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OCTOBER LOWDOWN – HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND MORE…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Oct 2021

My children were talking about Halloween before they’d even gone back to school! It’s definitely a big deal and all being well it’s going to be a much more social affair than last year. Here’s a round up of all the spooky and non-spooky things happening in and around the area this month.

Macmillan Cancer Support – October Challenge 

 

You can take on the ‘100 miles in October Challenge‘ to get fit and raise vital funds for cancer support charity Macmillan. Find out more about Macmillan and all their fundraising events here: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

St Mary’s Ewell – DAY FOR ALL 

On October 2nd (12:00 pm – 4:30 pm),  St. Mary’s in Ewell is running its DAY FOR ALL. It’s a fun-filled day with lots to do for the whole family. The theme for the day is Gifts from the Earth, which will include plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. Everything is free, including a bread and soup lunch and refreshments through the day. For any questions, contact Sue Ayling on 020 8337 6347 or assistantpriest@stmarysewell.com. Visit the St. Mary’s website for further details.  

Reclaim The Streets

In solidarity against gender-based violence, there’ll be a ‘Reclaim the Streets’ gathering of the local community at Nonsuch park on Sunday, October 3rd at 5.30pm. Details above and here.

Mothers’ Union – Book sale

Mothers’ Union is hosting a book sale in Christ Church Hall, Epsom to raise funds for children’s education in Sierra Leone on Saturday, 9th October (10am–3pm). Details above and here.

Museum Kids Club – Struggling Suffragettes 

The next event at Bourne Hall’s Museum kids club is on Saturday, October 9th (1pm to 2.30pm) and is all about the Suffragette movement.

Meet a suffragette, listen to her arguments and learn why some women were driven to drastic measures to get their voices heard by the Establishment. Find out how Suffragettes changed the way our country is today and learn all about the Epsom connection.

More info here: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/struggling-suffragettes and here: https://www.bournehall.org/whats To book email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 

Epsom Mental Health and Well Being Festival

Epsom-based charity Love Me Love My Mind is running its annual Epsom Mental Health and Well-Being Festival 9th – 16th October. It comprises of a week of activities devoted to mental health and well-being and provides a forum for discussion, sharing information and providing answers to questions people may have.

Email info@lovemelovemymind.org.uk for further details.

Mini Treks and Trails – Godstone farm 

There are a number of Mini Treks and Trails this Autumn at Godstone farm. October’s ones take place on the 4th, 11th and 18th. Aimed at under fives, these interactive story time sessions include crafts and other fun activities. Mini Treks and Trails is included in the main entrance ticket. For more details go to the Facebook page.

The Hub Cafe – Mum’s Coffee Club 

The Hub Cafe is hosting its first Mum’s Coffee Club on Tuesday, 12th of October from 10am. It’s an opportunity to get mums together to connect and make friends.

More details above and on the Facebook page.

AVIA PT  –  Strength & Conditioning Class

 

Launching on Thursday, October 14th (7pm), AVIA PT is offering full body strength and conditioning classes. The 50 minute workout is aimed at all fitness levels and can be booked as individual sessions or in a block of four for the discounted price of £8 per class. The sessions take place at Epsom Methodist Church Hall. For more information and booking go to: https://www.facebook.com/Aviaptsurrey  or email aviasurreypt@outlook.com

Wellbeing Walk Epsom Downs 

Celebrate World Mental Health Day with the Mary Frances Trust, the mental health and wellbeing charity for adults in Surrey, and join its Wellbeing Walk on Thursday, 14th October in Epsom Downs (11am-1.30pm). This walk will include a visit to the carved benches in the Centenary woods in Langley Vale.

Meet outside the Beefeater at Tattenham Corner. No need to book. For more details go here.

Epsom & Ewell Mayor’s Charities Quiz Night

 

My Time 4 Young Carers is one of the three Epsom & Ewell Mayor’s charities. A quiz night to raise funds for them all is taking place on the 15th October at Ewell United Reformed Church, London Road. More details on poster above and here.

Wheels and Walkies – Denbies Wine Estate

‘Wheels and Walkies’, taking place Saturday 16th October from 10am, is a special sponsored walk around Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking. It is raising vital funds to support local people living with Motor Neurone Disease. All money raised from this event will be split equally between the East and West Surrey Branches of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Although primarily aimed at wheelchair users and/or dog walkers, ‘Wheels and Walkies’ is suitable for all ages and abilities, with three different routes, ranging from a gentle ‘stroll’ around Denbies Wine Estate to a 5-mile ‘hike’ to Polesden Lacey and back!

Further information and registration at: https://bit.ly/2XB1CYk

The Epsom Bakehouse – Chocolate babka

The Epsom Bakehous

During this one hour live online class on Saturday, 16th October (11am – 12pm) run by The Epsom Bakehouse, you’ll learn the step-by-step the process to mix, knead, prove and shape a chocolate babka loaf.

