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THE OCTOBER LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 29 Sep 2023

🕸 🎃I can’t believe we’re heading into October already! Read on to find out about all the half term and Halloween activities that are happening near you as well as everything else taking place this month. Plus, find out about all the, dare I say it… Christmas events that are booking now!

King’s Church Epsom – Student Night  


King’s Church Epsom is inviting students and young adults (16-30) from in and around the area to their first student night, on Sunday, October 1st (from 6pm-9pm). This will include free games, food, music and a space to get to know the young adults at King’s.

King’s Church Epsom, Longmead Road KT19 9BU. For more information go to: https://www.thekingschurch.org/

Children’s Trust – Pyjama Day 

The Children’s Trust is asking you to hold your own Pyjama Day at your organisation (nursery, school, office) as a fun and easy way for you to support children and young people with an acquired brain injury and help them to live the best life possible. All you need to do is register/sign up, and you can come dressed in your favourite pyjamas, cosiest dressing gowns and coolest slippers during National Pyjama Week (Monday, 2nd – Sunday, 8th October).

Sign up via the below link and download a fundraising pack containing a poster and more fundraising ideas to really make the most of your day and find out more about the difference your donation can make.

https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/events/pj-week

Fatherhood @ The Horton 

Tuesday, 3rd October (8pm – running time 70 minutes): Fatherhood by Altered Skin is a show about the challenges of being a 21st century dad of a young son of mixed South Indian, Turkish and Austrian heritage. Three very different stories of being a dad, and having a dad are brought together with humour and sensitivity, through physical theatre and multilingual text.

For more information and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/fatherhood/

 

ILLUSION:IMPOSSIBLE @ Epsom Playhouse 

ILLUSION:IMPOSSIBLE at Epsom Playhouse on Thursday, 5th October, showcases five of the most incredible illusionists in the world and features exclusive tricks never seen before.

Featuring…

World speed illusionist KAYDEN BLACK
Award winning magician OLIVER TABOR
Highly acclaimed magical duo THE GLAMOURISTS
Plus Special guest

ILLUSION:IMPOSSIBLE is a non-stop show packed with breathtaking magic and illusions from appearing super bikes to impossible predictions and levitations.

Book your tickets here: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/illusion-impossible

Banstead Prep – Gagging for Laughs Charity Comedy Night 

It’s the return of the BPS Comedy Night on Friday, 6th October (7.00pm-10.00pm). You’re invited to join for an evening of fun and laughter, raising money for Brain Tumour Research and The Alzheimer’s Society

Tickets include comedy and a delicious wood fired pizza from Napoli on Wheels. There will be their infamous gin bar and the option to buy wine, beer and soft drinks too.

Compered by Phil Dinsdale, you will also be entertained by three established circuit comedians, whilst having the opportunity to enjoy the licensed bar. Not suitable for children or anyone easily offended.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/26192

The Well House Inn OKTOBERFEST 

OKTOBERFEST is back again for the third year running featuring the fantastic Bierkeller boys. Date: Saturday, 7th October (from 12pm). Call on 01737 830 640 or email: info@thewellhouseinn.co.uk to get your tickets.

St Mary’s Ewell – Messy Church Goes Wild 

Fun for all the family. Head down to St Mary’s Ewell on Saturday, 7th October (2.30pm-4pm) for Messy Church goes WILD! Build a bug hotel in the church yard. Come dressed to get muddy!

Go to the website for more details: www.stmarysewell.com

Ginistry of Sound 

On Saturday, October 7th (from 7pm), Dane Bowers and Ben Ofoedu will be delivering an unforgettable DJ and MC performance featuring beloved classics from the nineties and noughties.

Dane Bowers from Another Level and Ben Ofoedu from Phats and Small form two-thirds of the renowned touring group, Boyz on Block. Together, their music has sold over 10 million records!

Tickets are just £20pp and will sell out fast. Book here now.

Dad’s Army @ Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

Find out all about The Home Guard (aka Dad’s Army) at Bourne Hall Kids Club on Saturday, October 7th (1pm-2.30pm).

