Festival of Funk, Winter Lights and fresh ideas for 2015 – Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 8th January 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Welcome to your first weekly ‘What’s On’ guide of 2015!

New year’s resolutions are out in force.  The tables have turned – training sessions and gyms are busier than restaurants and bars, and people are pounding the pavements in shiny new running kit!  Good on you all, and I’m sure I’m not the only one sneakily thinking it’s good to be back to some kind of normality.  As those school shoes are buffed and we wave goodbye at the school gates, be sure to make one extra resolution this year.  Check into our fab calendar regularly to keep up to speed with all the goings-on.  So often, we hear from those of you who work that it helps keep you in the loop and ready for your weekends, and for those of you who are at home, it helps to keep you all busy, entertained and in great company.  Just follow the link and do add your own events via the little green button (click here)

From fabulous one-off events to great new classes, let your early 2015 be bright! 

Cheer up the new year and pen the date into your diary for the Festival of Funk! Join the energetic Funky Moves as they celebrate a fun-packed 10 years with a brilliant festival at The Bedford.  Street dance workshops, groovy makeovers, art & crafts, disco dancing…Non-stop fun, and not just for the little ones! (click here for more details)

Don’t miss the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf running until the end of January, with a family-friendly Winter Lights Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.  Bursting with stunning interactive and free light spectacles, it’ll brighten up even the chilliest and greyest of January days (click here for more details)

Dance Grooves are launching Alphabet Dance for toddlers and pre-schoolers in Putney next week.  Make those letters stick in their minds by singing and dancing all about them (click here for more details)

More ABCs, this time in the form of Sporty Minis and the ‘ABCs of Physical Development’ sessions.  Sounds like action-packed fun for the little ones – go along to the free trial session at the Balham Community Centre tomorrow (click here for more details)

BumbleBee Beats are getting the new term off to a musical start with their weekly sessions at The Bedford in Balham.  So we say thank you for the music with drop-in rates as well as signing up for the full term (click here for more details)

The Little Footprints Mother and Baby Group gets underway this morning and will be on every Thursday this term for new parents, grandparents and nannies with babies up to 18 months old in Fulham and Putney.  Think chat, lovely clean toys, tea, coffee and biscuits…Wonder if they need an extra pair of hands…? (click here for more details)

Funky Monkey keyboard classes are coming to Battersea this January with free trial classes on offer too (yay – we love those!).  Take your 4-8 year olds along to learn keyboard skills as well as how to read and even write music!  Move aside Elton John..(click here for more details)

Immerse you and your little ones in all things French with a new Et Patati Patata class starting in Balham this month.  With various sessions for children aged from 2 to 10, this is a wonderful chance to set them on the right track to being bilingual and having a lot of fun along the way.  Chouette! (click here for more details)

Any budding starlets out there?  The Drama Group are offering a free trial session of their Saturday afternoon classes in Streatham this weekend for 7-11 year olds.  Bring on that confidence-building and creativity, I say! (click here for more details)

Or how about trying something a bit different for your little balls of energy?  Ninja Kids offers martial arts for children and runs two classes a week, one on Wandsworth Common and the other off Lavender Hill (click here for more details)

Christmas may be over, but the panto season isn’t…oh no it’s not!  See the Magdalene Players in Peter Pan as they tread the boards and flit above the rooftops from St Mary Magdalene Church in early February.  Book now to avoid any cross Tinkerbells (click here for more details)

Here are a few ideas for the more ‘mature’ of us.  Something for everyone around these parts!

Here’s a brilliant Cooking for teenagers course so you can send them off to university knowing there is food beyond take-out pizza or beans on toast (really!?).  Yes, it can be done!  (click here for more details)

Perhaps you or your nanny are looking for a First Aid Course which will mean you’re OFSTED registered and this one’s for those looking after age 8 and up. (click here for more details)

Start the new year as you mean to go on!  Michelle Murray is offering a free Pilates session at Fybre Fitness on Northcote Road to get you in the swing (or should that be the balance…) (click here for more details)

About to be on the baby bandwagon and need a few pointers about sleep (the baby’s and therefore yours!)? Join in on the Baby Gentle Sleep Workshop in Southfields before the month is out. (click here for more details)

Anyone out there wanting to be an even better Dad than they are already?  If so, then The Parent Practice is running a workshop on how to do just that.  Presented by a dad and with no girls allowed, it sounds like this promises to be an invaluable period of man-time.  There’s even a good deal for two friends booking together (click here for more details)

There’s a seminar on St John’s Hill this very evening entitled ‘New Beginnings’ all about managing your relationship as well as how to regain control of life after a relationship breakdown.  It’ll be hosted by a solicitor, a financial adviser and a personal performance coach.  Just the thing for the new you this new year? (click here for more details)

Want to hear more about Crossrail 2 and the development of the Springfield site?  A Public Meeting has been arranged for Monday evening so you can hear the latest and put across your own point of view (click here for more details)

And finally, ever thought about volunteering but not sure what to do?  Go along to St Anne’s Hill to find out more about how much fun and just how rewarding it can be to help out with Girlguiding and Brownies in Wandsworth.  You could help cut waiting lists and enable more groups to get off the ground.  Just think – Circus Skills, Science Investigations and empowering young girls and women to grow up with confidence and self-esteem….What are you waiting for!!? (click here for more details)

And after all that, could it be new year, new house?  Start with your trusty NappyValleyNet and visit our property pages. We’re working with PrimeLocation and four fabby agents to bring you local homes for sale or to rent with school catchments as one of the key search criteria. But that’s not all! The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed that we’ve welcomed the wonderful Rampton Baseley into our fold of preferred partners. We’re absolutely delighted to be working with one of SW London’s leading independent sales and lettings specialists! (click here)

Take a look at these great properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week:


On the rental market with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a 30ft south-facing garden and many original features mixed with contemporary design (click here for more details)


Also available to rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached family house with over 2,000 sqft in the the sought after Telford Park area (click here for more details)

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a beautifully presented family house which has been refurbished throughout, situated on a superb residential street ‘Between the Commons’  (click here for more details)

And to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a stunning and recently refurbished 3-bedroom family home with generous entertaining space, just a stone’s throw from Belleville Primary. (click here for more details)

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you decide to do, make it a happy new year!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team  xx

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