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The DECEMBER LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Dec 2022

❄️ Ho, ho, ho! December is upon us and there is a lot happening from dates with Santa, Christmas fairs, festivals and crafting to yuletide shopping, concerts, kids camps and charity events (and everything in between).

Check out where you can still meet Father Christmas here and see a detailed post on fairs and festivals here, and keep reading for everything else including where you can bag the perfect Christmas tree 🎄

St. Mary’s Ewell – Fireside Fridays  

St. Mary’s Ewell is continuing its drop in sessions each Friday (12pm-4pm) throughout December. These offer a warm space to work (free WiFi) and socialise. So, if you’re worried about fuel costs, are working from home and fed up with being alone or simply fancy a cuppa and a slice of cake, head down to Ewell Hall, London Road.

More details above and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stmarysewell 

Banstead Christmas Community Event 

 

The annual Banstead Christmas Community Event takes place on Thursday, 1st December (5-8pm). Head down to Banstead High Street for its annual day of festive fun and Christmas light switch on.

It’ll be packed with activities and goodies to appeal to the whole family; expect to see dancing and carols at the All Saints Church and all of the local business doing their part to add to the festive spirit. There’ll be street entertainment, local dance groups performing, refreshments, shop offers and competitions, raffles, magicians, kids treasure hunt and not forgetting Father Christmas!

As part of the event, there’ll also be the opportunity to take a journey through Narnia (every 15 minute from 5:15pm) at Christ Church.  All free of charge

Merland Rise Church – Christmas Market 

Merland Rise Church’s Christmas Market is taking place on Friday, 2nd December (3-6pm). Free entry and loads of fun, food and festivities to be had with games, market stalls, raffle, face painting, Santa’s grotto, crafts and music.

For more details go to: https://www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk/

Lights on the Broadway

Friday, 2nd December from 4pm, visit Santa’s Grotto within the Scouts Shop, enjoy the fun fair, have a bite from the winter BBQ and enjoy performances from local choirs, bands and dance schools. There’ll be craft and food stalls, and the popular colouring competition returns.

Epsom Choral Society – Handel’s Messiah 

To round off its centenary year, Epsom Choral Society will be performing Handel’s Messiah at the Epsom Playhouse. The concert is being held on Saturday, 3rdDecember at 7.30pm and will feature four outstanding soloists and the English Sinfonietta.

Epsom Choral Society was founded in 1922 and has continued to sing through wars, pandemics, lockdowns… and is still going strong with over 100 members.

For more information and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/epsom-choral-society-present-handels-messiah

Christmas crafts @ Christ Church Ewell 

Children’s Christmas Crafts is taking place at Christ Church Ewell on Saturday, December 3rd (10am-12pm). There’ll be lots of fun things to make and do – children (school years R to Year 6) can make up to 14 different crafts.

It’s £3.00 per child and pre-booking is essential.

To pre-book please either phone Ann on 020 8393 6414 or Text / What’s App message 078 4090 4001.  Parents can either drop their children off and pick them up at the end of the morning or there is a separate ‘Coffee Zone’ to wait and chat.

Epsom Methodist Church – Games Night 

Epsom Methodist Church’s next Games Night is on Saturday, 3rd December (4pm-6pm) at Epsom Methodist Church (ages 11-15).

They welcome all to join at this free event to play a range of games together; you can bring your favourite board game along too. There’ll be some planned challenges to put your mind to the test and after all of the games and challenges it’ll be time to relax with some pizza for dinner.

The church’s aim is to provide a safe environment where young people can relax and also discuss faith issues, ask questions and share what’s happening in their lives. For more details and booking go here.

Ewell Village Artisan Market

The popular Ewell Village Artisan Market returns on Saturday, 3rd December (10am – 3pm) and will be the last one before Christmas. I visited November’s and there were already plenty of festive gift ideas on display! There’ll be 20 plus stalls with everything from wooden hand crafted gifts and toys, art, decor, homewares and handmade jewellery to fresh pastries and artisan breads, ladies clothing, accessories, handmade soap and vegan skincare products.

The market is in The Grove (the alleyway between Ewell High St and West St, alongside Ewell Grove School – KT17 1RE).

