Jane Wake’s Spanish Retreat, Raising Boys with The Parent Practice and Camp Suisse Sessions open for booking: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 11th May 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

On Saturday, thousands will be taking to the streets to walk up to 26 miles under the light of the moon in the fight against breast cancer.  The giant pink, peaked circus-like tents stand ready on Clapham Common resembling something that Madonna would have been proud of in her heyday.  Good luck to all taking part. May your pavement pounding go with a swing and your fundraising reach for the moon!  Brilliant that it starts and ends on Clapham Common (just a short limp home for most of you!).  For other awesome goings-on and activities, take a look at our calendar.  (read more)

Considering a move?  Whether you’re renting or looking to buy, we have properties via PrimeLocation and four local estate agents you’ll know well, with school catchments clearly mapped out to make sure you’re in just the right spot. (read more)


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



For rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 2-bedroom maisonette, larger than average with a double reception room, wooden floors and a private garden set on a residential street in between Clapham South and Balham. (read more)

Available to rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached Victorian family house with four bathrooms, including two en-suite, a downstairs cloakroom and a basement with utility room, set on one of the most sought after roads off Streatham Common. (read more)

For rent with Portico is a 3-bedroom new-build house laid out over three floors with a spacious back garden and balcony, set in a quiet cul-de-sac with off-street parking and fantastic transport links, set in between three Tube stations. (read more)

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house on a popular residential road ‘Between the Commons’, measuring over 2,000 sq ft and completely refurbished to a very high standard with a great sense of light and space and a lovely garden with an impressive outbuilding, ideal as a home office, playroom or gym. (read more)


The hills are alive with the sound of fun and entertainment 

Camp Suisse Sessions One through to Four have got the summer covered.  If you have 7 to 17 year olds who’d benefit from a week or more in the fresh air of the Swiss Alps with an incredible range of activities on offer (including sledding on the glacier with huskies!) and a spot of language learning, this is for you! (read more)

It’s the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival this very weekend so take the family along for a packed schedule of readings, workshops and storytelling, and the chance to meet all sorts of famous wordsmith celebs! (read more)

If you have a beloved four-legged friend, give some thought to a First Aid for Dogs training session run by First Aid for Life in Balham.  Just three hours of your time to be able to help in an emergency. (read more)

If you love art but never seem to have the time to get to a gallery, here’s a brilliant one for you.  Head to An Introduction to Art History – The Portrayal of Mothers In Art at Fresh Ground on Monday.  The subject matter couldn’t be more appropriate for Nappy Valley, plus who can resist an injection of culture and coffee at the same time? (read more)

It’s the Balham Literary Festival in early June with events and readings at The Bedford including cookery and eating with Thomasina Miers, winner of Masterchef and founder of Wahaca, South London Crime writers and a talk about swimming from three wild swimmers.  A broad range of topics! (read more)

Baby Broadway will be back in Wimbledon soon with West End hits from the likes of Singing in the Rain and Frozen (not the weather forecast we’re after), Mamma Mia and Mary Poppins. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (read more)

Wimbledon Art Open Studios starts today and runs throughout the weekend with free entry and an incredible maze of artists studios open to admire and acquire, with activities and workshops too. (read more)

Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera House will be playing piano accompanied by the viola and a mezzo soprano at a concert of Brahams Chamber Music at St Luke’s in June. (read more)

Jane Wake’s Retreat in southern Spain has just one room remaining, either for one person travelling alone or two travelling together. Yoga, Pilates, relaxation, sunshine, walking, eating, sunbathing (and a special rate for NappyValleyNet followers)…race you for it! (read more)

Bach to Baby in Clapham tomorrow is ‘Spring into Spring’ from brook to bird, bees and butterflies, with Vivaldi’s masterpiece and more.  Don’t forget a lovely 15% off tickets booked in May via their website. (read more)

Cheeky Kitchen Pop-Up Cookery Sessions run weekly for children aged 2 up to 4, exploring fresh ingredients and following recipes.  Future Nigellas and Jamies unite! (read more)

