“Little Foodies” fully catered for at the 2015 Elmbridge Food Festival

Elmbridge Food Festival LogoLocal children’s entertainers will join the bigger and better ‘Little Foodies’ area to ensure the whole family has a great time at this year’s Elmbridge Food Festival.  Face-painting, balloon modelling, art and crafts, drama and ball skills will all be part of the free entertainment on offer on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.

There will be a wonderful variety of entertainment on offer during the Food Festival including; a treasure trail, bug hunt, Tudor style sweet making and much much more.

More than 9000 people attended the 2014 inaugural food festival and based on this year’s line-up of activities, a similar strong attendance is expected. Entry and car parking for all visitors to Painshill will be free over the course of the weekend. Gates will open each day at 10:30 and close at 5pm.

The Food and Drink Theatre will be the hub of the festival with live demonstrations throughout the weekend, while music from around the county will fill the air.

A detailed line up of stalls, food and drink theatre events, music acts and children’s entertainment is available from the borough’s Food Festival webpage

Elmbridge Food Festival

Elmbridge Food Festival LogoIt is almost time for the return of the Elmbridge Food Festival held again as last year in Painshill Park, Cobham on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.

There will be around fifty stalls serving cuisine from around the world, as well as food and drink demonstrations and a variety of musical acts.  The centrepiece will be the Food and Drink Theatre with live demonstrations taking place. There will also be a ‘Little Foodies’ area with a full programme of free children’s activities running all weekend.

Take the family along for a weekend of fun and great food.

Proms in the Park Weybridge

Proms in the Park 2015

 

 

 

 

Leisure Live, the borough’s annual flagship event, has become bolder and bigger this year and will start on a high note with the introduction of the first ever Summer Proms in The Park at Churchfields Recreation Ground on Friday 3 July from 7:00 to 10:00.

Bring your picnic and deck chairs along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the outdoor setting.

Majestic Brass has promised to wow visitors with an evening of music spanning all genres. This ensemble gives many recitals and concerts throughout the Europe as well as performing for many State and Royal Ceremonies and we are thrilled to welcome them to Proms in the Park.

For those interested in choral music, The Promenade Choir is sure to delight with its rich and varied repertoire of classical arias and musicals.

Fans of musical theatre will not be disappointed as the Elmbridge Youth Theatre and  Rebecca Lacey perform musical sets from classic and much loved West End shows.

Making their debut outdoor performance at Proms in the Park, we are delighted to welcome the Hinchley Wood School Brass Band.

Funk and soul music will fill the air as The Blue Monday’s take to the stage. This eight-piece band, made up mostly of students in Year 12 at Hinchley Wood School, has added Proms in the Park to their busy gigging schedule which includes The Half Moon in Putney. Some members have performed at Ronnie Scott’s.

Tickets for the event are available online at elmbridge.gov.uk/culture. They are priced at £10 per person, £32 for 4 tickets, under 12s go free. Limited tickets will be available at the main gate on the night, subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

How can time banking help you?

TimebankingFind out at a talk to be given at 10:00, on Tuesday, 14 July, at All Saints Church, Chestnut Avenue, Esher, KT10 8JL.

Within the borough we have a wealth of skills, interests and experience that we can share with each other.  Sharing these things can help to make our society better and Timebanking is a really simple way to make that sharing easy.

Timebanking is all about giving and receiving.  It works by people offering to share a skill, interest, experience or some practical support with other time bank members.  In return they can receive something they want from the time bank.

For example, Tony is 17 and offers to teach older people at the local community centre how to use WiiFit to keep them mobile and active. For every hour Tony puts in he earns one-time credit which he spends on learning new cooking skills from Jan, another time bank member. Everyone’s time is equal. For more information about timebanking please read the attached flyer and visit www.timebanking.org.

To book your place contact Liz Tracey on liz.tracey@surreycc.gov.uk or telephone 020 8541 7020

Elmbridge Museum

Museum Discovery box website

New school membership scheme launched.  As part of its new services, Elmbridge Museum offers an exciting range of learning opportunities for local schools and community groups.

Over the last few months, Elmbridge Museum’s learning team has been meeting with teachers from across Surrey to talk to them about their outreach sessions and how the museum collection of over 40,000 objects can enrich learning in their schools. The teachers’ feedback has been invaluable to help tailor and redevelop the museum learning sessions and discovery boxes on a wide range of topics.

Elmbridge Museum is now pleased to announce its new school membership scheme to support schools in the delivery of the new curriculum. Schools that subscribe to this great value scheme will have access to the museum’s selection of interactive workshops and discovery boxes on a variety of topics.

For an annual fee of £165, the membership scheme includes:

  • Three 1.5 hour outreach sessions
  • The loan of six discovery boxes
  • One assembly
  • Three Continuous Professional Development sessions

The learning team at Elmbridge Museum is looking forward to expanding the schools service so that all local children can have access to its local history through innovative and interactive sessions that engage them in learning through the wonderful artifacts in the collection.

The team is currently developing new sessions linked to the changes in the national curriculum and are very keen to work in partnership with local schools to meet their needs and requirements as closely as possible. They value input from teachers when planning their sessions and to achieve this, they are organising a focus group with teachers for the autumn term. This session will provide a great opportunity for primary school teachers to share their opinions on how museums can best support their teaching practice.

For further information, visit the website, email ebcmuseum@elmbridge.gov.uk  or contact the museum on 01372 474568.

