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THE FEBRUARY LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 29 Jan 2024

💘 🥞🐲 The longest month of the year is finally drawing to a close and now we have Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day  – check out this post if you’re in need of dining inspiration -, Chinese (Lunar) New Year and half-term all on the horizon.

Here’s what’s going on this February…

Jigsaw Week at The Horton 

Pop into The Horton for a week of puzzling fun. From Monday, 1st until Saturday, 3rd of February there will be various jigsaws set up in the Atrium to suit all ages and abilities. Complete a whole puzzle or simply help out with a tricky piece or two.

🧩Plus on Saturday, 3rd February from 1–3pm they’ll be holding a Jigsaw Swaptake the opportunity to bring in one your old favourites and swap it for something else for free.

Free Trees @ Ewell Library 

Grab a free tree to plant at home in the Surrey Libraries Tree Giveaway. Head over to Ewell Library between 9.30am – 12pm on Saturday, 3rd February. Trees are given on a first come, first served basis, so get your spade ready and snaffle one while you can!

Curry Saturday at The Well House Inn 

Fancy a curry? Book in for curry Saturday on Saturday, 3rd February (available all day). It’s a one off so don’t miss out; booking recommended!

The Well House Inn: Chipstead Lane, Coulsdon – 01737 830640

Messy Church Goes Wild

Head to St Mary’s Ewell on Saturday, 3rd February (2.30pm-4pm) for the next Messy Church goes wild!

For more details go to: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8142/

Create Your Own Fairytale @ Epsom Library 

Head to Epsom Library on Saturday, 3rd February (2-3pm) for an imaginative story-telling session, along with some wonderful crafts for both children (and their adults) to enjoy!

To book, sign up at the help desk or email epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk. There is a booking cost of £3 per child.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sam’s Classroom 

A course for dads wishing to understand their neurodivergent child is being run by Sam’s classroom on Sunday 4th and Sunday, 18th February (10am-1pm) in Tadworth.

Email: samsclassroom@outlook.com to book.

Sunday Night Comedy @ Epsom Social 

After a hugely successful first show, Sunday Night Comedy is returning to Epsom Social on Sunday, 4th February (doors open 7pm). 

With an incredible line-up and MC’d by the hilarious Dinesh Nathan, this is the perfect way to celebrate the end of Dry January (or just January!).

Early bird tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss out! Click here to book.

Epsom Library Story and Craft Events 

Epsom Library is hosting a range of exciting Junior events starting on Saturday, 3rd February (2-3 p.m) with Create your own Fairytale, a Story and Craft workshop. It’s £3 per child (4 years+) and pre-booking is required either at the Epsom Library help desk or by emailing epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk.

The next dates are as follows:

6th February – Story time with Lunar New Year theme, 10.15 am-11.00 am.
(under 5’s free event)

16th February – Lunar New Year themed Story and Craft workshop 10.30-11.30 am.
(£3 per child, 4 years +) Pre-booking required

7th March – Pirate-themed Rhymetime for World Book Day 10.30-11.15 a.m.
(under 5’s free event)

9th March – Anansi the Spiderman, a Story and Craft workshop 2.30-3.30 p.m.
(£3 per child, 4 years +). Pre-booking required

Charity Curry Night for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell  

Have an evening of great food, good company and lots of fun on Tuesday, 6th February (7pm) at Age Concern’s Charity Curry Night (A fundraising event to support Age Concern Epsom & Ewell).

Taking place at Tamarind Spice, 234 Chessington Rd, West Ewell, KT19 9XF, there’ll be delicious cuisine and generous portions on offer – includes starters, mains and side dishes.

To book and for further details please visit: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/currynightfeb2024

QUEENZ – The Show with BALLS @ Epsom Playhouse 


QUEENZ – The show with BALLS! is heading to Epsom Playhouse on Tuesday, 6th February.

“Direct from their smash-hit run in London’s West End, these dazzling divas deliver a night of fun and fabulousness as they dance like Britney and sing like Whitney. Get ready for jaw dropping LIVE vocals and a set list full of pop party anthems, including, ‘Queen Of The Night, Born This Way, Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Musical Mashups and so much more! You’ll be feeling fierce and fabulous before you know it!”

For more information and to book tickets go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/queenz-show-balls-0 

Poetry Workshop with Liz Ison 

Join Liz Ison to learn about the transformative power of poetry. Liz will be holding her free poetry workshop at Epsom Library on Tuesday, 6th February at 11am.

