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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March 2019

Lab Tots

Monday, 11 March to Monday, 25 March

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

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY YOUR TEDDY IS IN FOR A BIG SURPRISE!

IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY YOUR TEDDY IS IN FOR A BIG SURPRISE!

Saturday, 23 March to Sunday, 28 April

Do you have a large teddy bear that would like to come and live in our enchanted Audley End Woods with our beloved family of furry friends?

Audley End Miniature Railway is running two ‘Donate a Bear’ weekends on 23rd/24th March and 27th/28th April.

Any child with a soft toy over 60cm in height will be able to take a FREE miniature train ride deep into our ancient woods to meet our very own head teddy bear Robin, at his grand stand clearing.

Robin loves this time of year as he gets to meet so many new furry friends to welcome into the woods. He promises to take very good care of each donated teddy and will ensure they are placed in a special spot so you can see your cuddly toy every time you visit us.

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears
The Little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

Ticket Price:

Adults - £8.00
Child - £7.00
Child with teddy bear over 60cm – FREE!
0-2years – FREE
Carer - FREE

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Lab Tots

Monday, 25 March

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

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

Accuro Quiz Night

Friday, 29 March

Accuro Quiz Night. Accuro (Care Services) and Bishop Stortford Rugby Club will be hosting a Quiz Night. There will be a raffle with fantastic prizes. All proceeds will go to Accuro (Care Services), a local charity supporting people with disabilities in West Essex. The event will run from 19:30 – 22:30 at Bishops Stortford Rugby Club, Silver Leys, Hadham Road, CM23 2QE
For tickets, please contact fundraising@accuro.org.uk

Saffron Screen Pop Up

Saturday, 30 March

Saffron Screen Pop-up “MAMMA MIA 2” in Radwinter Church, in aid of The Friends of Radwinter Church. This event will be introduced by Ol Parker, who wrote and directed the film, and
there will also be a short talk following the screening. Refreshments available. Evening, please check exact time when purchasing ticket. Box Office: Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, or online.

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Twelfth Night

Saturday, 30 March to Sunday, 31 March

Twelfth Night- the Musical. The premiere of Quintus Benziger’s exciting new musical version of Shakespeare’s popular comedy, entitled What You Will, in Great Sampford Village Hall on March 30th (19.00) and March 31st (18.00). Details from 01799 586269

Mothers' Day - Mothering Sunday - Daylight Saving Day

Sunday, 31 March

It's later than you think!

Informal service with flowers

Sunday, 31 March

All Saint’s Church, Stansted Road, Hockerill.
Mothering Sunday 10.00. An informal family service, at which flowers will be blessed for children to present to their mums. Parish Breakfast will follow this service.

Mothering Sunday Service

Sunday, 31 March

10.00. Mothering Sunday Service - St Michael's Church, Windhill
Bishop's Stortford CM23 2ND; Tel: 01279 654416

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April 2019

Kathryn Tickell

Friday, 05 April

Kathryn Tickell 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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“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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Baby and Toddler Sensory Play

Friday, 05 April

Explore the body’s senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, balance and movement through activities that help your child express, feel, control, change and experiment during play. Dame Bees at Dame Bradbury's School, Saffron Walden.

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

The Halle Orchestra at Saffron Hall

Sunday, 07 April

THE HALLE 15.00 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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Spring Open Day at Daisy Mays Farm

Sunday, 07 April

Spring Open Day at Daisy Mays Farm 11.00-15.00 £1 entry. Meet the lambs, hold the chicks, pony rides, arts & crafts, Spring treasure hunt etc

Holliday Bushcraft at Wandlebury

Monday, 08 April to Wednesday, 17 April

Holliday Bushcraft at Wandlebury
Mon 8 April – Tue 9 April, 08.30-16.00 AND Mon 15 April – Wed 17 April, 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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Put on a Shaw

Monday, 08 April to Friday, 12 April

Stagecoach Saffron Walden Easter 2019 “Put on a Show”. Age 5-16 yrs. 10.00-16.00 and performance Friday at 15.00. 01799 588246.

