The London Motor Show, Crazy Golf on Burntwood Lane and Jane Wake’s Pilates Retreat: Your What’s On Guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 28th April 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

By now the new shoes are scuffed, the new haircut suitably tousled, the new term well underway.  Blossom trees are in full bloom, green trees are unfurling their new leaves and the commons are bright and breezy, no longer submerged under water, despite the odd spring (hail) shower and occasional Arctic wind.  The clunk of cricket and rounders balls followed by excited cheers and shouts of children fill the air…and suddenly, it’s a bank holiday weekend!  The banks are closed and we all get an extra day to play.  Need inspiration?  Tap into our brilliant, fit-to-bursting calendar.  We can barely keep up with you, but please keep us on our toes by adding to it!  Any fairs, events, classes – we want to know!  Just follow the little green button… (click here)

On the move?  Our property pages are packed full of homes for sale and to rent in SW London, so just a few simple clicks could lead you to the front door of your perfect pad, with school catchments thrown in to help you pin down just the right one, all helpfully up-to-date with thanks to Wandsworth and Lambeth councils. (click here)


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

The London Motor Show    The London Motor Show


For sale with Portico is a 3-bedroom flat with over 1080 sqft of living space including a brand new kitchen, original wooden floors, two bathrooms and its own private entrance, just a stone’s throw from Clapham Common and Battersea Rise. …click here for more details 

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom detached house set ‘Between the Commons’ and close to Wandsworth Common and Northcote Road, stretching to over 3000 sqft with the potential to extend further into the loft and a lovely sense of lateral space and Victorian grandeur. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family house set on a sought after road near to Wandsworth Common, with a 90ft south-facing garden and off-street parking for two cars. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom new build contemporary and detached house set on a quiet street in the Nightingale Triangle, an inspired piece of architecture on a corner plot and a well-balanced family home for modern living. …click here for more details


From golf to bugs and books to cars, it’s a fabulous melting pot of fun 

Adventure Golf opens at the Central London Golf Centre on Saturday!  Pick up the putter and go crazy on the new 9-hole crazy golf course which promises an affordable, fun and challenging family adventure. Loop the loop, climb Everest, go round the twist and disappear down a rabbit hole!  Sounds like brilliant family fun for the long weekend.…click here for more details

It’s the London & Country Property Show on the Kings Road tomorrow, with estate agents from all over the country showcasing a range of their properties and on hand to answer any questions.  Plus racing pigs, a balloon artist and face painting – for the children, you understand! …click here for more details

Head to Putney this very morning for Baby Broadway, where you can sit back and enjoy well-known songs from Grease, My Fair Lady, Frozen and many more, performed by West End singers in a family-friendly environment.  Now what to wear – will it be your all-in-one black cat suit like Olivia Newton John or Elsa’s big blue number…!? Sounds fab! …click here for more details

Over in Richmond this weekend, author and illustrator Yuval Zommer will be at The Alligator’s Mouth to present his colourful and entertaining non-fiction book, ‘The Big Book of Bugs’.  He’ll share some amazing facts about all sorts of bugs, from beetles and ladybirds to stick insects and dragonflies, and there’ll be activities for the little ones to make their own creepie crawlies.  …click here for more details

Sunday sees a Springtime Safari at Orleans House Gallery, a day of bringing wildlife and people together through the environment and creative goings-on.  Be inspired by all the amazing creatures that live around us! …click here for more details

Next week sees Clapham’s biggest and most ambitious literary festival yet – Omnibus Edition: Clapham’s Literary Festival.  A six-day programme with over 20 events and appearances from more than 20 authors will mean bookworms of all ages can experience lives and stories, real and imagined, through readings, storytellings, creative workshops, signings and more. …click here for more details

It’s the London Motor Show in Battersea Park next weekend, so if anyone under your roof likes cars just a little bit, this will be right up their street and just down the road! Come rain or shine, the show is 80% under cover and with brands that will have car fans drooling, it’s a must.  Just £15 a ticket and children under 11 go free – yay! …click here for more details


