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THE AUGUST LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Aug 2022

School’s out for Summer! There’s plenty going on to keep the children (and adults) entertained throughout August so hopefully you won’t hear the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ too much.

In addition to all of the below, Bourne Hall Museum has a full programme of history walks this month. You can find out all about them in my post here.

Merland Rise Church – Kids Summer Workshops 

 

Merland Rise Church is running a range of summer workshops on Thursday mornings throughout the holidays. There’s even a kids eat for £1 menu at the church’s cafe.

Thursday, 4th August – Biscuit decorating with ‘Baked by Zoe’ 

Thursday, 11th August – Cupcake decorating with ‘Carole’s Cakes’ 

Thursday, 25th August – Arts & crafts with ‘B’ Hive Arts’ 

Thursday, 1st September – Jewellery making with ‘Dragonfly and the Lotus’ 

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

Summer at Godstone Farm

As well as a full itinerary of activities, Godstone Farm is also hosting its Big Farm Sleepover 2022.

In addition to the usual camping fun, including exclusive activities before the farm opens and each evening after the farm closes, campers have three full days access to Godstone Farm with dinner provided both evenings of stay and breakfast on both mornings of the stay.

They will also be adding new activities with behind the scenes animal encounters and forest school fun.

For camping bookings go to: https://godstonefarm.digitickets.co.uk/tickets
To see the full itinerary of Summer events go to: https://godstonefarm.co.uk/events-calendar/

Stoneleigh Baptist Church – Summer holidays  

During the Summer holidays, Stoneleigh Baptist Church is hosting a free weekly event for babies, toddlers, pre-school and primary school aged children (every Wednesday 10am-12pm).

Details above. No booking required.

Summer at Hobbledown

 

It’s a summer of colour at Hobbledown; join the Hobblers as they come out to play for the summer festival-themed school holiday extravaganza.

In addition to the play villages and animals, there is a daily line-up of activities and events, which includes:

10:20 Giant Tortoise Talk – Tortoise Enclosure
10:30 Hobbledown Games – On the Courtyard Lawn
11:30 Hobbledown Storytime – The Thinkery
11:30 Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration – Flying Arena located behind Zorbs Arena (Exc Wednesday – Also weather permitting)
12:00 Creepy Crawlies Animal Petting – The Thinkery
12:15 Water Games with the Hobblers – The Willow Maze
14:00 Sludgebucket’s Jelly Eating Challenge with the Hobblers – Courtyard Lawn
14:30 Hobbledown Story Time – The Thinkery
15:00 Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration
15:00 Furry Friends Animal Petting
15:15 Hobbledown Games – On the Courtyard Lawn
15:30 Meerkat Talk
16:00 The Hobbledown Flag Procession (From The Imaginarium to the Willow Maze)
16:15 Paint Throwing Extravaganza Thursday & Friday only, in Field of Confusion
16:15 Bubble Show – Saturday – Wednesday

For more details and booking go to: www.hobbledown.com/epsom/news/summer-at-hobbledown/

Creative ink mark-making 

The first session to launch The Horton’s Club for young artists is “Creative Ink Mark-making” on Friday 5th, August.

At The Horton Art Club children and young people will be able to try out new art forms and explore new techniques taught by professional artists.  There are separate sessions for different age groups:

Ages 9-12: 10am-12noon
Ages 12-15: 1-3pm

Experiment with everyday items to create expressive marks and artwork. Use inks and tools to explore, experiment, and manipulate media to create contrasting expressive marks. Students can bring in recycled items for mark-making such as twigs, pine cones, seed pods, toilet roll holder, feather, old toothbrush, bottle lid, bubble wrap or any other items you’d throw away/recycle.

For more details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/art-club-creative-ink-mark-making/ 

Epsom Family Fridays

Every Friday, Epsom marketplace will be alive with fun for all the family (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August – 12pm-5pm).

There will be lots of entertainment, which is all free, including: magic, hula hoop, puppet and circus skills shows, childrens’ rides, music and childrens’ activities.

For the latest details, head to the Go Epsom website.

The Surrey Steampunk Convivial 

There’s a full weekend of British Steampunk eccentricity taking place at The Station pub on The Broadway in Stoneleigh from Saturday, 6th August (11:00am) to Sunday, 7th August (11.30pm).

For the uninitiated, Steampunk is a science fiction/fantasy sub genre that features advanced machinery based on the steam-powered technology of the Victorian era. The event includes a full weekend programme of features and entertainment that may include umbrella fencing, snail racing (subject to availability) tea duelling, talks, ostrich racing, all manner of splendidly silly games, workshops, an exquisite alternative steampunk market and lashings of exceptionally good live music, art and sculpture exhibitions, poetry, dancing and more.

For more details, visit their Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here.

 

I’m a My Time Celebrity ‘Get my out of here’ Muddy Army assault course

Come along and join the My Time family and friends for some fun on Sunday, 7th August as they take part in the
‘I’m a My Time Celebrity ‘Get me out of here’ army assault course!

