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SEPTEMBER LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Sep 2022

I hope everyone’s been having a great summer and that you are all set for back to school! 😬

We’re here to help you squeeze out those last drops of summer fun and entertainment with our roundup of what’s on in September.

Free funded SEN sessions at Rainbow Leisure Centre 

Free funded SEN sessions are being offered every Thursday (16:30 – 18:00) throughout September at Rainbow Leisure Centre (supported by The Ruxley Foundation)

Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Go here to book.

Merland Rise Kids Summer Workshop 

Merland Rise Church has been running a range of summer workshops throughout the holidays. The last one, which is Jewellery making with ‘Dragonfly and the Lotus’  is on Thursday, 1st September. 

For more details visit: http://www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk/

Former Hospital Staff/Volunteers meet up 

Free event: There’s a drop-in meet-up at The Horton Arts Centre, Epsom on Friday, 2nd September (10.30am-2pm) for any former hospital staff and volunteers from Horton, Long Grove, West Park, Manor or St Ebba’s.

Do you remember when Horton looked like the photo above?

Pop along to chat and reminisce with others who were there at the time too. Feel free to come along on your own or bring a friend. Explore the exhibition or sit in the café for a cuppa and enjoy the conversation.

For more details visit: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/former-hospital-staff-meet-up/ 

Music Open Day

Realistic Music Academy are holding an open day on Saturday 3rd September at 81 East Street, Epsom, all ages welcome for more information call 01372 740 300 or email info@realisticmusicacademy.com.

Artisan Market 

Great news – regular artisan markets are coming to Ewell Village. They’ll be held in The Grove on the first Saturday of the month with the first one on Saturday, 3rd September (10am-3pm). This should be a great boost for the village.

Check out all the markets happening in the area this month here.

Vision of Elvis 2022 

Billed as the ultimate experience for any Elvis fan the world over, this officially-endorsed production hits Epsom Playhouse on Saturday, 3rd September (7.30pm).

“He sings like Elvis, but most importantly, he seems to capture the very soul of Elvis – his charisma, his gestures – hell he even walks like Elvis!”

All costumes, instruments and stage set authentically recreated to give the feel and energy of a live Elvis concert. For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/vision-elvis-2022 

Ambition School of Dance Open Day 

On Saturday, 3rd September Ambition School of Dance is having an Open Studio day at its studio in Epsom Square. Free taster sessions and a very special appearance from Elsa are available throughout the day as follows:

For ages 7 – 11
10.00 – 10.30am – Tap & Ballet
10.30 – 11.00am – Modern & Disco
11.00 – 11.30pm – Junior Musical Theatre

For ages 7 and under
11.30 – 12.00pm – Modern & Disco (princess themed) with Elsa!

12.00-12.30pm – Meet & Greet with Elsa from Frozen!

The taster sessions along with classes for September are now available to book. Please go through the parent portal at: www.ambitiondance.co.uk

Nam Yang Family Fun Day 

Nam Yang martial arts is hosting a free family fun day on Saturday, 3rd September (12-4pm) at Alexandra park in Epsom (KT17 4BU).

Bring a picnic and join them for some fun demonstrations and workshops.

For more details, visit their Facebook page.

Quiz Night with Age Concern Epsom

Support Age Concern’s team of sky divers – who will be skydiving to raise funds and awareness for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell – by attending their Quiz Night on Saturday, 3rd September (7pm).

Their quizmaster will provide a highly entertaining evening and there’ll also be slices of pizza, nibbles and a drink all tied in with the ticket price (£15).

Ruxley Church Hall, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, Epsom, KT19 0JG. For further details and booking go to https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/aceequiznight

Leatherhead Lions Donkey Derby and Family Fun Day

This year’s Leatherhead Lions Donkey Derby and Family Fun Day takes place at the National Trust’s Polesden Lacey property on Sunday, 4th September.

The free event aims to provide a low-cost day of family entertainment and offers the opportunity for retailers and craftsmen to sell their wares and for charities and community groups to increase awareness of their cause. Entrance to the house, gardens and the event is free for the day to the public. Proceeds go to support local charities and community projects.

There’s plenty to do:

  • Donkey Races
  • Fun Dog Show
  • Train rides
  • Games
  • Punch and Judy
  • Children’s Rides
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Live music
  • Beer Tent
  • Food Court

Gates open at 10am with the first event starting at 11am (first race 1pm TBC). For more details visit: http://www.leatherheadlions.org.uk/raising-funds/donkey-derby

The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell’s Rainbow Charity Appeal 

The Lady Mayoress is hosting a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Sunday, September 4th (12-4pm) in support of the Epsom and Ewell Mayors Charities. 

Book your tickets by emailing Epsomewellmayor2022@gmail.com and join for plenty of family fun and an opportunity to raise vital funds for the Epsom Mayors Charities.

Taking place at the 2nd Ewell Rainsters Scout Hut (KT17 1XR).

Music and Movement Class

Lucy’s Little Movers is holding the last of their free taster sessions on Tuesday 6th September at Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane, register via the website http://www.lucyslittlemovers.com/.

I Spy With My Little Eye at Epsom Playhouse 

Family musical I Spy With My Little Eye comes to the playhouse on Saturday, 10th September (2.30pm-3.30pm).

