Walden museum to celebrate Tour de France visit with special opening to unveil rarely seen cycling paraphernalia

Saffron Walden museum is opening up on the day of the Tour de France's arrival to unveil rare cyclin

Saffron Walden museum is opening up on the day of the Tour de France's arrival to unveil rare cycling paraphernalia. - Credit: Archant

It is not all bikes and bunting on Monday, July 7.

To celebrate the passing of the Tour de France, Saffron Walden museum has arranged a special one-off, all day Monday opening, from 10am-5pm.

In addition to all of the regular exhibits, there will be a special display of rarely seen cycling paraphernalia from the museum’s collection in the Great Hall. Entry is free, although donations are encouraged and gratefully received.

The display will run from July 7-14.

For the younger visitors, there will also be a ‘Get Moving’ kids’ trail around the museum, which will get them hunting round the museum for all sorts of things that move, such as machines or animals, solving clues along the way.


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Gemma Tully, visitor services and learning officer, said, “We are overjoyed at the opportunity to open on a Monday especially for the Tour.

“It gives us a perfect excuse to dust off our cycling related exhibits and present them to the cycling enthusiasts we hope to have visiting throughout the day.”

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After the Tour, the museum will be running a North-West Essex At War exhibition from August 2 to February 1, marking the centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, and a Music And Memories event on August 8.

The museum is usually open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 2 to 5pm.

Entrance is £1.50 for those over 18 or 75p for concessions, £5 for an annual season ticket.

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