For more information visit: https://www.surreymarkets.co.uk/epsom-market/

Freddie Mercury Tribute @ Epsom Social 

Head down to the Epsom Social on Saturday, December 3rd (7.00 PM – 11.30 PM) where you can have some amazing food and enjoy a Freddie-themed cocktail and then experience a fabulous performance from the UK’s top Freddie Mercury Tribute Joseph Lee Jackson.

For more information and to buy tickets go to Eventbrite.

Epsom and Ewell Silver Band – Christmas Concert 

 

The Epsom and Ewell Silver Band Christmas Concert (in partnership with the Cuddington Residents’ Association and Cuddington WI) is taking place at St. Mary’s Church, The Avenue, Worcester Park (KT4 7HL) on Sunday, 4th December at 7pm. They’re raising money for the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank. Tickets – available on the door or at Vale Road Post Office – are £10 (free for under 16’s) and include tea/coffee and mince pie.

Christmas Festive Wreath Making Workshop – Concorde Hall Epsom

Join Jayne from Grow Cook Enjoy on Sunday, December 4th (10am-11.30am) to make a special Christmas wreath. You’ll be using natural products, which are all provided, to make this sustainable willow Christmas wreath. Learn skills that you can use year after year!

For more details go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/adult  Email: contact@growcookenjoy.co.uk

The The Heart & Soul Choir

The Choir will be singing to fundraise for  Winston’s Wish, Age Concern Epsom & Ewell and Ronald McDonald House Charities United Kingdom.

They will be singing at the following locations from Monday 5th December: Waterloo Station, The Plough Inn, Cobham, Ewell Yule, Christchurch and The Barley Mow pub.

Epsom Rotary – Christmas Collections 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa is back and will be visiting Epsom and Ewell again this Christmas from December, 5th until December, 20th as he joins Epsom Rotary Club in the annual Santa Run. Tilly the Train will be helping Santa collect money for local charities.

Donations can be made online (JustGiving page) or by texting TILLY to 70450 at any time and by card or cash on the collection night.  You can see Santa’s progress on the night on his tracker: https://www.sleightracker.co.uk/

Racketball Taster Sessions at Ebbisham Sports Club

Fun, sociable and easy to learn! Come and try Racketball indoors on a squash court – Bouncy balls, large rackets and lots of rallies.

Taster Racketball Sessions as Ebbisham Sports Club on Wednesday 7th and 14th December from 7-8.30pm. Please contact Jo for more information on 07462 327100 or email jo.robinson123@btinternet.com.

Work Stress Solutions

Work Stress Solutions is offering free weekly classes – ‘Make Technology Work for You’ – starting on Wednesday, 7th December (10am to 11.30am). The workshops will provide you with the skills to get by in life and in work by showing you how to do everyday things on computers and phones.

Taking place at The Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, Epsom, KT17 1DL. For further info and to register, contact: hello@workstresssolutions.org.uk

Epsom & Ewell Mayor’s Charities

The next Epsom & Ewell Mayors Charities fundraiser is The Mayor’s Xmas Quiz, which is taking place on Thursday, 8th December (7-10pm) at NESCOT on Reigate Road. Come alone or with a team. Teams can be made up on the night.

Tickets are £10 each with all profits going to the Mayor’s chosen charities. For tickets email: EpsomEwellMayor2022@gmail.com

Santa at Star Trail 

Every year St. Mark’s Church sets up a Star Trail for local schools to visit. This year they will be offering the Star Trail experience including a visit to Santa on Thursday, December 8th and Friday, December 9th (4.30pm – 7pm).

Discover why we give gifts at Christmas, experience the wonder of the Wise Men and then meet Santa for a selfie and present (children age 0-11). To book a slot please complete this form.

Suggested donation of £5+ per child. However, with finances tight this year, if you really can’t afford it come anyway and if you can afford it, an increased donation will help to subsidise others.

Candlelight Christmas Concert – Age Concern 

Booking Now! Age Concern‘s Candlelit Christmas Concert promises to be a beautiful event. Join them on Friday, 9th December at Christ Church, Epsom. Doors open at 7pm with the concert starting at 7.30pm.

This is a fundraising event in aid of Age Concern – Epsom & Ewell.

