WHAT’S HAPPENING ONLINE IN APRIL – PART 1
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 11 Apr 2020
I hope that you are well and that you are looking after yourselves. After a few weeks off I was so excited when Dee asked me to write a What’s Happening blog – I was really missing it.
It has been so fantastic seeing so many of our local businesses heading online for virtual events and classes. As well as local classes and events, I have included some fun virtual experiences that you might be interested in, and some fantastic ways that our community have pulled together. I hope that you find something to do from the list of picks below.
Cooking and Baking
Grow Cook Enjoy have some free Easter workshops taking place.
Rhiannon from The Epsom Bakehouse is teaching online baking classes and doing regular lives on Facebook. Her classes include how to make ciabatta, cinnamon buns, baguettes and hot cross buns. Check out Dee’s Epsom Bakehouse blog to find out how to make Chocolate Easter Bread.
Sudesh from Good Evening is providing a batch cooking service. Available meals and pricing is available on her website.
Picky Bits are providing isolation celebration boxes. Make your birthday, anniversary or special occasion a little more wonderful.
If you are looking for fruit and vegetable delivery boxes, the guys at Yo Sarnie have a great deal.
If you are looking for some online exercise, F45 in Ashtead are doing virtual training.
Fitness Space are also doing online workouts for their members, as well as regular Facebook and Instagram live videos to keep up your fitness levels.
Learning Something New
Brilliant Bilinguals has a Spanish Summer 2020 Virtual Term for adults and children.
Geeky Kids are now providing virtual coding courses delivered by trusted teachers through cloud video and audio collaborating platforms online.
Surrey Sound of Music are offering online classes via Zoom or Skype – Piano, Singing, Flute, Trumpet, Theory, Guitar, Violin and Drums.
Complementary Therapies with Christine Michele Murray is offering free resources, classes and webinars for dealing with your mental health.
Michelle Dalby from My Book Bug has a brilliant mindful book available to buy.
Roz Mcleod, from Ultimate Voice, is running free virtual choir singalongs, as well as online singing classes.
Bambinos and Me are offering free online video classes for babies, massage, children, baby yoga and story-time.
Busylizzy has some mummy and me classes, to help with fitness and stress-levels.
Jo Jingles Epsom are doing Facebook live videos for preschool-aged children.
Ambition Dance have online Easter dance workshops available.
Pipsqueaks Performing Arts has preschool movement sessions.
Stagecoach Epsom have also moved online.
Share The Love
Age Concern are appealing to children to write letters or poems to the elderly who are isolating. Email your letters to Charlotte. They are currently looking for a RNIB Daisy Audio CD for one of their clients, if anyone has one that they would be able to donate.
If you would like to donate to a cause, the following local businesses are raising funds to support the NHS workers, the vulnerable and the elderly. Picky Bits and local caterers are making meals for Epsom Hospital staff. Tam’s Cakes and Cookies are donating cakes to the NHS staff. Ruxley Delivers is supplying wholesale deliveries of fresh vegetables to the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank.
If you would like to discover the world, it has never been easier. Many of the museums, zoos and theme parks are inviting visitors to have a look around. WildEarth does daily safari trips – one at sunrise and one at sunset. Chester Zoo is also doing virtual tours of their animals. You can have a look around the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Chessington World of Adventures are doing live videos of their animals, and if you would like to adopt an animal, Hobbledown are looking for donations.
If you’s prefer a cultural tour – there are virtual tours of popular tourist attractions, including my favourite: The Vatican in Rome, The British Museum in London and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington (both feature in the Night at The Museum films), The Louvre in Paris, The Chateau de Versailles and The Globe Theatre. Southbank Centre has online recitals, blogs and podcasts. The Tate museums also has virtual tours and children’s activities. And if you fancy watching some theatre shows, you can get a 7-day free trial of BroadwayHD.
For the thrill seekers – Disney World has a virtual channel. You can go on the Harry Potter ride at Orlando. And for the wanderlust – you can do virtual dives with the National Marine Sanctuaries, visit the beaches of Indonesia, see an active volcano or visit the Avatar Mountains in China.
And if you would like to show your appreciation to EVERYONE who is looking after us, helping us and keeping our community alive (the list of amazing keyworkers is so long). Make sure that you Clap for our Carers and Keyworkers at 8.00pm every Thursday.
If you would like to stay up-to-date, then make sure that you ‘like’ the Epsom and Ewell Families page or join the group (there is such great community spirit!), we will be adding online events to our *Events Calendar* too. And if you are looking for local services and businesses, then make sure that you check out the Epsom and Ewell Families’ directory.
I’ll be back soon with more local activities and events.