Local events

Find local children friendly events in Saffron Walden, Bishops Stortford, Great Dunmow and surrounding villages. Thanks to all who help compile the list particularly the Saffron Walden and the Bishop's Stortford Tourist Information Centres .

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April 2019

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. jaynehartley@me.com

May 2019
Saffron Screen

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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“Love your local market ” fortnight

Friday, 17 May to Friday, 31 May

“Love your local market ” fortnight, CB10 1HR
This nationwide promotion encourages the public to shop at their localmarkets. In 2018 Saffron Walden market held the title of Best Small Outdoor Market in the Great British Market Awards. Market days are Tuesdays & Saturdays – do visit the town on these days, and support your local traders by buying some extra items at the market!

Hartbeeps at Littlebury Village Hall - Wednesdays!

Wednesday, 22 May to Wednesday, 26 June


Littlebury Village Hall, Littlebury

Baby Bells (babies from newborn-sitting): 10:30am
Baby Beeps (babies who can sit unaided): 11:45am
Happy House (confidant walkers and their siblings): 12:45pm

Message kelly@hartbeeps.com to book.

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Copy Date for Summer Holiday Issue of Salad Days

Friday, 24 May

Pirate & Mermaid Festival

Saturday, 25 May to Sunday, 02 June

Audley End Miniature Railway – Pirate & Mermaid Festival. www.audley-end-railway.co.uk. 01799 510726. The picnic area will be packed full of fun activities – story telling, face painting, games area and craft making.

Take Away the Walls

Saturday, 25 May 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.
www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org.On 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.

Messy Church

Sunday, 26 May

St Mary’s Church, Newport invites you to Messy Church at 15.30
followed by tea for all the family - sandwiches and cakes
Please contact Neil for more details 01799 540339

Saffron Walden Museum Half Term

Monday, 27 May to Sunday, 02 June

Saffron Walden Museum half term . Wed 29: Build a bug hotel (£1.50)
Sessions last 30 mins and run between 10.30 – 12.30 and again in the afternoon between 1.30-3.30, tickets allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Thu 30: Build a birdhouse (£1.50)
Sessions last 30 mins and run between 10.30 – 12.30 and again in the afternoon between 1.30-3.30, tickets allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Fri 31: Help plant our nature gardens (Free) 11-1pm

25th – 3rd Museum butterfly trail, explorer packs available at reception and a butterfly display in Curiosity Corner (free) Enquiries: 01799 510333 www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org

Manuden Scarecrow Trail

Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 02 June

Manuden Scarecrow Trail; A fantastic family day out in the picturesque village of Manuden as you hunt for scarecrows created in the theme of Best of British. Maps on sale daily from 10am - 4pm from Manuden Village Community Centre. Refreshments, raffle and bouncy castle all add to the fun. All proceeds from the event will go to local causes and Sands, stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Trail maps cost £2.50 with prize for all completed entries.

"Allo Allo"

Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 02 June

Clavering Players present: “ALLO ALLO” Clavering Village Hall. Box Office: Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre. More details: www.claveringplayers.co.uk

June 2019

Saffron Walden Museum - 12th Century Live!

Saturday, 01 June

Saffron Walden Museum - 12th Century Live! 10.00-15.30. Join us as the Museum and Castle grounds are transported back in time. Practise military drills, fire a Ballista and try on period costumes. Experience 12th century games, crafts and cooking. Explore local and family history with history societies from across Uttlesford (additional charges may apply for food & craft activities).

The Littlebury Festival – Pop-Up galleries and gardens open.

Saturday, 01 June

The Littlebury Festival – Pop-Up galleries and gardens open. Tea & cakes, History Exhibition. Entry by programme from the Village Hall

Wandlebury Activities

Saturday, 01 June to Sunday, 30 June

June is the time to be outdoors. CambridgePPF has a diverse range of activities prepared for you this month.

Coton Countryside Walk: Coton Reserve–Madingley Rise–American Cemetery
Saturday 1 June: 10am to 3pm
Join us for a sociable 7.5 mile long countryside walk around picturesque Coton village and its beautiful surroundings. No need to book. Free, donations are appreciated. Meeting point is the Martin Car Park at Coton Reserve, Grantchester Road, Coton.

Hinxton Watermill Open Day
Sunday 2 June: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
See the mill in action, riverside walk and ‘Where’s Ratty’ game for children. NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non-members entry is £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book. Mill Lane, Hinxton CB10 1RD

Wandlebury Adventures: Woodland Crafts (for unaccompanied 8-12 year old children)
Monday 3 June: 6pm to 8pm
Have fun designing and making miniature treehouses using natural materials, £75 for 6 or £15 each individual session. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury, CB22 3AE Booking in advance essential by email enquiries@cambridgeppf.org or telephone 01223 243830

Wandlebury Adventures: Wonderful Clay (for 8-12 year old unaccompanied children)
Monday 10 June: 6pm to 8pm
Get creative with clay as you sculpt unique natural art in the outdoors! Session is £15. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury, CB22 3AE Booking in advance essential by email enquiries@cambridgeppf.org or telephone 01223 243830

Trees of Wandlebury in Summer – Free guided walk
Tuesday 11 June: 10am to 12pm
Learn to identify the native trees found at Wandlebury. Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE

