Terrier Derby 2022


THE 18th TERRIER DERBY At Epsom Racecourse
(Close to the Furlong Marker – next the Grandstand)
Sunday September 11th 2022
Registration from 12.00pm – Races start from 1.00pm
Presentations around 3.45pm


Shergar, Mill Reef, Nijinsky are all legendary Derby winners that have trod the famous Epsom turf. But on Sunday September 11th the “Sport of Kings” becomes the sport of lunatics when over 60 barking mad terriers attempt to follow in their footsteps of those legends in the Terrier Derby. Run alongside the actual Derby course, at the historic Epsom Racecourse, The Terrier Derby is an hilarious spectacle for audience and participants alike. There is a raffle, food, and other attractions including the best turned out fun dog show- a chance to win a his and hers doggie hats. The races are just £3 to enter your doggie and free to spectators – with an optional donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.


Every penny raised goes to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity – you can donate via Just Giving -follow the link on www.terrierderby.com – or go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/terrierderby22


If you have any breed, up to around 15” at the shoulder, bring them along or just come and enjoy the fun with the Terrier Racing set. There are 16 heats followed by quarter and semi-finals then the grand final with the terriers chasing a lure towed by a (not so) state of the art contraption.

For more information or to pre-register your dog visit terrierderby.com or email [email protected] You can also register on the day from 12.00pm, at the registration tent.


Ewell History Day 17th September 2022

As part of Heritage Open Days Week Ewell History Day returns on Saturday 17th Sept from 10am-5pm.

Travel back in time as you walk around the grounds of Bourne Hall and meet…..


Meet Ewell’s first permanent residents, the Neolithic folk who originally lived at the head of the river (which is what the name Ewell means). See how they made use of the materials around them as they went about their lives, knapping stone tools, weaving cordage from nettles, and grinding grain to make bread – they were the first farmers in the area.  The living history display is filled with replica and reconstructed objects from the Stone Age. This display will be especially valuable for children who are studying prehistory in school.

Iron Age and Romans

Watch as Iron Age folk throw offerings to their gods into Bourne Hall’s sacred waters to seek their help – perhaps to stop the Roman army’s advance, but this fails and the Romans arrive, themselves making offerings to the old gods in the spring. The army are building a road from the south coast to what will become London. Up this road they bring a catapult, a weapon never seen in Britain before. Roman Ewell was a stopping-off point on this road where folk could rest, eat, and stay the night. They could also make an offering of a coin or brooch in the sacred spring or leave a larger offering in one of the sacred shafts dug deep in the chalk ground outside the settlement. Each shaft was sealed with the bones of three dogs to protect the living from what lay beneath.


Henry VIII has been visiting his new-built palace at Nonsuch and now he enters the village. This will be your chance to chat and meet him but be careful what you say this is an older king made grumpy by a sore on his leg which will not heal. Don’t ask about Anne Boleyn who he promised to love until she died! He is here because of two lady pharmacists, news of whose skill has reached him so he hopes they can cure him with their herbs and potions. Learn how their cures used plants and herbs, and even mice, frogs and snails – did you know that onion is good for sunburn? The ladies have a musician with them who may cheer him up and you can try the latest in Tudor dances! As I said be careful what you say to the king as he will be BEHEADING back to London 


Watch out for the witch hunter on the lookout for those who deal in the dark arts! He will be searching for Joan Butts, Ewell’s own witch. She’s charged with bewitching a local servant girl, sent to Southwark and put on trial for her life. Discover what happens,  you will be surprised

World War 2

Meet some men from the Hampshire Regiment who will describe what it was like at the Battle of Arnhem, with a display of their weapons and tales of how they survived. The 18th of September was the second day of the ill-fated battle, a bold – but ultimately unsuccessful – attempt to outflank German defences in north-west Europe by establishing a bridgehead across the lower Rhine.

