About the Saffron Walden Crank Up
Just south of the former Royal Air Force Debden station in Saffron Walden is Carver Barracks, the new location of the Saffron Walden Crank Up. The site is a few miles east of the M11 and just off the B184 on Water Lane.
Formerly held at nearby Sparrows Hill Livery, the Crank Up hopes to continue the tradition at Carver Barracks of a relaxed, friendly show with a wide variety of exhibits that the whole family will enjoy.
Expect to see the large steam traction engines, vintage vehicles tractors, and many other attractions that might take you back 50 or even 100 years. Children will enjoy a traditional children’s 'funfair' and you will want to put down your smartphones and listen to traditional music from the authentic fairground organs. And if the nostalgia becomes overwhelming take a break in the beer tent with some hot or cold refreshments.
East Anglian Traction Engine Society
The East Anglian Traction Engine Society or EATES is a charitable organization that will sponsor this year’s Saffron Walden Crank Up. The society was formed in 1955, to 'advance the education of the public and to promote the preservation and running of all types of steam traction engine: portables, showman’s and ploughing engines, road locos, steam rollers, and steam wagons.' They are the second oldest traction engine society in the country.
Entry To The Event
Admission price and opening hours have yet to be announced, so please check back later for that information. There is an online form on their official website that can be used to contact EATES with any questions concerning the event.
Somewhere to Stay in Essex
For campers, there is a beautiful highly rated campsite about 10 miles from Carver Barracks called the Cambridge Camping and Caravanning Club Site. If that site is full there are several other caravan and campgrounds in the general area that you can call home for a day or a weekend. For a basic inexpensive hotel, the Swan hotel is just a few miles away. It features a pub restaurant serving traditional British cuisine and a beer garden. Those looking or something more up-scale might choose the 4-star rated Chequer Cottage. Located in the gently rolling countryside southeast of Cambridge, it offers all the amenities expected of a luxury B&B.
Getting To Sparrows Hill Livery
Drivers coming from Cambridge will drive south on B184 for about 17 miles and will pass RAF Debden, a former Royal Air Force station. About ½ mile past the station, take a left turn onto Water Lane that will lead you directly to Carver Barracks. Drivers from the south have the option of exiting M11 near the London Stansted Airport, take B1051 to B184, and head north to Water Lane. They can also stay on M11 and exit at B1383 that turns into Water Lane and to the destination.
Other Things To Do Around Newport
If you want to spend a few hours away from the noise of the rally, then your choices are many. Art lovers will enjoy The Fry Public Art Gallery. Opened in 1987, it is home to an impressive number of paintings, prints, illustrations, wallpapers, and decorative designs by artists of the 20th century. If the medieval age is more appealing to you then pay a visit to the Walden Castle built in the mid-12th century by Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of Essex.
Well behaved dogs with considerate masters are welcome at the Saffron Walden Crank Up. And be sure to thank the crew of volunteers who work to make this one of the best events of the year.
When is the next Saffron Walden Crank Up?
The Saffron Walden Crank Up is planned to take place at Sparrows Hill Livery, Sparrows End, Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3TU, Saturday 23rd April, 2022. This is a Weekend Steam Rally.
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