Posted by Francesca De Franco on 14 May 2021

I can’t wait until the 17th. Aside from being able to be more social and tactile, we’ll be able to eat indoors again.

Some of our favourite bars and restaurants such as Rock Salt, Well House Inn and Ciao Italia have done an amazing job with their alfresco set ups, but it’ll be brilliant to have the option of dining and drinking inside. Also, fantastic for all those local businesses that haven’t been able to open due to lack of outside space.

As well as more venues to eat and drink at there’s plenty more happening in and around the area.

Godstone Farm 

Godstone Farm has a new attraction opening for May half term (May 29th-June 6th)… The World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail. If you’re a fan of The World of Dinosaur Roar! or just love dinosaurs this is for you; well the kids. The trail will feature life-size dinosaur models in a natural woodland setting, costume characters, activities and events.

Go to: for more info and to book tickets.

Summer Walks – Early Morning Bird Walk 

Epsom Common Association is running a series of summer walks starting with an early morning bird walk with local expert Graham Cotten across the Common. Join him at 7.30am on Sunday, 23rd May to spot and hear a variety of birds, both residents and summer visitors.

All walks start from the Stew Pond car park, Christ Church Road (meet near the Gallows gate entrance) and last approximately 2 hours.

Epsom in bloom 2021 

Epsom has been entered into this year’s South & South East In Bloom, an annual competition all about gardening, the local community and the environment. Epsom in Bloom will be officially launched on Saturday 15th May (from 10am) with a stall in the marketplace. They’ll be handing out free packs of seeds and launching several competitions.

Find out more here:

Epsom Taste Of The World Super Sunday Market

The Taste of the World markets take place 9.30am to 3.30 pm every Friday, but there is a bonus this weekend with a super Sunday market. Find out more here.

Horton Heath Task 

Epsom Common Association has its first “open” task of 2021 on May 16th-17th, 9.30am-4pm. Bring a mug and your gardening gloves and get involved with some heath maintenance (tea and coffee provided). More details here.

Rainbow Leisure Centre 

Rainbow Leisure Centre play park area will be re-opening from Monday 17th May. Book your session online or via the Better UK app:

Giggle Soft Play

Giggle Soft Play is also re-opening from Monday 17th May.Time slots will be:
Monday to Thursday – 9.30-11am, 11.30-1pm and 1.30-3pm.
Fridays – 9.30-11am and 11.30-1pm.
Saturday and Sunday – 10-11.30am.
All sessions must be pre booked.

Complimentary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray 

Christine is offering a number of complimentary therapy sessions this month.

  • Feel Fabulous – Slim From Within Program – Free 10 day taster program to kick start to your weight loss. Sign up here and start any time

Additionally, Christine is qualified to offer online training in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Reiki. She can train you to use these energy therapies on yourself, your friends and families, and even progress to become a practitioner yourself.

  • Foundation Level 1 EFT training day on the 28th May – 10am – 5pm
  • Level 2 Emotional Freedom Technique on 17th, 18th and 19th June

Email to book. More information can be found here and on the Directory.

Music in the Market Place – MGS04 Epsom and Ewell Arts 

There might not be a festival this year but MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts are excited to be bringing the music back to Epsom town centre. Starting on Sunday, 6th June in Epsom Marketplace and then every Friday 5 – 7pm/Sunday 12 – 2.30pm for three months there’ll be an eclectic line up of talented, professional performers, covering many genres of music.

Youth Dance Auditions 

On Wednesday, 26th May Protègèm Dance Studio is holding youth dance auditions for 8-18+ year olds for its Junior and Senior/Elite teams. Teams from the dance studio are performing at some amazing events! £5 entry. To book your place email

Open Day at Epsom Bowling Club

Epsom Bowling Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday 23rd May 2021. Drop in to find out more about the sport of bowls and take part or contact Les Owen (Secretary) on 020 8224 7295.

Raising funds for Mary Frances Trust – Hogsmill 5 Race 

Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club has chosen the Mary Frances Trust – a local charity supporting adults in Surrey to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing – as its charity of the year. They’re holding their Hogsmill 5 race virtually between Saturday 22 May and Monday 31 May 2021. Ladies (aged 16+) can start anytime between those dates with a 5-mile route of their choosing.

To find out more, visit the Epsom Allsorts website:

Other news

Epsom & Ewell Electoral Review


Epsom & Ewell and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) are holding an online briefing on the LGBCE’s current electoral review of Epsom & Ewell on Monday, 17th May at 6.30pm.

For more info and to have you say go to:

To join the online event register at:…/4945023174482581776 Webinar ID: 515-510-947.

Ewell Dance 

Ewell Dance is offering a free trial lesson for children age 2-18 on a range of different dance styles including: ballet, tap, street and acro.  Find out more here:


The indoor play barn re-opens on May 17th. To comply with social distancing rules, you will need to book a 45 minute time slot through their online booking system at (load on a mobile device).


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The Roald Dahl Children’s Camp-EPSOM


Taking place at Stoneleigh Methodist Church Centre,  Tuesday June 1st – Friday June 4th 2021.

More details and bookings here: 

EzeeSport Half Term Holiday Camps 

Booking is now open for EzeeSport‘s Half Term Camps, which are taking place in Leatherhead, Ashtead and Wimbledon, 1st-4th June.

More details and bookings here:

2020 The Musical

Featuring a ‘phenomenal West End cast’, 2020 The Musical is an all singing all dancing spectacular taking you through the journey of the year of 2020; telling the story of how the last 12 months have affected the arts and highlighting strength, resilience and community spirit. Book to have a great time and support an industry that has suffered greatly over the last year.

Starting at The Camberley Theatre on Saturday 22nd May (5pm) and at The Leatherhead Theatre, Friday 28th May (7:30pm). 

More information and booking here:


Hope everyone gets out and about despite the terrible weather. I had a lovely cheeky lunch out at Coppa Club in Cobham, which has fab igloos that offer protection against the elements! Would definitely recommend 🙂

Have fun and stay safe.

Fran xx

Main photo credit – Zoe Mills Photography

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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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