The Home Guard defended key targets like factories, explosive stores, beaches, and sea fronts. At night they patrolled fields in which the enemy gliders or paratroops might land. No one expected them to beat well-trained German soldiers. Their job was to slow them down until the army arrived. The expected invasion by Germany never came. Instead, the main role of the Home Guard was capturing German airmen whose planes had been shot down over Britain. They also guarded munitions factories and aerodromes and checked people’s identity cards.

The museum has on display the engine tube from a WW2 V1 fly bomb which fell on Ashtead Common. The tube is the largest part to survive detonation as the rocket explodes and is nine feet long.

£5 per child. Email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk / 0208 394 1734 for further information. 

Epsom Business Breakfast 

Epsom Business Breakfast

There are many local businesses that want to network but struggle to do so in the week. If you can relate, this is an event for you. On Saturday, 7th October (10am – 12pm) at A-Plan, Upper High Street, Epsom, you can network with other local businesses, make new connections and have the opportunity to have new headshots done with a photographer. This is a free event.

More info and link to book: https://tinyurl.com/ycmhjxpv

Extinction Rebellion – Air Pollution and How it Affects You

Join Epsom and Ewell Extinction Rebellion for a family friendly event in Epsom town centre on Sunday, 8th October (10am-1pm).

There will be:
👩‍⚕️ A Doctors Surgery so you can find out about the impacts of pollution
🗳️ A polling board so you can vote for your favourite pollution solutions
ℹ️ Information station to find out about pollution levels at your home and local schools
👩‍👩‍👦 this event is inclusive for all those who care about everyones future in a time of environmental chaos.

For further details head to the Facebook page.

The Horton marks World Mental Health Day 2023

On Tuesday 10th October (8pm), The Horton Arts Centre will be marking World Mental Health Day with a show that takes a journey into mental health through songs and stories. Combining upbeat original acoustic music with thought provoking comedy and spoken word, We Are What We Overcome is the story of musician Matt McGuinness’s journey to good mental health via a very bad idea.

Tickets £10-£20.

For more information and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/we-are-what-we-overcome/ 

Mum’s The Word @ Epsom Playhouse 

On Tuesday, 10th October, you can catch Mum’s the Word at Epsom Playhouse – an uplifting, honest show navigating Motherhood and the drama life throws at you and all about the stuff nobody tells you about parenthood…until it’s too late.

This witty, entertaining show stars Netflix and Eastenders’ Cheryl Fergison joined by actresses Sarita Plowman and Poppy Tierney.

“Whether it’s leaving the house without your bra, crying in the supermarket aisles for no reason, or secretly thinking you had given birth to E.T. You won’t feel alone when listening to these women portray the “beauty” of bringing new life into the world…or forgetting where they left it.”

If you’re a mum-to-be, about to have your first grandchild or even the cat’s mother in need of a witty romp through the trials and tribulations of parental life, then this is the show for you.

Book now here: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/mums-word 

Remembering Epsom’s Forgotten Residents

Join Friends of Horton Cemetery in remembering Epsom’s forgotten residents on Tuesday, October 10th. 

There’ll be a ceremony of commemoration between 1pm and 1.30pm at The Horton Cemetery. There will then be a planting of a crowd-sourced memorial garden to the 9000 Epsom cluster patients buried there from 1898 to 1955 at The Horton Arts Centre (2pm-3.30pm).

Please RSVP here if you can make it.

Happy Circus at Meadow Primary School 

Meadow PTFA is delighted to announce a brand-new event in its fundraising calendar.

Happy’s Circus will be rolling into town on Thursday, 12th October (5-8pm) and bringing their colourful big top tent to the school field for a fun packed family show.

Each show provides seating for 600 people and is hosted by the Ring Mistress and Clown, introducing acrobats, aerialists, speciality acts, magic and lots of audience participation with loads of fun and much, much more.

Tickets: https://www.pta-events.co.uk/meadowptfa/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=64501

You can see a sneak peak of what to expect here: https://youtu.be/Iu59rGEFXVM

The Epsom Big Draw 

Head down to The Big Draw festival (part of the World’s biggest drawing festival) in Epsom Square on Friday, 13th (4pm-6pm) and Saturday 14th, October (11am-3pm). There’ll be lots of free art activities with plenty of fun!

