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THE APRIL LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 29 Mar 2022

The Easter holidays are almost upon us and there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied come rain or shine (including Easter camps). So grab a hot cross bun and read on to find out what’s happening in and around the area.

Godstone Farm 

Godstone Farm’s Easter holiday event – 1st- 18th April – features an Easter grotto and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. It is strictly pre-book only so get in quick! More details and booking here.

Easter at Hobbledown

Hobbledown has an extensive Easter holiday line-up running from April 1st to the 17th. Activities and events include:

  • Easter Archery
  • The return of Bird of Prey flying displays (daily at 11.30am and 3pm excluding Wednesdays)
  • An Animal Hunt: Find the numbered eggs at the animal enclosures and decode the letters correctly for a sweet treat prize
  • Dragon story time in The Thinkery
  • Easter themed games with the Hobbledown characters
  • Hunt for Eggs in the Mining Village and Courtyard – find one of 100 buried wooden eggs to claim a prize
  • Daily animal talks with the zoo team
  • Indoor animal petting
  • See our new baby lambs
  • Hunt for the Golden Dragon Egg
  • Plus … Zorbs are back, weather permitting!

For full details and booking go to the website: https://www.hobbledown.com/ 

National Trust – Easter egg hunts

The Polesden Lacey Easter trail runs from 2nd-18th April between 10am and 4pm. The trail costs £3 per child (plus normal admission). Children get an activity pack for their bespoke trail and have to find and complete the 10 nature-inspired activities that are hiding along the way. Complete the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg. It’s a great chance to explore the grounds and gardens at the same time.

There’s no need to book, just turn up.

More details on the website: Polesden Lacey

Hatchlands – Head out on an Easter adventure in the parkland from 2nd-18th April (10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm), and look for giant decorated eggs and fun challenges. Don’t miss the natural play area in Great Wix Wood, with its tree house and bug burrow.

More details on the website: Hatchlands

Tattenhams Market 

On Saturday, 2nd April the monthly Tattenhams Market with its array of craft stalls returns to The United Church of St Mark. Details in the above flyer and on the website.

Gymnastics holiday camps 

ATC (Aerial Tumbling Club) is a British Gymnastics registered club, which runs holiday camps during every school holiday run by a team of qualified and experienced coaches. Children get a full day of gymnastics (starts 5th April and on selected dates) and get the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends.

Details above; contact Head Coach Justine (aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com) for more information or to reserve a place:

Website: www.aerialtumblingclub.co.uk
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/aerialtumbling

Alan Wilson Dentistry 

Join Alan Wilson Dentistry for their first Easter ‘Tooth School’ on Monday, 4th April (12pm-3pm). This includes:

* Teeth brushing instructions

* Pre- Orthodontic teeth check

* Presentation on ‘Looking after your teeth’

* Q&A with their hygienist

* Art & crafts

Call 01372 417872 to reserve your place.

Children’s Pollination Workshop 

Grow Cook Enjoy‘s new Pollination Workshop – on Tuesday, 5th April (10am – 12.30pm) – teaches children all about the importance of bees and insects in a fun way. Kids can learn about pollinators, make a bee house, grow plants for bees, make a candle from bees wax and decorate biscuits.

For more details and booking go to the website.

Children’s Easter Chocolate Workshop 

Grow Cook Enjoy’s Children’s Easter Chocolate Workshop is on the same day  as the Pollination Workshop (April 5th, 1pm-3pm) so children could make a day of it. There will be egg decorating, lolly making and the opportunity to create a fabulous chocolate scotch egg. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years; younger children may be supervised by an adult.

For more details and booking go to the website.

Trace Your Family History 

Have you ever wondered about your family story?  On Wednesday, 6th April (2pm to 3pm), David Brooks will explain how to trace your own family’s history using photos and information that he has collected over many years about his own.

By using certificates, parish records, the census, military records, and family stories you can piece together the jigsaw puzzle that makes up your family’s story and make your own discoveries about their work and how they lived.

David has traced part of his family back to Tudor times – how far back will your search take you?

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

‘Babies and ABC’ – Spine: Posture and Performance

Spine: Posture and Performance is holding an information evening on Wednesday, April 6th (from 7.15pm) focussed on ways to help babies grow up happy and healthy.

