Posted by Francesca De Franco on 17 May 2024

There are still plenty of events to come this month and another bank holiday too! ūüôā

Charities Fair – St Giles Church & Dell Centre

The Charities Fair, promoted by Chris Grayling M.P., at St. Giles, Dell Centre is on Friday, 17th May (4pm-6.30pm).

Throwback Friday @ Epsom Social

Join Epsom Social on Friday 17th May (and every Friday) from 7:30pm where they will be  bringing you the best old school anthems right in the heart of Epsom with a DJ featuring live saxophone and percussion. Visit the website for more information here.

Paediatric first aid event 

Join Miriam from LIT Yoga for a comprehensive in-person first aid course at All Saint’s Church in Ewell on Saturday, May 18th (10am-12pm).

This class is specifically geared towards first aid for babies, toddlers and children up to 18, and is suitable for everyone: parents, parents-to-be, babysitters, grandparents and more. In this two-hour session, you’ll learn how to deal with accidents and emergencies focused on babies, toddlers and children up to 18.

Topics include:
– Treatment of an unconscious casualty
– Baby and child recovery positions
– Shock, baby and child resuscitation and CPR
– Baby and child choking
– Head injuries, fever, febrile seizures, bleeding, burns, fractures, anaphylaxis, meningitis, other childhood conditions

Come by yourself or with a partner or friend. More details and booking here.

Breakfast and Yoga

If you have had a busy week and need some time out to recharge your batteries join This Little Yogini at the Mayfield Lavender Glasshouse on Saturday, 18th May (8am-10.30am).

Whether you’re a beginner or not, join for a relaxing yoga class and delicious breakfast at Mayfield Lavender Glasshouse this Saturday.

Only a few spots left, so book today:

Also, This Little Yogini has more new yoga events coming up in June in Epsom and Ewell: a sound bath at St Martin’s Church Hall and another lovely self care afternoon Рlocation TBC but within four miles of Epsom.

You can find out more on:

Cheam Charter Fair

It’s the Cheam Charter Fair 2024 on Saturday, 18th May. There will be around 70 stalls in both Park Road and into Cheam Village with face painting, crafts, gifts, cakes & lots more.

It will start at 9am with a parade along Park Road and will run until 2pm. Full history on the fair can be found at: and the latest updates here.

Horton Dogs Puppy Classes 

🐾 Calling all puppy parents! Horton Dogs is starting interactive 6-week Puppy Classes on Saturday, 18th May (9.30am).

The puppy classes are designed to help your pup become a well-mannered and happy member of your family.

🐕‍🦺 Here’s what your pup will learn:

✅ Recall from distractions and coming back when called.
✅ Teach your puppy important cues such as “Sit”, “Stay”, “Leave”.
✅ Walking nicely on a lead.
✅ Learning to settle.
✅ No jumping up.
✅ Polite greetings.
✅ Manners and so much more!

Cathy is an experienced Trainer who will guide you and your pup through these essential skills in a fun and supportive environment. Plus, your furry friend will have the chance to socialise with other adorable pups in a way that is beneficial for their learning!

To book your space follow this link: 

Epsom & Ewell Silver Band РConcert 

On Saturday, 18th May (11.30am-1.30pm) Epsom & Ewell Silver Band will be playing on the patio at Bourne Hall in a free concert.

Baby Boppers by Bella & Boo Family Party 

Spend some real quality bonding time together as a family and dive into a world of action songs, nursery rhymes, dancing, bubbles, parachute games, and sensory activities that will keep your children engaged and family entertained on Saturday, 18th May (10am-11am).

Say goodbye to dull moments and hello to a world of excitement with Baby Boppers!

📌 The Hamptons, Worcester Park
🎫 ¬£12 per family (max 2 adults)

To book go here:

Gymboree Play & Music Cheam Superhero Party 

Gymboree Play & Music is hosting a fun packed party full of Superhero fun and games! This special family event will be taking place on Saturday, 18th May (9.30am ‚Äď 10.30am).

