Saffron Hall

Author: Lee Aplin

We recently worked to produce a website for the new venue Saffron Hall. Located in the historic market town of Saffron Walden, Essex, Saffron Hall is a state of the art performance space which will host music, theatre and arts events. We were tasked with building a responsive website to promote the Hall and allow users to book tickets to events on both desktop machines and mobile devices.


The site was built to synchronise with a database of events hosted by Spektrix, box office specialists. These events could then be displayed on the website using dynamic iFrames which pulled through specific data such as ticket information and the ability to book tickets without leaving the Saffron Hall website. Using this system meant that we could easily integrate a fully featured ticketing system which is managed and hosted externally but frequently refreshes the website with up to date content.

Throughout the many stages that took us from the initial briefing meeting to site go-live, the Substrakt team were creative, responsive, helpful and endlessly patient. As a brand new state-of-the-art venue, Saffron Hall now has the website to match its aspirations – a site that not only looks good but also links seamlessly to our box office system and is as user-friendly as they come.


The brief for the site required that it should be clean and easy to navigate, providing immediate opportunity to find events of interest, view social network feeds or join a mailing list. The design of the site meets these requirements, with new or important content being displayed in a prominent position on the home and events pages and the process of booking tickets is quick and simple. We also ensured that the site displayed elegantly on mobile devices without impairing the user from doing anything that they could do on the desktop site, including using the booking system.