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THE JULY LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 30 Jun 2022

☀️Summer Solstice has come and gone, which means summer is in full swing; it already feels like the countdown to the school holidays has begun.

There is lots happening this month from summer fairs and quiz nights to workshops and concerts; here’s the rundown….

Fundraiser Friday – Fiver for the foodbank

As the cost of living rises the use of the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank is rising too. With this in mind, Epsom and Ewell Families and café All Things Nice have decided to put on a mini fundraiser on Friday, 1st July.

Simply pop into All Things Nice at any point between 8.30am and 4.30pm and either: donate a fiver or donate five items. You can find a list of the items required and more details here.

For more information about the foodbank visit https://epsomewell.foodbank.org.uk

Summer Holiday Camps

Check out our latest blog on some of the Summer Holiday Clubs running in the area.  Info can be found here.

Banstead Village Fair

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Support local community businesses and have fun with the family at the Banstead Village Fair on Saturday, July 2nd (10.00 am to 3.00 pm). It’ll take place along Banstead High Street with the hub being The Orchard (All Saints Church).

There’ll be High Street entertainment, shop front competitions, children’s trails with prizes, singers, a magician and more…

For the latest details go to their Facebook page.

The Heart & Soul Choir – We Sing for Ukraine 

The Heart & Soul Choir is fundraising for Surrey Stands with Ukraine on Saturday, 2nd July. There are two performances in The Ashley Centre at 11am and 12.30pm (at Surrey Stands with Ukraine – SSWU shop) with further performances at the Wetherspoons, Metro Bank and the Barley Mow pub.

See flyer above for more details as well as the website.

Ewell Grove Summer Fair

Saturday, July 12.30pm – 3.30pm all money raised from the event is going towards a new sports/play area for the school.

BlackBox Theatre Company at The Horton

Following their critically acclaimed tours of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party in 2021, BlackBox Theatre Company are appearing at The Horton (Epsom) on Saturday, July 2nd (8pm; doors open at 7pm) with their latest show.

Set in 1984, Bouncers tells the story of a Northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dance floor. Expect plenty of 80s classics and sharp one-liners. To see the full synopsis and to book tickets, go here.

Wildlife Aid Foundation – Open Weekend 

The Wildlife Aid Foundation in Leatherhead is having an open weekend Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July (10am-5pm). This is the foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year with all proceeds going towards the care and rehabilitation of the thousands of animal emergencies they respond to.

Make sure you purchase your hospital tour tickets (£3) in advance, to guarantee a spot. More information above. For tickets and more details go to: https://bit.ly/OpenWeekend2022

Epsom Racecourse Antiques and Collectables Fair

The antiques and collectibles fair at Epsom racecourse returns on Tuesday, 5th JulyEpsom Racecourse Antiques And Collectables Fair with up to 200 stands. Admission is £3; under 16s are free.

Evita @ The Epsom Playhouse

The award winning Leatherhead Operatic Society are back with Evita which charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Running from Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th July 2022.  Ticket start at £18.  More information on the website here.

Calligraphy Workshop 

 

The Friends of Oakfield Junior School are collaborating with Stacy Oakley of Socalligraphy.co.uk to bring a fantastic calligraphy workshop event on Thursday,  7th July (from 7pm).

Stacy will be teaching the basics of brush pen calligraphy, showing the key strokes you need to make up most of the lower case alphabet, with some time at the end to copy some prints.

In addition you’ll receive a high quality tom-bow brush pen to take home to continue your practice. The event is open to everyone and all profits go directly to fundraising for Oakfield Junior School.

Book your place here: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BQZE

Little Saints Pre-School Quiz Night 

Little Saints Pre-School quiz night is on Friday, 8th July. They’re welcoming current and previous parents, families and friends and anyone who else would like to join from the local community for an evening of fun!

It’s teams of up to six and £5 per ticket. Email info@littlesaints-preschool.com for tickets and for more information go to their Facebook page.

 

Tadworth Primary School – Family Funday

The Tadworth Primary School Fun Day is taking place on Saturday, July 9th (12-4pm). Enjoy the shopping village, bouncy castle, live music, family sports and more. Food and drink also available on the day.

Music at St Martin’s, Epsom 

St Martin’s Come and Sing Rossini event on Saturday, 9th July (performance starts at 6pm), promises to be a fun afternoon of singing and meeting new friends. Be part of this summer party at St Martin’s as they celebrate glorious Italian music with this entertaining and beautiful Operatorio.

For more information visit: https://www.stmartinsepsom.org/ 

Shawley Children’s Market 

Shawley Children’s Market is run by children for children and is taking place on Saturday, 9th July (12-2pm).

As well as all the childrens’ stalls, fundraisers will be running a refreshment stall and BBQ selling burgers, hot dogs, hot and cold drinks and snacks. There will also be a raffle to win some Apple Air Pods.

Do you have a young budding entrepreneur who’d like to run their own business for the day? If so, they can sign up for their own stall. All the details about the event and sign up can be found here.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – The Tudor Stillroom and Pharmacy

Discover life in a Tudor Pharmacy at Kids Club on Saturday, July 9th (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! Looking 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

Meadow Primary Summer Fair

Meadow Primary in Stoneleigh has its summer fair on Sunday, 10th July (12.pm-4pm).  Expect lots of fun including bouncy castle, face painting and a licensed bar.

