Half term fun, Halloween and the Christmas fairs begin: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 15th October 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

There’s a lot going on at the tail end of October.  Half term holidays, Halloween tricks and treats and the clocks fall backwards too, giving all tired parents an extra hour in bed.  If only children’s body clocks would adjust quite so easily.  And then it’s Bonfire Night and onto the whisperings of Christmas.  Everything they see they want to put on their lists, television adverts start laying it on thick; I suppose it makes a change from being told we should be using Cillit Bang by the youngest members of the household!  Whichever way you look at it, there’s a lot of fun to be had between now and then.  Keep up to speed with all the goings-on via our calendar, full to brimming with half term fun and Halloween horrors, not to mention the forthcoming festive season. You have been warned. (click here)

If you’re in the market for a new home, did you know we’ve got property pages with houses for sale and to rent all over Nappy Valley?  You’ll find all the usual search criteria plus the rather handy one of local primary schools, so you can see whether the place you love is in the right catchment for the school you want, or turn it around and look for a new pad within a certain school catchment.  It works both ways! (click here)


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

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For sale with Rampton Baseley is a very rare to the market double-fronted Victorian house just moments from Northcote Road, close to all its amenities and local schools and stretching to 21ft in width, with 5 bedrooms, a basement converted to a utility room and a south-facing garden. …click here for more details

On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a newly converted studio apartment in a new development in Abbeville Village, finished to a high standard and with a communal garden, ideal for anyone looking for their first home, a buy-to-let investment or a pied-à-terre. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom detached house in one of the most sought after locations in the area, set on a no-through road and surrounded by green in every direction including its 85ft secluded garden and off-street parking. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom Victorian family house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with generous living space split over three levels and a south-facing garden stretching to over 59ft. …click here for more details


A quick ‘heads up’ on a few things for you!

Our next NappyValleyNet Meet-up will be at Skylark Café on Wandsworth Common.   Come in from the cold and crisp morning to the warmth and the delicious smell of coffee and fresh pastries.  That should get your Wednesday 4th November off to a good start!  And a little lark told us that there’s also going to be a book seller there too, so you could kill two birds with one stone, as it were.  More about how to book your free place soon, but for now, one to pencil into the diary.  How delightfully old fashioned of us!

Tickets are now on sale for the Battersea Park Fireworks Display on Saturday 7th November.  To celebrate our longest ever reigning monarch, this year’s theme is ‘A Royal Night Out’.  Best leave your corgis at home though.  No entry without pre-booked tickets, so get clicking now! …click here for more details

Also in Battersea Park the following weekend is The Independent Schools Show, where you’ll find over 200 of the leading schools represented by key admission teams and heads at the UK’s largest open day.  Admission is free if you book your tickets in advance. …click here for more details. The team behind the Show have pulled together this helpful piece on understanding school league tables and other schooling conundrums. (click here)

And don’t miss out on the brilliant NappyValleyNet offers and competitions which we put together for you each month.  You can get to them via the grey Exclusive Offers icon, via the ad on the homepage entitled ‘Win’ or via this link.  How about a place on a 6-day running bootcamp with Fit for a Princess, a mini gold-plated fingerprint charm from Little Print Jewellery, 20% off with Paint the Town Green or 15% off a half term break with Tots Too. …click here for more details


It’s spooky how quickly Halloween has come around and this time half term’s thrown in for good measure! 

It’s the Eddie Catz Halloween Party with two nights to choose from for your little terrors!  Think fancy dress, face painting, magic, disco dancing and entertainment all set in spookishly spectacular surroundings and the soft play in which to go wild and howl at the moon! …click here for more details

This sounds like ghoulishly good fun over in Canada Water for a change.  The Culture Space is holding a Comedy Club 4 Kids, with cracking entertainment from some of the best comedians on the circuit (without the rude bits) for everyone over 6 and under 400 years old (friendly vampires only!). …click here for more details

Funky Moves is running a Halloween Spooktacular half term course at The Bedford for those aged 5 to 12 looking for four mornings of creative fun as well as incredible performances from a guest breakdancer. Your little groovers will be inspired! …click here for more details

Wandsworth Museum invites you along to Battersea Arts Centre for a Family Saturday groaning will all manner of creepy things!   There are ghostly goings-on in the old Town Hall to be explored and if you dare to stick around, you can sit down and make some super-scary creations to help spook any trick or treaters that may come calling later on! …click here for more details