As this is a ticketed sessions, all children, including siblings in baby slings, will need a ticket.

Both members and non-members have the chance to attend the Superhero Party. Not only will you and your little one experience Superhero themed play activities, but every child will also receive a gift! If you would like to join the Superhero Party, book your tickets today here.

Cash in the Wardrobe 

The next  Cash in the Wardrobe Market will take place on Saturday, 18th May (10am-2pm).

Held at Bourne Hall Ewell, this market is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe.

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


Mayfield Lavender Open Days 

Mayfield Lavender is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join their team for the 2024 Summer Lavender Season. They’re holding open days to do the interviews on May 18th and May 19th at their offices in Epsom.

To view all the details head to the listing on our jobs section here.

The Derby Walk

The Derby Walk is an annual charity walk from Knightsbridge, London to the iconic Epsom Downs racecourse, home of The Derby. It is now in its 15th year of supporting deserving charities.

So, whether you fancy a Sunday morning stroll, a fundraising walk, or trying to beat the walk record of four hours get involved on Sunday, 19th May.

To book your ticket go here.

RSPCA Free Cat Microchipping 

From the 10th of June it will be a legal requirement for cat owners to have their cats microchipped or they could face a £500 fine. The RSPCA is offering free cat microchipping on Monday, 20th May (11am to 2pm) at 21 Stonecot Hill, Sutton SM3 9HB.

Things That Go! Story Time @ Epsom Library 

Cars and trains and boats and planes, vehicles that groove and machines that move!

There’s a Things That Go Story time at Epsom Library on Tuesday, 21st May (10.15am-10.45am) for children under 5 years (children must be accompanied by an adult). No pre-booking required. Please bring along a small toy vehicle if you would like to.

Festival of Arts and Sustainability

Bourne Hall’s Festival of Arts and Sustainability will be taking place on Friday, 24th and Saturday, 25th  May (10am-4pm).

The event promises to be fun for all the family, with a wide variety of environmentally friendly and nature-based activities, entertainment, eco-friendly shopping and live music.

Creative Minds will be running art workshops to turn old plastic bottles into bird feeders and painting CDs for an art installation along the pond railings. Anyone willing to donate old plastic bottles and CDs for the workshop, should do so at Bourne Hall reception in the week before the festival.

The festival will also see the launch of the Seed Hunters trail, an interactive walk to teach about the plants and trees at Bourne Hall. The trail will guide visitors through the park, hunting for clues and marking off points of interest on the map provided.

Other activities include a sustainable craft market with practical demonstrations. The Flying Saucer Café will be serving a range of delicious food and drink.

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell ‚Äď Charity Golf Day¬†

Calling all golfers! Come and join Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell’s charity golf day on Friday, 24th May. Individuals and teams can enter. All money raised will go to Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell.

For more details go to:

Nature Explorers’ Week @ Godstone Farm

Nature Explorers’ Week runs from Saturday 25th May until Sunday 2nd June and is a brilliant opportunity to explore the wonders of nature! They have got a jam-packed line up of exciting activities and areas waiting for you, including:

💚Barefoot walks
💚Natural crafts
💚Painting with nature
💚Make your own worm farm
💚Butterfly trail
💚Farm trail
💚Animal interactions
💚Reptile House
💚Rabbit Walk
💚Pond Walk
💚World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery trail
💚Adventure playground with picnic areas
💚Wilding play, including mud kitchen
💚Ride on toys
💚The Play Barn (Surrey’s largest soft play centre)
💚Wiglet’s Play Village with exciting ball zone!

Visit the website here to book.

Focus Surrey Charity Quiz Night

Do you enjoy a quiz night and want to support a great cause? Then head down to The Station pub, Stoneleigh  on Saturday, May 25th (7.30pm-10.30pm).

Let Focus Surrey know if you have a team to bring or if you want them to put you in a team – it is a great way to celebrate Focus Surrey!

