Posted by Francesca De Franco on 06 Aug 2021

Well it looks like the weather will get worse before it gets better, but it wouldn’t be a British summer without sunshine, rain and four seasons in a day. There’s still plenty to enjoy whatever the weather. 

Find out what’s going on in and around the area and the things to book now in this week’s blog. Don’t forget Michelle’s post detailing parks with cafes – perfect for taking refuge and dodging showers!  

Manor Park Dog Show

The famous Manor Park Dog Show is a fun FREE event for all the family and is in aid of Paws2Rescue. It takes place this Sunday (8th August) between 2.00-4.30 pm. There are lots of different categories including ‘Best child handler’ and there’s free liver cake for all canine contestants!!? 

For more details and booking see Eventbrite

Bourne Hall Summer Walks – Epsom Downs 

The first of Bourne Hall Museum’s Summer Walks series kicks off on Tuesday, 10th of August.

“Discover the history of Epsom’s Grandstands, which have provided a home for Mrs Beeton and a hospital for wounded soldiers. Learn what part the Downs have played in wartime, from the English Civil War to the Battle of Britain. Armies have trained here and during WW1 20,000 men paraded in a snowstorm. The Racecourse and the Downs were saved by the actions of one man during WW2 – discover who and how. Hear tales of the Derby, Gypsies, pubs and ghosts!” 

Walks cost £5 per person and are limited to 20 people per walk. Places must be booked with David Brooks by emailing

Meet outside the Derby Arms, Epsom KT18 5LE.

Epsom Taste of the World Sunday Market 

The ever popular Taste of the World market is at Epsom on Sunday, August 5th  9.30am-3.30pm. Get down there for a great selection of food and take away stalls from around the world.

South East Rivers Trust – Hogsmill River… ideas needed 

Do you live in the Ewell area? Do you want to have your say on improving the Hogsmill River for people and wildlife? If so, stop by at one of the South East Rivers Trust Community Drop-in events. They’re taking place on August, 19th and August 23rd (3-7pm). Share your ideas for the Hogsmill and find out about its Chamber Mead Wetlands project. Find out more here

Laird Academy – Summer extravaganza 2021 

Laird Academy presents its Summer Extravaganza 2021 running Tuesday, 10th August to Thursday, 12th August. It’s three days of fun-filled classes for all ages and all taught by West End professionals. For more details see its Facebook page Email: to secure your child’s space. 

Mayfield Lavender – Bee Buddy Trail

Follow the Bee Buddy Trail at Mayfield Lavender (1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA) and learn about the secret world of bees through facts, jokes and activities. There are letters to find at 13 signs on the field, which unlock the hidden word. Decipher the word and then collect a badge as a reward. 

Ask at the shop upon arrival to get your trail sheet. More details here: 

Gatton Park – Forest Fun

Children can explore the woodlands at Gatton Park (Reigate) through organised play including mud, fire, dens and woodland crafts on Monday, August 9th – 10-11.45am or 12.45-2.30pm. Recommended for children aged 2-7 years. Book online at:

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Family Fun Day at Epsom Racecourse 

On August Bank Holiday (Monday 30th), there’s an afternoon of racing combined with free entertainment for children including: face painters, bungee trampoline, mobile climbing wall, balloon modeller, pony rides, carousel and mascot race.

For more information and to book tickets click here

ALTétude French Tutoring

ALTétude French Tutoring is officially opening La Classe Des Marmottes, a class for children aged 5-10. The new term starts on September 11th and runs on Saturday mornings 9-10am & 10-11am at Shawley Community Primary School. To book a space contact: or fill out this form:  

Momentum Children’s Charity – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Join the Thames Path Challenge team this September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a great way to show support, help spread awareness of the work the charity does in supporting children with cancer, and of course raise funds for their vital work.

Big Questions with the Archbishop of Canterbury

On Saturday, 25th September (3.30pm–4.45pm), there’ll be a unique opportunity to put questions to the Archbishop of Canterbury and hear him speak on how to find security and hope in uncertain times.

For more details and to register for the free event, which takes place at Blenheim High School, Epsom click here.

Don’t forget…

Banstead Village Day Celebrations on Saturday 7th, August. There’ll be high street entertainment, shop competitions and plenty to entertain the kids. Opening by the Mayor at 10.30am. Come and support local businesses, charities and community groups!  

All money collected will be donated to local charities. Further details here:

BBL Flower School

The hugely experienced florists of BBL Design are running Hand Tied Classes at their shop in Ewell Village on Saturday, 7th and 14th August at 10am and 2pm (on both days).

They provide all the lovely blooms and teach the methods you’ll need to create your own hand tied bouquet, which you can take home to enjoy. More information and booking:


YMCA East Surrey 

YMCA East Surrey is looking for volunteer mentors for its Y-Girls project. Could you spare a few hours each week to inspire, empower and make a difference to a young girl aged 9-14? 

Interested? Find out more at…/ys-girls-mentoring/


I’m taking a couple of weeks off with the family, so until next time have fun and stay safe. 

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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