Family life – it’s not always easy but help and inspiration is at hand

The Parent Practice is running a session on How to be an Even Better Dad next week, celebrating the vital role fathers play in raising their children and showing you how to make the most of your time together, to be both positive and firm and how to be an effective team with your children’s mother. Only dads allowed! …click here for more details

If your baby is eyeing up your breakfast/lunch/snacks hungrily, then this might be for you.  The Weaning and Nutrition Workshop run by PurpleCarrot Nutrition in Fulham next week will help answer all sorts of questions, from when and how to start to best cooking methods and what to blend together, as well as meal planning with demonstrations.  It won’t just be your baby who’s hungry by the end! …click here for more details

Thinking of reworking your kitchen?  Then you might be interested in a workshop coming up soon in Richmond on How to Design your own Kitchen in a Weekend.  A short, intensive and practical course to provide you with the essential skills needed to design kitchens, from measuring and planning the space to finishes, lighting and materials. Maybe just the push you need! …click here for more details

Or take yourself away from it all for a few days on Jane Wake’s Pilates Retreat in Andalucia this summer.  You’ll take part in Jane’s unique Pilates Flow dynamic sessions plus Lynn Rae’s Face Pilates for the neck, face and jaw, as well as hikes into the surrounding mountains, hill walks and plenty of time for rest too.  Bliss. …click here for more details


It’s not that very far away.  Half term.  There, we’ve said it…

If yours love to perform or just want to sing, dance and quietly build some confidence along the way, then Little Voices ‘Lion King’ May half term camp might be just the thing!  Over four days, children aged from 4 up to 16 will work on and produce their own version of this hugely popular musical ready for you to sit back and enjoy on the final day. Early bird offer available right now! …click here for more details

Gambado is running a Space-themed Dance Grooves & SG Sport Camp. Full days or half days, they’ll get stuck into out of this world art and craft activities with high energy and super-cool street dance, as well as a great run around the brilliant soft play each day.  Happy holidays! …click here for more details

If a spot of work is needed, there’s a Yellowbird Education Creative Writing Workshop over in Fulham for 6 to 12 year olds.  Interactive sessions run by a published author, they are designed to inspire children to use their imaginations and the power of words to improve their descriptive writing in short stories. …click here for more details

Young Scientists Day at Kingston University is the first ever of its kind for children aged 4 to 11 run by the Department of Psychology.  They’ll research how we learn about and perceive emotions, how maths ability develops and how puzzles are solved.  Fascinating stuff for any budding science boffins out there! …click here for more details


Dates for your diary…

Wandsworth Arts Fringe gets underway next weekend, when writers, artists, groups and performers will showcase their talents across the borough.  From street performances, family workshops and exhibitions, to music and dancing, there’s something for everyone, whatever your tastes and whatever your age!  Go be a culture vulture! …click here for more details

It’s the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival in mid-May with more than fifty fun events for young book fans and their families.  Authors and illustrators will be there for different readings, activities, workshops and more, including Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child, CBeebies’ Cerrie Burnell and Philip Reeve. …click here for more details.  We’ve got a fabulous competition to win a family ticket for 5 to a session with Anthony Browne, former Children’s Laureate, with his famous chimp, Willy the Wimp! …click here for more details

It’s the annual Ritherdon Road Street Party in May and it’s exploding in size this year with the introduction of a full music stage, lots of local entertainment, 50 stalls lining the street and the road will be closed to the traffic for the first time ever.  Where else could you possibly want to be on a (hopefully) sunny Sunday afternoon?  Community life at its best – you don’t want to miss it! …click here for more details


That’s it!  Whatever you do, have fun and check into our calendar if ever you’re in need(click here).  And if you’re looking for a treat or two, don’t miss our exclusive April offers and competitions.  Catch them before they’re going, going, gone…! (click here)



Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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