To book tickets go to: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/candlelitchristmasconcert

Ewell Grove Christmas Fair 

The Ewell Grove school Christmas Fair will run alongside the Ewell Yule event on Friday, 9th December (4-6pm).

It’s free entry and there’ll be the chance to meet Santa in his grotto as well as take part in games, competitions and a grand draw. There’ll also be a BBQ and mulled 🍷.

Check out my Christmas fairs and festival post for the latest details on Ewell Yule.

Santa Saves Christmas @ The Epsom Playhouse

Santa Saves Christmas is at The Epsom Playhouse from Saturday, 10th  December to Saturday 24th,  December 2022 this show is suitable from children aged 2 – 7 and every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa

Who can save the magic of Christmas? Jack’s beanstalk won’t grow, Cinderella’s glass slipper is broken and what’s happened to the magic in the Fairy Godmother’s wand?

Find out more about the show here – https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/santa-saves-christmas

St Mary’s, Ewell – Christmas Cracker

Unlock your voice for an evening of well-known festive songs to get you into that Christmassy mood at St. Mary’s. Ewell’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ on Saturday, 10th December at 7.30pm.

Perhaps wear a festive jumper, tinsel, and fairy lights, and come along for an evening of classic favourites. To give your vocal cords a rest, Jonathan and Sarah Holmes will entertain you with some Christmassy organ duets.

Admission is free including refreshments, but donations to their organ fund are always welcome. For more information visit the Facebook page.

Brunch with Santa @ The Derby Arms, Epsom

Santa’s returns to the Derby Arms, Epsom this December and he’s inviting your little ones to share a magical moment or two during your brunch visit! Dates for Brunch are Sunday 11th and Sunday 18th December.  Find out more and other festive dates at the pub here – https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/the-festive-season-the-derby-arms-epsom/

A Short History of Christmas – Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

On Saturday, December 10th (1pm to 2.30pm), Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club will be doing a whistle stop tour of Christmas through the ages. This will include its earliest pagan origins, bringing in of the yule log and its height of celebration and feasting during the Medieval and Tudor period (including the introduction of sprouts!). It will also include how the Puritans tried to ban it, how it began to be commercialised and how two World Wars didn’t stop us enjoying Christmas; finally bringing us up to modern day.

The session will end with paper chain and lantern making.

Cost £5 per child. For further information and booking, contact: David Brooks: 0208 394 1734 / dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Carols by Candlelight

Carols and candlelight, mince pies, a glass of jewel-red wine, soaring voices and a sprinkle of tinsel. What more could you want as Christmas approaches? Join Epsom Chamber Choir for its one hour Christmas concert on Saturday, December 10th at 6pm, St Martin’s Church, Epsom to hear some festive classics, a sprinkle of contemporary pieces and some family favourites.

More details on their Facebook page. Get your tickets here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/epsom-chamber-choir

Artisan Christmas Gift and Food Fair – Ashley Centre 

Across four days (11-12th and 17th-18th December), the Ashley Centre will host an incredible array of local traders at the Artisan Christmas Gift and Food Fair. Shop local, feel inspired and fill up your loved one’s Christmas stockings with unique gifts from makers, crafters and other small businesses.

To apply for a stall please email info@theashleycentre.co.uk.

Festive Market Place at The Horton Epsom

Find a unique gift in The Horton festive marketplace between December 14th – 24th .

The Horton’s atrium will be filled with different market stalls selling handcrafted creations from local makers and artists. The stalls will be different each day with a full festive market on Saturday, 17th December. Find out more here.

 

Dick Whittington @ The Epsom Playhouse

Running from Thursday, 15th December to Sunday, 8th January, Dick Whittington – Panto 2022 is a truly magical panto classic. Follow Dick, his loyal cat and various characters he meets as he seeks fame and fortune in London town!

Tickets are now on sale from £15.50 to £20.50 at various performance times.

Family & Group tickets are available. Relaxed Performance on Tuesday, 3rd Jan at 11.00 am.  Find out more here – https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/dick-whittington-panto-2022

Gingerbread Workshop Decorate with Me

Every year Grow Cook Enjoy runs a Gingerbread Workshop! Join on Saturday, 17th December (10.00am-11.30am) at Concorde Hall Epsom or even have one delivered to your home to decorate there. For home decorating, Grow Cook Enjoy will make and deliver a gingerbread house for you to decorate at home. They will provide the house and icing you just need to provide sweets to decorate.