The plan was for Allied paratroopers and land forces to launch a combined attack which would break through German defences in the Netherlands. But the bridge at Arnhem was never captured and the plan ended in failure just a week later, resulting in thousands of casualties. Codenamed Operation Market Garden, it was the largest airborne operation in history and one of the biggest disasters of the Allied war effort.

Bourne Hall Museum

Discover the fascinating past of Epsom and Ewell at Bourne Hall Museum.

Based in the futuristic grade II listed building of Bourne Hall, the free museum allows you to come face to face with the local past. With exhibits ranging from prehistoric times to the modern day. The permanent displays and regular exhibitions illustrate every aspect of local life and have something to interest all members of the family.

The Museum charts the Borough’s history through its collections of document and picture archives, fine art, costume, archaeology and social history.

Highlights of the collection include Lord Rosebery’s hansom cab, a 19th century fire engine, extensive Derby memorabilia and significant Roman archaeology from local sites. You can try brass rubbing too.

Bourne Hall Library

Drop into the library, try Celtic children’s activities throughout the day. 

The Bourne Hall café will be open for breakfast and be open all day for ice creams, sandwiches, ploughman’s, vegan boxes, kiddies’ boxes, scones and lots of lovely cakes – along with tea and coffee, soft drinks, and wine.

Keep Checking Back As More Details To Follow 

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Mole Valley Heritage Open Days is back!

England’s largest festival of history and culture will take place from 9 to 18 September 2022 and this year’s focus is on ‘Astounding Inventions’. There are over 40 events happening across Mole Valley.

Heritage Open Days brings together different organisations with a range of events offered annually. It’s a chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences, all for free.

The festival is now in its twenty-eighth year with over 40 in-person events for all ages happening across Mole Valley, including talks, walks, tours and more. This years’ national theme is ‘Astounding Inventions’, showcasing the diverse tapestry of English inventions that make our world go round.

The brochure listing the events and where to book is out now and you can view it online on our Mole Valley Together website (link to the brochure).

The Arts Society East Surrey Area will launch the festival with a talk about the much loved Polesden Lacey on Friday 9 September. It will explore the inventions and innovations of the early 20th century which were coming to fruition when Margaret Greville moved into her freshly modernised country house.

View an exhibition about Sir Barnes Wallis, on Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11. A man best known as the inventor of the bouncing bomb used in the Dambusters raid in 1943 WWII. The exhibition will include a look over his ‘astounding inventions’, short films, documentaries and interview with him and his daughter.

Tours of the Keymer Handmade Clay Roof Tiles and Wienerberger factory in Walliswood take place on Saturday 17 September. Wienerberger’s factory has made many sustainable building and roofing products for over 100 years. Keymer tiles have been hand produced in the same way since 1588. There will be the opportunity to get hands on and make your own tile!

Councillor David Draper, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “Every year we enjoy a range of events that celebrate Mole Valley’s rich and fascinating heritage. This year’s theme, ‘Astounding Inventions’, offers an opportunity to learn more about historical figures that made an important impact on our lives today. There are also plenty of fascinating walks and tours that explore the broader richness of our local heritage”

To find out more about Heritage Open Days 2022, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Epsom Stables Open Day

The local racing community in Epsom are gearing up to welcome hundreds of attendees to the annual Epsom Open day on Sunday 11th September as part of National Racehorse Week – a celebration of the racehorse and a chance to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after them.

Four of Epsom’s leading trainers (Jim Boyle, Pat Phelan, Mark Pattinson and Michael Attwater) will open their doors to the public, giving the opportunity to go behind the scenes at their yards and meet some of the equine stars who reside there, as well as the dedicated staff who care for them on a daily basis. The Open Day will provide a great day out for followers of racing and families alike, with a number of additional activities and demonstrations taking place, including the opportunity to see horses working on the gallops. 

British horseracing’s human welfare charity, Racing Welfare, organises the day which raises much needed funds, and supports the work they do in the area. In the first six months of the year in Epsom alone, 815 instances of support were provided to the local racing community. One of many people to benefit from the charity’s local presence is Louisa Allen – Head Person for Epsom trainer Jim Boyle.

