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THE APRIL LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 25 Mar 2023

Spring is officially here and Easter is on the way, which means school holidays, lots of chocolate, egg hunts and plenty of events for the whole family.

Here’s what’s going on with details of the many holiday camps/workshops that are taking place.

Ewell Horticultural Association – Spring Show

Ewell Horticultural Association presents its first Show of 2023 at Blenheim High School on Saturday, April 1st (2-4pm). See the displays of bright and cheerful spring flowers, floral art plus photography and craft and design. Tea and cakes available plus free car parking.

For further info visit: https://www.ewellhortassn.co.uk/horticultural-shows.html

Ewell Court Library Easter Extravaganza 

On Saturday, 1st April (10am until 12 noon), Ewell Court Library is holding its Easter Extravaganza.
Fun for all the family. Come dressed up to claim a prize!

There’ll be a range of free activities including a trail, face painting, crafts and more. Also raffles (free for children, bargain for adults) and a cake stall provided by Ewell Court WI.

 

Easter Egg Trail at Rosebery Park


Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is hosting an Easter Egg Trail on Saturday, 1st April be hosting an at Rosebery Park, Epsom
between 10am-12pm for under 12s. Find the clues to reveal the special prize!

All children must be supervised at all times. £3 per entry with a prize for every completed entry card.

Refreshments available. Tickets can be purchased online to secure your place – https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/eastereggtrailatroseberyparkepsom. Alternatively, you can turn up on the day, subject to availability.

Easter parties from Gymboree 

On Saturday, 1st April Gymboree Play & Music Cheam will be hosting fun packed Easter Parties with a visit from a very special guest 🐰!

Head over to the website gymbo.co.uk to book your tickets now as spaces are limited.

The Great Easter Grotto Escape at Godstone Farm  

Godstone Farm is introducing its Great Easter Grotto Escape between Saturday, 1st of April and Sunday, 16th April.

Hop into the Easter Grotto with your team and help to save Easter in this immersive Easter experience. This is an optional upgrade, which includes a visit to the Easter Grotto with treats along the way and an exciting visit to the Easter Bunny!

Your visit also includes a day of farmyard fun and additional Easter activities. There’ll be egg and spoon contests, bunny hop sack races and egg-cellent Easter crafts. Have a go at archery and egg rolling competitions and explore the Easter duck trail too. All this plus the interactive animal activities, farm trail, indoor Playbarn and extensive outdoor play areas.

Pre-book your visit (for the best priced tickets and to ensure faster entry into the farm) here.

Easter Baking Masterclass @ The Horton 

Get into the holiday spirit with Grow Cook Enjoy‘s fun and relaxed adult Easter baking workshop on Saturday, 1st April (1-4pm). Jayne McGhee will lead this 3-hour Masterclass by making three different tasty treats.

Bakers will learn how to:

– Make hot cross bun dough from scratch and craft into traditional hot cross buns
– Create a decorative sweet Easter braid
– Make and bake delicious Seminal muffins

All ingredients and equipment will be provided. Your creations will go into a special oven at The Horton and be ready to take home and eat.

For more details and booking follow this link.

Leatherhead Museum Grand Re-opening

Leatherhead Museum presents a major new exhibition by The LiterARTY Collective – Jane Austen’s Leatherhead. Head down on Saturday, April 1st to celebrate this exciting new exhibit exploring Jane Austen’s connections to Leatherhead, then discover all the other innovative displays that have been introduced as part of Leatherhead Museum’s ambitious update.

They have six rooms full to the brim with local stories, featuring Remarkable Romans, Sensational Saxons, ‘Made in Leatherhead’, the Interactive Cottage Kitchen, the Gallery, ‘The Great Big Tiny Museum Quiz’ and a new book and gift shop.

For more details go to their Facebook page.

Easter at Hobbledown 

At Hobbledown this Easter, you won’t just be hunting regular eggs, you’ll also be hunting Dragon eggs! Their holiday activities run daily from April 1st – 16th and are all included free of charge in your general admission ticket.

* Egg hunt – It’s not just Crystalite gems that are hidden under the sand at The Mining Village and Courtyard – there are 100 treasured eggs. Find one, and win yourself a prize!

* Hobble-Hood archery – Try your hand at some archery, played with bows and foam tipped arrows.

* Meet the Hobblers – Enjoy traditional games and story time with the Hobbledown characters.