You can book one Gingerbread house per family to decorate together or one house each.

Cost – Face to face class £20; home decorate for £15 plus £8 delivery option. For more details and booking go here.

Together at Christmas – The Kings Church 

You are invited to join The Kings Church Epsom for an evening of Christmas cheer (music, dance, drama, food and lot of surprises!) on Sunday, December 18th at 6pm.

It’s free admission and all children under 12 will receive a free Christmas gift from a surprise visitor. Please reserve a spot for all kids under 12 by using the link below or RSVP with your name and number of kids on 07830077850 to avoid any disappointment.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/together-at-christmas-tickets-476343394917

Each family will have an opportunity for a professional photoshoot too.

Christmas services at St Mary’s Ewell 

St Mary’s starts its Christmas celebrations with a traditional service of carols, Christmas choral music and Bible readings (Nine Lessons and Carols) on Sunday, 18th December at 5.3opm. This will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies at the back of Church.

On Friday, 24th December (Christmas Eve) at 2pm, it’s The story of Christmas. Suitable for all ages, feel free to come dressed as angels or shepherds if you wish. This is followed at 4pm with the Arrival at Bethlehem, which is a family-orientated service for all ages. Then at 11.15pm it’s the Choral Midnight Mass.

On Christmas Day itself  at 8.00am it’s the Said service of Holy Communion, which is followed at 10am with Christmas Communion. Also see below about the St Mary’s Christmas Day Tea Party.  

New Year’s Day at St Mary’s: Said service of Holy Communion (8am) followed by Choral Holy Communion (9.30am).

For more details go to the Facebook page.

Ambition School of Dance – Christmas Workshop

Looking for festive activities for the little ones (ages 4+)? If so, join Ambition on Monday, 19th December  (9.30am-3.30pm) for a fun filled day of dance and Christmas-themed activities plus a mini performance at 3.15pm.

It’s taking place at the Ambition School of Dance, 2nd Floor, Epsom Square and costs £35 per child. Visit www.ambitiondance.co.uk to book.

Ebbisham Sports Club’s Try-sport Junior Camp 


Ebbisham Sports Club‘s popular Try-sport Junior Xmas Camp is back and will be run on Monday 19th, December from 9.00am-3.30pm.

Try-Sport Junior Camps are an ideal introduction to a variety of different sports for children aged 7-14 years old. They are an enjoyable way for children to start playing sport and feature coaching, team games and social activities.

Cost – Members: £28 / Non-Members: £30. Non-members are very welcome and children are encouraged to bring a friend.

If you wish to book a place please contact admin@ebbisham.com as soon as possible to reserve a space.

Moonfall at The Horton 

Take a magical, festive, circus adventure all the way to the moon at The Horton from December 19th-24th. Following their enchanting festive show The Elf Factory in 2021, Hikapee return to The Horton with circus adventure Moonfall.

Moonfall is a 45 minute brilliantly comical story-telling performance using a rope, a hoop and bags of imagination. The show is completely non-verbal with the narrative told through physical performance, aerial circus and an original soundtrack.

Perfect for families and children aged 3+, find out more and book tickets here: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/moonfall/

First and Second World Wars – Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

This year on Tuesday, December 20th, Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is holding two extra sessions on the First and Second World wars and how they affected Epsom and Ewell.

Epsom and Ewell during the Great War (2pm to 3.30pm)

In 1914 Epsom was a small, self-contained town of 20,000 citizens, Ewell a village of 4,000 inhabitants. People went to concerts and the newly invented moving pictures at the Public Hall, were loyal to a bewildering choice of eleven different churches and chapels, played football, cricket and tennis, and belonged to dozens of clubs, Brotherhoods and Orders. The big family names, such as Glyn or Bridges, no longer owned most of the land; tradesmen were in the majority on the Urban and Rural District Councils. In the new municipal Rosebery Park, children sailed their boats. Then came the war!

