Posted by Francesca De Franco on 12 Jan 2024

I hope you’ve had a smashing start to 2024 🎉 ! There are still many events to come this month:

Board Games Afternoon @ St Mary’s Church 

St Mary’s is hosting a board games afternoon on Saturday, 13th January (2-5pm) in Ewell Hall. Full details on the flyer.

Bourne Hall Kids Club Museum 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back two thousand years in time, to when the whole known world was ruled by the mighty Roman Empire? Have you ever wondered how their food tasted, the feel of wearing their clothes, what their language sounded like, and the look—and smell! Of their buildings?

A visit from the Butser IX Legion will bring the Roman world alive for you on Saturday, 13th January (1pm to 2.30pm). Find out what a Roman schoolchild had to learn, try on Roman armour, and if you are tough enough, undergo Roman army training: all orders in Latin (which you’ll learn).

Cost is £5 per child. For further information and booking, contact: David Brooks: 0208 394 1734 /

CrossFit Epsom Open Day

CrossFit Epsom is excited to announce its Open Day from 12pm on Saturday, 13th January.

What To Expect:

FREE 20 Minute Workout
Introduction To Weightlifting
Meet And Greet With Coaches
Nutritional Information with Qualified Nutritionist
1 FREE Coffee

The introductory workout can be scaled for everyone to enjoy whether you’re a seasoned athlete or completely new to fitness, all are welcome in the space of CrossFit. To book, click here.

Positive Parenting Workshop 

There’s a one-off workshop based on the 10-week Parenting Puzzle Programme taking place at Epsom Methodist Church on Tuesday, 16th January (10am-12pm). Further details on flyer. To book email Cara Golding at

Indoor Football Tournament 

Neat & Chelsea Foundation will is hosting a football tournament every Wednesday night at Glyn School starting from Wednesday, 17th January (5:30pm- 7:15pm). It’s for boys and girls aged 11-16 and it’s just £1 entry.

A great opportunity for your child to showcase their skills! For more details go here.

Epsom & Ewell Employment and Skills Hub

Starting Thursday, January 18th, the Epsom & Ewell Employment and Skills Hub will be at Ewell Library every other Thursday at 2pm.

The Hub will provide assistance with CV writing, career path advice, using and setting up LinkedIn, training courses, mentoring and job search advice. All free.


Epsom & Ewell Through Time at The Horton 

On Friday, 19th January (2pm), join Jeremy Harte, historian and curator of Bourne Hall Museum on a photographic journey comparing archive images of what the borough looked like years ago with modern pictures.

With fascinating photographs as a focus, Jeremy will share his wide knowledge of the development of Epsom & Ewell and answer questions from the audience.

Jeremy Harte is author of the book Epsom & Ewell Through Time and will be available to sign copies, after the talk. For more details and booking, go to:

Band of The Coldstream Guards at Epsom Playhouse 

On Friday, 19th January, the Playhouse plays host to the world famous Band of the Coldstream Guards direct from Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

The band is the oldest attested military band in the country dating back to May 1785. Today it is arguably one of the best Armed Forces Military Bands in the world. Recent duties have seen the band taking centre stage on Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Procession in London and King Charles III’s Coronation.

For more details and booking go to:

Sam Avery – How Not To Be a Terrible Parent at Epsom Playhouse 


How Not To Be a Terrible Parent is the hilarious new stand-up show from award-winning comedian and best-selling author Sam Avery. It’s coming to Epsom Playhouse on Saturday, 20th January (8pm).

This is a show for anyone who’s ever:

● Stolen chocolate from a minor
● Wished their kid had a mute button
● Treated a trip to the toilet as a mini spa weekend

Over 16s only. For more information and booking go to:

Ginistry Quiz Night 

The Ginistry Quiz Night is back on Thursday, 25th January (from 6pm). This is a free event with a £30 voucher to use at the bar for the winning team!

Book now via this link in up to groups of 6 (maximum). Name yourselves after your favourite bottle of wine.

Dungeons and Dragons at Epsom Library 

Head to Epsom library for a Dungeons and Dragons starter session on Thursday, 25th January at 5-7pm or Saturday, 27th January at 2-4pm. Recommended age 15+.

Sign up at Epsom Library or email

Funkytown 70s Disco Night at The Horton  


Turn your back on chilly January and turn up the heat for a full-on, all-out 70s party night on Friday, 26th January (7.45pm).

Join DJ Kobbie on a trip to Funkytown, playing the best tracks from the 1970s for a night of disco dancing in The Horton’s atmospheric Performance Space. Grab those flares and sequins and get into the groove….dressing up tickets are cheaper!

For more details and booking, go to:

Comedy Club at Epsom Playhouse

The Comedy Club is one of the most recognised and respected names in the comedy industry and over the years have worked across the UK and abroad with the best of the best.  They have hand-picked some of their favourite five-star laughter-makers in the UK and brought them together for you in one full show, which is appearing at Epsom Playhouse on Friday, 26th January (7.30pm).

Be prepared, get buckled up and get ready for one of the funniest nights of your life! We will bring 4 top comedians right to your doorstep here in Epsom. Let’s have a night of pure comedy and non-stop laughs.

For more details and booking go to: 


Short Stories Tall Tales at The Horton 

The Horton is delighted to be welcoming back Short Stories Tall Tales in 2024. These imaginative 45-minute storytelling sessions are a great way to introduce your little ones to live performance. The first one –  🎪 The Big Top – is on Friday, 26th January (11.30am and 1.30pm).

For more details and booking go to:

The Big Fantasy Quiz @ Ewell Library 

Immerse yourself in magical realms at Ewell Library’s FREE Fantasy Quiz!

📅 Date: Sat, 27th Jan 2024
⏰ Time: 2PM
📍 Location: Ewell Library

Gather your team of 4-6 for an epic battle (ages 15+ welcome!). Winning means local prizes and a spot on the national scoreboard. Geek out in enchanting attire; a spellbinding adventure awaits!

To register your team, contact the library desk or email:

Brandy Alexander Day at Be at One Epsom 

Celebrate National Brandy Alexander Day on Wednesday, January 31st at Be at One Epsom. Join them for a night of indulgence with £6 Brandy Alexander’s all night long. Sip on this classic blend of brandy, dark cacao, and cream – the perfect way to kick off the year in style!

Coming up

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 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: 

Have a great rest of the month and see you for the February 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 -

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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