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Christmas Wreath making workshops with Epsom Florist at The Ashley Centre
Get ready to deck the halls in style at The Ashley Centre in Epsom! Join us for a festive and hands-on Christmas Wreath Making Workshop with the talented team from Epsom Florist.
🌿 Event Highlights:
Date: Saturday 2nd December
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Location: Central Square, The Ashley Centre, Epsom
Duration: Approximately 2 hours of festive fun!
🎅 What to Expect:
Embark on a creative journey with Epsom Florist as they guide you through the art of crafting your very own Christmas wreath. Whether you’re a crafting novice or a seasoned pro, this workshop is designed for everyone to enjoy!
🌟 Workshop Features:
- Expert Guidance: Learn from the best in the business as Epsom Florist demonstrates the secrets to a lush and full Christmas wreath.
- Creative Freedom: Personalise your wreath with a stunning array of beautiful seasonal flowers, eucalyptus, foliage, berries, cones, and other festive decorations.
- All-Inclusive: We provide all the necessary materials and sundries, ensuring you have everything you need to create a bespoke door wreath.
☕ Relax and Enjoy:
As you craft your masterpiece, we’ll be nearby to offer a helping hand and serve complimentary tea or coffee. And who knows, there might even be a biscuit or two to sweeten the creative process!
🎁 Take Home the Magic:
At the end of the workshop, proudly take home your handcrafted Christmas wreath, ready to adorn your door and spread festive cheer throughout the festive season.
🎟️ Limited Spaces Available:
Secure your spot now for a joyful, creative, and unforgettable Christmas experience. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to add a personal touch to your Christmas decor!
Let’s make this festive season extra special with a touch of your own creativity! 🌲💫
🎊 How to Register:
Visit our Eventbrite page to secure your spot at The Ashley Centre.
Great news Epsom! The Ashley Centre is now dog-friendly 🐶
You can now bring your furry friends with you to enjoy a day of shopping, food or just spending quality time with your four-legged friend. We can't wait to see all the adorable dogs in the centre 🤩
Just be aware that some shops may have different rules regarding pets within their store, so please see the below to know which shops allow your pups:
Credit from: Epsom & Ewell Families
Starbucks – they are happy for you to go in and order and take away but you can not sit in.
The Body Shop ✅
The Fragrance shop ✅
Hotel Chocolat ✅
Muffin Break ❌
Accessorize / Monsoon ✅
The Works ✅
Card Factory ✅
Ernest Jones ✅ they said they had no policy to say no to dogs.
Select – I’m unsure about this one I was told by a member of staff that it’s ok unless it poos or wees, they didn’t seem certain.
Next – Said they thought so but the manager wasn’t around to confirm this.
M&S – ❌ no unless it’s a service dog which is understandable given it is full of fresh food.
Holland and Barrett ❌
Sports Direct ❌
Moka (within the Ashley Centre) ✅
Vision Express ✅ – you can view the glasses within the shop but for obvious reasons you couldn’t take them in with you for your eye test.
Grape Tree ❌
Waitrose ❌ service dogs only
Superdrug – if you carry your dog, can see this being a problem if you have a German Shepherd or a breed of that size!!!
Toy Barnhaus ✅
Jones Bootmaker – no policy to say no but they did point out that some staff were scared of dogs.
Hattys Sweetshop ✅
Quest – were so happy to welcome dogs and were even thinking about getting a dog bowl ✅
Moka cafe – outside only ✅
Frighteningly delicious treats from Hotel Chocolat in The Ashley Centre
Boo! Halloween is just around the corner and we're rushing to Hotel Chocolat for some spooktacular treats this October!
Dive into their Halloween gifts collection, where you'll discover a tantalising array of goodies, from velvety milk to the rich intensity of 70% cacao chocolate. These treats are bound to keep you in the spooky spirit while you're out trick-or-treating!
Wingston the Bat | Dark Chocolate - £8.95
16 terrifyingly tasty dark chocolate shapes to keep the ghouls at bay.
Wingston’s sensitive ears mean he’ll be able to echolocate his way straight into your shopping bag - but keep away from those teeth! He’s got a good heart though; inside you’ll find 16 individually wrapped dark chocolates, moulded into satisfyingly spooky shapes.
The Yumpkin | 40% Milk Chocolate Pumpkin - £6.50
The face of Halloween, carved in meltingly smooth 40% milk chocolate.
Not in the mood for pumpkin carving this year? Put down the carving knife and swap the laborious, time-consuming and inevitably messy task for a hauntingly good chocolate version instead. Easier and yummier - what’s not to like?
Carvin the Pumpkin | Milk Chocolate - £8.95
16 ghoulishly good individually-wrapped milk chocolates, perfect for when vampires, ghosts and witches come to call.
Our very own pumpkin, Carvin has kept 16 devilishly delicious individually wrapped milk chocolates in hiding, ready to share with some tricksters in need of a treat. Don’t be put off by his wicked grin - we promise he doesn’t bite.
Cryptopher the Vampire | Caramel Milk Chocolate - £8.95
16 individually wrapped solid caramel milk chocolate to sink your teeth into.
He may look scary, but Cryptopher just wants to make sure that nobody steals all the chocolates before you can have a bite! Our vampire friend uses his needle-like teeth and his spectacular collar (it pops out!) to scare off any would-be chocolate hunters, but he’s a soft touch really.
Halloween H-Box - £15.45
14 frighteningly flavoursome chocolates - dip in for caramels, pralines and more.
Our H-Boxes are designed to make you Happy - but this Halloween, it’s a horrifying kind of happiness! Our classic chocolate box is filled to the brim with a mixture of our classics and our Halloween specialities.
Get ready for autumn at the Ashley Centre this October!
Ah, autumn! The evenings become cosier, and the days have a fresh nip in the air. Beaches, parks, and woodlands start to clear out as everyone heads indoors. However, autumn brings along with it empty beaches for days, wide-open views, and forests bursting with golden magic and heaps of crunchy leaves. It's our favourite season for enjoying outdoor activities. It's perfect for wearing comfy clothes, layering up, and sipping on hot cocoa.
Autumn has so many reasons to love it, and here are just a few of our top picks for your autumn wardrobe.
NEXT - Diamond Borg Lined Quilt Corduroy Collared Shacket - £65
Perfect for layering, our diamond quilt cord collared shacket is an essential for easy styling. Designed with a cosy diamond quilted cord with borg lining and a snap button fastening to the front. Primed for pairing with a fine knit and heavyweight jeans.
M&S - Borg Lightweight Funnel Neck Jacket - £35
Not just a stylish outer layer, this versatile jacket can double up as a cosy liner for your favourite coat. It's cut to a regular fit from soft, lightweight borg, with an easy zip-through fastening and a cosy funnel neck. Two handy side pockets are a practical finishing touch. M&S Collection: easy-to-wear wardrobe staples that combine classic and contemporary styles.
JD - Nike Phoenix Fleece Oversized Hoodie - £60
Update your off-duty staples with this women's Phoenix Fleece Oversized Hoodie from Nike. In a Rugged Orange colourway, this hoodie is made with ultra-soft brushed fleece fot cosy comfort. It fits oversized for a laidback vibe, and features an adjustable drawstring through the hood with roomy drop-shoulder sleeves to keep you covered.
CHECK SUPER FLUFFY BLANKET SCARF - £18.20
Gloomy days need bright colours, so opt for this scarf for a vibrant finish and cosy fit. Finished with a check print and tassel edges.