Epsom and Ewell in WW2 (10.30am to 12pm)

The Borough suffered heavily from bombing in World War 2 and from 1940 to 1944, 890 alerts were sounded, 384 people were injured by enemy action and 33 killed. There were more than 200 incidents with 12,234 houses slightly damaged, 413 devastated and 192 completely destroyed, while thousands of incendiary and anti-personnel bombs were dropped with 440 high explosive, 64 oil and 30 flying bombs falling on the Borough.

£5 per child . Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734. Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

St Mary’s, Ewell – Christmas Day Tea Party 

For anyone that needs a bit of company on Christmas Day, St Mary’s, Ewell is hosting a FREE Christmas Day Tea Party. It’s being held at Ewell Village Hall between 4pm – 6pm on December 25th and will help spread the cheer with sandwiches, Christmas cake, crackers, gifts, games and even a glass of fizz.

It’s free for all, but please book so they know how many to cater for. You can book by emailing vicar@stmarysewell or calling 020 8393 1297.More details above and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stmarysewell 

Christmas trees

 

Christmas Tree Corner is bringing Christmas to you with their grade A Nordmann Fir Christmas trees, which are also available for local delivery.

Find out more about Christmas Tree Corner here: https://christmastreecorner.co.uk/

Charity

Momentum Children’s Charity

There are a number of ways that you can embrace the Christmas spirit and help support the vital work, which Momentum Children’s Charity does.  Check out the links below to find out more about its Christmas Auction, Santa’s Grotto and charity Christmas cards.

Christmas Auction – The auction finishes on December 3rd, so get your bids in quickly. There are some amazing items up for grabs from toys and games to beauty products, experiences and signed football shirts. Check it out here.

Santa’s Grotto – Award-winning Art Director, Amanda Dazely will be creating an enchanting grotto behind the front door of Momentum HQ for one day only on Thursday, 8th December. Santa’s ready and tickets are going fast, so don’t miss out. Book here.

Christmas cards – With three designs to choose from, including a specially commissioned one, these cards are a simple way to show your support. You can buy here.

Epsom and Ewell Foodbank – Winter Warmer Appeal

Can you help the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank with their Winter Warmer Appeal? They are currently collecting brand new:

Hot water bottles with cover

Warm socks (adults & children)

Gloves, scarves and warm hats (adults and children)

Thermos flasks.

Drop off is at Good Company Hub behind West Ewell Primary School, Ruxley Lane, KT19 0JG.  Find out more about the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank here:  https://epsomewell.foodbank.org.uk.

Mega Camps – Christmas camp 

The early bird deals for Mega Camps‘ Christmas camp 2022 expire soon. Go to www.megacamps.net for deals, locations and their Christmas schedule.

Work Stress Solutions 

Work Stress Solutions is offering a free 5-week online discussion group where you can get support in a safe environment and talk about any issues you are facing in work (gaining and retaining), education or volunteering.

The dates are 4th, January to 1st, February (6.30pm to 8pm) via Zoom. For further information and to register email: hello@workstresssolutions.org.uk

Curator’s Tours in the Museum of Epsom and Ewell at Bourne Hall

Every Wednesday from November, 30th to December, 21st (and beginning again from the 11th of January), there will be an hour-long tour of the museum led by the curator. It offers a chance to learn more about the fascinating people and stories behind the objects on display. It will also be an opportunity to see items the museum has only just acquired and objects not normally on display.

Why not bring along that mystery coin or piece of pottery you found in the back garden, or perhaps the heirloom you have at home and wondered what it is or how old? Bring it along and test the experts!

Tours begin at 11am and finish at 12pm (meet in the front gallery).

Kanzzi Sushi & Grill Promotional Offer 

Kanzzi Sushi & Grill is a family-run restaurant based in Epsom Square, Surrey, serving simple delicious Japanese cuisine. Combining traditional Japanese dishes with a modern twist, Kanzzi offers a casual dining experience with a focus on the quality of the products used.

Quote #Epsomandewellfamilies in your bookings/order request to receive some very tasty discounts. See flyer above for more details.

 

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Have a great December and – for those celebrating – a wonderful Christmas. Remember to keep checking back for additional events as we update regularly.

Fran 🎅🏻🎄 🎁

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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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