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Summer fun top tips for entertaining the youngsters in and around Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 12:47 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 18 July 2018

Cambridge's Museum of Zoology has just re-opened

Cambridge's Museum of Zoology has just re-opened

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Schools out from this weekend and here are our tips for summer fun

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Rhodes Arts Centre Bishop’s Stortford Kids for a Quid (adults £3). Screenings 11am. July 21 Lego Ninjago (U). July 28, Show Dogs (PG). August 11, Emoji Movie (U). August 25, The Boss Baby (U). www.rhodesartscomplex or 01279 710200.

Saffron Screen: July 22, Sherlock Gnomes (U) 11am. July 23 Show Dogs (PG) 3pm. July 26 An American in Paris. 7.30pm. July 27/28 Jurassic World (12A) 3pm. July 29 5pm, July 30 3pm. The Breadwinner (12A). August 2 2001 The Space Odyssey (U) 3pm. August 3 at 3pm August 4 at 2pm, Patrick (PG). August 4 at 5pm, August 5 at 8pm The Bookshop (PG). August 11 at 2pm, August 13, 16 at 3pm Zoo (PG). August 16 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella 7.30pm. August 17/18/22/23 at 3pm Incredibles (PG), also August 19 2pm. August 24/16 Wallace and Gromit (U) 3pm. August 31, September 1/2 Hotel Transylvania (U) 3pm. Tickets www.saffronscreen.com or Tourist Information 01799 524002.

Haverhill Arts Centre: August 6 Thomas and Friends (U) 10.30am. Sherlock Gnomes (U) 2.30pm. August 7 Jurassic World (12A) 7.30pm. August 28 Bookshop (PG) 7.30pm. 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk.

Theatre

July 21: The Junction Cambridge: Three family shows. Comedy Club 4 Kids. 2.30pm. Seska Magic Tricks 4pm. The Greatest Goat of All Time, 5.15pm. Each show £10, under 16s £6, family £28. 01223 511511 or junction.co.uk.

July 22: The Pantaloons present As You Like It at St Mark’s College, Audley End. 7pm. Open Air, take picnic. £15 adults, £8 under 16s www.tickettailor.com or Tourist Information 01799 524002.

Haverhill Arts Centre puppet shows at 2pm. July 26, Three Little Pig Tails. August 7, The Ugly Duckling, August 23, The Pied Piper. £6.50, £5.50, family £22 from 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk.

July 28, 29: Chelmsford Civic Theatre The Gruffalo’s Child. £12, concessions, £9.50, special concessions £7 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.

August 1: Chapterhouse Theatre present Sense and Sensibility at Audley End. CB11 4JF. Gates 6.30pm for 7.30pm. 01799 522842 or www.english-heritage.org.uk/audley. Check if you can take a picnic.

Museums

Museum of Zoology, Cambridge: Downing Street. Free entry. July 26, workshop, be a zoologist for a day. For 13-18, £15. August 1 and 29, Animal Journeys, for ages five to 11. Free, drop in. . August 2 Late night for 16+. Free, drop in. August 3, Underwater kingdom,

10.30-11.15 and 11.30-12.15 for ages two to five. Free. Booking recommended. August 3, Jaws tour 12+ £5 need to book. August 21 investigations workshop 10am-noon, 2pm-4pm for ages four upwards. Free, drop in. 01223 336650. www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology also Downing Street, Cambridge Free entry.

Braintree Museum

July 24, Free open day, stories and live animals. 10am-4pm. Drop in. Week-long workshops all free with admission from 10.30am to noon. July 24-27, Take me to Neverland. July 31-August 3 Castle Adventures. August 7-10 The Jungle. August 14-17 Adventures in Wonderland. August 21-24 The Enchanted Forest. August 28-31 A Land Far Away. Booking essential 01376 328868. Under fives must be accompanied. Adults, £3. Normal admission adults £4, concessions £3, children £2, under fives free. Manor Street, CM7 3HW.

Saffron Walden Museum

From August 11: Worlds under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy. Wednesday Workshops, August 15, Magnificent Masks, August 22 Mythical Beasts, August 29 Paper Taxidermy plus colouring and stories on all three days. Sessions, £1.50. Museum entrance free for under 18s, adults £2.50 and concessions, £1.25.

Days Out

July 21-September 3: Summer Festival at Audley End Miniature Railway. CB11 4JB. 01799 542134 or www.audley-end-railway.co.uk.

July 22 Open day at Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge. CM6 2BB. 11.30-5pm. Last entry 4pm. £4.50, children free. 01371 876979. www.eastonlodge.co.uk.

Audley End: July 23-27: Victorians Worst Jobs. July 30-August 3 Knights and Princesses, August 4-5 Horses in Harness. CB11 4JF. 01799 522842 www.english-heritage.org.uk/audley.

Activities

July 23-27: Musical Theatre Summer School in Saffron Walden. email: sue@purerhythm.co.uk

July 23-27: Dance and Drama ages seven to 14 in Felsted. 01371 822633 or www.felsted.org/courses.

July 30-August 3 and August 6-10: Children’s Summer Tennis Camp, The Grove, Saffron Walden. Ages six to 15. www.mstennis.co.uk

August 26: The Big Zombie Film Shoot. Workshops in make-up, music and dance. See www.zombieoccupation.co.uk or info@creativewalden.co.uk.

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