What’s Happening In and around the area – May Part 4

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 21 May 2021

Half-term and the Bank Holiday are on the horizon, so if you’re searching for a bit of inspiration to keep the whole family entertained look no further. You still need to pre-book half-term activities so get in fast to avoid disappointment!  

Here’s a round up of what’s going on in and around the local area, but if you want to change up and go a bit further afield, Kat’s done a great round up of London cocktail bars to visit this summer (adults only for these of course!). 

Epsom Common Early Morning Bird Walk


Join local expert Graham Cotten on Sunday 23rd May 7.30am – 10am for a morning walk across the Common to see and hear a variety of birds, both residents and summer visitors. Meet by the noticeboard just beyond the gallows gate from the car park onto the Common. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear and do bring binoculars.  Find out more on the Facebook event here.

Grow Cook Enjoy – Biryani Workshop

Learn the secrets of making a wonderful (and healthy) biryani on Tuesday, 25th May with Grow Cook Enjoy. The Zoom lesson, which runs from 6:30pm to 7.30pm, can be booked here. The recipe can be chicken or veggie according to preference.  

Epsom Vegan Market 

The award-winning vegan market run by Ethical Vegan Events returns to Epsom on Sunday 23rd May. You’ll find a wide variety of vegan foods, products and produce with everything from Nordic wellness drinks, spirits, free from cakes and date coffee to eco-friendly toiletries, dog superfood, faux fried chicken and cannabinoids.

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


Banstead Families Nearly New Sale 

Grab yourself a bargain on Saturday, May 29th at the Banstead Families Nearly New Sale at Banstead Community Hall on Park Road (9:30AM – 12:00PM). There’ll be clothes, toys, nursery furniture, nursing goods, baby and toddler feeding items and accessories.

There’s early access with a pre-booked ticket. More details here


Keep Epsom and Ewell Tidy  – Borough Litter Pick Day


Monday, May 31st is Borough Litter Pick Day across Epsom and Ewell. You can litter pick whenever and wherever you want to on the Monday and then bring your hauls to one of the pre-appointed ‘collection locations’ on the day any time from 5.30pm. Locations are TBC so keep an eye out for updates here

You can also opt to join a specific ‘Group Pick’ (see below). 

Group Litter Picks

There are going to be three ‘Group Pick’ sites where volunteers can turn up to tackle a ‘hotspot’ together.

Group Pick #1 is on Alway Avenue – 9.30am-11.30am – Facebook Event details

Group Pick #2 is on Stoneleigh Broadway – 9.30am-11.30am – Facebook Event details

Group Pick #3 is on Wheelers Lane – 9.30am-11.30am – Facebook Event details


Epsom Families Nearly New Sale 

Carshalton Families Nearly New Sale is coming to Epsom on Sunday, 6th June. There’ll be clothes, toys, nursery furniture, nursing goods, baby and toddler feeding items and accessories and more, so come and bag a bargain at Blenheim High School, Longmead Road (10am-1pm). 

It’s £2 entry and there’s early access with a pre-booked ticket. More details here


The Roald Dahl Children’s Camp – Epsom 


The Upper Norwood Library Hub is coming to Stoneleigh; the Methodist Church Centre (KT19 0RT) to be precise. 

Running Tuesday, 1st June 9.30am to Friday 4th June 4.30pm this exciting camp – led by West End professionals – will give children the opportunity to discover and learn about children’s author Roald Dahl. Children will rehearse and perform excerpts from Dahl’s many famous stories including a musical number from the hit West End Musical, Matilda.

A small audience of family members and friends will be invited to watch the final performance at 4pm on Friday June 4th. Book tickets here.

Get up and Grow for half term – Wisley Gardens 

RHS Garden Wisley has a number of half term activities on from Saturday 29th May until Sunday 6th June including garden trails, sessions about pollinators and food scaping, planting workshops, bird of prey displays, storytelling and more. There are loads of events happening on each day so take a look at the full itinerary. Booking is essential. 

It coincides with National Children’s Gardening Week. Here are a few ideas for green fingered little ones. 

Godstone Farm 

* Low ticket availability on some times – get in quick! *

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.

Gatton Park Open Day: Fairies in the flowers and goblins in the gardens

Explore the gardens of Gatton Park on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June and discover magical flower fairies flying around the Rock Garden and naughty goblins making mischief in the Japanese Garden. Takeaway refreshments available to purchase. Open 12-5pm, book your arrival time online at Costumes welcome!

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Introduction to sourdough bread baking

The Epsom Bakehouse is running its popular sour dough class on Saturday, 3 July from 11:00am-12:30pm.

You’ll learn step-by-step the process to mix, knead, prove and shape a crusty white sourdough loaf, using a traditional starter to raise your loaf (you’ll be guided step-by-step how to make your own rye flour sourdough starter before the class). It’s an online class and costs £27. More details and booking 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 TheatreFriday 28th May (7:30pm). 

More information and booking here:


Can you help the Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity with their Virtual Magic Carpet Appeal to enchant children at Epsom’s Casey Ward? 🤩

This appeal is to fund an interactive, digital ‘magic carpet’ for the young patients.

“With a mobile projector, motion sensor and interactive mat, the magic carpet experience allows moving graphics and games to appear on the ground and reacts to movements – meaning patients can be transported to virtual seasides, or take part in a dance-off challenge!

And even more importantly, play can be touchless while the mat is easy to clean and sanitise between users. It comes with lots of pre-installed dancing and competitive games as well as educational themes to encourage physical activity, mental and sensory stimulation.”

The aim is to raise the £8,000 needed to purchase and install the equipment, find out more on the website here:


To keep up to date with all the latest news, events and happenings in the Epsom & Ewell area (and beyond) make sure that you ‘like’ the Epsom and Ewell Families Facebook page and keep an eye on the Events section on the website. 

Have a great week. 

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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