We talk to the UCA students behind our charity Christmas cards, discovering their design inspiration...
Whilst some sought inspiration from their daily commute to UCA, others aimed to simply spread some festive kindness through the community – but they all have one thing in common. These charity Christmas cards designed by UCA students, all encompass Epsom and Ewell and here’s how…
Bill Hards The inspiration for my Christmas card came from being a student at UCA Epsom and the amazing letterpress studio we have there. I wanted the design to combine an old style of printing with a contemporary twist using the letters to form a Christmas tree.
Jess Ford Thinking of the Christmas spirit, it’s important to look at not just the giving and receiving, but the joy and kindness spread from person to person. Every year this is brought to the streets of Epsom, so what’s better than bringing this to life to spread kindness even further!
Troy Simms I wanted to showcase the work that myself and other students were doing in and around Epsom. I wanted the design to be quite abstract and unique, so I used a collage to make the different pieces form the shape of a horse, representing Epsom & Ewell.
Nina Matilde Elstad I wanted to make Christmas ornaments that would represent the area of Epsom & Ewell, so I chose the clocktower and a horse that represents the racecourse. I hope that people immediately associate these with our town, I also added some traditional Christmassy ones too.
Eleanor Palmer My inspiration comes from the robins I see walking to and from UCA. I thought combining it with a hat would give it a warm and festive feeling. I used a mixture of washi tape and digital art to create the card.
Lucy Miller The Epsom Playhouse is a place that – especially around Christmas time – has a lot going on that the community are interested and involved in, so I thought it would be a perfect setting for a Christmas scene. I wanted it to be recognisable, but still be a Christmas card that could be posted to people anywhere, so it is simplified to be inviting and festive to whether you’re a local or not.
The Russian National Ballet is coming to The Epsom Playhouse for their performance of Swan Lake
This is the Russian National Ballet’s take on one of Tchaikovsky’s classics and it’s coming to The Epsom Playhouse. If you haven’t seen Swan Lake before, expect tutus, tragic romance and pirouettes aplenty. We think you’ll be prancing your way out of The Playhouse by the end of this production, inspired and with a new spring in your step.
In fear of your furry friend breaking the rules this festive season? Horton Dogs are on hand to help with their 12 Games of Christmas Workshop.
The experts will be teaching 12 fun and engaging training games – for both you and the dog – that will help tackle the holiday season struggles. All the family can get involved and you’ll even get access to an online bank of training notes and videos to keep up the good work at home.
Don’t let it be another Christmas of unwrapped presents scattered under the tree and chewed up decorations…
Learn how to make a plastic-free gift that's good for the planet, as well as your friends and family.
The Salt Box are doing everything they can this Christmas to reduce their plastic usage and they’re encouraging us to do the same. They’re hosting a unique workshop, in which we can learn how to make beeswax food wraps. Not only would they make a great gift, but they are perfect for wrapping your festive foodie leftovers…
You’ll get to go home with a set of three reusable beeswax wraps, two bars of untouched beeswax, a detailed instruction kit and the confidence to make them yourself at home.
During the workshop, there’ll be for mulled wine and some festive homemade bakes.
Who doesn’t love a late night shopping spree in the run up to Christmas? Especially when there’s complimentary prosecco, mulled wine and mince pies to help fuel your spending.
Pop along to The Packhouse to explore three floors of Christmas gifts and decorations ready to adorn your tree. Better still, pop ups including gin tasting, art and craft workshops, vintage denim and wine tasting from nearby vineyards will be there on the night too.
This year's finalists of Epsom and Ewell's Business Excellence Awards have been announced...
Every year, local businesses are recognised and championed at the Epsom and Ewell Business Excellence Awards. Whether it’s the best young entrepreneur or the best business for customer service – there’s a whole heap of categories to contend for and this year’s shortlist of finalists has been announced.
So, who’s in with a chance of winning? Here’s the full list of categories and finalists…
Best Young Entrepreneur Samuel Tullett, STLS Events Jess Ayree, Jess and the Beanstalk Stacey College, art-k studio
Best New Business Horton Dogs Alan Wilson Dentistry Minuteman Press
Best Business for Customer Service Sacha Scott Estate & Letting Agents Mi-Handyman Minuteman Press
Best Business for Commitment to the Community Poltsa Boutique Fennies Day Nursery and Preschool Mason’s Bar
Best Business for Commitment to the Environment Rainbow Gardening Grow Cook Enjoy Fetch’am from the Cupboard
Best Business in Ashtead My Busy Bot Milners Rye Café and Juice Bar
Best Business in Epsom and Epsom Downs The Old Moat Garden Centre Snipperty Do Dah’s BWT Law
Best Business in Ewell and Stoneleigh Stacey Cole, art-k studio Karen Start’s Handbags Mason’s Bar
Best Business for Food & Hospitality Organico Jess and the Beanstalk Picky Bits
Best Business for Design and Technology iFIX Surrey Indigo Marmoset Pre Creative Studios
The final will take place on Thursday 21 November at The University of Creative Arts – and don’t worry, we will be the first to let you know this year’s winners.
Find out where you can buy our Epsom & Ewell inspired Christmas cards, designed by UCA students.
At OUT, we firmly believe in singing the praises of all our area has to offer. That’s why this Christmas we asked UCA students to work with us to produce bespoke designs for a range of Epsom & Ewell specific Christmas cards.
UCA Graphic Design students were invited to design Christmas cards to help fundraise money for the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank charity, set up in 2012 to help local people in crisis. Each pack contains 6 different designs and all proceeds made will be donated to the charity, so please be generous. We need your support!
Card packs are available to buy for a suggested donation of £3, although feel free to spread some extra generosity during the festive season by donating a little extra.
Where can you buy them? These very special OUT Christmas Cards are currently available at the following stockists…
Yo Sarnie 26a Upper High St, KT17 4QJ
Toni & Guy 76 High St, KT19 8BA
University for the Creative Arts 21 Ashley Road, KT18 5BE
Zig Zag Cafe 16 High St, KT19 8AH
Senzo 2B Station Approach, Station Road, Epsom KT19 8EU
Jess and the Beanstalk 19 Manor Green Road, Epsom, KT19 8RA
Christmas Baking Workshop with The Epsom Bakehouse
Need to brush up on your baking skills before the big day?
Looking for a showstopper to plonk on the Christmas table this year? We recommend booking yourself onto the Christmas baking class, hosted by The Epsom Bakehouse, for a festive baking masterclass.
You’ll be baking a savoury centrepiece for the annual cheeseboard, filled with fruit chutneys, mature cheese and roasted chunks of walnuts. Then you’ll have a go at crafting a classic cinnamon bun (the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning), before getting involved in a stollen demonstration where you’ll learn the secret steps to this traditional festive bake.
At the end of the workshop you get to go home with everything you’ve baked, as well as the recipes and a new-found baking confidence.