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THE MAY LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 29 Apr 2023

🇬🇧 🤴It’s the month of three bank holidays and the Coronation of King Charles III (and Camilla) so there’s plenty going on. Here’s your round up.

Lower Kingswood Village Fete 

The Lower Kingswood Village fete is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1st from 1pm at the Recreation Ground.

For the latest details go to the Facebook page.

When You’re Smiling – Epsom Playhouse 

Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back on Tuesday, 2nd May with a brand new spirit lifting afternoon of marvellous musical memories described as “Like A Ray Of Musical Sunshine.”

Forget your worries and immerse yourself in sparkling nostalgia with over 60 favourite songs from the Fabulous 40s, the Rocking 50s, the Swinging 60s and the Sensational 70s along with best loved sing a longs, ever popular show tunes, and much more.

For more information and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/when-youre-smiling-2023

Ladies Night @ Lisa’s

This free event on Thursday, May 5th (5-8pm) promises an exciting evening filled with fizz, fashion and fun. Get consultations with the host, Lisa, and explore the latest in aesthetics, fashion, homeware and seasonal goods from top-notch brands.

In collaboration with Styled Right Fashion, SW Wardrobe, Gabrielle Louise Interiors and The Children’s Trust, this event offers a unique opportunity to give back to the community while indulging yourself. The raffle proceeds will go towards supporting The Children’s Trust, a charity working towards improving the quality of life for children with brain injuries.

For further details and to book your free ticket go to: https://sessami.co/u/events/9ba01e4b-7263-4915-980c-35abd7b2372a/book 

Coronation Live Screening at The Horton 

Head down to The Horton on coronation day on Saturday, May 6th and share this historic moment with others from the local community in a friendly atmosphere (free entry).

There will be live screening the event throughout the day on the big screen with chairs and tables ready for you to enjoy. Their fully-licensed café-bar will be open throughout the day.

Kings Coronation Party – Epsom Market Place

Sunday, May 7th 10am – 5pm Free Fair Rides, Live Music, Face Painter, Street Food and Drinks 🍻

Epsom RDA – A Very Royal Picnic 

On Sunday, 7th May (3-6pm), Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (Epsom RDA) invites you to ‘A Very Royal Picnic’  to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. Bring your own picnic and join in all the games. There will be a prize for the best fancy dress costume, face painting, an animal petting farm, a raffle, music and much more. Plus, The Nag’s Head Bar (aka Romeo’s Stable!) makes a welcome return to purchase drinks.

It’s free, but you need to book tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coronation-picnic-tickets-567734468077  

Epsom Wells Community Association Coronation party 

Head down to the Wells Community Centre on Sunday, May 7th (starting at noon) to support the EWCA and have a fun afternoon. Lots happening including live music. BBQ, face painting, Coronation cake competition and raffle. There’s also a cash bar.

For more details about the work the group does, go to: https://epsomwellscommunityassociation.org/

Ewell Village Coronation Celebration at St. Mary’s Church 

Head to St. Mary’s Ewell on Sunday, 7th May to celebrate the Coronation. There are two services ahead of the picnic at 12pm (bring your own lunch). If the weather is poor, the picnic will be held in Ewell Hall, London Road (opposite St Mary’s Church).

Picnic in the Park – Ewell Court Park 

Ewell Court Residents Association is putting on a picnic and party in Ewell Court Park on Monday, 8th May (12 pm to 5 pm). Bring your friends and chairs and have a great time. It’s all FREE!

Further details above and updates on the Facebook page.

Hobby Horse Race – The Coronation Chase 

Epsom and Ewell Twinning Association is holding a Hobby Horse race in Alexandra Park on Monday, 8th May (11.30am-1.30pm) to celebrate the Coronation and the links between Epsom and Ewell and twin town Chantilly.

There are prizes for the winner of each race and for the best turned out horse in each class. Entry £1 per child and £5 per adult. Advance booking is recommended; contact diana@epsomtwinning.com

The Coronation Dog Show

The Coronation Dog Show at Leatherhead Parish Church and Park Gardens is taking place on Monday, 8th May (12pm–4pm). There will be twelve fun competition categories to enter and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and a Best in Show trophy!

Register your four-legged friend via email at: LPCdogshow@gmail.com or contact the organisers to book a pitch to promote your dog related business. 🐾

Further information can be found on their Facebook event listing: https://fb.me/e/ZyJvL7op.

£2 per class for pre-registered entries and £4 per class if entering on the day. Free entry to the general public. Lots of fun to be had for the whole family!

