Saffron Walden Town Team – Shopping local is better

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 November 2017

Saffron Walden Market Square lit up with Christmas lights in 2015. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Saffron Walden Market Square lit up with Christmas lights in 2015. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT

Copyright © 2015 Celia Bartlett Photography

Now that Bonfire Night is out of the way, our thoughts can really turn to the true meaning of Christmas: shopping. But first a huge thank you to everybody at Saffron Walden Round Table for organising and hosting such a brilliant event.

Meanwhile we’ve been working hard to make sure this year’s Local Shopping Challenge is also the biggest and best ever.

We know we’ve been harping on about it for ages, but shopping locally is very important to keeping our town centre alive.

Of course, it’s not possible to buy everything locally. But spare a thought about whether you can get things closer to home.

Factor in how much it might cost you in petrol or additional parking fees to go further afield. It’s often as cheap to shop locally. Lots of shops in the centre of town either price match with Amazon or across the internet which means it isn’t always cheaper to shop online either.

Lots of retailers are working hard to make sure that shopping in Saffron Walden is a great experience. It’s often possible to drop into a craft workshop where you can knit or sew, with expert advice thrown in free over a cup of coffee; or you can watch chocolates being made; or try some wines before you decide what to buy; or chat with like-minded people at the launch of a new interiors collection.

There’s always something different about shopping locally.

For the fifth December in a row, the town’s shopkeepers are working together to make sure there is even more in it for you in the run up to Christmas. By taking part in the Local Shopping Challenge you can enter the prize draw to win hundreds of pounds in vouchers to spend in January.

As usual all you need to do is visit ten shops in December, spend £50 locally and you can enter. The Challenge starts on Friday, December 1, coinciding with the all-day Christmas Market and the Christmas lights switch-on, organised by the town council and late night shopping. It runs right the way through until January 2 when all entries have to be completed and handed in to the Tourist Information Centre.

STOP PRESS: One of the vintage buses shuttling between Audley End Village and the High Street on December 2, 9 and 16 will be on the market on Saturday, November 25 for you to see.

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