The Boat Race, Remembering 1916 and Easter fun: Your What’s On guide from NappyVallyNet

Last Updated on : 24th March 2016


Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

As we hurtle towards the end of term for many (it’s a matter of hours now) and Easter weekend for us all, the juggling seems to have hit ridiculous levels.  Leading circus acts would struggle to keep so many balls in the air.  A Spring Concert here, a Spring Fair there and an Easter bonnet just about everywhere.  Are the holidays organised?  Clubs booked?  Eggs bought and ready to be hidden, found, devoured (and not necessarily in that order)?  Enjoy the long weekend and the days off the usual treadmill, and have fun egg hunting with the children.  And if you’re still after some Easter break inspiration, take a look at our calendar, packed with bright ideas that will keep you and yours happily entertained. (click here)

In the market for a new house?  Don’t forget our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  You’ll find all the homes for sale and to rent in the area together with school catchment maps and up-to-date distances thanks to our friends at Wandsworth and Lambeth councils.  Handy if schools feature in your world… (click here)


Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week



For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom semi-detached house close to Putney Common and in the catchment area of All Saints School, within easy walking distance of the 22 bus and Putney Leisure centre and close to the river to watch the Boat Race this weekend! …click here for more details

On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 6-bedroom family house in Barnes, semi-detached and very elegant, set on a no-through road with off-street parking and a 78ft south-west facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 2-bedroom garden flat in a handsome Victorian house on a sought after street in Abbeville Village, with well proportioned living space including bi-fold doors off the large open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room opening onto a south-west facing garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house on a quiet one way street very close to Clapham Junction and Northcote Road, recently redecorated and in good condition throughout with plenty of space for entertaining as well as everyday family life.…click here for more details 


Let’s start with Easter – it’s Good Friday tomorrow after all!

Head to Foyles at The Royal Festival Hall on Easter Monday for a Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt as part of the Beatrix Potter 150th Celebrations.  Join Peter to find ten eggs hidden around the store (better hope Mr McGregor isn’t about), then get stuck into activities including egg decorating. Ms Potter would be most pleased. …click here for more details

Morden Hall Park has a whole lot of Easter fun on offer, with a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt over the main weekend and then all sorts during the holidays from Wild Wednesdays to Crafty Thursdays and Quackers Racing which sounds like a lot of fun.  Racing plastic ducks – a brilliant urban invention, surely! …click here for more details

It’s all going on this weekend!  Not just Easter, but the Cancer Research UK Boat Race will hurtle through our little patch of London on Sunday afternoon, so plan your viewing spot now.  Will it be Oxford or will it be Cambridge?  Only time will tell.  Happy cheering, whoever you favour! …click here for more details

Funky Moves Easter Holiday Course is back at The Bedford. Get ready to throw the craziest and funkiest of moves, get stuck into fabulously colourful and imagination-firing arts and crafts and make lots of new neighbourhood buddies. It’s for the children though, not you… …click here for more details

At Upbeat Music Easter Sessions they’ll get to write songs and lyrics, play the guitars and drums, sing and dance.  That’s a whole lot of fun and noise and it’s not at your house!  Although they do bring a CD recording home at the end- you have been warned.…click here for more details

School might be out but Fairy School is on this Easter at St Barnabas Church. For little girls and boys aged 3 to 7, they’ll have a magical lesson in dancing and craft with lots of fairy sparkle and will receive a special fairy keepsake for passing their fairy training!  Flutter your way there. …click here for more details


History, culture, literature – broaden their horizons this holiday

Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front is a major new exhibition at Whitgift Exhibition Centre telling the story of a pivotal year of the First World War through a unique collection of personal stories.  From Lord Kitchener and conscription papers arriving in an Edwardian home to life in the trenches and plenty of artefacts, this sounds like a must for all of us, 100 years on. For the younger members of the family there are a series of trails and hands-on displays plus holiday activities. …click here for more details

Storystock travelling circus comes to Omnibus in Clapham in early April, bringing stories to life with live literature shows, author talks, musical storytelling, all-day doodling and reams and reams of bookish fun and games.  Lovely! …click here for more details

‘If music be the food of love, play on!’.  In celebration of Shakespeare 400, Bach to Baby is holding a series of concerts over the Easter holidays from Twickenham to Clapham and Putney. Hear the noble bagpipes and see the lute, the flute and more during this month dedicated to The Bard. …click here for more details

Going out tonight but not sure where? Head to Omnibus in Clapham Old Town forEngine Room.  They say to take a risk, buy a ticket and prepare for something bizarre and brilliant, as Project2 presents a science (fiction) work in progress before man landed on the moon.  Theatre meets improvisation with jazz in the bar too.  Sounds fab! …click here for more details


Advice, community and opportunity are right on your doorstep

Learn how to save your dog’s life with, an award-winning business in Balham.  There’s a three hour course on Dog First Aid coming up soon which will equip you with the know-how to help if your dog is ill or injured, perfect for any kind of dog-lover, whether an owner, a walker or a groomer.  …click here for more details

And talking of man’s best friend, The Dogfather has written a really helpful piece about the dangers of chocolate for dogs, especially at this rather cocoa-driven time of year. Did I mention it was Easter?  So there are more reasons than just your children or other half for not leaving your beloved chocs lying around..! …click here for more details

The Teddy Bears Playgroup in Wandsworth is now taking memberships for the summer term, so join in right now while you think of it and don’t miss out on the weekly arts and crafts, fun toys, lively sing-alongs, healthy snacks and not-so-healthy-but-much-needed coffee.  There’s an under 12 month play area too, with lots of great chat about breastfeeding, weaning, sleep deprivation and more! …click here for more details

JP Art on Battersea Rise is holding an Art Supper with neighbouring French restaurant,Sinabro, to include canapés, fizz and a pre-dinner talk from one of their popular artists, Paul Kessling, followed by a sit-down three course menu accompanied by fine wines. If it’s a success, it’ll become a regular event.  Let’s all go! …click here for more details

Behind our ‘Exclusive offers & competitions‘ tab awaits a world of treats.  This month, you could win an Architect’s Consulation with Granit, a family ticket to Go Apeand a family ticket to How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land.  Or snap up one of our fab offers, from 15% off with The New England Shutter Company and 20% off with Bambino Merino to 20% off a Child Assessment with JK Educate or free, yes free, tickets to Grand Designs Live.  Will I get to meet Kevin? …click here for more details


Thinking ahead to summer fun…

Bookings for Camp Suisse are open!  Treat your over 7s and up to 17s to the holiday of a lifetime in the fresh mountain air. They’ll be on the go from dawn until dusk on a huge range of exciting activities, plus some lovely language tuition and practice in the heart of the Swiss Alps.  Amazing fun with some learning thrown in – brilliant! …click here for more details



That’s it!  Have a very Happy Easter!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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