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10:57 am May 31, 2022

Saffron Walden Town Council’s artificial beach on The Common has opened in Saffron Walden.

The town’s mayor, James de Vries, declared the beach open, with the help of a mermaid band from the Pure Rhythm School of Performing Arts and council staff.

The beach will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sunday, June 5.

Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is part of the fun.

Beach fun in landlocked Saffron Walden for Platinum Jubilee
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Children playing on the new 'beach' at Walden Common, Saffron, Essex

Children playing on the new ‘beach’ at The Common, Saffron Walden
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Children playing on the new

Children playing on the new ‘beach’ at The Common, Saffron Walden
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Child covered in sand as if it were a blanket, The Common, Saffron Walden, Essex

Fun on the “beach” on The Common, Saffron Walden
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Families having fun on the

Families having fun on the “beach” of Saffron Walden
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City mayor James de Vries with mermaids looking

City Mayor James de Vries with mermaids at Saffron Walden ‘beach’
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Free circus show

Santus Circus – Cirque De France is also in town, with its marquee on The Common until June 5.

The ringmaster of the circus, the daring Mr Astley, will present a free performance on The Common on Thursday June 2 at 8 p.m.

The event was financed by the town hall. Tickets are free at the Tourist Office or on site in the evening depending on availability.

The circus company assists with Jubilee celebrations by providing an additional tent for the town’s own events.

Straight Royal Trail Competition

The Saffron Walden Business Improvement District (BID) is holding a Jubilee Right Royal Trail competition until June 12.

Find royal crowns with pictures or letters inside on the right royal path around Saffron Walden, to enter the raffle.

Participants can also try to complete the secret words with the letters found.

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Saffron Walden Platinum Jubilee Events

Thursday, June 2

11am to 1pm: Climb the tower and try to ring the bells of St Mary’s Church.

12:00 p.m.: Free lunch at Café Cornell for anyone who would otherwise be alone. Book your place on 07535 609 248.

All day: Circus Santus

Every day until June 12: Right Royal Trail Competition

2 p.m.: Proclamation of the Town Crier on the Place du Marché

Mid-afternoon: food, drinks and entertainment on The Common

Evening: ‘Dance on The Common’ with The Miss Jones Jazz Band

Evening: Platinum Jubilee Costume Contest

9:45 p.m. Lighting of beacons.

Friday, June 3

Community Together Day on The Common, with free activities

All day: Circus Santus

Saturday June 4

Jubilee Market on the Common

All day: Circus Santus

Sunday June 5

10am Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving Service at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden.

From noon: Fairycroft House and Saffron Walden Initiative present the Big Lunch Picnic on The Common community

All day: Circus Santus

Our Queen’s Platinum Reign

As Her Majesty celebrates her record-breaking reign, we’ve delved into our archives to create a tribute to her life and 70 years of service.

Filled with photos and history, Our Queen’s Platinum Reign is a magazine we hope readers will cherish for years to come. This special keepsake is available for £9.99 online and in store.

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