Annabel at Clapham Works, Fashion for Charity and Let’s Act Easter Camps: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 3rd March 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Mother’s Day.  A day of rest.  A day of relaxation.  A day to put your feet up and not think about what everybody is going to have for breakfast/lunch/dinner.  A day not to go near the laundry basket/washing machine/school bags.  A day for homemade cards, creations and cuddles.  A day for your choice of DVD/book/bubble bath. Whether this utopia comes to you in its entirety on Sunday, or just a small part of it, let’s hope we all see a little TLC in one form or another.  And after your much-deserved R&R, get back to it girl!  They can’t do without you taking your foot off the pedal for too long.  Looking on the bright side, it’s nice to be needed and we’re here to help.  Our calendar is just a click away, full of bright ideas and inspiration to help you through. Now pass the chocolate, please. (click here)

New house? If you’re in the market for new bricks and mortar, either borrowed or bought, then take a look at our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  Not just postcodes and number of bedrooms, but also school catchments, so you’ll know the number of metres the front door is from the gate of the school you have in mind. (click here)


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

Annabel at Clapham Works Annabel at Clapham Works


For rent with Douglas & Gordon is an 8-bedroom warehouse-style house, a converted Victorian glass factory, with incredibly spacious rooms and high ceilings, stretching to nearly 7,000 sqft and with a huge garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom mid-terraced house on a popular road set ‘Between the Commons’ and just off Northcote Road, presented in good decorative order throughout and extended into the side return and loft to give excellent living space.…click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom detached family house in a highly sought after modern development beside Clapham Common and just a short walk from Clapham South tube station, immaculately presented with 2,200 sqft of completely usable space plus off-street parking and a large garden. …click here for more details

On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian house on one of the most stunning stretches overlooking Clapham Common, with a private courtyard garden, a separate garage with studio above and just moments from Clapham Old Town and three ‘Outstanding’ primary schools. …click here for more details


With children in mind, the options are almost endless…

Head to Polka Theatre next week for Happy Harry’s Café, a wonderful retelling of Michael Rosen’s charming and quirky tale for the stage, with the music, words and physical theatre of Matt the Cat, Jo the Crow, Ryan the Lion and Robin the Robin enjoying their soup! …click here for more details

There’s a Baby and Child First Aid Course in Wimbledon this weekend, three hours designed to teach parents, grandparents and childminders the basic life saving and first aid techniques.  Experienced first aid instructors, including paediatric nurses and ambulance staff, will take you through these vital skills. …click here for more details

The Baby Care Company is responding to demand and holding one of its sessions in Fulham later this month.  If you have your number two on his or her way and you’re wondering how on earth to juggle teatime, bedtime, bath time and more, then this could be just what you need.  It can be done! …click here for more details

My likkle flower playgroup meets every Tuesday and Friday morning for children aged 0 up to 5 with their parent or carer.  They’ll play, explore the outdoors, sing, listen to stories, and all in a bright and safe environment.  There’s also the mention of biscuits and tea for the grown-ups.  Sounds perfect! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby are in Twickenham next week on a whistle-stop tour of Europe (how appropriate) via the cello and piano.  Starting at home with Vaughan William’s Greensleeves, you’ll be whisked over to the continent for folksongs, dances and romances from Spain, Romania, Russia and more.  There’s also coffee and the little ones are free to roam… …click here for more details


From fashion to shopping to cooking and creativity, it’s all here!