Sports Direct - Kids NSW Filled Jacket - £59.99
This unisex Nike NSW Filled Jacket is crafted with full zip fastening and long sleeves for a classic look. It features a hood and is a 2 pocket style. This jacket is a padded construction designed with a signature logo and is complete with Nike Swoosh branding. You do not want to miss out on this one.
As the new school year approaches, we're excited to help you make your back-to-school shopping experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Whether your child is just reception, secondary school or even university, we've got you covered with everything you need. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through your shopping journey at our The Ashley Centre:
- Plan Ahead
Start by creating a shopping list. There's no point walking around not knowing what your child needs, ensure you don't miss any important items. Divide the list into categories such as clothing, school supplies, electronics, and more. Luckily you can get all these essentials at The Ashley Centre!
- School Supplies
You can find a variety of back-to-school supplies at The Ashley Centre, stock up on pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, binders, calculators, and art supplies. Look out for special deals on bulk purchases from WHSmith, The Works and more. Encourage creativity with a variety of stationery and art supplies. From coloured pencils to sketchbooks, your child's artistic flair will flourish with the right tools.
- Clothing and Footwear
Kids grow quickly! Refresh your child's wardrobe with new school-appropriate clothes and comfortable footwear. From uniforms to casual wear, you'll find a variety of options for all ages and styles. Discover top-quality shoes from renowned brands like Deichmann and Clarks, as well as reliable uniforms from M&S. A sturdy backpack is essential for carrying books and supplies. Explore our collection of backpacks that prioritize both style and comfort.
If your child's school requires the use of technology like laptops or tablets, we confidently recommend checking out our electronics stores for student-friendly deals. Find a selection of phone cases and accessories at iMOBILE to ensure that they're always prepared for any situation, including portable chargers. Alternatively, The Ashley Centre phone shops offer the best deals on new phones, so you can confidently find the perfect device for your child's needs.
- Healthy Lunch Options
Find the perfect lunchbox and water bottle for your child. Consider reusable options to promote sustainability. You can also discover healthy snacks to pack for lunchtime.
Best gifts for Exam Results Day: Well done
Results day has arrived and students across the country will find out whether they got the grades they hoped for this week. GCSE students will unveil their results, whether through envelopes or emails, shaping their next steps—be it higher education, apprenticeships, or entering the workforce.
Hours of hard work and dedication in preparation deserve recognition, whether they excelled or plan to retake exams. Now is the moment to applaud the efforts of the youth in your life with a well-chosen gift.
Explore our curated selection below.
Tell them you are proud, with the perfect card from Clintons. Find the perfect card from a huge selection and personalise with a message they will treasure.
If they’re not already completely obsessed with Pandora, now’s the perfect time to start a new jewellery tradition.
Every achievement is worth celebrating and what better way to say well done, than a gift they will treasure forever from Pandora in The Ashley Centre? Drop by and find the special present that will hit the mark
While it's common for modern phones to feature built-in cameras, there's a certain charm in reintroducing the delight of an instant camera that swiftly produces physical photos.
Discover Fujifilm's Instax Mini 11, available in an array of enjoyable pastel hues: white, pink, purple, and blue. With its automated shutter speed adjustment, it guarantees flawless post-exam snapshots. Additionally, it boasts a front mirror and a retractable lens, ensuring spot-on summer selfies from the very start.
Personalised Congratulations Graduation Crystal
This glass token is the perfect way to commemorate their graduation day! Personalise with a special message to treasure forever.
Getting summer ready
Embrace the sun and get into summer mode! it's the ideal moment to refresh your summer wardrobe. Whether your destination is sandy beaches, the bustling city streets, or the comfort of a staycation, not to worry—we've got you covered with the latest trends, valuable style tips, and outfit inspiration, all geared towards helping you look and feel your absolute best. So, get ready to embrace the season in style and make the most of the sun-soaked days ahead!
Embrace the sun with a wardrobe upgrade! Next's linen blend chino shorts perfectly capture that holiday vibe you crave.
These lightweight and relaxed shorts are the epitome of summer style, taking your wardrobe to the next level. Pair them with a linen shirt and loafers. These are the must-have shorts of the season. Stand out more with these stylish essentials.
Treat yourself to the Opalescent Blue Hamsa Hand Necklace, a powerful representation of protection and the embrace of positive energy. Crafted in 14k gold-plated elegance, this necklace features a captivating deep blue lab-created opal at its core.
On one side, it’s a design which resembles sun rays. The Hamsa hand has a protective essence, the symbol has a gesture of warmth, welcoming kindness, friendship, and grace into your life.
Let this exquisite necklace serve as a reminder of ancient wisdom while infusing your spirit with the contemporary vibe of positive energies. Embrace its symbolism and cherish the elegant beauty it brings to your day.
Pure Cotton Broderie Midi Tiered Dress
Elevate your sunny day attire with this pure cotton midi dress, with intricate broderie embroidery. The dress is designed in a regular fit, with a round neckline, short puffed sleeves and a tiered skirt. The stylish finish comes with an open tie-back fastening, ensuring a chic look.
The M&S Collection is an array of easy-to-wear wardrobe staples that seamlessly blend classic and contemporary styles. With this dress as your choice, enjoy a perfect fusion of timeless charm and modern sophistication, making it a go-to option for any occasion.
STRAW CIRCLE HANDHELD BASKET BAG
Crafted from woven straw, this basket bag is the perfect companion for your picnic outings. Its charming circular profile adds a unique focal point to your ensemble, complementing your picnic attire effortlessly. Thanks to its neutral finish, you have the flexibility to style it with any colour from your summer palette. The bag is thoughtfully designed with a convenient magnetic closure and an internal slip pocket, adding functionality to its elegant form.
BROWN DIAMANTE ANKLE STRAP SANDAL
Designed with comfort in mind, the ankle strap ensures a secure and adjustable fit, allowing you to confidently stride with ease. Whether you're attending an event, a night out with friends, or simply want to elevate your everyday style, the Brown Diamante Ankle Strap Sandal is the perfect choice. Pair them with a flowing dress for a chic summer look.
It's Quest's 16th Year In Business
The incredible team at Quest celebrated the store's 16th year in business on 22nd June! A magical haven of all things spiritual, Quest is a family run business and has been trading since 2007.
Quest have everything you need to help you on your spiritual journey; whether that’s crystals, books, oils, tarot or oracle cards. Quest have gifts for your loved ones of all ages including crystal and silver jewellery, ceramic inspirations, Buddhas, angels and so much more. If you are interested in aromatherapy, then you’ll love their range of incense, essential oils and candles.
Dress To Impress At This Year's Epsom Derby
The iconic Epsom Derby is just around the bend. This year's 244th edition takes place over the 2nd - 3rd of June, and plays host to the prestigious Style Awards. Whist eyes are on the runners and riders, this your chance to shine on the other side of the fence. Ashley Centre is here to help you look your best on the big day.
Find out more here.
For hair care, Regis Salon specialises in unique cuts, from sleek bobs to layered styles, all-over hair colour, balayage, and highlights. Regis Ashley Centre supplies both men and women with the most up-to-date colour trends and cutting techniques to help you stand out this at this year's Derby.
Monsoon and Accessorize located in Ashely Centre, are the place to start for stylish seasonal garments and adornments. Their extensive summer range is packed with eye-catching pieces, perfect for the festivities.