Elmbridge Food Festival

Noorland Food website-01The borough has joined forces with Painshill Park, Hersham and Fantastic British Food Festivals to showcase the region’s best in food and drink at the inaugural Elmbridge Food Festival. Painshill will open its gates to the public for free over the weekend of 27/28 September from 10:30 to 5:00.  Charles Noorland is the headline chef.

The Oatlands Park Hotel head chef will take centre stage on the first day of the festival showcasing his interpretation of “30 minute meals” in the food and drink theatre.

The Dutch born and trained chef said guests to the food theatre could expect to see an array of seasonal produce from the region showcased in a simple, yet delicious way.

“Our restaurant offers a classic, yet modern British menu with fine seasonal ingredients,” he said.

“As a chef I never underestimate the importance of fine local produce, and we are lucky to have so many fine producers on our doorstep in the Elmbridge area.”

Noorland arrived in England from the Netherlands 1988, and with his Michelin star background, started his first job in London with Albert Roux at Le Gavroche.

He then expanded his knowledge further in 5 star hotels in London, such as The Hilton Park Lane, Le Meridien Piccadilly, and opened the 5 star property SAS Radisson in Beijing, PRC, before returning to England, concentrating on large restaurants and opening the award winning restaurant Belgo Centraal in Covent Garden.

Returning to his roots by operating in various hotels outside London since September 2011, Charles was the Executive Chef at Marco Pierre White Wheelers of St James franchise restaurant at the Casa Hotel Yateley in Hampshire, before joining Oatlands Park in May 2014.

Dream a little Midsummer Night’s Dream with ‘Shakespeare in The Park’

As part of national 450th anniversary events celebrating the birth of William Shakespeare, Shout! is looking for young Elmbridge actors to take part in ‘Shakespeare in the Park’.  The week-long theatre workshop is open for 10-16 year olds and culminates with three performances on the final day in parks across Elmbridge.

Taking inspiration from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays, young people will be encouraged to release their energy, free their voices, to listen, to think and to be creative. The travelling players will present a performance on the final day exploring the connections between Shakespeare’s theatre and storytelling.

The workshop and rehearsals will take place at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton KT12 2PF,  10:00 to 16:00 every day, from Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 August.

Live performances will take place on Friday, 15 August at the following venues:

  • 11:00 at Churchfields Recreation Ground, Weybridge
  • 13:00 at The Cobham Medicine Gardens, Cobham
  • 15:00 at Riverside Gardens, Walton

The cost for the workshop is £75 for the week with a More Card and £90 without.

For further details and bookings please call Leisure and Cultural Services on 01372 474634 or email leisure@elmbridge.gov.uk

Put yourself in the picture – Elmbridge Self-Portrait Competition 2014: Me, Myself and I

Self Portrait Competition website

Elmbridge has launched its first ever self-portrait competition – Me, Myself and I.

From the earliest cave paintings to the selfie, we have been fascinated by trying to capture the essence of who we are on canvas, film or in stone. The Elmbridge Self Portrait Competition 2014 is your chance to show, as John Singer Sargent claimed that a portrait is more than “a painting with something wrong with the mouth” but, as Alexander Smith felt, like “being present at one’s creation”.

 

You can use any of the following media for your work:
• Photography
• Painting
• Drawing
• Printmaking
• Sculpture
• Mixed Media

The self-portrait competition is open to the burghers of Elmbridge and their children. There are four age categories: 7-11 (primary), 11-14 (secondary), 15-18 years and ages 19+.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Prizes will vary per age group. Winning entries will be exhibited at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in January 2015.

For full terms and conditions and entry details, or email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk  or call 01372 474584.

Shout! For Some Summer Fun for Your Children

Shout! kids websiteWith the holidays only two weeks away, now is the time to book some summer fun for your young ones while they are off from school.

Shout! Holiday Activities have a limited number of places left on the week-long Ready! Set! Shout! sports course for 5 to 13 year olds from Monday, 28 July to Friday, 1 August and the Shakespeare in The Park drama course for 10 to 16 year olds from Monday 11 to Friday 15 August.

If your children are sporty, there are still some spaces on the following courses:

  • Cycle Skills workshops for 4 to 12 year olds on Monday 4 and 11 August
  • Totstennis sessions for 3 to 5 year olds and Tennis4fun (for 5to 8 year olds) starting on Monday 4 and 11 August

There is also availability on the following fun and exciting full-day workshops:

For children who like all types of music and dancing:

  • Make a Music Video in a day for 9 to 13 year olds – Thursday 31 July
  • Drumming Day for 5 to 8 year olds in the morning and 9 to 13 year olds in the afternoon –  Monday 4 August
  • Road to Brazil for 5 to 8 year olds who love football and dancing – Friday 8 August
  • Twinkle Toes for 5 to 7 year olds – Friday 15 August
  • Let’s learn to Bollywood Dance  for  8 to 13 year olds – Friday 22 August

 For adventurous kids looking for action and thrills:

  • Outdoor Adventure Team Challenge for 5 to 8 year olds on Thursday 7 August
  • Water Mania for 11 to 15 year olds – Thursday 21 August
  • Paintballing for 10 to 15 year olds Thursday 26 August
  • Pit Stop Scalextric for 5 to 12 year olds – Wednesday 27 August

 Budding chefs will be cooking a storm in the kitchen with Ready! Steady! Cook! (for 9 to 13 year olds) on Thursday 19 August.

Call 01372 474634 to book or click here for the brochure.  The holiday activities are running from Monday 28 July to Friday 29 August.