Funky Moves, Banana Moon, period dramas and half-term fun! It’s the ‘What’s On’ weekly email from NappyValleyNet!

Last Updated on : 21st January 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

The mud is reaching ridiculous levels.  There are days when I feel I’m living out the Daz ad campaign of the 1980s. They head out fresh and clean and come back caked in the stuff, splattered, tattered and in need of a hose down before crossing the threshold.  The other day I commented to a friend of my son’s, as they both stood there poised to be caked in mud from tip to toe in the quagmire that was once Clapham Common, “How on earth do you manage to get those socks clean again? Look at ours, they’re permanently grey.”  “Err, my mum washes them?” was his somewhat baffled reply.  I must ask her what washing powder she uses (Daz?) or perhaps give up on them and only ever buy dark coloured socks again.  A certain Spanish team might well be able to get away with white socks, but they sure don’t last the season in SW London.  If you’re looking for activities to wear them out, both on dry land and in the mud, keep a regular eye on our calendar. click here

If you’re on the move and looking for a new home in the area, then start your search on our property pages.  We have all the usual search criteria plus school catchments, so you can see all the bricks and mortar for sale or to rent near the schools you’re interested in, with thanks to Lambeth and Wandsworth Councils! 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 2-bedroom apartment in a sought-after development very close to Clapham Common and Clapham South tube station, with private parking, communal gardens and roof terrace. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house on a particularly wide plot on a prominent corner position ‘Between the Commons’, extended to create an amazing sense of light and space, especially in the 18ft by 28ft reception room, and with the benefit of planning permission to excavate the basement. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom family house on a popular road in the Southfields Grid, recently refurbished with wooden floors throughout and a lovely, modern side-extended kitchen. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom terraced house on a sought after street off Trinity Road, stretching to over 2,700 sqft with great entertaining space and kitchen leading out to a large garden, and three en-suite bathrooms. …click here for more details


If music be the food of love (and fun for your little ones), play on…

Amanda’s Action Club is back in action this year with classes for those aged from 4 months to 4 years at Skylark on Wandsworth Common.  Head in from the cold and keep warm with fun music, action and singing to give you all that inner glow (and a good cup of coffee will help too!) …click here for more details

Pram Chorus sounds like just the thing to lift the sprits this January. A friendly, daytime choir – with or without your little ones – to sing your heart out, raise the roof (and even your pelvic floor – love it!), de-stress and unwind while having some serious fun.  There’s even cake at the end.  Too good to be true!? …click here for more details

Word on the street (or Twitter) has it that the next Big Fish Little Fish Rave at The Bedford is nearly sold out!  So, if you’d like to go ‘day-clubbing’ with your mini-crew, book your tickets quick! Think DJs, disco balls, bubbles, soft play, crafty capers and lots more lovely family fun! …click here for more details

Little Larks is a pre-schooler craft club at Skylark Café every Monday and Wednesday morning.  A very relaxed session, your little ones can get crafty, and gooey and gluey and glittery, and it won’t be all over your own kitchen table!  Great coffee on tap and you can even book yourself a table for lunch before wending your wintry way home.  Perfect! …click here for more details

Smallwood Primary School is offering school visits with the head teacher to any parents looking for a Nursery or Reception place this coming September.  You’ll see the Early Years facilities and be able to talk to the teachers about your child’s first step onto the educational ladder. …click here for more details

Another Open Day and this is a lovely name for a nursery.  Banana Moon Battersea is opening its doors this evening for prospective parents to meet the staff, have a good look around and enjoy a glass or two of wine.  There’s a special offer available to those who come along – why, thank you! …click here for more details


Something for you, perhaps?

Postnatal Pilates with Jane Wake at the reCentre in Balham will strengthen and tone your tummy during this phase of life that puts your entire framework to the test!  Feeding, lifting, carrying, pushing…you name it, you probably do it, and all these things add stresses and strains to your body.  Stretch and strengthen with great individual attention. Babies can go along too! …click here for more details

Bookings are open for the next Urban Retreat Raw Food & Yoga Workshop in early March, so pen it in and treat yourself to a Sunday of R&R (& R if you include the Raw!).  You’ll gather ideas and recipes for super-healthy eating as well as ninety minutes of stretching and relaxation – sounds like fab ‘Me-time’! …click here for more details

Suspect the next few words might be music to a few ears.  Toddler Sleep Training WorkshopThe Parent and Baby Coach is holding one next week, with troubleshooting, sleep-training methods, gentle sleep aids for little ones and help with the move from cot to bed. …click here for more details

Wrap up warm and head outside for a session or two of Mixed Circuits with Open Air Fit on Wandsworth Common.  Strengthen your muscles and bones while boosting your stability and raising those endorphin levels.  Come rain or shine, you’ll feel good once back inside the warm and dry! …click here for more details

Need a moment away from it all?  Bach to Baby are in Richmond next week with ‘A Brief History of Classical Piano’, where you and your little one can soak up the notes of a wide variety of music from the earliest pieces to the great works of the Romantics. And there’s a cup of good coffee available at the start. …click here for more details

At Fulham Palace in early February, learn all about the historic replica costume collection with BAFTA award-winning designer, Esther Dean. You’ll be able to examine the costumes up close and even dress up.  Booking recommended to avoid any tantrums and tiaras! …click here for more details


Half term will be here before you know it.  Here are a few ideas to keep them busy.

If you’ve got any little groovers on your hands, they might want to join in on the Half Term Funky Moves Holiday Course in Balham.  Four action-packed mornings of fun, games, dance and choreography, working towards the big show at the end. For children aged 4 to 12, they’ll be split into teams based on ages with an emphasis on fun, friends and funkiness! …click here for more details

Looking to fully immerse your children in French this half term?  You only need to go as far as Fulham to do so!  Et Patati Patata offers 100% french fun every day of the week, with reading, singing, dancing, arts and sports led by an experienced, native French speaking teacher.  They’ll be asking for saucisson for tea by the end of it! …click here for more details

Springtime, Landscape & Nature is the theme of Twickenham’s Orleans House half term activities. Be inspired by the new exhibition, Capability Now, and fill their holiday with creativity at full or half day workshops for those aged 0 up to 17.  There will be professional artists working on drawing, painting and print-making, sculpture and textiles.…click here for more details

Time to tackle swimming head on?  Sports Generation are running a 5-day crash course in swimming so you can crack it this half term holiday, in readiness for the summer months ahead. Dive in! …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, whatever you plan, have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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