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THE FEBRUARY LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Feb 2022

The darker days of January are over and we’re now into the month of love, half-term and Imbolc (!?).

Imbolc’s a pagan holiday celebrated from February 1st through to sundown on February 2nd, which marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. So spring is in the air… always the optimist!

Here’s what you need to know about what’s going on in and around the area in February, and what’s coming up.

Chinese New Year 

London celebrations have unfortunately been scaled back for the second year in a row. However, you can still celebrate the year of the Tiger on February 1st with some great Chinese food. Check out my post on CHINESE RESTAURANTS TO VISIT THIS CHINESE NEW YEAR

Messy Church 

St Marks’ next Messy Church session is on Tuesday, February 1st (3.30pm- 5.45pm) and will celebrate Candlemass and Christingle. There’ll be all the usual fun, craft, stories, singing, prayer and food  All are welcome.

Booking essential; email: families@stmarkschurch.me.uk

More details on their Facebook page.

Story Telling with Andy Copps

Professional storyteller and story-maker Andy Copps will be at All Things Nice on Friday, 4th February (3.30pm). This is a free family-friendly event (no tickets required but let them know if you’re going to attend as numbers are limited).

They will have kids snack boxes available to pre- order, which include a sausage roll, carrot and cucumber with hummus and a cookie. You can find more details and register interest on their Facebook page.

Epsom Library Art Sessions 

Do you have a budding little artist? They can learn new skills at Epsom Library’s after-school workshops, which are running through February. NB the first event, as per the flyer above, has been postponed, the revised dates are as follows:

Painting – 8th Feb
Collage –  15th Feb
Weaving – 22nd Feb 

All tickets are £3. Booking required – email: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk to reserve a place (pay on the day).

Vengeance: The Demise of Oscar Wilde is continuing its tour and will be playing at Esher Theatre on February, 11th (7.30pm).

“VENGEANCE” is a fresh narrative that tells the story of literary genius Oscar Wilde through the eyes of his life-long friend, Robbie Ross. Read Kalli’s review here.

More details and booking here.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – The Tudor Stillroom and Pharmacy

Discover life in a Tudor Pharmacy at Kids Club on Saturday, February 12th (11am-12.30pm and 1pm to 2.30pm).

Make a muslin sweet bag to keep the moths at bay, prepare a remedy for colds and sore throats and even shuck and pound rosemary so it’s ready for distilling. Discover the many unexpected uses of mice, frogs and snails! Look at bay, rosemary, sage, plantain, lavender, and cypress, the plants that were available in season and their properties as a Tudor lady would know them.

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

Mercury 2022 (Epsom Playhouse)

On February 12th (7.30pm), Mercury, one of the world’s most authentic tribute bands to Freddie Mercury and Queen, will be performing the most popular Queen hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and many more. This award-winning stage show has been wowing audiences with its spectacular costumes and world class production.

Expect amazing lead singing together with excellent musicianship, beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar work.

Prices: £24

Book tickets here.

Godstone Farm

The farm animals at Godstone make lots of sounds, but do you know the difference between a snort and an oink? Have you heard a guinea pig squeal? How loud is a horse’s neigh?

This half term (12th to 20th February), Godstone’s ‘Talk to the Animals’ sessions will give children the chance to get up close, explore and learn all about the animals and join the interactive farmyard noises trail.

Aimed at children aged 2 – 8 years.

Price: £11.95 per adult/child over 2, under 2’s £5.95, under 1’s free.

Booking essential online at www.godstonefarm.co.uk

Milkshake Live! Milkshakes’ Monkey’s Musical (Epsom Playhouse)

February 13th – This brand-new, all-singing, all-dancing live show promises plenty of fun, laughter and audience interaction and is bound to get everyone up on their feet.

Monkey is joined by some of his favourite Milkshake! friends (Paddington, Daisy & Ollie, Milo, Noddy, Pip and Posy, Blue’s Clues & You) plus two Milkshake Presenters to create a fun-filled show.

Learn the songs and dances and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and the stage bring Milkshake! to life.

Prices: £15

Book tickets for 12pm show here and 3.30pm show here.

Valentine’s Market 

Merland Rise Church (Tadworth, KT20 5JQ) is hosting a Valentine’s market on (you guessed it) February 14th between 11am and 3pm. There’ll be market stalls, crafts and games for the kids and a cafe serving lunches and Valentine-themed treats. For more details go to: https://www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk/ 

Valentine’s Day Craft @ Epsom Library 

The Epsom Library Valentine’s Day craft event is taking place on 14th February (2-3pm). It’s £3 per ticket (one ticket per child) and all materials are provided. Suitable for children up to the age of 9 and children must accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets on the day at the help desk.

