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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October 2019

This Autumn at The Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop's Stortford

Saturday, 26 October to Saturday, 23 November

Alice in Wonderland – Saturday 26th October, 2pm and 6pm
Join Alice down the rabbit hole in her magical adventures through Wonderland in this brand-new staging of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ Come and join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts plus many more exciting colourful characters! This exciting and playful take on the tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family!
Peace at Last – Monday 28th October, 2pm
Mr Bear can’t sleep. Mrs Bear is snoring. So he goes to sleep in Baby Bear’s room. But Baby Bear is pretending to be an aeroplane. So he goes to sleep in the living room… Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose team up with Gallions Primary School in Newham to create a new opera for 3-5-year-olds, based on Jill Murphy's much-loved picture book, Peace At Last which has been delighting families for generations. Performed in a new composition for three singers, accompanied by harp and woodwind.

Michael Morpurgo’s – I Believe in Unicorns – Tuesday 29th October, 2pm
Olivier Award nominated 'Wizard Presents' brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life. This intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. I Believe in Unicorns sparks imagination in both young and old. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey. Suitable for families with children aged 6+ and anyone who loves stories and books. The performance also includes a 'book swap’, for which audience members are invited to bring along a favourite children's book (for ages 6 and upwards) to help form part of the stage set at the beginning of the show. At the end the children are invited to swap their book for another one and so have a new story 'from the library' to take home with them.

Pop Divas Live! – Saturday 23rd November, 6pm
Get ready for the best songs from all your favourite female stars in one fabulous fun-packed show. Little Mix will cast some Black Magic and Taylor Swift will Shake It Off as four enormously talented girls bring you up close and personal with the greatest female pop performers of today. Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Rihanna will all be dropping in to the biggest Pop Party ever so make sure you’re there! With dazzling choreography, state of the art videos and superb vocals Pop Divas Live! is the perfect pop concert experience for the little divas in your life.

Rhodesartscomplex.co.uk 01279 710200

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Saffron Screen

Saffron Screen

Wednesday, 30 October to Tuesday, 31 December

Thurs 31st October 3pm
A special family Halloween screening of this much-loved animation set in Dracula’s lavish resort for monsters and their families. Prize for the best Halloween costumeABOMINABLE (PG)
Sun 1st & Sat 2nd Nov 3pm; Sun 3rd & Sat 9th Nov 2pm
A spectacular animated adventure as teenager Yi has to help a yeti return from Shanghai to his home in the Himalayan mountaintops.

Fri 15th Nov 5pm; Sat 16th & Sun 17th 2pm; Sat 7th Dec 3pm, Sun 8th Dec 5pm & Fri 20th Dec 2pm
Shaun the Sheep is back on the big screen with an intergalactic adventure as he and the gang must try to return a friendly alien to her home.

Sat 23rd Nov 3pm, Sun 24th Nov & Sun 8th Dec 2pm
This sequel to 2014’s story of Disney’s villain from Sleeping Beauty stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith.

Sat 30th Nov 3pm; Sun 1st & Sat 14th Dec 2pm
The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block.

Sun 1st Dec 11am
When her younger brother unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of Playmobil, unprepared Marla must go on the quest of a lifetime to bring him home. Cinema for Tinies – enjoy the cinema without worrying about noise or wriggling.

Thurs 19th Dec 3pm
A dementia-friendly screening (but open to all) of this glorious Christmas classic about a department store Santa who has to prove that he is in fact the real old gent.

Sat 21st Dec 3pm; Sun 22nd Dec 2pm
The Muppets’ version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a glorious treat and one of the best adaptations of this festive tale. Special festive screenings with a visit from Father Christmas.

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November 2019
STEAM Activities

STEAM Activities

Monday, 04 November to Sunday, 22 December

Monday Morning Xmas STEAM Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers and older kids for Nov-December 2019

All activities start at 9:30am and is followed by lunch if you wish to stay and play.

Please bring snacks for the children to share.

Monday November 4th STEAM Xmas science morning.

Monday November 11th STEAM Xmas Painting and sensory morning.

Monday November 18th- STEAM Xmas Building and creating morning.

Monday November 25th-STEAM Xmas music morning.

Monday December 2nd-STEAM Xmas winter nature morning.

Monday December 9th-STEAM Xmas reading and creating morning.

Monday December 16th-
STEAM Xmas crafting morning
Please note one of these activities might be filmed by BBC or Chanel 4.

For more information or to book:
Contact Sandra; T: 07708 157326

Saffron Walden Museum

Friday, 15 November to Sunday, 22 March

New exhibition opens: “From Death Masks to Diaries” – exploring the many faces of portraiture. Open Tue – Sat 10am – 4.30pm, Suns and Bank Holidays 2 – 4.30pm. 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 outdoor exhibits, a listening bench, and the ruins of Walden Castle.

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Audley End Miniature Railway

Saturday, 23 November to Tuesday, 24 December

Enjoy the most magical Christmas Experience with your family at the Audley End Miniature Railway. Take our Santa Express deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate where you will arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland! You will meet the big man himself, along with his VERY cheeky Elves, receive a special gift and also watch a crazy Christmas Dance! Must book: www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

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Sunday Market/Christmas Light Switch on - Saffron Walden.

Sunday, 24 November

"Light Up Walden" including lantern parade.

