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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June 2019

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.
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.

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July 2019
Saffron Screen

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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Fab Science

Thursday, 25 July to Friday, 26 July

FabScience at RA Butler School, Saffron Walden. Emma Ranade spends most of her time exploding things and experimenting at Fab Science birthday parties, holiday clubs, home education groups and school workshops. www.fabscience.co.uk 07799 624777

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National Youth Orchestra & Nicola Benedetti

Friday, 26 July

National Youth Orchestra & Nicola Benedetti 19.30 at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH. Tickets available in person from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, or online at www.saffronhall.com, or call 0845 548 7650.

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Newport Village Fete, Dog Show and Car Boot Sale

Saturday, 27 July

Newport Village Fete, Dog Show and Car Boot Sale. 12.00-17.00. Newport Common, CB11 3PN. Entrance is free to pedestrians, £1 per car. Car Boot stall is £10 in advance, £12.50 on the day. For further details email Newport.fete.essex@gmail.com

In Situ: Theatre at The Leper Chapel:

Saturday, 27 July

Ghost Stories 20.00. A deliciously scary evening out. Tickets £15 available in advance at www.insitutheatre.co.uk and at the venue from 7.30pm. The Leper Chapel, CB5 8JJ – opposite Cambridge United. No parking on site.

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Joust at Audley End House & Gardens

Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 28 July

13th Century Joust at Audley End House & Gardens. Displays of strength, skill & horsemanship by knights in chain mail.

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Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 year olds)

Monday, 29 July to Wednesday, 04 September

Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 year olds) 29 July-30 July, 05 Aug-07 Aug, 12 Aug-14 Aug, 19 Aug-21 Aug, 27 Aug-28 Aug 3-4 Sept 2019: 08.30-16.00. Holiday Bushcraft at Wandlebury is designed for children ages 5-12 and is run by experienced, qualified teachers from the outdoor learning experience group, Wild Thyme & Embers. All basic bushcraft techniques suitable for this age range will be taught. Booking essential. Further information visit wildthymeandembers.co.uk. Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE

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Pure Rhythm Summer School

Monday, 29 July to Friday, 02 August

Pure Rhythm Summer School. Work on material from a variety of musicals for the big performance on the last day. If you love Musical Theatre this is the summer school for you. To enquire email sue@purerhythm.co.uk www.purerhythm.co.uk

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Activities Saffron Walden Museum.

Wednesday, 31 July

Embossed Pinch Pots – Activities Saffron Walden Museum. Session slots between 10.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00. 30 minute, ticketed sessions, at £1.50 each, please pre-book in person at the museum. Usual admission charges apply and children must bring an adult. Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL. Enquiries: 01799 510333 or see www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org

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August 2019
Wandlebury Activities August

Wandlebury Activities August

Thursday, 01 August to Saturday, 31 August

Painting and Drawing En Plein Air
Saturday 3, 10, 17 August: 9am to 2pm
Connect with the natural beauty of the local landscape on this unique drawing and painting workshop hosted by professional treescape artist Debbie Baxter. Wandlebury Country Park, £60 per person per day. To book email debbiebaxterart@yahoo.co.uk

Coton Countryside Walk: Coton Reserve–Madingley Rise–American Cemetery
Saturday 3 August: 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.

Walk with a Warden at Wandlebury
Saturday 3 August: 2.30pm to 4pm
A gentle guided walk with one of our wardens. Free, meet at the noticeboard in the Wandlebury Country Park car park. Suitable for ages 8+.

Hinxton Watermill Open Day
Sunday 4 August: 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

Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 years)
5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21 Aug & 3,4 Sept : 8.30am to 4pm
Holiday Bushcraft at Wandlebury is designed for children ages 5-12 and is run by experienced, qualified teachers from the outdoor learning experience group, Wild Thyme & Embers. All basic bushcraft techniques suitable for this age range will be taught. Booking essential at wildthymeandembers.co.uk. Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE.

Go Bats at Wandlebury
Friday 9 August: 8.30pm to 10pm
A guided walk at dusk to look for bats, use a bat detector and learn more about these fascinating creatures. Free, for ages 9+. Bring a torch and remember it gets cooler after dark. Meet at the noticeboard in the Wandlebury Country Park car park.

Leper Chapel Opening
Saturday 10 August: 12pm to 3pm
Chance to see inside one of Cambridge’s oldest complete surviving buildings. Free event, donations welcome. Leper Chapel Cambridge. No parking on site.

Teddy Bear Adventures with Vital Spark Theatre
Thursday 15 August: 1pm to 2pm or 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Bring your own teddy and join Vital Spark for an accompanied family workshop, packed full of teddy adventures! The Stable Rooms, Wandlebury Country Park. £8 per child. For 2-8 year old accompanied children. Booking essential, email katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org

Story Hunters with Vital Spark Theatre
Friday 16 August: 10am to 4pm
Imaginations will run wild on the hunt for super stories with this creative holiday workshop at Wandlebury. Booking essential, email katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org Ages 5-12 year olds unaccompanied, £35 per child.