“It’s a great evening for mums with newborns or families who are hoping to have children. However, it is open to anyone who is interested.”

If you would like to book a place at the talk email on info@spineepsom.co.uk or call on 01372 877 400.

Bunny Hop Disco

Join the Easter Bunny and friends at Godstone Farm‘s exclusive Disco Nights on April 7th and April 14th.

There’s fun and games and prizes to be won, with a picnic box included for each paying child. There’ll be after hours soft play from 5.30pm in the Indoor Playbarn where all activities will be taking place including tea with the Easter Bunny. Enter the farm from 5.30pm, with the event running until 7.30pm.

April 7th details and booking here; April 14th details and booking here.

A Night with Surrey Brass 

It’s Age Concern Epsom Epsom & Ewell’s 75th Anniversary and the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Celebrate with Age Concern on Friday, April 8th (from 7.30pm) as they join Surrey Brass to enjoy an evening of music from the classics to soundtracks from films. Set in the stunning surrounds of Epsom College Main Hall it promises to be a memorable evening.

For tickets please visit: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/surreybrass

The Normans – Bourne Hall

Discover how the outcome of the Battle of Hastings changed the history of England for ever at Bourne Hall’s Kids Club on April 9th.

“How did it feel to be a Norman soldier at the Battle of Hastings? What was it like to attack the Saxon shield wall and face King Harold’s hand picked body guard of Housecarls?”

See the Normans’ weapons, swords and helmets and follow the path of William as he came up to London using the Roman road Stane Street after the Battle.

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

Car wash fundraiser for 25th World Scout Jamboree

The car wash fundraiser returns to Stoneleigh Baptist Church on Saturday, 9th April (12 – 4pm). For a bargain price of
£7 you can get your car gleaming and help local scouts get to Korea this summer for the 25th World Scout Jamboree. There will also be tea, coffee and cookies available for a donation whilst you wait.

Willow Weaving Workshop 

On Saturday, 9th April  (10am – 11.30am), Grow Cook Enjoy is running a willow weaving workshop in Concorde Hall, Epsom; weave an Easter Bunny, heart or willow egg. This is sustainable crafting and the items are completely compostable. The workshop is suitable for adults and children. For more details and booking visit the website.

Easter Event at Bourne Hall 

Find out all about Roman Ewell at Kids Club on Wednesday, 13th April (2pm-3.30pm). Discover how people learnt to live with Roman power as a small native village became a busy roadside town. Learn how the building of a road brought a new world of ideas, food, pottery, trade and strangers to the area and gave locals a chance to see the world.

Hear tales of the Roman underworld, sacred springs and sacrifices sealing deep sacred shafts full of gifts to the gods. Learn about what was uncovered during a recent dig and see and handle Roman artefacts.

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

Charity Hot Cross Bun Workshop 

Join Grow Cook Enjoy online for a Hot Cross Bun masterclass on Friday, April 15th (with all proceeds being donated to Surrey Stands with Ukraine appeal).

Suitable for all ages, you just need to book one ticket per household. Simply register on the booking site to receive a list of ingredients and equipment to have ready.

Christ Church Ewell – Easter Service 

Christ Church Ewell is holding an Easter Celebration Service on Easter Sunday, April 17th at 10.30am. It will be accessible for all ages and suitable for regulars and visitors. There will be Hot Cross Buns and an Easter Egg Hunt for children. All are very welcome.

For more details visit their Facebook page.

Mind Matters Surrey – Fathers’ Wellbeing Group 

The Mind Matters Surrey next Fathers’ Wellbeing Group starts on Tuesday, 19th April (8 weeks). This is a free course. To join, head over to their website to fill out a self-referral form online: www.mindmattersnhs.co.uk

Alice in Wonderwell

The popular postponed Ewell Grove Panto is back and taking place on Saturday, 23rd April at Bourne Hall. This time the Ewell Grove Players are heading down the rabbit hole to WONDEREWELL! in a hare-raising adventure, which is suitable for all the family. All money raised is going to Ewell Grove Primary to help create a new multi-use outside play/sports area.

There are two performances at 2pm and 5pm and tickets must be pre-booked. For more details and booking, visit their Facebook page. Email wonderewell@gmail.com for more information.

