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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Weight lifting and women

Weight lifting and women

September 18

Its a myth - “Lifting weights and doing resistance work in the gym will make me bulky; I just want to tone up"


The role of social media in bullying – and what can be done to stop it!

The role of social media in bullying – and what can be done to stop it!

September 18

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

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Saturday, 20 October to Wednesday, 31 October

Join in the frighteningly fun Halloween spooktacular at the Audley End Miniature Railway!

Your little devils will be given a trick or treat bag on entry before boarding the haunted Halloween express. The train will then journey deep into the woods to visit the coven of witches who live on the Audley End Estate together with their pumpkin friends.

The wicked witches will entertain you as you arrive at their cobweb clad clearing, cackling and chanting spells around their cauldron before giving everyone a special treat. But make sure you behave yourselves as they perform their witchy dance, or they might cast a spell on you…

The Audley End witches do love seeing you kitted out in your spooky finery – so make sure you dress to scare!

The Halloween entertainment continues at the activity area where children can create a creepy craft, test out their thriller dance moves before listening to a spooky tale. Face painters will also be on hand to give Halloween makeovers.

Devilishly delicious food and drink will be available at the Signal Box Café to refresh even the hungriest witches and ghouls.

The Halloween spooktacular is spooky but never scary and therefore suitable for even the smallest of monsters.

The Audley End Halloween spoooktacular runs from 20th October through half term week and up to and including Halloween on 31st October. The trains run from 10.00am through to 4.40pm** (**trains only run from 4.00pm to 6.40pm on 29th, 30th & 31st October for late night running). Booking is required. Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day.

Included in the ticket price:
Train Ride through the woods to visit the witches and their pumpkin friends, craft making, face painting, storytelling, a visit to the dance tent and a gift for every child (gifts for 0-24 months can be purchased on the day for £2.00)

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Event details

Pumpkin Party

Saturday, 27 October

Pumpkin Party 16.00-17.30 Pumpkin carving, crafts and a short talk about how Jesus brings light into our lives, followed by a light tea. The Charis Centre, Water Lane, Bishop’s Stortford. £5 per family to include one pumpkin and additional pumpkins costing £1 each.
Contact: 01279 461231 or email for more details

Messy Church Newport

Sunday, 28 October

Messy Church. 15.30. “Children of the World”. A range of craft activities and games followed by tea for all the family - sandwiches and cakes. We would love you to join us at
St Mary’s Church, Newport

Salad Days likes to publish as many events as possible which children might enjoy or that are relevant to young children. If you have an event you would like included fill in the details on the "contact" page - see top menu bar

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