Barracudas Activity Day

Monday, 08 April to Thursday, 18 April

Barracudas activity day camps at Bishop’s Stortford College. Barracudas.co.uk or call 01480 467 567. See inside back cover of current issue of Salad Days

Roggy Fingerprint Cards – Activities at Saffron Walden Museum.

Wednesday, 10 April

Roggy Fingerprint Cards – Activities at 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.

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Pop-up Poppins Play

Wednesday, 10 April

10.00-11.30 Storytelling, creative play and craft for families (accompanied children only). £10 per child, Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE. 12.00-15.00 storytelling, craft and performance play for children aged 6+ (unaccompanied) £20 per child (includes materials) To book: email katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org

Paper Butterfly Displays – Activities at Saffron Walden Museum.

Thursday, 11 April

Paper Butterfly Displays – Activities at 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

Wild Bedtime Stories with Vital Spark

Friday, 12 April

Wild Bedtime Stories with Vital Spark – 17.00-18.30.
Holiday activity for children with Vital Spark Theatre, a Cambridgeshire-based company specialising in working with young people in a creative way through drama, dance, music and creative arts. Wear your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies (and probably wellies!); bring your favourite teddy if you wish.
NB: Booking essential. Children must be accompanied. Dress for the weather. Held in the Stable Rooms, Wandlebury Country Park, CB22 3AE. £6 per child, includes hot chocolate.

Hertslitfest

Friday, 12 April to Thursday, 23 May

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Palm Sunday. Procession and Sung Mass

Sunday, 14 April

All Saint’s Church, Stansted Road, Hockerill. Palm Sunday. 10.00 Procession and Sung Mass, where we follow Jesus into Jerusalem with a Procession with Palms (outdoors if fine). This special service will include Sunday School. Parish Breakfast will follow this service.

Palm Sunday. Procession and Service

Sunday, 14 April

Palm Sunday 08.008 Holy Communion; 10.00 Palm Sunday Procession and Service; 18.00 Choral Meditation Stainer's 'Crucifixion'
St Michael's Church, Windhill; Bishop's Stortford CM23 2ND
Tel: 01279 654416 https://saintmichaelweb.org.uk/

Make a Mini Bee Hotel 2019

Tuesday, 16 April to Wednesday, 17 April

Make a Mini Bee Hotel 2019. Come and join the learning team at Hatfield Forest and make a mini bee hotel for the buzzy friends in your garden. Pot up their favourite flowers to take home too!
National Trust: Hatfield Forest, Bishop's Stortford. Children £12 Booking essential, admission applies / 01279 870678; 10.30-12.00 13:00-14.30.

Paper Plant Pot Sunflowers – Activities at Saffron Walden Museum.

Wednesday, 17 April

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

Messy Easter

Friday, 19 April

St Mary’s Church, Newport invites you to Messy Easter at 10.30
followed by tea for all the family - sandwiches and cakes
Please contact Neil for more details 01799 540339

Messy Church

Friday, 19 April

Messy Church – Stansted Churches
15.30-17.00 Stansted Free Church Hall, Chapel Hill, Stansted organised by Churches Together in Stansted. For all ages but particularly suitable for families with children under 12. Free. www.stanstedchurches.com/messychurch

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St Michael's Church, Windhill

Friday, 19 April

12.00 noon. 3 Hours devotion (worshippers can come and go) St Michael's Church, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2ND
Tel: 01279 654416 https://saintmichaelweb.org.uk/

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Family Jam - Drums!

