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Epsom Market Days – June 2022

Alongside the regular Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (includes French stalls from UK-based traders) and Saturday markets, which host a range of ...

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THE JUNE LOWDOWN…

This month is dominated by festivities in the shape of the Queen’s Jubilee (check out my post which gives the ...

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THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE 2022 – WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY…

🇬🇧 This year, The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of ...

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THE MAY LOWDOWN…

We’re still ploughing through the Easter chocolate even though May is here! There’s plenty happening this month and lots of ...

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EPSOM MARKET DAYS – MAY 2022

Alongside the regular Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (includes French stalls from UK-based traders) and Saturday markets, which host a range of ...

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9 GREAT PLACES TO SEE BLUEBELLS THIS SPRING…

The bluebell season varies a little every year depending on how the weather has behaved (not well at the moment!). ...

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EPSOM MARKET DAYS – April 2022…

Alongside the regular Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (includes French stalls from UK-based traders) and Saturday markets, which host a range of ...

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THE APRIL LOWDOWN…

The Easter holidays are almost upon us and there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied come rain or shine (including Easter ...

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EPSOM MARKET DAYS – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE…

Epsom’s outdoor markets have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Lockdowns were somewhat of a catalyst for this, ...

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THE MARCH LOWDOWN…

The daffodils and crocuses are beginning to bloom and all remaining Covid restrictions in England have been lifted so it ...

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THE FEBRUARY LOWDOWN…

The darker days of January are over and we’re now into the month of love, half-term and Imbolc (!?). Imbolc’s ...

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LOCAL CHINESE RESTAURANTS TO VISIT THIS CHINESE NEW YEAR…

Tuesday, 1st of February is Chinese New Year (aka Lunar New Year) and marks the start of the year of ...

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – TOP 8 PICKS @ THE EPSOM PLAYHOUSE…

Happy New Year! 🎉 If you’re anything like me, you’ll be keen to fill up the diary in 2022. Epsom ...

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THE DECEMBER LOWDOWN – CHRISTMAS EDIT…

The countdown has officially begun! The community made the best of the situation last year, but it’s wonderful to have ...

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THE NOVEMBER LOWDOWN…

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and it feels like we’re well on the march to ...

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OCTOBER LOWDOWN – HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND MORE…

My children were talking about Halloween before they’d even gone back to school! It’s definitely a big deal and all ...

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THE SEPTEMBER LOWDOWN…

I can’t believe September is here. My inbox is full of back to school emails and my attention has turned ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – AUGUST PART 1

Well it looks like the weather will get worse before it gets better, but it wouldn’t be a British summer ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – INTO AUGUST…

The school holidays are in full swing; I can’t believe we’re heading into August already. I hope it’s all going ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – JULY PART 3

Looking for what’s happening in August? then pop over here . School’s out for summer! Thankfully there’s plenty on to keep ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – JULY PART 2

After the excitement of England being in the Euro final came the disappointment, and unfortunately after that some very ugly ...

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What’s Happening in and around the area – July part 1

Wow! So who was expecting England to sail through to the final? It feels like everyone’s moods have been lifted. ...

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What’s happening in and around the area – June part 4

It’s officially the summer; the lavender has started flowering, it’s English Wine Week and it’s definitely the time to start ...

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What’s Happening in and Around the Area – June Part 3

June seems to be flying by and in just over a month it’ll be the school summer holidays 😲 Here’s ...

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What’s Happening In And Around the area – June part 2

Summer is in the air and BBQ season is in full swing (well at least for now). It’s a great ...

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What’s happening in and around the area – June part 1

I hope everyone’s had a chance to get out and about in the lovely weather over half-term. It’s only just ...

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What’s Happening in the Area – heading into June

It’s been quite a month with restrictions lifting further. Unbelievably we’re heading into June. Where is the year going? It’s ...

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What’s Happening In and around the area – May Part 4

Half-term and the Bank Holiday are on the horizon, so if you’re searching for a bit of inspiration to keep ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – MAY PART 3

I can’t wait until the 17th. Aside from being able to be more social and tactile, we’ll be able to ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – MAY PART 2

Live theatre, car boot sales, treks and trails and 70s disco are just some of the ‘in real life’ things ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – MAY PART 1

The first of the May bank holiday weekends is almost upon us – hurrah!  Whilst quite a lot of things ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – APRIL PART 2

So who’s had a haircut, visited a non-essential shop, had a drink in a pub garden or a meal al ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – APRIL PART 1

The Easter weekend seems a distant memory already. However, with restrictions easing there is plenty to look forward to. Let’s ...

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7 GREAT PLACES TO SEE BLUEBELLS THIS SPRING…

The daffs and tulips have been in bloom for a while as a sign that spring is here, but for ...

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EPSOM’S THRIVING MARKETS – INTERNATIONAL FOOD, CRAFTS, FARMERS, VEGAN, ANTIQUES…

Outdoor markets have had a bit of a renaissance recently. With non-essential shops still closed and food shops having restrictions ...

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BUYING LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS – PRODUCT IDEAS

More so than ever this year it’s important to support the small, independent businesses in our great local area. There ...

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BUYING LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS – GIFT IDEAS

The ‘alternatives to Amazon’ movement is gaining momentum and in the current economic climate, keeping it local to support small, ...

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15 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILMS FOR A PERFECT HALLOWEEN IN…

Whilst the Epsom and Ewell area is in tier one and trick or treating (in a group of no more ...

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A COVID CHRISTMAS – 9 CHRISTMAS EVENTS TO GO TO…

Although this festive season is likely to be rather different under the circumstances there are still plenty of places to ...

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HALLOWEEN AT HOME IDEAS

Like so many other things, Halloween is going to be rather different this year due to Covid. However, there’s still ...

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KINKY BOOTS @ THE LEATHERHEAD THEATRE

Dee, Kalli, Nicola and I enjoyed a wonderful night at the Leatherhead Theatre watching a screening of the award-winning musical ...

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LOVE IS ALL AROUND – VALENTINE’S DAY DINING INSPIRATION

It’s heralded as the most romantic day of the year, so if you’re looking for some inspiration for an amorous ...

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SAMPLING SARDINIAN DELIGHTS @ RAFAYEL EWELL

Rafayel Sardinian Restaurant (formerly Il Laghetto) is a casual and friendly restaurant in the heart of Ewell Village. A return ...

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THEY ARE RAW THEY ARE VEGAN THEY ARE DELICIOUS…

I love learning about food and cooking, so when the opportunity to attend Ripe + Nine’s Raw Cake Workshop came ...

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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT RECYCLING MILK BOTTLES

Most of us want to do our bit for the environment and even more so when we see images of ...

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