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THE APRIL LOWDOWN – RECAP…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 17 Apr 2024

There are still plenty of events to come this month including…

UCA Students’ Union Spring Market 

 

The UCA Students’ Union Spring Market is back (in Epsom on Thursday, 18th April) and you can book your stall now!

If you’d like the opportunity to sell your art or prints, handmade jewellery, ceramics, clothing or even something not listed, reserve your stall via this link: https://ucasu.com/activities/springmarket/

Queen Elizabeth Foundation Spring Lunch and Shopping Fayre 

 

 

Join QEF for an unforgettable day at the QEF Spring Lunch 2024 on Thursday, 18th April (10am – 4pm) at the Epsom Downs Racecourse.

The event includes the much-loved shopping fayre, a delicious two-course meal with wine and coffee and a fashion show curated by local image and style consultant Carole Ann Geddes. Plus guest speaker Hugo Vickers!

For more details and to book go to: https://www.qef.org.uk/events/springlunch/ 

Home Instead Recruitment Day @ All Things Nice

Thursday 18th April Home Instead will be at the All Things Nice Café  from 10am – 2pm, giving out lot’s of information and advice on what they do.

Whether you’re looking to join their team of dedicated Care Professionals or you’re simply looking for care for a loved one, they will be there to offer help and support.

Visit the website – https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/epsom-mole-valley/

Kids Yoga @ Bodhi Eden

Bring your little one along to embark on a thrilling six-week adventure with Yoga starting Thursday 18th April at 4pm.

This comprehensive children’s course integrates yoga poses with engaging mindfulness games, breath-awareness exercises + captivating storytelling. Our aim is to invigorate, empower, relax + nurture your unique little yogi in a holistic + playful environment.

The benefits of yoga for children are immeasurable. Through this course, children will enhance their:
•⁠ ⁠Body awareness
•⁠ ⁠Flexibility
•⁠ ⁠Strength
•⁠ ⁠Balance
•⁠ ⁠Coordination

Moreover, they’ll become attuned to their breathing + emotions, equipping them with effective stress-coping mechanisms.  Parent are welcome to drop children off or stay at the studio.

More info here – https://www.bodhieden.com/service-page/kids-yoga-6-week-course

Beats & Eats @ The Ginistry 

Get ready to groove to the rhythm of Caribbean flavours at Beats & Eats!

Head down to The Ginistry as Uptown Flava bring the flames on Thursday, April 18th at 7.30pm for a night filled with delicious bites, live music vibes, and rum tasting boards that’ll transport you straight to the islands🌴🥘🍹

No ticket required, head straight to the website www.theginistry.com or email: theginistryepsom@gmail.com to book your table.

Comedy @ The Horton

Top notch stand-up comedy fun on Friday 19th April at 8pm brought to you by This month’s fun and merriment provided
by Burt Williamson, Kate Martin, Adam Beardsmore and topped off by headliner, and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Robert White.

Ages 18+ – May contain strong language and content some might find offensive. Line-ups are subject to change.

More info here – https://thehortonepsom.org/events/comedy-at-the-horton-april-24/

An evening with E&E Mayor & Mayoress – Fundraising Event 


On Friday, April 19th (6.30pm-11.30pm) join the Mayor and Mayoress for a fun-filled evening with a welcome drink, 3-course meal, raffle, auction, entertainment and dancing all to raise funds for their chosen charities: Age Concern Epsom & Ewell, Love Me Love My Mind, and Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell.

For booking go here. Book before February 29th to receive a discount on tickets.

Cash in the Wardrobe 

The next  Cash in the Wardrobe Market will take place on Saturday, 20th April (10am-2pm).

Held at Bourne Hall Ewell, this market is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe.

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

Realistic Music Academy Open Day


Pop along to Realistic Music Academy on Saturday 20th April from 10am for a free trial lesson – all are welcome.

For more information call 01372 740 300 or email theteam@realisticmusicacademy.com visit the website https://realisticmusicacademy.com/

Self Care Afternoon

This Little Yogini is running at Self Care afternoon on Sunday, 21st April (3-6pm), which promises to be a tranquil afternoon retreat to rejuvenate your body and mind.  Experience yoga, breath work, mindfulness and a sound bath. Bookings can be made here.

Sing and Sign Epsom 

 

Do you have a baby aged 6-24 months? Would you like to come to a fun baby class which teaches you a new skill too? Would you like to open up the world of communication for you and your baby before speech through singing and music? Then come along to the award winning Sing and Sign classes, teaching you simple signs which you can use daily in your routine; reducing frustration, enriching bonding and having fun!

Book a £5 trial now with no obligation to commit for week commencing 22nd April!

UK Pink Floyd @ The Epsom Playhouse

Celebrating 30 years since the iconic ‘PULSE’ tour, this highly authentic show on Thursday 25th April, 7.30pm recreates the atmosphere of Floyd live – featuring top-flight musicians, a stunning light show and over two hours of incredible music.

The new show for 2024 includes many songs from The PULSE set, featuring tracks from ‘The Division Bell’, ‘The Wall’, ‘Animals’, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’. The “Syd song” for 2024 is ‘Astronomy Domine’. Also included is the much requested ‘Not Now John’ from ‘The Final Cut’.

