WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – NOVEMBER PART 2
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 15 Nov 2018
I have had a really wonderful albeit very busy two weeks. I was in London at the beginning of November for a mums day off at the Spirit of Christmas (which was magical), had a trip to Leatherhead Theatre with Dee to see the fantastic Leatherhead Rep Company’s Waiting for God. We also got rained on at school fireworks, went to a very moving Remembrance Day parade and went to the Epsom Odeon to see The Grinch – I am feeling very festive now; and am also really looking forward to these next two weeks, as we have an inset day at the end of the month… and it’s almost December.
As you are are reading this we would have been to the Epsom and Ewell Business Awards at the UCA as Epsom and Ewell Families was nominated for an award, which is super exciting. It wasn’t our night but we had a super evening networking with some great local businesses, congratulations to the all the winners, you can find out who they are here.
There is quite a lot happening in and around Epsom and Ewell and also a bit further out, over the next two weeks – so I hope that you will find something for your family to do.
If you fancy a trip into London, the South Bank Winter Market has started. It is a great opportunity to eat, shop and be merry; and it’s only a quick 30 minute trip from Epsom into London.
As I mentioned in my last blog from the 16th – 19th November, the Emily Davison Memorial project have organised a four day festival at Christchurch in Epsom commemorating the Vote 100.
There is still time to see the Leatherhead Rep Season at the Leatherhead Theatre. Railway Children – Sam reviewed it here – is running until Saturday, 17th of November; after which you can see Season’s Greetings from the 20th to the 24th November.
On the 16th of November, there is another opportunity to see fireworks. Meadow Primary School PTA are hosting fireworks from 6.00 – 8.00pm and however they will not be selling tickets on the door.
Also on the 16th of November, there is a Christmas shopping evening at Ewell Castle school. The event is from 7.00 – 9.30pm and there will be many stalls available, to get your Christmas shopping done. I will also be there – so please come along and say hi!
Saturday 17th November from 10.30-11.30am the 7th Epsom are holding a Jumble Sale at Epsom Methodist Church. Doors open at 1:30pm and entrance is just 50p.
Also on Saturday for the little bookworms Waterstones Epsom launch the the next three titles of local authors Mandy Archer and Stephanie Clarkson series of literary classics for little people. You can meet the illustrators, do some cool crafts, hear readings, get your book signed.
Saturday 17th is a busy day from 12.00 – 6.00pm, there is the Christmas Lights Switch On at the Ashley Centre. There will be free and festive entertainment, music and the annual light switching on extravaganza.
Wisley has a Contemporary Craft Fair from the 21st to the 25th November, in the gardens. There will be around 200 exhibitors and the chance for a stroll around the glasshouse. Sounds lovely.
Epsom’s Spirit of Christmas event is taking place on Thursday 22nd November 4pm-8.30pm, Epsom Market Place. On the night expect lot’s of fun:
🎄Selfie Snow Globe – come and pose in the giant snow globe.
🎄Santa’s Grotto – for one night only.
🎄Irvine’s fun fair – fairground fun for all the family.
🎄Mulled wine and hot sugar donuts.
🎄Roaming unicorns for the children.
Look out for the Epsom and Ewell Families stage where there will be performances from local dance schools including Stagecoach Epsom, Protegem Dance, Dandelion Theatre Arts and more. The lights will be switched on at 7pm and the event will be raising funds for the Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association.
From the 22nd of November, the festivities really begin. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park returns until the end of January, Glow Wild lantern trail is happening at Wakehurst until the 16th December, an after-dark trail at London Zoo until the 1st of January, Christmas festivities at Kew Gardens, and a Christmas shopping evening at Old Moat Garden Centre on Horton Lane from 6.00 – 8.30pm.
The Children’s Trust Annual Christmas Fair is taking place on the 24th of November 12 – 4pm, there will be a Grotto, Christmas arts & crafts, Christmas raffles, games, and activities and you can also indulge in some of our tasty festive treats including mulled wine and mince pies.
There will be a fully immersive igloo in Time Square, Sutton from the 24th of November (moving in on the day of the Sutton Light Switch On) until the 15th December. Inside the dome you will be able to watch films, experience virtual reality, have an igloo photo taken and buy refreshments and merchandise.
On the 24th and 25th of November, you can go to Medicine Garden in Cobham for their Christmas Markets. There will be the opportunity to buy gifts from local artisans and crafters, get refreshments and listen to live music. Admission is free, but parking is £5 per car.
If you are looking for another opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and crafts; there is a Christmas Fayre at Bourne Hall, in aid of Shooting Star Chase, on the 24th November from 10.30am – 3.00pm.
Also on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of November, Godstone Farm has a Christmas Crafts event. Sessions are 1h30 and end with a cup of hot chocolate, cookies and a story.
St Martins in Epsom have their Christmas Fair on the 24th of November from 11.00am – 3.00pm.
There is also a Christmas Market in Village Farnborough, for those who would like a bit of a drive, on the 25th of November from 10.30am – 5.00pm.
Cheam Fields PTA are holding a Christmas shopping event on the 28th of November from 6.00pm – 9.00pm. £1 entry and children go free.
Christmas is coming to Ashtead on the 28th of November at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, from 7.30pm – 10.00pm. There will be handcrafted items made by local crafters.
Banstead High Street will be a hive of excitement on the 29th of November, for the Banstead Christmas Community Event. There will be street performers, a treasure hunt, shopping offers and more.
The annual Stoneleigh Lights on Broadway is taking place on Friday 30th November from 4.00 – 8.00pm. The event supports local traders and businesses, has activities for the whole family and has always been an enjoyable evening for my family.
Also on the 30th, there will be a Christmas Market at the Wheatsheaf pub in Ewell. With live performances, stalls, a BBQ and mulled wine.
And a real highlight in Epsom and Ewell households is the annual Christmas House lights turn on. This will be taking place on the 30th of November opposite Hook Road at 6.00pm. This year’s chosen charity is Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association.
And events taking place in December:
There is a Sutton ecology Winter Wonderland Trail taking place on the 1st of December from 1.00 – 4.00pm.
The Carshalton Village Winter Wonderland is also on the 1st of December from 1.00 – 6.00pm.
If you need a few hours to get the Christmas shopping done, there is a Christmas Fun Day at St Mary’s Church in Ewell on the 2nd of December from 1.00pm – 4.30pm. The fun day is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 11.
And on the 8th and 9th of December there is a Festive Family Fun Weekend at Ashtead Park Garden Centre, in aid of The Royal Marsden. Santa will be visiting, there will also be an elf door hunt, Christmas crafts and face-painting.
For more places to see Santa have a look at Sam’s “Where to visit the big guy in red” blog here.
Not Christmas related but definitely something to get excited about, The Ultimate Voice are launching new singing classes in Epsom for children in the new year. To give you a taster they will be running trial sessions with coach Becky on 29th November at The Studio for just £10. For more information or if you’d like a trial session please get in touch as soon as possible to book in, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope that you enjoy the last two weeks of November and the next time I’ll be back, it will be time to put up my Christmas tree (if I haven’t done it before then!). If you, however, need any information – head over to the Epsom and Ewell families page or group; and if you are looking for locally recommended services or businesses, then take a look at the Epsom and Ewell families website.
Off to find something glam to wear for tonight’s awards now – good luck to all of the businesses who have been nominated.