* Animal interactions  – Join the zookeepers for some animal feeding times, knowledgeable talks and get up close to certain breeds during petting sessions.

* Bird of prey flying displays  – Daily at 11.30am and 3.30pm excluding Wednesdays.

* Creation Stations – Get creative at the Badge Making Station and have a memento to take home at the end of your day.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.hobbledown.com/epsom/

* Update *


Build a Bunny has been added to Hobbledown’s Easter holiday line-up. Details here: www.hobbledown.com/epsom/news/build-a-bunny

Christ Church Ewell – Easter Holiday crafts and games 

Christ Church Ewell is holding an “Easter Holiday Crafts and Games” morning for ages 5-11  (year R to Year 6) on Saturday, April 1st (10am-12pm). There will lots of quality crafts and games and a ‘Coffee & Chat Zone’ for parents to gather and chat in. There’s free parking at KT17 1AD on the morning.

Please book your places by WhatsApp/Text: 078 4090 4001. All families are welcome!

Aerial Tumbling Club – Easter Camps 


ATC is a British Gymnastics registered club, which runs holiday camps during every school holiday. The camps are run by a team of qualified and experienced coaches. Children get a full day of gymnastics and get the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends.

Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis and spaces do tend to fill up very quickly. Dates and times above; contact Head Coach Justine for more information or to reserve a place.

Website: www.aerialtumblingclub.co.uk
Email: aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/aerialtumbling

Rainbow Leisure Centre – Easter Swimming Crash Course 

 

Rainbow Leisure Centre is running a four day Swim School Crash Course this Easter for children aged 4 years and over from Monday, 3rd April to Thursday, 6th April.

  • 8am-8.30am Non swimmers Foundation over 4
  • 8.30am-9am Foundation Top Up over 4

Book your space today: https://fal.cn/3wLYr 

Baby Sensory – Free Easter Taster Session 

Book a free taster session with Baby Sensory this Easter. The unique sessions are specifically designed for babies from birth – 13 months to aid your child’s development, give you loads of ideas to continue at home and for you to have fun each week.

The programme is founded on decades of scientific research and is packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, lights, textures, music, dance, signing, massage and so much more!

The Epsom Methodist Church taster session is on Monday, 3rd April (1.00pm-1.30pm) and is for ages 0-7 months. The other taster is at the Dell Lane Scout Hall (KT17 2NE) on Wednesday, 12th April (10.00am-10.30am) and is for ages 0-10 months.

Book your place now at: www.babysensory.com

Let’s All Dance – Cinderella @ Epsom Playhouse 

Let’s All Dance Ballet Company brings a glittering new production of Cinderella to audiences around the UK in 2023. They’ll be appearing at Epsom Playhouse on Monday, 3rd April.

The company’s biggest show to date combines its customary stunning dancing, crystal-clear storytelling, gorgeous music and beautiful costumes to enchant and dazzle young and old. This magical new ballet follows the traditional tale with fresh touches, and is the ultimate fairytale treat for the whole family.

Running time: 55 minutes with no interval. Prices from: £14 adult (child £12). For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/lets-all-dance-present-cinderella

Ebbisham Sports Club – Try-Sport Camp

Ebbisham Sports Club’s Try-Sport Camp is back this Easter on Monday, 3rd April (9am-3.30pm). Book ahead now to avoid disappointment.

Please email: admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com to register your interest.

EzeeSport Easter Holiday Camps

The EzeeSport Easter Holiday Camps include:

*Sport Skills
*Dodgeball
*Escape the Island
*Hand hockey
*Crafts
*Capture the Flag
*Archery
*Mini sport matches
*EzeeSport Games
*Non Stop Action guaranteed

EzeeSport Holiday Camps at Leatherhead Cricket Club

Week 1: Monday – Thursday 3rd – 6th April
Week 2: Tuesday, 11th April and Thursday, 13th April (Run by Caitlin Rosbotham so please book onto Leatherhead week 2 as this is run by the Ashtead Franchise)
9:30am – 3:00pm Nursery to Year 6
Cost: £35

EzeeSport Holiday Camps at Epsom Cricket Club
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 3rd, 5th and 6th April
9:30am – 3:00pm Nursery to Year 6
Cost: £35

Bookings: https://ezeesport.com/pages/copy-of-easter-holiday-camps-2023

The MYTI Club Easter Programme 

The MYTI Club Easter Programme is running from Monday, 3rd April to Thursday, April 6th inclusive.  Look forward to cooking activities, arts and crafts, karaoke, sports and much more. Details above and on their Facebook page.

