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THE MARCH LOWDOWN RECAP…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 12 Mar 2024

🌼 Not long now until Spring is here and there are still many events, activities to enjoy in March. Here’s your Lowdown recap…

Epsom Business Social at Epsom Social 

On Thursday, 14th March (7–9pm) Epsom and Ewell Families & Sessami are hosting the Epsom Business Social at the Epsom Social.

Tickets: £20 includes a £5 drinks/food voucher for Epsom Social.

Join them and other local business owners for face-to-face business networking in a great venue, get motivated and inspired by others in an informal environment where everyone is keen to connect and help each other grow.

Make new connections, share ideas, build your business, forge lasting relationships, and be part of something special. For more details and booking go here.

Ginistry Events

The Ginistry still have a great line up of events to come this month including Gin Tasting on Thursday 14th March, DJ Nights continue on Friday 15th.  Quiz Night on Thursday 21st March ending the month with R&B Bongo Bingo on Saturday 30th March.

For more information and to book a table visit: https://theginistry.com/events/epsom-events/

Sip and Paint Evening (Craft my Day) 

Want to learn how to paint with a drink in hand and plenty of good banter? Bring your friends, mum or just your beautiful self no matter your skill-level (yes, even if you’ve never touched a paint-brush before). Craft my Day will help you create your own canvas, step-by-step. This is the best way to explore painting and is all about the fun and joy of art, PLUS – all the materials and light refreshments are included (plus two glasses of bubbly!). Time to unwind and get creative!

Date: Friday, 15th March
Time: 7pm-9pm 

Booking: https://craftmyday.live.baluu.co.uk/event/sip-and-paint-evening—worcester-park-1704479258

The Electric 80s at Bourne Hall 

Bourne Hall is hosting its first 80’s night! The Electric 80’s band will be performing on Friday, 15th March in the Main Hall 8pm-10pm; doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets just £10.00.

Bringing a group? Why not book a table for just £10.00 per person? To book call 020 8393 9571.

* There will be a card only bar at the event

Epsom & Ewell Town Twinning Association Quiz Night

The Epsom & Ewell Town Twinning Association is holding a Quiz Night on Friday, 15th March (doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start) at All Saints Hall, Community Hall, West Ewell.

Further details on flyer. To book your place contact donna@epsomtwinning.com

Easter Crafts & Games at Christ Church Ewell   

On Saturday, 16th March (2pm-4pm) at Christ Church Ewell there’ll be lots of fun things to make and do with a great selection of Easter craft activities as well as games, snacks and a warm ‘Coffee Zone’ for parents to relax and chat together.

Parents are welcome to stay. £3 per child. For children in school years Reception to Year 6 (ages 4 – 11).
Booking essential. To book your place please text or WhatsApp 07840 904001.

Red Nose Day with NEAT

On Saturday 16th March NEAT are hosting a Red Nose Day fun to help raise money for this great charity, this will be located at their venue (NEAT HQ KT198SB ) join for some fun, with their gaming facilities, arts and crafts, sweet hunts, face paints and outdoor football inflatable, If you have Red please wear it. This is a free event all donations go to charity.

Cash in the Wardrobe

Cash in the wardrobe

eld at Bourne Hall Ewell, this market is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe. It’s held every third Saturday of the month with the next two being on Saturday, 16th March and Saturday, 20th April.

Entry is free, and you can expect to find clothing, shoes, bags, belts, hats, accessories and jewellery.

St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh @ The Horton 

On Saturday, 16th March (from 7.30pm) celebrate St Patrick’s Day with an unforgettable evening of high-energy fun with the glamorous and talented ceilidh band Call Me Ceilidh. Perfect for the beginner or experienced ceilidh dancer.

With traditional Irish and Scottish music, they guarantee to keep you dancing all night. If you’re new to ceilidh, here is how it works:

First of all, the caller explains each dance before you do it and then gives instructions during the dance. Dances are often performed in a ring formation and the live music will keep you moving.

The Horton’s fully-licensed café-bar will be open from 6pm serving meals and drinks. Last orders 11pm. The event is open to adults and young people aged 11+. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

To book tickets go here.

Antiques, Collectables & Decorative Arts Market

This antiques and vintage market is held in Epsom’s market place at various dates throughout the year with the next being on Sunday, 17th March (10am – 4pm). This unique market offers up to 40 antique collectables, vintage, retro, bric a brac and vinyl records stalls plus interesting decorative arts.