Every time I hear the word ‘fashion’ I sing it to myself in the style of David Bowie.Fashion for Charity at The Train Station on Jaggard Way by Wandsworth Common is being held in aid of Royal Trinity Hospice next week.  Just £15 will buy you a ticket –  so maybe not FROW, but nearly as good – as well as a glass of fizz, a goodie bag and a raffle entry, followed by late night shopping on Bellevue. …click here for more details

Oh my!  There’s a Pre-owned Luxury Designer Pop-Up shop in our midst for the month of March!  Head to JP Art on Battersea Rise, either with your fashion faux-pas in hand to sell on or with an empty shopping bag to fill with all sorts of lovely things. From bags and jewellery to clothes and shoes, there have never been so many designers under one roof in SW11! …click here for more details

Do you have even just an ounce of creativity bursting to get out?  Then head to the One Day Sketch Book Club in Clapham Old Town, where you’ll be guided through the creation of your own sketch book with inspiration and variety provided for each page.  They say it’s fabulous, addictive and good for the soul!  Me-time here you come…! …click here for more details

Go be inspired at Lords at Home at their Super Blending with Cuisinart next week.  Pick up some top tips and foodie inspiration and if you’re tempted to buy something from Cuisinart, you’ll get a free vegetable peeler and garlic press! …click here for more details

Spring is in the air.  Everywhere you look around.  It’s almost time for the Country Living Spring Fair where you can banish the winter blues and celebrate the bright new season.  Be inspired to give your garden a new lease of life, add some zing to your home with new accessories or refresh your wardrobe.  Oh, and have a lovely day out in the process! …click here for more details

Want to have a taste of The Good Life?  There’s a series of free, fortnightly classes starting soon in Balham, Learn About Growing Your Own Food.  Run by Transition Tooting, everyone is welcome and no previous gardening experience is necessary, but do book in advance or those green(ish) fingers will be frustrated! …click here for more details

British Comic Opera will be at Omnibus, Clapham Old Town this Saturday night with the express intention of making you laugh.  With a big bag of opera tricks, from song to improvised opera and the dizzying heights of grand opera, they’ll be delivered right to your cocktail table.  And you thought opera was all death and destruction. …click here for more details


Easter holidays are approaching. For some that means work, for others play…

This time of year means hard work for many and the Elite Education Group are running an A Level Revision Retreat in the Cotswolds.  With plenty of time dedicated to revision with education specialists on hand to help with any specific one-on-one requirements, there’s lots of delicious homemade food, fine fresh air with outdoor activities, yoga to start the day and more. They say a change is as good as a rest and when there’s no time to rest… …click here for more details

Harness that burgeoning creativity of 6 to 12 year olds at the Yellowbird Creative Writing Workshop.  Interactive workshops for children of all abilities and run by a published writer, their imaginations will be fired and power words will be put into play for some great descriptive writing. …click here for more details

Over in Notting Hill, there’s a Role Models Life Skills Course for 8-12 year olds, a week long workshop looking at confidence and resilience including interview techniques, debating skills, public speaking, team building and more.  They’ll have the family ship-shape in no time! …click here for more details

The Let’s Act Easter Workshops sound like a whole stage-full of fun with training in musical theatre acting and singing.  They’ll work as a team all week and be ready to put on a show by the last day.  High octane fun – next stop the West End! …click here for more details

Give them a healthy dose of fresh air at the Easter Holiday Multi-Sport Kids Campson Wandsworth Common.  Running over three weeks, these camps are for boys and girls aged 4 to 14 to take part in individual and team challenges from lacrosse, baseball and rounders to football, rugby and obstacle courses. Come rain or shine, they’ll be nicely worn out! …click here for more details

Lady Berry Cupcakes has two Easter Cupcake Decorating classes, either for adults on their own or for parents with children.  Fun-filled, creative, small and friendly sessions packed with bright and breezy Easter designs.  Think edible bunnies, chicks and eggs..yum! …click here for more details


And finally…

Clapham Works is well underway with a fab mix of marketing talks, workshops and events dotted around – you guessed it – Clapham.  From a practical Linkedin session and an ‘Instameet’ guided tour with an Instagram superuser to Good Morning Twitter workshops and a PR and publicity talk from Yours truly, there’s so much going on.  So whether it’s for work or you just want to get to grips with social media, come join in the fun! …click here for more details



That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, Happy Mother’s Day!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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