MYTI Club offers priority booking for Club4 voucher users. Booking early with Club4 ensures your space during the Easter holidays. Go to: www.activesurrey.com for more information.

Star-Tastic Gymnastics and Powerhouse Parkour 

Looking for something fun and active over Easter for the kids? Star-Tastic Gymnastics and Powerhouse Parkour are happy to announce that bookings are now open for their Gymnastics and Parkour Camps this Easter Holidays. Open to non-members as well as current members of the club, they will be running the following camps:

Rosebery School, Epsom

Monday 3rd April – Gymnastics and Parkour
Tuesday 4th April – Gymnastics and Parkour
Wednesday 5th April – Gymnastics
Thursdays 6th April – Gymnastics
Tuesday 11th April – Gymnastics and Parkour
Wednesday 12th April – Gymnastics
Thursday 13th April – Gymnastics
Friday 14th April – – Gymnastics and Parkour

Camps run from 9am-4pm and cost £42 for the day. The days will be full of lots of gymnastics and parkour fun as well as games and some Easter crafts as well. You can book these camps here: https://bit.ly/EasterParkourandGymnasticsCampsEpsom

They are also running at Tadworth Leisure Centre on the following days:

Monday 3rd April – Gymnastics
Tuesday 4th April – Gymnastics
Tuesday 11th April – Gymnastics

These camps run from 9am-3pm and are £36 for the day. Again the days will be jammed pack with fun, games and gymnastics fun! Bookings for these camps can be made here: https://bit.ly/EasterGymnasticsCampsTadworth

Neat Football Camp – Easter Half Term 

The Neat Football Camp is taking place at Court Recreation Ground, Pound Lane, KT19 8SB Monday, April 3rd- Thursday, April 6th.

For more information/to book your place email: Neatoffice@yahoo.com

Ambition School of Dance – Easter Workshop 

Join Ambition School of Dance for a Matilda workshop this Easter (Monday, 3rd-Thursday, 6th April).

They have workshops available for two age groups:

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP
Ages 4-10 years

4 DAY WORKSHOP WITH A PERFORMANCE ON THE LAST DAY
Ages 8+

For more information or to book please visit the website: www.ambitiondance.co.uk or email: hello@ambitiondance.co.uk Facebook: Ambition School of Dance Epsom

Hot Cross Bun and Bunnies Holiday Workshop

Join Grow Cook Enjoy for an amazing hot cross bunny workshop Tuesday, 4th April (10am- 12.30pm) at Concorde Hall, Epsom.

You’ll make traditional hot cross buns and some fantastic hot cross bunnies! Choose from blueberry and cinnamon, cherry and chocolate chip or traditional flavours.

The workshop is suitable for ages 5-12 years; adults must be present to supervise younger children.

Want to make a day of it? Join the chocolate fun baking class and they will provide lunch!

Further details and booking: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops

Easter at Ewell Library 

Over the Easter holidays, Ewell library has a range of activities on:

  • Tuesday, 4th April at 11am Easter crafts – £1
  • Wednesday, 5th April at 10.30am story time – Free
  • Thursday, 6th April at 10.30am rhyme time – Free
  • Thursday, 6th April at 2pm Easter crafts – £1
  • Saturday, 8th April at 11am – Easter crafts – £1
  • Wednesday, 12th April at 11am – poetry writing – £3

Ewell History Walks 

On Wednesday, April 5th (10am-12pm) and April 6th (2pm-4pm & 7.30pm-9.30pm), peel back time and discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history with a guided walk around the village. A settlement since pre-historic times, Ewell has a rich history concealed beneath the modern village.

Visit Bourne Hall’s sacred lake were Bronze, Iron Age and Roman folk made offerings to ancient gods. Tread in the footsteps of the Romans on Stane Street and discover their sacred shafts. Discover the village’s Saxon cemetery and its long-lost church.

Discover Ewell’s dark past, relive the terror of exploding gunpowder mills, tread in the footsteps of the body snatchers and hear stories of witches, tragic coach crashes and folk who won’t stay dead!

£5 per person and booking is essential. Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Laird Academy – Easter Workshop 

On Wednesday, 5th April join Laird Academy at Banstead Methodist Church Hall for a whole day of Matilda-themed dancing, singing and acting.

