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THE NOVEMBER LOWDOWN – RECAP…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 13 Nov 2023

We’ve already has so many great events this month with so many still to come – here’s a re-cap on what’s coming up including the Epsom Town Christmas Lights Switch on:

Young Mums Coffee Group 

Home Start Epsom, Ewell and Banstead is holding a Young Mums Coffee Group on Wednesday, 15th November (1pm-3.00pm) at the Epsom Family Centre. Aimed at mums aged 23 under, it’s a chance to meet like-minded mums for a coffee and chat whilst little ones play.

Details above and on more information about all their events is on their Facebook page. To book a space contact Epsom Family Centre on: 01372 749 834 or Home-Start (Hayley) on: 07804 519 622.

St. Barnabas Church Soup Lunch 

St. Barnabas Church, Epsom is hosting a Soup lunch on Wednesday, 15th November (12.15pm-1.30pm). For soup, bread and butter, cheese, cake and refreshments it’s £6 per person.

No need to book, just turn up. Everyone welcome. https://www.stbarnabas-epsom.org.uk/

Christmas Shopping Evening 

Friends of Woodlands School is hosting a Christmas Shopping Evening on Friday, 17th November (6.30pm-9.30pm). It’s £1 entry, which will get you a free glass of fizz.

Get ahead with your Christmas shopping; there’ll be lots of lovely things on sale.

Mayfield Lavender 1st Birthday

Mayfield Lavender is about to mark the first birthday of their Gift Shop and Glasshouse Café in Epsom.  On Friday 17th November there will be tasters and demos of some of their lovely Mayfield Lavender products, plus special giveaways.

The time table for the day includes:

• 11am to 3pm – Tasters and demos with the Mayfield team. Try some of the best-selling products including their gins, lavender inspired preserves and home baked goodies from the Glasshouse restaurant.

• 12pm – Meet Mayfield Lavender owner Lorna Maye and learn about the many qualities of lavender and how it can benefit you, from enhancing sleep to easing anxiety.

• Spend over £10 in the shop and get a free lavender bag (a little birthday treat from them to you!)

• Giveaway time – Buy two bottles of Silent Pool Gin and get a voucher for two for a 90 minute Silent Pool Distillery Tour worth up to £50.

Follow them on Facebook here for more information.

Ashtead Park Garden Centre Shopping Evening

Celebrate the start of the season on Friday, 17th November (5pm-8pm)  with a mulled wine, mince pie, festive saxophone music and 20%* of your shopping at Late Night Shopping!  Choose lights, decorations and gifts as well as gardening goodies.
*Real Christmas trees and wreaths, artificial trees, sale and discounted items, fuel, gift cards and The Olive Tree are excluded from the discount.

Find out more here.

Epsom Film Club 

The first Epsom Film Club takes place at Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, KT18 5AQ on Saturday, 18th November (starting at 7pm).

This month’s film is The Queen of Katwe, the true story of a young woman from the slums of Nairobi who discovers she has a talent for chess. We follow her journey as she struggles against the disadvantages of poverty to follow her dream of becoming a chess master.

The space will remain open afterwards for those who want to remain and discuss the film.

This is a free event, but donations for refreshments are welcomed.

Craft Club at Ewell Library 

Craft club

Dive into a world of creativity at Ewell Library’s Craft Club on Saturday, 18th November (11.00-11:45am) with their junk modelling session.

Price: £1 per child

Christ Church Christmas Fair 

Head down to the Christ Church Christmas Fair on Saturday, 18th November (10am-2pm) for fun, food, festivities and chance to pick up some Christmas gifts. Free entry.

ATC Movie Night 

Aerial Tumbling Club (ATC) will be screening “Matilda the Musical” on the big projector at Epsom Downs Primary School on Saturday, 18th November. Non-members are welcome and children can attend in PJs and bring sleeping bags/pillows etc with them.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Contact Head Coach Justine to reserve a place: aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com

£Cash in the Wardrobe Market

Cash in the Wardrobe at Bourne Hall Ewell is for anyone wanting to sell or buy 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, 18th November  (10am-2pm).

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

Rotary Club of Ewell Quiz Night 

Head to Ruxley Church and join the Rotary Club of Ewell on Saturday, 18th November (7.30pm) for a fun evening in aid of 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea Scouts. Full details above.

Contact Olive Harrison on 07876 343730/ olive.harrison@btinternet.com for more details and to book tickets.

Dylan Strong Foundation – Christmas Market  

Start your Christmas shopping early at the Dylan Strong Foundation Christmas market on Saturday, November 18th (6pm-9pm) and help raise funds for children with cancer. There’ll be shopping stalls from beautiful local shops so you can buy your loved ones something unique.

They will also be holding a raffle where you could win one of five luxury Christmas hampers. For more information go here.

Find more Christmas Markets listed here.

Sing-along Film – Matilda the Musical 

Matilda sing-along

On Saturday, 18th November (2pm) at The Horton, get ready to sing-along during the screening of this brand new take on the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the story of an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.

