Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 31 Aug 2018

Hello Epsom and Ewell Families,

It’s been a little while since I last wrote, I hope that everyone has had a fab Summer?! Are you looking forward to the kids going back to school or would you like more freedom from the school demands for a bit longer?

I really cannot believe that it is almost time to start the school run again and with the road works everywhere there might be a few interesting weeks on the road coming up!  There’s been much chat about this over in Epsom and Ewell Families Facebook group.

Anyway enough about the traffic, after a lovely holiday visiting family in Italy (my husband is Italian), I am now frantically trying to get my boys ready for the school year. Both of whom are in such a relaxed holiday mood that they are in denial about having to go back to school. This is going to be fun! J

Now on to events, I am really looking forward to attending some of these events and hope to see you there.

Family Fun in and around Epsom and Ewell

As you might remember, from my last blog, there is a big festival happening at Auriol Park on Saturday (today), the 1st of September. The annual Trifest is a popular family day. Taking place between 12.00 and 4.00 pm, there will be a selection of live performances, activities for children and food and drinks stalls. This event is free to attend.

St Martins Church in Epsom is hosting an afternoon tea on the 2nd of September from 4pm. Tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches will be available, this afternoon is for anyone feeling lonely in the area and would like to meet others, all are welcome to attend.

Polesden Lacy’s annual Donkey Derby is returning on Sunday, 2nd of September. Gates open from 10am, and entry and parking are free. There will also be a dog show, train rides, games, Punch and Judy, children’s rides and a bouncy castle; as well as a beer tent, food court and live music.

Also on the 2nd of September and if you do not mind the drive, there is a Family Day taking place in Teddington from 12.00 – 6.00pm. There will be crafts, horse drawn cart rides, street entertainment, games and competitions, a silent disco, face painting and skiffing. Sounds like a busy day of exciting activities.

The Epsom Riding for Disabled Association suffered an awful break in over the summer with 2 horses sadly injured, and are fundraising for new security equipment. There is a barn dance on Friday, 7th of September at Sutton and Epsom RFC with proceeds going to the Epsom RDA. Tickets are available until the 7th of September.

If you can’t make the barn dance but would like to donate to this cause you can do so by text to 70070. Type unique code ERDA19 and the amount you are donating (up to £10). The text message is free on all networks and the RDA receive every penny of your donation.

Feeling energetic? if you would like to experience Epsom and Ewell on foot, then make sure that you register to take part in the Round the Borough Hike taking place on Saturday, 8th of September. Registration is available on the link above. The hike starts bright and early at 8.30am at Horton Country Park.

The Bourne Hall Museum Club has a Gladiators workshop taking place on Saturday too. From 1.00 – 2.30pm and for only £5 per child, you can learn all about life as a gladiator in Roman society.

A chance to see the inside of Ewell Court House on Sunday 9th September there is a Heritage Open Day between 11am and 3.30pm.  It will be a rare opportunity to look around the house and tea / coffee and cakes will be on sale.

Another open day on Sunday (9th September) Nonsuch Park have a family day from 11am-4pm, where some of the groups who use the park showcase what they do and how you can join in (from apiculture and BMX bikers to the Nonsuch Voles and walking groups)

Sunday seems to be a popular day for things to do and a really popular activity and fundraiser with local families is a Fire Station Open Day, there is one at the Leatherhead Fire Station they will be open for visitors from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Children can meet the firefighters, see live demonstrations and there will also be other family activities, the last event raised £1,628 hopefully they can top this.  If you haven’t already seen do read Kat’s blog on the social media ban for our local fire stations.

And if you would like to make a whole day of being in Leatherhead – the Leatherhead Miniature Railway, (next to the fire station), is also open for the day. My boys used to LOVE going here – it really is a wonderful day out.

For those who prefer boats to fire engines and trains, there is an annual Dragon Boat race taking place in Tilgate Park on the 9th of September. Apparently it is the biggest one yet and promises to be a day packed with family fun.

And keeping with ‘things that go’ (my little man will be in his element with these September events), there is a Gatwick Fun Day taking place at the Gatwick Aviation Museum on Saturday, 15th September from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

On Sunday the 16th of September is the 2018 Cheam Celebration of Food and Drink. This event is the first of it’s kind and sounds like a perfect day out. The event is free to attend and will host over 100 food and drink producers, children’s activities, demonstrations, workshops and live music.

And last but not least… There is also the Ashtead Community Bike Ride taking place on the 16th of September from 1pm.

Cinema and Theatre

We went to see the Incredibles 2 when we got back from holiday and we loved it (Jack Jack was our favourite). It is still showing; as is Christopher Robin, I cannot wait to see this – I love Winnie the Pooh, Hotel Transylvania – which is next on our list, Luis and the Aliens, Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again and Sherlock Gnomes on Kids Club.

If you love the Carry On films you will love this show at The Leatherhead Theatre on Thursday 6th September at 7.30pm – giving you a rare insight into what went on behind the scenes. Comedy stand-up historian Robert Ross celebrates the series’ 60th anniversary, sharing fun facts and anecdotes, including interview clips and not-often-seen production footage. Tickets are from £12.

As always Dee will keep you updated on anything new that comes up, via the Epsom and Ewell Families Facebook page and group – make sure that you follow them, in order to stay up to date.

If you are in need of a recommendations for local services or companies then do have a look on the website, new additions to the directory include Just Tyres – for your tyre replacing needs, ALR French Tuition – aimed at boosting confidence and giving the knowledge and tools to pass GCSE and A-Level exams, Plan and Design Consultancy Ltd for your architectural needs and more.

That’s it from me I hope that back to school (and work) goes well for everyone – and I hope that not too many tears are shed on first days.

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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