WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – AUGUST PART 1
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 01 Aug 2019
Hello lovely Epsom and Ewell families,
I hope that you have all had a fantastic start to the Summer holidays (I’m not entirely sure that the weather got the memo, but hey!). For those of you sunning yourselves in Europe, or further afield, I’m super jealous; and to those of you who are still in Epsom and Ewell, there are some super exciting events coming up in and around the borough.
I have just got back from the Odeon – my boys were desperate to see Detective Pikachu before it ended on Kid’s Club. Alas, I think we will be visiting a lot more during the holidays thanks to the trailers – the list now includes Angry Birds 2, Wonder Park (thankfully on Kid’s Club), Spider-man: Far from Home and Toy Story 4. Expensive holiday!
There is a lot happening over the next fortnight in the area, I hope that you find something for your family.
Thursday 1st August
Mega Camps are running fun sessions through August, for children aged 4 – 14 years. More details can be found on their website.
Summer Inflatable Sessions will be running throughout the summer holidays; every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Rainbow Leisure Centre, from 14:00 – 15:30. For more information call 01372 7272 77 or visit their website.
The new Fitness Space gym is opening. Dee and I popped in to see it a while ago and it is brilliant! Very techy/gadgety (which I love). Their classes sound really good too.
Godstone Farm is celebrating 40 years with a Festival on the Farm. There is messy play, a music zone, crafts and building; as well as daily family shows, amongst other things. Have a look at more farms to visit in our farm blog here.
Polesden Lacey has some holiday activities. Their Summer Holiday Craft Activities start from 10.00am and there are also Bat Walks taking place from the 7th.
RHS Garden Wisley has The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities running daily from 10.00am, until the 1st of September. Activities include trails, arts and crafts, puppet shows, music and an Eric Carle art display. You will find more details on other National Trust sites to visit here.
Bookham Baptist Children’s Centre has a Messy Play and Indoor Picnic from 10.00am.
Birdworld has a Panto in the Park performance from 1.30pm, Summer of Fun activities, and a Big Bug Bonanza Week taking place during the school holidays.
The ultimate Epsom Downs Rewind is happening this Thursday. The theme for this week is 00’s and Judge Jules will be there to keep the crowds moving. Racing kicks off at 5.45pm and the music starts after the last race, at approximately 8.40pm. The Epsom and Ewell Families team will be there, for a night of Summer dancing and celebrating.
Friday 2nd August
Crafternoons, Bat Walks, Teddy Bear’s Picnics, Walks and a Big Camp are happening at Winkworth Arboretum this Summer.
Saturday 3rd August
Claremont Landscape Gardens have several events and activities over the next few weeks. Activities include Boating, Trails and Walks, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Storytelling, Crazy Golf, Arts and Crafts, and a Camp Out.
Singalonga is hosting a Greatest Showman sing-along at Epsom Playhouse on the 3rd of August from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a children’s theatre performance, is being performed at Painshill on the 3rd and 10th August. There are three performances, and tickets are £12.50 per adult (£8.50 for members), £10.00 per child (£6.00 for members).
And if you are a big Alice in Wonderland fan (like me), then you can continue the adventure by visiting the Guildford Castle grounds for a day of Alice-inspired activities.
Ye Olde Red Lion, in Cheam, has a Family Fun Day. There will be arts and crafts, games, face painting and a bouncy castle, from 12.00pm to 6.00pm.
The Cricketers in Epsom has a Dog Show from 7.30pm. There are four categories: Waggiest Tail, Best High Five , Dog That Looks Most Like It’s Owner and Golden Oldie.
The Derby Arms will be hosting a Peroni Outdoor Cinema, from 8.00pm. A cinema under the stars, and showing one of my all-time favourite films – The Great Gatsby.
Sunday 4th August
The Sun and Moon Festival is taking place at Merrist Wood College from the 4th to 11th of August. There are activities for all: including yoga, meditation, singing classes, swimming, breath work, trails, art classes, drumming circles and much more. Sounds like a great week.
If you enjoy theatre, and specifically Shakespearean theatre, there is a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hatchlands Park. The performance starts at 7.00pm and tickets cost £16 per adult and £8 per child.