Surrey Hills Hike 

The Surrey Hills Hike in aid of The Children’s Trust is taking place on Sunday, 17th March from 9.30am. You can choose from a 5-mile or 10-mile option and they have now introduced a ‘1K Your Way!’ route. This route is fully accessible and suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

The Surrey Hills Hike is a great opportunity to explore the great outdoors with friends and family and meet new friends along the way. Family-friendly and dog-friendly!

Entry Fee: £10 (plus any additional sponsorship you raise)
Registration from 9:30am.

The hike starts and finishes at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth. All proceeds will help raise vital funds for children with brain injury. Secure your tickets now: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/…/surrey-hills-hike

Terrarium workshops @ Ashtead Park Garden Centre 

Head to Ashtead Park Garden Centre on Sunday, 17th March for their spring terrarium workshops.

Learn all about how to create your own terrarium, choose your plants and how to care for it afterwards. Everything you need is included, even tea/coffee and cake!

Booking essential: https://www.ashteadpark.com/activities/111/terrarium-workshop

Live Music @ The Derby Arms

Join the Derby Arms on Sunday, 17th March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Live music from 7-10pm!  Book a table or walk in – https://www.thederbyarmsepsom.co.uk/

Epsom Players Present Hairspray at Epsom Playhouse 

Hairspray, the family-friendly smash hit musical, comes to Epsom Playhouse the 19th-23rd of March courtesy of Epsom Players.

“Welcome to the sixties! Come with us to Baltimore where our vivacious heroine Tracy Turnblad has only one desire, to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show”. When her dream comes true, Tracy must use her newfound power to bring racial integration to the show, dethrone the reigning Teen Queen and win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin .. all without denting her ‘do! This family friendly, smash-hit musical is piled bouffant high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs such as “Good Morning Baltimore” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” that’ll get you groovin’ to a brand new sound, so what are you waiting for?”

For more information and to book tickets go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/epsom-players-present-hairspray 

Dealing with Difficult Emotions – Free Workshop 

This very popular FREE parenting workshop is back at Epsom Family Centre on Thursday, 21st March (10.00am-12.00pm).

Does your child get anxious and overwhelmed easily? Do they exhibit angry outbursts and meltdowns? Difficult behaviour is aways led by difficult emotions. This workshop helps to address these emotions and teaches ways to manage and express emotions safely.

Where: Epsom Family Centre, Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8RY
To book a place call or email on epsomfamilycentre@surreycc.gov.uk 

Rotary Club of Epsom Quiz Night  

Epsom Rotary Club is holding a Quiz Night on Friday, 22nd March (7.30pm) at St Joseph’s Church in Epsom. Whilst teams of around six are encouraged individuals are welcome to join in.

To book a table email: pairofshortts@aol.com.

Epsom Square Easter Egg Hunt 

Head down to Epsom Square on Saturday, 23rd March (10am-12.30pm) for an interactive trail and Easter Egg Hunt.

Tickets are £3 per child if purchased here: https://ambition-dance-company.sumupstore.com/products or £3.50 on the day. Tickets include the trail and an Easter Egg.

Rosebery Park Easter Egg Trail 

On Saturday, 23rd March Age Concern Epsom will be hosting an eggcellent Easter Egg Trail in Rosebery Park, Epsom from 10am – 1pm.

Find the clues to reveal a mystery prize. A fun activity pitched for under 12s, it’s £3 per entry and all ticket holders win a prize on completion (only those wishing to win a prize need to purchase a ticket).

Booking advisable: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/eastereggtrailatroseberypark or come along on the day – subject to availability.

This is a fundraising activity in aid of Age Concern Epsom & Ewell, a local charity that supports our older generation with Information & Advice, Befriending, Social Support, IT Group and Volunteering.

Passion Week – Music for Easter from Epsom Chamber Choir

Epsom Chamber Choir’s next concert is on Saturday, 23rd March (7.30pm-9.30pm) at St Martin’s Church Epsom.

Steinberg’s choral concerto Passion Week is the centre piece of the programme with texts taken from the Orthodox Church. Also pieces by Tchaikovsky (music being played) Rutter and Tippett.