Louisa Allen

Louisa has worked with Racing Welfare’s South-East representative, Katy Ferguson, since Katy joined the charity in 2017 and says:

“Katy has been amazing, she has worked so hard to bring racing’s people together. The community had become fragmented, but the change in recent years has been outstanding.”

When asked about the help she has received from Racing Welfare personally, Louisa speaks in-depth about the challenges she has faced with her own physical and mental health:

“I’ve been in racing for many years and being over 40 you can say I’ve had my fair share of tumbles! My injuries mounted up, and there came a time that I needed to seek help to be able to continue to do my job.

“I contacted Katy for help with the countless niggles I was facing. I’d injured my shoulder and my lower vertebrae in separate incidents, and the injury to my back in particular was starting to see effects on other areas of my body, such as shooting pains down my leg. There was a point where I didn’t want to carry on due to the pain.  I’d lost faith in my GP and my back pain was so bad that I was struggling to even sit in the saddle at one point.”

After contacting Racing Welfare for help, Louisa was referred to a physiotherapist through Racing’s Occupational Health Service.

“I can safely say that without the physiotherapy Racing Welfare provided the pain would have been unbearable and I’d not have been able to continue working in a racing yard at all. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my everyday life is genuinely so much more enjoyable now!”

Louisa continues to talk passionately about Racing Welfare’s services, as in her central role as a Head Person she is often the person that other members of racing staff come to in times of need.

“I have signposted countless members of Epsom’s racing staff to the charity for help with a myriad of issues – not just for their physical and mental health. I know that at the end of the phone there is someone that can help us get through any of life’s challenges, including bereavement, housing, financial issues and even nutritional advice!”

Louisa will be among the team at Jim Boyle’s South Hatch Stables welcoming people on Epsom Open Day. She said: “I hope that everyone attending the Epsom Open Day has an enjoyable day. All of us at South Hatch Stables are looking forward to welcoming members of the public, and to raising money for a charity that has had such a huge impact on our local racing community in recent years.”

Tickets are available now for just £10 for adult admission, while under 16s go free. Book at www.epsomopenday.co.uk.

Wisdom on Wellness Festival at Painshill

Announcing the launch of a new wellbeing festival, located at the stunning PAINSHILL PARK the setting of the NETFLIX series BRIDGERTON. Bringing together speakers, practitioners, yoga, food, and wellness experiences to create a holistic and joyful day out.

For More Details or To Book CLICK HERE

Wisdom on Wellness (WOW) has been launched by a trio based in South London whose passions and expertise sits in the wellness, events, and media space. WOW will bring people together over two days on the 20th and 21st August at Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey.

This stunning venue will be the setting for WOW Festival, hosting two days of free and ticketed events and activities. The tranquil walled gardens will be the home of yoga an breathing classes, the crystal grotto caves will be used for an immersive and unique sound bath experience. There will also be a free guided forest bathing walk through the grounds, lake, and historical landmarks. The stage, situated in the Amphitheatre, will be the setting for expert guest speakers to inspire and motivate. Free experiences from breath work, shamanic drumming and more, will ensure everyone who takes part has fun, tries a new activity, and leaves WOW having learnt something that can be incorporated into their day to day lives to improve their wellbeing.

Healers, Masseurs, Psychic guides, Reiki masters, Sound and Energy healers will be available for treatments in the Wellness Marketplace along with more immersive workshops from Macrame to Cacao Ceremonies.

There will be live music, good coffee (a must), CBD drinks and a selection of nutritious food trucks on site.

Event c0-founder Alix Bramwell; “I want to create a festival that brings likeminded people together to connect and celebrate not only physical, but mental wellbeing in an exciting, and safe space. Through my own mental health journey, I want to inspire and open conversations around mental wellbeing. Raising money and awareness for a charity close to my heart is also an important motivation for founding this project.”

