Christmas in Saffron Walden, Essex
Whether you’re local or are looking to enjoy the festive atmosphere of a historic market town, Saffron Walden has plenty to offer this season. Amanda French rounds-up everything to look forward too in the lead up to Christmas…
Christmas is a time to get crafting! Head over to Audley End House on 29 November for their wreath making course. Using a range of materials sourced from the estate, the team will show you how to make a beautiful wreath. Lunch and all materials are included for £55 per person.
There’s plenty of other things going on at Audley End House this Christmas from carol concerts on 6 December and ‘An Audience with Father Christmas’ every weekend from Friday 25 November until 17-18 December, through to a ‘Victorian Christmas Experience’ on 2 December (English Heritage members only) which includes a three course Victorian inspired Christmas dinner. More details at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens/events
Christmas light Switch On in Saffron Walden, 2 December
Saffron Walden welcomes Christmas in style this season with the annual Christmas light switch on scheduled for Friday 2 December at 5.30pm. There’ll also be the chance to grab some Christmas presents with late night shopping and entertainment for the whole family with carol singing and of course a visit by Father Christmas.
Talking of Christmas shopping, if you are looking for gift for friends and family, why not head on down to the Christmas Gift Fair taking place in the town hall from the 2 – 4 December. There’ll be plenty to enjoy throughout the day with late opening till 9pm on the Friday.
Christmas Traditions at Saffron Hall, 3 December
Enjoy a taste of traditional Christmas at Saffron Hall on Saturday 3 December with the BBC singers and BBC symphony orchestra as they present Dicken’s timeless classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’. Tickets from £12 and children half price. Further details at https://saffronhall.com/
Christmas Classics at Saffron Screen
Experience another Christmas classic at Saffron Screen on the 8 or 11 December, as they broadcast ‘The Nutcracker’ live from the Royal Opera Hose. The quintessential Christmas experience for adults and children! Tickets £18 for adults and £9.50 for children. See the full line up at saffronscreen.com
Drop into the Saffron Walden Museum on Saturday 10 December from 10am to help them decorate their tree with homemade decorations. A great activity for the whole family.
Audley End Miniature Railway, 26 November – 24 December
If you’ve not had a chance to visit Audley End Miniature Railway during the festive season before, then make sure you visit this year between the 26 November and 24 December to enjoy a magical family day out at the Audley End Miniature Railway. Take the Santa Express into the woods to visit Father Christmas and his elves in their woodland grotto. Children will also have the opportunity to visit the craft area and write a letter to Father Christmas and post it in the festive box. More information available at https://www.audley-end-railway.co.uk/
Support local business this Christmas
Don’t forget to support your local food producers during the festive season, especially as Saffron Walden is surrounded by them. From Coles Christmas puddings to Salix Farm Free Range Turkeys, there’s no need to pop to the supermarket this year. Enjoy a locally produced Christmas dinner.
With so much to do in Saffron Walden this Christmas, you won’t need to go anywhere else. Go to www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk to find out more about events coming up.