Every Woman Holistic Core & Restore Course is a six week series of sessions all about you, your pelvic floor, your core, nutrition, fitness and wellness. (read more)

The Raising Boys workshop run by The Parent Practice next week will focus on ‘Understanding boy world and helping boys thrive in it.’  Help is at hand. Say no more. (read more)

Little Folk with Albo will be playing in Tooting this weekend as part of the Wandsworth Fringe.  Folk songs, camp songs, action songs and Albo originals for little folk of 0 up to 5 and their families. (read more)

Also part of the Wandsworth Fringe, Balham sees a Bicycle Ballet Show, Blazing Saddles, a stunning, outdoors show celebrating women, cycling and fashion.  It will unfold in a series of short sequences en route to Tooting Common with audience participation (on your bikes) fully encouraged! (read more)

And hot on the heels of the Fringe, the Wandsworth Heritage Festival gets underway later this month with a fascinating array of walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions celebrating the heritage of our borough. (read more)

Roger McGough & Little Machine will be performing a mixture of vintage, classic and surprising poems set to music at James Alleyn’s Girls’ School later this month.  Hilarious, surreal and original, expect great wit and wordplay too! (read more)


Two weeks until half term – yes, really! 

WWT London Wetland Centre is opening a Grass Animal Zoo for the half term week where you’ll find life size (and bigger) versions of animals including a hippo and camel, a bear and giraffe.  But which live in wetlands and which can go for days without water? (read more)

A quick reminder that Robots is on at the Science Museum and will be until September, so no major rush but they’ll never forgive you if you miss this one! (read more)

Open Air Fit are running their ever-popular Half Term Kids Camps for boys and girls with bags of energy! (read more)

And for future Gerrards, Messis and Houghtons, there’s a dedicated Open Air Fit Kids Football Camp the same week.  Shin pads and goalie gloves at the ready. (read more)

Lavender Leonardos is holding Half Term Art Workshops for those aged 5 and up and a Printmaking Workshop for older children of 9 up to 15. (read more)

Arrrr! Me Hearties Half Term Filmmaking Club run by Sparks will have them swashbuckling their way through shooting, directing and acting in their own voyage of adventure. Cutlasses at the ready! (read more)

Funky Moves will be in Balham and Wimbledon again this holiday with their upbeat and high octane mixture of Street Dance & Art Holiday Courses. (read more)

Mad Science will be exploring the world of Solids, Liquids & Gases at Eddie Catz in Wimbledon – who doesn’t like mini explosions, making your own slime and bubbling potions!? (read more)

Yellowbird Education is running a Creative Writing Half Term Workshop in Fulham to get the ideas flowing from all budding 6 to 12 year old writers. (read more)

With Little Voices there’s a Matilda & Revolting Rhymes Performing Arts Week for fans of both Roald Dahl and the stage – a match made in heaven! (read more)

The Avenue Cookery School is holding a Residential Course for the Duke of Edinburgh Award teaching the basic life skill of cookery and a great range of recipes that can be produced at any time. Am I too old to join in? (read more)


Imminent school Open Days 

Broomwood Hall Pre-Prep Open Day – Garrad’s Road (read more)

Cumnor House School for Boys (read more)

Northcote Lodge Open Day (read more)

The Roche School Open Morning (read more)

Treetops Nursery (read more)

Wandsworth Prep School Open Morning (read more)

Woldingham School Y5 Sleepover/Taster (read more)


And finally..

We have a brand new batch of fabulous NappyValleyNet offers and competitions for you.  There’s a great range of family tickets up for grabs from The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes on the South Bank and The Wind in the Willows in the West End to passes for Flip Out in Wandsworth, and irresistible discounts on everything from The Little Gym to Cleavers to The New England Shutter Company and Luxury Family Hotels. Don’t say we never spoil you… (read more)


That’s it for this week. Have fun! (read more)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team 


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