THE DECEMBER LOWDOWN – CHRISTMAS EDIT…
Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Dec 2021
The countdown has officially begun! The community made the best of the situation last year, but it’s wonderful to have real-life Christmas and charity events back on this year.
Here’s a round up of what’s happening this month in and around the area.
Running until the 31st December, Epsom Library are having a buy one get one FREE.
The Ashley Centre
See Father Christmas The Ashley Centre from 2nd – 24th December booking can be made here: https://www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/Ashley
‘Ewell Yule,’ the annual community Christmas event in Ewell Village, is taking place on Friday, December 3rd (5pm-8.30pm). Festive fun for all the family, there’ll be late night shopping, childrens’ rides, festive food and drink, live entertainment, raffles, a BBQ, the opportunity for Children to visit Santa and more.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page as events, information and updates are regularly added.
The Heart & Soul Choir
The Heart & Soul Choir are singing Christmas carols and raising funds in the area. Catch them at Ewell Yule on December 3rd; Epsom Town Centre, December 18th and the Barley Mow Pub, Epsom on December 19th.
Christmas at Hobbledown
Hobbledown is opening its doors at night for a festive winter light trail most days between 3rd December – 3rd January. Children will get the chance to explore the secret world of the Hobblers after dark and explore amongst the magical lights and lanterns making up the illuminated trail leading around the park… and all while enjoying a festive hot chocolate or mince pie.
There’s also be a separate Santa’s Grotto. For more details and booking go to the Hobbledown website.
Ashtead Park Garden Centre
Christmas fun and fund-raising for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity 4th and 5th December and the 11th and 12th December. Nativity animals, including gorgeous donkeys, goats, sheep and more will also be there between 11am-3pm on 4 & 5 December ONLY. There will also be Magic Ponies both weekends between 11am and 2pm, offering short pony rides to children aged 2-9 years, £5 each. There will be lots more festive fun 10am-4pm Christmas crafts, Gingerbread man hunt and face painting…for more information visit the website https://www.ashteadpark.com/christmas/festive-family-fun-weekends-2021.
Ewell Grove Christmas Fair
The Ewell Grove Christmas Fair will be running alongside Ewell Yule on Friday, 3rd December (4-6pm). There’ll be a Santa’s grotto, BBQ, games, raffles, tombolas and other fun festive activities.
Stoneleigh Broadway Christmas Trail
On Saturday, December 4th (3-6pm), meet Father Christmas and follow a trail around Stoneleigh Broadway where you can visit shops to collect puzzle pieces to win a prize. There’ll also be a craft market, face paining, mulled wine, carol singing, games, art activities, food & drink and more. Further information on Stoneleigh Library‘s website.
SEN disco hosted by Focus Surrey
Focus Surrey is hosting a SEN-friendly disco for teenagers and young adults with SEN, and their families on Saturday, December 4th (7-9pm). The disco will take place at Frames Sports Bar in Coulsdon. The environment will be ASD friendly with lights up and noise levels down and no flashing lights. Let the organisers know what music you would like to hear and they’ll do their best to play at least one of each attendees favourite tunes.
All monies raised will go directly to Focus Surrey, a registered charity supporting families with Autistic children in Surrey and neighbouring local authorities. For more details and to book tickets go to: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/focus-surrey-saturday-club/t-nadxek
Christmas Market – St. Mary’s Cuddington
On Saturday, December 4th (11.00am to 2.30pm), St. Mary’s Cuddington is hosting its Christmas market in the church hall and gardens. Peruse the cakes, gifts, plants, Christmas decorations, children’s items, jewellery, crafts and cards. There’ll be children’s activities, mulled wine, mince pies, light lunches and a raffle. For more details visit: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/christmas-market
Banstead Families Nearly New Sale
Do you still need to do some Christmas shopping? Are you still looking for some gifts at bargain prices? Banstead Families Nearly New Sale is pm Saturday 4th December – 9.30am – 12pm.
The Well House Inn – Christmas Quiz
Ebbisham Sports Club – Christmas party
On Saturday, 4th December (7pm-11pm), The Ebbisham Sports Club will be hosting its Christmas Party. Join them to celebrate the end of another great year of sport with an evening of music and dancing. Members and guests will receive a free glass of Prosecco on arrival. More details on their Facebook page.
Saturday 4th December at The United Church of St Mark, 10am – 2pm with FREE admission.
Christmas Carols with Epsom Chamber
This event is taking place at Ewell Library Saturday 4th December from 11am.
Epsom and Ewell Silver Band
The Epsom and Ewell Silver Band, in partnership with Cuddington Residents’ Association and Cuddington WI, is back for a Christmas Concert on Sunday, 5th December (7pm) at St. Mary’s Church in Worcester Park. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased in advance at Vale Road Post Office. Alternatively, visit the website or email (details above).