For the all important footwear that must be both fashionable and yet functional, Jones Bootmaker’s newest selection of boots, wedges and blocks have the perfect picks for race day pieces. The tailor made designs in their Race Ready series take a more traditional approach to footwear, meaning you can celebrate in both comfort and style.
Eat Like A King This Bank Holiday Weekend
The Coronation bank holiday is fast approaching. What better excuse do you need to celebrate British springtime and stock up on all your favourite food and drink from the Ashley Centre? Here's where to pick up your seasonal produce.
Marks and Spencer, a firm British favourite, stocks all you might need for a bounteous garden party. Light fluffy cakes, delicious sandwich spreads and lest we forget the Pimms! Or how about a cornucopia of fresh spring vegetables to accompany a mouth watering slow roast lamb leg? Marks and Sparks has it all.
Another quintessentially British institution sits in our midst, Waitrose and its certified Duchy of Cornwall produce is the perfect place to indulge in the spoils of spring. Taste the produce lovingly crafted by those closest to our King.
Hatty’s Sweet Shop welcomes you back in time to indulge in classical confectionaries, as well as other more contemporary sweet treats. Their customisable hampers are the perfect way to bring a traditional twist to any festive gathering over the bank holiday.
Easter Fun at The Ashley Centre
Kids, join in the fun this Easter school holidays at The Ashley Centre!
The ‘Ashley Bear Kids Club’ takes place in the central court on Sunday 2 April from 10.30am – 4.30pm. ‘Ashley Bear’ and his team will help you to decorate your very own chocolate bar. No need to book, just come along and enjoy! (Whilst we do not charge for the kids club, Ashley Bear is raising funds to assist the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to help us to purchase an advanced pediatric patient simulator, so any donations will be welcome).
We also invite all children to participate in the ‘Easter Egg Holiday Hunt’ from Saturday 1 April until Saturday 15 April. Simply collect an entry form from the ‘Grape Tree’ store in the centre and follow the clues to find all the letters to spell the Easter egg hunt mystery word.
All correct completed entry forms will then go into a lucky draw for a chance to win an Easter Hamper, containing a selection of treats courtesy of Waitrose, Hotel Chocolat, Hatty’s Sweet Shop, Holland & Barrett, Grape Tree, Toy Barnhaus and more.
Celebrating The Incredible Women Of Epsom
During March, we’ll be celebrating the incredible women of Epsom; be it loved ones, local residents, members of the community, or employees at The Ashley Centre.
We're profiling the incredible Kate Winskill, organiser of Arthouse Pop Up Gallery in the Ashley Centre. Kate was a late comer to art, returning to study art at university at the age of 50. This, followed a brush with cancer, refocused her career ambitions.
Kate started in PR, and after having her first child, she set up her own consultancy. Kate says, "Thirty years ago, there was less leeway for working mothers in the corporate world. So I set up an office from home to be more available for the children. It didn’t stop the agency attracting blue chip clients, which I think proved you can be committed to your job AND a family!"
Kate now organises Pop Up Galleries, as well as producing art herself. She says, “I have always worked with teams of woman and love it! They tend to be practical, get on with things and think outside the box.
It infuriates me how little art by women is represented in big galleries. We are redressing the balance at the Ashley Centre by having women artists make up three quarters of our team. Things have changed a lot since I was starting my first career in PR, and women are more welcome in the corporate workplace, but pay gaps should not still be happening.
We need a family centred approach, so men can get more involved with their children and women don’t lose out on their careers. It’s been amazing working with two professional and completely approachable women, Jacqui and Sonia at Ashley Centre Management. We love Jacqui’s 'Can Do' approach, which makes things happen, and has given us a great exhibition space in Epsom for the last 10 months.”.
An example of Kate's incredible artwork
Denise & Tina, Ernest Jones
We're spotlighting two incredible women, Denise and Tina, who work at Ernest Jones Jewellers in the Ashley Centre. Denise, Store Manager, has been in the jewellery trade for 40 years. She started at Ernest Jones eight years ago in Sutton, relocated to Croydon, and then finally moved to Epsom.
Tina, Assistant Manager, has been in the industry since 2018 and started her journey in Croydon. After the COVID-19 pandemic, Tina made her way to Epsom to re-open the Ernest Jones store alongside Denise.
We asked Denise and Tina why Women's History Month is so important to them. Tina says, "Ernest Jones is a nice environment to work in for women. All my management team here are women, which is quite unusual in a trade or business nowadays. Women can do just as good a job, if not better, than a man.
We're put in a situation where we deal with expensive items. Security-wise, we would do no different than a man would. So, I think that's why we progress just as well. In my eyes, our roles here as management are like 'mothers of the business', so we can encourage team members and customers."
Tina continues, "A lot of our male customers purchase engagement rings, and they like to have a woman's input into buying a ring. So that helps us and our clients because we follow their journey. If we're selling an engagement ring, we go through the engagement, wedding, and children with eternity rings. It's really nice for us to follow their journey and be part of their experience as well."
Say hello to Sophie Knight-Crow, an incredible artist from Arthouse Pop Up Gallery in the Ashley Centre. Sophie's main connection to Epsom began nine years ago, when Soap222 started working at Pullingers Art Shop. Sophie says, "Having studied Fine Art at Croydon Art School, this was a great role to follow on from my studies. My practice is mostly based on experimentation with different materials, so working in an art shop is like being in Aladdin’s cave.
At the beginning of the year, I started exhibiting with Art House Galleries in the Ashley Centre, and it’s been an eye opening experience. For the first time I’m selling my art work to a wider audience, not just family and friends. I’ve met some amazingly talented artists and learnt so much from them.
Being in Epsom has really opened doors for me as a creative; there’s a great arts community surrounding the area. There are many local art groups, classes and societies, including the university, and venues such as the Epsom Playhouse and The Horton. I’ve grown in confidence because I am here and who I’ve met here.
Women’s History Month is an important reminder to us that these opportunities, that I’ve been so lucky to have, did not previously exist for women. Woman’s Art was seen as undervalued craft, seen as something to pass the time. Things are definitely on the right track but there’s still a way to go, even in 2023. Statistically, representation for woman artists in gallery spaces is still lower than that of men, and that is why we need to shout about our achievements on days such as International Women's Day."
Elaine moved to Epsom 23 years ago from London, and has worked for Monsoon & Accessorize for 13 years. Married to Alan, Elaine has a large family including three amazing daughters, two sons and several grandchildren.
Elaine says, "The Ashley Centre has always been a hive of activity. It feels like you're part of a family, as staff and customers often become regulars in all the stores. As for me, I started my life growing up and working in London. Along with having my family, I did interior design and worked for Laura Ashley for too many years to count! I still do curtain making, sewing, knitting and design, and make things when I have the time.
I'm really passionate about women's and girls' rights, and always have been. We are lucky, most of the time, that we have a voice in this country and can be heard. So that's why I support Amnesty International, who champion women and young girls. I follow them and sign petitions in support.
For instance, in Iran there is a movement called White Scarf Wednesday. The initiative encourages everyone to wear a white scarf to champion women who are oppressed around the world and in Iran.
I also must say that I work alongside an amazing group of women, young mums, grandmothers and students. It's an exceptional team of ladies, and from time to time, young men who also make up this great team."
Bess Harding was born in Dorking and has lived all her life in Epsom and Ewell attending local schools. Bess decided she wanted to be a secretary and trained in that field, a skill she passed on by teaching at Evening Classes in Epsom for several years.