To book tickets go to: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/epsom-chamber-choir

This Little Yogini – Yoga and Breakfast

A super event at the beautiful, light and bright Mayfield Lavender Glasshouse on Saturday 23rd March 8 – 10.30am, a morning of yoga. Gentle stretching to awaken your body as well as a moment of peace, relaxation and mindfulness. Followed by a wholesome breakfast spread.

This is set to be a morning of wellbeing and self-care.  Included is:

  • A Relaxing Yoga Class
  • Breakfast: Deep Filled Floured Baps – Bacon Bap, Sausage Bap, Avocado & Tomato Bap (v)
  • Unlimited Hot Drinks

Bookings can be made here.

Ewell Village Community Litter Pick 

It’s the Ewell Community Litter Pick on Saturday, 24th of March (10am-12pm). Save the date!

All equipment provided. Meet outside Bourne Hall.

Mummy & Me Painting 

Come and explore your creative side with this fun and immersive painting experience from Craft my Day.

There will be a design to follow (but they are also happy for you to go rogue and create your own design). Perfect for all the family to let loose and have some creative fun! All materials and light refreshments included.

Date: Sunday, 24th March
Time: 10am-12pm 

To book go to: https://craftmyday.live.baluu.co.uk/event/mummy-and-me-painting-1706447170

Merland Rise Easter Services and Events

Merland Rise has several services and events over the Easter weekend this year, including their much loved Family Easter Egg Hunt at Jubilee Woodlands on Easter Saturday (see below).

Visit the website merlandrisechurch.org.uk for more information and to book tickets.

Easter celebration at the Glasshouse Cafe 


Indulge in the quintessential British tradition of Afternoon Tea for two at Mayfield Lavender’s Glasshouse Cafe.

Treat yourself to a delightful sharing stand featuring assorted finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, assorted macarons, chocolate brownies, mini cakes and more! Plus, sip on a glass of Prosecco and choose from their signature lavender tea or coffee.

Available on Good Friday, 29th March, Easter Saturday, 30th March and Easter Monday, 1st April.
Select your preferred time of either 11:30am or 2pm – book here.

Location: 139 Reigate Rd, Epsom, KT17 3DW.

Disco Totz Easter Parties 

Disco Totz is hosting Easter Disco Parties with a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

🪩 Friday, 29th March (Good Friday) and Tuesday, 2nd April  (9.30am & 11am) DISCO TOTZ and 12.15pm DISCO KIDZ.

You can expect:

🌟DISCO DANCING! ⭐️ Bongos! ⭐️Rhythm sticks! ⭐️ Shakers! ⭐️Wands!
⭐️Parachute games! ⭐️Bubbles!
⭐️DISCO DEXTER PUPPET!
🪩1 hour DISCO!
📸 Photo opportunity with the EASTER BUNNY!
🐣 All children receive a CHOCOLATE EGG!
🥳 All children receive a Disco Totz sticker!
🥳Recommended age 6m- year 3 (Older and siblings welcome!)
🎟️ BOOK tickets on the website: www.discototz.com

Epsom Social

🌸 🐣 Epsom Social has a great lineup of egg-citing Easter Friday festivities including crafts, treasure hunts, and egg races!

Easter Workshops 29th March

11:00am – 1:00pm Easter Basket Crafts

Let your little one’s creativity bloom as they create & decorate their Easter Baskets. This will then be used for our eggciting easter egg treasure hunt.  Kids will also have the chance to decorate and colour eggs for our egg and spoon race, we’ve heard adding lightning bolts makes them go faster!

1:00pm – 2:00pm Easter Egg Treasure Hunt
With a map in hand your littles will set off on an exploration of Epsom Social looking for eggs! They will have to use their map to locate the treasure boxed and collect the eggs.

2:00m – 3:00pm Egg and Spoon Race
Get ready for the ES egg and spoon race! It’s a classic game where you balance an egg on a spoon and race to the finish line without dropping it! But here’s the twist – you gotta do it without using your hands! That’s right, it’s all about skill, balance, and a whole lot of giggles! So, get ready to hop, skip, and jump your way to victory in this egg-cellent challenge! Who’s ready to take on the egg and spoon race? Let the games begin!

Easter Sunday 31st March

Easter-themed Family Trivia at 1pm, some egg-citing crafts at 3pm and then the return of the ES Silent Disco at 4pm,
complete with bubbles and glow sticks to celebrate the bank holiday weekend.