Before the class, you’ll receive a list of the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to make this decadent plaited chocolate loaf. As well as being provided with an expert tutorial, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. For further details and booking go to: https://theepsombakehouse.co.uk/product/online-class-chocolate-babka-3/ 

 

Esher Theatre – Harry Hill 

Stand up master Harry Hill will be appearing at Esher theatre for one night only on Thursday, October 21st (doors open 7pm). For more details and booking go to: https://www.eshertheatre.com/harryhill

Fun, Fashion and Fizz for Breast Cancer Now – All Things Nice 

 

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and All Things Nice in Ewell Village is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, 21st October (7.30pm – 10.30pm). Fun, Fashion & Fizz for Breast Cancer Now is £15 (donation) per ticket and includes fizz on arrival and a strip of raffle tickets. The night will have:

💕 Styled Right Fashion Show
💕 Prosecco & Gin Bar
💕 Hair Sparkles by Ros
💕 Facials
💕 Bra Fittings with Bras at Home
💕 Great raffle prizes

Book your ticket by donating to the fundraiser in the event. Details here.

Epsom Light Opera Company Present Sing Out to Help Out

ELOC will be back on stage at the Epsom Playhouse (Friday 22nd  to Saturday 23rd October at 7.30pm & Sat Mat at 2.30pm) to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Marsden and the Central Play Team at St George’s Hospital. Tickets are £15. Find out more about the reason behind the show: https://eloc.org.uk/index.php/shows/so2ho-blog and book here.

Rotary Club of Ewell – Quiz night

The Rotary Club of Ewell is hosting a quiz night and raffle on Saturday, 23rd October (starting at 7.30pm) in aid of debra. It’s taking place at Ruxley Church on Ruxley Lane and tickets cost £12.50, which includes a fish and chip supper (BYOB). For more information contact Olive as detailed on the above flyer.

Spooky crafts at Epsom Library 

Epsom library will be running a Spooky Craft session on the 23rd of October from 11am-12pm. Children aged 4-8 will get the chance to paint haunted houses and make monsters.

Tickets can be bought from the helpdesk on the day (£3). For more details, visit their Facebook page.

The Epsom Bakehouse – Chelsea buns 

During this one hour live online class on Saturday, 23rd October (11am – 12pm) run by The Epsom Bakehouse, you’ll learn the step-by-step the process to mix, knead, prove and shape a batch of Chelsea buns.

Before the class, you’ll receive a list of the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to bake this classic teatime treat. As well as being provided with an expert tutorial, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. For further details and booking go to: https://theepsombakehouse.co.uk/product/online-class-chelsea-buns/

 

Halloween Half Term at Godstone Farm 

Head to Godstone Farm for October Half Term (23rd-31st October) where there’ll be lots of spooky fun. Entry to Godstone Farm includes all the usual activities (farm trail, animal holding, The World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail and indoor and outdoor play) plus Ghost Ranger trail, pumpkin painting, mini horrid walk and meet and greets.

Find out more and book tickets here: https://godstonefarm.digitickets.co.uk/category/35916

 

Happy Halloween Children’s Camp

The Upper Norwood Library Hub is returning to Epsom this half term with the Happy Halloween Children’s Camp (fun and friendly not horror!).

Join them at Elmcroft Community Centre from Monday 25th October to Friday 29th October for an exciting music and drama camp that will include face painting, costume making, pumpkin decorating, puppetry, singing, movement, games and more!

You can book here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/uppernorwoodlibraryhub/580300

Curzon Country Cinema Banstead – 42nd Street 

On Monday, October 25th, the West End comes to Banstead (Institute Hall) with a screening of 42nd Street filmed live at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Doors open 2pm & 7pm and tickets cost £6 (on the door or reserve and pay online). Details above and booking here: https://www.curzoncountrycinema.com/42nd-street-the-west-end-musical-show/

 

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – Charity Golf Day and Gala Dinner

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is hosting a Charity Golf Day and Gala Dinner (black tie) on October 26th at the Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park.

Teams of golfers play the 18-hole course and this is followed by a delicious 3-course Silver-Service meal and entertainment and a fundraising raffle to help raise vital funds for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell.

Tickets are £60pp and can be booked by emailing charlotte.hornblow@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club and Budding Artists 

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is running art sessions with Budding Artists with a Halloween theme during the half term (several sessions on Tuesday, 26th October). Each session costs £8.50 per child or two children for £15. Further details above. To reserve a place contact David Brooks: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

 

Trick or Treat Halloween Cooking Workshop 

On October 28th Grow Cook Enjoy is running a super morning of Halloween baking at Concorde Hall, Horton Path, Epsom. The face-to-face class will see attendees making pumpkin pizzas, decorating cookies and rustling up ghostly nachos and google eye cake pops.

The class runs from 10am – 12:30pm and lunch is provided.  For more details and to book tickets go here.  