Her career started in the War Office as a typist in the typing pool until she saw a secretarial job advertised in William Wiltshire’s architects and surveyors office in Ewell. She was then offered a secretarial position in the Trade Department of the Canadian High Commission in London.
Bess was a keen enthusiast for tenpin bowling and held many training sessions through Learn to Bowl Classes. Bess was chosen to Captain and play for the first Surrey Women’s team. A Canadian company wanted to bring 5 pin bowling to the UK and as a result Bess was head hunted to help promote this at Ambassador Bowling.
Bess has been happily married to Brian who she met through playing badminton and celebrates 50 years of marriage in 2023. They enjoy travelling and learning about the history, culture and historical buildings of overseas countries whilst cruising. She says, “It has been a joy to visit so many countries throughout the world.”
Her fundraising journey began when Bess read in the local Herald an article by Andrew Wills, asking the public how they wanted the Council’s Lottery money spent. Bess’ dad pointed this out and suggested she write in. Having just seen a programme on the CT Scanner, Bess contacted the local hospital and discovered they could not afford the running costs of £2,000 a week, plus the initial cost of £250,000, of this piece of equipment. As a result, Bess put her suggestion to Epsom & Ewell Council for a scanner, but it did not meet their requirements to cover sports as one of the conditions.
Through her contact with Epsom General Hospital, Bess learnt that a gastroscope had broken down and there were no funds available to replace this £6,000 endoscope. Bess started fund raising with the odd raffle donating the money raised to Epsom General Hospital in 1978. Then in 1979, she formed the Epsom Endoscopy Trust Fund, and to her surprise six months later had sufficient funds to purchase this.
This was then followed by the bronchoscope and then colonoscope. A few years passed and the CEO advised Bess she could start collecting for the CT Scanner. A black cat brooch was designed to sell to members of the community which really caught on with the public. Within two years, the £250,000 had been raised and Epsom General Hospital was put on the map.
In 2008, Bess met HM Queen Elizabeth II when she was presented with the MBE. She says, “This was truly a great honour”. Most departments in the hospital have enjoyed receiving medical equipment, which is benefitting the local community that Epsom General Hospital serves. With only a small band of volunteers, the Fund has raised over £6 million which has purchased vital life saving equipment for Epsom General Hospital. There are currently three volunteers, Susan, Lynn and Jan who help with sales of goods in the Epsom market place.
Bess says, “During the warmer weather we have a stall at Epsom Market which gives us the opportunity to meet people and explain what we are doing whilst selling our range of hand knitted wear for babies, children and adults, pictures and other goods. I am proud to be a member of the Epsom Community who support our fund, which is now called Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, and who have helped make it possible for the Fund to purchase this much needed equipment.”
We asked Bess why Women’s History Month was important to her. She says, “As a woman I do not give up on ‘failure’, but try to find ways to do things. Money does not come easily, you have to work at it, long hours sometimes and hopefully overcome any obstacles. I will have a go at arranging different events and am always on the lookout for something that is different and will encourage people to support Epsom Medical Equipment Fund.
I think Women’s History Month highlights what women in the area have achieved, and bring what they have and are doing to the attention of the community. Jacqui and Sonia from the Ashley Centre are an inspiration to me with their ideas and 'Let’s Go For It’ attitude.”
Mother's Day Gift Guide
Mother’s Day is about celebrating mums of all kinds; be it step-mums, grandmas, mother-in-laws, or simply an incredible Mother figure in your life. So, why not make their day one to remember and show them just how much you care? We've pulled together a Mother's Day Gift Guide, featuring a range of beautiful products all available at The Ashley Centre.
The Body Shop's Vibe Booster Discovery Kit - £17.55
Looking for a gift that radiates good energy? Step into the world of Boost, and treat a loved one to The Body Shop's Vibe Booster Discovery Kit. Rub in a few drops of their essential oil blend for a zesty, citrusy scent, that will help uplift and brighten your day. Enriched with bergamot and mandarin essential oil, this gift just keeps on giving by supporting their Community Fair Trade partners around the globe.
Bubbles from Marks & Spencer
Raise a glass to someone special this Mother’s Day with Marks & Spencer's Conte Priuli prosecco, packed with notes of peach, honeysuckle and citrus! Pink fizz more their thing? Try the Conte Priuli prosecco rosé with floral aromas and strawberry and redcurrant flavours. Find them in the M&S Foodhall today, along with more gorgeous drinks gifts and hampers!
Narciso Rodriguez For Her from The Fragrance Shop - £107.00
Celebrate Mother's Day with a gift she'll remember from The Fragrance Shop. For her fleur musc Eau de Parfum by Narciso Rodriguez is a vibrant reinterpretation of a floral bouquet. This perfume blends flowers and berries with the patented heart of musc found in all for her fragrances. The result is a fragrance that is sublime, dazzling, and unique.
Celebrating The Incredible Women Of Epsom
It's International Women's Day. Throughout the month of March, we're celebrating all the wonderful, talented and inspiring women of Epsom; be it loved ones, local residents, members of the community, or employees at The Ashley Centre. Without you, our community wouldn't be so special.
International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The initiative has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
Let's take a moment to celebrate the women who have fought for equality and justice, broken down barriers, and paved the way for future generations.
Do you want to nominate an incredible woman or group of women for a chance to be profiled on our socials? Tag us Instagram or drop us a DM to nominate!
Valentine's Day Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to the winner of our Valentine's Day hamper, Simon Lawrence! Pictured below on the right is Suzanne, Simon's wife, who came down to the Ashley Centre to collect the prize. This year, Suzanne and Simon will be celebrating their 25th year wedding anniversary!
The Valentine's Day hamper was full of goodies from various stores in the Ashley Centre, including Toy Barnhaus, Trespass, The Fragrance Shop, Hotel Chocolat and more! Want to be in with the chance of winning next time? Stay tuned on our socials for more exciting updates & giveaways!
Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion to show your love and appreciation to the special people in your life. If you're looking for a last-minute gift to make this year one to remember, check out our Valentine's Day gift guide below!
Pandora Moments Studded Chain Bracelet - £60.00
Show that you know them better than anyone else this Valentine's Day with a beautiful range of jewellery from Pandora. Find a unique and personalized gift, like the Pandora Moments Studded Chain Bracelet. It's hand-finished in sterling silver, has an openable heart-shaped clasp, and features a flexible, textured chain.
Hotel Chocolat's With Love Sleekster - £24.50
This Valentine's Day, make it personal with Hotel Chocolat and find everything you need. The Valentine's Day Sleekster is the perfect gift for your special someone, whether as a gesture of love or a self-care treat. The luxurious pink box, containing 27 irresistible chocolate hearts, is the ideal way to spread love.
Valentine's Day 2023
We're celebrating Valentine's Day the Ashley Centre way! Want to win a Valentine's Day hamper worth £300? Simply collect a free rose from the Ashley Centre this Saturday, scan the QR code and sign up to our newsletter for the chance to win!
Alongside our Valentine's stall on the ground floor, we'll also be joined by a range of independent traders, including Jrowles Design and Truff'd Handcrafted Delicacies! Discover scented candles, chocolate truffles, and much more until Tuesday 14th February in The Ashley Centre, just in time for Valentine's Day.
Introducing The New Pop-Up Art House Gallery
Say hello to the new pop-up Art House Gallery, now open until the end of February! New artists have joined the existing team including 15 painters, printmakers and a sculptor. The new store will be open for six weeks and features work celebrating Epsom, its horse racing heritage, as well as landscape, figurative and abstract pieces.
