Visitor Information

As the date for our show approaches (23rd & 24th April) we share some answers to some of our most frequently asked questions…

The gates open at 10am both days

Pay on arrival, no need to prebook

Admission is £7 per adult, with accompanied children under 16 FREE.

There is ample FREE parking, with a forward park available for those with mobility issues.

Dogs are welcome, as long as they are on leads and you clear up after them. Dog water will be provided.

There will be toilet (including disabled) and baby change facilities available.

Hot and cold food will be available to purchase, there will also be a picnic area for your use.

The site address is Carver Barracks, CB10 2YA and will be well AA signposted. Please note our entrance is NOT the barracks main entrance, it is the next gateway on the Debden side and will be well signposted.

A Week To Go!

In a week’s time we will be welcoming all our exhibitors to our new site at Carver Barracks, ready to give all our visitors a full weekend of fun, nostalgia and entertainment!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone after so long away.

New for 2022

Preparations are now well under way for our 2022 event, and we look forward to meeting you on 23rd & 24th April at Carver Barracks!

In the run up to the event we’ll be looking at some of the things you’ll be able to see.

This year our traditional funfair, provided as ever by the Rule family, will feature this stunning set of steam gallopers built by Savage of King’s Lynn in 1893!


Come along to our new home, Carver Barracks, on July 24th.  The Crank Up promotional stand will be attending along with some steam engines, other Crank Up exhibits and members of the CrankUp Committee.  Come and say hello!

Saffron Walden Crank Up 2021

We regret to inform you that the committee of the Saffron Walden Crank Up, along with the East Anglian Traction Engine Society, have taken the sad decision that we must once again postpone our event.
We had hoped that the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic would have eased enough to allow our 2021 event to take place, however with the nation in a third lockdown, of indeterminate length, and the date of our event rapidly approaching it is the only option realistically open to us.
This is a bitter disappointment to all of us. We send our thanks and best wishes to all of our many supporters, we hope you all stay well and healthy.
We look forward to meeting you again at next year’s Saffron Walden Crank Up, on 23rd & 24th April 2022.
John Hunt and the Crank Up committee

Exciting news!

Firstly, we’d like to thank everybody who supported our event this year, despite the weather on Saturday itwas a resounding success.

Many of you will be aware that this year was our last at Sparrows End.  We have enjoyed our time there and would like to thank our hosts for looking after us so well for five years.


We can confirm that next year’s event will be on 25th & 26th April.  We are moving across town to Carver Barracks (Debden Aerodrome) .

Other exhibits

It’s not all about steam engines at the Crank Up, we’ll be hosting all sorts of interesting exhibits from a bygone age!

Steam Engines

We have a bumper entry of traction engines this year,including some that are new to the event, some that are returning after rebuilding work, and of course many of our old favourites!



The Committee and helpers would like to wish you a very Happy New Year.  We hope that 2019 brings you peace and happiness, and happy times spent at excellent vintage events 😉


Preparations for this year’s show are now well underway.  We are planning another Special Display, this time showcasing the various living vans that housed the men, and sometimes their families, that worked with steam engines.

Of course we shall still have all our usual attractions and exhibits!