Jane Wake’s Antenatal Pilates, Ken Hom at Lords at Home and The Baby Care Company workshops: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 4th February 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! 

There was a lot of pinching, punching, first of the monthing earlier this week (so much, in fact, that I wondered if the whole 1st February thing was just a convenient ruse).  It seemed even the children were jubilant that January was done and a fresh new month had arrived – the unusual one with 29 days. Not only that, but it’s the month of half term holidays, the month of Chinese New Year, the month for pancakes stuck on the ceiling, the month for Valentines everywhere.  You can juggle the lot – from planning a week full of fun and relaxation and cracking open those fortune cookies, to eating piles of pancakes with lashings of sugar, lemon, honey, Nutella, jam (I could go on; I’m particularly good at eating pancakes) and plotting your next romantic moves (brace yourself Mr NVN). If you have time, find out what else is going on by taking a look at our calendar, and please do keep adding to it with your own events, fairs and classes. (click here)

House hunting?  We have a property section with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents which we put together with you in mind.  We know schools are key to so many of you, so we’ve got all the most up-to-date school catchment areas built into our handy drop-down menu of primary schools, as well as clearly laid-out maps. (click here)


Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week 


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For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house set in one of the most sought after locations in SW London overlooking Clapham Common, with a sense of grandeur and plenty of original Victorian features, with over 2,400 sqft of living space and the potential to extend, plus a playroom and utility space in the basement. …click here for more details

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family house in the heart of Abbeville Village with wooden floors throughout, a bespoke kitchen and a south-facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family house within walking distance of Tooting Bec tube and Tooting Common, renovated to a high standard and stretching to 2,000 sqft with a separate dining room and double doors from the kitchen leading onto the garden. …click here for more details

To rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom family home set in the sought after Heaver Estate, near to schools, transport links and commons, with Victorian features throughout, great entertaining space and French doors opening onto the garden. …click here for more details


Read on for half term inspiration…

Any Lego fans out there by any chance?  Any car fans?  Then they might want to head toEddie Catz at half term for Lego Car Build & Race with Mini-Engineers, which does exactly what it says it’s going to do, plus some brilliant free time in the soft play afterwards.  Win, win! …click here for more details

Cass Art in Kingston is holding half term Art Classes where each morning workshop session will look at a different artist and use the techniques to create a masterpiece of their own.  Inspiring stuff! …click here for more details

There’s a Bach to Baby Family Half Term Concert in Southfields, Swooning Bassooning.  Prepare to swoon, swirl and sway to this noble instrument, plus some crazy spider-inspired dancing.  Doors open half an hour early for that much-needed coffee! …click here for more details

Head to the Battersea Arts Centre for ‘At the End of Everything Else’, a show with puppetry, animation, music and sound which sees Icka putting her inventive mind to the test in the search for her missing best friend, a little yellow bird named Tito. …click here for more details

Sewing School is back at The Old School Club for those aged 6 to 12.  They’ll learn new skills each day, either by hand or at the sewing machines, and create items that they’ll no doubt keep forever (or you will – family heirlooms in the making!). …click here for more details

The Alexander Calder exhibition at Tate Modern would be a brilliant half term treat.  The American sculptor pioneered kinetic sculpture, bringing movement to static objects.  Magical to see for grown-ups and children alike, plus you’ll find yourselves on the brilliant Southbank with all it has to offer. …click here for more details

Minotaur is on at the Unicorn Theatre for those aged 8 and up.  A playful and clever retelling of the well known Greek myth, it’s an action-packed treat following the fearsome beast with the head of a bull and the body of a man around the impossible labyrinth. …click here for more details


Whether your baby’s on its way, here already, or already toddling around…

Jane Wake’s Antenatal Pilates sessions will help your body cope with the changes it goes through during pregnancy, reducing back pain, preparing you for labour and helping to maintain abdominal strength for better back support and post-baby tummy strength.  Be strong mums! …click here for more details

Tiny Explorers is the chance to explore and play for under 5s at Kensington Palace.  Don your best frock or tail coat (dressing up optional!) and head over to join in on their multi-sensory sessions.  With music, movement, messy play and more, you’ll be transported into a magical world of stories with the opportunity to look around the palace and learn about the history that played out within its walls. …click here for more details

The Baby Care Company is holding a 2nd baby preparation class for those about to embark on a 1 to 2 year age gap when their new baby arrives.  A fun and informative workshop with other mothers in a similar position, you’ll get some great advice on how to juggle tea time, bath time and bed time with both a toddler and a babe in arms in your charge. Help is at hand! …click here for more details

Tin Pan Annie runs fabulous, fun-filled music classes accompanied by the guitar with props, puppets, picture stories, percussion and bubbles for babies up to 4 year olds.  Dotted around the area, you’ll brighten up your day and theirs by going along.  Free trial classes on offer – give that tambourine a good shake in celebration! …click here for more details


Activities for all the family around every corner of the neighbourhood 

It’s the Rutherford House Table Top Sale & Children’s Cinema this Saturday morning.  Bring or buy good quality hand-me-downs from books and toys to clothes and bric-a-brac.  While you shop the children can munch popcorn and enjoy a movie – great thinking! …click here for more details

Jane Wake’s Pilates Flow Men Only class on Sunday mornings in Balham, will help the man in your life build on his strength, balance, and athleticism and could even help with any bad backs and knees.  Could this be just the Valentine’s present you’ve been looking for? …click here for more details

In the mood for a spot of jazz of a Sunday evening?  Then head to Omnibus in Clapham Old Town this weekend for Triplicity, featuring The Jazz Man Jim Rattigan, one of the UK’s foremost jazz french horn performers.  He’ll be joined by violinist John Garner and pianist Liam Noble for an evening of live music that will get your toes tapping and round off your weekend in style. …click here for more details

Wanting to get more out of Twitter?  The experts in social media at local company, Gertrude & Ivy, are holding a Good Morning Twitter workshop which is a must for anybody looking to extend their knowledge and know-how of advance level tweeting.  Great tips on how to grow your audience and how to find your social media ‘voice’, plus breakfast and face-to-face networking too. …click here for more details

Don’t miss Ken Hom in action at Lords at Home celebrating 30 years of Sizzle, well timed for Chinese New Year.  Pick up some great tips from the master and the small ticket price is redeemable against one of his woks if you’re inspired to whizz home and recreate his recipes. …click here for more details


Treat time from NappyValleyNet!

Spotted our fresh new collection of offers and competitions? You’ll always find them under‘Exclusive offers & competitions’ on the homepage, but here’s a quick click through to all sorts of treats including free tickets to Grand Designs Live, the chance to win a child assessment with Jaderberg Krais and a place on the Making Things Easy 28 day Tummy Attack bootcamp.  Or if yoga, family holidays, health retreats and home makeovers are more your thing, you’ll find those too. …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Grab February by the horns and have fun!




Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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