Manager and artist Kate Winskil says, “We love being in the Ashley Centre. It makes looking at art a really accessible experience and I think most people like meeting the artists who are manning the gallery. Parents are really welcome to bring their children!”.
For details of any artwork you may have seen in the windows adjacent to the Fragrance Store, please contact email@example.com for prices. Free local delivery on large works.
Free Kids Activities Every Month At The Ashley Centre
Looking for an exciting activity to keep the kids entertained? Join us throughout the year for Ashley Bear's Kids Club!
Enjoy FREE themed-craft activities with your little ones, every second Sunday of the month in the Ashley Centre. There's no need to book, just turn up and have fun. Please note, parents / guardians are requested to stay with their children throughout all activities and workshops.
Epsom & Ewell Mayor's Charities
Epsom & Ewell Mayor's Charities would like to thank everyone who donated at their recent carol concert in The Ashley Centre. Almost £500 was raised for local charities throughout the day!
Artisan Christmas Gift & Food Fair
11-12th & 17th-18th December
Across four days in the run-up to Christmas, we'll be joined by an incredible array of local traders at the Artisan Christmas Gift and Food Fair. Shop local, feel inspired and fill up your loved one's Christmas stockings with unique gifts from makers, crafters, and other small businesses!
Our first Artisan Christmas Gift and Food Fair is Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December. We have a wide range of local traders across both weekends, bringing you a selection of handmade jewellery, home decor, scented candles, crochet gifts and colourful children's clothing. Traders include The Kit Box, BonBonBon, Barnes & Fadden, Olyve and Rose, The Tipsy Food Company, plus many more!
The Kit Box
The Kit Box is dedicated to unearthing creative and unique football gift ideas, and continually endeavours to find new and remarkable gifts, which can be bespoke to any recipient. Enjoy the joy of giving away a handcrafted unique football gift to your loved ones.
BonBonBon is a sweet kidswear brand created by mother and daughter design duo Nat and Bonnie. BonBonBon was born in early 2020, a year in which their core purpose of promoting positivity, kindness and fun through kids' fashion, couldn't have been more timely. BonBonBon are very proud of their products, which they take great care in either hand making to order, or sourcing through local suppliers, which means they're able to keep a close eye on production standards while supporting the community.
The Tipsy Food Company
Having cooked for Prime Ministers, royalty, and more brides than you could count, the founders of The Tipsy Food Company spent endless hours in the kitchen doing what they do best! Sourcing the best fresh ingredients from all over the world, such as the Rwandan Virunga Honey used in their signature rum, and creating unique flavour combinations, The Tipsy Food Company ended up with an incredible and unique range of food-inspired spirits.
The Home Of Christmas
On Saturday 19 November, The Ashley Centre's Christmas lights were officially switched on, and what a magical day for the Epsom community it was! With live entertainment from Epsom Playhouse's cast of Dick Whittington, stilt walkers, face painters, balloon modelers, roaming entertainers, and more, it was definitely an afternoon to remember!
The event was kickstarted with Christmas classics by Rock Choir, an incredible choir group all about singing, fun, community, friendship, and life-changing experiences. From 3pm onwards, visitors enjoyed free face painting, exciting festive performances, and pictures with Ashley Bear. For the Switch On extravaganza, not only did we welcome the cast of Dick Whittington and Ashley Bear to help us light up the centre, Father Christmas also made a special appearance, followed by a meet and greet!
Our Christmas Light Switch On was such an incredible event! Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the festivities, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Don't forget to tag us in your festive snaps on Instagram.
ARTISAN CHRISTMAS GIFT & FOOD FAIR
11-12th & 17th-18th December
What's coming up next? Across four days in December, we'll be joined by an incredible array of local traders at the Artisan Christmas Gift and Food Fair. Shop local, feel inspired and fill up your loved one's Christmas stockings with unique gifts from makers, crafters, and other small businesses.
To apply for a stall please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned on our Instagram for more exciting updates, centre news and events this festive season!
Introducing The New Sports Direct Store
Sports Direct has officially relocated to a new location! Say hello to the team, check out their NEW store next door to Vision Express, and take advantage of their incredible Black Friday sale.
Founded in 1982, Sports Direct is today the UK's largest sporting goods retailer, and operates a diversified portfolio of sports, fitness, fashion and lifestyle fascias and brands. From incredible fashion from the likes of Nike and Under Armour, to award-winning footwear and accessories, you'll be spoilt for choice at Sports Direct.
In the new store, you'll also find GAME by Sports Direct. Shop gaming products you love including consoles, top games and more! Stay tuned on our Instagram for more exciting updates, centre news and events this festive season!
Meet The Artists Evening
Join the artists and ceramicists from Art House Pop Up Gallery for drinks, chats and special offers from 5 - 8.30pm on Thursday 1st December in The Ashley Centre! RSVP by dropping the team an email at email@example.com.
Open daily until Christmas Eve, Art House Pop Up Gallery has a host of handmade, sustainable pieces by local makers. The gallery is manned entirely by artists, so do come and find out more about their work. With paintings, collages, digital art, photography, ceramics, sculptures and hand made jewellery, Arthouse Galleries is full of incredible Christmas gifts from £5-£1500.
Le Vian Exclusive In-store Event
A jewellery lover’s dream come true: For one day only, enjoy Ernest Jones for its exclusive in-store Le Vian event that's set to shine a light on Blueberry Tanzanite™ so prized for its rarity, it can only be found in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as well as an array of dazzling jewels that pay tribute to its rich Persian heritage. Join us on 22nd November 2022 in The Ashley Centre. Book an exclusive appointment here.
Christmas Light Switch On - 19th November
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON AT THE ASHLEY CENTRE, EPSOM
Not long to wait until the much-anticipated Christmas lights switch on in The Ashley Centre! Join us on Saturday 19 November for a variety of festive entertainment, music and of course the annual Christmas light switch-on extravaganza.
Free entertainment for everyone starts at 3pm offering lots of excitement and fun for the whole family to enjoy leading up to the big switch on at 6pm.
“ This year there will be stilt walkers, face painters, balloon modelers, roaming entertainers and more. The extravaganza will start at 6pm by Café Moka and will feature of the stars from the Epsom Playhouse pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’. Ashley Bear and Father Christmas will also join in the fun.” – shared by Centre Manager Jacqui McGeehan.
Before the festivities commence, discover an incredible range of award-winning fashion, homeware, beauty and art stores at The Ashley Centre. It's the perfect opportunity to start ticking off your Christmas shopping list!
ARTISAN CHRISTMAS GIFT & FOOD FAIR
11-12th & 17th-18th December
Across four days in the run-up to Christmas, we'll be joined by an incredible array of local traders at the Artisan Christmas Gift and Food Fair. Shop local, feel inspired and fill up your loved one's Christmas stockings with unique gifts from makers, crafters, and other small businesses!
To apply for a stall please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned on our Instagram for more exciting updates, centre news and events this festive season!
Hatty's Sweet Shop Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary
Happy 10th birthday to Hatty's Sweet Shop! As a young girl, Hatty was obsessed with sweets and dreamed of having a sweet shop of her own, a playground of all things sugary and fun. When Hatty turned 18, Hatty’s Sweet Shop opened its door for the first time. The shop was everything little Hatty had dreamed of - bright, colourful and vibrant.
