2018 Events

Wednesday 28 March - Welcome Genome Campus

5.30pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 6pm at the Campus visitors’ car park at Hinxton CB10 1SA

This event is now fully booked but you can contact Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk to be put on a reserve list.

Sunday 8 April - Mayor’s Walk Around Saffron Walden

Part 1: 10am at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre for a 4½ mile 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 Initiative 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

Sunday 6 May - Visit to the English Spirit Distillery

1.10pm at the Common Car Park to car share or 2pm at The Black Barn, Great Yeldham Hall, Church Road, Great Yeldham CO9 4PT

Join us for a free tour and tasting at the English Spirit Distillery. It is a small batch copper pot distillery set up over 6 years ago by Dr John Walters, a biochemist from Oxford. Their products include Old Fashioned English Toffee Vodka, Dr J’s Gin, English Single Malt Spirit, Sambuca and Old Salt Rum. Last Year they won 18 international awards for their spirits.

A tour and tasting normally takes between 90 minutes and two hours. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with David Pearl on 01799 500952 or email davidpearl123@btinternet.com 

Wednesday 16 May - Visit to the Saffron Walden Golf Club

7pm - Meet at the Golf Club on New Pond Lane

If you don’t play golf but wonder what it’s all about, here’s your chance to find out.  Come and have a look at this lovely course which is set partly in the old landscaped park of Audley End House on the northern edge of the town.  The evening will start with an introduction in the clubhouse, followed by a tour of the course (or part of it), concluding with a Q&A session back in the clubhouse with light refreshments. Parking is available at the club although no doubt many local members will walk. Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Chris Knight at Chris@limes26.co.uk or 01799 500502. 

Wednesday 23 May - Spring Clean Up

6.30pm - meet at the Common Car Park

Help get Saffron Walden looking its best for the summer, with a working party to clean up the fingerposts and signs in the town. Please bring a bucket, rubber gloves, a scrubbing brush and protective clothing. Afterwards we’ll probably reward ourselves at a local hostelry. If you can loan large water carriers, large non-electric sprays or brushes on long poles, please contact Patrick Hawke-Smith in advance on 07411 012315 or at phawkesmith@gmail.com

No need to book in advance

Thursday 7 June - Chesterford Research Park Visit

5.45pm at the Common Car Park to give lifts or car share or 6pm at The Nucleus (first on the right after the Gatehouse), Little Chesterford, CB10 1XL

Building on 60 years of continuous R&D at Chesterford, the Park is now home to innovative biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medtech companies such as Arecor, Cambridge Epigenetix, Illumina and Charles River Laboratories - a community that has amassed an impressive record for producing cutting-edge technology and ground-breaking scientific discoveries. Light refreshments will be served on arrival followed by a presentation about the Park and a walking tour. Uttlesford District Council now owns 50% of the shares in Park which has its own website at www.chesterfordresearchpark.com

Numbers will be limited to 20 so please book in advance with Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or email peter@riding.co.uk

Sunday 8 July - Walden’s “Amazing” Heritage: A Guided Walking Tour

Starting at 2.30pm from Swan Meadow car park

This free event will take the form of a two hour “walk and talk” led by John Ready around the town’s five labyrinths and mazes to explore their history and design. Families are welcome and the tour will include:

  • The famous Turf Maze on the Common, with its 1km long brick pathway, uncertain date of first construction in the seventeenth century and curious links to Waterloo.
  • Francis Gibson’s Victorian hedge maze adjacent to the beautifully restored Bridge End Garden and recently constructed Visitors’ Centre.
  • The Fry Gallery’s bronze sculpture “Sun Maze” by the Minotaur-obsessed artist, Michael Ayrton, who is buried in Hadstock churchyard with a bronze maze on his headstone.
  • The brick labyrinth installed on the floor of the bandstand in Jubilee gardens during the 2013 Maze Festival, which was designed by John Ready and opened by Adrian Fisher.
  • The newly refurbished Swan Meadow maze, designed by John for the 2016 Maze Festival and opened by Jeff Saward. It contains ten miniature “finger mazes” for young children.

Numbers will be limited to 20 so book with John Ready on 07813 591148 or email john.ready569@btinternet.com


NOTE: The Initiative contact for suggesting member events or community projects is Peter Riding on 01799 502355 or peter@riding.co.uk