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THE AUGUST LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 27 Jul 2023

☀️ ☔️ After an amazing June, July has been a bit of a washout so 🤞🏻 for a sunnier August.  Whatever the weather, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a lowdown on some of what’s happening in around the area this month…

The Lavender Theatre

‘Annie Get Your Gun’ is playing at the Lavender Theatre until the 5th of August and you can book your tickets at lavendertheatre.com.  Kalli’s recently visited you can check out her blog review here.

Hobbledown Hullabaloo

New for this summer is Hobbledown Hullabaloo. This festival of fabulous fun runs all summer until Sunday, 3rd of September.

Unleash your imagination in this enchanting summer extravaganza, where kids are encouraged to go out into the great outdoors, get messy, and get creative. The line-up includes:

Powdered paint dancing
Spectacular science experiments
Bubble fun
Water games
and more!

Full details at: https://www.hobbledown.com/epsom/whats-on/who-s-up-for-a-hobbledown-hullabaloo/

Summer Holiday Craft Workshop – Craft My Day  

Looking for an exciting and enriching holiday experience for your child? Then look no further than Craft My Day‘s Holiday Craft Club in Worcester Park (they are also running classes in Walton; dates in August start from the 2nd).

Offering a thrilling line-up of different craft projects each day (3 hour sessions) throughout the summer holidays from mesmerising paper crafts and vibrant painting to slimy sensory adventures, sewing and Powertex, your child will embark on a creative journey like no other!

To view all of the activities and book go here.

Summer Drama Course with Scoot Theatre 

Join Scoot Theatre Company for an exciting four day Summer Drama Course for 11-16 year-olds, running from August, 1st-4th (9.45am-3.45pm) in The Horton’s Performance Space.

Guided by a leading theatre industry professional, participants will explore devising, puppetry, speech writing, rhetoric, working as an ensemble, improvisation and more. The varied course focuses on developing the “soft skills” of resilience and growth mindset through drama.

Participants are encouraged to attend the whole course but are free to book specific days. The course is open to all regardless of experience.

For more information and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/summer-drama-course-with-scoot-theatre/ 

Summer Fun at Tattenhams Community Library 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tattenhams Community Library’s Summer Fun Programme continues throughout August (2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd – 2pm-3.30pm) with craft workshops, teddy bear’s picnic, drama workshops and holiday games.

Book early to avoid disappointment by using the QR code above or visiting the listing on Eventbrite.

Bourne Hall Museum Walks – Chalk Lane to World’s End

The first of Bourne Hall Museum’s series of guided walks around Epsom and Ewell is on Wednesday, 2nd August (1.30pm to 3pm).

From Madan’s Walk to Worlds End, enjoy walking around this fascinating part of old Epsom . Discover Highgate House and its resident ghost together with other grand houses including Maidstone House and Woodcote House. See the Durdans, home to Lord Rosebery and visited by Charles II and Edward VII: hear about Frederick Prince of Wales who lived there, son of George II and father of George III. Learn about the influence of the Northey family and discover pubs past and present and the impact that both World Wars had on this tranquil part of town.

Meet at the pond in Rosebery Park, Epsom KT18 5AT

Check out the rest of the walks throughout August here.

Stoneleigh Reading Group – Stoneleigh Library

The next Stoneleigh Reading Group is on Friday, August 4th (2.30pm – 3.30pm).

The group is aimed at book lovers who enjoy meeting like-minded readers and talking about the books they’ve read, and for people who like the challenge of discovering books they wouldn’t normally choose.

The adult groups are free to join but there is a nominal charge each time they meet (£1.00 – £1.50) to cover the cost of book reservations. Two books are reviewed at each meeting.

The junior book group is free, fun and there are cookies!

For further information email friendsstoneleighlib@gmail.com (please state “Stoneleigh Reading Group” in the subject/title).

Family Fridays @ Epsom Marketplace 

Save the dates! Go Epsom’s Family Friday’s are back every Friday until 25th August, 12 – 5pm in Epsom Market Place.