You can register here:…/t-nogzqog

May half-term at Hobbledown 

Get ready for a week of Mysterical May-hem at Hobbledown this May half-term (Saturday, 25th May – Sunday, 2nd June).

Magic, dragons and merry mayhem collide to create an unforgettable experience for all who enter. Prepare to be enchanted as you’re invited to join for the Merrydown Festival, a joyous celebration of Rumpletump’s older brother’s arrival and a spirited immersion into the vibrant culture of Hobbledown. From thrilling dragon parades to whimsical fairy schools, Tipp’s Fab Lab to tantalizing jelly-eating contests, the festival promises a day filled with laughter, wonder, and endless adventure this May half term.

For booking go here.

Star-Tastic Academy Trials 

Star-Tastic Gymnastics Academy will be holding trials at Rosebery School, Epsom (Main Hall not Sports Hall on Sunday, 26th May for gymnasts to join their Supernova and Elite Squads.

Trials for Star-Tastic Academy are open to girls aged four and above who have a passion for gymnastics but they are specifically looking for:

· Beginner/Intermediate gymnasts born in 2018 and 2019.

· Age 8+ current competitive WAG gymnasts looking for a new programme to join

They are looking for the following physical and psychological attributes in squad gymnasts: strong, flexible, coordinated, determined, hardworking, excited to learn something new and most importantly, love gymnastics!

The Elite and Supernova squads compete in IGA and IAIGC (International) Competitions, they train and compete on four pieces of equipment; floor, vault, beam and uneven bars. In training sessions, they’ll work on these four pieces of equipment as well as flexibility, conditioning, tumbling and so much more.

· 12:20 Р2:20pm

· 2:20 Р4:20pm

To book a place, simply click on this link: If you have any questions, contact Head Coach Emily on

Model display of World War II tanks and vehicles @ Bourne Hall

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-day, as well as a club on Saturday, 8th June, Bourne Hall will be displaying a remarkable collection of models of World War II tanks and vehicles including American, British and German. Of which there are over 20, which were made by a West Ewell man some 50 years age.

They will be on display from Monday, May 27th during the half term until the club on Saturday, June 8th in the museum gallery.

Terracycle recycling for West Ashtead School

The toy recycling scheme has reopened for a short period at West Ashtead School. Last drop offs are needed by Monday, 27th May.

Junior Badminton Camps 

Junior Badminton Camps are running this half term at Ebbisham Sports Club, with three dates available to book: Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st May.

Junior Badminton Camps are offering two sessions a day. The first session is for Beginners (10am to 12pm) and the second session (12pm to 2pm) is for Intermediates. Theses sessions will consist of fun warm up games, footwork drills to help improve speed and agility, specific shot practice, singles and doubles matches and also some team games. This would vary slightly depending on the ability of the group and the numbers in each session. There will be something for everyone to do.

Cost: Ebbisham Members £20 per session/ Non-Members £23 per session

If you wish to book a place, please email for more information.
Mega Camps – May half term

Bookings for May half term are now OPEN and early bird Discounts run until midnight on Friday, 10th May.

For more information and to take advantage of the early bird discount go to:

Kids Holiday Craft Club 

Keep your little ones entertained and continue their creative journey with Craft My Day’s Holiday Craft Club over half term (Monday, 27th May – Friday 31st May).

There’s a different timetable for each studio, so check out what creative projects they will be crafting and book your spaces. Every session they run has a different project, with two sessions a day (so that’s 20 different arts & crafts ideas to choose from, across two studios).

Session One – 9 am – 12 pm
Session Two – 1 pm – 4 pm

Children can stay for both sessions – these spaces are limited so get booked in and don’t forget they offer bundle bookings too. For more details and booking go here.

Self Defense Workshop

Nam Yang Martial Arts Epsom is running a two-day workshop in May half term (Monday, 27th and Friday, 31st May) for girls in school years 7-11. This is £40 per person which covers the cost for both days.

