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4 Letter from the Editor
& Editor’s Tips
Features 6 Sutton Bowling Club
Learn a new sport
8 Half Term Fun
Days out with your family
10 Gin & Rum Evening
GET IN TOUCH ADVERTISING DIRECTOR
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16 Surrey Wedding Fairs
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18 Wellness Walks
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At Bourne Hall
12 Cheam Village Book Club For passionate readers At Hampton Court
14 2 Beeches Avenue
A slice of Italian life
If you are planning your big day At Polesden Lacey
21 The Woolpack
Reopens after it’s renovation
25 Epsom Playhouse
What’s on this winter
26 The UK Wife Carrying Race
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Winter in Banstead, Surrey
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Welcome elcome to our first W edition of 2020.
As we start 2020 we have exciting news to share with you. out&about Magazine has new owners. We will be bringing you local news, community updates, business listings and much more so you can pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and read all about it here first.
After all the festive celebrations it’s time to embrace the new year (and decade) and head outdoors and take a walk. We’re lucky to be surrounded by countryside here in North Surrey and do not have to venture too far to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy our surroundings. Polesdon Lacey has a wonderful Wellness Walk where you can enjoy a stroll and take in the wonderful views across the Surrey Hills.
Liven up the winter days with a spot of entertainment. Whatever your interest, Epsom Playhouse has it covered. With a fantastic family line-up, including Sleeping Beauty, The Snow Queen and plenty more just for the grown-ups! For all families living in North Surrey we have a round up of the best places to visit with your children during half term, from garden centres to farms there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you are a lover of gin and rum, why not head over to Bourne Hall this February and enjoy the opportunity to taste and purchase handpicked gins and rums by the glass from their expert distillers. Finally, for any energetic husbands and wives, we have information on the Dorking Wife Carrying Race! Good luck!
We wish you all a happy year ahead.
EDITOR’S TIPS ANGLO-SAXONS OR THE NOT SO DARK AGES
8th February Bourne Hall Take your children to Bourne Hall this February to learn all about the Anglo-Saxons during the sixth century, when the immigrant Saxon population had grown to dominate the area of Ewell. Time: 13:00 to 14:30, £5 per child
27th February Epsom Playhouse
VINTAGE SPARKLING AFTERNOON TEA 2nd February Denbies Wine Estate Enjoy Denbies sparkling wine tour hosted by Denbies Wine Expert followed by an informal afternoon tea served buffet style in the Denbies cellar with live music. Time: 15:00 - 17:30 £35.00 per person / £12 per child (17yrs under)
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SUTTON BOWLING CLUB
Bowling Club Bowls truly is the sport for all
Located on Dorset Road, Belmont, Sutton Bowling Club is the ideal place for learning a new sport, meeting new people, socialising and taking on new challenges. Bowls can be played by all ages and abilities - making it the perfect sport for all members of your family to enjoy. Like all sports, the object of bowls is simple, but to be able to play well requires concentration and practice. Bowls improves your general physical health and wellbeing. It definitely is a sport for life - just try it!
The club restaurant is open for lunch each day and serves up a very popular Sunday carvery. It also has a members bar and private car park. At Sutton Bowling Club there is a thriving social committee who arrange many events throughout the year including Tina Turner and Neil Diamond tribute acts, Dinner Dances, Summer BBQs and much, much more. New members are always welcome, if you are new to bowls the club will be able to provide coaching and equipment to help you get going.
The club has six indoor rinks for winter and summer bowls and two outdoor greens for use from April to September, maintained by our full time green keeper.
Sutton Bowling Club
Now is the time to enquire about membership. Yes, you do have time to join Winter Indoor Bowls and be ready for Summer Indoor Bowls or Summer Outdoor Bowls. e.g. There are 3 clubs, Winter Indoor October – March. Summer Indoor April – September. and Summer Outdoor May – September.
