The Balham Literary Festival, Child Safety Week and the Ritherdon Road Street Party: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 8th June 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

What’s On?  Lots and lots, that’s what.  Living around here you’d be hard pressed not to be able to find something to do just a stone’s throw from your own front door, whether

it’s fun with the children, classes for you or something for the whole family of a weekend. We set out eight years ago to be a gorgeous mash-up of your best friend, your next door neighbour and that well-connected school gate mum, so with our constantly updating
and almost overflowing calendar, we’re busy helping spread the word. (read more)

If you’re thinking of a house move, take a look at our property pages.  We have homes for sale and to rent in the neighbourhood with primary school catchment areas all mapped out, so you’ll be able to check that wherever you lay your hat is near the school you have in mind. (read more)


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



For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom end of terrace regency house in a highly sought after garden square in Clapham Old Town ideal for a family, with spacious and bright living space over four floors. (read more)

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom Victorian house ‘Between the Commons’ and close to Northcote Road, fully extended and refurbished by the current owners to an exceptional standard and almost 2,800 sq ft, including a spacious family room on the lower ground floor. (read more)

For sale with Portico is a 4-bedroom family house in Fulham, in immaculate condition with bright and open living space, a south-facing garden and a private roof terrace. (read more)

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family house of over 2,300 sq ft set in the Nightingale Triangle, completely renovated and remodelled for contemporary living with a stunning master suite and a light lower ground floor which can be used as an office or playroom. (read more)


Safety first (plus lots of fun)

We’re in the midst of Child Safety Week, set up to reiterate the importance of anticipating and preventing unnecessary childhood accidents, and our friends at First Aid for Life have written Burns, Falls and Emergency calls, an important book for parents or those working with or caring for children. (read more)

Neon Leon visits Balham Literary Festival on Saturday for children aged 3 and up. He’s so very bright that he keeps the other chameleons up at night – will he ever find a place to fit in..? (read more)

Author Sarah Driver presents The Huntress at The Bedford for those aged 9 and over, also as part the Balham Literary Festival on Sunday.  It’s all going on down SW12 way! (read more)

Just three more sleeps until the Ritherdon Road Street Party when cars will be gone and people will take over the street for a day of fun and community spirit fuelled by 60 food stalls, boutique traders and exhibitors as well as a live stage for entertainment galore.  Let’s do a sun dance from now on! (read more)

It’s the Holy Ghost Harry Potter Summer Fair on Saturday and all witches, wizards and muggles are warmly invited! (read more)

And it’s the Seaside Summer Fair at Rutherford House on Saturday too, where you’ll find ‘Balham on Sea’ and all sorts of funfair rides, a bouncy castle, live music and more. (read more)

Belleville Primary is holding a Table Top Sale this Sunday.  Bag a bargain from the Wakehurst Road playground with over 40 stalls to browse and coffees, teas and home baked goodies to keep up the energy levels! (read more)


Fun and games for little ones, slightly bigger ones, and their grown-ups

Nurturing Mums start another of their 5-week courses in Earlsfield next week, so if you have a babe in arms and would love to get together with others at the same stage and have the chance to chat and ask questions about sleep, weaning, development and first aid, then this is for you. (read more)

The NCT Wee Wombles Outdoor Playgroup meets weekly on Mondays in Wimbledon with bumps, babies and toddlers all welcome and simple activities on offer like play-doh prints, chalk drawing and puddle splashing (weather permitting!) (read more)

Hop on the Musical Express this very morning for a free trial in Southfields, a music and movement class for babies and toddlers. Shake that tambourine and sing your hearts out. (read more)

It’s the Fit4Kiz Fundraiser at Spencer Park this Saturday.  Who’s got the longest throw-in, the most on-target penalties and the best keepie-uppies?!  It’s a football frenzy! (read more)

A new series of free Draw & Explore Family Art Walks will set off from Orleans House Gallery and adventure their way to different local areas each week, creating drawings and artwork inspired by nature and local heritage. (read more)

If you feel like a taste of Italy, head to Tooting Bec Common for a Pic-nic Italiano.  Bring your own food and spend some time with other Italian families –  che grande! (read more)

Bach to Baby in Balham this weekend is Double Trouble (and double the fun!) with curious cellos, garrulous guitars, free-spirited flutes and four happy hands on one piano! (read more)

Or head to Putney to help raise the roof at Baby Gospel, an uplifting family concert of soul and gospel music with London’s CK Gospel Choir. (read more)


And for the upper age bracket of the household…

Ready yourselves for the Allfarthing PTA online auction which gets underway soon including tickets to V Festival, Camp Bestival or Standon Calling along with tickets for cricket, football and family days out. (read more)

There’s a Summer Soirée at Emanuel School soon in aid of Paul’s Cancer Care Centres.  Think a light supper served al fresco with live jazz from the school’s Jazz Band. (read more)

E & A Wates are holding a ‘Colour your home’ paint workshop with Little Greene, the British paint and wallpaper manufacturer, and tickets include a free sample and light refreshments. Book to avoid disappointment (and bad paint choices!). (read more)  And there’s an evening session too for those who can’t make the daytime. (read more)

An interactive version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on at Omnibus from next weekend, an on-your-feet performance around and about Clapham Common. Watch out for Puck and his antics as you wend your way! A brilliant indroduction to Shakespeare for the children. We have a pair of tickets up for grabs right here! (read more)

The Parent Practice is running another of their Raising Girls – Perfectionism and Self Esteem sessions next week.  Being a girl today is not the same as when their mothers were growing up and the workshop will look at techniques for parents to use to bring up daughters to be strong, confident, willing to try new things and with a sense of self worth. (read more)

There’s a Redundancy Workshop in Putney soon with Charlie Billington, an acclaimed career coach and author of a book on what to do next if it happens to you.  She’ll have practical tips, advice and support for the best way forward. (read more)

Don’t forget the new farmers’ market opening at Ransomes Dock this Saturday. Go fill your boots (and wicker baskets) with all sorts of gorgeous seasonal produce. (read more)


And finally, school open days coming up…

Elmhurst School for Boys Open Week (read more)

Ernest Bevin College Open Day (read more)

Woldingham School Open Day (read more)

The Roche School Open Morning (read more)


That’s it.  Have fun out there and here’s that link to our calendar again. (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team 


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