St John’s, Stoneleigh Summer Fair 

St John’s Church in Stoneleigh has its summer fair on Saturday, 16th July (10.30am-3pm). There’ll be plenty on offer including children’s books and toys, jewellery, toiletries, wooden crafts and pottery; cakes and fudge plus refreshments from St. John’s cafe.

For further information visit: https://church.stjohnsstoneleigh.org.uk/calendar/

Epsom Methodist Church Summer Special 

Epsom Methodist Church’s next Messy Church will be a Summer Special Party on Saturday, July 16th (3-5pm) with ice cream, a bouncy castle and disco.

You can sign up for the free event here:  https://www.epsommethodistchurch.org.uk/Groups/354429/Messy_Church.aspx

Music in Nork Park 

Music In Nork Park, proudly supported by Sacha Scott Estate Agents, is happening on Sunday, 17th July in Nork Park, Banstead.

This event is supporting Epsom & Ewell Foodbank and there are some great raffle prizes to be won. Start time is 12.00pm and there will lots going on for the whole family to enjoy. For more details of the acts and entertainment visit their Facebook page.

The Friends of West Ashtead Summer Fair

The Friends of West Ashtead summer fair will take place between 11.00am and 2.30pm on Sunday, July 17th. Fun for all the family, there will be live music, food, games, artisan market and entertainment.

https://www.west-ashtead.surrey.sch.uk/

Chalk Lane to World’s End – Summer Walks 

The first of Bourne Hall’s programme of guided local summer walks for all the family is on Wednesday, July 20th (2pm).

From Madan’s Walk to Worlds End, enjoy walking around this fascinating part of old Epsom. Discover Highgate House and its resident ghost together with other grand houses including Maidstone House and Woodcote House. See the Durden’s, home to Lord Rosebery and visited by Charles 11 also Edward V11, hear about Frederick Prince of Wales son of George11 and father of George 111 who lived there. Learn about the influence of the Northey family. Discover pubs past and present and the impact that both World Wars had on this tranquil part of town.

Walks cost £5 per person and are limited to 20 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks – tel: 020 8394 1734 or email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

* Meet at the pond in Rosebery Park, KT18 5AT.

Heart of Epsom – Summer Walks 

The second of Bourne Hall’s programme of guided local summer walks for all the family is on Tuesday, July 26th (2pm).

See beneath Epsom’s genteel surface and stroll around its ancient centre discovering on your way the dark deeds, wrongdoings and ghosts of days gone past. Hear tales about Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the even more wicked Lord Lyttleton. Relive the time when Epsom’s spa was at the height of fashion and decide for yourself if you would have liked to visit and spend a night in the town. Visited by Charles 11 and lived in by his son the Duke of Northumberland Hear about the towns crazy bone setter. Later home to George 1V when Prince of Wales. Come and be haunted by ghostly stories and visit the haunted clock tower. Discover the not so ancient past and see where rioting soldiers led to the death of a brave local policeman.

Walks cost £5 per person and are limited to 20 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks – tel: 020 8394 1734 or email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

* Meet at the Clock Tower, Epsom KT19 8EB

Nonsuch Park and Palace

The final of Bourne Hall’s programme of guided local summer walks for July (they continue in August) is on Thursday, July 28th (2pm).

Enjoy a guided walk around Nonsuch Park and explore the history of the beautiful landscape. See where the original palace once stood and how it dominated the local area. From the ruins of the banqueting hall, hear stories of luxurious palaces, ambitious royalty, lost churches and lingering ghosts. Listen to tales of battles and discover how warfare has touched this ancient landscape. Discover which famous television presenter’s ancestors used to live here and how a Queen once came to tea.

Walks cost £5 per person and are limited to 20 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks – tel: 020 8394 1734 or email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

*Meet on the lawn opposite the café in Nonsuch Mansion House SM3 8AP. Nearest car park entry is from Cheam Road, A232.

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Free gymnastics sessions for Ukrainian refugee children

Star-Tastic Gymnastics will be running free sessions for children displaced by the conflict throughout August (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) from 6.30pm-7.30pm at Rosebery School in Epsom.

The sessions will be taken by one their qualified, DBS and First Aid trained coaches. They will also be inviting the parents/carers to come along to watch the session or take the time to meet others that are also now settling in the UK in the Epsom area and hopefully establish some connections and help build a new community.

To book onto the sessions, please complete the booking form at the following link: https://bit.ly/3OfiHwz

The Surrey Steampunk Convivial 

There’s a full weekend of British Steampunk eccentricity taking place at The Station pub on The Broadway in Stoneleigh from Saturday, 6th August (11:00am) to Sunday, 7th August (11.30pm).

For the uninitiated, Steampunk is a science fiction/fantasy sub genre that features advanced machinery based on the steam-powered technology of the Victorian era. The event includes a full weekend programme of features and entertainment that may include umbrella fencing, snail racing (subject to availability) tea duelling, talks, ostrich racing, all manner of splendidly silly games, workshops, an exquisite alternative steampunk market and lashings of exceptionally good live music, art and sculpture exhibitions, poetry, dancing and more.

For more details, visit their Facebook page. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here.

Here’s to warm, sunny days and evenings.

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 13 and my twin daughters are aged 10.

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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