Always thought you would like to try Bowls. This is your opportunity. Membership is available for men, women, boys Northey Avenue and girls of all ages and abilities. Competitive To M25 A217 To London and friendly games to suit everyone. There is SUTTON Dorset Rd BOWLS CLUB free coaching to show you how to play the game, Outdoor Greens We have an excellent restaurant, bar and a very Car Park FIND US: popular Sunday carvery lunch, NEW M WHERE TO WELCEMBERS plus private car parking. OME Please contact the club for further information, you are always welcome to visit and see the bowling facilities. TELEP H SUTTON BOWLING CLUB LTD. DORSET ROAD, BELMONT, SURREY, SM2 6JA. 020 86 ONE 4 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Half term fun Enjoy days out with your family this February half term
Come rain or shine, or even snow, February half term is a great time to go out with the kids and enjoy some family activities. We have put together some days out for everyone to enjoy around Surrey.
SNOWDROP WEEK AT GATTON PARK The park and gardens at Gatton Park are open to view the beautiful snowdrops this half term. The bird hide will be open and there is a small plant sale as well as free guided tours and activities for children. Tea and cake will be available to purchase in Gatton Hall. ÂŁ5 entry, children go free. Monday 17 February Friday 21 February 1.00pm - 5.00pm www.gattonpark.co.uk
RHS GARDEN WISLEY
Youngsters can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities including a chance to make sun catchers and wind socks during February half term and discover more about the wild weather of the UK on a daily garden trail.
Visit Godstone Farm for an action packed day on the farm and celebrate this Olympic year as you complete their farm themed challenges.
Included in normal garden entry, 10% discount if booked in advance.
Get all 5 rings and join them on the winners podium!
Saturday 15 February Sunday 23 February 10.30am - 15:30pm
With animal encounters and play areas to keep all mini Olympians busy, everyoneâ€™s a winner!
Saturday 15 February Sunday 23 February
Will your toy tractor win the race? Will your welly throw be far enough?
Join an imaginative trail for families. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth are visiting and Mrs Greville’s servants have been preparing for their visit - but lots of items have gone missing! Help them find the missing objects hidden around the gardens, pairing them up with the pictures on your trail sheet.
With three play villages, a high ropes course, jumping pillows, an indoors play barn, animal education talks, hobbler show times, zoo and farm animals and their brilliant new Raptor Centre which is a sanctuary for birds of prey, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained during half term.
Enjoy a great day out with the start of the Spring lambing. With over 70 due, you may see one being born! Daily activities include pony rides, tractor rides, animal handling and pig racing, plus you can enjoy acres of indoor and outdoor play.
Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 February
• Meet the Shepherd •F un with the Giggle Company • Craft Corner www.bockettsfarm.co.uk
JUNIOR GAME CREATOR WORKSHOP IN EPSOM
SQUIRES GARDEN CENTRE, REIGATE
PRIORY FARM DISCOVERY WALK
Junior Game Creators have helped thousands of students nurture an interest in computer science for over four years. JGC is a school holiday club where your kids get to discover and practice some mind blowing tricks of computer science. They learn how to use code to make characters come alive, make sounds, play music, add controls and even keep score.
Keep the little ones busy this half term with a Create & Grow event!
Priory Farm is set amidst stunning countryside … enjoy the Discovery Walk and explore it for yourself !