Mind Matters Surrey – Mothers’ Wellbeing Group 

The Mind Matters Surrey next Mothers’ Wellbeing Group starts on Wednesday, 27th April (8 weeks). This is a free course. To join, head to their website to fill out a self-referral form online: www.mindmattersnhs.co.uk

A Catwalk For Coppafeel

Styled Right has teamed up with local venue The Grange Restaurant and Bar to host a charity fashion show on April 28th (7.30pm-11pm) to support and help raise funds on behalf of Nicole, who is taking part in this year’s 100km Coppafeel Trek.

Ticket includes entry and welcome Prosecco; drinks reception from 7.30pm, 8.00pm entertainment, 8.30pm catwalk and from 9.30pm onwards the silent auction will be announced.

For more details go to the Facebook page and for extra info and booking go to the website.

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Tutankhamun: How a tomb cast a spell on the world (Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club) 

King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered 100 years ago by British archaeologist Howard Carter. At the next Kids Club on Saturday, 7th May (1pm to 2.30pm) you can hear all about the secrets it held and find out whether the tomb really was cursed…

King Tutankhamun ruled Egypt as pharaoh for ten years until his death at age 19. He was barely known to the modern world until 1922, when Carter chiselled through a doorway and entered the boy pharaoh’s tomb, which had remained sealed for more than 3,200 years.

The tomb’s vast hoard of artefacts and treasure, intended to accompany the king into the afterlife, revealed an incredible amount about royal life in ancient Egypt, and quickly made King Tut a superstar. Triggering a worldwide interest in ancient Egypt.

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

The Seasons Art Class

The Seasons Art Classsummer course for adults starts on May 3rd and ends 2nd August with an exhibition in the last week.

Bookings can be made by calling course manager Alison on 013 72 747 831. See their Facebook page for more details and read Kalli’s review here.

Sleep Workshop – Complementary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray

Does your child have sleep issues such as difficulty going to bed, fear of the dark, difficulty going to sleep, waking in the night
or feeling tired in the morning? If so, in April Complementary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray is running two Help Your Child workshops, which will equip you with strategies and tools to help your child (charged at a spring special price of £15 rising to £47 in May).

For 2nd April, book here.
For 27th April, book here.

For more information see Christine’s Facebook page or email her at eftcmm@gmail.com.

REGULAR GROUP 

Messy Church 

Messy Church at Stoneleigh Baptist Church is a club for families with children between the ages of 3 – 11 years (younger siblings are also welcome).

Each month expect to get involved in playing games, making things and getting messy! Every session has a theme, which is  explored together with stories and songs. There’s even a hot dinner at the end!

When: 3:30 – 5:45 pm (arrive any time after 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start). Dates: Generally Tuesdays unless stated otherwise, approximately once a month. Check website for latest details: https://messy.stonechurch.co.uk/

Community news 

Let’s get Active this April

The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Peter O’Donovan, breaks off from his official duties to do some leg raises at the Bourne Hall Park outdoor gym

Getting moving and getting outdoors as much as possible is great for physical and mental wellbeing, which is why Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is challenging residents to get Active this April.

From April 1st, the council is asking residents to share their active photos, videos or stories on social media using the hashtag #ActiveApril and tagging the council or sending them to cdevelopment@epsom-ewell.gov.uk. They are encouraging all ages, abilities and activities to take part and enter into a prize draw to win a £50 sports voucher.

Full details here.

 

 

Epsom Division Girlguiding – volunteers required 

Epsom Division Girlguiding are desperately in need of more volunteers to help at their Rainbows (4-7 year olds), Brownies (7-10 year olds), Guides (10+ years) and Rangers (14+ years). Sadly some units are in danger of closing if they don’t get more people to run them. “It’s really rewarding and we have a great time!”

Please contact Mary Zoeller at mary@maryzoeller.co.uk if interested!

Lastly if you would like to try somewhere new for breakfast or lunch over the holidays why not check out D’s Coffee House? Check out Kalli’s review here.

💐 Have a wonderful Easter holiday and enjoy all that’s going on, the springtime flowers and of course the chocolate! 🍫

Until next time.

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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