Baby Film Club @ The Horton 


New to The Horton Epsom on Tuesday, 9th May (10am) is baby film club. The relaxed film club offers parents and carers of babies under 12 months the opportunity to come and watch a grown-up film in a baby-friendly atmosphere.

The first film showing is the classic The Devil Wears Prada. Kat provides more details in here post here.

First steps to understanding my child (ADHD, Autism & Neurodivergent)

Have you wondered if your child might be autistic or showing signs of ADHD?

First steps to understanding my child (ADHD, Autism & Neurodivergent) is a three week course staring on Friday, May 12th (until and including 26th May). This will be held at Epsom Downs Family Centre.

Booking via this link.

Magic Of The Beatles at Epsom Playhouse 


Experience a night like no other and celebrate the music of one of the greatest bands of our lives on Friday, 12th May.

It’s been a cold and lonely winter but it’s time to shake it up baby, now and twist and shout with everyone, for one very special evening and celebrate The Magic Of The Beatles!

Playing to ecstatic sell-out audiences all over the world, the sensational cast not only look and sound like John, Paul, George, and Ringo, they also generate the same incredible excitement and unique sense of humour too.

This magical ‘musical’ mystery tour will transport you back to the golden era of pop with hit after hit. For more details an booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/magic-beatles-2023

Bar Night @ The Horton 

The Horton Bar will be open on Friday, 12th May for Bar Night (free entry). Its atmospheric fully-licensed bar has a great vibe for friends or colleagues who love to chat with great background music and no TV. They serve everything from Prosecco to draught beer, great coffee and a wide selection of soft drinks. Bar snacks and sharing plates are also available early evening.

The bar will open at 6.30pm but large groups wishing to start earlier should get in touch as they may be able to accommodate an earlier table booking.

Stoneleigh Library LEGO club 

There are still some spaces available at Stoneleigh Library’s Lego club on Saturday, 13th May (this month’s theme is terrific towers and beautiful buildings). Booking is recommended as places are limited. You can book in person at the library or email stlibraryops@gmail.com.

Ceilidh Dance Party 

Experience a fantastic evening of live Gaelic music and dancing with folk band Bowreed on Saturday, 13th May at The Horton. Perfect for the beginner or experienced ceilidh dancer. Bowreed are a talented band of young musicians playing traditional music. Each member is passionate about ceilidh dancing – touring the UK and Europe to perform.

The Horton’s fully-licensed café-bar will be open from 6pm serving meals and drinks. The event is open to adults and young people aged 11+. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Tickets: £20 adults; under 18s £14. For booking head to The Horton’s event page.

The Vikings at Bourne Hall Museum

Viking

Head down to Bourne Hall Museum on Saturday, May 13th (1pm-2.30pm) where it is the year 883. You’ll take part in a Viking journey to England, brave the icy waves of the North Sea, learn about the skills, clothing and weapons needed to survive in Viking England and travel as part of a brave adventuring crew, led by a powerful Viking chieftain, to the heart of the Danelaw.

* £5 per person and booking is essential. Further information is available from David Brooks dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Epsom Symphony Orchestra at Epsom Playhouse 

On Saturday, 13th May, The Epsom Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Musical Director Darrell Davison, is delighted to present their concert of classic works by Viennese masters Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms. The highlight of their programme, however, is Beethoven’s lyrically beautiful 4th Piano Concerto which will be performed by the outstanding Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova, who last played with the Orchestra in 2019.

For further details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/epsom-symphony-orchestra-may-2023

Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club annual Hogsmill 5 

The ever-popular annual ladies race is back on Sunday, May 14th. With no cut-off time it’s the perfect target for absolute beginners and enjoyed by established runners too. All abilities are welcome (minimum age for the main race is 16).

The race is mostly flat with the start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track in West Ewell and explores the picturesque parkland in the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve.

There are also children’s races over various distances on the athletics track before the main event.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as their Charity of the Year.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, 11th May 2023. Sign up now at: www.hogsmill5.com

Stoneleigh Job Club 

Stoneleigh Job club will be present at the Stoneleigh Community Engagement event on Saturday, May 13th (2pm-5pm) at St. John’s Church Hall. Head down and have a chat to find out whether they can assist you with your search for a job or a change of career.

For further details visit their Facebook page.

Pop Up Circus @ Avenue Primary Academy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fantastic family Pop Up Circus with its big high top is heading to Avenue Primary Academy on Saturday, 13th May (1pm & 2.30pm) and Sunday, 14th May (11am & 1pm).