Tuesday 18 February 10:00am - 3:00pm 020 8393 0350 www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk
Paint a Ceramic Bird Feeder to help attract wild birds to your garden this spring - £4.75 Spring Hunt Competition – Look for clues around the centre to help find the magic word and be in with a chance to win a prize – FREE Spring Flower Maze - Help Hazel the squirrel complete the paper maze and receive a sticker - FREE Monday 17 February Friday 21 February 10am - 4.00pm www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk
The nature trails are designed especially for the youngsters; there’s a picture-based one for younger children and a fact-gathering quiz for nature detectives up to around 12 years old. One of the best things about The Discovery Walk is the fish bell! Ring the special bell and the water comes alive with hundreds of carp. Open Daily 9.30am - 4.30 pm (Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm) www.prioryfarm.co.uk
GIN AND RUM EVENING
EVENING Bourne Hall Friday 7th February 6:30pm - 11:00pm Enjoy an evening of gin and rum at Bourne Hall this February. You will get the opportunity to taste and purchase handpicked gins and rums by the glass from their expert distillers. Bottles will also be available to buy - to take home as a gift to yourself or loved ones! On the evening you will receive a free glass and drink on arrival, you will be able to purchase food and enjoy live entertainment with a fabulous music line-up including Jazz and The Tonics - a piano duo who will perform your favourite jazz standards, swing classics and postmodern jukebox covers. Ales, local wines and soft drinks will also be available to purchase on the evening.
Many distillers will be attending the evening, including amongst others:
English Spirit Distillery
“We distil the widest variety of spirits & liqueurs in the UK: from favourites like gin and rum, to English versions of classics such as sambuca and limoncello. This means we generally have something on offer for everyone, whatever their tipple may be. Our truly artisan product method sets us apart from the rest: our Dr J’s Gin is one of the very rare UK small-batch gins to be made with the distillery’s own base alcohol, and our Old Salt Rum was the first rum ever distilled in the UK”.
Blue Thorn is a premium London Dry Gin with a strong citrus flavour. Blue Thorn Gin was founded in order to raise money for charity, two in particular - Cancer Research and The Seb Adeniran Olule Foundation.
Founded in the Spring of 2014, and licenced later that year, Silent Pool Distillers was set up with the vision of creating hand-crafted, premium spirits with uncompromising quality.
They donate 25% of their profits to these charities. Blue Thorn is the perfect gift for any gin lover! B uy tickets at: www.tickettailor.com/events/ surreyfoodfestivals/327542
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CHEAM VILLAGE BOOK CLUB
THE CHEAM VILLAGE
Book Club For passionate readers looking for a book club community Whatever you prefer to read - fiction, biographies or factual books, a passion for reading can be enjoyed by everyone.
discussed over a social drink. Fiction, science fiction, non fiction, short stories have all been on the reading list so there is something for everyone.
Cheam Village Book Club is a friendly group of readers who meet on the last Thursday of every month at the Prince of Wales pub in Cheam. They enjoy discussing the plot, characterisation and loves about their chosen book which is always decided on at the end of the monthly meet-up.
It’s a friendly group which has been running for five years. As well as the monthly reading group meeting, they occasionally meet up for extra activities - such as watching a film adaptation of a book at the cinema or some Christmas drinks.
If you fancy going along to join in, you don’t need to confirm attendance on the Meet-Up app, you can just turn up on the day. The book title, time and place are always public so you can get ahead on the reading. There are 6-12 people at any one meeting and there’s never any pressure to finish the book before the meeting.
You can find them on Facebook -Cheam Village Book Club or the Meet Up app. Everyone is very welcome to come along.
Book choice: They all decide on the night what book they’ll read next. The only loose condition is that it should be something new for everyone. This means relatively new books are often read, enjoyed and
For more information visit Cheam Village Book Club on Facebook
HAMPTON COURT HALF MARATHON
Hampton Court HALF MARATHON Sunday 23rd February 2020 The Quicksilver Hampton Court Half Marathon is the original race in the area. It is run over a fast, flat and visually interesting course that borders the river-side grounds of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace to the South West of London. The fast flat route is definite PB potential, whilst also offering great scenery. The closed road start adds to the big race feel and runner security. This professionally managed event includes baggage storage, toilets at Start/Finish and halfway mark and an officially measured course run under a UKA licence. Accredited traffic marshals will keep you safe and pacer groups will help you achieve your target time. All finishers receive a superb medal, our great goody bag and a free high quality technical race T shirt that you will want to keep and run in as part of your regular kit!
