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Waltham Abbey Pancake Day Races - Shrove Tuesday 28th February 2017

Author: Waltham Abbey Town Partnership Published: 31st January 2017 14:49
Under 5s Heat Winners at Waltham Abbey Pancake Day Races 2014
Flipping good fun!

Back for its seventh year the popular annual Waltham Abbey Pancake Day Races return on Shrove Tuesday 28th February 2017 in Waltham Abbey Town Centre.

Apollo Cafe Business Winner in action at 2014 Pancake Day RacesPlease come along and support this local community traditional annual fun event, join in the races or shout and cheer on the participants.

Races start outside Waltham Abbey Library on pedestrianised Sun Street in Waltham Abbey Town Centre:

  • 10.30am - Businesses Races
  • 11.00am - Under 5's Races
  • 11.45am - Parents & Carers Races

Everyone welcome, no charge to participate or to watch. 

All children participating will get a small prize each and the winners will receive a goody bag and a cup to take home with them.

All participants will need to complete an entry form, which will be available on the day, however, it would be really helpful if this could be completed in advance and brought with you to the event.

Click on the link below to download the 2017 Entry Form or pick one up from the Library or Tourist Info Centre:

Pancake Day Race Entry Form

Entry forms can be emailed to: jeffen9@aboutmyarea.co.uk or brought with you on the day.  Remember to ensure your child is wearing appropriate footwear and warm clothing. The aprons, hats, frying pans and pancakes will be provided.

The first races will be for local Waltham Abbey Businesses and Shop owners starting at 10.30am. Followed by Under 5's Races starting at 11.00am and finishing with the Mums, Dads and Carers Races at approx 11.45am. Please note children will race with children of a similar age and it is only open to children under the age of 5. If your child wins their heat then they will go through to race again in the final. The number of heats is dependent on the number of children who wish to participate, so not possible to give exact timings.

Waltham Abbey Pancake Day Races Under 5s in action

The Pancake Day Races are organised by the Waltham Abbey Town Partnership in support of the Waltham Abbey Loves Food initiative that supports and promotes the wide variety of places to eat in Waltham Abbey. The event is supported by AboutMyArea/EN9 website and Waltham Abbey Town Council.

Waltham Abbey Town Partnership would like to thank Michele Moore Community Champion from Waltham Abbey Tescos for donating the children's prizes, aprons & hats and pancakes for the races and to Duncan Phillips Estate Agents for sponsoring the winners' cups.

Group waiting for the start of the Waltham Abbey Pancake Race


If the weather conditions on the day are wet, icy or snowy, unfortunately, this event will be cancelled due to health and safety reasons, the decision will be made by 9.30am on the day of the races and anyone who has completed a form in advance will be notified.

Apollo Cafe Owner Haci won the Businesses Race in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (photograph above of him in action) - will they be defending their title this year?

Previous business winners include Henry Ward Property Solutions and CSS Motors - will they be joining in again? Why not come along and find out!   

Waltham Abbey Pancake Day Races 2017 poster image

Waltham Abbey Library have their Toddler Tuesday event from 10.30am to 11.00am which is free to attend and after you can sit inside in the warm while waiting for the pancake race to begin!

If you haven't been down to Waltham Abbey Town Centre for a while why not venture down on Tuesday 28th February and enjoy participating or watching the Pancake Day Races, pop into the Library to pick up a book or a video, see the new exhibitions in the Epping Forest District Museu, check out the new shops and the Tuesday market stalls.  You could even treat yourself and your children to lunch out, expect several of the cafes will be serving pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday!

For more information on this event please call 01992 651066 or email jeffen9@aboutmyarea.co.uk

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