For the latest updates visit: https://www.instagram.com/thebigdrawepsom/

Epsom Methodist Church – Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale

The Epsom Methodist Guide Jumble Sale to raise funds for Guides and Brownies is taking place on Saturday, 14th October (1.30pm-3pm).

Entrance fee: £1 (under 12s free) Earlybirds / Dealers (10.30-11.30am) prior to the sale £5 entry

For further information email: 7thepsomguides@gmail.com

All Star Wrestling @ Epsom Playhouse 

All Star wresting is back at Epsom Playhouse on Monday, 23rd October (from 7.30pm) for all the family to provide you with all the thrills and excitement of all your wrestling favourites!

For more information and booking go here.

Merland Rise – Kids Half Term Fun 

Due to popular demand Merland Rise is running some more events for kids this October Half-term. Join them for some Firework Food Fun with Pudding Lane Cakes, get crafty with Ember Designs UK and finish the week with a fab Magic Show.

Visit merlandrisechurch.org.uk to book your spaces.

Half term @ The Horton

There’s plenty going on at The Horton this half term (Saturday, 21st October – Friday, 27th October) including a visit from
Squashbox Theatre, a puppetry masterclass and mosaic and halloween clay workshops.

Check out the full list of events and classes here: https://thehortonepsom.org/whats-on/

Bambinos & Me – Halloween Holiday Class 

Head down to All Things Nice on Monday, 23rd October (10am-11.30am) for a Bambinos & Me Halloween Holiday Class. There’ll be yoga, mindfulness games, breathing fun, self/peer massage, relaxation and a craft all with a spooky theme (not too scary though!).

This is a drop off class for 5-12 year olds. Booking via https://bambinos-and-me.class4kids.co.uk/ – Please bring a cushion and small blanket or jumper for relaxation.

Cave Painting @ Bourne Hall Kids Museum 

Discover how and why cave paintings were created at Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club on Tuesday, 24th October (11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm), and then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in Bourne Hall’s very own ‘caves’.

‘In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted. They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in.’

Two identical sessions will be run, please book to reserve your place; maximum 16 children. £5 per child. Email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk / 0208 394 1734. 

Godstone Farm – October Half Term

There’s frighteningly good fun to be had at Godstone Farm this October Half Term (From Saturday, 21st OctoberSunday, 29th October).

The farm is turning into a hauntingly happy haven this October with a dairy-frightful line-up of activities that will leave visitors cackling with delight. Here’s what’s in store:

  • Broomstick Mastery – The farm’s expert instructors will teach visitors the art of broomstick flying, just like a true witch or wizard
  • Mystical Predictions with Rosina the Fortune Teller – Rosina the Fortune Teller promises to reveal the secrets of her crystal ball. She’ll have each visitor under her spell with her mystical predictions and uncanny insights
  • Halloween Mini Golf – Get into the spirit of Halloween as you “putt” your way through the farm’s all-new spook-tacular mini golf course
  • Bone-Chilling Skeleton Scavenger Hunt – Venture into the farm’s depths and embark on a bone-chilling skeleton scavenger hunt. Search high and low for hidden animal skeletons and see if you can uncover the farm’s creepy-crawly secrets
  • Petrifying Pumpkin Carving – Godstone Farm is giving you the chance to carve your very own petrifying pumpkins! Carving tools will be bookable on the day

Tickets: Available for purchase online or on the day via www.godstonefarm.co.uk

Halloween at Epsom Library 

Epsom Library is hosting a range of Junior events over October Half Term:

21st October – Autumn Storytime and Craft, 10am – 11am
(£2 per child)

23rd October – Tina Talbot Storytelling, 11am -12pm
(Free event)

28th October – Book Reading and Craft Event with Local Author, Mark Richardson – 11am (£3 per child)

30th Oct – Spooky Stories and Creepy Craft 3.30pm – 4.30pm
(£2 per child)

Please book at the Epsom Library Helpdesk or by email epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk 

RDA Halloween Pony Riding Morning 

Head down to the Epsom RDA (St Ebbas Farm, Hook Rd, Epsom KT19 8QW) for a morning of halloween horsey fun on Tuesday, 24th October (10-12pm).