Friday, 19 April

Family Jam: Drums! 14.00-16.00 at Saffron Hall
Blow off some steam in these fun high-energy workshops for all the family led by Barbican Artistic Associates Drum Works. Whether you’ve never picked up a drum stick in your life or you’re a seasoned percussionist you’ll be able to join in. Vibrant, energetic and very loud! Age guidance 7+. Tickets: www.saffronhall.com or 0845 548 7650

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All Saint' Church - Easter

Friday, 19 April to Sunday, 21 April

All Saint’s Church, Stansted Road, Hockerill.
Good Friday – 12.00. Liturgy of the Cross. 14.15 for 14.30 to 17.00. Children’s Activity Afternoon in church for children of primary school age from church and the three primary schools (All Saints, Summercroft and Thorn Grove) in our parish. If you would like to come and/or help, please contact Julie Small (mobile: 07804 375220, e-mail: julessmall2000@yahoo.com).
Holy Saturday, 20.00. Lighting of the Easter fire, Vigil, renewal of our Baptismal vows, and celebration of the First Mass of Easter. This is the greatest celebration of Easter, and, if you have a handbell, bring it along and be ready to ring in the Resurrection!
Easter Day 10.00. Sung Parish Mass with Procession and Sunday School. Parish Breakfast will follow this service. Plus, join us for a SONGS & STORIES FAMILY SERVICE every Sunday at 11.30.
ALL WELCOME!

Easter Treasure Hunt

Saturday, 20 April

Easter Treasure Hunt. Registration at The Guildhall, Thaxted from 13.30-15.00. £2 for 1 child, £1 for each additional child in each family. Gift for completion.
The Windmill will be open and Refreshments available also. The Windmill Preschool, Bolford Street Hall, CM6 2PY
01371 831457 (Session Times Only)

Wellcome Genome Campus Open Saturday.

Saturday, 20 April

St Michael's Church, Windhill

Sunday, 21 April

08.00 Easter Ceremonies and Holy Communion. 10.00 Parish Communion. St Michael's Church, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2ND. Tel: 01279 654416 https://saintmichaelweb.org.uk/

Saffron Walden Cricket Club Open Day and Registration

Saturday, 27 April

Saffron Walden Cricket Club Open Day and Registration 10.00 to 14.00, at the Anglo American Playing Fields, off Catons Lane (or walk through Bridge End Gardens). Come along to find out more about the club, which welcomes children from age 4 up (boys and girls, including disabled) More information from saffronwaldencricketclub@gmail.com or at saffronwaldencricket.co.uk

May 2019

Bish Bash 2019

Saturday, 04 May

The Bish Bash 2019 – Saturday Award winning community 2 day festival. For Weekend tickets & Family combos visit www.stortfordmusicfestival.org.uk. Sworders Field, Bishop's Stortford (0.4 miles). £24.75 some concessions. 13.00.

Abseil for Grove Cottage

Saturday, 04 May to Sunday, 05 May

Abseil for Grove Cottage! Sign up now to Abseil for Grove Cottage on Saturday 4th May or Sunday 5th May, at the Affinity Water Tower, Church Langley, Harlow, in association with the Harlow Tye Rotary Club. For further details please email: sue@mencapgrovecottage.org

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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Nature Concert

Saturday, 11 May

“Nature Concert” - Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra, At Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. 19.30.
Programme:
• Dvorak: In Nature's Realm
• Mahler: Blumine
• Sculthorpe: Kakadu
• Mahler: Symphony No.1
Tickets available from:
• Saffron Hall – Online, tel. tel. 0845 548 7650 or in person at the box office
• - Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, 1 Market St, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1HR, tel. 01799 524002
• On the door

Noakes Grove Nature Reserve Open Day

Sunday, 12 May

Spring is sprung! - come and celebrate at Noakes Grove Nature Reserve Open Day in Sewards End, 10.00-16.00. Meet the lambs, enjoy the wildflowers, join in some nature discovery, mindfulness and cooking activities, see a puppet show! Bring a picnic or come for tea, coffee and cake. Free parking/entry, suggested donation £5 per family. See www.organic-countryside.co.uk for more details.

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