Pre-order refreshments when booking tickets for discounted prices. Tickets for one of the four performances can be purchased via: www.pta-events.co.uk/avenuepta

Bourne Hall’s Festival of Ewell ‘New Beginnings’

Join the team at Bourne Hall for the Festival of Ewell and relaunch of the coffee shop, which will be renamed The Flying Saucer Café. Running from Friday, 19th May to Saturday, 20th May (10am – 6pm both days), there’ll be plenty happening including performances from local dance and musical theatre groups, market stalls, immersive maze experience plus family fun and kids’ activities.

Spring Market – St Mary’s Ewell 

The St Mary’s Ewell Spring Market is taking place on Saturday, May 20th (10am-12pm) in Ewell Hall. Expect plants, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, a raffle and refreshments.

Bring donations Friday 19th (6.30pm-8pm) or from 8.30am on Saturday, 20th May.

Cheam Charter Fair 2023 

Cheam Charter Fair

Cheam Charter Fair 2023 will beheld on Saturday, 20th May (9am -2pm) in Park Road with additional activities in the Village.

For the latest details go to the Facebook page.

Cash in the Wardrobe

Cash in the Wardrobe at Bourne Hall Ewell is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe. The next one is on Saturday, May 20th (9am-3pm).

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

Stalls cost just £12 and include a table and a clothes rail which will be already set up on arrival for you. For more info email: DBrown@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Vegan, Re-use, Recycle Market 

Vegan re use recycle market

The next Vegan Reuse Recycle Market will be on Sunday, 21st May in Epsom Market Square (10am – 3pm).

There’ll be vegan carrot cakes, vegan up-cycled crafts, handmade ceramics, vegan candles and melts, olives, vegan jams and preserves, ‘No Fish & Chips’, vegan skincare products, vegan coffee, zero waste herbs and spices and more.

The Derby Walk 

In the 1700s, thousands of people made it their annual pilgrimage to travel to the Epsom Downs for Derby Day, a journey that would take around two weeks. That journey is the inspiration for ‘the Derby Walk’, which commences two weeks before The Derby and now raises money for charities.

On Sunday, 21st May you can join the 22 mile journey starting at 9am in Knightsbridge through to Elephant and Castle, travelling via the A24 through Clapham, Colliers Wood, Merton and on to Morden which will then lead the walk via Rose Hill and on to the Epsom Downs.

Find out more here: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom/events-tickets/derby-walk/  

Bye Bye Baby at The Epsom Playhouse 

Bye Bye Baby is a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. On Friday, 19th May, enjoy a night to remember with incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto and energetic and stylish choreography, all backed by their excellent 4-piece band.

Includes over 30 of Valli’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Beggin’, Working My Way Back To You, and many more!

For more information and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/bye-bye-baby-2023

Ministry Of Science 2023 at The Epsom Playhouse 

Ministry of Science Live, which comes to Epsom on Sunday, May 21st, is not your ordinary science show – it comes with a bang. It comes with a whoosh, but most of all is comes with a hovercraft built on stage…. Oh, and a Human Cannon too!

From the creative team behind Brainiac Live, the new production takes an anarchic approach to science communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in. From Liquid Nitrogen frozen flowers to hydrogen bottle rockets. From Buzz Aldridge to Virgin Galactic. From a cat food tin to the hovercraft. From the discovery of Methane to the invention of the battery.

Join the team and the voiceover from above (X Factor’s Peter Dickson) as they take you on a journey using demonstrations and a few loud bangs to lead the way.

For more details and booking go to:  https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/ministry-science-2023

Come and Play the Nature Way at Godstone Farm

At Godstone Farm this May half term (27th May-4th June) it’s all about getting back in touch with nature.  Activities include a woodland spirit trail, rainbow colour walk and nature origami. There will be character meet and greets and nature inspired crafts too.

You’ll get the opportunity to explore your creativity with mud sculpturing and go barefoot in the sensory challenge to help you feel even closer to nature. This is an addition to the farm trail, interactive animal activities, indoor Play barn and Dinosaur Roar discovery trail.

For more information and booking go here.

Satisfied Eye International Film Festival

The fourth SEIFF is being held May, 26th-28th at Bourne Hall.

You can view the full programme and purchase tickets here: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/satisfiedeyeinternationalfilmfestival

May Makers Market 

Discover unique, handcrafted creations and artwork at The Horton Makers Market on Saturday, 27th May (9.15am-4pm).  It’s free entry to this lovely curated arts and craft marketplace.

For more information go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/makers-market-2/

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🥂Have a wonderful May and enjoy the bank holidays. Here’s hoping that the weather cheers up and we can crack open the Pimms!

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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