Ticket info here – https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/uk-pink-floyd-2024

Frankie–The Concert @ The Epsom Playhouse

Frankie–The Concert on Friday 26th April, 7.30pm celebrates the outstanding career of one of the biggest pop acts in the world, Frankie Valli, recreating the powerful falsetto of the 60’s & 70’s icon with absolute perfection!

Experience the energy and stunning vocals of songs such as ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, Walk Like a Man’, ‘Sherry’, Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Oh, What a Night’ and many more.

Featuring a spectacular eight-piece band, the show takes you on a breath-taking journey and reminds you why Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Ticket info here – https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/frankie-concert

Epsom Fashion Week Charity Fashion Show 

Epsom Social is once again hosting a Charity Fashion Show as part of its Epsom Fashion week event on Saturday, 27th April in collaboration with Epsom & Ewell Families and Surrey Rocks.

Head down to see some amazing fashion on the catwalk from some amazing local businesses.

✨Pop up shop (open to all) 6 – 8pm

✨The fashion show kicks off at 8pm, finishing a 10pm.

✨10pm There will be a FREE after show party with fabulous music open to all.

Ticket for the fashion show is £15 and includes:

Fashion Show Entry
£10 Epsom Social voucher (for drinks or try out one of the many food vendors).

Profits from the ticket sales will be raising money for local charities The Children’s Trust, which supports children with brain injury and neuro disability and Models of Diversity whose purpose is to promote greater diversity in the fashion, beauty, and media industries.

Epsom Social
1 Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG

To book tickets go here.

Junior Fashion Week @ Epsom Social

Following on from Saturday’s Epsom Fashion Week pop into Epsom Social for Junior Fashion Week between 12 – 4pm on Sunday 28th April.

April Makers Market at The Horton

Discover unique, handcrafted creations at The Horton Makers Market on Saturday, 27th April (9.15am–4pm).

The Horton will be filled with market stalls selling craft products and artworks made by artists and artisans from Epsom, Surrey and across the South East.

Stalls will include Jewellery, textile crafts, ceramics, artwork & prints… and so much more.

Free Entry. For more details go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/april-makers-market/?

Tennis Open Day at Ebbisham Sports Club

On Saturday, 27th April from 1.30-5.00pm, Ebbisham Sports Club invites the local community, of all ages and abilities, to join them for free coaching sessions with Head Coach Callum Macarty and his assistants. There will also be cardio-tennis, a chance to find out how fast you can serve, and an opportunity to face the ball machine!

There will also be a running barbecue throughout the afternoon.

For more information, please contact us by emailing: admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com 

Hogsmill 5 

The Hogsmill5 returns this year taking place on Sunday 28th April supporting the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank. There will be children’s races before the main event as well as a cake stall throughout with donations going to the charity.

More info on the website: https://epsomallsorts.org.uk/hogsmill_5/

Spring Smoothie Challenge

The spring smoothie challenge starts on Monday, 29th April. ​​​​​​​​
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This challenge reveals how fun and easy it can be to include everyday ingredients in smoothies to truly boost your energy levels one drink at a time.​​​​​​​​

This challenge is for you if:​​​​​​​​

– You want more energy to do the things you love.​​​​​​​​
– You are not sure how to create balanced smoothies.​​​​​​​​
– You are keen to try smoothie recipes with new ingredients.​​​​​​​​
– You experience various symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, acne or other skin issues, hormonal symptoms etc…​​​​​​​​
– Perhaps, you are not happy with your weight.​​​​​​​​

If any of the above apply, this fun challenge is for you. For more details, visit:  https://www.savoirfayre.co.uk/smoothiechallenge 

Coming up! 

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell – Charity Golf Day 

Calling all golfers! Come and join Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell’s charity golf day on Friday, 24th May. Individuals and teams can enter. All money raised will go to Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell.

For more details go to: https://www.caee.org.uk/charity-golf-day/

Banstead Village May Fayre 2024 

Banstead’s annual May Fayre (organised by the The Banstead Village May Queen Group), which takes place on Banstead High Street and at All Saints Church, is on Saturday, 4th May.

This a great family event with a large community parade, lots of entertainment and wonderful stalls. Further event details here. For all the latest news visit the Facebook page.

Monthly

St John’s Craft Group 

Do you feel a little isolated or just fancy a bit of fun and a natter? Maybe you could invite a neighbour along who doesn’t seem to get out and about much?

🧵 We meet in the Parish Room in the Parish Centre, next to ‘The Church by Stoneleigh Station’, on the third Monday of each month between 1oam-12pm.

🪡 Everyone brings their own craft, be it knitting, card making, crochet, sewing, mindful colouring to name a few. With lots of chat and tea and coffee we craft the morning away.

✂ All are welcome, so bring your crafting and join us!

More details here: www.StJohnsStoneleigh.org.uk

St John’s Tunes’n’Tea

Second Thursday of the month: LIVE MUSIC with Tunes’n’Tea at ‘The Church by Stoneleigh Station’. Come along on your own or bring a friend or neighbour who might welcome a lovely couple of hours of live music, tea, coffee, cakes and conversation.

🎙️ House band ‘Zephyr6’ and guest musicians perform for your delight. Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new, and everything in between!

Enquiries to Alan Munday on 020 8224 1351. Entrance: £5:00

www.StJohnsStoneleigh.org.uk 

Enjoy!

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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