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THE FEBRUARY LOWDOWN RECAP…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 12 Feb 2024

You mid month February Lowdown of events, here’s what’s still to come this month…

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

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 

Epsom Library Story and Craft Events 

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

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.

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

February Makers Market @ The Horton 

Discover unique, handcrafted creations at The Horton Makers Market on Saturday, 24th February 9.15am-4.00pm).The Horton’s atrium will be filled with market stalls selling craft products and artworks made by artists and artisans from Epsom, Surrey and across the South East.

Free entry. For more details go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/makers-market 

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

Dylan Strong Foundation Gala

Tickets are now on sale for the Dylan Strong Foundation Gala. It is guaranteed to be a fabulous evening of entertainment, a 3 course dinner, an auction and a disco.

Get your gladrags and black tie ready and join us at the Epsom Downs Racecourse Duchess Stand. Please do not miss out on your tickets – £90pp or £900 for a table. It starts at 7pm with a finish at 12.30pm.

This is the events 3 year anniversary and Dylan’s 10th birthday.

All monies raised will go to supporting children with cancer.

The link to the tickets can be found here: https://dylanstrongfoundation.co.uk/events/

Epsom and Ewell Families is proud to be sponsoring this event.

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/

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

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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