For this child-friendly screening The Horton is providing mats and space for younger children to move around, dance and sing along. There will be a 15 minute interval in the middle of the film.

For further details and booking go to here.

Christmas Market 

On Saturday, 18th November (11am-3pm), there is a Christmas Market at Langley Vale, Village Hall with lots of great stalls providing a host of Christmas shopping options. You can also visit Santa in his Grotto. Further details above.

Nonsuch Craft Group – Craft Fair 

Nonsuch Craft Group

The Nonsuch Craft Group 2023 Fair will be on from Monday, 20th November to Saturday, 2nd December at Bourne Hall (in the Studio Room). You will find the usual high quality hand-crafted items plus some new things too. See above poster for weekday and Saturday timings.

For more details visit their Facebook page.

Ruxley Church Autumn Charity Concert 

Head to see the New Venture Concert Band at Ruxley Church on Saturday, 25th November (6.30pm) – featuring some of their Emmaus star musicians!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang @ Epsom Playhouse 

The Leatherhead Operatic Society will be presenting a dazzling production of the beloved musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the Epsom Playhouse on Tuesday, 21st to Saturday, 25th November.

This amateur production is set to captivate the hearts of audiences young and old with its enchanting story, memorable tunes, and the sheer excitement of live theatre.

Tickets can be purchased from www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01372 742555.

My Book Bug’s Get Ready for Christmas Online Sale 

My Book Bug is having an Online Get Ready for Christmas Sale on Tuesday, November 21st (8-10pm).

Grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine and join live from the comfort of your sofa on the night to snap up some book bargains. All new November titles will be 15% off during the sale, and as always there will also be competitions on the night to win books or book vouchers.

For more details go to the Facebook event page.

Choice Cut Young Film Screening Club 

Do you love film? Are you aged 15 – 20? Do you want to share your passion for film with the local community?

The Horton is looking for people aged 15-20, who are passionate about the power of film, to join its Choice Cut Film Club. This is a unique opportunity to develop your employability skills and add creative industry experience to your CV as well as enjoy some great films.

The club will run from 22 November 2023 to the end of March 2024.

Find out more: https://tinyurl.com/choicecutfilmclub

Epsom Christmas Lights Switch On 

The Epsom Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place in the Market Square on Friday, 24th November (6pm-9pm). There’ll also be food and drink and plenty of family fun.

A Festive Tale at the Ashley Centre 

Head down to The Ashley Centre, Epsom on Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th (10.30am-4pm) for two enchanting days of festive fun. In addition to the spectacular Christmas tree light switch on event, they have an incredible schedule of activities planned. Enjoy live performances, storytelling, photo opportunities, face painting and even a meet with the Gruffalo!

ABBA-themed bottomless brunch at The Ginistry 

The Ginistry is hosting an ABBA-themed bottomless brunch on Saturday, 25th November (12pm-2pm).

Get ready to indulge in a brunch that’s fit for a dancing queen with bottomless drinks, steak & chips and an iconic ABBA tribute duo.

Tickets are £40pp and include food from Meatilicious with vegan options available, music and bottomless drinks. Bottomless drinks include: Prosseco, Draught beer, Haymans Original G&T & Haymans Peach and Rose Cup with lemonade.

Booking is essential – call 01732 750981 or visit the website: https://theginistry.com/epsom-bookings/

The Ginistry have other events going on this month, check out Sammy’s blog here.

Epsom Fashion Week 

It might not be a whole week, but it promises to be a major fashion occasion. Join Epsom & Ewell Families on Saturday, 25th November at Epsom Social for an amazing day of events:

11am – 5pm: Shop ‘til you drop with some amazing Surrey fashion & accessory retailers, SW Wardrobe, Signature Style With Marsha, SID Couture and A & F Accessories (to name a few). FREE entry – pop by at any time, shop and have a bite to eat in the food hall.

6pm: Doors open for the Charity Fashion Show raising money for amazing local charity initiative, Truly Giving. This is a ticketed event with an Epsom Social food/drinks voucher included. Book your ticket today! https://tinyurl.com/3mfwwesa

7pm: Charity Fashion Show begins.

9pm: The After-Show Party. Expect great music until 12am, and soak in the after-party atmosphere with friends.

This event is bought to you by Epsom Social, Epsom and Ewell Families, Surrey Rocks, Surrey Fashion Week, and Sessami.

Hope into Action – how to help the homeless 

Jon Kuhurt, CEO of Hope into Action UK (which enables churches to house the homeless), will give an interactive talk about homelessness followed by Q&A at Epsom Methodist Church on Sunday, 26th November (6-8pm). Find out about the real problems in Epsom and what you can do to help.

Epsom Antiques, Vintage & Decorative Arts Market 

This unique market offers 35+ stalls of antique collectables, curios, vintage, retro, bric a brac as well as vinyl records from traders and enthusiasts from across the South and beyond.

Head down to the marketplace on Sunday 26th, November (10am-4pm) for plenty of Christmas ideas.