For more information/booking email: laird.ballet@gmail.com Website: www.lairdacademy.co.uk

Bushy Park Nature Day 

The Bushy Park Nature Day is taking place at the Pheasantry Plantation in Bushy Park, Teddington on Wednesday, 5th April (11am – 2pm). There are free drop-in activities for adults and families, you can  discover the hidden parts of Bushy Park on a guided walk, have a go at nature-inspired crafts and learn about the wildlife that calls the park home.

Guided walks will last approximately 1 hour and leave from the gazebos outside the Pheasantry Cafe. Please note each walk is limited to the first 20 people and will leave at quarter past each hour.

For further details visit their Facebook event page.

Starstruck Dance Academy – Easter Workshop 

At Starstruck Dance Academy‘s Easter Workshop on Wednesday, 5th April (10.30am-2pm), children will learn a Matilda-themed dance.  Suitable for children aged 4 – 10 years, there’ll be dance, drama, cheerleading, games and arts and crafts.

Location: Auriol Junior School
Facebook: Starstruck Dance Academy
Contact: laura401@hotmail.co.uk

Can Do! Group at Epsom Family Centre 

Home-Start Epsom, Ewell and Banstead’s next Can Do! Group is on Thursday, April 6th (10-11.30am) at Epsom Family Centre on Pound Lane.

This is a supportive playgroup for parents of children with additional needs (aged 0-11 years). Call or WhatsApp on the numbers above if you’re interested in attending. Visit their Facebook page for further details.

Kids Easter Baking Workshop at The Horton 

 

Join Grow Cook Enjoy for an Easter holiday workshop packed with baking fun at The Horton on Thursday, 6th April (10am – 12pm).

Children will…

• Make Hot Cross Bunnies
• Learn how to temper chocolate
• Make a super chocolatey Easter lollypop

All ingredients and equipment provided.

This is a supervised workshop for children aged 5-11. Parents/carers are welcome to drop off children for the workshop (the Café will be open offering great coffee, WI-FI and plug sockets for those wishing to work). Parents/carers can attend the class with children if they wish; please select the adult and child ticket option so they are aware you would like to attend.

Tickets: Adult and Child – £28, Child – £28. For further details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/kids-easter-baking-masterclass/

Good Friday events in Epsom market place

Come with friends, family and neighbours to an open-air ecumenical Good Friday Service of Worship and Praise next to the Clock Tower in Epsom on Friday, April 7th (10.30am). The event is organised by Churches Together in Epsom. The service will be followed by Easter-themed activities for the whole family. All are invited.

For more information go to: https://ctie.org.uk/

Merland Rise Church – Easter events 

Merland Rise Church has a range of Easter events this year (Friday, 7th April to Sunday, 9th April) and there’s something for everyone from the Good Friday service and Easter Sunday family service to a family Easter breakfast and Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8th (details above).

Sign up for the Easter egg hunt here.

To book for the family Easter breakfast go here.

For full details of all events go to: merlandrisechurch.org.uk 

Short Stories Tall Tales: Mouse and Sam

A live, sensory first theatre experience from Short Stories Tall Tales is taking place at The Horton on Friday, 7th April (11.30am & 1.30pm – 45 minute shows). Hannah Summers brings classic, modern and original stories to life. Immerse your little one’s imaginations through live performance, fully interactive role-play, props, music and creative drama. An exciting adventure into stories and exploration through the senses.

Suitable for ages 0-5 years. For full details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/short-stories-tall-tales-mouse-and-sam/

The Swan Centre – Free Easter Event 

Head to The Swan Centre, Leatherhead this Easter for a fun filled egg-citing line up of activities on Saturday, 8th April (11am – 4pm). Visit the Easter bunny for awesome photo opportunities at intervals throughout the day (appearing on the hour every hour for up to 30 mins between 11am – 3:30pm). There’ll be free Easter crafts, free face painting plus children can take part in the free Easter trail around the centre.

For more details visit the website.

 

Neat Easter Camp 

The Neat Foundation Easter Camp is taking place Tuesday, April 11th to Friday, April 14th (9am-3pm) at Auriol Primary School.

Neat holiday Camps have “Something for everyone.” All coaches are dedicated to furthering children’s physical skills and making all camps one to remember.