Mega Camps – February Half Term

Mega Camps next camp will be running from the 14th – 18th February at Blenheim High School Epsom.
For more information visit  www.megacamps.net

Aerial Tumbling Club – February Half-term 

 Aerial Tumbling Club is running a February half-term holiday camp Tuesday, 15th February to Thursday 17th February inclusive, which is suitable for children aged 4+. More details above; email head coach Justine to reserve a place: aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com

Half Term Kids Pasta Making Workshop 

Grow Cook Enjoy is running a face-to-face class on Tuesday, February 15th (10.00am- 12:30pm) for children aged 5-13 years at Concorde Hall, Horton path, Epsom.

Kids will make different pastas from scratch along with two pasta sauces. Everything is provided and they will even make their own lunch!

Cost: £25 per Child

For more details and booking visit the website.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Cave Painting

On Wednesday, 16th 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

Twinning Quiz 

The Epsom & Ewell Twinning Association is holding a fundraising quiz night on Friday, 18th February at The Epsom Club (KT17 4PW). The association helps foster links between schools, groups and individuals in Epsom & Ewell and its twin town of Chantilly in northern France to benefit both communities.

Details above; contact Neil Dallen: neildallen@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Fastlove – Everything She Wants Tour 2022 (Epsom Playhouse)

Direct from London’s West End, this show on February 18th (7.30pm start) pays tribute to the incredible music and life of the amazingly talented George Michael.

A stunning production with full video and light show, you’ll hear all the hits from his glittering career from Wham right through to his most recent work, including: Wake me up, Too Funky, Father Figure, Freedom 90, Faith, Knew you were Waiting, Careless Whisper and many more.

Prices: £27

Book tickets here.

Epsom Repair Cafe

If you’ve got an appliance, piece of furniture or clothing that needs to be fixed or mended you can get it fixed at the repair cafe in Epsom. The next session is on the 19th of February. All repairs need to be booked in so they can bring the necessary equipment and specialists in to do the work.

Here’s the booking form: https://www.epsomrepaircafe.org/booking-form.php

Groove Warriors – Esher Theatre

On February 25th (7.45pm), renowned 7-piece Groove Warriors will be playing at Esher Theatre. “The band’s classic soul & funk of the 70’s & 80’s is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your hips swinging all night long.”

More details and booking on the Esher Theatre website.

Ebbisham Sports Club

Ebbisham Sports Club is running its Bisi Badminton Course for 4-8 year olds for six weeks starting on Sunday, 27th February (9-10am).  Please email admin@ebbisham.com for more information/booking or alternatively call 01372 720647.

Sustainable Epsom and Ewell Eco Coffee Morning

The first Sustainable Epsom and Ewell Eco Coffee Morning Event for 2022 takes place on Monday, 28th February at All Things Nice. The focus will be on cycling and active travel and there’ll be speakers from local groups and the Council. There’ll be  opportunity for open discussion regarding barriers to cycling locally along with potential solutions, and how to increase the use of active travel modes in our borough to improve air quality and reduce our environmental impact.

For more details and to register interest go to the Facebook page.

February Epsom Market Days 

Here are the dates of the specialised markets taking place in February:

Courses

Creative Writing Group for wellbeing

On now!

The Mary Frances Trust is a mental wellbeing charity for adults (16+) living in Surrey. It’s running an ongoing writing group to help attendees achieve greater feelings of wellbeing and support them in finding inspiration and motivation for writing.

The free course currently runs at the Brickfield Centre but between 17 Feb and 31 March, the group will be run at Epsom Methodist Church (11-13 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5AQ).
Register on the website www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk then book your place by contacting their office at info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk or 01372 372 400 or texting 07929 024722.

Hypnobirthing Essentials Course

On February 2nd and 9th February (7.30pm – 9.30pm), Rachel at Barefoot Birthing, is running a one-off Hypnobirthing Essentials Short Course online (via Zoom).

It’s a great opportunity to learn Hypnobirthing tools and techniques for all births over a condensed 4 hours. The course is ideal for second time Hypnobirthing parents seeking a refresher, parents in the later stages of pregnancy, or parents who have done another antenatal course and feel something is missing.

The cost is £120. To find out more and book your place go here.

Is you Teen Completing Their Duke of Edinburgh Programme?