Messy Church Newport

Sunday, 24 November

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

Christmas Wreath Making

Thursday, 28 November to Wednesday, 04 December

28th November 2pm-4pm
4th December 7:30pm-9:30pm
Join us for some festive fun at our Wreath Making
Workshop Fundraiser, raising money for our charity which supports people with disabilities across West Essex.
At our workshop led by Florist Claire for Margot Florae, you can create a beautiful festive wreath to take home.
A glass of fizz and nibbles will be provided. This Event will be held at our office, Tocher House, Start Hill, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM22 7TA.
To book your place, please contact fundraising@accuro.org.uk or visit our website www.accuro.org.uk

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Christmas Fair, St Mary's Parish Church, Saffron Walden.

Saturday, 30 November

Free entry, disabled access and refreshments.

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Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, 30 November

Christmas Bazaar – family fun, gifts, food, cakes, crafts, refreshments and lots more! All Saints’ Church, Stansted Road, Hockerill (time tba)

Music throughout the Years Quiz

Saturday, 30 November

Location: United Reformed Church Hall, Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden; 7pm doors open for food, 7:30pm quiz to start.

The evening will consist of a nostalgic music quiz hosted by Ronnie Booth as well as a raffle at the end. Come along and appreciate music history whilst raising money for Support 4 Sight! Quiz teams of 8 required, but individuals and smaller teams are encouraged to come along, make friends on the night and join forces with other small teams. Tickets are £12.50 and include fish and chips or vegetarian burger and chips. Tickets will need to be booked in advance, please contact amanda@support4sight.org.uk or call 01799 588 897 to book.

Christmas Panto Trail.

Saturday, 30 November to Saturday, 04 January

Christmas Panto Trail at Bishop’s Stortford Museum. 12.00 every day except Christmas Day. Claim your sweet treat by helping the fairy tale characters complete their magical quest by finding the hidden signs. Free activity suitable for under 10s.

Drop in - No booking required!
Rhodes Arts Complex

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December 2019

Thorn Grove Primary School Reception Tours for children starting Sept 2020;

Monday, 02 December to Wednesday, 15 January

Monday 2nd Dec
Tuesday 3rd Dec
Wednesday 4th Dec
Friday 13th Dec
Wednesday 8th January
Thursday 9th January
Friday 10th January
Monday 13th January
Tuesday 14th January
Wednesday 15th January

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All day will late - Christmas Market, Saffron Walden.

Friday, 06 December

9am – 8.30pm, King St/Market Place, CB10 1HR.
An annual evening of fun beginning at 5.30pm, with shops remaining open until 8.30pm, market and charity stalls lining the central streets, entertainers, and a Christmas Gift Fair (see entry beneath) in the Town Hall. Don’t miss it! Enquiries: 01799 524002.

Christmas Gift Fair

Friday, 06 December to Sunday, 08 December

SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN HALL, CB10 1 HR. (Front entrance, upstairs). Free entry, refreshments & gifts on sale, in aid of the Mayor’s charities. Friday: 9am – 8.30pm, to coincide with Late Night Shopping. Saturday: 9am – 5pm, Sunday: 9am – 5pm. Enquiries: 01371 830783.

Winter at the stage Stortford

Saturday, 07 December to Sunday, 23 February

Sleeping Beauty – from Saturday 7th December – Sunday 5th January (Various times)

Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny – Saturday 15th February, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Children can stay behind after the show to meet the puppets.

Tom Brace: Brace of Spades – Friday 21st February, 1pm

Black Magic: The Little Mix Show – Saturday 22nd February, 7pm

Rhodesartscomplex.co.uk 01279 710200

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Get your skates on to Hockerill’s Christmas Market

Sunday, 08 December

11am – 4pm
Hockerill Parents and Friends are pleased to invite you to attend their Christmas market this year on Sunday 8th December, 11am – 4pm.

Hockerill Anglo European College, based on Dunmow Road, is pleased to open its doors to the local community and hopes that everyone will come and join in the fun. There is lots going on and it promises to be a great event for all the family.

Over 20 stalls providing a wide range of gifts, food and drink and Christmas present ideas including jewellery, scented candles, homewares and a wide range of craft items. There will be face painting and henna tattoos as well as hot drinks and a winter BBQ!

A number of entrepreneurial students from Hockerill Anglo European College will be running stalls providing festive treats, games and entertainment.

The skating rink will be back by popular request so do get your skates on and come and join in the Festive Fun, whilst supporting local small businesses and the local community. Everyone is welcome
or turn up and pay on the day. Penguin skating aids will be available. Min age - 4 years. Under 8s need to be accompanied by an adult”
To find out more about Hockerill’s Christmas Market go to https://www.facebook.com/HockerillParentsandFriends/ or email HPF@hockerill.com
Hockerill’s Christmas Market will be held at Hockerill Anglo European College, Dunmow Rd, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5HX. Parking at the venue is very limited so please be considerate when parking or walk where possible.

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Story Time at The Museum

Wednesday, 11 December

13.30. Join us in the museum for our special story telling! Perfect for toddlers and pre-school, our story telling sessions 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. Rhodes Arts Complex. FREE

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January 2020

Closing date for applications for places at primary and junior schools for September 2020. Essex CC and Herts CC.

Wednesday, 15 January

Closing date for applications for places at primary and junior schools for September 2020. Essex CC and Herts CC.

Copy date for Spring Issue of Salad Days covering March April and May.

Friday, 24 January

Copy date for Spring Issue of Salad Days covering March April and May.


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