WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AND AROUND THE AREA – SUMMER EDITION.
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 31 Jul 2018
I am in super chilled out holiday mode now – even though I am not technically on holiday; and am trying to get all my work done before we can jet off. We have had such a lovely two weeks, with family trips into London (playing in the sand pit and watching the skateboarders, plus street food and wine – yum), exploring Epsom and also a trip to Creams. We got in two days after they opened and fortunately missed the queuing. Wow, serious sugar overdose but it was goooood!
For August there will only be one, JAM-PACKED what’s happening blog with a lot of really awesome activities and events. Enjoy!
Family Fun in and around Epsom and Ewell
I loved the look of this event that Dee shared on the Epsom and Ewell families’ page recently; definitely think I will be popping down to Rosebery Park with my boys today (1st August). I will take any opportunity to get them out and about in nature, especially after the rain this weekend.
A day at Hobbledown promises to keep the whole family entertained. They really do have a packed line up, plus all of their usual day to day fun, to keep everyone busy. I might need a Summer Holiday visit, to see if I can beat my score of gems collected (why do only the kids get lollies? J)
The dinosaurs have taken over Wisley this summer. Jurassic themed crafts, music, trails, artwork, stories, and puppet shows are all scheduled; as well as creepy crawly shows and a bird of prey display.
If you would like to sign your children up to a slime or pizza making course, then get in touch with Magic Tree Café. There are courses today and tomorrow.
The Godstone Farm festival is taking place until the 3rd of September. As well as visiting the animals, there will also be other ‘holiday fun and festival vibes’. Join them for story-telling, messy play and a farm disco.
The Ashley Centre in Epsom will be hosting family-friendly summer activities over the whole August holiday. From Mindfulness and Nutrition to Road Safety, Bullying and Sustainability. There will be weekly activities taking place.
Woodcote Garden Centre also has activities happening in the summer holidays. Their activities include a Kid’s Disco and Game Show, Puppet Singalong, Kid’s Magic Show and Bubbleologist Show. Sounds like fun for little and big kids.
If you haven’t been before, you should take a trip to Deen City Farm. It is a community farm in the heart of Merton and was one of our favourite places when we lived in Raynes Park. They are having Animal Capers activities and a Zoolab on the 1st, 3rd and 8th of August. Plus there will also be many occasions to meet and feed some of their lovely little inhabitants.
And it is just down the road from the beautiful Merton Abbey Mills. Among the craft shops and delicious restaurants and bars, there will be a KidsFest taking place on the 27th of August. Sounds like a wonderful family day out.
Chessington Garden Centre always has plenty of activities for children over the school holidays. Starting from the 2nd of August, their summer activities include a Summer Pantomime of Goldilocks or making a flower pot wind chime, decoupage bird box or teacup planter. You can book for the classes and the panto on their website.
Stoneleigh Community Library has a number of events taking place over the school holidays. On Fridays, from the 3rd of August, they have a Summer Programme aimed at Pre-schoolers.
On Mondays, from the 6th of August, there will be a variety of crafts, trails and games – suitable for the whole family you will find more information here.
And there is also a Summer Creative Writing Workshop on Friday 10th of August for children aged 8+.
If you fancy taking a day trip to Redhill, there is a Mini Monster Fest taking place on the 5th of August. Tickets start from £10 and include unlimited bounces on the bouncy castle, face painting and 1 free drink. There will also be stalls and raffles.
St John’s Church in Stoneleigh has a teddy bear’s picnic on the 5th and 7th of August. There will be a teddy zip wire, bouncy castle, face painting and games. Don’t forget to bring your teddy and a picnic.
If you love a bit of Magic, then you should definitely visit The Swan Centre in Leatherhead on a Monday in August. You can brush up on your circus skills – learn to juggle, walk the tightrope, spin plates and even learn how to ride a unicycle. It is a free event.
Ebbisham Sports have various sporting opportunities in the holidays from the 6th – 20th of August, you can Try Sport, attend an LED sabre workshops (I think my husband would sign up to this, if he could) or attend an Olympic Fencing Taster Session.
Sutton Ecology Centre has two creepy crawly events taking place in August. The Very Curious Caterpillar Adventure is happening on the 7th of August and includes a trail with puppets, crafts, games and lots of fun.
There is also a Weird Wildlife trail, mini beast hunt and craft on the 13th and 14th of August.
