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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January 2019

Alice in Wonderland

Friday, 11 January to Saturday, 19 January

11-13 & 18-19 Jan Saffron Players “Alice in Wonderland – A Curious Pantomime!“ Saffron Walden Town Hall. Tickets on sale to in person callers at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre. No refunds.
Online booking: www.thelittleredboxoffice.com;
Website: www.saffronplayers.co.uk

The Elf King

Friday, 18 January to Saturday, 19 January

Newport Amateur Theatrical Society (NATS) Pantomime “The Elf King” by Yvonne Hannant. Fri & Sat at 7.30pm, Sun at 1.30pm, at Newport Village Hall, Station Rd, CB11 3PL. Adult £7.50, Conc (over 60, 16 & under) £6, on sale from 1st Dec at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, tel: 01799 524002, & Newport Village Stores.

Wellcome Genome Campus Open Saturday

Saturday, 19 January

Wellcome Genome Campus Open Saturday, Hinxton. CB10 1RQ. Including the family-friendly exhibition ‘Curious Nature’ and the possibility of campus tours. 13.00-15.30, free, but booking required: https://open-saturdays.eventbrite.co.uk


Wednesday, 23 January to Saturday, 26 January

Little Hallingbury Pantomime: “Cinderella”. In the Village Hall. 23rd at 7.30pm, 24th at 8pm, 25th at 8pm, 26th at 3pm and at 8pm. Tickets: 07754 032852 or pantotickets@karenbookkeeping.com

Messy Church Stansted

Sunday, 27 January

Messy Church – Stansted Churches 15.30-17.00. St Mary’s School
Stansted. Organised by Churches Together in Stansted.
For all ages but particularly suitable for families with children under 12. Free. www.stanstedchurches.com/messychurch.

February 2019

Copy date for Easter Issue of Salad Days

Friday, 01 February

1st Feb - copy date for Easter issue of Salad Days. Ask about advertising, send diary dates and review listings by 1st February

Dame Bees Free Event

Friday, 01 February

1st Feb Dame Bees Saffron Walden Tumbletots. Free event 09.00-10.00 book at office@damebradburys.com

Epiphany to Candlemas Carol Service

Sunday, 03 February

Epiphany to Candlemas Carol Service. 18.00. by candlelight, with readings and carols. All Saints’ Church, Stansted Road. Bishop’s Stortford. For further details call 01279 506542/0788 094 0580
or see our website www.allsaintshockerill.org.uk

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A Concert of American Music.

Sunday, 10 February

15.00 Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. Music includes Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, music by Barber and the best symphony you’ve ever heard, Hanson’s “Romantic” written in 1930. Featuring pianist Jerome Sadler.

House of Shades Dance presents...

Saturday, 16 February

House of Shades Dance present our first ever Dance Showcase on at Herts & Essex High School, Bishops Stortford– join us for a night of fantastic Jazz themed dance with students ranging from 4– 18yrs in a Jazz Café style setting. Spaces currently available in some of our dance classes with a new ACRO DANCE class starting in January. Your first class is free of charge so contact houseofshadesdance@gmail.com to book your free trial class or for ticket info for the dance showcase ASAP!

The Amazing Bubble Man.

Saturday, 16 February

Rhodes Arts Complex. Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles.
An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, Louis has sold out for the last twelve years. This wonderous show explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles to rocket bubbles, tornado bubbles to flying saucer bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.

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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

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.

Springtime Forest School

Friday, 08 March

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


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