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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE AREA – JULY EDITION 1

Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 30 Jun 2018

Hello from my new home, in Epsom!

Woah, the last two weeks have been CRAZY and so stressful – but we are moved (with help from the recommendations on the Epsom and Ewell families group) and are now settling in. I have not really done much in the last two weeks, other than working, school commitments and packing. However, I am hoping to get out and about in the next two weeks. There is so much to do.

Here are some local events and activities, taking place in the beginning of July. There are a lot of Summer Fairs, and of course we are getting ready for the school holidays. I am sure that you will find something on my list to keep your family busy over the next fortnight.

Local Activities

The big news at the moment in the MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival, taking place across the borough from the 2nd – 8th of July. There are a lot of exciting art projects and events to attend and get involved in. I have been a volunteer for the last two festivals, and it really is a WONDERFUL week of visual art, performance, literature and music. Read more about the festival on Dee’s blog.

If you are interested in Aromatherapy and love Mayfield Lavender (I cannot wait for my annual visits), then you can do a natural perfume and aromatherapy workshop on the 3rd of July.

Music in the Park is at Nonsuch Mansion on the 5th of July. The festival is in aid of St Raphael’s Hospice. There will be performances of classic party songs from the likes of Ryan as Olly Murs, Little Chix, Wayne Woodward, Take This, Disco Inferno; and Radio Jackie will be presenting the show.

Complementary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray is holding a Crush your Cravings event on the 6th and 13th of July at Ewell Court House. If you would like to book tickets, the link is here.

There is a Citizen’s Advice Quiz on the 6th of July, held at the St Joseph’s Hall in Epsom. Tickets are £14 and include a cold sharing platter per table and dessert. A complimentary drink is also included and there will be beer, wine and soft drinks available throughout the evening for a small donation.

There will be an Open Garden on the 7th of July in Cheam, in aid of Hope4Malawi. Entry is £5 and includes tea and cake. You will also have the chance to buy plants from this subtropical garden.

If you fancy a little trip to Cobham or you have a little (or big) car fan then the Classic Collective event at The Medicine Garden on the 7th of July will be a perfect day out. There will be over 50 vintage and retro cars, vans and scooters; as well as a BBQ, bar and live music.

The mayor is hosting a number of events including the Garden Party on the 7th July 2-4pm all in aid of local charities. You can find out more about the events coming up here.

If you are wanting to have fun there is a Seaside Fun Weekend at Reigate Priory Park on the 7th and 8th of July. There will be a fun fair, beach and a giant inflatable water slide.

On the 8th of July, you can try your luck at the annual Leatherhead Duck Race. The event starts at 2pm and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED.

The Big Bang Science Festival is taking place in Sutton from the 9th – 14th July at Sutton Grammar School. It sounds fantastic and includes a science trail, zorbing in Manor Park, the chance to help build a lego mosaic, watch warriorbots battle and walk through the solar system. My boys will absolutely love this.

Tilgate Park, with Whizzfit, is having a Slip and Slide on the 14th of July.

For something a bit further afield, there is a pirate family rave at G Live in Guildford. Big Fish, Little Fish ‘Sailing the Seven Seas’ is for children up to the age of 8 years old. There will be bubbles, balloons, dancing and craft tables; plus a chill out and play area zone for babies.

If you have future firefighters in your home and would like to have a fun day out with them, the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Open Day will be right up their street. 14th of July, at the Surrey Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Reigate. You can meet the firefighters, have rides in the fire engines and learn how to use a fire hose. There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting, refreshments, ice creams and much more. Sounds like a great day out!

And there is another music event taking place locally – which is very exciting. Banfest, Music and Beer Festival is being held on the 14th and 15th of July. The event is taking place at the Banstead Cricket Club.

Summer Fairs

Summer Fair season is now in full swing, and there are lots of opportunities to have lots of family fun while supporting local schools and charities; it is also a great opportunity to see what a school is like if you are thinking of applying for the school or if you have recently accepted a school place. Cuddington Croft, St Clements, Stamford Green and Epsom Playhouse Preschool all have their Summer Fairs on Saturday, 7th July.

