What’s Happening in and around the area – July part 1

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 09 Jul 2021

Wow! So who was expecting England to sail through to the final? It feels like everyone’s moods have been lifted. It might be a little tense in my household with our split loyalties!!!  I’ve outlined some local places in this week’s blog that are showing the Euros. If football isn’t your bag though, there’s plenty more happening. Read on…

Stoneleigh Baptist Church


Family friendly football screening at Stoneleigh Baptist Church.  Entrance is free, doors open at 7.30pm. No Alcohol.  More information can be found out their Facebook page here.

ALTétude French Tutoring 

ALTétude French Tutoring is offering free half hour French lessons for parents and toddlers in Manor Park in Sutton. The next session takes place on July 15th (10am-10.30am). Book here.

My Book Bug

Independent Usborne book organiser My Book Bug is hosting its Mega Summer Sale online on the 13th July (8pm until 8pm on July 14th).

Join from your sofa on the night to grab some bargains (sale will also be open for the following 24 hours) and take part in competitions to win books or book vouchers. All new July titles will be 15% off during the sale. Find out more on the Facebook page.

Rainbow Leisure Centre – Summer Holiday Play Scheme   

From Thursday 22nd July to Friday 22nd August, Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom will be running its holiday play scheme. Activities for each day include mixed sports, playground games, arts, crafts, and on some days, an hour in the pool. Spaces are limited; bookings can be made at

There are plenty of local summer holiday clubs being run in Epsom and the surrounds. Check out Kat’s post for a round up.

Godstone Farm – Big Farm Sleepover 

Godstone Farm is hosting all inclusive camping weekends on Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August and Friday 6th August to Sunday 8th August. They include three full days access to the farm, dinner on both Friday and Saturday night and breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning plus exclusive activities before the farm opens and each evening after the farm closes. More details and booking here.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club – summer events 

Over August, there’s a programme of summer catch up free events taking place at Bourne hall.  The first session is on Wednesday, August 4th (10.30am to 12.00 or 1.30pm to 3.00pm) and will look at how the Great War affected Epsom and Ewell.

“Learn about the first men to leave for the Front, and how one of them became Epsom’s most decorated soldier. Discover the Grandstand War Hospital and its ghost, and the 5000 men who arrived from the University and Public Schools Battalion with nowhere to stay! Shiver at their ill-fated march on the Downs under Lord Kitchener’s eye, and their departure for France and the Somme where 75% would be killed or wounded. Find how the Manor and Horton War Hospitals took in thousands of wounded from all fronts, when the survivors of a sunken hospital ship caused an uproar. Join Lord Rosebery, devastated by the death of his son, and discover the strange goings-on in Ewell and how the end of the War led to the death of an Epsom police in scenes of riot.”  

Booking essential; email David Brooks:

The Edge Youth and Community Centre – Free Summer Schemes 2021

The Edge Youth and Community Centre is running free schemes across four centres throughout summer (starting Monday, July 26th) for ages 7-10 and 11-17. All centres are Covid secure, have Youth Workers, activities for all weathers and supply food.

More info here:

Shadbolt Park – The Daylily Garden 

The Friends of Shadbolt Park are welcoming visitors to the Day Lily Garden throughout July when the day lilies are at their best. The Day Lily Garden is situated behind Shadbolt Park House Surgery

More details in the above flyer and in this news article:


My Time for Young CarersSuperhero event 

Calling all adventurous, thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies… On August 8th take part in a 5K muddy army assault course to raise funds for the My Time 4 Young Carers charity. Details above and on their Facebook page: 

Caroline Thornton Photography

Family and wedding photographer Caroline Thornton has a few dates remaining for Autumn weddings. For more details check out her website:

NCT – Sutton & Epsom 

There are a number of FREE outdoor groups run by the NCT for carers, parents, parents-to-be and children of different ages. The groups are lead by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers; everyone is welcome (although booking is essential). You do not need to have done and NCT course or be and NCT member to attend.

Booking for walks and groups opens each weekend, so follow their page or join NCT Sutton & Epsom events to be the first to get the links each week.

Epsom in Bloom

Epsom In Bloom will be holding several great, green-fingered competitions over the year with some fantastic prizes. Find out how you can get involved and what you can win here.

Places to visit 

The Gin Kitchen is an award-winning distillery in Dorking, which offers tasting experiences, bottomless brunches, cocktail masterclasses and even does tapas and has its own cocktail bar. Epsom & Ewell Families recently ran a giveaway; read the lucky winner’s review of her taste and tour experience there.

Places showing the football

If you’re looking for somewhere to watch England in action on Sunday, here are some local venues showing the game.

Barley Mow

The Marquis of Granby 

Ebbisham Sports Club

The Famous Green Man

The Station


The children at Wallace Fields Infant School and Nursery have just done a sponsored bounce to raise funds to stock their newly refurbished library. They collectively did a whopping 19,075 bounces!

If you would like to sponsor their efforts, please go to or

St John’s Church – Stoneleigh 

On Sunday 11th, July there’s a special all age worship at St John’s in Stoneleigh to welcome the new associate minister. Details above.


Good Evening – Supper Clubs

Good Evening’s Supper Clubs have resumed at the new location of PT Depot in Epsom. The informal private dining clubs, featuring authentic Indian dishes, offer a personalised alternative to restaurant dining.

The next date is the 17th July. Read Kat’s review for more details and book here:


Did you know?

You can park in Depot Road Car Park, Epsom all day on Sundays for a flat £2 fee.


Enjoy the football – Forza Azzurri… I mean come on England! – tennis and everything else that’s happening more locally.

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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