Friday 4th August
Circus Skills Workshop
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 11th August
Hula Hoop Shows and Workshops
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 18th August
Life’s A Beach Hikabee Theatre
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Friday 25th August
Magic Shows
Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, Steel Drums
Tea Cup Rides

Nature Friendly Gardening & Impact of Record Temperatures on our Eco Systems 

On Sunday, August 6th (10am to 1pm outside the Metro Bank), Epsom & Ewell Extinction Rebellion will be sharing ideas on nature friendly gardening, and highlighting the impact on our fragile ecosystems of the incredible temperatures we are experiencing around the world. Head along to support and have a chat.

For more details head to their Facebook page.

Merland Rise Kids Summer Workshops – Jewellery Making 

Merland Rise is running a series of kids’ workshops on Mondays (9.30am-12.15pm) throughout the summer for £6 or less to provide something fun you can do with the kids for a few hours without spending very much! The one on August, 7th is jewellery making with The Dragonfly and Lotus Emporium.

Their café will also be running a ‘Kids eat for £1 with any adult meal’ deal throughout the summer too!

Visit the website www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk to book your spaces.

Summer Lovin’ Choir – The Ultimate Voice

Choir

The Ultimate Voice is running a pop-up choir in the summer holidays at Ewell Grove for singers of all ages. Evening rehearsals will run from the 8th to the 11th August (inclusive) from 7.30pm to 9pm.

For more information visit: https://www.theultimatevoice.org/

Epsom & Ewell Hub Jobs Fair 

Epsom & Ewell Hub is holding a jobs fair showcasing the local jobs on offer. Head down on Thursday, August 10th (11am-4pm) with your CV and meet companies that are hiring.

For more information and booking head to the Eventbrite page.

Epsom Business Social @ Epsom Social

Are you a local business wanting to connect with other local businesses? then pop along to Epsom Social on Thursday, 10th August (7-9pm)

Expect:

▪️ Informal networking in a relaxed environment

▪️ Speed networking run by an MC

▪️ Local sellers showcasing their products

▪️ Drop your business card in a box upon entry for a chance to win a business shoutout and a prize

Make new connections, share ideas, build your business, forge lasting relationships and be part of something special.

The £15 ticket price includes a £5 drinks/food voucher for Epsom Social. For more information and tickets click here.

Young People’s Chess Club – Stoneleigh Library 

The next Stoneleigh Chess Club is on Saturday, 12th August (2.30pm-3.30pm) in the Community Room.

The FREE informal sessions give children an opportunity to have fun playing and learning about chess together and to share tips and strategies on how to improve their game. Beginners are also very welcome.

Chess Club is for 8 to 16-year-olds. Children aged 7 are welcome to join in but will need an adult to stay with them. The sessions are supervised by one of our adult volunteers, sometimes helped by young volunteers aged 14 – 17 years.

Pre-booking is not necessary, just go along and join in. Free refreshments are provided for the children.

For further details on this club and others at the library go here.

Ice Cream Sunday at St. Mary’s Ewell 

Are you thinking about what to do with the kids in the Summer hols? Why not head down to Ice Cream Sunday at St Mary’s, Ewell on Sunday, August 13th (3-5pm).

For children 0-7, there’ll be fun, games and of course ice cream! Limited space so please book in advance by calling or emailing as above or booking via Eventbrite here (*slightly more expensive via Eventbrite).

Details on other St Mary’s events can be found below and on Dee’s blog post here.

Merland Rise Film Morning 

The Merland Rise Film Morning is taking place on Monday, August 14th (10.30am-12pm) and it’s FREE entry. Snacks can be purchased when tickets are booked.

Due to licensing rules, they are unable to publicise the title of the films, but you are welcome to email admin@merlandrisechurch.org.uk to ask for the titles (but you might be able to guess from the below!).

“When an alien mistakenly sends a party invite to the whole galaxy, he goes on the run to avoid trouble!”

Suitable for children aged 3 to 11. Book here.

Grow Cook Enjoy Holiday Workshops 

Grow Cook Enjoy is running two great workshops over the summer, which can be booked as a half day or full day and are suitable for children aged 5-12 years.

The Ocean Splash Children’s Holiday Workshop is running on Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday, 16th August. For more details and booking go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops//2023/8/15/oceantheme

The Movie Themed Holiday Workshop is running on Tuesday, 22nd and Wednesday, 23rd August. For more details and booking go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops/2023/8/22/movieworkshop 

Madagascar at The Horton 

Madagascar

Don’t miss out on a roaring good family film! Madagascar (U) plays at The Horton on Wednesday, 16th August at 10.30am.

