Summer camps with Little Voices, Young Gardeners at Neals Nursery and all the fun of the fairs: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 9th June 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Aah, sunshine.  There you are.  Hadn’t disappeared on us completely then.

There was time, in fact Tuesday of half term (not to name names, but really), when we wondered if the end of the world was nigh, as children paced furiously up and down indoors as the heavens opened out of doors.  This week, just a little bone-strengthening Vitamin D for us all (with the occasional passing torrential storm).  Hit those commons, embrace those rays, you never know how long you’ve got until the next clouds roll in.  We’re in the final furlong.  The end game of the school year is upon us.  If you have time in between the fairs, the exams, the parties, the sports days, the end of year plays and the fetes, then check into our What’s On calendar.  It’ll tell you what’s on.  Like many of the best things in life (chocolate), it does exactly what it says on the tin. (click here)

Seen our feature on buying a second home, should you be in that market? (click here).  And if you’re looking to move, just to the one house….then you’ll find our search engine quite handy, especially if you’re looking around this neck of the woods.  Homes for sale and to rent with distance from local primary schools all mapped out for you. (click here)


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

Young Gardeners at Neals Nursery    Young Gardeners at Neals Nursery     

 For sale with Portico is a unique Victorian school conversion set in a gated development with secure parking and in a great location between Clapham and Brixton, with communal gardens, gymnasium and sauna. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house set on a popular street ‘Between the Commons’, beautifully presented with plenty of space for both entertaining and family life, an immaculately kept garden and a cellar, ideal for storage. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom Victorian family house just moments from the amenities and transport links of Clapham South and Balham, with wood stripped floors throughout giving a great sense of light and space and a south-facing patio garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a spacious 3-bedroom mews property set in a quiet location close to good transport links, with vaulted ceilings in the reception room, a private patio and parking. …click here for more details


It’s almost the weekend again – here’s some inspiration for you

If you have any budding green-fingers in your gang, then they might just love to be part of Neals Nursery’s Young Gardeners Club which meets on the first and last Saturday of each month for a session in all things gardening.  They’ll get hands-on time with bulbs and seeds, planting up pots, crafting, getting to grips with nature’s effect on gardening and more.  Ideal for 5 to 10 year olds.  Great to have a mini-Monty in the family! …click here for more details

This is an event oft penned firmly into many a diary! It’s time for another Clapham NCT Nearly New Sale at Broomwood Hall this Saturday.  Quality nearly new baby and children’s clothes, toys, books and equipment.  Take bags aplenty and elbows out…!…click here for more details

Boxy and Sticky is on at the Polka Theatre this weekend, a gloriously imaginative world of two characters playing children’s games familiar to us all, filled with mischief, dressing up and giggle-inducing wordplay, who realise that playing together and having empathy can make life even more fun! Teach them these things when they’re young! …click here for more details

If you’re expecting, you might be interested to hear more about hypnobirthing.  KG Hypnobirthing courses, held at Physio for All on Webbs Road, have a couple of spaces left in their weekend sessions.  You’ll find out about its calming benefits and learn how to practice, plus they’re offering you a lovely 20% off courses in June. Why, thank you!…click here for more details

It’s the Rutherford House School Summer Fair on Saturday afternoon so head over to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th!  There’ll be a bouncy castle, a bouncy slide and other fairground attractions, plus face painting, hair braiding, toy stalls, cakes, sweets, ice-creams, BBQ and bar.  Sounds like everyone will be happy to be there – even our Majesty should she be passing! …click here for more details

Another one to help you celebrate, Ma’am, is the St Thomas’ Church Community Garden Party & BBQ on Telford Avenue this Sunday.  Arts, crafts, table top sales, live music, dancing, books, Wellie Wanging (fab!), children’s Royal Fancy Dress, a Birthday Cake bake-off and more!  She will be most proud of her subjects! …click here for more details

A quick reminder that the Balham Literary Festival gets underway tomorrow at The Bedford.  A weekend dedicated to all things art and literature, looking at all variety of landscapes through writing, photography, music and art. It’s a page-turning schedule.…click here for more details


Come rain or shine, there’s never a dull moment in these parts.  Take your pick of the fun! 