Event co-founder Mary Cox; “WOW fest will be a space for people to pause and unwind, nourishing their mind, body & soul. I want to encourage others to come back home to themselves, to share and explore what mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing means to them. To share their own Wisdom on Wellness.”

Event co-founder Kerry Flower; “I’m excited to launch an event that brings together people of all ages who are open to embracing change and growing spiritually. Creating joy, having new and fun experiences in the most stunning venue where people can embrace nature is what I’d love to achieve over these two days”

The WOW team are dedicated to highlighting the importance of balancing mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing, with a charity raffle being held to raise money for the Grace Dear Trust, a mental health charity aiming to help prevent suicide in young people.

Entry to Painshill is only an incredible £11 for day guests, and free for members of the trust, which includes entry to the WOW Wellbeing Festival with access to talks, forest walks and taster events are all free. This is in addition to the beautiful 18th century historical landscape gardens.

Aston Martin Heritage Festival at Brooklands Museum

Hundreds of classic and contemporary Aston Martin sports and luxury vehicles are expected to descend upon Brooklands Museum this weekend for the exceptional Aston Martin Heritage Festival. Taking place on Sunday, August 14, and organised by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT), the special event will celebrate the rich history of the iconic British marque and its links with Brooklands.

The event will see one of the largest-ever gatherings of Aston Martin and Lagonda vehicles, all parked by era and accompanied by special displays, including A3, the oldest surviving Aston Martin in the world. Owners of pre-war Aston Martins will have the exciting opportunity to drive up Test Hill and recreate scenes of old.

The oldest surviving A3 and modern Aston Martin Vantage Roadster A306 on the famous Brooklands’ banked motor circuit
This extensive array of Aston Martin automotive heritage will be joined by a pop-up AMHT Museum and a number of engaging trade stands. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary Brooklands Museum.

Aston Martin’s ties to Brooklands pre-date the Second World War, with the old Aston Martin factory located just ten miles away. Brooklands was an integral part of the manufacturer’s pre-war road-testing programme and was the location of the first ever motor race the iconic British brand took part in.

In fact, in 1922, Brooklands enabled Aston Martin set an astonishing ten world records in a single day at the site. A century later and this year, 2022, also coincides with the 75th anniversary of when David Brown purchased the company, as well as the 50th anniversary of the iconic Aston Martin V8 Engine.

The Aston Martin Heritage Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that manages the Aston Martin Museum an automobile museum presenting the history of Aston Martin cars.

The Aston Martin A3 at Brooklands in the 1920s

Steve Castle, Head of Track and Air Events, Brooklands Museum said: “Aston Martin plays a central role in the story of Brooklands and it is great to see so many returning this weekend. This will be one of the largest ever gatherings of Aston Martins and it is fitting that it is taking place here at Brooklands which had such a pivotal part in the development of the marque.”

Rob Smith, Chairman, Aston Martin Heritage Trust said: “We are delighted to be celebrating Aston Martin’s history and heritage at the fabulous Brooklands Museum. Much of Aston Martin’s early racing took place at Brooklands but we will be celebrating all of the marque’s history. From A3 the oldest Aston Martin in the world to Aston Martin Valkyrie the newest model, and everything in-between. We look forward to welcoming enthusiasts and owners alike to see our displays and take part in a great day.”

For those attending in an Aston Martin or Lagonda, tickets can be purchased here

All other vehicles and pedestrian visitors can purchase tickets on the day or book tickets here

RAC Summer Run

On Thursday 21st July the RAC Club at Woodcote Park, Epsom held the first Summer Run for pre-1905 cars ahead of the world famous London to Brighton Run that takes place on Sunday 6th November 2022.

The Summer Run started and finished at Woodcote Park. With cars arriving from 9am. 16 cars took part as the event was restricted to 25 cars for safety reasons. After a quick safety briefing the 16 cars were ready to head off to Gildings Barns, Newdigate, Dorking for lunch.

