Hidden secrets, free medals, live jazz for Platinum Jubilee

Archive image: Classic cars on The Common, Saffron Walden, Essex

Archive image: Classic cars on The Common in Saffron Walden - Credit: Saffron Photo

A number of events have been organised in Saffron Walden to celebrate HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Event on The Common, Saffron Walden

A free major event is taking place on The Common, Saffron Walden, on Sunday, May 15.

Rotary in Saffron Walden's The Jubilee Walden Walk has been described as a 5km discovery of Saffron Walden's hidden secrets.

Everyone who completes the walk will receive a souvenir Jubilee Walden Walk medal.

People holding a poster for The Jubilee Walden Walk, Saffron Walden, Essex

Saffon Walden mayor Richard Porch (centre) and representatives from organisations that will be helped by The Jubilee Walden Walk - Credit: Rotary in Saffron Walden

Entrants taking part in The Jubilee Walden Walk can take part in a quiz about the sites on the route.

All children who submit entries into the quiz will receive a prize and entries from adults will go into a prize draw.

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In addition to the 5k walk there are several hours of fun-packed fun planned.

There will be a display of classic MG cars, and a programme of events including live music by the Golden Era Jazz Band, a flight simulator, and the Buffy PlayBus present, with a hotdog stall and soft drinks available. 

Everyone wishing to take part in the walk should sign in on The Common on the morning of the walk from 9.30am.

Saffron Walden's mayor, Councillor Richard Porch, will declare the event officially open at 10am.

Tony Collett of Rotary in Saffron Walden said of the Jubilee Walden Walk: “There are many fascinating facts about the town’s historic places that most people do not know. The walk is sure to bring these to light.”

Although the event is free, Rotary in Saffron Walden will be seeking donations during the day.

All profits from the walk will be donated to Rotary in Saffron Walden’s charity of the year, Saffron Walden Young Carers and the 2021/2022 Mayor’s Charities which are Uttlesford Foodbank, Uttlesford Children’s Clothing Bank and Opendoor Counselling Services.

Collectors will be around The Common and can accept cash donations or card payments.

Tony added: “Come along, enjoy the attractions, do the short 5k walk to collect the commemorative Jubilee medal – all to benefit four local charities.”

Shop and business windows competition

Saffron Walden Initiative is encouraging shops and businesses to enter their free Jubilee Shop And Business Window competition.

The theme is "Celebration!"

Judging will take place on Monday, May 30 with a prize for the winner and several Highly Commended awards available.

All entry forms must be received by Friday, May 27. To enter, send an email to swijubilee22@gmail.com with your business name, a contact name, address, postcode, landline/mobile number and your email address.

Saffron Walden BID

Saffron Walden Business Improvement District (BID) is planning a Jubilee Right Royal Trail competition that starts at the end of this month.

They have launched a weekly Instagram and Facebook giveaway to win a £50 voucher per giveaway to spend at a Saffron Walden BID member business of your choosing. 

For Jubilee weekend, starting on May 27, participants will be asked to find Royal crowns with pictures or letters inside on the Right Royal Trail around Saffron Walden, to enter the prize draw.

Participants can also try to complete the secret words with the letters that have been found.

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Costume competition, beacon lighting, Dance on The Common

Saffron Walden Town Council has a four-day Platinum Jubilee Extravaganza planned for The Common.

Events start on Thursday, June 2 at 2pm with the Town Crier's Proclamation in Market Square.

From mid-afternoon The Common will have food, drink and entertainment, followed by an evening of ‘Dance on The Common’ with The Miss Jones Jazz Band.

Residents are invited to dress up for the Platinum Jubilee Costume Competition. Participants can dress as their favourite Royal, or from the 1950’s or have a Jubilee-themed outfit.

The Platinum Jubilee Costume Competition will take place prior to the Beacon Lighting at 9.45pm.

For those who do dress up, the competition winners will be chosen and announced during the evening, with prizes to be won in adult and children’s categories.

On Friday, June 3 there will be fun and activities for all the family on The Common, Saffron Walden – from face painting and crafts to laser tag and bungee trampoline.

Saturday, June 4 is the Jubilee Market on The Common, with food, crafts and homewear available from local traders.

On Sunday, June 5 The Big Jubilee Lunch on The Common is in association with Saffron Walden Initiative and Fairycroft House. Bring your picnic blankets to enjoy your lunch, with musical entertainment between noon and 4pm.

Throughout the weekend there will be a man-made beach with deckchairs and circus performances from Santos Circus. Tickets for the circus should be purchased directly from Santos Circus.