To book your place sign up at the desk or email: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk

Epsom and Ewell’s Mayoress Afternoon Tea

You are warmly invited to join Epsom and Ewell’s Mayoress, Ms Thomasina Tanner, for Afternoon Tea on Wednesday, 7th February (3-5pm).
At The Rubbing House, Langley Vale Road, Epsom Downs, KT18 5LJ

Tickets are £28 (with a glass of Prosecco) with all proceeds go to the Mayor’s charities. To book please email Barbara Lewis at: barbaralewis21427@gmail.com 

Chinese Brush Painting – Dragon Workshop @ The Horton  

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon by painting your own Chinese dragon on Thursday, 8th February (10.30am-3pm).

Chinese Brush Painting is wonderfully expressive and fun. Anyone can learn – no previous art experience is needed.

In this workshop you will learn about the unique materials of Chinese painting, use a Chinese brush to paint a dragon, write the word dragon in Chinese, and gain an insight into Chinese culture.

All materials and equipment will be provided. For further details and booking go here.

Epsom Business Social at Epsom Social 

On Thursday, 8th February (7–9pm) Epsom and Ewell Families & Sessami are hosting the Epsom Business Social at the Epsom Social.

Tickets: £20 includes a £5 drinks/food voucher for Epsom Social.

Join them and other local business owners for face-to-face business networking in a great venue, get motivated and inspired by others in an informal environment where everyone is keen to connect and help each other grow.

Make new connections, share ideas, build your business, forge lasting relationships, and be part of something special. For more details and booking go here.

50 FREE Pizza for Wold Pizza Day @ Epsom Social

🍕✨ Pizza Alert! ✨🍕

Epsom Social are chuffed to introduce Napo, their new pizza concept, launching on World Pizza Day, Friday, February 9th! 🌍🍕

To celebrate, they are giving away 50 FREE pizzas – yep, you heard right!

Join them every hour from 12 PM to 9 PM for a chance to snag a Neapolitan slice.

Totally Tina 2024 @ Epsom Playhouse 

On Friday 9th February, head down to Epsom Playhouse to shake a tail feather with the UK’s supreme Tina tribute – Justine Riddoch – and her talented cast.

“This breathtaking tribute to Tina Turner celebrates the amazing life and work of the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll!

Early hits, including River Deep – Mountain High and Nutbush City Limits, were just a taste of what was to come. We Don’t Need Another Hero, Simply the Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, I Don’t Wanna Lose You and When the Heartache is Over propelled Tina to stadium concert stardom.

Supported by her dazzling dancing girls in sequins, feathers and diamonds, Justine recreates and remembers those famed live performances for one night only!”

For more information and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/totally-tina-2024

Bourne Hall Kids Club – Epsom and Ewell during the Great War

On Saturday, February 10th, Bourne Hall Kids Club will take a look at Epsom and Ewell in the Great War, or WW1 as it became known in the 1950s. 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. Life would never be the same!

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

Board Games Afternoon @ St Mary’s Church  

St Mary’s is hosting a board games afternoon on Saturday, 1oth February (2-5pm) in Ewell Hall. Full details on the flyer.
Visit: https://www.stmarysewell.com/

Nam Yang Epsom – Chinese New Year Lion Dance 

Join Nam Yang Epsom Martial Arts at the Epsom Social on Sunday, 11th February at 2pm to celebrate Chinese New Year with a Lion Dance.

Disco Totz Superhero & Princess Half-Term Parties 

Join the party this half-term with Disco Totz Superhero & Princess events on Monday, 12th February at Merland Rise Church, Tadworth, KT20 5JQ.

🌟9.45am & 11am- DISCO TOTZ!
🌟 12.15pm- DISCO KIDZ!

🌟DISCO DANCING! ⭐️ Bongos! ⭐️Rhythm sticks ! ⭐️ Shakers! ⭐️Dancing to well known party classics!⭐️Wands!
⭐️ Parachute games! ⭐️Bubble machine!
⭐️ DISCO DEXTER PUPPET!

Children to wear Superhero or Princess costumes. Recommended age 8m- year 3 (older and younger siblings welcome!)

Book tickets on the website: https://discototz.com/

Half Term @ Epsom Social

🥞 Tuesday, 13th February @ 2pm, This Pancake Tuesday dive into the delicious world of pancakes with Gelatissimo’s Pancake Masterclass!

💕 Wednesday, 14th February @ 2pm, Feel the love in the air with Valentine’s Day Poems.

