Balham Food Festival, free rollerblading and calling all little groovers: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 24th September 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

Anyone out on Clapham Common last weekend would surely have paused to admire the guts and gung-ho attitude of those running a good distance and stopping every so often to take on an obstacle course challenge.  Big walls to clamber up, balls to clamber through, rings to swing from.  But the most cruel had to be the one which spun around with cushioned bats at different levels, to be dodged in between leaping from pillar to post above water.  All we needed was Richard Hammond for a full-on Total Wipeout reenactment. Plucky, these SW Londoners. For similar goings-on in the neighbourhood and plenty of the more sedate variety too, check into our calendar regularly.  It’s full of ideas for everyone: be they big, small or a little bit crazy. (click here)

House hunting?  If you’re in the market for a new abode, then use our property pages.  We’ve got homes for sale and to rent all across Nappy Valley together with up-to-date primary school catchment areas, thanks to Lambeth and Wandsworth councils. You can search under your preferred school to find all the properties available within its catchment.  Genius, hey? (click here)


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

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For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house finished to a high standard with a south-facing garden and stunning views over Clapham Common, within easy reach of excellent transport links. …click here for more details

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family house within easy walking distance of many local schools and set ‘Between the Commons’, recently refurbished so in excellent condition with a contemporary neutral finish throughout. …click here for more details

On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom Victorian terrace on a quiet residential street in Balham near to all the shops, restaurants and transport, with a fantastic 50ft garden and a recently converted loft, plus the potential to add a side return to the kitchen. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom newly refurbished house presented in immaculate condition ‘Between the Commons’, extremely well placed for the many local schools and all the amenities of Northcote Road and available immediately. …click here for more details


Only two more sleeps until the weekend!  There’s fun and entertainment for you all…

Balham Food Festival begins on Sunday, with over 35 stalls taking over Hildreth Street Market, each overflowing with foodie goodies, as well as brilliant discounts and offers on all sorts of Balham-based food and drink havens which will last the week.  Don’t miss John Torode opening proceedings, and with cookery demonstrations and plenty of treats to entertain the children, you won’t want to be anywhere else come lunchtime this weekend! …click here for more details

Battersea Art Station is going on over the next few days at the Battersea Arts Centre, celebrating art inspired by the iconic Battersea Power Station, and it’s all free!  Think 3D Lego Power Station Big Build, live print making, the Bee’s Knees play space fun and child friendly film screenings, not to mention a special arty Sunday brunch.  Sounds fab! …click here for more details

It’s all going on for the Macmillan Coffee Morning tomorrow.  Linear London is holding a fundraising event and invite you to call in to their kitchen showroom after the school run and tuck into a delicious cake made by their friends at Miele, while sipping an excellent Italian coffee!  …click here for more details And Balham Rainbow Nursery invites you to pop in for a cuppa and a chinwag and a chance to chat to their nursery staff and have a look around.Decisions, decisions… …click here for more details

Time for one of the legendary NCT Nearly New sales this Saturday at the Broomwood Methodist Church – elbows out girls!  If you’re in the market for topping up your collections of baby paraphernalia or small people’s things, this is the place to be! There’s even coffee, should your will wane at any point..…click here for more details

Baby Loves Disco is back on Saturday afternoon.  Calling all toe-tapping toddlers, dancing dads and moving mamas, here’s your chance to go ‘dayclubbing’ together. As well as the DJ on the decks, there’ll be crafts, face painting, dressing up, play tents and more! …click here for more details

A little later the same day is Pop Lock-in for those aged 4 to 11, with an expert street dance instructor in the house as well as karaoke, table football, air hockey, nail bar and photo booth.  Oh, and a fully licensed bar for the grown-ups! …click here for more details


Looking for ideas to keep those energetic children on the go?  Here are a few to get you rolling..

This one sounds too good to be true but it’s really happening! There’s a free six week Rollerblading course on offer in Battersea on Sunday afternoons!  They even have spare kit if you need to rent it and have relaxed the 6 weeks to 3 weeks in September or October, so get rolling.  It’s been brilliantly reviewed by NappyValleyNetters too! …click here for more details

Upbeat still has some space in their one-to-one drumming, electric guitar and vocal weekend tuition in Parsons Green, with lessons starting this Saturday.  Any budding Phil Collins, Mick Jaggers or Celine Dions out there?  Am I showing my age? …click here for more details

How about a Pop Star Masterclass at Eddie Catz Wimbledon this Saturday?  For those aged 4 to 6, they’ll meet Gemma from Nick Jr! She’ll be singing and dancing, answering their questions and signing photographs.  Sounds like they’ll come home suitably star struck but not before a free play after the masterclass! …click here for more details

Catch Little Stars! is a dance and drama class for 3 to 4 year olds just off Northcote Road.  They’ll be creative dancing, enjoying poetry and songs, working on character voices and movement, with storytelling and props along varying themes each week.  Sounds like imaginative fun for the little ones. …click here for more details

Cookease cookery classes continue this term with sessions for 2 to 4 year olds each week, teaching them cookery skills as well as giving them an early introduction to food types in a fun and informative way.  Let’s make foodies of the lot of them! …click here for more details

Looking to introduce your little one to some Spanish?  It is the third most spoken language in the world, so might not be a bad idea!  Todos a Cantar takes place weekly in Wimbledon Park with songs, games and stories in spanish for babies and children under 4. Vamos! …click here for more details


With so much going on, don’t forget about you! 

SW Yoga is holding an Ibiza retreat in October and have just two rooms left, either as singles or twins.  Take a look at the details and you’ll find it hard to resist (childcare and work permitting!). It looks gorgeous and as a NappyValleyNetter you’ll be treated to a 5% discount (up to £50 off) as you’ll need to get packing soon! …click here for more details

Time for another Urban Retreat: Raw food and Yoga on Wandsworth Common this weekend.  Head over for a day of nurturing and wellbeing dedicated to you with some ideas for delicious and healthy indulgence, lunch and ninety minutes of yoga. Bliss. …click here for more details

If you’re after a challenge, you could always pop a 10k in the diary!  It’s the West Run London in early October and for those who complete the course in Fulham and earn themselves a medal, The Duke on the Green in Parsons Green will be offering you a special deal in return.  Large lunch/cake/glass of wine?  You’ll have earned it! …click here for more details

There are a few places left on the Friday of Skylark’s two night Autumn Supper Club next week.  A delicious four-course seasonal menu celebrating autumn’s amazing produce and flavours in this local favourite, which transforms itself beautifully with twinkling candles and linen tablecloths to make a really lovely evening setting. …click here for more details

The kids unlimited Open Week is well underway, so if you’re interested in taking a look around your nearest nursery, now’s a great chance. You’ll be able to see the environment in which your children will spend their time and meet the team who will be with them day-to-day. …click here for more details

Author of Happy Baby, Happy Family, Sarah Beeson will be at Nature’s Purest in Balham next week for a free coffee morning. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other mums, tuck into a slice of homemade cake and a coffee, snap up the 10% off exclusive to the event and the chance of a one-to-one with health visitor Sarah, who will also sign your book for you.  Fab! …click here for more details


That’s it.  Whatever you do, have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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