Enjoy the big screen in a relaxed and informal environment. For this child friendly screening The Horton is providing mats and space for little ones to move around and dance. There is a 10 minute interval in the middle of the film.

For more details and to book tickets go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/family-film-madagascar-u/

Epsom Library Story Time

 

A story time will take place at Epsom Library on Wednesday, 16th August from 10.30am to 11am. Head down for this FREE event and join for some sporty fun: stories, songs and games.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer French GCSE Revision – ALTétude French Tutoring

Is your child taking their French GCSE in 2024? Would you like them to have a French revision course this summer to boost their confidence in a very small group?

If so, then ALTétude French Tutoring has just the thing. They are running a special summer course on Friday, 18th August (10am-12pm), which will help boost childrens’ confidence in speaking/writing/reading/listening on topics covered in Y10, before they start their final year.

Book online at: https://www.altetudefrenchtutoring.com/book-online
(Please note first come first served basis as limited availability)

Jazz on the Lawn 2 

Head down to St Mary’s Ewell on Saturday, 19th August, from midday onwards for live music, a BBQ and a glass of fizz. BYO chair/rug, snacks and a bottle!

Tel Aviv-born singer-songwriter and pianist Florie Namir offers a refreshingly vibrant blend of 1940s American jazz vocal stylings fused with classic pop music influences.

For more information and booking go to Eventbrite.

Merland Rise Kids Summer Workshops – Pizza making 

Merland Rise’s series of kids’ workshops continues on Monday, 21st August (9.30am-12.15pm) with pizza making.

Their café will also be running a ‘Kids eat for £1 with any adult meal’ deal throughout the summer too!

Visit the website www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk to book your spaces.

Bambinos and Me – Summer Yoga Workshop 

Bambinos

Bambinos and Me is running a Summer Yoga Workshop on Thursday, 24th August (10am-11.30am). This is a fun and relaxing class where children will enjoy yoga, mindfulness, self & peer massage, breathing techniques, relaxation and a craft.

This is a drop off class for children aged 5-12 years.

For more information and booking go to: https://bambinos-and-me.class4kids.co.uk/

 

Junior Badminton Workshops 

Ebbisham Sports Club’s Junior Badminton Workshops are a fun way to learn more about badminton for children and improve their game. The second summer one is running between Wednesday, August 30th and Friday, September 1st (10am-12pm).

The sessions will consist of:

• Fun warm up games
• Footwork drills to help improve speed, agility, balance etc.
• Specific shot practise
• Singles and Doubles matches
• Team games

For more information contact admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com

Godstone Farm’s Hay Down Hoe Down 

Godstone farm

Head down to Godstone Farm throughout August, and up until Sunday, 3rd September for Wild West themed adventures!

Join in the line dancing lessons, learn to lasso like a pro with lasso lessons, as well as rustling up your best shot at Wiglet’s Ranch. Budding cowboys and cowgirls can visit the Craft Barn to create their own cowboy hat and cactus, plus have a go at horseshoe throwing.

There’ll also be the usual interactive animal activities (and over 500 lovely animals), a huge adventure playground, the newly opened Play Barn (find out more here), farm trail, pond walk, dinosaur trail, sandpits and extensive outdoor play.

Book online for the best priced tickets: https://tickets.godstonefarm.co.uk

Barbie Movie

If you haven’t already got caught up in the Barbie Movie Mania then check out Dee’s blog review and cinema listings here.

Lastly to help you with general ideas of things to do over August check out Kat’s mega list of 83 places to go here.

Book now!

Ignite Your Power Workshop 

You by Anthea presents the Ignite Your Power Workshop on Sunday, September 10th (10am-4pm) at the Mo-ichido Centre, Horton Lane, Epsom.

This workshop is designed to give you a kickstart to:

  • Build confidence
  • Gain clarity on your health goals
  • Find the mindset to overcome challenges
  • Delve deeper into nutrition
  • Discover more of what your body can do!

Book before 31st July to get you an early bird special offer saving you £30. For more details and booking go here.

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🏝 Have a great August. Here’s hoping that you won’t be eaten out of house and home, and that with all that’s going on you won’t be hearing “I’m bored!”

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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