Woodland and dive into the magical land of our Fairy and Elf Walk!

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