Based on the real life account of Saroo Brierley and adapted from his book ‘A Long Way Home’ Lion tells the story of how, as a 5 year old living in India, he was separated from his mother by accidentally boarding a decommissioned train.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here is our guide to arts and entertainment.

Cambridge University

Alan Ayckbourn’s play Henceforward will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from February 22-25.


The historic Gardens of Easton Lodge open with two Snowdrop Sundays on February 19 and 26. The Gardens have carpets of snowdrops under the trees and in the walled kitchen garden, and they also spring up all across the Gardens. Many of the common single and double blooms (Galanthus nivalis) were planted in Victorian times or before. Children have lots of room to run around and find this their favourite flower. Hot drinks, bacon rolls and soup will be available to warm up visitors and there will also be homemade cakes on sale.


Here’s a round up of some of the fun activities for all the family for half-term next week.

Haverhill Arts Centre

The RSC’s new high tech production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest will be beamed live from Stratford on Avon, to Saffron Screen on Wednesday, January 11.

Vintage railways are running Santa Specials this Christmas season, including Audley End Miniature Railway, the Nene Valley near Peterborough and Colne Valley Railway.


Screenings of the new Ken Loach film, I, Daniel Blake by Saffron Screen, from December 10-18, will raise money for Uttlesford Foodbank.

United Kingdom

Bishop’s Stortford Museum has free monthly tours of its collection.

South Africa

Mystery and revelation abound at this year’s Cambridge Literary Festival with a glittering array of top authors.

BBC Radio

There will be no killer clowns, but plenty of surprises, we are assured, in this year’s free Hallowe’en trail for youngsters in East Town Park, Haverhill, organised by the town council.

A superhero-themed yoga class for charity is happening this weekend (September 24).

There will be a free Star Wars day at Braintree District Museum on September 24. 10am – 4pm.

Braintree District

Brian Cox plays an ageing and grumpy Shakespearian actor who develops a gentle friendship with his new Hungarian caregiver in this comedy drama. After he has alienated previous caregivers, his daughter forces a new companion on him, a Hungarian refugee. The comedy comes from their developing relationship. With Anna Chancellor, Coco Konig and Emilia Fox.

A 12-year-old upcoming star from New Zealand will be visiting his family in Saffron Walden to see the premier of his new film this month.

Sarah Mila

A pub garden was filled with flames at the weekend – all in aid of commemorating the Great Fire of London.

United Kingdom

A free screening of the movie Grease will take place on Saffron Walden Common on Saturday, September 17.

There is a horsey weekend at Audley End House on Saturday and Sunday September 3 and 4. Take a stroll in the grounds, with experts on hand to tell you everything you want to know about horses and side saddles.

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