There is also the annual Ewell Village Fair happening on the 14th of July. The event is happening in the Glyn House grounds of Ewell Castle School and there will be a lot of events and activities throughout the day. There will also be activities happening in Ewell High Street, hosted by the Village Traders.

 

Book Now

If you are a local business Dee is hosting a Summer Social Networking event at The Stables at the Albion on the 12th July 7.30-10pm, a great chance to make some new valuable connections.  Tickets to this event are free, all you need to do is pay for your beverages.  You can find out more here and book your ticket.

Wine Confidence have another fantastic evening of wine on the 19th of July. This time the focus is fizz – definitely a great start to the Summer holidays. There will be the chance to try various fizzy options. For more information on the event and how to book tickets, have a look at their event.

 

School Holidays

The school holidays are imminent and here are just some of the things happening…

Riverview Children’s Centre will be hosting a few activities over the Summer holiday. They will start the holidays with a community fun day on the 1st of August – I will remind you of this event, closer to the time. There are also weekly activities happening around the borough. Have a look at the calendar on their website for more up to date information. Some of the activities require booking beforehand.

Chessington Garden Centre has a variety of events and performances over the school holidays. From a Summer Pantomime to craft activity days.

Ready Steady Go Kids are holding Summer mini terms over the school holidays. Classes will be held on a Tuesday and Thursday and prices start from £7 a class. To book call 0800 690 6591 or visit their website.

The popular Stagecoach holiday workshops are also available over the holidays and booking up quickly. These workshops are great, if you have a budding Theatre star. For more information, see their flyer or contact Rachel on 01372 730363.

Brilliant Bilinguals has full and half day Spanish holiday clubs taking place from the 23rd – 31st July. The sessions are for 3 – 11 year olds and are held at Ruxley Lane preschool. To avoid disappointment, book now.

Lili-Mae’s School of Performing Arts is also hosting classes over the Summer holidays. For more information, please contact them.

Aerial Tumbling will also have classes running over the Summer holidays. There are various dates from the 15th – 30th August and cost £25 a day – discounts apply for more than one day booked. Contact head coach Justine to reserve your child’s place. aerialtumblingclub@hotmail.com

Many of the other baby and children services on the directory will be running classes or activities throughout the holidays including BusyLizzy, BabyBallet, Clay Kids, Epsom Baby Sensory, Giggles Softplay, Gymboree, Messaroos, Monkey Music and more, contact details are here.

Theatre

There is something for everyone at at the Leatherhead Theatre, there are productions of Oliver! by the Surrey Youth Music Theatre. Performances take place between the 3rd and 7th of July.  Dandelion Theatre Arts will be putting on a production of Swan Lake on the 8th of July. And Blenheim Productions will also be performing The Wizard of Oz on the 12th, 13th and 14th of July.   The critical acclaimed Everybody Talking about Jamie is on the 16th July.

There is also a lot on at Epsom Playhouse too. You can see the Wizard of Oz presented by Theatre Box on the 7th of July.  Doctor Doolittle will also be making an appearance at the Playhouse on the 8th of July. And Dancebites have their end of year showcase on the 14th of July. You can find out more about the shows here.

I have always loved outdoor theatres and am very excited about the Morden Hall Park Outdoor Theatre performances. They are doing Shakespeare and family theatre performances. The Wind in the Willows is showing from the 3rd – 6th August. For more information and tickets, have a look at their Facebook event.

 

Cinema

The weather is sadly due to turn in the next few days, so if you are looking for somewhere indoors to pass the time, then you could always take a trip to the Odeon. You can currently see Show Dogs, Sherlock Gnomes and The Greatest Showman.

Right, well I am off to unpack and sort out my new home but if you need any updates on what is happening during the next two weeks, Dee will post them on the Epsom and Ewell families Facebook page and group, so make sure to follow the page and join the group. Do have a look at the Epsom and Ewell Families directory for any trusted services you may need.  Dee tells me she has some great competition lined up, do join the mailing list below so you do not miss out.

Hope that you all have a lovely two weeks – I can only imagine that it will be a busy one, based on all of the activities that are available.

Chat soon,

Kalli xx

Main photo credit: Little Pip Photography

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

She works in Marketing, Social Media and Publicity in Epsom and Ewell, and is Production Manager for Satisfied Eye International Film Festival.

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