Go to the website here for more info.

NEAT HQ Open Day

Sunday, 26th November (12pm – 2pm) is the official opening of the NEAT HQ. There will be a gaming area, face painting, inflatables, football games and more. There will be a pizza van and teas and coffees available.  Follow Neat on Instagram here.

Tadworth & Walton Residents’ Association Christmas Event

Support the local community and businesses by joining in the fun at the Tadworth & Walton Residents’ Association Christmas lighting event on Wednesday, November 29th. Starting at 3pm, with lights on at 4.15pm, there’ll be music and carols, festive food and drink, competitions, Disney Trail Quiz and more.

Coming up 

Comedy at The Horton 

Comedy comes to The Horton on Friday, 1st December (8pm) – Louise Atkinson, Joey Page, Matt Stellingwerf and headlined by magical-comedy star of Britain’s Got Talent El Baldhiniho!

“One of the most versatile newer acts on the circuit, his brand of magic comedy and spoof mind-reading always hits the spot – whether at professional comedy clubs, cabaret nights, theatre shows, student nights, family friendly festivals or events for children.”

Tickets £20; for more information and booking go here.

Find more comedy events coming up in the area here.

Christmas events – book now and dates for the diary

Christmas at Godstone Farm

Select dates from 25th November until Christmas Eve 2023

Christmas comes early this year at Godstone Farm, and families are cordially invited to a festive extravaganza like no other! Godstone Farm welcomes all to immerse themselves in the spirit of Christmas with a magical visit to Father Christmas (daytime and dusk visits), accompanied by a heartwarming live theatrical experience by the Unusual Theatre, entitled ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Find out times and dates for all of the events via the links below. It is strongly advised that tickets are purchased online in advance via www.godstonefarm.co.uk

For more information about all of theChristmas events visit: https://godstonefarm.co.uk/visit-father-christmas-and-enjoy-our-fantastic-christmas-show/  

Epsom Library – Stripey Stork’s Christmas campaign

Epsom Library is supporting Stripey Stork’s Christmas campaign, Santa Stork. Donations can be dropped off from now until the end of the month. The items needed are Christmas themed chocolate, new lego sets for all ages and new toiletry gift sets for men and women.

Stripey Stork is based in Reigate and supports vulnerable families across Surrey with all the practical items they need for their children (from 0-16 years old). In addition to its year-round support for families facing hardship, Santa Stork, aims to provide a brand-new Christmas gift for children across Surrey who would otherwise go without.

Coming up in December…

Merland Rise Christmas Market 

Merland Rise Church is hosting a Christmas Market on Friday, 1st December from 3-6pm. It’s free entry and there’ll be lots to see and do including kids crafts and games, Christmas food and drink, Santa’s grotto and of course market stalls.

Santa Landing – Priory Park 

Santa will be landing by helicopter at Priory Park on Saturday, 2nd December. Join from 9.30am for a magical morning where children will get the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and tell him one last time that they have been good! Bring all the family, enjoy the morning and please dig deep for charity.

Activities include:

* Father Christmas arriving in Helicopter
* Santa’s Photo Booth Grotto
* Fairground Rides
​* Face Painting
* Balloon Modelling
* Hot Food & Drink
* Mulled Wine
* Sweet Treats
* Pizza Van

For the latest details visit the Facebook page.

Sunday Comedy Night 

Get ready for a night of side-splitting laughter as Epsom Social present the “Sunday Night Comedy” on Sunday, 3rd December from 7pm, featuring an incredible lineup of comedic talent that will leave you in stitches!  More info and tickets here.

Christmas Services at St Mary’s Ewell 

St Mary’s, Ewell has Christmas services on December 3rd, 17th, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See above for further details and head to the Facebook page for latest information.

Christmas Wreath Making @ The Well House Inn 

The Well House Inn is hosting a wreath making evening on Tuesday, 5th December (6pm for a 6.30pm start). The £85 price includes dinner, a glass of Prosecco or mulled wine and a mince pie plus all the materials and expertise of Flowers By Liz.

Contact on: 01737830640 or email: info@thewellhouseinn.co.uk to book.

Christmas wreath making 

Would you like to learn how to make your very own Christmas Door Wreath with fresh greenery in time for the festive season? If so, St Mary’s Ewell is running a Christmas Door Wreath Workshop (£20 each) on Saturday, 9th December (9.45am for 10am start).

If you would like to book a place, please email: flowers@stmarysewell.com

Starstruck Dance Academy – Christmas Workshop  

Starstruck Dance Academy is running a Christmas Workshop, on Wednesday, December 20th (10.30am-2pm) at Auriol school, Stoneleigh. There’ll be lots of great activities and a free sweetie stall! Contact Laura on 07834 698 704 to book.

Have a great month – I can’t believe the next lowdown will be for December 🎅🏽!  Lastly if you haven’t already booked a Santa do check out Kat’s blog on where to see him you maybe lucky and get a place.

Fran x

 
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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 - 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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