Schedule of events:

11:00 – Cartoons
13:00 – Family trivia
3:00 pm – Easter craft (Love Me, Love My Mind)
4:00 pm – Silent Disco (tickets £10)

Visit the website for more information – https://www.epsomsocial.com/

Easter at Hobbledown 

🐣 This Easter, Hobbledown Epsom will be hosting Egg-stra special Easter holiday fun from Friday, 29th March to Sunday, 14th April. Guests will be able to get hands-on with the Easter activities daily and everything is included in your general admission fee.

• Golden Egg Hunt – find the golden egg and have the chance to win an egg-cellent prize!
• Bunny Hop Championships – join the Hobblers in fun filled energetic activities to compete to be the Hobbledown champion.
• Spring Story time with the Hobbledown characters in the Thinkery Theatre.
• Hobble Hood Archery – try your hand at Archery
• Animal Talks – join the Zookeepers for animal feeding times and talks.

🐰 Plus added extras are available to purchase in addition to your day visit including:

• Build A Bunny – enjoy choosing, stuffing and fluffing your very own Easter Bunny
• Bunny Brunch – hop along to visit to the Bunny Burrow to collect a gift from the Easter Bunny

For more details and booking go to: visit www.hobbledown.com/epsom

Merland Rise Easter Egg Hunt

Merland Rise Church has a range of Easter events this year. Its Easter egg hunt is on Saturday, March 30th (2-4pm).

For more information and to sign up go here.

Bake88 – Easter Baking Class 

Join Bake88 this Easter at a special baking class just for kids and a parent. You’ll be making hot cross buns (with or without raisins), sugar bunnies and and other spring time bread. Hands on instruction and lots of fun!

Just *3* places available on Saturday, 30th March. Full details here: https://www.bake88.co.uk/event-details/easter-baking-parent-child

Easter Sunday @ St Mary’s Ewell 

There will be a short, lively Easter service for all ages followed by an Easter Egg hunt at St Mary’s Ewell on Sunday, 31st March starting at 11.15am.

For more details go to the website: https://www.stmarysewell.com/

Coming up!

An evening with E&E Mayor & Mayoress – Fundraising Event 


On Friday, April 19th (6.30pm-11.30pm) join the Mayor and Mayoress for a fun-filled evening with a welcome drink, 3-course meal, raffle, auction, entertainment and dancing all to raise funds for their chosen charities: Age Concern Epsom & Ewell, Love Me Love My Mind, and Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell.

For booking go here. Book before February 29th to receive a discount on tickets.

Book Now!

Easter club at Sam’s Classroom

Do you want your child entertained for a day in the Easter Holidays? Then send them to Sam’s Classroom for a day of fun including maths and Easter games and crafts. Run by a qualified teacher and home educator.

🐰Easter Club at Sam’s Classroom for 5-10 year olds
🐰Tadworth KT20 5NR
🐰4th and 10th April only
🐰10.00am-3.00pm
🐰Early bird price £40pp (sibling discount available)

Contact Sam at: samsclassroom@outlook.com

Easter Craft Workshop – Craft My Day 

Craft My Day’s Easter Holiday Club starts Tuesday, 2nd April and runs until Friday, 12th April.

Take a look at the Worcester Park Timetable and book your spaces here.

UCA Students’ Union Spring Market 

 

The UCA Students’ Union Spring Market is back (in Epsom on Thursday, 18th April) and you can book your stall now!

If you’d like the opportunity to sell your art or prints, handmade jewellery, ceramics, clothing or even something not listed, reserve your stall via this link: https://ucasu.com/activities/springmarket/

Tables are free for students and staff, and £30 for alumni and externals.

Easter Holiday Workshop for Children – Cinnabunnies 

Easter baking session: Join Grow Cook Enjoy for a morning  or afternoon of baking on Thursday, 11th April (10am-12.30pm & 12.30pm-3pm).

  • Easter Bunny Biscuits, Cinnabunny Buns, Bunny Pizza Swirls
  • Chocolate mousse filled egg, Easter Bunny Cupcakes, Carrot Horns

Book both sessions and you will make your own lunch. This workshop if for children aged 5 plus accompanied by an adult. For more information and to book:  https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops

 

Neat Elite Easter Mega Football Camp 

 

Coming back again for more action packed football madness this Easter holiday is the Neat Elite Easter Mega Football Camp. Dates as above.