“We are always on trend with the newest kids’ craze, whether it’s a sport or a fun activity. With the Neat crew, the fun and excitement never end! Our wide range of sports include Football Football golf Mega ball Badminton Football cricket Tennis Racket sports Cricket Rounders Basketball Handball Dodgeball Gymnastics Athletics Putting ( golf ) Our Activities we incorporate into our camps: Arts and crafts Hide n seek Scavenger hunt Sweet hunt Neats got talent ( talent show) Movie time Biscuit making Laser tag Nerf Dance offs Role play/imagination play Group games quizzes.”

For more information and booking go to: https://neat.foundation/camps-update/

Family Film Club: Encanto Sing-Along

On Tuesday, 11th April (10.30am), The Horton is hosting a sing-along to the wonderful Encanto film. This is a fun and easy-going cinema experience and a great activity for your littles ones who can enjoy the film in a relaxed and informal environment.

For this child-friendly screening they are providing mats and space for little ones to move around, dance and sing along. There will be a 15 minute interval in the middle of the film (running time 99 minutes plus interval).

For more details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/family-film-club-encanto/

The Seasons Art Class – Art Exhibition 

The Seasons Art Class is holding a FREE exhibition on Tuesday, 11th April from 2pm until 4pm at Ewell Hall, London Road. There’ll  be plenty of tea, coffee and nibbles not to mention the amazing artwork from their students.

For more information go to: https://www.theseasonsartclass.com/

 

Gladiator School at Bourne Hall 

On Wednesday, April 12th (11am-12.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm) Gladiator School returns to Bourne Hall Kids Club. Children will learn all about the role of a gladiator within Roman society as well as all the different types of fighting and weaponry. They’ll also be able to see the resident gladiators demonstrate their skills and be able to put their own newly-learnt skills to the test.

The event will be lead by members of Britannia. It’s £5 per child and booking is essential. Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Superslam Wrestling @ Epsom Playhouse 

All Star Superslam Wrestling are back with a second visit to The Playhouse on Thursday, 13th April.

It promises to be another rip-roaring feast of non-stop action when the giants of the ring return with a two-hour spectacle that will have you booing the villains and cheering on the good guys.

Special Meet and Greet packages will be available on the night where you can meet the stars up-front and in person. Family-friendly tickets for this event are now on sale at the ticket office. Prices from: £16, child £11 and family £48 (2+2/1+3).

For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/superslam-wrestling-april-2023

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association Quiz Night 

The Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association is hosting a fund raising quiz on Friday, 14th April (7pm-10pm) at All Saints Church Community Hall.

The Association is run by volunteers acting on behalf of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council which is twinned with Chantilly in France. It promotes artistic and cultural links between the two towns and its fund raising goes towards promoting events in Epsom to forge new links and reinforce existing ones.

Details in flyer above. For more information go to: https://www.epsomtwinning.com To book your place contact donna@epsomtwinning.com /07708 268797

Ebbisham Sports Club – Free tennis open morning 

Ebbisham Sports Club would like to invite you, your family and friends to its splendid tennis clay courts during the morning of Saturday 15th, April, when they are opening their doors to the public. Maybe you played tennis in the past or are someone who has considered playing tennis but not tried it yet – now is your chance!

Head Coach Callum and his team will lead free fun coaching sessions for juniors and adults throughout the morning. Whatever your age or ability, there will be something to suit.

To register your interest please contact: admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com.

Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club – Open Day

Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club has an open day on Saturday, April 15th (10am-5pm) at Ruxley Church on Ruxley Lane. There’ll be layouts to see, modelling demonstrations, stalls to visit and light refreshments available. Free entry.

For further details go to the Facebook page.

The Wild Escape

The Wild Escape is a major new project uniting hundreds of museums in a celebration of UK wildlife and creativity. The Wild Escape invites children ages 7-11 to their local museum to create an artwork around an animal in the Museum collection. Their pictures will be brought together in an epic collective artwork unveiled on Earth Day.

Bourne Hall Museum’s animal is the swan. Turn up on Saturday, April 15th (10am-4pm) for lots of free activities based around swans. There will be story time, hands on art making pictures, drawings and paintings. Join a Victorian school and learn about swan upping! learn to write with a dip pen to record your findings. Meet the Swan Queen and Swan fairy to learn more about these fascinating birds and the mini breasts you can find in the garden.

Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Cash in the Wardrobe 

Cash in the Wardrobe at Bourne Hall Ewell is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe. It’s held every third Saturday of the month with the next one being on Saturday, April 15th (9am-3pm).

