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THE JULY LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 30 Jun 2023

☀️The count down to the school summer holidays begins! We’ve got details on plenty of summer camps to book now to keep the kids entertained over the six weeks holiday plus all the info on everything else happening in and around the area this month.

Banstead Rotary Village Fair

It’s the Banstead Rotary Village Fair on Saturday, 1st July (10.30am-3pm). The free event will have lots of local organisations presenting, live music, stalls, sideshows, games, a BBQ and bar and a performance from the Banstead Show Choir.

Stoneleigh Library Lego Club 

Lego

Stoneleigh Library’s next Lego club is on Saturday, 1st July (10.30am-11.30am) and this month’s theme is amazing mazes and treasure hunts. Booking essential as places are limited. You can book in person at the library or email: stlibraryops@gmail.com.

Dungeons & Dragons – Session Zero @ Ewell Library

Ewell library

Are you looking for a creative outlet? Interested in meeting new people? Do you have a bored teenager at home or perhaps are just looking to rekindle an old hobby?

Ewell Library is running Session Zero of Dungeons & Dragons on Saturday, 1st of July at 12pm; suitable for teenagers (12+) and adults alike.

This session will be used to talk about character creation, and help familiarise you with the game, as well as speak as a group about what kind of adventure you would like to play first.

You may wish to bring a pen/pencil, notebook and some dice. But these can be provided on the day.

Please confirm your interest/attendance via email, or at the desk 2pm, Friday 30th of June – ewell.library@surreycc.gov.uk

Sustainable Epsom and Ewell Eco Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third Sustainable Epsom and Ewell Eco Fair is taking place on Saturday, 1st July (10am-2pm) at St Martin of Tours Church, Epsom.

This event showcases the many ‘green’ local groups, charities and small businesses all working towards a better environment for residents. This is an opportunity to meet like minded people and learn about some of the key environmental issues in our Borough and what to do about them. The event is free for all and will include children’s activities.

There is also a competition for primary school aged children to create a poster or write a poem about pollinators (see poster above).

More details on the website: www.SustainableEpsomEwell.co.uk

Ewell Grove Summer Fair 2023

The Ewell Grove School Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday, 1st July (12-3pm).

There’ll be a bouncy castle and Exotic Animal Encounter experience this year, as well as all the usual fun such as face-painting, hair sparkles, glitter tattoos, class stalls, crafts, teacher-run games, a BBQ, plus refreshments and ice cream!

They also have their fabulous Summer Grand Draw with fantastic prizes donated by local
businesses.

Music Theory Workshop – The Ultimate Voice

Have you ever wondered: what is musical notation? Did you know a quaver isn’t just a cheesy snack? Do you know your treble clef from your bass clef?

Join Roz at The Ultimate Voice for a music theory workshop on Saturday, 1st July in Ashtead to find answers to all those questions and more. To book your place, please visit: https://www.theultimatevoice.org/box-office/

Happy’s Circus at West Ashtead Primary School 

Circus

Happy’s Circus is coming to West Ashtead Primary School on Sunday, July 2nd (gates open 11.30am).

Enjoy an amazing 90-minute circus show from world-class performers including professional acrobats, aerialists, magicians and clowns, plus lots of fun surprises.

• Yr 5 Summer Fair & Food/Bar 11.30am-1.30pm

• Circus Show 2-4pm

All funds raised will be going towards their new outdoor play and development project. Tickets only £10 (U2s on laps are free) Get tickets here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/FOWA

Meadow Summer Fair 

The Meadow Summer Fair on Sunday, 2nd July (12-4pm) boasts a huge inflatable obstacle course as well as a bouncy castle, games, stalls, BBQ, bar and much, much more!

Epsom and Ewell Art Group – Summer Exhibition 

Summer art exhibition

Epsom and Ewell Art Group is holding its summer exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate (Dorking) from Monday, 3rd July to Sunday, 16th July (9.30am-5pm).