Venue: Neat HQ – Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8SB

Email neatoffice@yahoo.com for more information
Check out their Insta page for more updates.

CampFantastic

CampFantastic returns on Tuesday, 2nd April – Wednesday, 3rd April suitable for reception class to year 6.  They have a wide range of activities taught by their fabulous qualified teachers including: Art, Circus skills, Cricket, Creative Writing, Fencing, Gymnastics, Languages, Martial Arts, Maths, Mini First Aid, Musical Theatre, Origami, Science Experiments, Tennis and more.  Taking place at The Vale Primary School booking information can be found on the website: https://www.campfantastic.co.uk/.

Mega Camps

Mega Camps have locations in Epsom and Leatherhead and are dedicated to providing high quality childcare activity camps for children aged 4-14 during the school holidays, they will be running camps between Tuesday 2nd – Friday 12th April sports, arts and crafts and Mega activities each day. These include Animal Zoo Workshops, Wall Climbing, Dance Workshops, Laser Tag, Nerf Wars, Inflatable Fun, and much more.  Visit the website for bookings and more information – https://www.megacamps.net/

Easter Day of Dance 

Caroline Butler School of Dance’s Easter Day of Dance is taking place on Wednesday, 3rd April (9.30am-3pm). Young dancers can enjoy a day of dance, creativity and a have chance to make new dance friends.

Places will be limited. Sign up at: admin@cbschoolofdance.co.uk

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 2

Get ready to sing your heart out and enjoy a fabulous night at the Mamma Mia! 2 Here we go Again sing-a-long at St Mary’s, Ewell Saturday, 6th April (from 6.30pm).

Dress like it’s the 1970s and dance (and sing) the night away with your friends and family. This event includes a licensed bar.  Adult tickets are just £10 (includes a glass of fizz) and children’s are £5. Tickets are available at the church or you can purchase online at Eventbrite.

Starstruck Dance Academy Easter Workshop 

Starstruck Dance Academy is holding an Easter Workshop at Auriol Junior School on Tuesday, 2nd April (10.30am-2pm) aimed at children aged 4-10 years. Email: laura401@hotmail.co.uk to register interest.

Coming up! 

Easter Walks & Talks Bourne Hall 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peel back time and discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history with a guided walk around the village on Thursday, April 4th (10am-12pm) and Wednesday, April 10th (1pm-3pm).

A settlement since pre-historic times, Ewell has a rich history concealed beneath the modern village. Visit Bourne Hall’s sacred lake where Bronze, Iron Age and Roman folk made offerings to ancient gods. Tread in the footsteps of the Romans on Stane Street and hear about their sacred shafts. Discover the village’s Saxon cemetery and its lost church. Relive the terror of exploding gunpowder mills and hear the area’s connections with Saxon Kings, Queen Elizabeth I and William IV.

Meet at the entrance to Bourne Hall. £5 per person. Limited to 20 persons Contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF  Tel 020 8394 1734. Email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Hogsmill 5 

The Hogsmill5 returns this year taking place on Sunday 28 April supporting the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank. There will be children’s races before the main event as well as a cake stall throughout with donations going to the charity.

More info on the website: https://epsomallsorts.org.uk/hogsmill_5/

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St John’s Craft Group 

Do you feel a little isolated or just fancy a bit of fun and a natter? Maybe you could invite a neighbour along who doesn’t seem to get out and about much?

🧵 We meet in the Parish Room in the Parish Centre, next to ‘The Church by Stoneleigh Station’, on the third Monday of each month between 1oam-12pm.

🪡 Everyone brings their own craft, be it knitting, card making, crochet, sewing, mindful colouring to name a few. With lots of chat and tea and coffee we craft the morning away.

✂ All are welcome, so bring your crafting and join us!

More details here: www.StJohnsStoneleigh.org.uk

St John’s Tunes’n’Tea

Second Thursday of the month: LIVE MUSIC with Tunes’n’Tea at ‘The Church by Stoneleigh Station’. Come along on your own or bring a friend or neighbour who might welcome a lovely couple of hours of live music, tea, coffee, cakes and conversation.

🎙️ House band ‘Zephyr6’ and guest musicians perform for your delight. Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new, and everything in between!

Enquiries to Alan Munday on 020 8224 1351. Entrance: £5:00

www.StJohnsStoneleigh.org.uk 

I’ll be back soon for the April Lowdown!

Fran x

 
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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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