Runners will enjoy the closed road loop around the picturesque village of Thames Ditton, the historic Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Marketplace, the iconic three mile stretch of the Barge Walk beside the Thames and of course full views of Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII will be waiting to cheer you on. The course is very flat and runs on pavement, shared pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks. The race starts at 08.30 a.m. The wave start system will give all entrants a clear run on the open public road elements. There are good runner facilities, toilets and baggage area at the Race HQ.
To enter visit: www.hamptoncourthalf.com What’s included • Super fast, flat course with PB potential and great scenery
•C losed roads over the first mile
• Hampton Court themed race with Henry VIII and Tudor followers on hand
•O fficially measured Half Marathon distance
• Baggage storage • Toilets at Start, Finish and half way mark • Regular water stations on route plus bottled water at the finish
•P rofessional marshals at all key points on the course •P acer groups to help you achieve your target •A finishers medal – big, solid and a great design •A goody bag full of delicious treats •T echnical t-shirt to all finishers
AT 2 BEECHES AVENUE GASTROVINARIA
Vinoteca Italiana has been a staple in Carshalton Beeches for more than six years, offering authentic Italian cooking in a home from home setting. Now husband and wife team Gianni and Hana Quartulli are taking their recipe for success and applying it to their latest business venture – 2 Beeches Avenue, an Italian Gastrovinaria. They have taken over the adjoining premises to the restaurant and opened the Gastrovinaria, which is also the perfect spot for coffee and a pastry – when we say coffee, we mean only the best Italian coffee, rich and intense, made with Napoli’s finest coffee beans – and to while away time enjoying the company of family and friends. Brunch is served from 10am and includes classics such as Egg Benedict and Egg Florentine, there is also a lunchtime menu featuring fresh, colourful salads,
sandwiches, delectable Arancini – homemade stuffed rice balls filled with beef ragu – as well as heartier dishes. Early evening visitors can feast on a platter of antipasto, a selection of Italian cured meats and cheeses, olives and rustic bread, which goes perfectly with a glass of wine. Gianni and Hana embrace the philosophy that Italians live to eat, not eat to live, so the Gastrovinaria is a place of discovery with new and tasty treats to savour on the premises or to take away to enjoy at home. They have regular themed nights such as Steakhouse night, Lobster & Seafood or Tapas & Wine which are well worth a visit. Passionate about all things Italian cuisine, Gianni and Hana have sourced produce from across Italy. Their range of wines from around the world includes many small, regional producers not normally found on supermarket shelves. 2 Beeches Avenue is hosting a Winemakers Dinner with paired wines. See their website for more information.
The deli hosts regular events. Look out for details on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/2beechesavenue 2 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton Beeches | 020 7665 8321 | Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm
Pop in for brunch, lunch or stay a little longer. We serve delicious coffee, tea, soft drinks and wine. Sample our home made cakes, try our our salami and cheese boards, or our range of lunch dishes including club sandwiches, eggs benedict, salads and wraps. Not forgetting our delicious Italian pastries and ice cream! Our deli is stocked with a vast array of delicious tempting treats; meats, cheeses, sauces & party celebration Italian cakes made to order. We host regular events including fish and steak nights. Follow our Facebook page for details. We are also thrilled to host private parties.
A couple of testimonials from our lovely customers: ‘Apart from the wonderful cheeses and charcuteries on sale from the delicatessen counter, this place offers a wonderful atmosphere and excellent food and wine to be enjoyed over lunch… I had a fantastic pasta dish and a glass of wine and my friend had one of their delicious soups…’ ‘I have been to this place a few times now and it’s a good venue for meeting the girls for lunch - this is the place! The venue and decor is very continental and more upmarket than you’ll expect from a cafe in the suburbs of Carshalton (which is good).’
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Choose your perfect venue in Surrey.
The new year is a great time to start planning your wedding and Surrey hosts a broad range of beautiful locations to hold your nuptuals. The following venues are showcasing their wedding facilities throughout January.
