‘Making Mosaics’ runs courses from 14 London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex. Parking FREE at weekends at the UDC council offices, also on London road.

The workshop has ample space for up to 15 students, either bring your own group, or join in with one of our day courses, open mornings or evening classes.

Why not sign up to a two day course and stay a few days to explore this part of beautiful rural Essex? We often have friends and families getting together for a couple of days to do something creative together, they always are surprised by what a beautiful place Saffron Walden is. We are on the main line just 50 minutes from Liverpool Street, London, or 15 minutes from Cambridge, with Audley End station just a few minutes taxi ride away. By car it is 10 minutes from junction 8 of the M11, half way between Cambridge to the north and Bishops Stortford to the south.

Saffron Walden is an historic town dominated by a stunning church with many of the listed buildings on the high street dating from the 15th and 16th centuries - it even gets a mention in the Domesday Book! The studio itself is in a handsome Victorian building with some car parking and there residential parking locally or long stay at Swan Meadow, 10 minutes walk.

It is a pretty market town, lying in rolling countryside, it offers good shopping and a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets. Much of the quaint town centre is made up of listed medieval and beautiful Victorian buildings, including St Mary’s, one of the largest churches in Essex. 

There is a selection of excellent places to eat, good shopping with plenty of eclectic independents alongside high street mainstays, several antique shops, cook shops, wine shops and an even an old fashioned toy shop, all based around the busy market square (markets Saturdays & Tuesdays). There is a small museum, and the library in the market square has a pleasant reading area & separate children’s room. Saffron Walden Town Trail will guide you around the notable places of interest (a map of which is downloadable (from Tourist info site listed below) or available from the Tourist Information Centre, Market Square). For art lovers there are several galleries, two on Church Street and I highly recommend the Fry Art Gallery, down a tiny alley off Castle Street, which represents the many well known artists (Eric Ravillious, Bernard and Chloe Cheese, Edward Bawden, Olive Cook and others) linked to this area.  

Explore the open green spaces of the Common with its playground and brick maze (one mile long!), or visit the American Playing Fields; which incorporates a park, picturesque cricket green, playground and seven interlinking formal gardens and kitchen gardens, laid out in the nineteenth century and recently restored by volunteers. Try your orienteering skills in a full size maze, one you have a good chance of getting lost in! (Keys are at Tourist Information in the Market Square, though it is open if the gardeners are on site.)

Audley End House (English Heritage) is just a walk or short drive just out of town; with lovely outdoor cafe and playground next to it, a Victorian garden and working stables; tours of the house and a working kitchen there is something for everyone. Opposite there is a charming miniature railway around the Audley End Estate, which tours through woods packed full of friendly teddies.
(Both are is closed in the winter).

For rainy days there is a small independent cinema, Saffron Screen at the High School. There is also on indoor playbarn, Tumbledowns, on the Shirehill Estate, and a leisure centre with a swimming pool and baby pool. (Lord Butler Leisure Centre). If your partner needs to spend the day nearby with your kids, there is plenty to do! For older children Saffron Walden is the site of One Minet Park, listed as one of the top five best skateparks in Europe, it is located behind the leisure centre and well worth a visit, even if just to watch.

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is about 15 minutes by car (it’s FREE from 4.30pm until closing).

A list of local accommodation

For more alternatives, local information and accommodation further afield,
the Saffron Walden Tourist Information office
are most helpful.

Do book well in advance as accommodation gets full very quickly, especially in the summer.

If we cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be given. We cannot however be liable for any expenses such as booked accommodation etc which you should cover
through your own insurance.

Courses will only run when viable bookings have been reached. Please check course is viable before booking accommodation.

Accommodation our students have enjoyed include:

The Cross Keys, 6 stylish bedrooms in the heart of Saffron Walden. website to follow. Also a good place to eat, nice atmospheric pub/dining.

The Cricketers Arms, Rickling Green

Ashleigh House, B&B Saffron Walden

The Saffron Hotel, Saffron Walden

The Cricketers, Clavering (home of Jamie Oliver, run by his parents & recommended by a number of our students) about 10 miles away

Warners Farm B&B, Wimbish Green (has some single rooms)

Buriton house B&B, Newport (right by Newport station, about 3 miles away, has been recommended)

Field View, Howlett End, Wimbish

The Toll House B&B Newport (walking distance)

Parsonage Farm, Arkesden


Chestnuts, Ickleton

The Crown House Hotel, Great Chesterford

The Queens Head, Littlebury

Family accommodation, central Saffron Walden,
a 2 storey, 2 bed, self catering converted stable available for min. three day breaks.
email for details

Stansted Airport is a 15 minute drive
(or short hop in the train) and has many chain hotels

Restaurants in Saffron Walden, Newport and villages
(most need booked in advance at weekends)

The Cricketers, Rickling Green

The Saffron Hotel, Saffron Walden

The Cricketers, Clavering (of Jamie Oliver fame)

Dish Restaurant, Saffron Walden (very nice)

The Restaurant, Saffron Walden

The Bell (pub) at Wendens Ambo (pleasant garden)

The Gate, Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden
01799 522321(newly changed hands now offering very authentic and delicious Italian food).

The Eight Bells, Saffron Walden
01799 522321(elegant contemporary pub, also newly changed hands, great menu, popular). 01799 522790

Ask (pizza)

Prezzo (pizza)

Nemonthron, Saffron Walden (Indian)

King Street, Saffron Walden, 01799 522739

The Moghul (Indian)

The Jade Garden (Chinese)

6 Market Hill, Saffron Walden, 01799 522808

Yuva (modern Indian), Debden (my favourite!)

01799 543699

The Railway, Station Road, Saffron Walden
a great pub (and handy for Ashleigh House B&B, in Saffron Walden), with garden.

Maze by Day, Meze by Night (Turkish),
Market Place, Saffron Walden
01799 525429

The Queens Head, Littlebury (pleasant garden)


Mocca (off the High Street near the Post Office),

Cafe Cou Cou (King Street, near the fire station),

Gluttons (behind Boots, near the Common)