This workshop is open to members and non-members. Limited spaces available. Contact on 07969 268 595 to book.

Make Lunch Club

Struggling with the cost of feeding children this half term? Make Lunch Club on Tuesday, 28th May (11.30am – 1.15pm) at St Barnabas is free and includes activities, crafts, games and a hot lunch for all. Find out more:

Sport And Science and Art Oh My! 

Epsom Library will be hosting a range of junior events for May Half Term.

Sporty Story Time: Tuesday 28th, May, 10:15-10:45.
Aimed at under 5’s, free of charge, no booking required.

Outer Space Rhyme Time, Thursday, 30th May, 10:30-11:00.
Aimed at under 5’s, free of charge, no booking required.

Famous Artists Craft Activity
Friday, 31st May, 10:30-11:30
For ages 4+, £3 per child. Booking is essential.

Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to book a ticket for the craft event, please email or you can book at the Epsom Library Helpdesk.

May half term at The Horton 

The Horton has a variety of activities – including lino printing workshop, clay workshop and family theatre show – to suit all age groups running from Tuesday, 28th May until Thursday, 30th May.

For more information and booking go to:

Disco Totz РSummer Party 

Disco Tots are Hosting Summer Parties this half term om Tuesday 28th and Friday 31st May! Expect:

– Disco Dancing
– Bongos
– Rhythm sticks
– Shakers
– Wands
– Parachute games
– Bubbles
– Disco Dexter Puppet

Parties are for recommended age 6m- year 3*(with older siblings welcome!) more information and tickets can be found on the website here.

Camp Fantastic 

Book now for May half-term’s Camp Fantastic’s at The Vale Primary School, Epsom (Tuesday, 28th – Wednesday, 29th May).

For more details and booking go here.

May half term gymnastic camps  РAerial Tumbling Club (ATC) 

ATC is a British Gymnastics registered club and it holds holiday camps during every school holiday. This May half term’s dates and times are above. The camps are run by a team of qualified and experienced coaches. Children get a full day of gymnastics and get the opportunity to learn new skills and make friends.

Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis and spaces do tend to fill up very quickly.

Contact Head Coach Justine for more information or to reserve a place  or visit the website

Nick Cope Family Show 2024 at Epsom Playhouse 

Nick Cope has been writing and recording his beautiful and totally unique songs for children and their families for over 10 years, he performs with his guitar and animations to sell-out crowds all over the country. He has an incredible fan base from all over the UK which has just grown immeasurably over the last year due to the phenomenal success of his CBeebies show Nick Cope’s Popcast, now into its third series.

Nick sings his uniquely crafted songs while playing his guitar accompanied by a backdrop of Nick’s beautifully animated projections.

He will be performing at Epsom Playhouse on Wednesday, 29th May (2pm).

Prices from:
Adult £16 Child £15
Recommended Age 3+

For more information and booking go to:

Grow Cook and Enjoy

Join Grow Cook and Enjoy for either a half or full day of baking on Thursday, 30th May. Enjoy cooking:

– Pizza
– Gnocchi
– Baked Italian Peaches with an cookie crumb
– Pasta
– Handmade pasta sauce
– Italian crinkle cookies

This workshop is for children aged 5 plus unless accompanied by an adult. It will be a super fun day of activities more information can be found here.

Half Term at Ashtead Library 

Head to Ashtead Library this May half term¬† (Thursday, 30th May and Saturday, 1st June) for the final two Mad Science Events of 2024. If you missed out in February, or if you just want to have another go, now is your chance to secure yourself a spot. Spaces normally go quickly for this event, so don’t delay, email them today:

Barnardo’s Can Do!

Head down to Can Do! – a supportive play group for families of children with additional needs.

Date: Thursday, 30th May
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Location: Epsom Family Centre

Booking is essential – email on

Pop Divas at Epsom Playhouse 

Thursday 30th, May at Epsom Playhouse: Pop Divas Live! is the UK’s number one pop concert experience meaning you can sing and dance along to all your favourite pop stars!