St Clements Café in Parsons Green is holding two Halloween cookie decorating and lunch sessions over the two weeks of half term.  For children aged 4 and up, they’ll be taught decorating techniques while you get to enjoy a lovely lunch break to yourself in the café at the same time. Win, win! …click here for more details

Half term and Halloween means it’s time for a Big Screen Boogie at The Bedford.  They’ll get to watch a suitably spooky but not too scary movie while munching their packed lunch, then start throwing some serious shapes to create a funky dance routine to show the ghoulish grown-ups at pick-up time.  Fab fun! …click here for more details

It’s not all about Halloween.  Active Art is holding ‘Just Doodle’ for 6 to 12 year olds on Wandsworth Common as part of The National Drawing Festival.  Their imaginations can run free with sketching, doodles, crazy marks, 2D and 3D, story illustration and more for either a half or full day session.  Pencils at the ready! …click here for more details

Head to SE London for Bedtimes Stories at The Albany, where circus theatre pioneer Upswing will help celebrate that magical time of day when the little cherubs are settled into their beds and heading off to the Land of Nod. You’ll all unwind and be dazzled with circus, theatre, dance and projections.  Sounds dreamy! …click here for more details

As ever, there’s so much going on at The Natural History Museum and most of it is free!  How about Hands on with dinosaurs, an afternoon where they’ll be able to handle fossils, teeth and claws and learn how to identify them with the help of science specialists who can take them back millions of years. …click here for more details

There’s an amazing array of events during half term at The Royal Albert Hall.  From a Comedy Academy 4 Kids and a History of Films Workshop to performances including A Pocketful of Grimms and the World Premiere of Frozen in Concert, it’s overflowing with inspiring culture and entertainment. …click here for more details


In other news and not a cobweb in sight..

Monkey Music meets regularly at various locations around Nappy Valley for fun music, movement and merriment for little ones from 3 months to 4 years in age-specific classes.  First class is free!  Why, thank you! …click here for more details

Performing arts school Little Voices is opening a new class at Swaffield Primary School in November, bringing professional singing and acting lessons to local students.  The doors will be open on two consecutive Thursday afternoons for free workshop taster sessions for any budding actors, actresses and performers. …click here for more details

It’s Storytime Sunday at The Doodle Bar in Battersea this weekend with The Bear and the Piano creator, David Litchfield, leading a feast of thrilling activities for your little ones, with great coffee and cake for you to get your Sunday off to a good start! …click here for more details

JP Art on Battersea Rise is currently holding a week long exhibition in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières in Syria.  The gallery’s stable of artists has come together for a group exhibition and a percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the charity.  Call in this weekend and you’ll find drinks and canapés on offer too. …click here for more details


It’s never too soon for Christmas plans and fairs (sorry!)

Skylark Café on Wandsworth Common is taking bookings for your Christmas dos! You can celebrate Yuletide – or just the end of term – in one of your favourite neighbourhood spots after dark, with the choice of sit-down, supper bowl or canapé menus. If your get together is in the daytime, there’s a wonderfully festive Christmas lunch menu.  Did I hear you say lashings of cranberry and bread sauce?  I’m there!  …click here for more details

The Cancer Research UK South West London Christmas Fair is on next month with more than 70 stalls selling everything from fun toys to handmade jewellery, clothes and unique decorations.  It’ll get you and your Christmas list off to a great start. …click here for more details

It’s Operation Smile’s inaugural Best of British Christmas Fair at Fulham Palace later on next month. With over 40 specially selected stalls, you could get your shopping done in one fell swoop and be heading towards a thoroughly British-inspired festive season! …click here for more details

The Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair is back at St Luke’s this year with their preview evening opening proceedings before the full day the next morning.  From books to jewels to home to clothes and accessories, it could be all about presents or it could be a bit about you too! …click here for more details

The Parish of Putney gets to grips with all things Noel at their Christmas Fair in St Mary’s Church on the High Street in late November.  Saturday fun for all the family to get your preparations and celebrations off to a fun and local start! …click here for more details

And talking of Christmas shopping, the Country Living Christmas Fair is fast approaching and they’ve got a brilliant 20% off the ‘on the door’ price just for you!  Just £13 to get in and then the world, as they say, is your oyster.  Scroll down through the offers on this link to get the discount code. Happy shopping! …click here for more details


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


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx


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