Sunday 12th January
Sunday 19th January
Sunday 19th January
KEMPTON PARK RACECOURSE
London Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU19 5EU
Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, TW16 5AQ
Guildford Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6QQ
Meet their expert suppliers including the experienced wedding coordinators and begin planning your big day with them. Enjoy a glass of complimentary fizz, canapĂŠs and more! 11:00 - 14:00 www.exclusive.co.uk/ pennyhill-park
There will be a large number of wedding specialists on hand including bridal boutiques with over 500 wedding gowns on display. The ultimate wedding experience for couples in Surrey and the surrounding regions.
Experience this stunning venue set for your wedding day. Meet our fantastic suppliers and chat to our team about your plans. 12:00 - 16:00 www.wottonhouse.co.uk
11:00 - 16:00 www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/ kempton
Thursday 23rd January
Sunday 26th January
Sunday 26th January
MERCURE BOX HILL BURFORD BRIDGE HOTEL
HAMPTON COURT HOUSE
DENBIES WINE ESTATE
Hampton Court Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9BS
London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA
At the Foot of Box Hill, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BX A chance to meet some amazing suppliers who can help with all of your wedding plans. 17:30 - 20:00 www.mercureweddings.com
Enjoy delicious canapés and drinks courtesy of Caper & Berry, see the house set up for a wedding and visualise your special day here. Family and friends are welcome too! 11:00 - 14:00 www.fengarievents.com/ hampton-court-house
Enjoy a tour of the unique venue and discuss your ideas with a selection of local suppliers. Enjoy a bridal sale with top designer names at greatly discounted prices. There will be over 150 discounted wedding dresses to try on, buy and take home. 11:00 - 16:00 www.denbies.co.uk
BANSTEAD FLOWER CLUB Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, SM7 3AJ
National Demonstrator EMILY BROOMHEAD presents ‘Frosty Morning’ Wednesday 26th February at 2pm Doors open 1.30pm Raffle, members’ competition “Glorious Gardenalia” floral sundries sales table and refreshments available. We are a friendly local flower club affiliated to NAFAS, new members and visitors (£6) always welcome. Monthly meeting and demonstration at 2pm on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Banstead Community Hall, Park Road, SM7 3AJ For further details or enquiries, see our page at: www.surreynafas.org.uk/banstead-flower-club email email@example.com, or contact Susan Macpherson 020 8657 4328
Wellness WALK at Polesden Lacey
After a busy Christmas and New Year, January and February are great months to slow down and enjoy some time to yourself.
This is a mildly challenging but hugely rewarding 5.5km (3.4 mile) walk that will take approximately two hours and you will enjoy every step.
Re-charging your batteries ready for spring with a wellness walk in a peaceful location is enjoyable and good for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Some of the paths will be muddy and possibly wet at the moment, please do wear appropriate footwear for a muddy walk through woods.
The beautiful scenery at Polesden Lacey is a perfect location for this with plenty of stop off points to enjoy and contemplate the year ahead.
Maps are available from the visitor reception, or you can download the web page to your phone, as there may not be mobile phone reception along the walk.
Soak up the peace and beauty of the Polesden Lacey landscape and the Surrey Hills beyond, as you enjoy precious time to yourself. At each viewpoint, stop and read the inspirational quote or extract of poetry beneath the door on the natural wooden plaque. Each has been specially chosen to help further awaken your senses and complement the surrounding landscape.
From reception you will follow the map to seven different viewpoints looking over Ha-Ha Field, Bagden Down, Home Field, the house and more. This is a beautiful way to take time out of a busy schedule and enjoy the stunning views Poleden Lacey has to offer.
For more information visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey Images courtesy of www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey
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DARK CHOCOLATE WHISKEY CAKE
Chocolate Indulgence Dark chocolate whiskey cake for Valentine’s Day
Laura Scott is a private chef, supper club host and cookery tutor based in Epsom. If you are planning a romantic night in on Valentine’s Day, or simply love chocolate and whiskey, she has provided the perfect recipe for you. INGREDIENTS
150 g dark chocolate
Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees.
