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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February 2019

Themuseum: Puppet Making. (Rhodes)

Tuesday, 19 February to Thursday, 21 February

Join in with the puppetry of Snow White, Rose Red & Bear Brown and make your very own animal puppet.
Please note this is drop in workshop so numbers may be limited at one time.

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Play in a Day;

Wednesday, 20 February

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 7.00pm 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 a place on the day for your child call 01279 450 270. Tickets for the show are available online.

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Snow White, Rose Red & Bear Brown

Friday, 22 February

Rhodes Arts Complex
Snow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were Babes in the Wood. Not as worldly wise as their Mother would have liked, they are nonetheless, kind, caring and sometimes a little over enthusiastic in their deeds!
When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins. But why has the bear chosen them as playfellows? Why is there sadness in his eyes? And who on earth is that rude little man with a ridiculously long beard that they keep bumping in to?
All questions will be untangled in this new show from the Woods of Widdershins, using puppets, storytelling, original music and a fantastical fairytale forest.
Suitable for ages 5 and up

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March 2019

Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

Friday, 01 March

The Windy Dragon Premiere

Friday, 01 March

Accuro Care Services Saturday Play Club cordially invite you to their red carpet premiere of The Windy Dragon, a film produced by a group of young children with disabilities from Saffron Walden. In collaboration with Mousetrap, a charity that aims to open the doors to the world of theatre, the children have created their own short film which they are delighted to showcase for their local community.
The event will take place at The Theatre at Dame Bradbury’s School, Saffron Walden at 18:15.
Please kindly contact: fundraising@accuro.org.uk to arrange for complimentary tickets. As tickets seats are limited, tickets will be made available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information about Accuro and the services they provide, please visit the website:

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Toddler Gym

Friday, 01 March

Dame Bee’s Toddler Gym offers the chance to play, learn, run free and explore in a fun, safe and stimulating environment. Apparatus is set up to stimulate and inspire young minds, helping to develop concentration, strength, coordination and balance skills.

Messy Church Salvation Army

Sunday, 03 March

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. Its aim is to introduce Jesus, to give an opportunity to encounter him and to grow closer to him. Messy Church takes usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 4 - 5.30pm at The Salvation Army, Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden, it’s free and tea is provided. Children must bring a parent or carer. For an idea of the fun have a look at our website www.messychurch.waldenarmy.org.uk. For further information, please call Steph on 01799 510798 or email stephanie.hall@salvationarmy.org.uk.

9 to 5, The Musical!

Tuesday, 05 March to Saturday, 09 March

Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company presents "9 to 5, The Musical!" Saffron Walden Town Hall: 19.30 each evening plus 14.30 matinee on Saturday. Tickets from stagestubs.com or SW Tourist Information Centre. Not suitable for young children.

Shrove Tuesday - PANCAKES!

Tuesday, 05 March

Springtime Forest School

Friday, 08 March

Dame Bees Stories, Springtime Forest School. Free event 09.00-10.00 book at office@damebradburys.com

International Women's Day

Friday, 08 March

All Saints’ Quiz

Friday, 08 March

All Saint’s Church, Stansted Road, Hockerill.
All Saints’ Quiz 19.30 pm in the Church Hall, raising funds for our choir. Bar open, but bring your own nibbles. £6 per person, payable on the door. Teams of up to 8, or come and join a team. Let Mtr Su know (e-mail: su.tarran@ntlworld.com) before 5 March if you have a table of 8 or would like to be placed in a group. Supervised children’s films, upstairs in the choir vestry, for younger family members.

British Science Week

Friday, 08 March to Sunday, 17 March

Spring Forest School

Friday, 08 March

Spring Forest School - Come to the wonderful springtime world of Forest School. Parents and children are welcomed to join in with the outdoor exploring and fun way to learn. Hands on activities including tool use, tree climbing and den building encourages a connection with our natural environment and builds resilience, confidence and creativity. Dame Bradbury's. Saffron Walden.

Volunteer Recruitment Morning

Saturday, 09 March

Volunteer Recruitment Morning. Come and find out about how you can volunteer for Grove Cottage from 10.30am - 12noon at The Charis Centre. You will be able to learn about what our volunteers do and how volunteering gives back, explore our current opportunities and take your first steps to becoming a Grove Cottage Volunteer! No need to book. For more details, please contact Sue, our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01279 651908 or email: volunteer@mencapgrovecottage.org

Make a Will Week

Monday, 11 March to Friday, 22 February

Support Accuro (Care Services).

Longmores Solicitors and Baxter Harries are each offering a free will writing service during this time in exchange for a donation to Accuro (Care Services), a local charity supporting people with disabilities in West Essex.
Please contact the solicitor of your choice: Longmores Solicitors on 01992300333, or Baxter Harries on 01277362332 to arrange an appointment.

Red Nose Day

Friday, 15 March

Spring Creations

Friday, 22 March

Spring Creations - Enjoy a morning of sensory play, creative spring activities and let the warmer days, blossoming flowers fuel your child's creativity and excitement for all that this season holds in store. Dame Bees Saffron Walden.

Copy date for Summer Term Issue of Salad Days

Friday, 29 March

Copy date for Easter issue of Salad Days. Ask about advertising, send diary dates and review listings by 29th March

Mothers' Day - Mothering Sunday - Daylight Saving Day

Sunday, 31 March

It's later than you think!

April 2019

“13 – AND NOW WHAT?”

Friday, 05 April to Sunday, 07 April

Hyperfusion performance: “13 – AND NOW WHAT?”
Fri 5th at 19.30, Sat 6th at 14.30 and 19.30, Sun 7th at 19.30. Saffron Walden Town Hall. Box Office: Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or online at www.hyperfusion.co.uk

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Easter specials at Audley End Miniature Railway

Saturday, 06 April to Monday, 22 April

Audley End Miniature Railway Easter Special. Tickets on sale 8th February

May 2019

Ashdon Fun Run

Monday, 06 May

Ashdon 10K & 3K Run / 3K Fun Run 2019 from 09.00 (10.30 race start). Register at :-

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