A fresh new year, ideas and fun: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 7th January 2016


Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

I knew it was surely time for the holidays to end when I was awoken by dulcet tones yelling, “Mummy, I can’t find any clean pants and why is there only one Barcelona sock in my drawer?”  Sigh.  Don’t they realise there’s been too much to juggle to manage the washing as well…? Much fun has been had and normal service is now resumed. I’m only just working out what day of the week it is.  These can be tough days, trying to find some kind of order after the madness, but we’re here and happy to help, whether it’s to find a roofer (leak, anyone?), share views on local issues, sell your buggy or perhaps inspire you to find a new class for you or the children.  Our calendar is brimming and ready for 2016.  Please feel free to add to it by following the little green button. (click here)

Perhaps you woke up on the first day of the new year and thought, the time has come; let’s move.  If so, and you plan to stick around this neighbourhood (how could you even consider going anywhere else…?), then make good use of our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  We’ve even got school catchments all mapped out. (click here)


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

A fresh new year, ideas and fun A fresh new year, ideas and fun  

For rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom Victorian house set ‘Between the Commons’ and just a short walk to Clapham Junction, with an extended kitchen opening onto a south-facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house off Clapham Common West Side, extended into the side, rear and loft and completely redesigned, creating incredible open-plan living space on the ground floor. …click here for more details

To rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom mews house near Northcote Road and ideally located for Honeywell Primary, with a bright and spacious feel and wooden floors throughout. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 6-bedroom detached and double-fronted Victorian house set on a sought after road between Balham and the shops and restaurants of Northcote Road, with a large garden and off-street parking. …click here for more details


It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new year.  Here we go! 

This very morning there’s a Splatter Dance Preschool Dance Class over in Abbeville Village, where your little ones can get creative with dance and movement, following a different theme each half term.  With tasks to take on, props, singing and games, they’ll have great fun! First class is free. …click here for more details

There’s a Baby & Toddler Classical Concert at St Anne’s Church in Earlsfield next week, ‘Bassoon and clarinet chitter-chatter’, where you can listen to the happy music these two instruments make.  From Beethoven and Handel to contemporary and fun pieces, you and yours can get away from it all for a while! …click here for more details

Head to Gambado Chelsea next week for a free taster session of Mini Yoga for 2 to 4 year olds.  Mini Yoga Wandsworth offers fun, yoga-inspired classes with music, props and storytelling and this free class includes free soft play entrance too – yay! …click here for more details

Don’t forget the brilliant new Teatime disco at Skylark Café every Friday afternoon.  A big hit before Christmas, this is a great way to expend that energy and kick off the weekend for the children while brightening up even the greyest of winter days.  Let’s boogie! …click here for more details

Open Air Fit runs weekly Drop-in football sessions for children on Saturday mornings in the dog-free zone on Wandsworth Common.  They’ll work on their skills and play in small-sided matches to put into practice what they’ve learnt from the fun and expert coaches.  Watch your back, Messi! …click here for more details

Thinking of some French for your 5 to 12 year olds this year?  Et Patati Patata has opened a new school in Fulham, offering intensive Saturday french classes following the french curriculum.  They’ll be immersed in the language in these engaging, fun and dynamic lessons.  Chouette! …click here for more details

Or perhaps Spanish is more your thing, so you could go along to Todos a Cantar, a fun playgroup for preschoolers with action songs, games and stories in Spanish.  A spell in sunny Spain and you only have to go to Wimbledon Park – perfect! …click here for more details


Something new for you?  Nothing like a new year to inspire…

Body Back After Baby is a weekly class for all mums, whether your baby is 2 months or 20 years old! Run by Jane Wake of Baby-A-Wake, this is a specialist postnatal class which will help you regain your pre-pregnancy figure… now where did that go?! …click here for more details

This sounds like a laugh – often much needed in January!  Monkey Toast are hosting a monthly night of improvised comedy at Omnibus in Clapham Old Town and the next session’s on Monday.  January and Monday?  Just the ticket! …click here for more details

Got a book in you just trying to get out?  Or perhaps you’re already well underway. The new season of the Omnibus Writer’s Group begins on Tuesday evening, a 10 week course which will help you lift your words off the page and give them an audience.  Could this be just what you’ve been waiting for? …click here for more details

There’s a Clapham NCT Returning to Work Workshop next week, so if your office beckons, this could be a great opportunity to get together with others in a similar position to talk about childcare, the home and work balance, the emotions you’re likely to experience and more.  …click here for more details

If you have a second baby on the way, then you might well be interested in The Baby Care Company’s 2nd Baby Preparation Class which runs regularly, each focusing on different age gaps. Next up is next week for those with a 1 to 2 year age gap. Never fear, help is here! …click here for more details

There are two Open Afternoons at the Mosaic Jewish Primary School in Putney next week, and they’d like to welcome parents of preschool children to come along to see this Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school, which is open to children of all faiths and is now in its permanent location on Roehampton Lane. …click here for more details

New year’s resolution to do some volunteering?  Home-Start Richmond is running a free course to train you to be a home-visiting volunteer, supporting families with difficulties like postnatal illness, bereavement and disability.  It starts next week – no time like the present! …click here for more details

Don’t miss our brilliant collection of January offers, put together with you in mind.  Perhaps a new look at home with The Ivy Cabin, Estbury Basements or The Traditional Shutter Company, a new you with SW Yoga or Jane Plan, a holiday with Tots Too or Luxury Family Hotels, or a new club for the children with Little Voices or The Little Gym.  The world’s your oyster.  All you have to do is choose. …click here for more details


Thinking ahead to half term already?  It’s not so very far away…

Mini Engineers are running a Lego Car Build & Race Workshop at Eddie Catz in Wimbledon, so if your child has a dream car to build, they could learn about forces by racing their very own design in this two hour session, followed by a free play.  Cars and action – win, win for many! …click here for more details

Alternatively, they might be keen on a Dynamic Dance Frozen Workshop, also at Eddie Catz this half term.  Dress up (will it be Elsa or Olaf?) and learn some dance routines and songs from the much loved movie.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – let them go, let them go… …click here for more details

Battersea Arts Centre strikes again during half term with At The End of Everything Else.  When her best friend (a little yellow bird called Tito) goes missing, Icka sets off on a mission over land and sea with her inventive mind to save him.  With puppetry, animation, music and sound, it could be the perfect half term theatre treat on the doorstep. …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Happy planning for 2016!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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