Town Team – Christmas fast approaching and Saffron Walden promises a spectacular

PUBLISHED: 17:04 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 10 October 2017

The buses which will run from Audley End to Saffron Walden on December 2 and 9, 2017. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN TEAM

The buses which will run from Audley End to Saffron Walden on December 2 and 9, 2017. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN TEAM

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I know it’s a bit early for many but the last month has been mostly taken up planning Christmas.

As usual in Saffron Walden there’s a lot going on. This year, we have been working with lots of groups and organisations to try and bring everything together and make sure things work for residents, visitors and local businesses alike.

Festivities kick off on Friday, December 1, with the annual late-night shopping and charity stalls market organised by Saffron Walden Initiative. As usual Santa, and the Mayor, will switch on the lights in the Market Square before retiring to his grotto with the help of some of the Round Table Elves.

For the fifth year running, the Town Team’s Local Shopping Challenge kicks off that Friday as well. As a reward for shopping in local shops and cafes you can enter the prize draw to win hundreds of pounds of vouchers.

On the first two Saturdays in December the Town Team will run a complimentary vintage bus shuttle between Audley End village and the High Street (by The Temeraire). You can take a seat in a rare 1950s Charabanc-style bus. These originally ran from Butlins to Skegness seafront and are about to feature with the One Show for Children in Need. They’ll run both ways from 10.30am-5.30pm, December 2 and 9.

If you’re heading out to Audley End Miniature Railway, tickets are selling fast for their perennial favourite – the magical Christmas Experience. Take the Santa Express deep into the woods of the estate where you will arrive at Father Christmas’ Winter Wonderland. You will meet the big man himself, along with his cheeky elves, receive a gift and watch a crazy Christmas dance. Once you have returned from Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland, you can visit the craft area where you can post a letter to Father Christmas.

Audley End House has been chosen as one of only six English Heritage sites to host Enchanted, a unique event running from mid-December leading you along an enchanted garden trail into a magical wonderland with traditional fairground and heritage-inspired stalls.

There is something very exciting coming to The Common in December. Our town council is working with a local event company to bring us Wintasia, bringing us skating, apres-ski themed bars and dining. Tickets will go on sale soon.

That reminds me, I must go and put the sprouts on.

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