Wild Bedtime Stories with Vital Spark
Friday 16 August: 5pm to 6.30pm
Wear your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies (and probably wellies!); bring your favourite teddy if you wish. NB: Booking essential, email katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org
Children must be accompanied. Dress for the weather. Held in the Stable Rooms, Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE. £6 per child, includes hot chocolate.

Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas
Sunday 18 August: 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.

Debbie Baxter Solo Art Exhibition
Saturday 24 August to Monday 2 September: 10am to 3pm
Professional treescape Artist Debbie Baxter will be displaying brand new work in her solo exhibition at Wandlebury, A Journey Through Trees. Entry free, Wandlebury Country Park. For further information: contact debbiebaxterart@yahoo.co.uk

Iron Age Walk
Wednesday 28 August: 10.30am to 12pm
Gentle warden-led guided walk around Wandlebury to discover some of the history of the remains of the circular Iron Age. Suitable for the whole family. Meet at the Wandlebury Park noticeboard next to the car park.

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Copy Date for Summer Holiday Issue of Salad Days

Friday, 02 August

Wellcome Genome Campus - GENOME LATE,

Friday, 02 August

Wellcome Genome Campus - GENOME LATE, CB10 1RQ ‘Defeat the Helix’, 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Explore the Wellcome Genome Campus on a Friday evening! Pre-book a puzzle experience (3 – 6 players age 14+) or enjoy relaxing at the bar with a drink. Genome Gallery, Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton. Free, but booking required:

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Copy Date for Autumn Issue of Salad Days

Friday, 02 August

Family Picnic & Open Garden, Balsham.

Sunday, 04 August to Monday, 05 August

Family Picnic & Open Garden, Balsham. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music maze & gardens at 2a, Nine Chimneys Lane (park in Church car park.) Tickets £4/£2. www.arhc.org.uk/events .

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Hands on History at Audley End House & Gardens.

Monday, 05 August

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Holiday Bible Week

Monday, 05 August to Friday, 09 August

Holiday Bible Week. Bishop’s Stortford College Pre-Prep School. Sign up for a fun packed week long holiday club for children aged 51. Run by the Churches of Bishop’s Stortford. Games, crafts, Bible study, singing and more.

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Wallace's Great Big Birthday Bake Off

Friday, 09 August

Wallace’s Great Big Birthday Bake Off at Saffron Walden Museum. Come and celebrate Wallace the Lion’s 200th birthday! Get out your wooden spoon and bake Wallace a birthday cake to enter into the competition. Food and party games on the lawn. Create your own party hat (£1.50 charge). Usual admission charges apply and children must bring an adult. Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL. Enquiries: 01799 510333

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Stagecoach Put On A Show

Monday, 12 August to Friday, 16 August

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CSI Walden!

Monday, 12 August to Friday, 16 August

CSI WALDEN (Caitriona’s Science Investigation). Fun Forensic Science Days for ages 9-13. Solve crimes using real forensic science techniques. 10.00-15.00 at Saffron Walden County High School. To book or for further details and costs call Caitriona on 07754808694 or visit www.csiwalden.co.uk.

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Fab Science

Wednesday, 14 August to Friday, 16 August

FabScience at Hillmead School Bishop’s Stortford. Emma Ranade spends most of her time exploding things and experimenting at Fab Science birthday parties, holiday clubs, home education groups and school workshops. www.fabscience.co.uk 07799 624777

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Barracudas Activity Day Camps

Thursday, 15 August to Friday, 23 August

Barracudas Activity Day Camps – Bishop’s Stortford
Offering fun activity weeks and days for children aged 4½-14 years during the summer holidays at Bishop’s Stortford College.

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Peppa Pig: My First Concert

Friday, 16 August

Peppa Pig: My First Concert. Peppa Pig, along with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George, visit Saffron Hall for Peppa Pig: My First Concert – a fun, interactive introduction to a live orchestra for ages 18 months and older. Peppa and George learn all about the different sounds that instruments make together and enjoy some of their favourite music from the show played by an orchestra as well as discovering some other exciting orchestral pieces perfect for children. Little piggies can join in with Peppa and her family, and make music of their own!

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Family fun day - Support4sight

Saturday, 17 August

Support 4 Sight are holding a charity family fun day at the Garden Room in Saffron Walden on Saturday 17th August from 12pm - 4pm. The day will include live music, face painting as well as a cake sale, story time by Harts Books and more!

BARNFEST

Saturday, 31 August

The Nurture Barn’s 5th year’s Outdoor Summer BARNFEST is here - perfect for families with babies & toddlers: Saturday July 13th & August 31st at 10.00-14.00. Doors open at 09.30. See inside back cover.

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September 2019

Bishop’s Stortford College Open Morning. 09.30-13.00

Saturday, 21 September

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