Parking and entry are free. For more information, visit: https://epsomandewellartgroup.com

Speech and Language Stay and Play Sessions 

Speech and Language Stay and Play Sessions at Epsom Downs Family Centre continue into July and take place on Monday, 3rd July and Monday, 10th July (9.30am-10.45am).

To discuss if this is the right group for you and your child please call Epsom Family Centre on 01737 851079.

Simply Greek Charity Dinner for Age Concern 

Head down to Simply Greek on Tuesday, 4th July (7pm) for an evening of authentic and delicious Greek food and to raise funds Age Concern Epsom & Ewell.

To book, visit: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/Simplygreeknight

Simply Greek: 26 South Street, Epsom, KT18 7PF

Craft and Chat Workshop @ The Horton

Join Out of Sight, Out of Mind? for a relaxing mid-week break on Wednesday, 5th July (10am-1pm) at The Horton for some therapeutic ceramic flower painting and explore the site where they will plant their 900 ceramic flowers for World Mental Health Day.

Rosebery School – Open Evening 

Rosebery

It’s the Rosebery School Open Evening on Thursday, 6th July. Welcome talks will take place at 5pm, 5.45pm and 6.30pm.

No booking is required. For more information about this and other open events go to: https://www.roseberyschool.co.uk/49/open-events

Short Stories Tall Tales @ The Horton, Epsom

Friday 7th July, 11:30am and 1:30pm a live, sensory first theatre experience from Short Stories Tall Tales. Hannah Summers brings classic, modern and original stories to life. Immerse your little ones imaginations through live performance, fully interactive role-play, props, music and creative drama. An exciting adventure into stories and exploration through the senses.  More info and tickets here.

Also read Juliet’s blog review here and find out about more events coming up at The Horton this month.

Dreams of Fleetwood Mac @ Epsom Playhouse

One of the UK’s top, and some say most authentic, Fleetwood Mac Tribute Shows comes to the Epsom Playhouse on Friday, 7th July.

UK Fleetwood Mac are a high calibre, professional and polished band of experienced and accomplished musicians who have come together to recreate the sound, look and feel of the legendary band itself. All seven professional members play live and unadulterated, dedicated to delivering a show as close to the real thing as possible.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/dreams-fleetwood-mac

Glyn School – Open Evening

The Glyn School Open Evening for prospective Year 7 (entry September 2024) is taking place on Thursday, 6th July (4.30pm-7.30pm).

The Head of School welcome talks will take place at: 4.45pm, 5.45pm and 6.45pm.

For more details on this and other open events visit: https://www.glynschool.org/9078/open-events

Beats & Bubbles @ The Derby Arms 

Get ready to groove to some great beats and sip on your favourite bubbles at the Beats & Bubbles event at the Derby Arms. Head down on Friday, July 7th (and every Friday until September) for the ultimate Friday night party with the talented DJ Steve Facey who’ll be playing house music and old school R&B.

There’ll also be some exclusive deals on your favourite bubbles to make your night even more enjoyable.

Book your FREE tickets here for an unforgettable night of music, drinks and fun!

Epsom Fire Station Open Day 

Calling all residents in Epsom 🚨 Epsom Fire Station is rolling open the shutters for their open day on Saturday July, 8th. 

Head along to the station between midday and 3pm to take a look at the station, watch demonstrations, meet the crews and see our vehicles!

The station will be open early between 11am – 12pm for our SEN families ONLY! Information can be found on the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page here.  If you can’t make this date Walton Fire Station are holding their Open Day on Saturday July, 15th.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Victorian Seaside  

The next Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is on Saturday, July 8th (1pm-2.30pm) and is all about the Victorian Seaside. Head down to discover how the seaside holiday developed in the Victorian era and what it meant for the rich and the working classes.

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

Grevfest – The Grenville Primary School 

It’s FREE entry to The Grenville Primary  School’s Grevfest on Saturday, 8th July (12-14pm).

There’ll be games, prizes , bouncy castle and Zorbing alongside a bar, BBQ, market stalls and more!

