November 11, 2019

Behind our charity Christmas card designs

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. 


Want to get your hands on a pack of our Charity Christmas Cards? Click here for stockist information

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November 12, 2019

Swan Lake at The Epsom Playhouse

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.

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November 12, 2019

Nouvelles Christmas Pamper Evening

Why not treat yourself to some pampering before the chaos of Christmas?

Ladies and gents it’s time to treat yourself ahead of the festive season, so why not head over to Nouvelles for a evening of pampering and bottomless bubbles?

For one night only they’re opening their doors and inviting us to enjoy 15% off all retail products, a Dermalogica skin analysis and goody bags filled with hair & beauty treats.

We reckon it’s the perfect way to unwind before the chaos of Christmas begins…

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November 11, 2019

Horton Dogs Hosts Christmas Workshop

Prepare your pooch for the festive season...

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…

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November 11, 2019

Festive Ethical Gift Workshop

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.

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November 11, 2019

Days of Steam at Horton Country Park

Fancy finding out about one of Horton's hidden secrets?

Take a stroll through Horton Country Park and join the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Team to learn about the time when steam engines once ran through it.

This one’s for the local historians, transport enthusiasts and anyone keen to find out more about Horton Light Railway.

To book your place on this walk, contact Stewart Cocker, scocker@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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November 11, 2019

Late Night Shopping at The Packhouse

Mulled wine? Tick. Mince pies? Tick. Christmas gifts galore? Tick.

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.

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November 11, 2019

The Finalists of Epsom & Ewell’s Business Awards

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.

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November 5, 2019

Charity Christmas Cards designed by UCA students

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

Ben’s Butchers
43 Upper High St, Epsom, KT17 4RA

Peacock & Co.
Gwynne House, 11 West Street, Epsom, KT18 7RL


A shout out to our awesome sponsors – Toyota and Impress Print and a massive thanks to the brilliantly talented UCA students.

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November 5, 2019

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.

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