Wednesday 7th August
There are many exciting events happening at Denbies over the Summer holidays. There are Teddy Bear’s Train Rides, Birds of Prey demonstrations, the opportunity to be an archaeologist, and theatre performances.
Thursday 8th August
Guildford is being transformed into Guildford-on-Sea again this Summer. The beach is free to enter, and there will be various activities taking place throughout the weekend.
Epsom Library has a day of LEGO building activities.
Jess Glynne will be performing at Sandown Park Racecourse‘s Summer Season. The event starts at 4.00pm and tickets start at £49.50 per adult.
Friday 9th August
If you are interested in learning about the Heathrow Airport Expansion Plans, there is a consultation event at Bourne Hall in Ewell from 2.00pm to 8.00pm.
Saturday 10th August
If you fancy a day trip, out of the area, Hollycombe Working Steam Museum has a Fire Engine Weekend on the 10th and 11th of August.
Sunday 11th August
Sutton Community Farm will be hosting a Pop Up Brunch and Coffee Tasting event from 9.00am to 13.00pm.
There is a Thai Festival, taking place in Godalming from 10.00am to 5.00pm. There will be Thai food, dancing, music and the opportunity to experience Thai culture.
Wednesday 14th August
Pandibakes has a Summer Cake and Craft workshop at Glyn Hall.
Thursday 15th August
Sutton Life Centre is hosting a Summer Fun Day Space Adventure from 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is something to keep everyone busy.
Epsom and Ewell Families, All Things Nice and Tam’s Cakes and Cookies are hosting a Prosecco and Canapes Fundraiser for the Epsom and Ewell Foodbank. Tickets cost £15 per person, and can be purchased from All Things Nice – just pop in for more info.
Summer Holiday Clubs
As well as the ones mentioned above, if you’re looking for any last minute Summer Clubs, here are some of the local ones that are happening (we cannot guarantee availability):
Ambition Dance are running dancing, singing and acting workshops in July and August. Themes include School of Rock, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Lion King. Full details can be found on their website.
Dandelion Theatre Arts, in Leatherhead, have drama and dance Summer workshops from the 1st to the 23rd August.
TinyTalk has Summer Holiday Classes at Glyn Hall, from Monday 5th August.
Swimtime has some 5 day Summer-holiday swimming Crash Courses from 5th August at DW Fitness.
Monkey Music has various Summer Holiday Workshops, starting from 6th August.
Grow Cook Enjoy have a number of workshops over the holidays.
Lili-Mae’s School of Performing Arts is doing Dance Workshops from 27th to 30th August.
For Your Diary
Pistachios in the Park are being visited by Pete, the baby T-Rex Dinosaur on Friday 16th August at 1.00pm.
Wildflowers Family Festival is happening again at Hobbledown on the 16th, 17th and 18th August.
Nearby, there is also the Weyfest happening from the 16th to the 18th August. Weyfest is a music festival held annually at the Rural Life Centre, near Farnham.
There is a Ginsecco Festival at Morden Park House on the 18th August from 12.00pm to 9.00pm.
Bookham Baptist Children’s Centre will be holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the Park on Thursday 22nd August from 12.00pm to 2.30pm.
Mamma Mia 2 is being screened at Cheam Park Open Air Cinema from 7.00pm on the 24th August.
There is a Picnic on the Plaza on the 26th August, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Leatherhead Theatre.
The Merton Abbey Mills’ Kids Fest is returning on Monday 26th August from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
If you are interested in learning how to make bread, then Epsom Bakehouse will be doing an Introduction to Bread Making workshop at All Things Nice on 29th August from 1.00pm to 4.30pm.
Trifest is back on Saturday 31st August, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, in Auriol Park.
There is another Homemade Sunday event taking place at St Mary’s, Cuddington on Sunday 1st September from 10.30am to 12.00pm.
If you, or anyone you know, are getting married soon, there are various Events by Inspire Wedding Fairs from September 2019 to February 2020.
Chessington Open Air Cinema and Live Music is happening on Thursday 5th September.
Kidnation’s Summer Sessions part 2 is taking place on Sunday 8th September from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
There is a Gatsby-inspired Charity Ball on Saturday 28th September.
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I hope that you have a fantastic fortnight – and if you are going on holiday soon, travel safely.
See you soon, for more local fun.