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THE JUNE LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 27 May 2023

I can’t believe we’re heading into June already and half-term is here (check out some holiday camps here if you need to book something last minute!). The summer events are on the way, the most famous being The Epsom Derby.

So here’s the lowdown on what’s happening in the area this month.

By Tegan & Co – Grand Opening 

Teegan & Co

By Tegan & Co is a stunning new salon in Chessington offering a full range of treatments from Lash extensions and nails to semi-permanent make-up, aesthetics and all other general beauty treatments.

Head down for the grand opening evening on Thursday, 1st June (5pm-8pm) for a toast, to receive a 15% off voucher for selected treatments, free consultations and be in with a chance of winning in the raffle. There’ll also be free tarot card readings.

For more information, visit: https://www.bytegan.co.uk/

Dreamboys – No Strings Attached @ Epsom Playhouse 

Dreamboys return with their brand new “No Strings Attached” UK tour and will be at the Epsom Playhouse on Thursday, 1st June (8pm). Dreamboys are ready to give you a night of fun, fantasy and no holding back!

“Guaranteed to tear the house down and set pulses racing in another record-breaking year on the road. Featuring movie-quality stage sets, double the dance moves, and more skin on show than ever before, “No Strings Attached” is the ultimate night of carefree fun.”

For booking go here.

Celebrate Chessington Fun Day 

The Celebrate Chessington Fun Day is taking place on Thursday, 1st June from noon at Churchfields Rec. There’ll be fairground rides, tombola, stalls, entertainment, face painting, BBQ, animals from Chessington World of Adventures, refreshments and cakes, and more. Free entry.

For latest information go to: https://www.facebook.com/celebratechessington/

Can Do! Group at Epsom Family Centre 

Home-Start Epsom, Ewell and Banstead’s next Can Do! Group is on Thursday, June 1st (10-11.30am) at Epsom Family Centre on Pound Lane.

This is a supportive playgroup for parents of children with additional needs (aged 0-11 years). Call or WhatsApp on the numbers above if you’re interested in attending. Visit their Facebook page for further details.

Tales from the Trees at The Horton 

Head down to The Horton on Thursday, 1st June (2pm) for a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy. Let Squashbox Theatre be your guide to the tremendous world of trees from branch to leaf and twig to root, from berry to blossom and bark to fruit! Meet Cheeky McNutface, Craig the Forest Ranger, and a host of friendly forest creatures.

This 55 minute theatre show is suitable for children aged 5+ and their families.

For further information and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/tales-from-the-trees/ 

Ladies Day @The Derby Arms

Enjoy brunch or lunch at The Derby Arms during the racing event of the year!  Booking is strongly advised!
From 5.30 enjoy the live DJ playing dance classics outside.  Bear in mind this is a ticketed event and there will be 100 tickets available on the door which will be on a first come, first served basis.  Click here for details on pre bookable tickets.

Merland Rise Kids Movie Day

Looking for ways to entertain the kids over half term? Take them along to Merland Rise’s movie day on Friday, 2nd June (10.30am-2pm). Watch films, munch on some movie snacks, and then why not treat yourself to lunch at the café where kids eat for £1 with any adult meal!

10.30am Movie – Some woodland friends awake from hibernation to find they have some new neighbours: humans!

12.30pm Movie – Can a koala save his music theatre with a singing competition?!

*Due to licensing rules, the titles of the films can’t be publicised, but you are welcome to email admin@merlandrisechurch.org.uk to ask for the titles.

Visit www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk to sign up.

Children’s Aerial Circus Workshop

The Horton is running two Children’s aerial circus workshops: Friday, 2nd June (10.30am-12.30pm) and Saturday, 3rd June (9.30am-11.30am).

The two-hour workshop is suitable for 7–15-year-olds who are new to aerial but enjoy being physical and trying new things. The workshop will include learning aerial trapeze and silks as well as theatre games and other floor-based circus skills.

Tutors, Bryony and Edd have both taught theatre and aerial circus extensively for over 10 years, including in top London Circus Schools. Tickets: £25.

For further details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/childrens-aerial-circus-workshops/

Epsom Derby Family Festival 

The Derby Family Festival is a ticketed enclosure on the famous Hill on Saturday, June 3rd. There’s all day entertainment for the whole family from tots to young teens, parents and grandparents with magicians, rides, comedy, bubbleologist, face painters, pony rides and more.

The Main Stage is back for 2023 with an exciting line-up and there are different zones to explore: entertainment zone, activity zone; food village and picnics zone. There are dedicated toilet facilities including baby changing.

