Fun things to do at half-term in Uttlesford and Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 18:56 12 February 2020 | UPDATED: 15:18 14 February 2020

From Death Masks to Diaries at Saffron Walden Museum

From Death Masks to Diaries at Saffron Walden Museum


Museums in Cambridge are are jointly organising an evening of free activities for families called Twilight at the Museums.

From Death Masks to Diaries at Saffron Walden MuseumFrom Death Masks to Diaries at Saffron Walden Museum


Braintree Museum

Ship Shape Saturdays at the Imperial War Museum, DuxfordShip Shape Saturdays at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford

The Big Explorer Day on February 18, 10am-4pm: Scavenger Hunts and meet a Victorian Magician who has explored the world for his tricks. No need to book just turn up. Magic shows at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm. Included with museum admission.

February 19: 10.30-noon Create an explorer kit. February 20: 10.30am-noon be a Mountain Explorer. February 21 10.30am-noon Arctic Explorer. Booking for these three days essential on 01376 328868. Toddler Time, February 19, 10.30am-11.30am adults £3, extra toddlers £1 each. Book on 01376 328868.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny at Haverhill Arts Centre and Rhodes Arts ComplexRumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny at Haverhill Arts Centre and Rhodes Arts Complex

Daily through half-term: 10am- 2pm: Learn about paratroopers on D Day.

February 18, 11am-3pm: Aircraft conservation.

February 17 and 19 11am-3pm: Become a pilot.

February 20, 11am-3pm. Meet veterans and eyewitnesse from the Second World War, Cold War, Korea and the Falklands.

Friday 21 February, 11am-3pm. How to build a cockpit.

All free with admission and drop in. Tickets, £17.40 adult, £8.55 ages five to 15, under fours free, concessions £13.70, carers free.

Saffron Walden Museum

February 19: Mask-making. Drop in from 10.30am-12.30am or 1.30pm- 3.30pm. £1.50 per child. Until March 22, exhibition: From Death Masks to Diaries. How portraits have been used through the centuries. Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4.30pm. Sundays, 2pm-4.30pm. Adults £2.50, discounts £1.25. Children free. 01799 510333 or


Twilight at the Museums

Museums in Cambridge are are jointly organising an evening of free activities for families on Wednesday, February 19 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, called Twilight at the Museums. There are several venues taking part on a free, drop in basis, including Great St Mary's Church, The Polar Museum, Cambridge Science Centre, The Museum of Classical Archaeology, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Whipple Museum, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the Museum of Archaelogy and Anthropology, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Kettle's Yard, All Saints Church and The Museum of Zoology. The only two that need booking are the Museum of Cambridge and The Museum of Technology Food and drink on sale at some of the venues. Advice is: take a torch. For information, email: or phone 01223 746404.


Saffron Screen

Spies in Disguise (PG) February 15 and 16 at 2pm. Little Women (U) February 17 at 3pm. Cats (U) February 18 at 3pm. Jumanji: The Next Level (12A) February 20 at 3pm. Cyrano de Bergerac February 20 at 7pm. The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG) February 21 at 3pm and 8pm, February 22 at 5pm and 8pm, February 23 at 5pm. Frozen II (U) February 23 at 5pm. Tickets, or Tourist Information 01799 524002.

You may also want to watch:

Haverhill Arts Centre

Spies in Disguise (PG) February 18 at 10.30am. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12A) at 7.30pm. Tickets 01440 714140 or

The Chelmsford Picture House, Chelmsford Civic Theatre.

Frozen II (PG) February 21 at 1pm and 5pm. £3 tickets for under 25s on all films on the door if booked within 45 minutes of the screening. 01245 606505 or


Cambridge Junction

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids. February 20 at 11.30am and 2.30pm. (45 minutes). £10 adults, £6 child. Box by Inverted Theatre, February 23 at 11.30am and 2pm (40 minutes) for aged four plus. £10 adult, £6 child. Acrobatics and showmanship and a story about sibling rivalry. Free crafts session for an hour before the shows. Crazy but True, improvisation for children from eight upwards. They are given their lines through headphones, a rolling list of extraordinary facts. February 23, drop in from 3pm to 6pm. Free. 01223 511511 or

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (Part of Anglia Ruskin University)

February 16 at 3pm: Little Darling by Full-House Theatre. Ages 4+. Michael Darling looks back at his time with Peter Pan. Tickets £10, concessions £8.

February 22 at 7.30pm: Ages 14+ The Disappearing Act by Open Sky. A magician conjures up two versions of herself, one older, one younger. £12, £10 concessions.

February 23 at 4pm: Mama G's Storytime Roadshow by Petite Pantos at the Drama Studios off Mill Road. Panto, singing and dancing. All ages. £8, concessions £6. or 01223 352932.

Haverhill Arts Centre

Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Destiny. February 19 at 2pm. Tickets, £7.50, £6.50 or family £26. Pop Divas February 20 at 6pm. Tickets, £15.50 from 01440 714140 or

Chelmsford Civic Theatre

We Love Little Mix, tribute show. February 20 at 6pm. Tickets, £16 from 01245 606505 or


Audley End House

Hands on History. Train the Troops, activities for children.

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