🎬 Thursday, 15th February, 2 – 4pm, Lights, camera, action! Join us for ES Cinema, kids can enjoy a meal deal and relax while watching ‘Wish Dragon’!

🐉 Friday, 16th February 2 – 4pm, Get ready to dance with dragons at our Chinese Dragon Dance workshop – an experience the kids won’t forget!

🎨 Saturday, 17th February, 2pm, Let the littles imaginations run wild with Dragon Crafts.

Book tickets for ES Cinema and Chinese Dragon Work shop here.

Half Term @ The Horton

🟡Short Stories Tall Tales – Mouse & Sam – Tuesday 13th February, 11:30am and 1:30pm | 45 minute show suitable for 0-5s.

🟢Colourful Clay Dragon Workshop – Wednesday 14th February, 10:30am | Ages 5+

🟣Family Pastel Art Workshop – Thursday 15th February, 11am to 12.30pm | Ages 8+

🔵 Bend It Like Beckham (12) – Friday 16th February, 6.30pm | Ages 12+

Find out more here.

Gymnastics Holiday Camps 

ATC is a British Gymnastics registered club, which runs holiday camps during every school holiday. The camps are run by a team of qualified and experienced coaches. Children get a full day of Gymnastics and get the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends.

Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis and spaces do tend to fill up very quickly.

Contact Head Coach Justine for more information or to reserve a place.

Website: www.aerialtumblingclub.co.uk
Email: aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/aerialtumbling

February Half Term Camp with Roll With it Football

Each day will be packed with fun, action & adventure for children between 4-8 year olds to immerse themselves on the wide variety of activities on this Multi-Activity Camp!

The camps are a great way for your child/Ren to develop their confidence in trying out new skills whilst meeting up with existing friends & making new ones along the way.

They have an extensive selection of games & activities to keep children busy & active as they move around activities throughout the day including multi-sports, fun movement games, arts & crafts, laser tag, & mega ball football.

The children can also take advantage of the many different areas the Greville School has to offer which include an indoor sports hall, various playgrounds, grass field & outdoor trim trail. This enables us to play even more games to focus on FUNdamentals (Throwing, catching, balancing, agility, reactions, running, jumping), teamwork & social skills and much more!

For more information and bookings visit the website https://www.rollwithitfootball.com/

February Half-term at Mega Camps 

The February Half-Term (Monday, 12th – Friday, 16th February) Activity Schedule for Mega Camps has now been released on their website. The early bird offer ends on Friday, 2nd February.

To see what activities are in store at your local Mega Camps venue this half-term simply visit www.megacamps.net

Pop Princesses @ Epsom Playhouse 

A Magical show where beautiful Princesses become Pop Stars is heading to Epsom Playhouse on Monday, 12th February.

“This is the children’s pop concert with a big difference. The four fabulous Fairy tale Princesses are back with their NEW SHOW for 2024. They just love to sing! It’s the perfect mix!

Featuring a soundtrack of top pop hits from artists such as Little Mix, Ariana Grande, Taylor swift. Meghan Trainor and Miley Cyrus, plus all the best songs from all your favourite Films and Musicals. Come and join the fun!”

For more information and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/pop-princesses

Camp Fantastic – February Half-term

 

There’s an added venue for Camp Fantastic! Join them at The Vale Primary School for a week of fantastic activities to fill half term – Monday, 12th FebruaryFriday, 16th February.

Times: 9.00am – 4.00pm each day  Extended hours: 8am – 5pm each day
👦🏽 Ages 3 (Reception in the following September) – 11 years old

The Camp activities usually include the following 👇🏼

⭐️ Tennis ⭐️ Fencing ⭐️ Art ⭐️ Yoga ⭐️ Circus Skills ⭐️ Cricket ⭐️ Street Dance ⭐️ Gymnastics ⭐️ Science Experiments ⭐️ Art ⭐️ Maths ⭐️ Themed parties

⭐️⭐️ The first 15 people who book a FULL week at Epsom camp only will receive the 5th day COMPLETELY FREE! ⭐️⭐️

Book your place via the link: https://www.campfantastic.co.uk/february-camp-2024-1

February Half-Term Holiday Sport Camp 

Ebbisham Sport Club’s Try-Sport Camp is taking place on Tuesday, 13th February from 9.00am-3.30pm. Try-Sport camps are an ideal introduction to a variety of different sports for children aged 7-14 years old. They’re an enjoyable way for children to start playing sport and feature coaching, games and social activities. Children will learn new sports skills, make friends, and grow their confidence.