Ten years on and the shop has grown in leaps and bounds. Behind every sweet served is a story of support and dreams. That is what makes Hatty passionate about sweets, as she knows there will be another little Hatty looking through the shop window saying “I want to own a sweet shop one day”. Pop in to store and enter their special 'Guess The Sweets In The Jar' competition!
Half-Term Halloween Activities In The Ashley Centre Epsom
After the popular Family Fridays during the summer holidays, Go Epsom are once again packing Epsom full of FREE Halloween themed entertainment for all the whole family until 5pm on Friday 28th October! From Arts & Crafts, Skeleton Mimes, Puppet shows, Uncle Doom the outrageous musical ghoul and lots more, get in the spooky spirit this Halloween weekend.
Join us from 10:30am - 4:30pm for a free spooky spoons workshop at the Halloween Arts and Craft stall near New Look. While you shop, you can also pose at the Halloween Selfie station with your friends and family until Monday 31st October! Don't forget to tag The Ashley Centre and Go Epsom on Instagram in your spooky snaps!
The Ashley Centre's Pop-Up Art Store Is Here Until December
The temporary Art House Gallery, which has brightened the Ashley Centre over recent months, was buzzing with young art lovers in September. Visiting to see the work of 20 painters and potters were young charges from the Ready Teddy Go Nursery, Epsom. Manager Cara Golding said, “We loved our afternoon out looking at colourful artwork . Small children are naturally drawn to images and this visit helped stimulate their own work.”
Following a tour of the gallery hosted by Kate Winskill and Lauren Mavromatis , whose own pieces are exhibited in the gallery , the children aged only 3-4, spent an hour making their own drawings. Manager, Kate Winskil, welcomes children of any age into the gallery. “We love being in the Ashley Centre. It makes looking at art a really accessible experience and I think most people like meeting the artists who manning the gallery. Parents are really welcome to bring their children - they often have quite strong and valid opinions on what should go on the walls at home."
The Ashley Centre's pop-up art gallery has extended its stay until Christmas and is now open daily! Discover incredible work by 20 West London and Surrey based artists and makers at Art House Galleries. Now situated opposite Boots in the main concourse, Art House Galleries also has a media room featuring music & video work. For details of any artwork you may have seen in the windows contact email@example.com for prices. Free local delivery on large works.
Autumn Season Edit
In an instant, we immediately bid farewell to the summer sunshine again as we transition into the autumn season. Now we’re presented with wet weather and shorter days, with every morning becoming a challenge to figure out what to wear and how to face the rain in style.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom! We might be trading our sunglasses for hats and gloves, but we have high hopes for autumn and the beauty it brings. To make it easy for you during this seasonal transition, we’ve created a list of the latest trends in this autumn season edit, all of which can be found at The Ashley Centre!
Clarks Westcombe Mid Black - £89
A good quality boot is a staple and should be in everyone's wardrobe this season. Nothing can compare to a classic pair of black leather boots that are stylish, suiting both formal and informal occasions, while having practical use as we go into autumn/winter. These Clarks leather boots pair well with dark fitted jeans and a knit jumper.
Next Cable Knitted Jumper - £32
Knitwear is timeless but layering is in this season. This cable knitted jumper from Next can sit comfortably underneath your coat, offering versatility and durability at an affordable price.
New Look Navy Tie Waist Cuffed Joggers - £20.99
Who said comfort and style can’t go hand in hand? Loungewear is a must for those cosy dog walks with friends and family. These regular fit elasticated bottoms from New Look can be put together with a matching top, or layered dark jumper and jacket.
M&S Rubberised Rolltop Backpack - £45
No look is complete without a stylish backpack this autumn. Enjoy the comfort of this modern yet practical backpack from M&S. Ready for any weather with its waterproof finish, the backpack also features internal pockets and a padded laptop sleeve.
White Stuff Whitwick Check Shirt - £55
Another staple that belongs in every wardrobe. This White Stuff check shirt is a must-have for keeping cosy, but also a great choice for layering. Layered with a plain t-shirt underneath and coat over the top, this can easily be transformed into a smarter look.
Next Motion Flex Stretch Jeans - £40
These new motion flex jeans from Next are all about comfort and style. Created with advanced stretch technology, they retain shape and work to keep maximum comfort. Denim jeans are another versatile piece of clothing, and can be mixed and matched to create various outfits.
Get Ready For The New School Year With The Ashley Centre
As the summer holidays draw to a close, students and teachers across the UK have enjoyed several weeks off in the sunshine! While the start of September is often a welcome change, the Back To School run-up can be daunting for some families, and not to mention expensive, with a whole kit and wardrobe usually needed for a new school year. So, we have you covered! The Ashley Centre is home to a range of award-winning stores that are here to help your little ones get ready for the start of a new school year!
Marks & Spencer
Whether you’re shopping for your school’s embroidered uniform or just looking for additional plain uniform, you will find M&S’ usual ranges at The Ashley Centre, including some exclusive colours made with high quality and innovations that make their pieces smart, durable and easy to care for. M&S’ school uniform shop has all the essentials, from the first day at reception to the last day of secondary school, they’ve got everything you need.
Of course, they’ve grown again! Sports Direct have a vast selection of black school shoes and trainers that are comfy and durable yet stylish. As the experts in sport, Sports Direct also have PE kits sorted that will keep your little ones warm and dry throughout the colder months.
Pencil cases aren’t just something that keep all your stationery in one place, as The Works would say, they’re also a reflection of who you are! They give away a little bit about your little one's personality – whether that’s what movies they're are into, or what their favourite colour is. The Works have an incredible range of pencil cases, plus an abundance of stationary items, to get your little ones ready for their new school year.
Kids' school shoes come in whole and half sizes and a range of width fittings. Explore Clarks’ selection of children’s school shoes in The Ashley Centre, featuring quality materials for long-lasting comfort. With plenty of classic black school shoes to choose from, and an array of classic and modern designs, there’s a pair of Clarks school shoes for everyone.
Game On: The Ashley Centre's New Pop-Up Arcade
Join us every day at The Ashley Centre for family-friendly fun at our new pop-up arcade! From 10:30am to 4:30pm, you can play classic arcade games for FREE during the summer holidays!
What's more? There's a chance to win every Saturday! Can you beat the highest score for a chance to win £50 to spend at The Ashley Centre?
Art House Galleries: Pop-Up Art Gallery In The Ashley Centre
Introducing Art House Galleries, the new pop-up art gallery in The Ashley Centre. Situated opposite the Cafe Moka in the main concourse, the gallery brings 5 Surrey based artists to the centre. With a mixture of styles from traditional landscape, through figure painting, to technicolour animals and urban street art, there will be something for everyone!
Dilys Foster and Di Phelps Lester are both inspired by the natural world to produce colourful atmospheric landscapes in acrylic and mixed media. Young artist Raph Thomas has produced a whole animal kingdom of technicolour animals. If there isn’t your favourite animal in his portfolio, he takes commissions.
Kate Winskill works in print, photography and painting to produce figurative works, often referencing London and famous faces. Younger customers have been drawn to Lauren Mavromatis’ powerful autobiographical digital drawings, whilst songwriter and artist Rory Thomas infuses his paintings with lyrics from his songs.
Prices are affordable to, with framed prints from £35 and originals from £785, there has never been a better time to look for something to brighten up your home. The gallery will be staffed by the artists, so you can find out more about how they work. They all undertake commissions, so if you are looking for a bespoke artwork, come and see what they can offer. Big paintings are delivered free locally and prints can be posted on customer’s behalf as gifts.