Bourne Hall Kids Club
On Saturday, 11th December (1pm to 2.30pm), Bourne Hall Kids Club is running a session on The South African War (Boer War), the first overseas war to have a measurable impact on life in Epsom and Ewell. Find out more about the men who volunteered and how the local community was affected and responded.
Cost £5 per child. Further information is available from David Brooks – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The King’s Church – Carols by Candlelight
The King’s Church in Epsom is holding a traditional carol service. ‘Carols by candlelight’ is happening on Sunday, 12th December. Details above. Check out their Facebook page for further news and more details of their Christmas services.
Grow Cook Enjoy – Teenage class
Your teen can learn how to make Christmas chocolate baubles during Grow Cook Enjoy‘s online lesson on Tuesday, December 14th (6:30pm – 7:30pm) as part of the Teenage Cooking Club programme. Simply gather the ingredients and equipment and join the zoom class. For further details go to the Facebook page. Tickets can be booked here.
Christmas activities at The Hub
On Friday, December 17th (10am-4pm), The Hub cafe, situated in Sports Direct Fitness Epsom, is hosting activity sessions for little ones where they’ll be able to make their own ginger bread house. More details above and on the Facebook page.
Christ Church Ewell
Join Christ Church Ewell at the All Age Family Carol Service on Sunday 19th December at 4pm. Visit the website for more information http://www.christchurchewell.com/.
Try-Sport Junior Christmas Camp
Ebbisham Sports Club is hosting its popular Try-Sports Junior Camps this December for children age 7-14 years old. Try-Sport Camps are an ideal introduction to a variety of different sports with qualified coaches, they’re an enjoyable way for children to start playing sport and feature coaching, team games and social activities. Running from 20th-23rd December (9.00-3.30pm), parents can select individual days or can sign up for all four. For further information or to book please email: email@example.com or visit: www.ebbisham.com
Mega Camps are running their popular holiday camp from the 20th-23rd December www.megacamps.net.
Aerial Tumbling Club
For the first time Aerial Tumbling Club are running Christmas Holiday Camps taking place on Monday 20th December and Tuesday 21st December. The day will consist of games, vault work, floor work and tumbling. The camps are led by qualified British Gymnastics coaches. Email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.aerialtumblingclub.co.uk.
Giggles Christmas Party
Tickets are now on sale for Giggles Soft Play’s Christmas Party on Wednesday, 22nd December (9.30am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2.30pm). Visit the website www.gigglessoftplay.co.uk to book your space.
Free Christmas Meal at King’s Church
The King’s Church, Epsom is offering free meals again this year to anyone who’s alone this Christmas or struggling to feed their families at what can be a difficult time. After their morning service on Christmas Day, the church will be open from 12.15 to 2.30pm for Christmas lunch. All are welcome to join but please book in advance by completing the form at: thekingschurch.org/christmasmeals For more information email: email@example.com
The Hub – NYE party
The Hub cafe, situated in Sports Direct Fitness Epsom, is inviting little ones to celebrate New Year’s Eve (11.30am-1pm) with party food, party games and lots of fun and dancing. There’ll even be a mini toast at midday! More details above and on the Facebook page.
The Elf Factory – The Horton Epsom
Perfect for the festive season, this fun family friendly show with lots of aerial circus, is guaranteed to get little minds and bodies whirling and twirling and is being performed at the gorgeous new arts centre – The Horton Epsom.Shows run from 19th – 29th December and tickets are on sale now. For more details and to book go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/the-elf-factory/
December Epsom Market Days
Here are the dates of the specialised markets taking place this month:
- Sunday, 5th December – Farmers Market
- Sunday, 12th December – Taste of the World
- Sunday, 19th December – Vegan Market
Esher Theatre – Dear Santa Live
From the author of the well-loved children’s book DEAR ZOO is Dear Santa, which is being performed live on stage 4th – 11th December at the Esher theatre.
The big man is determined to deliver the Christmas present to little hero Sarah. However, he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.
45-minute show plus, the opportunity to meet Santa himself afterwards. For more details and booking go to: https://www.eshertheatre.com/dearsanta
Epsom Playhouse – Beauty and the Beast
Panto is back at the Epsom Playhouse for 2021. Running from the 12th December – 3rd January this year the creative team have worked their magic once again and present to you another ‘BEAUTY’ of a pantomime and Beauty & The Beast promises something for everyone.
Comedy, laughter, singing, dancing and a beautiful love story waiting to be told. Find out more and book tickets here.
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Enjoy family time and all that’s happening in the area (whether you celebrate Christmas or not) and remember to support our local businesses and services (Epsom and Ewell Families’ directory).
I wish everyone a happy and healthy festive season.