ATC July Skills Workshops 

ATC is running two skills workshops in July: on Tuesday, 11th July and Tuesday, 18th July (4.30pm-6pm). These are a great opportunity for children to get more time focusing on specific skills. The workshops will consist of lots of drill work and they will also get the chance to practice the full skill supported by a coach.

Places fill up very quickly on these workshops so places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Head Coach Justine to book on:

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

Cuddington Beer Festival 

The 2nd Cuddington Beer Festival is taking place on Friday, 14th July (6pm-10pm) and Saturday, 15th July (12pm-4pm & 6pm-10.30pm).

There’ll be a selection of over 45 ales and 25 ciders to choose from alongside a range of food options on the BBQ. Live music and entertainment will create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a pint with your family and friends. Plenty of outdoor seating with shelter will be available.

Tickets for 3 sessions will be available, including an afternoon family friendly session with entertainment for the kids. Go to their Facebook page for more information and updates.

Ewell Village Fair 

Ewell village fair

☔️🌬 EVENT UPDATE:
Event will now take place in and around St Marys Church. There will still be stalls, BBQ, Beer tent, cakes, Tombola, Grand Draw etc plus Punch and Judy and Morris men.
⭐️ FREE ENTRY from 10am

The Ewell Village Fair will be taking place on Saturday, 15th July (10.30am-4pm) at Ewell Castle School.

Admission: £2.50, under 12s go free. For the latest details go to their Facebook page.

Walton Fire Station Open Day

Walton Fire Station is rolling open the shutters for their open day on Saturday, 15th July!

Head along to the station between 11am and 4pm to take a look at the station, watch demonstrations, meet the crews and see our vehicles!

The station will be open early between 10am – 11am for children with SEN and their families.  Information can be found on the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page here.

Music In Nork Park 2023 

This free to attend event (donation on the gates) on Sunday, 16th July is a great music event for all the family to enjoy and raises money for great local causes.

Entrance is from 11.00am with main stage performances starting at 11.30am. There’ll be great acts to enjoy throughout the day, bar, foods stalls, fairground rides and side attractions. Fun for all the family.

Keep and eye on their Facebook page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/musicnorkpark

The Secret Garden Outdoor Theatre Production  

The Stamford Green PTA are thrilled to announce a summer family event taking place on the school field. On Sunday, 16th July at 4pm an outdoor theatre company called Chapterhouse will perform to families, friends and the local community an adapted production of The Secret Garden.

Tickets are £11, with children under 2 free. For more information and booking go to the Sessami website here.

YMCA Parent Workshop

Are you a parent or caregiver with a child in school Years 5-7? The transition from primary to secondary school can be a challenging time for children and parents alike, but YMCA East Surrey’s upcoming online workshop can help.

Join the YMCA East Surrey Community Wellbeing Team on Wednesday, July 19th (6.30pm-7.30pm) for an informative and supportive session on how to navigate this transition and support your child during this time. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions and discuss with other parents.

For more details and booking of this free event, click here.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid @ Epsom Playhouse  

The Sutton Theatre Company presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Wednesday 19thSaturday, 22nd July at Epsom Playhouse.

Join Sutton Theatre Company ‘Under the Sea’ for the much-loved Disney classic about everyone’s favourite mermaid, Ariel. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular fairy tales and the animated film, ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ is a timeless love story featuring memorable songs including ‘Part of Your World’, ‘Kiss the Girl’ and many more!

For booking and further details go to the website.

Charity Race Night at Well House Inn 

Charity race night

Head down to Well House Inn on Friday, 21st July (first race at 7.30pm) for another one of their fantastic fun charity race nights in the garden. They will be raising money for The Dyscover Charity, which provides long term support to people with Aphasia and their families.

Further details above. Pre-booking only – 01737 830640 Email: info@thewellhouseinn.co.uk

Godstone Farm’s Hay Down Hoe Down  

Godstone farm

Head down to Godstone Farm from Saturday, 22nd July until Sunday, 3rd September for Wild West themed adventures!

