Saffron Walden Swords was founded by Gerry Doe and Fiona Turnbull in 2009 with an £8,000 grant from Sport England.  We fence on Saturday mornings at Saffron Walden County High.

Our club is relaxed and friendly and our members range from novices to experienced fencers so you'll always be able to fence with people of a similar level.  We're mostly a Foil fencing club, but some members also try their hand at Épée and Sabre.

Fencing requires a lot of kit, but we have kit of all sizes so you don't need to buy anything to give fencing a go.  For our musketeers, we have plastic and metal fencing equipment to ensure that our youngest members have kit to suit their needs.

When do we fence?

We fence on Saturday mornings during the school terms at the following times:

Group Time
Athos Beginners 9:30am - 10:30am
Porthos Intermediates 10:00am - 11:30am
Aramis Teenagers 10:00am - 12:00pm
D'artagnan Adults 10:30am - 12:30pm


Click here to download the full schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year.

What does it cost?

You can either pay on a term-by-term basis, or you can set up a monthly Standing Order which works out cheaper over the year.  The cost per term depends on the number of sessions we hold - this varies depending on school holidays, other events and exams, but we'll let you know the cost before the start of each term.  We typically hold 33 sessions per year.  To help us reduce our admin costs, we ask that all sessions in the term are paid for, even if you can't attend every week.

Group Cost per session Standing Order  Family Discount*
Athos Beginners £6 £13 per month £12 per month
Porthos Intermediates £7 £17 per month £16 per month
Aramis Teenagers and D'artagnan Adults £8 £20 per month £19 per month

*Family discount costs apply when two or more members of the same family buy membership and pay by standing order.

Summer holiday sessions are separate to our regular sessions and we'll let you know all about these before they start.

You must also have membership with the British Fencing Association.  Full information on membership costs can be found on the BFA website.

We love fencing, and we hope you will too, but you don't need to join without giving it a go first.  Get in touch to find out more.


Child Protection Policy


We believe that child safety and welfare always come first. Saffron Walden Swords is committed to making sure that young people can enjoy fencing in a safe and fun environment.

We follow the Child Protection and Anti-Bullying policies of British Fencing. Our welfare officer is Mike Cameron and can be reached at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Data Protection Statement Child Protection Policy


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