Entry is free, and you can expect to find clothing, shoes, bags, belts, hats, accessories and jewellery.

Stalls cost just £12 and include a table and a clothes rail which will be already set up on arrival for you. For more info email: DBrown@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

The Modern Fatherhood Club – Career Mum Session 

Are you a career mum looking to return to work after having a baby? Or a partner looking to support your partner’s return to work? Then this workshop on Thursday, 13th April (from 8.15pm) is for you.

As the husband to a career mum, I know first-hand the challenges that modern mums face when returning to work after having a baby. That’s why I’m excited to announce our upcoming workshop that is designed to help both mum and dad navigate the last days of maternity leave and beyond!

Join me for an interactive, totally free session where we’ll discuss the challenges facing modern mums in returning to work and how the dads can play a key role in supporting you. This interactive and inclusive session is designed to get you talking about the obstacles you, as a modern mum will face or are facing right now.

You’ll talk about the impact the return to work can have on you, your kids and your partner and also talk on how communication during this crucial time is important for both you and him. Join The Modern Fatherhood Club as it tackles this often ignored topic.

Location: The Rising Sun

For more information and to sign up visit: https://www.themodernfatherhoodclub.com/workshopsandkeynotes

 

Roll With It Football Coaching – open trials

Roll With It Football Coaching is looking for players to join its U11 team for the 23/24 season. They are holding free open football trials for current school year 5 players, who have experience at playing, to add to their existing team.

Positions of interest: Outfield & Goalkeeper

Trial Days: Thursday, April 20th & 27th at 6.15pm-7.15pm.

Venue: The all weather pitch, The Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft, Ashtead, KT21 1SH

Your child will develop & grow from:

-Professional UEFA & FA qualified coaching staff that have worked at Foundation & Academy level

– High level outfield & goalkeeper coaching sessions (1 per week)

– Competitive matches on Saturday mornings

– Player development plans

– Parent & player workshops

To register please go here: https://roll-with-it-football.class4kids.co.uk/info/88

Ready Teddy Go! Family Fun Day 

Ready Teddy Go nursery is having a family fun day at Epsom Methodist Church on Friday, 21st April (3.30pm-6pm).  Lots of attractions (see above) including bouncy castle, disco and chocolate fountain.

Intermediate Pastel Nagomi Art Workshop at The Horton 

The Horton is offering an intermediate Pastel Nagomi Art Workshop on Friday, 21st April  (10.30am-12.30pm). This is suitable for those who have attended one of artist Cherie’s beginners classes and those who have previously used pastels.

Participants will be guided through the workshop by artist Cherie Crafty (@cherie_crafty) who is a certified Pastel Nagomi Art advanced instructor.

For more information and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/whats-on/

With One Voice – Fundraising Concert for Ukraine 

With One Voice – songs of hope & freedom on Saturday, 22nd April (7pm) is a fundraising concert to further the Ukraine cause at home and abroad. Taking place at St. George’s Church, Ashtead and featuring local singers and a Ukrainian Refugee Choir, there’ll be traditional and contemporary music from the Ukraine. Expect uplifting choral music by Mozart, Fauré and Rutter plus well-known gospel and pop song arrangements.

Tickets: £22. Book via Eventbrite here. For more details, visit the Facebook page.

Earth Day Clothes Swap 

The Earth Day clothes Swap is taking place on Saturday, 22nd April (3pm-6pm) at Sutton Community Dance (St. Nicholas Centre). 

Go along to swap up to 10 items of good condition clothing (womenswear or menswear including shoes/bags/accessories/jewellery). You can now also bring up to five items of childrens’ wear too!

Full details on the Eventbrite ticket link here.

Epsom RDA tack and table top sale 

Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (Epsom RDA) is holding a tack and table top sale on Sunday, 23rd April (3-5pm). It’s free for buyers, so head down to St Ebba’s Farm, Hook Road for all of your tack and equine-related shopping.

For further details go to their Facebook page.

The Surrey Police Open Day

The Surrey Police Open Day, which was due to take place in September last year, has been rescheduled to Sunday, 23rd April. Join them at their HQ in Guildford for an action-packed day for all the family!

There’ll be dog trials, live demos, an insight into teams across the Force and of course lots of vehicles on display too.

The event is free but you will need to register for tickets (if you were a September ticket holder, you will be emailed with early access to tickets before they are released publicly).