Want to see work in your own home? Home visits around Epsom with selected artworks can be booked by appointment with the artists.
Summer Holiday Edit
Summer is in full swing, and what a summer it has been so far! The sunglasses are on and the sun cream is at the ready. But what about your wardrobe? Whether you’ve planned a summer getaway with friends and family or you’re spending time some quality time in the UK sun, we’ve got the latest seasonal trends in this summer holiday edit. And it can all be found at The Ashley Centre.
Next Strappy Satin Cami Summer Dress - £28
Stand out in style. This eye-catching satin cami dress is perfect for hitting the beach or just chilling out by the pool. Comes with handy pockets, adjustable metal detail straps and a boxy loose fit.
H&M Embroidery-detail espadrilles - £17.99
Practical, stylish and versatile. You can take these espadrilles anywhere on your holiday. That could be on a trip to the beach or the bar and the black or white options mean they’ll match with almost anything in your existing wardrobe.
Monsoon button through printed linen blouse green - £49
Linen is perfect for the summer. If you’re busy exploring a European city, enjoying a bite to eat along the Mediterranean coast or simply out and about in the UK, this linen blouse is ideal for all occasions. It is suitable for any time of the day and its material and light weight make it breathable. The blouse is part of Monsoon’s S.E.W. sustainable range, created using sustainable fabric alternatives.
New Look Off White Daisy Love Logo Tote Bag - £4.99
Tote bags make fantastic beach bags whilst showing off some unique style. Pack your towel, sun cream and some refreshments and hit the beach in style. Made from sustainable fabric, this piece is part of New Look’s Kind collection. Materials are responsibly sourced and friendlier to the planet.
Superdrug, Ghost Summer Dream Eau de Parfum - £38
Every outfit needs to be accompanied by a fresh and enchanting essence, day or night. This refreshing sunny scent opens with a floral bouquet and citrus notes and is wrapped with mesmerising white woods and the warmth of amber. Remember where you bought this from, as everyone will want to know.
Introducing The New Jubilee-Inspired Mural At The Ashley Centre
In October 1984, The Ashley Centre was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. This was the first official visit to Epsom by a Monarch since Edward VII, although the Queen did visit privately in 1977.
Visit The Ashley Centre to view our new mural today, opposite Quest on the ground floor! Don't forget to share your snaps with us on Instagram to be featured on our page.
Free Kids Craft Workshop Just In Time For Father's Day
On Sunday 12th June, the whole family is invited to meet the infamous Ashley Bear and join us in a range of creative and craft activities just in time for Father's Day!
The Ashley Bear Kids Club is a popular, free monthly event held every second Sunday of the month from 11am until 4pm. There's no need to book, just turn up and join in! Parents / guardians are requested to stay with their children throughout all activities and workshops, and of course, encouraged to take part in the fun too.
Celebrating Her Majesty's Jubilee At Epsom Downs Race Course
The countdown to the Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs Race Course is officially on this year, The Cazoo Derby is poised to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, making this historic event even more special.
The Derby is for everyone, from racing royalty to racing rookie. They open their gates, arms and hearts to the world. In a way, everyone rides The Derby, being part of it, getting carried away and taking that feel good carnival spirit back home!
Are you looking for a last minute Derby Day outfit? Here at The Ashley Centre, we have everything you need to look and feel like a royal.
Get Ready For The Jubilee Bank Holiday At The Ashley Centre
Are you Jubilee street party ready? The Ashley Centre has everything you need to prepare for the celebratory Jubilee weekend. Create the perfect spread with delicious picnic food from M&S and Waitrose!
Heading to the races? From fascinators to the perfect shade of lipstick, we've got you covered with accessories and beauty products to get you ready to party like a royal!
Claim A Free Crystal Stone, Pendant Or Bracelet From Quest
We appreciate you using The Ashley Centre Loyalty App and would like to say thanks by offering you a FREE crystal stone, pendant or bracelet in exchange of 10 points. Simply show the reward within the app to the team at Quest to claim your free product worth up to £6.
Ashley Bear's Free Kids Club Is Back And Better Than Ever
Our FREE Kids Club is back at The Ashley Centre this Sunday 10th April, 2022. Celebrate the countdown to Easter with your little ones and meet everyone's favourite bear, Ashley!
Have you taken part in our Easter Treasure Hunt yet? Join us at The Ashley Centre until 10th April for the chance to WIN an incredible Easter hamper! To take part simply...
1. Collect the worksheet from Grape Tree
2. Embark on our Easter Treasure Hunt around The Ashley Centre
3. Once complete, hand the worksheet in on the 10th April at Ashley Bear's Kids Club
The Ashley Bear Kids Club is a popular, free monthly event held from 11am until 4pm every second Sunday of the month. There's no need to book, just turn up and join in! Parents / guardians are requested to stay with their children throughout all activities and workshops, and of course, encouraged to take part in the fun too. See you soon!
Surrey Stands With Ukraine
Surrey Stands With Ukraine's mission is to support the people of Ukraine by collecting essential medical and search & rescue supplies needed by those on the ground, and organising transport to deliver these supplies directly from Epsom to the Polish/Ukrainian border.
They are collecting physical donations at the Epsom hub in the Ashley Centre, and also cash and card donations, which will go towards transportation costs and other high value, life-saving items.
100% of all donations will go to support the people of Ukraine. No fees or wages are taken by volunteers or trustees.
Click here to find out how you can help.
Celebrating The Women Of Epsom This March
International Women’s Day (IWD) is just around the corner. IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The initiative has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
During the month of March, we’ll be celebrating the incredible women of Epsom; be it loved ones, local residents, members of the community, or employees at The Ashley Centre.
Our first profile is Hatty, founder of Hatty's Sweet Shop in The Ashley Centre. As a young girl, Hatty was obsessed with sweets and dreamed of having a sweet shop of her own, a playground of all things sugary and fun. When Hatty turned 18, Hatty’s Sweet Shop opened its door for the first time. The shop was everything little Hatty had dreamed of - bright, colourful and vibrant.
Nine years on and the shop has grown in leaps and bounds. Behind every sweet served is a story of support and dreams. That is what makes Hatty passionate about sweets, as she knows there will be another little Hatty looking through the shop window saying “I want to own a sweet shop one day”.
Do you want to nominate an incredible woman or group of women for a chance to be profiled on our socials? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, tag us on Instagram @ashleyepsom or drop us a DM to nominate!
Claim A Free Box Of Monty Bojangles Chocolate Truffles
We appreciate you using The Ashley Centre Loyalty App and would like to say thanks by offering you a FREE box of chocolate truffles from Waitrose. Redeem this offer for one free box of Waitrose’s Monty Bojangles Chocolate Truffles, with your choice of two flavours; Choccy Scoffy or Flutter Scotch. There are no points needed for this reward; simply download our Loyalty App and show the reward to the team at Waitrose to claim your free box of chocolate truffles. Sitting comfortably at the higher end of the supermarket spectrum, Waitrose prides itself on offering a pleasant shopping experience and quality, varied produce.
The Best Gifts For Her This Valentine’s Day
Another year, another Valentine’s Day. From luxury flowers to vegan self-care, new season fashion to the sweetest of treats, you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Ashley Centre. So, to make your life a little easier, we’ve pulled together a mini gift guide guaranteed to make her heart flutter this Valentine’s Day.