Join in the line dancing lessons, learn to lasso like a pro with lasso lessons, as well as rustling up your best shot at Wiglet’s Ranch. Budding cowboys and cowgirls can visit the Craft Barn to create their own cowboy hat and cactus, plus have a go at horseshoe throwing.

There’ll also be the usual interactive animal activities (and over 500 lovely animals), a huge adventure playground, the newly opened Play Barn (find out more here), farm trail, pond walk, dinosaur trail, sandpits and extensive outdoor play.

Book online for the best priced tickets:

Mamma Mia! ABBA Outdoor Cinema Experience at Polesden Lacey  

ABBA

On Saturday, July 22nd, head to Polesden Lacey for an amazing outdoor cinema experience in the stunning grounds with a showing of Mamma Mia!

There’ll be music from the 70s & 80s to enjoy before the film with a soundtrack of disco and party classics.

Gates open at 8pm with the film starting shortly after sunset (approximately 9.30pm).

Bring a blanket or camping chair. For full event info go to: www.adventurecinema.co.uk/venues/polesden-lacey

The King’s Church – Summer Breeze 

Summer Breeze

The King’s Church Summer Breeze is taking place on Sunday, 23rd July (1pm-3pm). Everything is free including barbecue, refreshments and fun and games for the whole family. Everyone is welcome! More information above and at: https://www.facebook.com/KingsChurchEpsom

Complimentary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray

Complimentary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray is back at All Things Nice in Ewell on Monday, 24th July (8.30-4.15pm) for another in person card reading. Sessions are £15 for a 10 minute reading and £25 for 20 minutes.

“Card reading can be a great tool for critical self-reflection helping you to examine your decisions, actions, thoughts and beliefs. They can also help you gain clarity on your thoughts and feelings, which can be helpful in the therapeutic process.”

For more information visit: www.christinemichelemurray.com Email: eftcmm@gmail.com or call 07840 240454.

Hobbledown Hullabaloo

New for this summer is Hobbledown Hullabaloo. This festival of fabulous fun runs from Monday, 24th of July to Sunday, 3rd of September.

Unleash your imagination in this enchanting summer extravaganza, where kids are encouraged to go out into the great outdoors, get messy, and get creative. The line-up includes:

Powdered paint dancing
Spectacular science experiments
Bubble fun
Water games
and more!

Full details at: https://www.hobbledown.com/epsom/whats-on/who-s-up-for-a-hobbledown-hullabaloo/

Tudor Spies Craft Workshop – Epsom Library 

Epsom Library is hosting a Tudor Spies Craft Workshop on Tuesday, July 25th (11am-12pm).

Book at the Library desk or via email: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk (children need to be accompanied by an adult).

Summer Fun at Tattenhams Community Library 

Tattenhams Community Library’s Summer Fun Programme begins on Wednesday, 26th July (2pm-3.30pm) and kicks off with craft workshop and holiday games.

Book early to avoid disappointment by using the QR code above or visiting the listing on Eventbrite.

Junior Badminton Workshops 

Ebbisham Sports Club’s Junior Badminton Workshops are a fun way to learn more about badminton for children and improve their game. The first summer one is running between Wednesday, 26th July and Friday, 28th July (10am-12pm).

The sessions will consist of:

• Fun warm up games
• Footwork drills to help improve speed, agility, balance etc.
• Specific shot practise
• Singles and Doubles matches
• Team games

For more information contact admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com

Family Fridays @ Epsom Marketplace 

Save the dates! Go Epsom’s Family Friday’s Are Back starting on Friday, 28th July and every Friday until 25th August. Family Fun in the marketplace featuring Dinosaurs, Magic, Hooplas, Circus skills and an amazing show by Hikapee.

Ice Cream Sunday @ St Mary’s Ewell 

Are you thinking about what to do with the kids in the Summer hols? Why not head down to Ice Cream Sunday at St Mary’s, Ewell on Sunday, July 30th (3-5pm).