Limited spaces are available so contact Ellie on ellie@theknightsfoundation.org to book your place now.

Grow Cook Enjoy – Spooky Special Half Term Workshop 

Join Grow Cook Enjoy for a spooky halloween half term workshop on Thursday, 26th October. This can be either for half a day morning or afternoon session (£25): 10am-12pm/1pm-3pm or a full day (£50): 10am-3pm (lunch provided).

For more details and booking go to: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops

Halloween at The Jam Place 

There’s a spooktacular day of dance, music, arts, crafts and fun at The Jam Place on Thursday, 26th October (10am-3pm).

Full details on flyer. To book email: info@thejamplace.com or call 07870 192266.

Low Bang Fireworks @ Godstone Farm 

Godstone Farm’s low bangs fireworks event takes place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October. Marvel at the colour and sparkle as this year’s spectacular fireworks display is choreographed to the music of the movies!

With less noise than a traditional display, this Surrey fireworks event is the ideal choice for little or sensitive ears. You can also enjoy the pre-show entertainment while you’re waiting to be wow-ed by the bright lights and sparkles.

Admissions to the Godstone Farm low bangs fireworks event is strictly by pre-booked tickets only, with a choice of two types of ticket:

Farm Entry and Fireworks Entry tickets – this will give you entry to the farm for a whole day of Halloween themed fun PLUS entry to the fireworks event.

Fireworks Entry tickets (from 5pm) – this will give you entry to the evening fireworks and pre-show entertainment and doesn’t include daytime entry to the farm.

For more details and booking go to: https://tickets.godstonefarm.co.uk/#eventcalendar_17|10272

Rocky Horror at The Horton 

Get ready to enjoy a screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show in The Horton’s Performance Space on Friday, 27th October (8pm). Dressing up is not compulsory but very much encouraged – and those in costume pay less and have more fun.

Tickets: £10, Dress-up Tickets (for those in costume) £8
Groups of 6+ £6.50* per person

Runtime: 96 minutes (plus interval)
Certification: 15

For more information and booking go to The Horton’s site.

Oktoberfest at Epsom Social 

Head down to Epsom Social on Saturday, October 28th (from 5pm) for great beer, special Bavarian-inspired dishes and the lively tunes of an Oompah band at the Oktoberfest Beer Festival!

Limited tickets are available so book early to secure your spot. All tickets include a souvenir Stein glass and your first Krombacher beer. For more information and booking go to: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/oktoberfest-x-epsom-social 

* You can also savour the rich Krombacher’s famous brews all October at the ES bar, from their renowned Pilsner to refreshing Wheat Beer.

Halloween Walk – Ewell

Between October 28th – 31st you can discover the darker side of Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart. Visit graveyards and crime scenes if you dare. Hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and discover the story of Joan Butts, Ewell’s witch. Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the Resurrection Men once stood whilst you learn about their grisly trade? Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail—be careful you don’t get left behind.

Meet at the entrance to Bourne Hall.

Saturday, 28th October  – * NOTE: The walks scheduled for this date have been cancelled 
Monday, 30th October – 2pm to 3.30pm
Tuesday, 31st October –  There will be two walks one at 5pm to 6.30pm and at 7.30pm to 9pm

Cost: £5 per person.  Contact name David Brooks on 020 8394 1734/dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

A walk around the dark side of Epsom’s history 

Saturday, 29th October – A walk around the dark side of Epsom’s history and discover a WW1 ghost nurse, haunted pubs, the matchstick ghost? in perhaps Epsom’s most unlucky house. Ghosts of Neil Gwyn and Stg Green and the lady in the church yard. Lord Lyttleton and his tragic end along with a visit to Epsom’s most haunted house.

There will be two walks one at 5pm to 6.30pm and at 7.30pm to 9pm. Meet at the Clock Tower Epsom Market Place.Cost: £5 per person.  Contact name David Brooks on 020 8394 1734/dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Jubilee Woodland Halloween Trail 

Gear up for Halloween and see out the half term break with a visit to Tadworth’s Jubilee Woodland on Sunday, 29th October for some spooktacular family fun! Join Friends of The Children’s Trust, Tadworth any time from 11am-3pm for their special Halloween trail.

