Open Garden Squares Weekend, The Great Get Together Weekend and Battersea Power Station does Father’s Day: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 15th June 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Father’s Day. Breakfast in bed made by the little ones (with guidance from a big one), homemade cards, sit back, relax, read the papers, watch the sport, eat crisps and Yorkie bars, drink beer (mine with a slice of lime).  Oh, sorry, back to Dad!  Sometimes the chance to switch off comes by so rarely it seems a waste not to double up and all make the most of the moment.  Our calendar is full of fun if you’re looking to entertain all the supermen out there.  Pants on the inside though, if you please. (read more)

Moving? Check out our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local agents.  Search by postcode and school catchment area and we’ll help find you the perfect pad. (read more)


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



For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 3-bedroom apartment in the well-known mansion blocks with stunning views overlooking Battersea Park, newly refurbished and spacious with a porter during daytime working hours, available immediately. (read more)

For sale with Portico is a 3-bedroom mid-terrace Victorian house near Clapham South and Balham with no onward chain, recently refurbished to a high standard with a pretty garden and the potential to extend into the side return and loft space. (read more)

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom period property set on The Terrace in Barnes with stunning views over the Thames, presented in good condition throughout and with many original features including two grand living rooms, an elegant entrance hall and a 90ft south-facing garden. (read more)

For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom terraced house on a sought after street with easy access to both Balham and Clapham South, with a spacious and modern eat-in kitchen and doors leading on to a private garden. (read more)


The height of summer sees a whole lot of summer fun…

It’s Open Garden Squares Weekend!  Over 230 gardens, many of them normally closed to the public, will open up to reveal private, secret, little-known gems. Go explore, from rooftops to allotments, historical to cutting-edge modern.  Family tickets available and under 12s go free. (read more)

Circus Village West at Battersea Power Station has got Father’s Day covered this weekend with street food stalls, a DJ, free children’s activities (including cape-making) and, on the Sunday, a giant scalextrics track and a performance of My Father and other Superheroes. (read more)

Head to The Bedford for the Big Fish Little Fish Father’s Day Family Rave on Sunday.  Presume it’ll be overflowing with dancing dads! (read more)

Wandsworth Town Library is calling all dads and their 3 year olds and up for a free Father’s Day Storytime and craft activity session on Saturday. (read more)

Storytime Sunday at The Bright Emporium on Sunday is with the author and illustrator of Dozy Bear.  Great for those aged 3 and up, it’s about the ‘Secret of Sleep’ and the ‘Secret of Food’, two things that can be a tiny bit challenging from time to time…! (read more)

The Great Get Together, Clapham is on the common in front of Holy Trinity Church, just off The Pavement, on Sunday.  In remembrance of Jo Cox, it aims to bring people together, so pack a picnic, take a rug and go mix and mingle! (read more)

And further down the road it’s the Friends of Vauxhall Park Summer Fair with donkeys, a climbing wall, aromatic Vauxhall lavender, Pimms, Punch & Judy and so much more. (read more)

In Battersea there’s a 1940s Neighbourhood Tea Party, remembering SW11’s civilian casualties from World War II and the launch of a memorial history project. Feels like Vera Lynn would fit right in! (read more)

It’s the Allfarthing Summer Fair with inflatables and rides for the children, pocket money games and stalls, a BBQ and ice cream van. (read more)

Petit Bateau is holding a free fun French Father’s Day event in their Wimbledon store on Saturday, with card-making, singing, dancing and storytelling, and some language tips thrown in too! (read more)

Ken Hom is at Lord’s at Home over in Notting Hill this evening so if you have time, head W11 way to see the master at work with his wok. (read more)

Third Door have a pamper night this evening with 10-minute massages, Lebanese food and the chance to network, all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. (read more)

Time for another Wine Quiz Night at Toast Rack this evening, back by popular demand! A blind tasting with cheese and charcuterie on the side. (read more)


Lights, music, action!

In the Night Garden Live arrives in Richmond this weekend to delight the small people of SW London.  Watch out for the deer in the park, Makka Pakka! (read more)

Role Models is running a Confidence & Resilience Taster day in Chelsea Harbour on Saturday, the chance to find out about their summer courses and how independence and confidence can influence academic attainment. (read more)

It’s Double Trouble at Bach to Baby in Clapham tomorrow with two pianists playing dashing duels and harmonious duets. Little ones free to roam as they listen. (read more)

Sugar-babies hold regular baby massage and baby reflex classes at the Aspire Centre in Southfields in a relaxed and friendly environment, so parents and babies can enjoy together. (read more)

World Heartbeat Music Academy in Earlsfield is holding a Piano Party with performances from young musicians to raise money for an orphanage in Liberia. (read more)

The St Luke’s Music Society concert of Brahms Chamber Music is with Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera House. Easy like Sunday evening. (read more)

The Wandsworth Common Management Advisory Committee meets next week at the Nature Scope Centre – the chance to hear about how the common is managed and how you could get involved. (read more)


Culture and communication 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream gets underway at Omnibus tomorrow, played out in the wide open spaces of Clapham Common.  Immersive and entertaining, it’s a brilliant introduction to the Bard for children. (read more)

Double Double Act at Unicorn Theatre is a playful look at growing up, being serious, kidding around and playing the fool, with lots of word-play, comedy and slapstick, perfect for those aged 6 and up. (read more)

Don’t miss the Career Reignite Bootcamp for Career Returners sponsored by Virgin.  It’s free, it’s in Southwark and it will leave you feeling empowered and raring to move forward in your work life. (read more)

Emily’s Family Workshops: Preparing for the Teen Years is in Putney next week and run in partnership with The Parent Practice, helping you to foster positive relationships as yours move from tween to teen. (read more)

Common Childhood Illnesses with Doctor Bear in Southfields next week will help you with which rashes to worry about, how to manage chicken pox and a practical session on managing choking. (read more)

There’s a Charity Netball Tournament and Family Fun Day raising funds to fight childhood cancer over in Twickenham next week.  Go show the children how good you used to be on court! (read more)


School & nursery open days 

The Alton Primary School Nursery & Reception Open Morning (read more)

Ernest Bevin College Open Day (read more)

The Roche School Open Morning (read more)


That’s it.  Have fun and make it a great Great Get Together Weekend! (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team 


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