Cheerleading at Eddie Catz, Spalsh Fest and Bonas MacFarlane Summer Camps: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 4th August 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

You may be reading this on a sun lounger.  Or on a plane, a train or a boat.  On a pedalo, perhaps.  Or even paddle boarding (impressive core strength, if so).  Or maybe you’ve just managed to snatch a moment of peace on the sofa in amongst the merriment and mayhem of school holidays.  Wherever you are, and whatever your frame of mind, be it uber-laid-back without a care in the world (ie. away) or slightly frayed at the edges with your patience wearing thin (ie. at home), make the very most of what our What’s On calendar and our corner of SW London and beyond has to offer.  And if you have plans, events, classes and clubs up your very own sleeves, please do spread the word by posting with us via the little green button. (click here)

House hunting from that sun lounger?  Take a look at our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  We also have Wandsworth and Lambeth primary school catchment zones, so if you happen to be thinking about schools, then we can tell you how many metres it is from front door to school gate. (click here)

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



For sale with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom detached, double-fronted house in a gated mews with great living and entertaining space downstairs, including a conservatory overlooking a 55ft garden, and with a separate double garage. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family home near to Wandsworth Common, beautifully refurbished with exceptional entertaining space and a 65ft south-facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom semi-detached Victorian family house on a sought after street in Clapham Old Town, stretching to over 3,400 sqft with off-street parking for two cars and an 87ft garden. …click here for more details

 Did you know Portico can give you an instant valuation on your home in just sixty seconds? So if you’re considering a move and want to know what your bricks and mortar might be worth, just click here to get an instant property valuation!


Every day’s a holiday when school’s out, and then there’s the weekend…

It’s the Tooting Folk and Blues Festival this Saturday kicking off at midday on Tooting Bec Common.  Back by popular demand, it’s a free open air festival showcasing the best local folk and blues musicians in South London, with fantastic food and drink stalls to keep you filled with energy and happiness while you let the good times roll…! …click here for more details

There’s a free family learning trail at the National Archives in Kew on Saturday looking at Food & Drink in Wartime. Did you know there was rationing during the First World War? And that people used potatoes to make bread?  In a jam-packed session of activities, you’ll discover how the World Wars changed the way we eat and follow a trail to find out what’s growing in the WWI allotment. …click here for more details

The time for the RNLI’s Splash Fest has arrived! Don your swimsuits and head to the park for London’s first family-friendly aqua obstacle course on Sunday, featuring five water-themed zones with challenges and games over a 2.5km trail.  All organised by the RNLI, there’s an event ‘village’ with food, drink, live music and somewhere to dry off! Sounds like fab family fun! …click here for more details

There’s another Storytime Sunday at The Bright Emporium on St John’s Road, with Fiona Woodcock, illustrator of Hiding Heidi there to present her recently published debut as well as her own cards and stationery.  The story follows a little girl who is amazingly good at concealing herself – can you help find Heidi!? …click here for more details

And on Sunday afternoon head to The Bedford in Balham for Diddy Rascal’s Family Rave!  In aid of Children in Need, you’ll meet Pudsey and have the chance to go ‘day-clubbing’ with your children.  Described as a fully decked-out nipper-friendly nightclub, there’ll be face painting, soft play, inflatable props and DJs playing the hottest club classics.  Go strut your stuff before your little ones are big enough to be cringing in a corner! …click here for more details


Summer fun just keeps on coming…

The Big Friendly Summer Reading Challenge is underway in libraries.  It’s phizz-whizzing with fun and activities and runs throughout the summer holidays at a library near you.  Join for free, read six books, collect cards, a door hanger, a medal and certificate. You can even get creative and bring in your own ‘Dream Jar’. …click here for more details

There’s a Cheerleading Workshop at Eddie Catz Putney today, so apply the glitter and dust off the pom-poms for an action-packed session of choreographed dancing, bouncing and chanting.  And if you’re too late for today, never fear.  Eddie Catz are holding two more workshops like this at their other play centres in Earlsfield and Wimbledon. …click here for more details

Head to Wandsworth Town Library for the free Fantastic Mr Fox story time and craft activity this very morning if yours are aged between 2 and 6. Listen to foxy tales and make your own fox to take home.  Even more versions to defy Boggis, Bunce and Bean! And tomorrow it’s the turn of The Twits and the ‘dreaded shrinks’! …click here for more details

The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham is holding a Front Handspring Festival Summer Camp later on this month, so if you have anyone in your gang who likes to spend a disproportionate amount of time upside down, then this is for them! Boiiinngg!…click here for more details

Bonas MacFarlane has teamed up with Team Camp to host two educational summer camps for children aged 6 to 12 in both Regent’s Park and Chiswick.  Tuition will be led by qualified teachers and activities will include yoga, street dance, laser-tag, team sports and drama.  Sounds like a great ‘work hard, play hard’ ethos! …click here for more details

August is Family Month at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Spend your Wednesday or Sunday afternoons at drop-in art making sessions, storytelling and gallery exploring, with a teaching artist on hand to inspire and the little ones get to take home all of their wonderful creations. …click here for more details

Alleyn’s Holiday Camps are running for the first time this year at their 30 acre campus in Dulwich.  Book in for the day or block book a week later on in August, and children aged 5 to 13 will get to enjoy a great mix of indoor and outdoor sports as well as a choice of arts and crafts while having fun and making new friends along the way. …click here for more details

Next week sees a two hour Art Class at The Great Little Trading Co. in Earlsfield.  Creator of their own artwork, Rosalind Maroney, will be there to teach children how to draw Mr Bear and Miss Cat and perhaps create some new animal friends for them to play with. It’s free, but book early to avoid disappointment! …click here for more details

Little Voices Summer Performing Arts Weeks offer a whole lot of acting, singing and dancing fun for children aged from 4 up to 16. Get to grips with props and costumes and learn an entire script in just 4 days to be part of a big show.  The Little Mermaid is coming up later on this month.  Get your watery moves at the ready! …click here for more details

Experience the world of the British bee as you step inside The Hive, a new 17 metre high modern installation at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.  Inside, thousands of flickering LED lights bring the structure to life and a calming soundscape fills the air.  Then embark on the Pollination Trail, solving bee puzzles along the way.  Buzzingly good summer holiday fun! …click here for more details


And finally…

It’s still not too late to snap up a place on Camp Suisse Session Four and our fab offer of 20% off is valid until tomorrow, so be quick!  Your 7 to 17 year olds would need to be hopping on a plane the very next day, but we’ve been assured it’s happened before, so we trust it could happen again!  Think mountain air, fun, freedom, activities, exercise, friendships, language skills and more.  And that’s for the children.  For you, back in Blightly, a rest! …click here for more details

Our lovely batch of NappyValleyNet summer offers and competitions are still bubbling away nicely, so be sure to take a look and enter to win.  Perhaps a family ticket to Horrible Histories at Live at Wimbledon Park, 10 classes with Fit for a Princess, or a lovely bespoke charm of your child’s signature from Little Print Jewellery. Or snap up a great deal on a Tots Too holiday to Mauritius, summer fun at The Little Gym or aJane Plan diet hamper delivered to your door. …click here for more details


Wherever you are, whatever your plans, there’s always fresh inspiration just a quick click away.  Have fun! (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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