Cost: Ebbisham Members £32 per day/ Non-Members £35 per day

10% discount will be applied to one booking when two siblings are registered on the same day.

If you wish to book a place, please contact admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com  for a registration form.

Children’s Book Festival Week

Calling all young readers and their families! Ewell Library presents the Children’s Book Festival Week, a week-long celebration of stories, creativity, and fun!

📆 Save the date: February 13th – February 17th
📖 Meet beloved authors:

Holly Webb
Fiona Barker
Nizrana Farook
Lesley Crowther-Smith
Portia Mushambi

Tickets: £4 per child (accompanying adults go free). Purchase on Eventbrite here or buy at the Ewell Library desk.

The Modern Fatherhood Club

 

The Modern Fatherhood Club invites you to its first event of 2024 on Tuesday, 13th February.

New time: 7:30pm
New day: Tuesday
New location: Epsom Social

Fatherhood: A relentless, exhausting, roller coaster of emotion and chaos! I think that just about sums it up right?

Feeling burned out, need 5 minutes to escape the noise?

Dad Chats is a local initiative and platform for honest, frank and even unfiltered conversation.

There’s no judgement – Just a chance to be heard, listen to and share real stories and get the chance to take a moment to appreciate your effort and the impact you are having on your family.

The relentlessness can catch up with you and catch you out.

Today you might not feel like you need any support. You’re backing yourself to battle on, but overlooked like every dad before you it might just cost you in the long run. That’s why Dad Chats exists – It’s your chance to be part of a growing community, designed to put dads first.  

To find out more information contact Aidan: hello@themodernfatherhoodclub.com

Grow Cook Enjoy – half term workshop 

Grow Cook Enjoy’s fun half term baking class (suitable for children aged 5-12 years) is taking place on Thursday, 15th February (12.30pm-3pm).

❤️ Red velvet cookie
❤️ Chocolate heart lollies
❤️ Love heart roll up lasagna
❤️ Cinnamon roll pancakes
❤️ Cake pops

For more details and booking go here.

Love Me Love My Mind Epsom – Peer Support Group 

There’s a new Peer Support “Meet Up” Group starting on Thursday, 15th February (6-8pm) at St Barnabas Church, Epsom.

A safe space to come along to if you are feeling alone, isolated, or struggling and you just need some company and a chat. All are welcome, and tea and coffee will be provided.

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

Mindworks @ Surrey Wellbeing Festival

Join Mindworks Surrey at the Surrey Wellbeing Festival, a free family-friendly event on Thursday, 15th February (10am-4pm).

The day will be filled with lots of exciting things from arts and crafts, focus groups, performances, and the chance to explore stalls run by Mindworks’ wellbeing services.

No ticket or pre-booking is required, just turn up on the day. The event is being held at the Rosebury School, Epsom, KT18 7NQ.

For more information on the event please visit the website: https://www.mindworks-surrey.org/index.php?cID=953

Bourne Hall Kids Club – Cave Painting 

On Thursday, 15th February (11am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm) children can discover how and why prehistoric man painted pictures of themselves and animals in the darkness of caves. Then, by flickering light, try to create their own cave painting in their very own ‘caves’

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

Cash in the Wardrobe

Cash in the Wardrobe at Bourne Hall Ewell is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe. The first one of the year is taking place on Saturday, 17th February.

For more details go here.

Free Kids Art Club @ Epsom Social 


There’s a Saturday morning Kids Art Club at Epsom Social starting on the 17th of February (11am-1pm). Just drop in and join in the fun, use pencils, colouring pens, crayons and chalk.

Children can benefit through art in so many ways:
By boosting self-confidence.
Develop their imagination and creative thinking.
Improve social skills, make new friends and connecting with other children.
Help express their emotions.
Build problem solving

Close Up Magic @ Epsom Playhouse 

On Saturday, 17th February experience close up magic at Epsom Playhouse.

Performers artfully draw the audience into their mesmerising world of illusions, leaving them spellbound and wanting more.

The Close Up magic Show is a fascinating form of entertainment, marrying technical skills with creative flair, to create and enhancing , unforgettable experience for everyone.

Find out more and book tickets here: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/close-magic-1

 

Bodhi Eden Yoga

Starting Thursday 22nd, February (4pm-4.45pm), the amazing Hannah Duncan will be taking your little ones on a playful journey around the world! Expect a thrilling adventure through continents using bodies, breath and yoga poses to create a vivid exploration of our beautiful planet.

