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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New Year Issue 2018
Christmas 2017
Autumn 2017 Issue 73
Summer Holidays Issue 72
Salad Days May-June 2017
Easter Issue Salad Days 70

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Education & The Law

Education & The Law

February 18

My step-daughter is refusing to go to school.


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

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Saffron Screen Films March and April

Saturday, 03 March to Sunday, 29 April

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th March 2pm Sat 10th March 3pm Sun 11th March 2pm
Sat 24th March 2pm Sun 25th March 3pm
Aardman’s latest stop motion animation is set in the Stone Age as Dug and his friends take on their Bronze Age invaders at a game of football.

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th March 5pm
In this gorgeous live-action sequel to the brilliant 2014 film, Paddington wants to buy Aunt Lucy a birthday present but the odd jobs he takes on result in the inevitable hilarious mishaps.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th March 2pm
In this gorgeous Mexican animation, 12-year-old Miguel just wants to sing and play the guitar so he embarks on an extraordinary adventure to the underworld to prove his talent.

MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE (U) (Cinema for Tinies)
Sun 18th March 11am
A colourful and lively animation with an all-star voice cast as the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria to save Ponyville. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about wriggling or noise.

Sat 31st March 3pm
In the latest Marvel superhero movie, T’Challa, or Black Panther, returns to his home nation to succeed to the throne and save his nation.

Sun 1st & Mon 2nd April 3pm
Musical recorded live at the London Palladium. Last year’s production starring Rufus Hound as Toad is brought to cinema screens as an Easter treat.

Fri 6th & Mon 9th April 3pm
[If you want to miss this out because of its title, that’s fine – it’s target audience is probably years 6 – 9]
In the third part of the Maze Runner trilogy, the team are on a mission to save one of their team mates, captured by the shady WCKD corporation.

Sun 8th 2pm Mon 9th & Weds 11th 3pm
A fun animation with a tremendous British voice cast about a bickering family who are transformed by a witch’s curse into a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf and Frankenstein’s monster.

Sat 28th 3pm Sun 29th 2pm
The classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden is given an update in this family comedy combining live action and CGI.

Duck Duck Goose (PG tbc)
Sat 28th April 3pm; Sun 29th April 2pm
A fun animation about Peng, the silly goose who is too busy messing about to learn to fly south, and finds himself stuck behind with a pair of young ducklings to look after.

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VBS Saffron Walden

Monday, 19 March to Friday, 11 May

Child Applications open for VBS 2018. VBS is a lively, fun week of Bible teaching, worship and activities for local children aged 5-13 years, taking place on the playing fields at Saffron Walden County High School, from 6th-10th August 2018. Apply online at – the closing date for applications is 11th May 2018.

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Rhodes Arts Complex Bishops Stortford - Stage Screen & Museum Events

Sunday, 01 April to Tuesday, 31 July

This Summer at thestage Stortford:
Play in a Day
Tuesday 29th May, 7.00pm

Phoenix Theatre School in association with Rhodes Arts Complex are looking for primary aged children to join us for the challenge of creating a fun new piece of theatre in just one day! We’ll kick off at 10am and then family and friends will be asked to join us at 7pm to see the play we have created. A great opportunity for kids to make new friends and have fun in a safe environment whilst parents get a well-deserved break! To book your child on the day please see The cost of the day is £40 per child.

Nick Sharrat’s Big Draw Along - Thursday 31st May, 2.00pm
Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt to find out how he creates his picture books. He’ll show you how to draw Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. Plus he’ll share some of his very best drawing tips. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in!

This Summer at thescreen Stortford:
Peter Rabbit -Kids for a Quid- (PG) – Monday 7th May and
Monday 28th May, 11.00am
Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.

Tangled Sing-a-Long (PG)
Saturday 26th May, 10.30am
and 1.30pm
Sing along with Rapunzal in this Tangled Sing Along event in association with The Play People.
When the kingdom's most-wanted bandit, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), hides in a convenient tower, he immediately becomes a captive of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), the spire's long-time resident. Crowned with 70 feet of magical golden hair, she has been locked away for years and desperately wants freedom. The feisty teenager strikes a deal with Flynn, and together they begin a whirlwind adventure.

Sherlock Gnomes –
Kids for a Quid – (PG)
Saturday 2nd June and
Saturday 30th June, 11.00am
The beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing, there's only one gnome to call...Sherlock Gnomes. The famous detective and sworn protector of London's garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case.

Duck Duck Goose – Kids for a Quid – (PG) – Saturday 23rd June, 11.00am
A high-flying bachelor goose named Peng is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably hilarious and demanding ducklings, on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family.

This Summer at themuseum Stortford:
Museum’s at Night: Night Time Trail | 16th May | 5pm – 8pm | FREE
As our contribution to the UK-wide “Museums at Night” events we will be hosting our very own night time trail. Find your way around our galleries by torchlight and discover the clues in the museum. Can you answer all of the questions to win a sweet treat at the end? Ideal for children 3+, must be accompanied by an adult.
No need to book, just ask at reception for your trail sheet.
Story Time at the Museum
19th May | 16th June | 10.30am | £1
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.
Roman Writing Workshop
9th June | Time 11 – 3pm | £2 |
No need to book!
Drop-in today and explore the world of Roman writing. You will be able to see a selection of replica writing artefacts from the Museum’s education collection, try writing on a wax tablet in Roman cursive script, choose yourself a Roman name and write it out using a reed pen and ink – great for school show and tell. 01279 710200

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