All My Time members go for free and it’s £20 per person for others to take part and help raise money for this wonderful charity.

For more information and your fundraising pack please contact Nickie at ewell@mytime4youngcarers.org / 07734 623 944. More details on their Facebook page.

The Ashley Kids Club 

 

The next Ashley Centre Kids Club is on Sunday, 14th August.  The popular free event, which hosts a variety of creative and craft activities, runs from 11am until 4pm. There’s no need to book, just turn up and join in.

For further details, visit the Ashley Centre website: http://www.theashleycentre.co.uk/ 

 

Blue Light Charity Fun Day

On Sunday, August 14th (12-3pm), Blue Light Charity is raising much needed awareness and money for https://bluelighttogether.org.uk/ the programme run by Mind that serves to support blue light personnel and their families with their mental health.

With a selection of emergency vehicles on display in the car park you can find out more about how our super heroes work. The day will be full of fun activities with challenges, games, shows, workshops and some amazing raffle prizes. The restaurant, bar and BBQ will be open to purchase food and drink. For more details visit the Facebook page.

 

This is a ticket only event, click here to purchase: https://blue_light_charity_fun_day.eventbrite.co.uk

Epsom Racecourse Antiques And Collectables Fair

Epsom antiques fairThe next monthly Antique Fair at Epsom Racecourse takes place on Tuesday, 16th August. The fair has up to 200 indoor and outdoor stands and has been running for 29 years.

For more details visit: https://www.continuityfairs.co.uk/event/epsom-racecourse-antiques-and-collectables-fair-aug/ 

Christ Church Ewell – Summer club 

Christ Church Ewell is running its summer club on Thursday, 18th and Friday 19th, August for primary school-aged children. For more details contact: urbansaintsewell@outlook.com

Epsom Methodist Church Holiday Club 

Booking is now open for Epsom Methodist Church’s (EMC) holiday club, which is for children aged 5 – 16 years.  It’s running from Tuesday 23rd, August to Thursday 25th, August inclusive (9.45am to 12.45pm).

This year’s Holiday club is The Criss Cross Show – EMC will be transformed into a TV set with its very own show staring Criss and Cross. It’ll be three jam packed days of fun dramas, special guests, crafts, activities, songs, games, lots of fun and a free movie & pizza night at 5pm on Wednesday 24th, August.

For more information visit: https://www.epsommethodistchurch.org.uk/Groups/354430/Holiday_Club.aspx

Bank Holiday Family Fun Day – Epsom Racecourse 

On Monday, 29th August the Jockey Club is hosting its Bank Holiday Family Fun Day where you can enjoy a family day out at the races with free entertainment for £15 per adult.

Alongside an exciting seven race card, there will be plenty to keep children entertained with inflatables, face painting, animal encounters, kids races on the track and much more.

For more details: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom/events-tickets/bank-holiday-family-fun-day

Summer Holiday Clubs 

Check out Kat’s Summer Holiday Clubs list for inspiration. There’s everything from musical theatre, martial arts and multi-sports to football, cooking, dance and gymnastics; there should be something for everyone!

Summer Reading Challenge 

The annual Summer Reading Challenge is on now and runs until September, 17th. It’s free to take part (just visit your local library) and encourages primary school children to read for pleasure over the summer holidays. There are prizes and stickers to collect, games to play and lots of books to discover.

Find out more here: https://www.theparentsocial.com/the-summer-reading-challenge-2022-gadgeteers/ and see details of the opening times and facilities at our local libraries below:

Epsom library: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest/epsom

Ewell: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest/ewell

Ewell Court: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest/ewell-court

Stoneleigh: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest/stoneleigh

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Have your say

The Epsom Town Centre Masterplan is being drawn up to provide a vision for the Town Centre that will drive investment decisions to ensure that Epsom continues to thrive as a place to live, work and visit.

The masterplan will guide how the town centre can change over the next 15 to 20 years, to respond to the changes in how we live, socialise, shop, work and become more sustainable.

You have until 31 August to have you say by completing the online questionnaire: https://placebuilder.io/epsommasterplan.

You can also speak to a member of the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council team on 11th and 13th August (10am – 4pm) in the Ashley Centre.

For more info email: localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or call 01372 732000.

More info is also available here: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/…/consultations-and-examination

Exciting opportunity for new market traders  

There are plans to hold an Artisan Market in the heart of Ewell Village and the council would like to hear from you if you are interested in having a stall. For further details please contact: dbrown@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

You can also find out more about the opportunities and special rates for new traders at Epsom Town centre’s speciality markets here.

Could you be a Tree Champion?

Newly planted trees need to be watered regularly in hot dry weather. The Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board is asking for help to water and check on the health of recently planted trees in the borough.

The Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board has created a map so that you can find newly planted trees that you live near or pass regularly, then all you need to do is water them during the summer months!

The map can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/NewTreesOfEpsomAndEwell


Enjoy the great weather whatever you’re doing. 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 13 and my twin daughters are aged 10.

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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