This comprehensive children’s course integrates yoga poses with engaging mindfulness games, breath-awareness exercises and captivating storytelling. Our aim is to invigorate, empower, relax and nurture your unique little yoga seeker in a holistic and playful environment.

The benefits of yoga for children are immeasurable. Through this course, children will enhance their:

– Body awareness
– Flexibility
– Strength
– Balance
– Coordination

Suitable for Pre-Reception to Year 2.  To book go here.

Gin & Drag 🌈🪩✨

Head down to the Ginistry on Friday, 23rd February for a wonderful evening hosted by the one and only Dixie Normous drag artist. It’s a night that’s guaranteed to be filled with fun games, live music and lots of gin!

Grab your tickets for just £10pp by going here.

The Greatest Magician 2024 @ Epsom Playhouse 

On Friday, 23rd February, Epsom Playhouse welcomes back James Phelan with his DAZZLING new MAGIC SHOW. Phelan  is the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboards after he correctly predicted the lottery!

Already selling out in 110 cities around the World. This astonishing, enigmatic, five star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter & dizzy in disbelief.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/greatest-magician-2024

Ewell’s Antiques Roadshow 

On Saturday, 24th February head down to Ewell Village Hall (10.00am–3.00pm) for Ewell’s very own “Antiques Road show”.

Simon Windibank and his team from PF Windibank Auctioneers & Valuers, will be at the event and will give a short presentation on buying and selling at Auction, probate valuations and House Clearances and some of the hidden surprises that have been sold recently. Afterwards they will be available to discuss and value your items.

Ticket price £5 each.

70s Party @ Be at One 

Head down to Be at One Epsom’s first 70s party on Saturday 24th, February for 2-4-1 on cocktails until 6pm, 70s Happy Hour tunes and a DJ.

Further info: https://www.beatone.co.uk/epsom 

Menopause Yoga Workshop 

There are many symptoms of the Menopause including anxiety, insomnia, rage, as well as hot flushes. On Saturday, 24th February (11am-1pm) come and explore alternative ways to help alleviate symptoms of the Menopause in a non-judgmental, nurturing space with Laila Buhnnoo at Bodhi Eden, 29 Waterloo Rd, Epsom KT19 8EX.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.bodhieden.com/event-details-registration/menopause-yoga-workshop

Warm Welcome Spaces – St Barnabas Church

An open invitation from St Barnabas Church to “Come in, keep warm, connect with others, and make new friends” every Monday (3-7pm) until March 2024.

Hot drinks and refreshments and hot soup and a roll available.

Where: St Barnabas, Temple Road, Epsom, KT19 8HA

Book Now!

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea @ The Well House Inn 

Enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea with Mum this Mother’s Day (Saturday, 9th March 1pm or 4pm). What could be a more perfect way to say ‘Thank you’ than tea and cakes? Call or message to book: 01737 830640/info@thewellhouseinn.co.uk

Terrarium workshops @ Ashtead Park Garden Centre 

Head to Ashtead Park Garden Centre on Sunday, 17th March for their spring terrarium workshops.

Learn all about how to create your own terrarium, choose your plants and how to care for it afterwards. Everything you need is included, even tea/coffee and cake!

Booking essential: https://www.ashteadpark.com/activities/111/terrarium-workshop

Don’t forget…

To check out Dee’s post about four regular community events happening at Christ Church Ewell –  https://epsomandewellfamilies.co.uk/4-community-events-christ-church-ewell/ 

Friday Coffee Mornings for women from ethnic minorities 

 

Epsom & Ewell Hub together with Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network is hosting coffee mornings every Friday (at 10am) at The Epsom & Ewell Hub (2nd Floor, East Wing, Global House, 1 Ashley Ave, Epsom KT18 5AD).

Website: https://www.epsomandewellhub.com/

Toddler Group at St Mary’s 

Looking for something to do with your toddler during the week? Why not head to St Mary’s Toddler group, which runs every  Thursday (10.00am-11.30am) during term time?

These groups are a great way for parents to meet up with other parents in the community and allows your toddler the opportunity to learn, develop and enjoy themselves with a variety of free-play activities. The sessions include an hour of free play with several toys on site and there is always a fun craft activity for them to take part in, something special that can be taken home. This is followed by refreshments and a singsong for all to get involved in.

This group is available to families that have children from 10 months upwards. The cost of joining is £1 per session, so if you are looking for an exciting new experience for you and your child, make sure to contact Jenny Dance on 020 8393 4804.

 

🌷 Have a great month and see you back here for March’s Lowdown! 🐣

Fran x

 
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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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