For more information and tickets go to: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom-derby/plan-your-day/enclosures/hillside-enclosure/ 

Stoneleigh Library LEGO club 

Stoneleigh Library’s next Lego club is on Saturday, 3rd June (10.30am-11.30am) and this month’s theme is crazy cars and mighty machines. Booking is recommended as places are limited. You can book in person at the library or email stlibraryops@gmail.com.

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, June 9th  (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!

Summer Walks – Wild Flower Wander 

Epsom Common Association (ECA) organises a number of walks on the Common each year which are led by local natural history experts. Pete Howarth from the Countryside Team will lead the popular Wild Flower Wander on Saturday, 10th June (2pm).You’ll find and identify many of the more interesting wild flowers and botanical delights resident on the Common.

All walks start from the Stew Pond car park, Christ Church Road (meet near the Gallows gate entrance) and last approximately 2 hours.

The Ashtead Rotary Village Day

The Ashtead Rotary Village Day is on Saturday, 10th June (11am-5pm). There’ll be entertainment for all the family: 100+ stalls from local businesses, charities and community organisations; a funfair; food stalls; dog show and various entertainment shows and participation events in the main arena.

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Field, Barnett Wood Lane, KT21 2BZ

It’s £3 per person in advance from any of the following retailers:

Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead
Candy Store, Stonny Croft, Ashtead
Howdens, Randalls Way, Leatherhead
Library, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead
Post Office, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead
Post Office, The Street, Ashtead
Rye Cafe and Juice Bar, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/841249640305345

Emotional Intelligence Workshop 

Join Roz of Roz McLeod Coaching on Saturday, 10th June for an Emotional Intelligence Workshop where you’ll learn how to expand your social skills, master self regulation, improve your motivation and resilience and more.

Register interest here: https://www.rozmcleodcoaching.com/emotional-intelligence-courses/

Talent for Tanzania

BREAD, a charity that raises funds for famine relief and makes grants to projects in the village of Berega, Tanzania, is on the look out for talented individuals, groups and acts for its huge Talent for Tanzania Fundraising Event on Saturday, 10th June.

If you feel you are one of these individuals or know someone who would be interested please contact Lewis Still at lewisstill@live.co.uk

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – The Maya Civilisation 

Calling all explorers! Head back in time 1000, 2000, even 3000 years to middle America at Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club on Saturday, 10th June (1pm to 2.30pm). There you will uncover the secrets of the Maya civilisation. Take a look at their ancient calendar that predicted the end of the world, learn their strange ways of using maths and get to hold some valuable artefacts from these highly advanced people.

£5 per child. Tel: 020 8394 1734 or email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Mamma Mia! Sing-along – St Mary’s Church

Join in the fun at the Mamma Mia! Sing-along at St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, 10th June.

Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. Adult ticket price: £10 (with a glass of fizz – additional fizz available).  Children: £5. Dress to impress like it’s 1970!

Tickets available on Eventbrite or in Church https://MammaMiaEwell.eventbrite.com

EzeeSport’s Teddy Bear Picnic and Sports Day 

The Ezee Sport Teddy Bear Picnic and Sports Day is taking place in Nonsuch Park on Sunday, 11th June from 12-4pm. This is a charity event in aid of Downlands Trust and NCT:Sutton, Epsom & District.

There are lots of exciting things planned for the afternoon (as below) and it promises to be a great family event. The afternoon ends with the sports day races.

*Sports Challenges for children aged 3 – 11+
*Face painting
*Dance exhibitions
*Baby sensory displays and taster sessions
*Radio Jackie playing music all afternoon
*Cakes and sweet treats
*Insect craft design for children of all ages
*Funfair
*Basketball shootout
*Bug hunt
*Balloon modelling
*Giant bubble blowing
*Circus skills
*Best named Teddy Bear competition

LEO Multi Academy Trust Children’s Market 

On Sunday, 11th June (12pm to 3pm), it’s the LEO Multi Academy Trust Children’s Market; a free entry market run by children for children.

There’ll be lots of stalls (see above) so bring your family and friends to Shawley Community Primary Academy for a fun afternoon.

For more information please email: makesomeonesmile@leoacademytrust.co.uk 

Speech and Language Stay and Play Sessions 

Speech and Language Stay and Play Sessions are running over five Monday mornings at Epsom Downs Family Centre starting Monday, 12th June (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.

Wrestling at Bourne Hall

Kapow and SWF are coming to Bourne Hall on Saturday, June 17th for another night of hard hitting, high flying action! Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7pm.

Book your tickets now: http://www.kapowwrestling.co.uk/event/live-wrestling-comes-to-epsom/#tribe-tickets

Summer Fair & Dog Show – Nescot 

The Nescot Summer Fair on Saturday, June 17th (10am-2pm) is FREE to enter. There’ll be lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy including a dog show, farm tours, bouncy castle, plant and cake sales, plenty of stalls and activities and a few surprises.

