Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 31 Oct 2018

Hi everyone!

Wow! What a whirlwind end of the month that was… Half Term was a lovely break for us – with a trip to Garsons Farm, catching up with friends and the Satisfied Eye Film Festival.

I was a volunteer on the film festival and I had the most amazing time. From working with Lorna, Chris and the production team to watching fantastic international independent films to attending the awards ceremony and meeting up with Dee and her family. I honestly am still on cloud 9 and cannot wait to be involved on the next one.

This week we have also had great fun carving our pumpkins, getting our house spookified and trick-or-treating yesterday. We do love Halloween and absolutely loved this advice courtesy of the Quadrant Dental Practice.

I honestly cannot believe that it is already November, and only one more month until one of my other favourite times of the year. This November, there are fireworks, 100 year centenaries for World War, theatre reps, markets and much more. I hope that you and your family find something, from my list, to keep you entertained over the next fortnight.

Family Fun in and around Epsom and Ewell

There is a lot to do this weekend – with many of the firework demonstrations taking place on Saturday, 3rd of November.

The Carshalton Round Table Fireworks is taking place at Carshalton Park. Gates open at 5.00pm and the display starts at 7.00pm. Tickets are £6 per person, before the 2nd of November.

As mentioned in my last blog, the Greatest Fireworks Show is happening at Kempton Park Racecourse from 5.00pm. Tickets are £7, if bought in advance; or £10 on the day.

The well-known Epsom Fireworks and Fun Fair is taking place at Hook Road Arena. Gates open at 5.30pm and are £8.50 on the night or £6 from select retailers before the night.

There will also be a fireworks display taking place at Banstead Cricket Club on the 3rd of November. The event will start at 7.30pm and entrance is by donation. There will be a bar, food and merchandise on sale.

You will also find details of firework displays at some of our local schools here.

Also on the 3rd, and not fireworks related there will be the Chessington Running Wild competition taking place at Chessington World of Adventures from 9am.

If you would like your children to try out yoga, then Rowan Perkin will be starting a new MiniYoga class at Ashtead Park Garden Centre. The course runs from the 3rd of November to the 15th of December and costs £65.

On the 4th of November, you can join the fit folk of Epsom (I am, alas, not one of them) for a 5 or 10k run on the Epsom Downs. The race starts at 10.30am.

Also, from the 4th of November if you fancy a trip into London you can see the Oxford Street Christmas Lights. YAY! This is always one of the things that I love to do and it is definitely the start of my Christmas countdown.

The Garden of Remembrance, in Bourne Hall will be reopened by the mayor and local school children on the 5th of November at 11.00am. All are welcome to attend.

On the 7th of November, there will be a commemoration in Epsom Market for the last Epsom man who fell in WWI. The event takes place at 11.00am.

Dee and I are very excited to be attending Waiting for God, the first performance of the Leatherhead Theatre Rep season. There will be other performances of Waiting for God, as well as The Railway Children and Season’s Greetings. Performances take place from the 7th of November to the 24th of November.

From the 6th to the 10th of November there is the popular Gift Market at Bourne Hall. Taking place daily in the foyer from 10am – 5pm (and 4pm on Saturday).

From the 9th of November – 27th December, the Southbank Christmas market returns. A quick train ride into London Waterloo; for seasonal goodies, festive lights, gifts, mulled wine and street food.

On the 10th of November there is a Terrific Tanks workshop hosted by the Bourne Hall Museum Club. From 11.00am – 2.30pm. The cost is £8 per child.

And also on the 10th of November, there is the Woking Fireworks Extravaganza at Pyrford Cricket Club; starting from 5pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for U/12’s.

To mark the Remembrance Day centenary, there will be a variety of Remembrance Day parades and services taking place in and around Epsom and Ewell on the 11th of November. There will be services at St Mary’s Church in Ewell throughout the day, and there will be a service at the Ashtead War memorial commencing at 10.30am. In the afternoon, there will be a Remembrance Day concert taking place at Epsom Playhouse from 3.00pm. Then from 6.00pm – 8.00pm, there is a Beacons of Light celebration taking place at Bourne Hall, with World War re-enactors and singing by the Epsom Male Voice Choir.

One for your diaries

From the 16th – 19th November, the Emily Davison Memorial project have organised a four day festival at Christchurch in Epsom commemorating the Vote 100.

I have already started getting emails from Santa’s Grottos that we have previously attended, so I would recommend to start booking one soon. We’ve done many Grotto visits over the years, including Harrods and local Christmas Fairs, but our favourite places to see Santa have been at Ewell Yule, Santa’s Sitting Room (we so badly wanted to go here again this year, but the dates don’t work for us), Chessington World of Adventures, LEGOLAND and LaplandUK – quite possibly the most magical Santa encounter that any of us have ever had. And if you need ideas of where else you can go to see Santa, check out Sam’s blog.

To kick-start the festive season locally, we have the Christmas Lights Switch On taking place on the 17th of November at the Ashley Centre in Epsom. There will be entertainment, music and the switching on of all of the Christmas lights.

Another central Epsom event is The Spirit of Christmas (lights on) event taking place on the 22nd of November in the Epsom Marketplace and is raising funds for theEpsom’s Riding for the Disabled Association. From 4.00pm – 8.30pm, there will be a selfie snow globe, Santa’s grotto, fun fair, mulled wine and donuts, roaming unicorns (I am particularly interested in this) and performances from the Epsom Stagecoach, Protegem Dance and other local dance schools.

On the 30th of November, Stoneleigh Broadway will be turning on the Lights on the Broadway. Festivities begin at 4.00pm and will go on until 8pm. There will be stalls, activities and food provided by the Stoneleigh Broadway traders, fun fair rides and another chance to meet the big man in red.

Santa returns to Ewell Village for the annual Yule Ewell Christmas event on the 7th December with children from all local schools singing carols from 5pm, food and stalls, plus hot mulled wine, children’s rides, dancing from Ewell St Marys Morris Men outside the Green Man.

The Cheam Village Christmas Fair is also on the 7th of December and will have stalls, activities, Santa, gin and prosecco and the switching on of the lights.

You can book now for the Ewell Grove Players panto Peter Pan. On Saturday 8th of December at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Tickets are £7.50 for all tickets, all proceeds go to the Friends of Ewell Grove.

The Look Good Feel Better charity, based in Epsom, is hosting a Christmas Carol Concert on the 10th of December at St George’s Church in London.

You can learn how to make beautiful Christmas cupcakes in Ewell this December. Pandibakes is running day courses on the 15th, 22nd and 23rd of December at Glyn Hall in Ewell Village.

And if you have a baby, there is a Baby Sensory Baby’s First Christmas Party taking place on the 17th of December at Epsom Methodist Church and the 19th of December in Stoneleigh. Tickets are £12.00 for two adults and one baby.

For more information on local events and activities, please check either the Epsom and Ewell Families Facebook page or group, or you can look on the Epsom and Ewell Families website, for local blogs, and recommended services and businesses.  Lastly please wish Epsom and Ewell Families luck as the directory has been nominated for an Epsom and Ewell Business Excellence Award, the awards ceremony will be taking place on the 15th November so keep your fingers and toes crossed!

See you mid-month for more exciting winter activities.

Love Kalli x

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Kalli Pasqualucci
Kalli lives in Epsom with her two boys and husband.

She is passionate about film, theatre, art, music, books and good food. She is a digital marketer and social media manager and teaches yoga.

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