My Time for Carers – Portsmouth Trip

The next fundraising event for My Time for Carers and the other Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Charities (Epsom RDA and Look Good Feel Better) is a trip to Portsmouth courtesy of Edward Thomas & Sons, Ewell on Thursday, 28th October

Have a great day out – minus the travel stress – see the sights of Portsmouth, get in some Christmas shopping, take part in the raffle and free quiz, and support some great charities. More details above; contact Gaynor at  events@mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk to book.

Halloween Walk on the Dark Side

On Friday, 29th October (7.30pm-9pm) and Saturday, 30th October (5pm-6.30pm & 7.30pm to 9pm), discover the darker side of Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart. Visit graveyards and crime scenes; hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and exploding gunpowder mills. Discover the story of Joan Butts, Ewell’s witch and uncover the strange mysteries of Roman Ewell.

Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the resurrection Men once stood whilst you learn about their grisly trade? Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail.

Cost: £5 per person. Meet at the foyer of Bourne Hall. To reserve a place contact David Brooks: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk /020 8394 1734

Halloween Clock Tower Walk 

On Sunday 31st, October (7.30pm-9pm) you can hear tales of Epsom folk that will not just stay dead on a guided walk. From the wicked Lord Littleton to those that still visit the shops and pubs they did in life, and a ghost from WW1 which has begun to appear again. Discover Epsom’s most haunted house, ghost highwaymen, haunted flats and homes, and hear house, ghost and hear how the 1919 Epsom riot led to a surprise manifestation in an Epsom home. Is the Clock Tower haunted?

Cost: £5 per person. Meet at the Clock Tower. To reserve a place contact David Brooks: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk /020 8394 1734

Godstone Farm – firework displays (low bangs)

Enjoy all the colour and dazzle, but with less noise at Godstone Farm’s fireworks display.

The Low Bangs displays are being run on Friday 29th October and Saturday 30th October from 5pm. For further details and to book tickets visit: https://godstonefarm.digitickets.co.uk/category/35916

Esher Theatre – Halloween Party 

On October 30th, Esher Theatre is hosting a live music and comedy night with fancy dress competition.

“Come one and all to our spookiest night of the year! Featuring 5 live bands, magicians, immersive and interactive actors with a special guest who will lead you into the world of mystery and wonder.”

Find out more here: https://www.eshertheatre.com/esherhalloween

Read Kat’s review of Esher theatre here: https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/the-esher-theatre-whats-it-all-about/

Hollywood Bowl Tolworth

You can celebrate Halloween on Saturday, 30th October at Hollywood Bowl in Tolworth with its bowling, food and drink spooky Halloween package. This includes two games of bowling, unlimited nachos and fries plus a drink from £13.20 per child and £16.20 per adult.

For more details and booking visit the website.

Epsom Library – Spooky Story Competition 

To celebrate the spookiest month of the year, Epsom library is running a scary story competition for junior readers. The winning entry will be published on the library’s social media channels.

Please hand in entries to the library by the 1st November, or send via email: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk

Epsom Library – Horror Story Competition 

… and it isn’t just for the kids. Epsom library is also inviting adult readers to write the scariest story they can think of for its Halloween Story Competition! 📜 🖋 Closing date is 1st November.

Hand in your entry to the library or email it to: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk

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Ambition School of Dance – Halloween Workshops 

Ambition School of Dance is running workshops, which include dance, games, crafts and Halloween treats on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October (9.30-3.30pm) for ages 4+. Cost is £30.50. For more details and booking go to: https://www.ambitiondance.co.uk/ 

Mega Camps – October Half-term 

There’s plenty of spooky fun on offer this October Half-Term from Mega Camps. They’ll have a wide range of activities for children to choose from including Halloween arts & crafts, animal zoo workshop, climbing wall, magic workshop, Nerf Wars, sports, and loads more!

*Early bird offers available until October 8th *

For more details on locations and dates go to: https://www.megacamps.net/

EzeeSport – half term holiday camp

The EzeeSport camps for October Half Term in Leatherhead and Epsom (run at Leatherhead Cricket Club and Epsom Cricket Club) are now open for booking.

Aerial Tumbling Club  – Half Term Gymnastics Camps 

Aerial Tumbling Club camps are open for boys and girls aged four and up. They’re running Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th October inclusive this half term. The day will consist of lots of gymnastics, games and a drawing competition.

Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Contact Head Coach Justine for more information and to book on: Email: aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com Facebook: www.Facebook.com/aerialtumbling
Website: www.aerialtumblingclub.co.uk

October Epsom Market Days

There are regular Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday markets, which host a variety of stalls selling fresh, local products such as eggs, seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh bread, butchery and fashions in Epsom’s market place. Here are the dates of the specialised markets taking place in October.

Find out more here.

Epsom Racecourse Antiques And Collectables Fair

Tuesday, October 21st – more details here

If you’re not going out for Halloween then you might like to check out this list of family friendly Halloween films or take a look here for some suggestions for a spook-tacular Halloween at home.

Whatever you’re up to, have a great October.

Fran x

 
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I’m Francesca (usually Fran), a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 12 and my twin daughters are aged nine.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run my own blog where I write about the things that we do, the places that we visit, the toys and games that we play with as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between.

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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