WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – APRIL PART 1
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 01 Apr 2019
Happy April! There is a lot to look forward to this month. I am most excited that it is the last week of school runs, the school holidays are approaching, hopefully more Spring weather and Easter.
We had a great end to March. We didn’t do a lot in Epsom and Ewell (we have had a busy month of birthday parties – my youngest is in Reception) but we had two great trips into London, a trip to The Tea Terrace in Cobham with my mum, a lot of shopping trips (mostly for birthday presents!) and fantastic Mother’s Day festivities.
Speaking of mothers I would like to say congratulations to Dee who last week won Networker of the Year at the National Business Recognition Awards with The Family Network, well done Dee!
As you know, I love the school holidays, so I cannot wait to have my boys home for the next two weeks. We don’t usually make a lot of plans over the holidays, we like to chill out; however the boys have asked to go to the park, cinema and theatre – three of my favourite places.
We will also be going along to some of these events, between now and Easter – I hope that you find some things to do from this list – it is seriously jam-packed!
Wednesday 3rd April
Godstone has a free Mini-Me Art Session from 10.30am to 12.30pm. This week’s theme is Easter.
QEF has a charity Spring Shopping Fayre at Epsom Downs, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. There is free entry.
Saturday 6th April 2019
This weekend is very busy.
Wisley has Rhyming Rabbit family fun from the 6th until the 22nd April. There is a garden trail and crafts. For more information on daily activities, have a look at their website.
Slightly further afield, there is a wildlife trail at Windsor Great Park – until the 22nd April. The trail sheet costs £3.50 and runs daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
From the 6th to the 22nd April, there is a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at Claremont Landscape Gardens. Open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Easter Egg Hunt costs £3 (on top of normal admissions fees).
Also from the 6th to 22nd April, there is the popular Lindt Easter Egg Hunt at Hampton Court Palace. You can take part in the hunt daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
There is a Wellbeing Fair at East Surrey College from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Wiglet’s Easter Eggstavaganza will be taking place at Godstone Farm from the 6th to 22nd April. There will be different adventures and family fun daily, from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Bocketts Farm have an Easter Eggstravaganza from the 6th to 23rd April. Lambing season, meet the shepherd opportunities, baby chicks and ducklings, an Easter trail, crafts and lots more.
Morden Hall Park has a sensory trail from the 6th to the 18th April. Pick up your trail guide from the garden centre (suggested donation is £2) from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
Epsom Mayor’s Charities is hosting a Magic and Mystery night at the Epsom Club.
Leatherhead Parish Church has a Multi-Coloured Swap Shop from 7.15pm to 10.00pm. Tickets cost £18 and include a two course meal and special guest performance by Hedley Kay. Booking is essential.
Sunday 7th April
Floating Feather Forest School has a Nature Crafts Workshop from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Bring a picnic and enjoy creating some nature crafts. All ages welcome.
Monday 8th April
There is always loads to do at Hobbledown, and there will be even more events and activities happening from the 8th to the 23rd April. Have a look at their website, for updates and schedules.
Lili-mae’s School of Performing Arts is running an Easter Dance Workshop 8th – 11th April 9.30 – 2.30pm at Southfield Park Primary school. To book or for more information get in as soon as possible, contact details here.
Unicorns and Dragons holiday workshop at Art-K Ewell from 10.ooam to 12.00pm.
See ZOG at G Live in Guildford on the 8th and 9th April. There are various shows on the two days.
Join the Ultimate Voice for 4 weeks of singing, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. There is also a performance on the 11th April.
Tuesday 9th April
There are various activities taking place at Painshill over Easter. There is a Wild Easter holiday camp from the 9th to the 18th. From the 19th to the 22nd, you can have Easter Family Afternoon Tea; and on the 20th April from 11.00am to 2.00pm, there is an Easter Bunny Hat Craft activity.
On the 9th and 10th April, there is an Easter Holiday Woodland Adventure afternoon at Morden Park.
The Sutton Ecology Centre has a Maisy-themed nature trail from 10.30am. Suitable for 3-7yrs, younger siblings welcome. £6 per child. Booking essential.
Try out Sand Art at Cheam Park Cafe from 11.00am to 1.00pm. There is no need to book. A5/A4 pictures cost £3-4, and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Stagecoach Epsom has an Easter school taking place from the 9th to the 12th of April.
There is an Easter Pop-Up Children’s Baking Club from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. The session is ideal for 7 – 13 year olds.
Wednesday 10th April
From 1.00pm to 3.00pm, there is an Easter Family Craft session at Epsom Downs Family Centre.
There are various Bourne Hall Museum Club workshops over the holidays:
- 10th April 10.30am to 12.00pm – Robots
- 13th April 11.00am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 2.30pm – An Audience with King Henry VIII
- 16th April 11.00am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 3.30pm – Flint Knapping
- 18th April 11.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 3.00pm – Cave Painting
- 25th April 11.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 3.00pm – Cave Painting
For more information, email David Brooks or call 0208 394 1734
Thursday 11th April
Ambition have Mary Poppins and Little Mix Easter workshops from the 11th to the 15th April, at St Martin’s Scout Hut. The workshops run from 9.00am to 4.00pm. (THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED).