You may have heard of Baby Broadway, now how about Baby Gospel?! An uplifting, baby-friendly concert in Balham featuring London’s CK Gospel Choir.  Sing and clap along to hits by Bob Marley, Adele, Marvin Gaye and Pharrell Williams. Children from newborns to school age are free to get in and free to roam while you let your spirits soar! …click here for more details

New shoes?  Summer shoes?  Ce Ce & Me is a pop-up children’s shoe fitting service which pops-up (as promised) around the neighbourhood.  They’re at St. Mike’s Cafe in Wimbledon Park Road today at the same time as the puppet show, so head over for fun, laughter, a proper shoe-fitting and those new shoes! …click here for more details

Anyone you know like to climb things and hang upside down? How’s this for something extra-curricular and a little bit different?  Circus classes for Young Flyers aged 7 to 15, and another session for a younger crew, teaches aerial skills, trapeze and hoop to children of all different levels.  They’ll build strength, flexibility and guts! …click here for more details

Funky Moves runs cool, current and unique Street Dance classes around town, and there’s a regular Saturday session held at Oak Lodge School on Nightingale Lane.  They’ll learn super-fun dance routines from professionals while building their confidence, co-ordination and strength and having a whole lot of fun along the way!  There’s a free trial class on offer, so if yours love to move it, move it, you know where to go! …click here for more details

Anyone you know keen on flick-flacks or prone to doing a cartwheel at any given opportunity?  Then Precision Gymnastics at The Latchmere Centre might be just the class for them.  There’s a trial term run by world-class and medal-winning teachers from Romania with sessions for those from just 3 up to over 12s. The first session will work out who should be in which group and then they’ll be off, somersaulting all the way! …click here for more details

This sounds like a goodie for a balmy June evening, and on almost the longest day of the year!  There’s an Outdoor Musical Theatre Night at Streatham Rookery which promises four West End singers, comedy and two locals, Sarah and Alice Redmond.  Bring a picnic or choose from the pop-up food stalls and let the music play! …click here for more details

Balham Blazers will be meeting for a Football Club Open Trials next week for anyone, girls and boys, who loves to kick a ball.  They’ll be looking at children from Year 1 all the way up to Year 10.  Follow the link for the different age group session times, or you’ll be red-carded! …click here for more details

Ever feel the urge to get creative but not sure where to start?  How about with aLampshade Making Class in Southfields? A small group, a Wednesday evening, producing a lovely lampshade that you can look at and admire, illuminated or not, for years to come thinking, ‘I did that’. Sounds good to me! …click here for more details


The summer holidays will be here before you know it…

Little Voices is running a series of performing arts weeks in Fulham and Putney for boys and girls aged 4 to 16 years.  They’ll be treading the boards to The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray and The Little Mermaid.  Which small person that you know wouldn’t have a blast being involved in one (or all!) of those?!  Fab £50 off offer up for grabs! …click here for more details

Role Models runs Confidence and Resilience Courses for children in Year 3 up to Year 7 dotted around town. There’s a great summer course schedule and you won’t have far to go to find a week-long session near you.  Help them build confidence and friendships in an entertaining and fun-packed environment.  …click here for more details


Fairs of the (near) future – don’t miss ’em! 

We’re into June and the date of the Abbeville Fete draws ever closer.  To really get us in the mood for summer, the fancy dress theme this year is ‘Seaside’ so get your thinking (or swimming) caps on and get creative! With over 80 stalls, a street BBQ and bar, live music, brilliant performances, a dog pageant and more, it’s what 20 years of celebrating community is all about. …click here for more details

Can we face another Djokovic/Murray final?  You bet we can, and where better to watch it than the big screen set up for the Northcote Road Summer Fete?  Great fun, vibrant bars and restaurants, fairground escapades for the little ones (and a few bigger ones), live music and dance, and drama unfolding on Centre Court at Wimbledon.  Summer at its best. …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, have fun, and keep this link handy.  It’ll take you through to a world of what-to-do-delights! (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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