Many of the innovative manufacturers from the dawn of motoring were represented with charismatic Daimlers, De Dion Boutons and Napiers as well as lesser known marques such as Argyll, Clement, Dennis, Mors and Swift.

By 10:20am the Cedar Lawn was full of the sound of these wonderful cars starting their engines with the first car setting of at 10:30am. Unfortunately this one never made it passed the gates. Well it was 117 years old. But there was no problem for the others 

The 38-mile route took participants south on the A24 towards Leatherhead and into the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty skirting Box Hill,

The route then headed east along the A25 in the picturesque Mole Valley before heading south once again, now on more rural minor roads through the villages of Betchworth, Leigh and Charlwood towards a leisurely lunch stop at Gildings Barns set in the tranquil Surrey countryside.

After lunch the return route north was more direct. It started on scenic, traffic-free country lanes via Park Gate and Brockham before rejoining the A25 and A24 for an easy journey back to the exclusive seclusion of Woodcote Park. With cars arriving from 3pm, well all but 1. The drivers and their companions were greeted on there arrival on the lawn with a glass of Champagne followed by afternoon tea. 

I have covered many events at the RAC Club but I have to say this was one of the more elegant, stylish, peaceful event to date. I hope this will return in 2023.

To watch highlights of the event click link below.

Looking further ahead, close to 300 entries have already been confirmed for this year’s staging of the illustrious RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 6 November. 
Underscoring the remarkable event’s huge global appeal, participants are travelling from as far away as North America and Hong Kong – as well as from throughout Europe – to savour the undiluted magic experienced annually on the time-honoured road from capital-to-coast aboard a game-changing horseless carriage. 

Full details of the 2022 RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – including entry forms – are available on the event website at www.veterancarrun.com

Summer Run For Pioneering Veteran Cars

Full details announced for new curtain-raiser ahead of November’s annual London to Brighton celebration  

The Royal Automobile Club, custodian of the illustrious RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, has lifted the covers on its new Summer Run taking place for the very first time on Thursday 21 July.
Introduced as a warm-up to this year’s staging of the world’s longest running motoring event which, as tradition dictates, takes place on the first Sunday in November, the Summer Run has been established to offer owners of these cherished pre-1905 pioneering vehicles a more relaxed opportunity to enjoy their veteran machines in somewhat more welcoming warm weather.
As previously announced, the single-day Summer Run will start and finish at the Club’s stately Woodcote Park clubhouse situated near Epsom in Surrey.
The 38-mile route will take participants south on the A24 towards Leatherhead and into the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty skirting Box Hill, the highest point in the North Downs. 
The pre-planned itinerary then heads east along the A25 in the picturesque Mole Valley before heading south once again, now on more rural minor roads through the villages of Betchworth, Leigh and Charlwood towards a leisurely lunch stop at Gildings Barns set in the tranquil Surrey countryside.
The return route north is more direct. It starts on scenic, traffic-free country lanes via Park Gate and Brockham before rejoining the A25 and A24 for an easy journey back to the exclusive seclusion of Woodcote Park. 
As the first Summer Run, numbers were restricted and around 25 intrepid veteran cars will set out from Woodcote Park at one minute intervals from 10:30 in the morning. They are expected to return before 5:00pm in time for afternoon tea and a casual concours on the Cedar Lawn outside the clubhouse. The day concludes with an optional dinner in the Club’s salient Motor House, home to the club’s Heritage Fleet.
Many of the innovative manufacturers from the dawn of motoring will be represented with charismatic Daimlers, De Dion Boutons (photo above) and Napiers all on the entry list alongside lesser known marques such as Argyll, Clement, Dennis, Mors and Swift.
Looking further ahead, close to 300 entries have already been confirmed for this year’s staging of the illustrious RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 6 November. 
Underscoring the remarkable event’s huge global appeal, participants are travelling from as far away as North America and Hong Kong – as well as from throughout Europe – to savour the undiluted magic experienced annually on the time-honoured road from capital-to-coast aboard a game-changing horseless carriage. 