For children 0-7, there’ll be fun, games and of course ice cream! Limited space so please book in advance by calling or emailing as above or booking via Eventbrite here (*slightly more expensive via Eventbrite).

Merland Rise Kids Summer Workshops

Merland Rise is running a series of kids workshops on Mondays (9.30am-12.15pm) throughout the summer for £6 or less to offer something you can do with the kids that provides a few hours of fun without spending very much! The first one (Arts & Crafts led by the BHive Arts & Kits) is on Monday, 31st July. 

Their café will also be running a ‘Kids eat for £1 with any adult meal’ deal throughout the summer too!

More information on the activities happening here.

Visit the website www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk to book your spaces.

Book now!

Baby Sensory Sessions 

Baby sensory

Bookings are now open for the Summer sessions starting in July. Classes are held in Stoneleigh and in Epsom!

Baby Sensory provides ideas for creative play, massage, tummy time, movement, visual development, textures, scents and music in simple practical ways that can be easily repeated at home.

A combination of original and traditional songs and rhymes are used to develop early speech and language skills, and sensory signing activities to help you and your baby communicate from birth.

Book now at: www.babysensory.com/epsom or email Cindy at epsom@babysensory.co.uk

Realistic Music Academy – Summer Workshops 

Realistic Music Academy

The popular Realistic Music Academy summer workshops (for 7-17 year-olds) are back and running from Monday, 24th July to Friday 28th July & Monday, 31st July to Friday, 4th August.

Form a band, write a song, make new friends, and play live in this week-long summer holiday workshop. £199 for 5 days. For more information and booking visit the website here.

Try-Sport Summer Camps


The popular TRY-SPORT CAMPS are back this summer at Ebbisham Sports Club and will be run on various dates throughout the school holidays from 9.00am-3.30pm.

Monday 24 July

Monday 31 July
Monday 7 August
Monday 14 August
Tuesday 15 August
Wednesday 16th August
Monday 21st August
Tuesday 22nd August
Wednesday 23rd August
Tuesday 29th August

Try-Sport 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. Children will learn new sports skills, make friends and grow their confidence!

Cost – Members: £32 / Non-Members: £35 (10% discount will be applied to one booking when two siblings are registered). Non-members are very welcome, and children are encouraged to bring a friend.

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

You will find more Summer Camps over on Kat’s blog here.

The Ultimate Voice – Summer Singing Lessons 

The Ultimate Voice Summer Singing Sessions (2nd August, 9th August, 16th August) are almost fully booked, so if you want to book but the dates/times shown aren’t available, please email: roz@theultimatevoice.org to see if an alternative can be arranged.

Lessons can be booked here: https://www.theultimatevoice.org/box-office/

Grow Cook Enjoy Holiday Workshops 

Grow Cook Enjoy is running two great workshops over the summer, which can be booked as a half day or full day and are suitable for children aged 5-12 years.

The Ocean Splash Children’s Holiday Workshop is running on Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday, 16th August. For more details and booking go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops//2023/8/15/oceantheme

The Movie Themed Holiday Workshop is running on Tuesday, 22nd and Wednesday, 23rd August. For more details and booking go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops/2023/8/22/movieworkshop 

Happy Circus at Meadow Primary School 

Meadow PTFA is delighted to announce a brand-new event in its fundraising calendar.

Happy’s Circus will be rolling into town on Thursday, 12th October (5-8pm) and bringing their colourful big top tent to the school field for a fun packed family show.

Each show provides seating for 600 people and is hosted by the Ring Mistress and Clown, introducing acrobats, aerialists, speciality acts, magic and lots of audience participation with loads of fun and much, much more.

Tickets go on sale Monday, 3rd July at 8pm
https://www.pta-events.co.uk/meadowptfa/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=64501

You can see a sneak peak of what to expect here: https://youtu.be/Iu59rGEFXVM

 

⛱ Have a great July!

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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