Saturday Bushcraft for Families
Saturday 15 June: 9am to 11.30am
Every third Saturday of each month you can now explore the natural world through the skills of bushcraft together as a family. NB: £18 per family (£12 for single adult and child). Includes all specialist equipment and a drink and snack. Booking essential at www.wildthymeandembers.co.uk
Wandlebury Country Park CB22 3AE

Wandlebury Adventures: Scavenger hunt (for 8-12 year old unaccompanied children)
Monday 17 June: 6pm to 8pm
Navigate your way around Wandlebury on the hunt for scavengers, and use photos to seek out your treasure. £15 each individual session. Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE Booking essential in advance by email enquiries@cambridgeppf.org or telephone 01223 243830

Wandlebury Adventures: All Things Nets! (for 8-12 year old unaccompanied children)
Monday 24 June: 6pm to 8pm
Explore the woods and pond for extraordinary beasties. £15 each individual session. Meet at the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury, CB22 3AE. Booking in advance essential by email enquiries@cambridgeppf.org or telephone 01223 243830

Vital Spark Festival of Play and Creative Wellbeing
Sunday 30 June: 10.30am to 1pm
Creative taster session activities such as family yoga, wild stories, and joy club. Tickets £5 per person or £20 for a family ticket of up to 2 adults and 3 children. Booking essential. To book email katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE

Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas
Sunday 30 June: 2pm to 4pm
Guided tours, have a go at turning the mill and teas/cakes. No need to book. Off Caxton Road, Bourn CB23 2SU.

Saffron Screen at the Museum

Sunday, 02 June

Join Saffron Screen for an outdoor screening of The Princess Bride at 2pm. Gates open at 12 with food stalls and entertainment. We will also reveal the lucky winners of our Saffron Screen Prize Draw! Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.

Scottish Dance Theatre: Innocence

Sunday, 02 June

11.00 & 14.30 at Saffron Hall
A unique playroom performance, Innocence invites little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake’s imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure. Innocence is a magical theatrical journey led by Scottish Dance Theatre’s captivating dancers, with live music, songs, giggles and animal noises by Paul Bradley. A beautiful and engaging dance experience for young ones, their families and friends. Age guidance 3+. Tickets: www.saffronhall.com or 0845 548 7650

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Accuro Day

Tuesday, 04 June

Come and join us to celebrate our 1-year anniversary at our Tocher House office. You will be able to find out more about the services we offer to people with disabilities as well as how you could get involved from a volunteering perspective. There will be refreshments, activities and a chance to network with local community members.
Time: 11AM -1PM
Address: Accuro (Care Services), Start Hill, Tocher House, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7TA

SWCHS Art Show

Saturday, 08 June

(Art/photography/design/textiles) 10.00-16.00. Art Dept – (by Sports Hall), Audley End Rd, Saffron Walden.

St Mary’s School, Cambridge Senior School Saturday Workshop.

Saturday, 08 June

St Mary’s School, Cambridge Senior School Saturday Workshop. Book a visit: stmaryscambridge.co.uk/visit.

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Lab Tots

Monday, 17 June

Lab Tots 10.30 for 45 mins
Newport Village Hall, Station Road, CB11 3PL
Younger siblings welcome -no charge
Ages: Preschool/Home Ed. 3yrs-8yrs
For more information and to book please see website. Drop in subject to space available £10.00 per child.
Contact: Sophia (Proff)
T: 07720 292350
E: sophia@labtots.com
W: www.labtots.com

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Clavering Village Fete

Saturday, 22 June

13.00-16.00 Clavering Village Fete at The Jubilee Field, Clavering Village Hall, Clavering.

Thorley Preschool Summer Fayre

Saturday, 22 June

Thorley Preschool Summer Fayre 10.30-12.30 at the Christian Centre, Vicerons Place, Thorley Park. CM23 4EL. Stalls, games, bottle tombola and a raffle with lots of prizes.

Newport Art Group's 33rd annual Exhibition

Saturday, 22 June to Sunday, 23 June

Newport Art Group's 33rd annual Exhibition 10.00-17.00. Newport Village Hall, Station Road, Newport. CB11 3PL. Framed and unframed paintings for sale. Craft Stalls, Display of art work by pupils of Newport Primary School; Refreshments
Parking and easy access. Free Admission For further information please contact Jane Nash 01799 540716 jane.nash@jammyweb.org.uk

Messy Church Newport

Sunday, 23 June

St Mary’s Church, Newport invites you to Messy Church at 15.30
followed by tea for all the family - sandwiches and cakes
Please contact Neil for more details 01799 540339

BBQ and Bounce

Thursday, 27 June

Windhill 21, BBQ and Bounce. 15.30-17.30. Fundraising event for the school. A family event where children can have a bounce on a collection of bouncy castles and everyone can enjoy the BBQ.
Windhill21 School, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford, Herts CM23 2NE

Sewards End Fete 12.30-16.30

Saturday, 29 June

Sewards End Fete 12.30-16.30

Walk and Talk

Sunday, 30 June

All Saints’ Church, Stansted Road, Hockerill. 14.00 Walk & Talk. Meet at All Saints’ Church at 14.00 for a short walk followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome, including dogs with ‘well behaved owners’!


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