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SurreyPolice

Bourne Hall Museum Coronation fete 

On Saturday, 29th of April (10am-4pm) Bourne Hall Museum is holding a free Coronation fete to commemorate the enthroning of our new king. The theme will be a Victorian village fete which will include the following: Maypole dancing, Punch & Judy, drill with Victorian soldiers, antique fire engine in action, music hall songs, children’s royal fancy dress competition. Also present will be Albert and Victoria, Victorian policeman, Victorian school and heavy horses, plus there’ll also be a gift market.

They’re also planning to hold a tug of war competition and are looking for teams of eight to take part (from schools, pubs, clubs or just a group of friends who want to have a go). There’ll also be a special primary schools’ competition! There will be a trophy for the winners of the different groups.

Please email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk for further details.

The North End Market – Sutton 

The second Sutton Sustainable Market will be taking place on Saturday, April 29th.

There’ll be a range of different local small businesses each month offering preserves, candles, soaps, music, jewellery, textiles and more. Each month they will also have a children’s activity. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the latest details.

This initiative is being supported by Enjoy Sutton, Sutton Council, Successful Sutton and SamiArt and is managed by IBento Events.

Bluebell Walk

Join a member of the Countryside Team on Sunday, 30th, April (2pm – 4pm) for a walk around Horton Country Park, taking in all the beauty of spring.

Meet at the information centre at 2pm.

Take a look here for more information on the Bluebell Walk plus check out other great spots in the area to see bluebells here.

Summer Walks 2023 

Epsom Common Association (ECA) organises a number of walks on the Common each year which are led by local natural history experts. The first one of the programme is the Early Morning Bird Walk on Sunday, 30th April (7.30am).  Join local bird expert Graham Cotten for a walk across the Common to spot and hear a variety of bird species, both residents and summer visitors.

All walks start from the Stew Pond car park, Christ Church Road (meet near the Gallows gate entrance) and last approximately 2 hours.

Coming up!

Coronation Dog Show 

Calling all dogs, dog owners and dog lovers! There are just seven weeks to go until the Coronation Dog Show at Leatherhead Parish Church and Park Gardens on Monday, 8th May (12pm – 4pm).

There will be twelve fun competition categories to enter and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as a Best in Show trophy! Register your four-legged friend today via email at LPCdogshow@gmail.com or contact them to book a pitch to promote your dog related business 🐾.

Further information can be found on their Facebook event listing via this link: https://fb.me/e/ZyJvL7op. £2 per class for pre-registered entries and £4 per class if entering on the day. Free entry to the general public.

First steps to understanding my child (ADHD, Autism & Neurodivergent)

Have you wondered if your child might be autistic or showing signs of ADHD?

First steps to understanding my child (ADHD, Autism & Neurodivergent) is a three week course staring on Friday, May 12th (until and including 26th May). This will be held at Epsom Downs Family Centre.

Booking via this link.

Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell – Charity Walk 

On Sunday, May 14th (from 9am), Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell will be walking, skipping, riding or rolling to raise funds for their community service.

Join them for a 5- or 10-mile walk in the countryside around Epsom and help them meet their target. They are walking the extra mile to raise £6,000 so they can support and give advice to people, families, neighbours, young and old, who need help. Raising £6,000 could help an additional 100 clients this year.

Register now for a self-guided 5 or 10 mile walk in the countryside close to Epsom (exact routes confirmed shortly). Entry is £5 per adult and children go free. All entrants are encouraged to gain as much sponsorship as possible.

Please register via Eventbrite. Sponsorship and donations can be made via their Just Giving page or via your own fundraising page. If you prefer, please download the sponsor form.

More information here: https://www.caee.org.uk/fundraise-for-us/go-the-extra-mile/

Location: Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, KT19 8PL

Cuddington Beer Festival 

Tickets go on sale on the 14th of April for the 2nd Cuddington Beer Festival, which is taking place on Friday, 14th July (6pm-10pm) and Saturday, 15th July (12pm-4pm & 6pm-10pm).

There’ll be a selection of over 45 ales and 25 ciders to choose from alongside a range of food options on the BBQ.  Live music and entertainment will create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a pint with your family and friends. Plenty of outdoor seating with shelter will be available.

Tickets for 3 sessions will be available, including an afternoon family friendly session with entertainment for the kids. Go to their Facebook page for more information and updates.

 

Have a fantastic April and Easter holiday 🐣🐰🌷

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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