With family friendly choreography and lyrics, your little divas and their friends will have the best time of their lives at Pop Divas Live!

Featuring all their favourite female stars including, Little Mix, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, JoJo Siwa and many more, the hits just keep on coming.

For more information and booking go to:

May half term Small Group Training Sessions – Roll With It

Roll With It Football Coaching Small Group Training Sessions for outfield players & goalkeepers is happening this May Half Term on Friday, May 31st. 


A small group training session allows players of all ability levels to book on as an individual and be part of a group, to help players build strong partnerships, and compete against one another in a competitive, yet functional environment.

The sessions ratios are kept to a minimum so players are always actively involved & engaged. This then allows us to deliver the training session to a high energy level with added levels of technical detail and healthy competition.

The coaches can also deliver more tactical details within the session to help stretch the player’s overall knowledge of the game.

Spaces are limited in each age group! Don’t miss the chance to train with us & elevate your game,

9am ‚Äď 10am:

U6-U7 (Yrs. 1-2) Outfield Players: CLICK HERE

U6-U7 (Yrs. 1-2) Goalkeepers: CLICK HERE


U8-U10 (Yr. 3-5) Outfield Players: CLICK HERE

U8-U10 (Yrs. 3-5) Goalkeepers: CLICK HERE


U11-U14 (Yrs. 6-8) Outfield Players: CLICK HERE

U11-U14 (Yrs. 6-8) Goalkeepers: CLICK HERE

The Derby Family Festival 

Choose from Friday, 31st May or Saturday, 1st June and book your tickets to The Derby Family Festival for a half term to remember!

JB from JLS will be hosting The Derby Family Festival this year, making sure that you and your kids don’t miss any of the action on the track while you all enjoy family fun and entertainment, with selected rides FREE!

For more details and booking go here.

Book Now!

Girls-only Development Sessions РRoll With It 

Roll With It Football Coaching has a real passion for female football having worked at the professional elite level of the game. They recognise that female football is on the rise & want to help inspire the next generation of female football players & coaches.

They are able to provide girls the opportunity to play regardless of their ability, background or age. They create an inclusive environment that allows girls to increase their confidence, self-esteem and develop their skills.

The Sessions will include:

-Speed & agility footwork
-Ball Mastery
-Technical sessions to develop – dribbling, turning, passing & striking
-Small sided games

All coaches are FA and UEFA qualiÔ¨Āed & experienced, with an in date safeguarding & emergency first aid certificate as well as being DBS checked.

For full details and to book a place go to: 

Summer Vocal Coaching Sessions 

This summer top vocal coach Roz McLeod CT ABRSM (Voice) is opening her Studio doors to anyone who would like to have a vocal coaching session or a series of sessions with her.

Roz has been working with singers, speakers, presenters, auditions and performers for 25 years and is highly qualified and the go-to person for all things vocal – her waiting list is testament to that! Whilst regular lessons with Roz are hard to book now as she only teaches a limited number of regular pupils, you can still get to work with her this summer.

To book your session, book in at The Ultimate Voice Box Office by clicking on this link here: Or to find out more, contact on 07745 852836.

Boxing for juniors at VFit Ewell

Come and learn the basics of boxing and self-defence in a fun and friendly environment whilst improving your overall fitness at VFit.

Their resident boxing coach Archie Saunders is very experienced in coaching children of all ages the techniques of boxing.

To join/more info contact

Class is limited to 10, so hurry and book your child’s space.
3:45 – 4:45 (ages 9-11)
4:45 – 5:45 (ages 12-16)
£10 per class

*you do not need to be a member for your child to participate*

NEAT Soccer Saturdays 

NEAT Soccer Saturday morning club at the NEAT HQ (KT19 8SB) are fun football session for kids in years 1 to 6, which run throughout May and conclude on Saturday, June 1st.