225 g unsalted butter softened
Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.
225 g light brown sugar 4 medium eggs separated 200 g ground almonds 1 tsp baking powder 100 ml whiskey Cocoa powder for decoration
Melt the chocolate (broken into small pieces) over a pan of simmering water, allow to cool slightly. Cream the butter and sugar together in a food mixer until pale in colour.
Whiskey truffles for decoration
Add in the egg yolks, one at a time and continue whisking the cake batter.
Next, fold in the whiskey followed by the melted chocolate.
This cake is best served with lightly whipped cream and fresh raspberries. It keeps well in an airtight container and is even better after a day or two when the whiskey flavour develops and keeps the cake fudgy in texture.
Laura Scott will also be hosting a Vegan Valentine supper club 13th February, 7.30-11pm 2 Glyn House, 43 Burgh Heath Rd, Epsom
Add in the ground almonds and baking powder, stirring well to combine. Whisk up the egg whites (to soft peaks) then fold them into the cake mixture in two batches. Put the cake mix into the lined baking tin and bake for between 65-70 minutes. Once the cake is completely cool, dust with cocoa powder and garnish with whiskey truffles.
£40pp Please see her website for more details
THE WOOLPACK REOPENS AFTER AN
The Woolpack, in the heart of historic Banstead, is a community local that can trace its roots back to the 18th century.
The Woolpack remains a traditional village pub where you are guaranteed a warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere. Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, the beautiful entrance porch welcomes you in to friendly staff and a wonderfully inviting atmosphere. The original Woolpack Inn was trading in the High Street in the 17th century and down the years has played a vital part in the day to day life of the village of Banstead. For much of the 19th century much of the local parish business was held at the pub. John Ingrimes, who was landlord at the pub for a lengthy period was also Receiver of the Mail, an important position at a time when mail was delivered by a network of coaches. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the pub acted a watering station for local buses that has struggled up the hill from nearby Sutton. Early radiators were notoriously prone to overheating.
The original Woolpack Inn was badly damaged on August 8, 1944 when a German V1 flying rocket landed nearby, killing one person and injuring many others. It was decided that the old pub had been damaged beyond repair and this gave Surrey County Council the opportunity to redevelop the area, and in crucially to widen the High Street. The current Woolpack was given planning approval in 1955 and promptly rebuilt. It remains at the heart of village life. The pub hosts a popular quiz every Monday from 8pm (advance booking is highly recommended) while there is a live jazz afternoon on the second Tuesday of every month, from 2.30-4.30pm. The Woolpack is renowned for its varied menu of freshly cooked food and also for serving superb real ales and lagers from Shepherd Neame, Britainâ€™s oldest brewer. There is also an extensive wine list and all these elements ensure that people want to come back time and time again.
The Woolpack, 186 High St, Banstead SM7 2NZ
Welcome to Stagecoach Theatre Arts Cheam and Worcester Park where we provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4 to 16 years. Stagecoach Cheam and Worcester Park is home to some of the most passionate and experienced teachers of performing arts for children. We strive in offering a fun and relaxing atmosphere, our classes are specifically tailored to promote creativity and individuality, whilst helping your children build upon and develop their existing skills. Our aim is to nature and develop young potential through singing, dancing and acting classes, strengthening young imaginations and helping to develop confidence, physical awareness,
communication and articulation, while being educational and fun. Our students also have the opportunities to perform in local, regional and national theatres or take part in TV or Film auditions. We are open every week during school term time with holiday workshops during the school holidays. Come and see what weâ€™re up to this term by enrolling online or contacting me directly to participate in a two week trial!
Stagecoach Theatre Arts Cheam & Worcester Park | 0208 773 4242 | www.stagecoach.co.uk/cheam
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AT EPSOM PLAYHOUSE Enjoy some family fun this January and February! Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
YOUtheatre are delighted to be back at Epsom Playhouse with Sleeping Beauty - the pantomime where dreams come true, our fun filled family pantomime.