Based on the brand new picture book by Steven Lee (Don’t Dribble On The Dragon, How the Koala Learnt To Hug) and brought to you by the creators of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, this adorable family musical celebrates everything great about being a kid – and everything great about having one.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/i-spy-my-little-eye

Complimentary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray – Free session 

Christine Michele Murray is running a free 1 hour online introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT – also known as Tapping) on Saturday, 10th September (10.00am) and Wednesday, 14th September (7.00pm).

Further details and booking for both can be found on the following links:

Saturday 10th September 10:00am https://www.facebook.com/events/620755589538988

Wednesday 14th September 7:00pm https://www.facebook.com/events/516961556901091

Christine is also running an EFT 1 Course over 3 Tuesday Mornings starting 6th September. This will equip you to use this amazing technique for yourself family and friends. More information here.

Epsom Open Day – Epsom Downs 

Epsom Open Day at Epsom Downs is taking place on Sunday, 11th September (8am-1pm) and offers an opportunity to meet Epsom’s superhero horses, trainers and stable staff and learn more about what it takes to look after a racehorse.

You can watch the horses train on the gallops from 8am. Activities for all the family will be available at the yards to keep everyone entertained!

To find out more and book tickets (free entrance for under 16s) go to: https://www.epsomopenday.co.uk/ 

Badminton Course

Ebbisham is running a BISI Badminton course on Sundays from 11th September – 16th October 2022.  This is a fantastic introduction to the sport for children ages 4-8 years old.  If you’re interested in signing up please email admin@ebbisham.com to register your interest.

FeastyFest 2022 

FeastyFest, the biggest one day food festival in Surrey, returns to Cheam Park on Sunday, September 11th (10am-7pm).

Aimed at bringing families out to enjoy the food of local, small food producers, the event offers engaging and enjoyable ways to learn about food, understand where it comes from and inspire children to try new things.

There’s music and activities, a Farmer’s Market, craft and wellbeing stalls a Kidzone plus specialist talks and tastings. The Grub Hub has a range of food on offer, which comes from small street food sellers from over 30 countries around the world (there’ll be more street food traders and bars in attendance than ever before).

Buy tickets here https://events.feastyfest.co.uk/
For latest updates go to the Facebook page.

Ewell History Day – CANCELLED

The hugely popular Ewell History Day is back on Saturday, September 17th (10am to 5pm).

Folk from the Iron Age will describe life in Celtic Ewell and tell how they threw gifts to the gods into their sacred spring and how important the river was to their lives. Gladiators will fight to the death for your entertainment and the Roman army will arrive, bringing a catapult with them.

Members of the Tudor court will be in attendance on King Henry VIII, and you will be able to chat to him and ask about his eventful life! But be careful – he may not be in a good mood!

A witch-finder will be searching high and low for signs of dark powers. He will be looking for the infamous Ewell witch Joan Butts, so he can bring her to trial. Be ready for what happens when he does!

WW2 soldiers of the parachute regiment will be there with their weapons, telling of their trip to Holland where things did not go to plan.

There will be historic children’s activities from Ewell Library and the chance to try brass-rubbing.

Food and drink will be available all day from the Bourne Hall Café

Totally Tina at Epsom Playhouse 

Catch the award-winning Tina Turner spectacular at Epsom Playhouse on Friday, 30th September.

Come shake a tail feather with the UK’s supreme Tina – Justine Riddoch – and her talented cast.

“This breathtaking recreation of a live Tina Turner concert celebrates the golden anniversary of the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll’s signature tune Proud Mary. Tina’s no-holds-barred take of the song established a reputation for fearsome live performances – and those never-ending legs!

Early hits, including River Deep – Mountain High and Nutbush City Limits, were just a taste of what was to come. We Don’t Need Another Hero, Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, I Don’t Wanna Lose You and When the Heartache is Over propelled Tina to stadium concert stardom.”

To book tickets go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/totally-tina 

Comedy at The Horton

The Horton’s Epsom comedy club is back with some of the best stand-up comedians working the UK comedy circuit on Friday, 30th September.  The club contains the comedic skills of Gary Tro, Diane Spencer and Kevin Shepherd.
Tickets £20.  More information and other shows can be found on the website here.

Epsom Social 

Surrey’s first food hall, Epsom Social, opened its doors late last month (read Kalli’s review here).

Located in the heart of the town at Epsom Square, it’s open Monday – Sunday catering for everything from the morning coffee run, lunch and dinner through to evening cocktails and get-togethers. Why not pop down before the kids go back to school?

Book now

Once Upon a Crime Halloween and Low Bangs Fireworks 

This October half term, Godstone Farm is running an exciting event called Once Upon a Crime (Saturday, 22nd until Sunday, 30th October).

As well as guaranteed farmyard fun and additional animal events, there’ll be plenty of spooky Halloween hocus pocus! Meet Griswalda the witch for wand making and wand lessons and explore the Nursery Crime Trail and become a clever detective in a world of nursery crimes. Pumpkin carving will also be available as an upgrade.

Additionally, its low bangs fireworks event takes place on Friday, 28th and Saturday, 29th October. This includes a tots’ disco from 5pm and pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm before the  display from 6.45pm.

Tickets for both need to be pre-booked via the Godstone Farm website here.

Have a great month, and as we head to autumn don’t forget to get out foraging!

Fran x

 
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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog - https://www.vinocibo.co.uk/

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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