£5 per child entry will grant you a trail sheet, completion prize and bottomless refreshments. It’s a cash only event and for a great cause so be sure to bring plenty of change as there’ll be opportunity to purchase plenty of tempting treats and more!

For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/jubilee-woodland-family-hallow/844351014021884/

Coming up/Book Now!

Epsom Fireworks Display & Funfair 

Time is running out to get your Early Bird Tickets for Surrey’s biggest Fireworks Display plus Fun Fair at Hook Road Arena on Saturday, 4th November. Save £6.50 per ticket if you book before Saturday, 30th September. For booking go here: http://www.epsomfireworks.com/ 

Epsom Christmas Business Social – Early bird tickets 

The Epsom Christmas Business Social is taking place at Epsom Social on Thursday, 9th November (7–9pm).

Head along to make new connections, share ideas, build your business, forge lasting relationships and be part of something special. The aim is to help create a community that supports each other in an uplifting environment. Join 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.

Tickets are £20 and include a £5 drinks/food voucher for Epsom Social. However, early bird tickets can be purchased now for £16.50 here.

Month of Remembrance Walk at Langley Vale Wood 

On this Month of Remembrance walk, on Sunday, 5th November, discover the wonders of Langley Vale Wood, the Woodland Trusts First World War Centenary Wood, with their trusted guided walk leaders. Throughout this walk you will explore the site, the First World War art installations and hear how the Woodland Trust has transformed arable land into a haven for wildlife and people and created a space for reflection to remember those lost in the First World War.

Meeting point: Langley Vale Wood Car Park, Ashtead, Epsom KT18 6BZ
Price: Free
Time: 10:00am
Duration: Approx 2.5 hours

If you have any questions or access requirements please get in touch: langleyvalewood@woodlandtrust.org.uk

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 item plus some new things too. See above poster for weekday and Saturday timings.

For more details visit their Facebook page.

Comedy @ 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.

Book now for Christmas events! 

OK, I know we’re only just going into October but I’m dropping the C bomb… now’s the time to get booked if you (or the kids!) want to see Santa. Kat has done a great round up of where you can catch the big man in red this festive season. Read it here.

Breakfast with Santa @ The Well House Inn

The Well House Inn is offering a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, 9th December (9am-11am). Spaces are limited so book your place early to avoid disappointment by calling 01737 830640 or emailing info@thewellhouseinn.co.uk

Santa’s Secret Village @ Hobbledown (Early bird deals)  

This Christmas, Hobbledown transforms into Santa’s Secret Village and Early Birds get the best deals. Book any Christmas product before October 15th and get 15% off!

Find out about all the Christmas treats on offer here: https://www.hobbledown.com/epsom/christmas-at-hobbledown

Wreath Making Workshop @ The Horton



At The Horton on Saturday, 2nd December, you can create a beautiful hand-tied Christmas wreath for your home with natural materials. The workshop will be led by Jayne McGhee of Grow Cook Enjoy.

Session 1: 10am – 1pm (includes a short break)
Session 2: 2pm – 5pm (includes a short break)

All the materials you need to craft your wreath from scratch will be provided. This includes using willow and foliage to build up the frame of your wreath and then choosing from a wide array of natural items to suit your style.

Participants can choose to spend the whole three-hour session building and embellishing their unique wreath or create something simple plus additional table decorations.

Please bring your own gardening gloves as some materials are sharp and bring secateurs if you have them. For more details and booking go here.

Wreath Making at The Well House Inn 

The Well House Inn is offering a wreath making workshop this year with Flowers by Liz. On Tuesday, December 5th (6pm arrival, 6.30pm start), get in the festive spirit and make your own fabulous Christmas wreath whilst enjoying one of their yummy burgers washed down with a glass of Prosecco or mulled wine.

Call on 01737 830640 or email info@thewellhouseinn.co.uk to book in. Limited spaces available.

 

🎃I hope your October is filled with plenty of treats (and no tricks).

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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