WHATS HAPPENING IN THE AREA – MAY EDITION 2
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 16 May 2018
Hello Epsom and Ewell families!
Wow another 2 weeks have passed at laser fast speed.
Recently Epsom and Ewell has been buzzing with local events and activities, and we have had our fair share of fun over the fortnight. I hope that you have too?!
Last week I attended the programme launch for the MGS04 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival. I am so excited about it. It will be held from the 2nd – 8th of July at various locations around the borough. I am a volunteer for the festival and am helping to head up the Lost Words initiative. I absolutely love it (my favourite words are Flittermouse and Hedgepig, what are yours?).
This week (14th – 20th May) is Mental Health Week, with a focus on Stress. There is a fantastic blog post on the Mental Health website and also resources to manage and reduce your stress and anxiety. I have been there and many others have too, as was evident in the #thereforher posts on social media recently. Talking about mental health, especially this week, is vitally important; as is finding ways to deal with and manage your stress and/or anxiety – there are various yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes in the area; some are on the Epsom and Ewell families directory and there are also a handful of course held at St Michael’s The Sanctuary in Ewell.
I have a collection of events that I think will provide everyone with things to do, over the next two weeks. Enjoy!
I am so excited about Epsom’s Vintage and Vinyl Fair, taking place on the 19th of May at The Stables behind the Albion Pub from 11.00am – 4.00pm. If you are looking for vintage, vinyl or art (amongst other things), then pop over to browse what the stalls have to offer.
This Sunday, 20th of May, is the popular annual Momentum and Ollie’s Star Superhero Walk. Held at Poole Road Recreational Grounds. Alongside the walk there are also activities, food, stalls and a raffle.
If you would like a different kind of walk, then EEBC Countryside Team member Peter Howarth will be guiding a walk around Epsom Common. The walk will focus on Natural History and will start at 2.00pm. £5 per adult or £2.50 for children. More info here.
Sandown Sport will be holding their annual Dual Slalom Championships on the 20th May. Open practice starts at 10am and the racing will get underway at about 12pm. There will also be activities, a bouncy castle and the opportunity to meet Eddie The Eagle.
Busylizzy Epsom and Leatherhead are hosting a FREE trial class on the 22nd of May at Ewell Court House, from 12.45pm – 1.15pm. The class involves singing and signing.
If you are heading into London in the next few weeks and your little ones love Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka then you need to book to see In the Night Garden Live at the O2. There are still some tickets left at £14.50, and a variety of performances from the 24th May – 9th of June.
On Saturday the 26th May the Scouts are holding lego sessions to fundraise for a trip to the USA. You can find out more on the Facebook event here.
Epsom Derby Day is fast approaching and that means that the Arts and Craft Market will be returning. 10am – 4pm on the 27th May. There will be market and food stalls, buskers, children’s rides and more. There will be many more events during the week.
Plenty of fun to be had on Sunday 27th & Monday 28th May in Nonsuch Park for The Nonsuch Town and Country Show is back.
On the 28th of May you can support Sutton Mencap at the Rotary May Fair held at Cheam Recreational Grounds. The event is taking place between 12.00pm and 4.30pm and costs just £1 per adult and 50p per child. The event promises to provide hours of entertainment and activity for the whole family.
Pop into the Bourne Hall Gallery from 29th May – 2nd June, featuring photography work by Jools and Simon Hart. Entry is free.
There is also Milkshake Live happening at Dorking Hills on the 30th of May. Tickets cost £16.50 per adult and £15.00 per child, or £59.00 per family. The performances are taking place 12pm and 15.30pm.
So lot’s to do 🙂
Half Term Activities
Hobbledown are up to Mucky May-hem fun this half term with their Merrydown Festival returning. From the 29th – 31st May, you can get up to all sorts of Messy fun from sensory play and a creation station to Slime Pass and a Foam Party. There is something for every age child (including the big ones too – I want to do this!!!). Tickets start at £10.50.
Join the Wild Wood Festival at Wakehurst this half term. Action-packed fun and activities for all ages, daily from 10am – 5pm. It is included in your entrance ticket.
Pandibakes has Half Term cupcake courses on offer. Children, aged 5+, can learn how to be creative with designing cupcakes. There are also craft activities. The course is 2 hrs and costs £20.
Brilliant Bilinguals will be hosting a Half Term Spanish holiday programme from the 29th May – 1st June. The club is for children between the ages of 3 and 11 and is based on Ruxley Lane, Ewell.
Half Term comes to an end with the Epsom Derby Day – a social highlight for many Epsom locals. Ladies Day is held on the 1st of June and the Derby is on the 2nd June. The hillside enclosure is perfect for families who would like to be involved in the action.
New in Epsom and Ewell
Now not quite Epsom and Ewell but it is very exciting news for local South Africans who need some home-grown products. Inyama’s, a new African Deli and British Artisan shop, is opening in Cheam Village (they are hoping at the end of May). I love Cheam Village as it is, but this makes me even more excited to visit.
Coffee & Cuddles at All Things Nice is a drop-in mum & baby morning on Tuesdays from 10-12. The very lovely Mary, who is a retired midwife & breast-feeding advisor, runs this fun and informal weekly event.
Epsom Playhouse is hosting a Beauty and The Beast sing-a-long performance on the 25th of May from 7.00pm. I know a few of my friend’s children who would LOVE this! Tickets start at £11.
Don’t forget that Epsom Odeon has Kids Club on weekend mornings and during half term, if you need to get the kids out of the house on a rainy day (but I am hoping that we won’t have any more of those for a while).
So much to do in the next two weeks, I hope that you all have fun. And that you have a lovely half term.
I will be back in June with more fun things to do in and around Epsom and Ewell but in the meantime as Dee updates the Epsom and Ewell families Facebook page regularly do make sure to follow the page and join the group to stay up-to-date. And if you have anything that you think your fellow readers would be interested in knowing about, please let Dee or I know.