Pandibakes has various cupcake and craft courses over the school holidays, the themes are:
- 11th April at 10.00am – London
- 12th April at 10.00am – Easter
- 18th April at 10.00am – Weather
- 19th April at 10.00am – Garden
- 20th April at 10.00am – Spring
Quacky Duck Races at Morden Hall Park on the 11th and 12th April from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
At 11.30am, there is a Slime Making Workshop at The Magic Tree Cafe. For £8.50, you can make some slime to take home, have a sandwich, crisps and a drink. Booking essential.
Yoga, Mindfulness, Relaxation, Crystals, Reiki and Craft class (for 5-10 year olds). £15 per child. Book on the Yoga Bambinos booking page.
Friday 12th April
Art-K Ewell has a Fantastic Beasts clay workshop on the 12th and 13th April from 10.00am – 3.00pm. The class is aimed at children aged 6+.
Easter Arts and Crafts Fun at Leatherhead Leisure Centre from 12.30pm. For children aged 5 to 8 years old (£5 per child). Booking is essential.
Saturday 13th April
King’s Church, off Gibraltar Crescent, has an Easter Fun Event from 10.00am to 12.00pm.
Ebbisham Sports Club has an open day – a great opportunity to see the club and try a different sport.
Find out more about the amphibians living in Morden Hall Park, as you search for them by torchlight. Suitable for families, with children aged 7+. Booking essential.
Sunday 14th April
The Cheam Farmers Market takes place from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Monday 15th April
There is a Dinosaur Invasion at The Ashley Centre, from the 15th to the 20th April. Daily activities and events taking place between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio is coming to Epsom Playhouse.
If you fancy a day trip to Windsor, or if you are near Windsor this holiday, there is an Easter Eggstravaganza Race Day from 12.00pm – 5.00pm.
Tuesday 16th April
Zoolab returns to Deen City Farm, from 10.30am to 4.00pm. An opportunity to meet some exciting creatures and visit the Deen City Farm.
Wednesday 17th April
The Friends Of The Children’s Trust Open Garden (and Hot Cross Buns – yum!) from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Entry is £5.
From 11.00am to 2.00pm, there is an Easter Craft afternoon, hosted by Johnny & Andy at Cheam Park Cafe. All ages are welcome.
Thursday 18th April
There is an Easter Fun Day at Sutton Life Centre from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Friday 19th April – Good Friday
The annual Churches Together in Epsom Passion Play takes place in Epsom from 9.50am. Gathering at the car park opposite the Fire Station and processing to the Market Square.
Morden Park Easter Egg Hunt is taking place from 10.00am on the 19th to the 22nd April.
St Mary’s Church in Ewell has a child-friendly Stations of the Cross service at 11.00am on Good Friday.
Saturday 20th April
Leatherhegg Easter Dragon Egg Hunt is taking place from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
The annual Easter Fair, at The Children’s Trust, takes place from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Sutton High Street will have stilt walkers, faceprinting, activities, balloon modelling and crafts from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Ye Olde Red Lion Pub in Cheam is hosting a Dog Show from 11.00am to 12.00pm.
The Bell in Fetcham will have Easter crafts from 12.00pm to 3.00pm on the 20th and 21st April.
Raver Tots is at G Live from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Tickets need to be pre-booked, there will be no tickets available on the door.
Sunday 21st April – Easter Sunday
Cheam Park Easter Egg Hunt from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Tickets are £3.50 and need to be bought in advance of the day.
Painshill also has an Easter Egg Hunt taking place on Easter Sunday, from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The egg hunt is included in the admission price.
There is an Easter Egg Hunt at Ye Olde Red Lion from 11.00am to 12.00pm.
Easter Thrills at the Abbey Mills in Merton from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Easter Egg Hunt, Live Music, Bouncy Castle, Crafts and Puppet Shows. £5 for the day.
Easter Day family-friendly service at 11.15am at St Mary’s, Ewell – followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.
For Your Diary
Beacon School are having a Car Boot Sale, if you’re planning to have an Easter Spring Clean. The event is on the 27th April from 9.00am to 12.00pm.
The ECRA Duck Race takes place on the 27th of April from 12.00pm and it is a highlight for many local families.
There is a Mum2Mum Market in Ashtead on the 27th April from 3.00pm to 5.00pm and in Epsom on the 28th April from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
Also on the 27th from 7.00pm to 11.00pm, there is Steve Barron’s Final Finale at Bourne Hall, in aid of Crohn’s & Colitis UK. £15pp including a cold buffet. To purchase tickets contact Kate 07540198972 or email.
An opportunity to meet with Surrey Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro and Epsom and Ewell’s Borough Commander Inspector, Joe Easterbrook. The event is at Blenheim School from 6.30pm – 8.30pm on the 1st of May. It is a free event, but booking is essential.
On the 4th of May there is a Posh Frock Charity Ball taking place at Epsom Downs racecourse. Tickets cost £55 and include a 3 course meal, glass of wine, DJ, photo booth and sweet cart. There will also be a raffle and auction.
The Wimbledon, Wandsworth and Sutton branch of the RSPCA is hosting a 50’s-themed Jive for Cats ball at the North Cheam Sports Club on the 24th of May from 7.30pm.
I will be back mid-month for more events in the area, but in the meantime, keep an eye on the Epsom and Ewell Families page and group for updates. And if you need any local recommendations, then have a look at the Epsom and Ewell Families’ directory. Dee is always updating the website with new businesses – all of which have been recommended by those who have used the services.