WINTER IS COMING...
There are the usual panto characters Dame Dotty, her long-suffering husband King Nobby, Princess Aurora, Prince Orlando, Billy, Evil Carabosse and his cat Spindleshanks, Fairy Peaceful and of course the talented YOUtheatre dance troupe. This fabulous pantomime showcases the best of local talent with stunning costumes, wonderful sets, great choreography, gags galore, sing-along songs - it has it all and is a treat for the whole family – young and old! Sleeping Beauty runs from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th January Tickets from £16
When Kai is abducted to an enchanted frozen palace, his best friend Gerda sets out to rescue him… but will she reach the Snow Queen before it’s too late? Anton Benson Productions are proud to present a magical new adaptation of the timeless Hans Christian Andersen story that inspired Frozen, The Snow Queen, the story is brought to life by an ensemble of actormusicians, illusion and puppetry. A magical theatre experience at the Epsom Playhouse for all the family, suitable for ages 5+. The Snow Queen shows on Sunday 2nd February at 2.30pm Tickets from £13
Unbelievable Science Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza! Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science! On TV Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician (ITV 1), and attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC). Unbelievable Science shows on Saturday 22nd February at 2.30pm Tickets from £11 To book visit their website www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01372 742555/742227
THE UK WIFE CARRYING RACE UK Wife Carrying Race Rules Only the carrier has to enter the race. Males or females carry a ‘wife’ (who must be alive, human, at least 18 years old, can be male or female, and does not need to be the carrier’s wife). All those carried must wear a helmet. There is a weigh-in prior to the start: All ‘wives’ must weigh at least 50kg. Anyone under-weight will be obliged to wear a rucksack filled with tins of baked beans, flour, water or similar to bring them to the required weight. All entrants will start off at the same time, and the first over the line is the winner.
Wife Carrying RACE
The winner of the UK Wife Carrying Race will win a barrel of local Ale (worth £150).
Held in Dorking since 2008
The first-placed British finishers will win £250 towards their expenses in representing Britain and competing in the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland in July.
Saturday 29 February 2020, 10.30am The Nower, Dorking
Last placed finishers receive the ceremonial Pot Noodle and dog food.
This year’s event will be held on 29 February, traditionally a day when ladies propose marriage to their partners. The winning carrier at the 2019 race proposed to his girlfirend at the prize-giving and this was filmed and beamed around the world. The Wife Carrying Races at Dorking are a relatively recent addition to the calendar. Wife carrying originated in the UK over twelve centuries ago, on 8 June 793AD, when Viking raiders rampaged into Lindisfarne on the northeast coast of what is now England, destroying the monastary and most likely carrying off any unwilling local wenches. Such wife carrying (-off ) continued intermittently for around 300 years. Wife Carrying was re-introduced into the UK by the UK Wife Carrying Race in 2008, after an absence from these shores of nearly 900 years. For more details: www.trionium.com/wife
Obstacles and water hazards will be included. Spectators are encouraged to attend with their own water-pistols and buckets of water to staff the ‘Splash Zone’ (return leg only - something for the competitors to look forward to!).
The carrier who completes the course with the heaviest wife will win a pound of sausages (for strength). The oldest carrier will receive the tin of pilchards and jar of Bovril ‘you know, from before the war.’ You can use any one of the many recognised holds: bridal carry, piggy-back, shoulder-ride, fireman’s carry (across the shoulders), the well-recognised and very fast Estonian Hold (wife hangs upsidedown on man’s back, legs crossed in front of the man’s face) or the not-so-fast but unique Dorking Hold (the reverse Estonian). Past British winners of the UK Wife Carrying Race who have gone on to compete at the World Championships in Finland have finished in sixth, fifth, third and second place: We await our firstever British Wife Carrying World Champions!
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