Full details of the 2022 RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – including entry forms – are available on the event website at www.veterancarrun.com

Timetable and Route

What’s On has been sent the timetable and the route for this event. There is NO Public Access to the RAC Club but plenty of places to watch the cars go by.

10.30am Departure from Woodcote Park (in 1 minute intervals; all cars to have departed by 11.15am) 

12.00-1.00pm – Arrival at Gildings Barns for lunch

1.30pm-2.00pm – Departure to Woodcote Park

3.00pm – 5.00pm Arrival at Woodcote Park.


What’s On and Hobbledown hold Party For Ukraine Children

Normally around this time of year What’s On In Epsom and Hobbledown have in the past pre covid would invite local businesses for a fun night of networking. But this year we decided to do something different and special to mark our 10 years of business. 

While helping Surrey Stands With Ukraine I quickly learned that not only did these families need help and support they needed to meet other families and for the children to play. So while having a meeting with Caroline, the general manager of Hobbledown Epsom, we decided why not have a party for the children. 

Within just a few weeks plans were made and invites sent out thanks to the amazing team at Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network. Last night Wednesday 13th July the party came to life.

In total over 250 adults and mainly children from Ukraine with their host family enjoyed the wonderful children’s adventure park. With free face painting from the amazing team at iPaint Faces, Entertainment from the Hobbledown Characters 

Halfway through the evening Hobbledown laid on a birthday spread for everyone including Pizza, Chocolate cakes, fresh fruit and more plus drinks. After this it was time to burn off the pizza as the families one again explored the park.  Caroline commented “Its so wonderful to see these families smiling and having fun at which must be such a difficulty time for them. I can not begin to imagine what these children have seen and gone through at such a young age. I’m so proud of my team for volunteering and enabling us to make this evening a success. “ 

Thank You

An evening like this can’t happen without so much support and help and I like to just say thank you to:


It goes without saying without Caroline and her team this event would never have happened. Everytime we spoke Caroline would be like well let’s add this or we will do this. Amazing support from an amazing team

Epsom and Ewell Refugee Network

Massive  thank you to Nina and her team for organising the invites and collecting the names. We would never have made this happen without their help. Please help and support this great local charity who are helping people whose lives have been changed.


Thank you to Olha who gave up her evening to be our translator and follow me around all evening

iPaint Faces

iPaint Faces

Who done an amazing job giving the children and a few adults free face paints and glitter tattoos. They were busy from the start and never stopped. again giving up their time for free. 

Surrey’s First Local Pantry Opens in Epsom

On Wednesday 13th July The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Cllr Clive Woodbridge opened Surrey’s first Local Pantry joining over 70 other pantries across the UK. But what is a Local Pantry?

Epsom Pantry, in South Street, has been formed by local charity Good Company  with the support of Your Local Pantry A local pantry is there to help soften the blow of high living costs. They stock an abundant and wide range of top-quality food including fresh fruit and veg, frozen and chilled food, meat and dairy products, and long-life tinned and packaged food.

Membership is free and you pay just £5 per weekly visit, and in return you can choose groceries worth many times more, often saving up to £1,000 a year on shopping bills.

Pantries are just like a shop, in that you choose the food you want from the shelves. There are no prices on show just Diamonds and Hearts

For your £5 you can chose 7 diamond items, some may cost 2 or 3 diamonds per item, and 3 heart items. There is also a large selection of free items. The fresh vegetables have been donated by members of Epsom Rotary Club from their allotments. In fact all the item in the pantry have been donated.

So how do you become a member? Visit Your Local Pantry website Click Here making sure you select Epsom Pantry and feel in the form that’s it very quick and simple. Epsom Pantry is open 3 days a week on Mondays 1pm-3pm and on Thursdays and Fridays 10am-12pm. Remember you can only use pantry once a week which cost just £5.

They are also looking for volunteers to help run the pantry. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information about Epsom Pantry email Beccs at [email protected]over