Community Events

Friday 1 December 2017 - Late Night Christmas Shopping & Lights Switch-On

4.30pm to 8.30pm, Saffron Walden Town Centre

Annual and much-loved highlight of Saffron Walden's festive season. Shops, stalls, entertainment for all the family. The contact for charity stall pitches is Patrick Hawke-Smith on 01799 526961 or


Tuesday 9 January 2018 - Initiative Social Quiz

7.30pm - The King's Arms, Market Hill, Saffron Walden

Join us for a quiz night with a local flavour, challenging you to pit your wits against other teams. Come with a team (maximum 6) or join one when you arrive. There will be prizes! Cost £8.00 to include a pub supper. To reserve a place please contact Barbara Wilcox on 01799 502962 or email


Sunday 8 April 2018 - Mayor's Walk Around Saffron Walden

Part 1: 10am at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre for a 4½ miles walk to the Eight Bells

Part 2: 2pm at the Eight Bells for a 3½ mile southerly loop back to the starting point

This open event, launched by the Mayor and Mayoress, will provide a rare opportunity to explore the interface between Saffron Walden and its surrounding countryside during a walk around the perimeter of the town. It is being hosted by the Saffron Walden Initiative and stewarded with help from members of the Saffron Walden and District Footpaths Association. As in 2010 and 2011, the route will follow both scheduled public footpaths and access routes agreed specifically for the event on private land. In addition to panoramic views of the church and historic core from higher ground, the walk will also provide an opportunity see the impact of recent housing developments forming a new urban edge and experience their environmental impact at first hand. There is no entry fee but a bucket collection will be taken in aid of the Mayor’s charities working in support of those with dementia. You can join the walk for the whole route or just the morning or afternoon sections and four-legged family members are welcome on a lead.

No need to book in advance