Christmas 2018 in Saffron Walden

Experience the charming medieval market town of Saffron Walden

Christmas In Saffron Walden

Sunday 25th November: 11am to 5pm:


• Christmas street market,
• Food and drink,
• Screening of Frozen at 1pm in the Town Hall. Tickets £5 full, £3 concs, under 2s free http://saffronscreen.com/frozen-2/ or from TIC
• Live music
• A visit from Hovis, the Audley End Horse, from 3 to 5.30pm. Hovis will be      located outside, at the rear of the Town Hall.
• Lights switch on in the Market Square at 4.30pm, with Father Christmas , Elves    and the Mayor, Cllr Paul Fairhurst.
• Santa’s Grotto from 2.30pm. Free!


Friday 30th November: 5.30 to 8.30pm:


• All day market (from 9am)
• Late night shopping
• Charity stalls in King St: organised by Saffron Walden Initiative http://www.swinitiative.org/late-night-christmas-shopping
• Food and drink
• Live music
• Christmas gift fair in the Town Hall (Friday 9am to 8.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm)


Other Christmas Events:

  • Vintage Bus running between Audley End House and Saffron Walden: every Saturday from 24th Nov until 22nd December, 10am until 5.30pm.

• Best dressed shop windows
• Wintasia on the Common – Drink, Dance, Skate. From 6th December. Skating tickets available on www.wintasia.co.uk
• Enhanted Audley End: enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as Audley End House’s Garden is transformed into an illuminated world. Book tickets on https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/audley-enchanted-06-12-18/
• Santa specials at Audley End Miniature Railway: Take the Santa Express deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate where you will arrive at Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland https://www.audley-end-railway.co.uk/events/christmas-special-2018/
• Memory Tree
• Saffron Walden Elf and Fairy Hunt and an Elfie-selfie competition. Organised by the Saffron Walden BID
• Shop local weekly prize draw. Organised by the Saffron Walden BID www.saffronwaldenbid.co.uk

Saffron Walden highlights

Bridge End Garden

View of the Dutch Garden from the viewing platform.

Tucked away in the back streets of pretty Saffron Walden, this lovingly restored Grade II gem consists of seven interlinked gardens laid out in the nineteenth century, and features a formal knot garden, kitchen garden and a popular hedge maze. 

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Saffron Walden Museum

Picture of a display of a Woolly Mammoth

This award-winning, “friendly, family-size museum” opened in 1835. With wide-ranging collections covering the history of north-west Essex, from ancient times to the present day, and many other wonderful objects from the wider world.

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Fry Art Gallery

Gallery interior

Unique collection of work by 20th century artists who have lived in and around Great Bardfield and Saffron Walden including Edward Bawden, Michael Rothenstein, Eric Ravilious and others. Collection includes paintings, books, prints and ceramics. 

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More highlights of Saffron Walden

One Minet Skate Park

A boy on rollerskates showing off fancy moves.

The Park is the first American-built Skate park in the UK. It's a great local spot that transition skaters up and down the country should visit. The bowls have a lot of little corners and bumps to pump around and endless lines you can flow around.

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Saffron Hall

Interior of the Hall during a performance.

Saffron Hall is an award-winning, 730-seat performance space within the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. Saffron Hall hosts an annual season of concerts and events featuring local, national and international artists.

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Audley End Miniature Railway

Audley End Miniature Railway

The Audley End Miniature Railway is an exciting 1.5 mile train ride through the Essex country side perfect for a day out with all the family! Spot the many Teddies in their Teddy Bear Houses around the track or try and find the Fairies and Elves through the Enchanted Woods!

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