Instameet, Splash Fest and Little Voices does Hairspray: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 28th July 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

It’s almost August and the peak of the summer holidays.  For those of us left behind, London is a different place.  The roads are clearer; less honking of horns. You can park. The tubes and trains are (slightly) less crowded and there’s an air of the laid back life wherever you turn. Families are out in force on bikes and scooters or in their running shoes. Picnics aplenty, meeting up with friends. It seems that as we prepare to leave Europe we’re becoming all the more European in our August attitude.  I know we can’t all shut up shop and head for the hills, but it’s a brilliant few weeks for being able to take your foot off the pedal, if only for a while.  Make the most of the lazier days and enjoy what’s on offer.  (click here)

If you’re thinking of a move, take a look at our property section which has all the homes for sale and to rent in the area with all the usual search criteria plus a handy drop-down menu of primary schools, so it will calculate for you the distance in metres from front door to school gate, should schools be relevant to you, of course! (click here)

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



Available to rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom family house set ‘Between the Commons’ in beautiful condition throughout, with a wider than average footprint in the double reception room, leading onto the kitchen with great space for family life and entertaining. …click here for more details

For sale with Portico is a 1-bedroom flat just moments from Stockwell tube with a large double bedroom, high ceilings, sash windows and plenty of natural light and a lovely garden. …click here for more details 

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 2-bedroom apartment just off Battersea Rise and close to Clapham Junction and Northcote Road, light, airy and beautifully presented, with a large south-west facing garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house set ‘Between the Commons’, immaculately presented and completely refurbished to a high specification, with a great sense of light and space and stretching to over 2500 sqft, extended into the rear, side, loft and lower ground floor. …click here for more details


It’s mid-summer (holidays). How about something for the grown-ups…

Instameet is on tonight on Clapham Common where IGers (Instagrammers, keep up) of SW4 and beyond will get together for a one hour walk around the common, Instagramming as they go, picking up a trick or two, and then finishing up with a drink in a local establishment.  Join the social media revolution! …click here for more details

There’s an evening of acoustic folk and soul tomorrow at Omnibus Unplugged in Clapham Old Town, hosted by singer-songwriter Lanré who will be joined by some special guest artists for the ultimate end of week relaxation.  Visit the bar, settle down with a cool drink and escape from it all for a couple of hours …click here for more details

Join Little Bulb Theatre (of Orpheus and Wail fame) at a new open-air theatre atBattersea Arts Centre with their production of villainy and valour set in Victorian London, Extravaganza Macabre. There’ll be wild music and audience mischief as the plot unfolds and the show will go on whatever the weather, so go prepared! …click here for more details

Join in on the 3-hour emergency aid First Aid for Life course in Balham this weekend to be sure to be armed with the right skills to help in an emergency or to spot the first signs of serious illness.  Bespoke courses can be arranged too, so get together with a group of friends and book it! …click here for more details

Don’t miss Live at Wimbledon Park at the end of August.  A 3-day festival of music, theatre, food and drink over in SW19. The best of classical and jazz performances and then a bank holiday weekend full of family fun, including the very brilliant Horrible Histories Live on Stage. …click here for more details


Back to the children and more entertainment inspiration 

Let’s Act Summer Camp will be putting on ‘A Play in a Week’ at St Luke’s next week, so if yours love to tread the boards or you think they might just find their inner star, sign up for theatrical mornings and they’ll be ready to perform for you by the Friday! …click here for more details

Early August sees the start of four days of lively goings-on in Battersea Park withSport in the Park.  Head to the Millennium Arena and for just £1 you can join in on any number of activities including high ropes and an Army assault course, as well as music, entertainment and workshops. …click here for more details

Ninja Kids Summer Camp makes the most of the fun and exercise facilities dotted around Wandsworth Common for children to have fun working on their agility, determination and courage while learning some self defence skills and having fun! …click here for more details

Little Voices will be working on ‘Hairspray’ in Putney next week and in just four days children will be putting on a performance of singing, acting and dancing, having gained confidence and had a blast along the way! …click here for more details

Head to The Music House Summer Camp for a 4-day workshop of Musical Mayhem. They’ll form bands, learn and play instruments (with no previous experience required), compose songs, make costumes, artwork and more..! …click here for more details

Orleans House Gallery has some great summer workshops going on throughout August.  Early years drama for the young ones, family-friendly workshops for all, and a professional artist for the slightly older children looking at nature, landscape and summer through a variety of techniques. …click here for more details

The theme at the Wandsworth Summer Music Camp in Wimbledon is ‘Music from around the World’, so they’ll take a musical journey around the globe with songs, music and composition ready for an informal concert open to the public in the performing space in Arthur’s Café. …click here for more details

If you have a prima ballerina on your hands, then head to Ballet Summer School in Telford Park.  For children aged 6 to 10, the week includes learning new choreography, improving technique, costume making and performance. First position, please..! …click here for more details

If yours love a thrill and want a new skill, then Young Fliers Workshop is just the thing.  Think aerial hoops, silk and trapeze work with no previous experience required!  Over two days in Battersea they’ll work in small groups of 6 with a dedicated trainer and plenty of airtime.  Brilliant fun! …click here for more details

At the Miniversity Summer Holiday Camp, children aged from 4 up to 12 will get to be an architect for a day, or a script writer, a TV presenter and an entrepreneur.  Run from a computer suite in Chelsea, they’ll learn about various careers through the wonderful world of ICT. …click here for more details

It’s almost time for the RNLI’s Splash Fest in Battersea Park, so grab your towels, dig out your swimmers and head along for a 2.5km aqua obstacle course in the middle of our great city – family summer fun at its best. …click here for more details


Treat time…

If you find room for a little downtime this summer, then try your hand at winning a fab prize from our July/August collection of goodies, or snap up one of the many lovely offers we have for you.  Family tickets to summer events, holiday discounts, a helping hand with the children, a fitness boost for you.  We’ve got the lot!  Take a look. (click here)


That’s it.  Whatever you do, have fun, and here’s that link again, should you want to check out what’s on! (click here).


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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