What’s on this half-term in Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 15:30 08 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:48 09 February 2017

Half-term fun at Audley End in Saffron Walden

Half-term fun at Audley End in Saffron Walden


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

Gene Wilder is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryGene Wilder is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


Braintree Museum

February 14-18, art workshops linked to a new exhibition Life in an English Village, inspired by the work of the Bardfield Artists. Make art to take home. Workshops are free with admission and run 11am-1pm. Advance booking essential. 01376 328868.

Tuesday, February 14: Dazzling Decorations. Design and decorate your own heart decoration, picture frame or 3D lettering.

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom which is being performed at Haverhill Arts Centre on February 15. Picture: JANE BARLOWRapunzel and the Tower of Doom which is being performed at Haverhill Arts Centre on February 15. Picture: JANE BARLOW

Wednesday, February 15: Painting with Nature. Paint using only natural materials.

Thursday, February 16: Stained Glass Windows. Be inspired by the museum’s to make your own.

Friday, February 17: Marvellous Mosaics. Create a mosaic.

Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm. Adults £4, concessions £3, children £2 (under-fives free).


Chelmsford Museum

February 11-19 Spot the Pot museum trail. Free entry. Suitable for children aged four upwards.

February 11: Essex Rocks, free 10am-4pm. Visitors can handle rocks and fossils to learn about their hidden history. Book www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museum-events or 01245 605700.

February 14: Messy Crafters, children aged 18 months to four.

Snowdrops at the Gardens of Easton LodgeSnowdrops at the Gardens of Easton Lodge

February 16: Creative Crafters, make a Neolithic-style beaker out of clay for children aged five to 10. Workshops 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. £3 per child.

Saffron Walden Museum

February 15 and 16: Belt up in Style. Make a medieval belt, learn about how medieval folks wore them. 11am-1pm. Drop-in sessions, children must bring an adult. Entry, adults £2.50, over-65s £1.25, under-18s, free.

Exhibition: Completing the Look, 300 Years of Fashion Accessories. Tues-Sat, 10am-4.30pm, Sundays 2-4.30pm. Entry, as above.


Saffron Screen: Ballerina (U) February 11 and 12 at 2pm.

Chesterfords Community Centre: Willy Wonka (U) February 15 and 16 at 2pm. Original film starring Gene Wilder. HyperFusion running activities before the film. Themed refreshments on sale. In conjunction with Saffron Screen. Tickets saffronscreen.com or Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre in the Market Square 01799 524002.

Haverhill Arts Centre: Moana (PG) February 16 and 17 10.30am. Tickets, £4.50 haverhillartscentre.com or 01440 714140.

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. February 15, 7pm. February 16, 2.30pm.

Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford: February 18, Frozen. 10.30am and 1.30pm. Meet a real princess before the film. Fancy dress competition and games. £8, £6 concessions, £24 family. rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk or 01279 710200.


Haverhill Arts Centre: Black Magic – The Little Mix Show, February 14 at 3pm and 7pm.

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom, puppet show. February 15 at 11am.

Newsies – The Broadway Musical about a newsboy strike of 1899. February 19 at 3pm.

Tickets haverhillartscentre.com or 01440 714140.

Junction, Cambridge: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Blunderbus Theatre. 11.30am and 2.30pm. For ages three upwards. £10 adult, £6 child. Family discount. 01223 511511 or junction.co.uk

Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford: February 13 at 2pm. Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine. Interactive with songs for two-seven-year-olds. Tickets £10, £9.50 concessions, £36 family from rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk or 01279 710200.

February 15: Create a Play in a Day from 10am with show at 7pm. For primary school children. £40 including two show tickets, extra tickets £5, register at 01279 450270 or phoenixtheatreschool.co.uk

February 16 at 11am and 1pm. Glastonbabies. Interactive version of Jack and the Beanstalk. For ages three-seven. Tickets £8 or £6 concessions, £24 family from 01279 710200 or rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk


Saffron Hall: Max the Brave with author Ed Vere and the Britten Sinfonia, February 18 at 2pm and 4pm. For ages three-seven. Tickets £12 and £6 for under-18s www.saffronhall.com or 0845 548 7650 or TIC in Market Square, 01799 524002.


The Gardens of Easton Lodge: February 19: Snowdrop Sunday. Children can find flowers. Refreshments. www.eastonlodge.co.uk. Open 11.30am-4pm, last entry 3pm. Adults £4, children free.

Audley End House: Spy School, daily from February 13–17 from 11am–3.30pm. Briefings at 11am and 1.30pm before secret agents sent out to find clues to crack hidden secrets. Show at 12.30pm to reveal wartime military secrets. www.english-heritage.org.uk/audley

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