Late summer fun and autumn term plans: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 27th August 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

For any of you who have been there, done that and come home again, it’s all pretty much the same here in Blighty.  Same old, same old you might say if you’re only just back from your sun-drenched, relaxing, delicious holiday.  Or you might have transitioned into that ‘it’s quite nice to be home actually’ phase. Or perhaps you’re trawling the web for any great last minute deals for a Bank Holiday break to round it all off nicely.  Whichever way you look at it, NappyValley is still here and although it’s pretty quiet and slightly damp, there’s no place like home.  Your neighbourhood, and all it has to offer, is here ready and waiting.  Use our calendar to keep you all busy at the tail end of summer and help get your diaries in order for the weeks ahead. (click here) 

Made a decision to move house while lying on that sun lounger?  Then start your search with us.  Together with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents, we bring you homes for sale and to rent in the area together with school catchment areas, so you can house hunt in just the right area for the school you have in mind. (click here)

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

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For rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family house close to Wandsworth Common and just moments from Clapham Junction, renovated to a high standard with a fully extended kitchen and a lovely west-facing garden …click here for more details

To rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom double-fronted Georgian family home offering beautifully presented living space, interior designed in a contemporary style while retaining its period charm, plus a superb mature garden and off-street parking. …click here for more details 

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom house which has just been redecorated, stretching to over 2100 sqft and offering exceptional entertaining space, near to Clapham Common and Northcote Road. …click here for more details

On the rental market with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom family house, fully extended and refurbished with a modern eat-in kitchen/family room and a south-west facing lawned garden, set in the Nightingale Triangle near to Clapham South tube. …click here for more details

Summer holidays are still very much ON – here are a few ideas to keep them happy.

If you have a toddler who loves to bake, then head over to Eddie Catz in Putney this afternoon for Cookie Crumbles, a two hour baking haven for your little ones, plus the chance to wear themselves out nicely in the soft play! …click here for more details

It’s The Lady and The Tramp at the Disney Kids Club with Funky Moves at The Exhibit this afternoon.  They’ll watch the movie in the private cinema while eating a packed lunch, and then they’ll get moving to put together a dance routine to a song from the film, performing it for you at pick-up time.  Fab fun! …click here for more details

The Family Fun Day at Gambado is almost upon us!  Head over tomorrow for all sorts of fun and frolics including arts and crafts, cookery, dance workshops, apple bobbing, treasure hunts, party games and all the usual bumper car/soft play/spinning cups fun of Gambado.  Phew! …click here for more details

Or if yours are heavily into animals, they might love the Zoo Lab Animal Workshop, also at Gambado tomorrow.  Children will be able to get up close with Jenny the Ranger’s favourite animals and then go wild themselves with an hour’s free play afterwards.  Sounds like Steve Backshall would love this one! …click here for more details

The Little Gym Summer Camps continue for 3 to 8 year olds with different themes each week.  They’ll be rolly-pollying and flic-flacking their way around, improving their agility and co-ordination and having plenty of indoor fun in the process! …click here for more details

It’s almost the last Saturday of the month which must mean it’s time for Family Fun at the Battersea Arts Centre!  Wandsworth Museum joins in on the action with their creative arts and crafts being one of the many and varied workshops on offer for children, and it’s all free – yay! …click here for more details

Breaking the Ice is the unlikely tale of a true friendship between a husky and a polar bear for children aged from 2 up to 5 at the Unicorn Theatre this September. Be part of Team Polar Bear or Team Husky and watch as the animals learn to play together, then get involved in the fun by interacting with projected images that mirror your movements.  Sounds fab!…click here for more details

Not forgetting the very little people in your lives – and you too! 

It’s the kids unlimited Open Evening next week when you’ll have the chance to look around the nursery which offers both full and part time places to children from 3 months up to 5 years.  With two outdoor areas as well as all the indoor facilities, you’ll be able to get a good feel for the environment and meet the staff who will be looking after your little ones. …click here for more details

New babe in arms and looking for a baby massage class?  Then you might like to try this new Baby Massage Course at The Northcote.  Four weekly sessions giving you top tips and techniques to help with teething, painful wind or simply how to settle and soothe.  All good for a good night’s sleep! …click here for more details

You’ve got four more chances to enjoy live music from Route 88 at Clapham Old Town’s Omnibus this summer.  Every Friday and Saturday evening from 7pm, the bar and garden open and you can kick back, relax and soak up the mix of jazz, folk and world music with occasional visits to the revamped bar.  Enjoy! …click here for more details

The traders and neighbours of St John’s Hill invite you to come and join in on their ninth consecutive St John’s Hill Festival in mid-September.  Tuck into the delicious delights on offer, settle into the great foodie vibe and place a bet on your favourite goldfish in the FishClub’s ‘Great Golden Goldfish Gala’, cheering it to the finishing line while the children go ‘boing’ on the bouncy castle and you all soak up the atmosphere from brunch and lunch to tea! …click here for more details

As we approach Indian summertime, make sure the Bellevue Road Summer Fair is firmly penned into your diary.  Visiting stall holders will line the streets offering all sorts of treats to peruse as well as delicious things to eat – a hog roast, cheeses, charcuterie, cakes, Prosecco – and there’ll be plenty of entertainment for the children too, with a bouncy castle, Party Faces and a live entertainment stage.  And get preening now for the much-loved Dog Show. Rosettes are at the ready……click here for more details

The Tooting Foodival is back for its eighth year, promising to celebrate the diversity of tasty dishes that can be grown, cooked and enjoyed in Tooting.  It’ll be like ‘The Good Life’ with locally grown food being cooked up by restaurants and individuals and delivered on festival day, with recipes from places as diverse as Sri Lanka, Poland and the Lebanon.  Time to tuck in! …click here for more details

It’s a new dawn, a new day.  How about a new class or two?

Let’s Act Lamda classes start their new term next week with a few spaces left for various age groups twice a week after school.  Lessons begin with general drama, where the children will be working towards the Christmas production of Peter Pan at the Omnibus, followed by the Lamda tuition, giving budding thesps a rounded training. …click here for more details

Little Crafters autumn term gets underway soon where toddlers can explore colour, shapes and texture with a new theme every week and all sorts of lovely things to get their hands on, from paper and play to paint and fabric.  For children aged from 1 up to 4, there are snacks to keep them happy and a cup of coffee for the grown-ups too. …click here for more details

Funky Moves are starting a new Saturday class in Norbury this term with a free trial on offer to make sure your child enjoys throwing some shapes before you sign up!  With a blend of pop dance and street dance, they start with a fun warm up and then they’ll learn a fab dance routine to a current song.  Think co-ordination, fitness, strength and confidence.  Brilliant! …click here for more details

Thinking of starting swimming lessons this September?  Waterlife Swim School invites you to make a splash at Alderbrook Primary’s pool with your baby from 3 to 14 months old. Get going on those swimming skills and confidence in the water from an early age – literally water babies! …click here for more details

How about regular Saturday tennis lessons with All Stars Tennis? Choose from Putney, Tooting Bec or Wandsworth and start honing those skills and moves around the court. With three sessions to choose from (already booking up fast), the children will love their weekend sessions and so will you! Coffee and a stroll, anyone?…click here for more details

Any budding ballerinas out there might like to grab this fab free trial class by the tutu and head over to Fybre Fitness for a new term at Good Toes School of Ballet.  For little ones from just 18 months and pre-school ballet from two and a half, they’ll be taught a Royal Academy of Dance syllabus by RAD trained teachers. Did even Darcy start that young?! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, squeeze the best out of what’s left of August!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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