They start at 9am and end at 10am

What is included in the session:

– football matches ⚽️
– Football games ⚽️
– Football inflatables ⚽️
– Football prizes to be won 🏆
– Skill games 🔥
– Extra football training 🎉

To book for the session please sign up via the booking link.

Derby Weekend at Epsom Social

If you’re looking for a place to soak up the Darby atmosphere with food and drinks then look no further than Epsom Social.¬† Uptown Flava will be grilling up a storm from 4pm until late on the terrace on Friday, 31st May (Ladies Day) and beers will be available midday to 11pm. They’ll be there all day on Derby Day on Saturday, 1st June.

Inside the kitchens will be open as usual with a full bar. Your destination in Epsom before, during and after the races!

Free Children’s Activities in London – Half Term¬†

Five Free Activities for Kids in London for May Half Term

For those that are thinking of heading into London this half term, here’s a round up of five FREE activities that are happening.

Coming Up!

Ewell Village Artisan Market 

The popular Ewell Village Artisan Market returns to its usual home of The Grove, Ewell Village for Saturday, 1st June.

A showcase for local businesses, products and producers, you’ll be treated to an array of goods including: wooden hand crafted gifts and toys, art, decor and vintage items; homewares, honey and beeswax products, handmade jewellery, fresh pastries and artisan breads; speciality coffee, award-winning preserves, herbs and spices; ladies clothing and accessories; handmade soap, body butters and vegan skincare products, bamboo eco-friendly products and more!

Ewell Community Cinema РMoulin Rouge 

St Mary’s Church is hosting its Ewell Community Cinema to watch Moulin Rouge on Saturday, June 1st (6.30pm-11pm). The ¬£10 ticket include a glass of fizz. There’s also a licensed bar.

Book tickets here.

Route 406 Heritage Day 

Ride free on old buses in service on London bus route 406!

Open-platform green buses with real conductors will run between Kingston and Epsom (route 406) on Sunday, 9th June 2024.

Buses being used will mostly be the iconic Routemaster, dating from the late 1950s and 1960s, and their predecessor the RT-type, which in the 1950s formed the largest standardised bus fleet in the world.

No need to book, just turn up at a route 406 bus stop and put out your hand!

For more details visit:

Charity Dinner at The Secret Garden 

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is delighted to announce that its next fundraising event will be a sumptuous dinner at, the soon-to-open, The Secret Garden at Ewell Court House on Friday, 28th June (from 7pm).

It promises to be a very special occasion! Please save the date and for further details visit:

Save the date

Ezee Sport РTeddy Bear Picnic and Sports Day 

It’s not long to go before the ezee sport annual Teddy Bear Picnic and Sports Day.

Save the date (Sunday, 9th June 12pm‚Äď4pm) and join for another fun afternoon out in Nonsuch Park.

You will have to bring your own picnic, but there will be stalls selling cold drinks and cakes.
You will also need some cash for all the stalls and fun games for the kids to help raise funds for our charities – Downlands Trust and NCT.

Zambezi Sharks Charity Golf Day 

It’s the Zambezi Sharks Charity Golf Day at The Horton Golf Club on Saturday, 15th June. For further information contact William Davis on 0725303194 or Claudia Moore on 07897699586.

Lady Livingstone’s Regency Ball at The Horton

The date for Lady Livingstone’s Regency Ball at The Horton is set (Saturday, 20th July). Keep your ears to the ground for more details…


Epsom RDA provides fun, therapy and achievement for over 200 disabled people each week. They are looking for trustees who are committed to sharing their expertise, knowledge and time to help achieve Epsom RDA’s ambition to increase its impact for over 200 disabled riders.

For more details visit:

Banstead Indoor Variety Market 

Banstead Indoor Variety Market is a lively, friendly, mainly indoor variety market held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of most months in the Church Institute Hall (opposite Boots Chemist) in Banstead High Street.

It’s open from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to visit. You will discover a variety of crafts, sellers and local businesses!

Stall Holders: If you are interested in a stall at a future market please message the Facebook page admin for details.


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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 -

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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