Grow Cook Enjoy is a Duke of Edinburgh Approved Activity Provider (AAP) and can deliver a programme to help your teen achieve their goal and learn fantastic life skills. Once they have completed the course, as APP Grow Cook Enjoy will complete an assessor report to complete their D of E.

Teaching the basics of cooking plus adapting these skills for more adventurous recipes, this is a rolling course that is completed 12 weeks from your start date.

Online class – Tuesdays 6.30pm and Wednesdays 5.30pm.

Wandgas Cricket Club – Adult Training 

Wandgas Cricket Club‘s weekly winter training sessions for adults are running until 25th March. The two hour sessions (6.30pm-8.30pm) take place at Shrewbury House School and cost £7 each.

More details above and on the website: https://wandgas.play-cricket.com/home

Other

Local Athletes Invited To Apply For Support From GLL Sport Foundation

GLL – the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise – is showing its commitment to improving health, wellbeing and opportunity in the communities it works in. It is supporting the next generation of athletes via The GLL Sport Foundation.

The foundation provides athletes across 65 areas of the UK with financial help, physiotherapy, a ‘Better’ Gym membership and more.

Athletes from the Epsom and Ewell area are encouraged to apply for the programme. The deadline for applications is February, 20th. Find out more here.

Wellington boots needed 

Instead of throwing worn-out Wellington boots out, please bring them to Bourne Hall Ewell to be recycled for Herald of Spring! ♻️🌼Donated boots will be painted and reused for both plant pots and the treasure hunt.

Bring unwanted wellies to Bourne Hall reception at any time from now until a week before the event. They’ll be gratefully received. For more info on the event go to: http://ow.ly/sFTC50HQtWz

One to Visit

Check out Dee’s blog on the new Jumpin Trampoline and Climbing Park in Esher here.

Coming Up

Herald of Spring returns to Bourne Hall 

Herald of Spring at Bourne Hall returns on Saturday 12, March (9.30am to 5pm).

This year’s extravaganza is all about sustainability, reusing, replanting and recycling – as well as all the little things we can do to cut down on waste and protect the environment.
Take part in their scarecrow competition, make good use of pre-loved and recycled materials in a Womble-themed pageant to win prizes. There’ll be arts, crafts, activities, a gift market and more.
Scarecrow competition – Scarecrows must be brought to Bourne Hall on Wednesday, 9th March and will be judged by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell. Full details here.

Make Your Own “Tray Garden” Competition

 

Could you be the next Capability Brown? Make your own picturesque garden in a tray for this competition, which is open to all children including school gardening clubs.

Gardens must be brought to Bourne Hall on Thursday, 10th and Friday, 11th of March and will be judged by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell on the day of the event. For full details go to their Facebook page.

For more information about competitions, please contact David Brooks at Bourne Hall Museum on dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or phone 020 8394 1734.

Big Hopes Big Future – Home Start 

Home Start’s  Big Hopes Big Future is a national programme of support to help children make the most of their start in early years education. They’ll be running 4 FREE sessions at Epsom Methodist Church starting on Friday 11th March. Details above. Email Cara at emcnursery@hotmail.co.uk

The Five Guys Dance-a-thon and Bootcamp in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (supported by Asda Burgh Heath) returns on Saturday, 26th March at Blenheim School.

Join them for an afternoon of fun and fitness by booking your place on either the two-hour dance-a-thon (£15) or the one-hour fun outdoor boot camp (£10). This is a fun event open to anyone of any ability.

Follow the link to their Just Giving page where you will find all the details on the event and how to book by donating: https://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Samman2

Further information/enquiries: Michelle Samman 07958 584289

Rotary showcase

Epsom Rotary is holding the Epsom and Ewell Showcase, a charity event starring the best acts that Epsom and Ewell has to offer. All profits will go to local charities.

Come and see talented local performers at the Epsom Playhouse on Tuesday, 19th April at 7.30pm. For more details and booking visit the Epsom and Ewell Rotary Club website.

 

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning – Race Night

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning is holding a fundraising race night on Friday, April 29th at the Epsom Club, Church Street.

Tickets are £10 each, which includes a buffet; you can become an owner or jockey for a chance to win a cash prize. More details above. Email neildallen@hotmail.co.uk to be an owner or jockey or with any sponsorship enquiries.

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Have a great Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Imbolc and anything else that you might be celebrating. If you need any further half term inspiration, check out Dee’s review of Jump in Esher.

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 12 and my twin daughters are aged nine.

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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