Just to Say Chocolate Collection
Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one but don’t want to go overboard on the sentimentals? Hotel Chocolat’s Just to Say Collection offers an array of 51 alcohol-free chocolates that say everything you need. Understated, yet packed with meaning, this stylish box of chocolates, inspired by Japanese Osechi boxes, is sure to remind your giftee just how much you care.
Padlock and Key Dangle Charm
Cherish the special connection you share with your loved one with this Padlock and Key Dangle Charm by Pandora. Featuring two parts, the key is also a charm in itself. Place it next to the padlock and style the two together and gift it to a loved one, so only they have the power to unlock your padlock. Inspired by the locks placed on bridges by lovers all around the world, this sterling silver Padlock and Key Charm is the perfect symbol to capture your love.
Some say the key to a woman's heart is flowers, so with that in mind, The Flowersmith have you covered. From beautiful bouquets to classic roses, enjoy incredible arrangements by The Ashley Centre team and make her day this Valentine's.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Glow Transforming Gel Cleanser
Reveal luminous, glowing skin and minimise the look of pores in just 30 seconds with Liz Earle Beauty’s Cleanse & Glow Transforming Gel Cleanser, now exclusively available at Boots. Deeply cleansing, this melting formula transforms from a luxurious gel, enriched with natural micelles, into a lightweight oil to effortlessly remove SPF, dirt, pollutants and make up, before rinsing off as a skin-softening milk to rinse away impurities without undoing skin benefits. Powered by ingredients expertly selected for their efficacy: acerola cherry, bursting with fast-acting, brightening vitamin C; plus, organic black bee honey and elderberry seed oil, for instant skin-smoothing results.
Explore these incredible brands today at The Ashley Centre in time for Valentine’s Day. Click here to view our opening times.
Christmas at The Ashley Centre
Visitors to The Ashley Centre Epsom are being treated to a visual spectacle as the Christmas decorations are installed and the Christmas lights are on!
David Beddows The Ashley Centre Manager said: “We all love Christmas here at The Ashley Centre and we are really pleased that Father Christmas will be coming to meet everyone this year! Santa’s Grotto will be open from 2 December and tickets can be booked online now.
“There’s also a brilliant Christmas mural outside Quest where visitors can come and take a selfie surrounded by Christmas presents! Shortly we will also be launching the 12 Days of Christmas Calendar on Facebook with the opportunity to win some amazing prizes from our retailers.”
Tickets for Santa’s Grotto can be booked online at Book to see Father Christmas (bookfatherchristmas.co.uk)
Parking will be free in Epsom & Ewell Borough Council shoppers car parks on Sunday 5, Sunday 12 and Sunday 19 December.
ACE Rewards - The Ashley Centre App that rewards you everyday!
ACE Rewards is The Ashley Centre App that rewards you every time you visit, with the opportunity to earn points for visits and purchases in participating stores*. These points are then used to unlock a range of exclusive and always-changing offers and rewards. Keep checking back for new offers and new ways to spend your points, and to keep in touch with all the latest from The Ashley Centre.
Scan or tap codes in-store.
Earn points with visits and purchases.
Unlock exclusive rewards and offers from some of The Ashley Centre Retailers!
Download the app now at Google play or Apple Store
Thérapie Clinic now open in The Ashley Centre
Europe's leading Laser Hair Removal & Skin Clinic specialising in Pain Free Laser Hair Removal and Anti Wrinkle Injections.
Thérapie Clinics are the leading laser hair removal specialists.
Thérapie Clinics offers the most advanced laser hair removal technology on the market along with results orientated skin treatments and a wide range of skin care products from internationally renowned names such as Eve Lom, Image, Aveda, Keraskin, Murad and Dermalogica.
Whether you are looking for beautifying, therapeutic, slimming or anti-aging benefits, our highly trained Laser Therapists and Medical team will direct you towards the right treatment for your individual needs.
Covid-19 - Information for Customers
Thanks to fundraising in The Ashley Centre, Epsom a third puppy has been sponsored to join the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association puppy training scheme.
“Ashley 3”, a black labrador was born on 29 April 2020, and will soon be placed with his Puppy Walker, who will start to teach him the skills that he will need as a future guide. After 24 months of training, Ashley 3 will give freedom and independence to someone with sight loss.
For anyone who has serious visual impairment, a guide dog can help them become more independent and mobile. Highly trained to support them in navigating any mobility challenges they may face, guide dogs are a great way to get visually impaired people out and about with confidence.
The total raised in The Ashley Centre for Epsom Guide Dog Fundraising and Donations for the Blind has now reached an incredible £22,943.
Every hour, another person in the UK goes blind. When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs is here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. They rely on donations to continue their life-changing work. Every pound raised makes a difference to people in the UK living with sight loss.
ASHLEY CENTRE’S INDEPENDENT CAFÉ STILL GOING STRONG
Café Moka, The Ashley Centre Epsom’s original independent café has been a popular choice with shoppers for decades and they’ve used the recent lockdown to research what they can do to improve what is already a very successful business.
Keen to respond to customer feedback, this family run cafe has expanded its range to include cold pressed juices made from natural ingredients. More and more diners have been opting for and asking for healthier choices and Café Moka has designed a brand-new juice and smoothie menu with drinks made to order, by hand, using only the freshest ingredients.
Café Moka reopened in The Ashley Centre Epsom on Saturday (4 July 2020). Owner David Iesini said: “It’s great to be back and supporting the community, we’ve missed our customers very much! We used the lockdown to find out what else customers wanted and we are looking forward to hearing what people think of this new addition to our menu.”
Ashley the Puppy wowed shoppers in The Ashley Centre, Epsom
WW1 Mural Unveiled at The Ashley Centre
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS LAUNCHED IN STYLE BY CELEBRITY CHEF TONY TOBIN
Celebrity Chef Tony Tobin visited The Ashley Centre on Saturday (14 April 2018) to launch the Recipe for Success book jam packed full of local shopper’s favourite recipes and a few of his own!
To the delight of Epsom shoppers Tony demonstrated six of the recipes during the day, met the audience and signed copies of the book. He cooked breakfast bars, Dave's Special Risotto, mixed Asian noodles, soy sauce honey chicken wings, penne pasta with spicy chorizo, tomato and olives and the best chocolate brownie.
He said: "It was such an honour to be preparing and cooking the amazing recipes submitted by the lovely customers of The Ashley Centre and also to be involved in two great charities."
David Beddows, The Ashley Centre Manager said: “We were so pleased with the response to our first recipe book! Many people who had submitted something for inclusion came on Saturday and were delighted to find that theirs had made it into print. The book contains 50 recipes for starters, main courses, puddings, snacks and drinks. The Ashley Centre’s Recipe for Success book costs £10 with £3 going to the charities and on Saturday alone we sold 51 copies and donated the total amount from the sales to our two chosen charities who received £255 each.”
The book is now available to buy from Quest in The Ashley Centre for £10 while stocks last. It can also be purchased online at http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8604253-the-ashley-centre-recipe-for-success for £14.59.
Tony Tobin helped The Ashley Centre staff go through the recipes to choose those that are included in the book. Everyone who had their recipe chosen has been sent a free copy and money from book sales will be donated to The Ashley Centre’s chosen charities which are Epsom Branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Sunnybank Trust who support adults with learning disabilities.
Bamboo Basket offers low fat food on the go
Bamboo Basket offers low fat food on the go - it's official, their two most popular dishes, Chicken Rice and Chicken Noodles have been analysed by Surrey County Council and the results are in! Fast food thats good for you.