If you have an outdoorsy 2 – 5 year olds, then the forest school stay and play sessions at the Rural Life Centre sound like fun. There is a mud kitchen, water play, fire with fire snacks, nature craft, den building and much more.
Once Upon a Time Soft Play Café has some special needs play sessions over the holidays. The café closes early on the last Tuesday of every month, for a private 2 hour play session for children who have additional needs.
Outdoor cinemas are such a lovely summer activity; and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful surrounding. Luna Kids Cinema will be based in the gardens of Hampton Court from the 7th until the 12th of August.
Hampton Court will also be hosting an amazing Food Festival on the 25th of August. There will be cooking demonstrations from top chefs and experts, eating, shopping and drinking. Sounds wonderful!
The Blenheim Pub is hosting a Family Fun Day on the afternoon of the 10th of August. They will be having a BBQ, bouncy castle, face painting, party games and live music.
For those who like to run, there is a 5 or 10 km Summer Race on the Epsom Downs on the 12th August.
Within a short driving distance of Epsom, there are a few opportunities to enjoy some fun in the water. Tilgate Park has a Slip and Slide until the 12th of August.
There will also be a slip and slide, on the 100m ski slope, at Sandown Sports on the 18th and 19th of August.
You can also get your fix of outdoor poolside fun at the Hampton pool – right near Hampton Court. Or if it is just the beach that you are after, then Sutton High Street will be seeing the return of their popular Sutton Beach on the 22nd – 24th of August.
Calling all Princesses and Pirates! Sutton Life Centre is looking for pirates and princesses for a Summer Fun Day. Activities include, among other things; an assault course, treasure hunt and LEGO building.
Another one for those LEGO fans out there, Sandown will be hosting a Great Brick Adventure on the 17th – 19th of August. There will be life-sized models, a brick pit and lots more.
Program a robot, design a video game, or explore virtual reality at the Epsom Summer Technology Camp on the 24th of August at Wallace Fields Junior School. The session is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old.
FREE Guildford Fun Day on the 26th of August. The organisers have called it a day of fun for the whole family with inflatables, live entertainment, face painting and food.
Slightly further afield, Horsham Sports Club has a Big Children’s Festival on the 26th of August. It sounds amazing and has performances, inflatables, activities, workshops, entertainers, sports challenges, slime, a story tent, a chill out zone, archery, messy play, competitions and more.
Carshalton’s Environmental Fair is on the 27th August. A day filled with stalls, children’s activities, local crafts, demonstrations and performances, a farmers market, food stalls and a showcase of local sustainability initiatives.
Another opportunity to have a picnic with your teddy bears, but this time it is in the beautiful grounds of Ewell Court on the 28th August.
Epsom Methodist Church has a Heroes and Champions Summer Holiday Club from the 28th – 31st of August. For children aged 5 – 15 years.
There is an opportunity to try your hand at pre-historic cave painting on the 29th and 30th of August at the Bourne Hall Museum Club in Ewell. The session costs £5.
Dates for your Diary in September
The annual Trifest will be taking place on the 1st of September at Auriol Park. Live music performances, food, ice cream, refreshments, stalls, face-painting and a bouncy castle.
There is an Open Air Theatre at Regent Park from the 1st – 15th of September, with various performances. I will definitely be booking tickets to see Shakespeare. I love his writing.
Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association will be hosting a barn dance on the 7th of September from 6.30pm at the Sutton and Epsom RFC. Adults tickets are £15 and children’s tickets are £10.
If you enjoyed the Tough Mudder, then you will enjoy the Rough Runner hosted by Sandown Sport. A 10km run with inflatable obstacles.
Cinema and Theatre
As always, there are lots of new films to see at the Odeon over the summer holidays. The new Mamma Mia, The Incredibles 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3 have all just been released. Show Dogs is currently on this week as part of Kids Club.
You can also see some all of your favourite new films at the Leatherhead Theatre and I’m pretty certain that there will be lot’s of children (and adults) happy to go to The Greatest Showman Singalong on the 17th August.
I hope that everyone has a fantastic and safe summer holiday, making memories and enjoying time with your families. My plan is to try to remember what it was like to be a child (oh bring back those endless summer days!).
As always, the page and group are regularly updated by the lovely Dee with new events, activities and competitions, the last competition with Giggle Soft Play proved very popular. The directory on the website is also updated regularly with recommended services, products and trades, I know recent additions have included I-Fix Surrey – iPhone & iPad repairs and GFC Tech for any laptop or PC repairs.
Have fantastic August and I’ll be back again in September!