Full details here: https://www.nescot.ac.uk/whatsonatfair 

Register to attend here: https://www.nescot.ac.uk/events/summer-fair-23/

Big Day Out Dog Show 

This lively and popular summer community fair and dog show just 15 minutes walk from Worcester Park Station returns on Saturday, 17th June (12pm-4pm). Shadbolt Park is volunteer run by residents in Cuddington. With the help of volunteers and local businesses, the event on the paddock raises money every year for local causes.

For more details visit 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, June 21st (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.

Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (ERDA) – Tack Sale 

Looking to purchase something for your horse at a great price? Then head to the ERDA second hand sale on Sunday, 25th June for tack, equine related goods, clothing and crafts. You’ll also be helping raise money for an amazing charity!

Free entry for buyers and free on-site parking. Want to sell something? Book a table top for just £10. To book please email: carol.reyes@epsomrda.org.uk

Sandown Park Racecourse – Summer Fete & Dog Show 

The Princess Alice Hospice’s much loved Summer Fete and Dog Show is back on Sunday, 25 June (10.30am-3pm) at its new location: Sandown Park Racecourse.

A wonderful family occasion with something for everyone with food and drink, music, demonstrations and entertainment, stalls, a dog show and lots more.

The Fete helps to raise vital funds for the Hospice, a long-established local charity.

Entry to the Fete is £3 per person (under 5s free). The Dog Show registration is 10.30-11.30. On the day registration is £7 per category. If you register in advance, it is £5 per category.

For more details visit: https://www.pah.org.uk/events/summer-fete-dog-show/

Rotary Club of Epsom – Showcase

Following last year’s success, Epsom Rotary is again holding a local talent Showcase at Epsom Playhouse on Tuesday, 27th June (7pm-9.30pm).

Some fantastic acts from last year’s show will be back again alongside other great new talent. Check out the poster for more details and head down to support the local charities that are performing and other worthy local causes.

Tattenham & Preston Community Police EventThe evening, which is being hosted at Tattenham Library on Wednesday, 28th June (7pm-9pm), will include a presentation by Simon Morris on current scams and how to avoid them plus the opportunity to meet Surrey’s Community Policing Team responsible for Tattenham & Preston. There will be an opportunity to raise issues of concern with local officers. Tea and coffee will also be provided.

Tickets, which cost £2 (includes refreshments), can be booked here: https://allevents.in/epsom/tattenham-and-preston-community-police-event/10000620660661747

Charity Curry Night in aid of The Children’s Trust 

On  Wednesday, 28th June (8pm-10pm) three local Businesses are collaborating for a good cause. Join Dee from Epsom & Ewell Families, Nicci & Sara from All Things Nice and Renu Ballantine (Chef Renu B) at All Things Nice, Ewell Village for an evening of delicious curry, company and drinks in aid of The Children’s Trust.

All the proceeds will go to the charity!

For more details and booking go to: https://www.chefrenub.com/product-page/charity-curry-night

Book now!

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 @ West Ashtead Primary School 

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 our new outdoor play and development project. Tickets only £10 (U2s on laps are free) Get tickets here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/FOWA

Epsom Beer & Cider Festival 

Beer and cider festival

The Borough of Epsom and Ewell is hosting the very first Beer & Cider Festival for the whole borough and beyond. On July, 7th and 8th the Epsom Downs Racecourse will play host to over 60 cask ales and ciders.

Enjoy the chance to sample new ales as well as the odd familiar one, with a selection of amazing bands playing crowd-pleasing anthems as the sun descends across the Downs.

Ticket prices are £9.50 which includes entry, a FREE souvenir glass to use and then take home, your own tasting notes brochure and a FREE pint to get you started.

Tickets are available here: https://buytickets.at/epsomevents

Kids & Teens Summer Holiday Course – Ascension Training 

Looking to get your kids fit and healthy during the summer holidays? Book now for Ascension Training’s Kids/Teens holiday course.

Ascension Training are experienced youth fitness trainers, running school PE sessions, after-school clubs and birthday parties.

Monday, 24th July to Friday, 25th August.
Kids (8-12 years) – Tuesday & Thursday – 11:30-12:30pm
Teens (13-17 years) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 11:30-12:30pm

These courses focus on having fun through fitness while building strength and mobility and enhancing cardiovascular fitness. Children will learn a range of skills such as rope climbs and will get an introduction to gymnastics and resistance training. Your kids and teens will become familiar with being out of their comfort zone, developing qualities such as trust, teamwork and integrity.

Advanced booking required: 07719 934 516 / info@ascension-training.co.uk

 

☀️Have a great month, and let’s hope the nice weather continues ☀️

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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