The October Lowdown

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Oct 2022

October is if course dominated by half term and Halloween fun, so much so that we’ve done a separate roundup, which you can read here. Keep on reading for the lowdown on everything else that’s happening in and around the area this month.

A Day for All – St Mary’s Church


Come and enjoy a day at St Mary’s Church, London Road, Ewell on Saturday, 1st October (12pm-4.30pm).

There’s something for everyone from Morris Men, history talks and beekeeping to arts and crafts, dog training, a trail and a swap shop. Kingswood Shetlands and Friends will be there so you can enjoy petting two Jubilee Shetland ponies; cuddling rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals..

It’s all free, including refreshments through the day, a bread and soup lunch (12.30-1.30pm) and tea and cake at 4pm.

For more details go to the website.

PANDAS Support Group 

PANDAS Support Group is for anyone affected by Post Natal Depression and is held the first Monday of the month (next one Monday, October 3rd) at All Things Nice in Ewell Village. Feel welcome to join this informal group to share experiences or just chat (babies welcome of course).

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Emily Davison, Suffragette 

Chat with Emily Davison and find out what being a Suffragette was like and how she helped to campaign for women’s rights (including her notorious protest at The Epsom Derby) at the next Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club on Saturday, October 8th (1pm-2.30pm).

Cost £5 per child. Further information is available from David Brooks – email

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club/Ewell Library – Roman Ewell 

Alongside the above on Saturday, October 8th (11am-12pm), the club is doing an extra free talk on Roman Ewell along side Ewell Library as part of National Libraries week.

Discover how people learnt to live with Roman power as a small native village became a busy roadside town. Learn how the building of a road brought a new world of ideas, food, pottery, trade and strangers to the area and gave locals a chance to see the world. Learn something of their beliefs. Hear tales of the Roman underworld, sacred springs and sacrifices sealing deep sacred shafts full of gifts to the gods. Learn about what was uncovered during a recent dig, even more strange than earlier discoveries!

There are only 30 places, and you must pop into Ewell library to pick up tickets.

Ashtead Park Garden Centre – demos, talk and workshop 

Head to Ashtead Park Garden Centre for some houseplant expertise on Sunday, 16th October.

Learn how to get the best from you orchid (morning session) and book onto the workshop to create your own terrarium in the afternoon.

  • 11am Orchid Care Talk & repotting demo (FREE, no need to book)
  • 11.40-1pm Orchid Clinic – bring your orchid for personalised advice or repotting. Repotting £3 or free when you buy a pot and Orchid Repotting Mix
  • 2pm Terrarium workshop – limited spaces so advanced booking essential:

Additionally, the garden centre is offering a back-to-school breakfast at its The Olive Tree cafe. Head on down for a sausage or bacon sandwich with a free tea or coffee (8.30-9.30am) or try their Eggs Royale, Eggs Benedict or Avocado and sun-dried tomato topped toast options after the school run.

Merland Rise Church – Sunday Funday 

The next Sunday Funday is on Sunday, 16th October (2.30pm-4.30pm) and it has an autumnal theme. Something for the whole family to enjoy (and hopefully a time for parents to relax!); join them for games, snacks, crafts and gaming.

For more details go to:  Sunday Fundays are held on the third Sunday of each month.

End Stigma Surrey – Launch Day 

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The launch of End Stigma Surrey, a countywide campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues, is taking place on Wednesday, 19th October (1pm-4pm) at The Horton, Epsom.

“We are relaunching our mental health anti-stigma campaign with drama, audience interaction, real stories and discussion, please join us as we begin our next chapter as End Stigma Surrey (formerly Time to Change Surrey).”

This event is for all residents in Surrey, including those with lived experience and health care professionals (refreshments will be served).

Reserve your place here:

For general information about the campaign please visit

Epsom & Ewell Mayors Charities 

Epsom & Ewell Mayors Charities next fundraiser is a fabulous live catwalk Fashion Show on Wednesday, 19th October at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Epsom. Browse the rails after for high street and branded labels and pick up a bargain. Complementary drink on arrival.

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm show. For tickets (must be bought in advance) or to request more information email: Visit the Facebook page here.

Ignite at Polesden Lacey – Autumn Trail 

Returning with a new, after-dark trail for autumn 2022, IGNITE is back at Polesden Lacey. Between Thursday, 20th October and Sunday, 6th November, visitors will be able to enjoy a walk through the gardens at night guided by flickering flames and glowing tunnels of trees with magical illuminated installations along the way.

For more details visit:

Go here to book tickets.

Merland Rise – October Half-term 


















Merland Rise Church has an exciting Kids Half Term Programme for under 11s starting on Monday 24th, October. There’s a Christmas card and gift making workshop on the 24th, movie day and secondhand kids sale on Thursday 27th and a firework-themed sweet treat workshop on Friday 28th. Further details in the above flyers.

More details above and booking via the website:


Sheep Life Drawing Workshop – The Horton 

On Wednesday, 26th October (10.30am-12pm and 1pm-2.30pm) take the unusual opportunity to get right up close to five lovely sheep, who will be taking a day trip to The Horton from their home at NESCOT College, at this special one-off art workshop.

Participants will look at examples of animal art, before heading out into the grounds to study and sketch the sheep (standing with easels or seated with boards). The sheep will be grazing inside a small, fenced area allowing children and families to get close to the animals.
Suitable for ages 7+. All materials will be provided and artwork can be taken home. For more details and booking go to:

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – Cave painting 

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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. On Wednesday, 26th October and Thursday, 27th October (11am-12pm & 2pm-to 3pm) at Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club discover how and why these paintings were created.

Two identical sessions will be run on both days, please book to reserve your place by emailing David Brooks Cost: £5 per child.

Merland Rise Church – Second hand sale 

Merland Rise Church’s Second Hand Sale for all things baby and children (toys, clothes, accessories) is on Thursday, 27th October (10am-2pm).

Its cafe will be open so you can grab a cuppa and have a browse! Anyone interested in a table to sell items, please email Tables are £10 and on are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Yoga Fun for Children – The Horton

For children aged 4-8 years, yoga teacher Neda Rashid is running one-hour sessions of freestyle dancing, deep breathing and yoga poses at The Horton. The first is on Saturday, October 29th (9.15-10.15am).

Neda’s technique can improve confidence, physical and emotional health and release tension, helping young minds to focus.

The class has four stages:

  1. Welcome – learn how to breathe deeply and release tension in a fun way.
  2. Movement meditation – freestyle dancing with soft, colourful fabrics and great music.
  3. Yoga poses – giving strength and helping children to connect their body and mind.
  4. Savasana or final relaxation.

For more details and booking go here.

Have a great October and don’t forget to check out our Halloween Edit.

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 -

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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