Crafty creatives, classical concerts and football fitness – Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 15th January 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Welcome to this week’s ‘What’s On’ guide from NappyValleyNet!

For one reason or another, January can be a bit grim.  Particularly if recent weather is anything to go by.  Deep joy, rising in the dark to lashing rain and gusting wind.  At least the wonderful colour pops of neon yellow worn by most cyclists in SW London bring a certain luminosity to even the darkest of mornings…But most people seem to have a great fresh-faced look about them.  A ‘I laugh in the face of January’ aura.   A ‘how much power-walking/swimming/running/circuit training/Pilates/kale-eating can I fit in this week’ fervour.  Add to that attitude our brilliant calendar, full of entertainment for all the family, and I’d say it all makes for a pretty bright start to the new year and a happy gang of locals.  Take a look at what’s on and feel free to add your own classes or events to spread the word (click here)

Nobody puts mum in the corner – let’s start with you this week

Give Open Air Fit Women’s Football Fitness a go this year.  Research shows that playing football is a better way for women to keep fit than running, so why not drop in and give it a try on Wandsworth Common.  No prior experience required (phew!), just a have-a-go attitude!…click here for more details

Are you in the market for Prenatal Yoga classes?  If so, then there’s one for you at Local Motion in Wandsworth, so you can stay fit and active as well as learn some breathing and meditation techniques to calm the nervous system and improve sleep.  Do you have to be pregnant..?!…click here for more details

Why not make a New Year’s resolution to do a First Aid course?  The award-winning First Aid for Life runs a series of courses in both Balham (weekdays) and Westminster (weekends), suitable for parents, grandparents, au-pairs and nannies, and bespoke courses can even be arranged at a time and place suitable for you and a group of friends…click here for more details

Those parents at Shaftesbury Park Primary are a sociable lot!  Go along to the Fox & Hounds tonight to meet some and find out more about the school, including the French/English bilingual streams…click here for more details

The early bird catches the worm, and there’s a great offer on Urban retreat – Raw food and yoga on Wandsworth Common soon.  If you’ve made resolutions to be more healthy, this day of nurturing and healing could be for you…click here for more details

And for the children, it’s lights, music, action (with some cooking and crafts thrown in too)

The new term gets underway this week at Cookease, with 2-4 year olds getting busy in the kitchen.  Join in to teach them cookery skills from an early age as well as a great introduction to types and textures of food.  Lovely fun!…click here for more details

The name of this one just starts me singing (a bit like Julie Andrews..).  Do-re-mi Babies run classical concerts for your little ones once a month at St Barnabus Church.  Fresh coffee and beautiful classical music for you and your budding Beethovens…click here for more details

GymBabes has some availability this term at Broomwood Church Hall, so if your little one is 6 months or over and is moving in any which way he or she can, this could be a great way to channel their newfound skill into clever climbing and have a break from house-wrecking..!…click here for more details

The new ‘term’ at Eddie Catz is underway and at Putney you can join in on Monkey Music every Tuesday morning.  Action songs, rhymes, music and movement, and signed up members can enjoy free soft play before or after their class – win, win!…click here for more details

If you’d like your children to grow up being able to speak the most spoken language in the world after English, then give Nanos Spanish a go.  Aimed at 1 to 3 year olds, the classes are active and interactive and will set those little sponge-like brains on the right track.  Vamos!…click here for more details

Other popular clubs getting underway again this week are the Artful Toddler and Build-it Workshops.  Both classes offer 14 weeks of fabulous structured fun with great learning benefits and skills in Clapham, Southfields and Putney …click here for more details

Great name here – the Little Crafters is a fun, messy and creative arts and crafts class for 1 to 4 year olds in the Old School Club with ‘drop-in’ sessions on Mondays, so no need to book ahead.  Just go along, have a coffee and a chat and let the little ones get grafting (and all for a fiver – brilliant!)…click here for more details

We may be in the deep mid-winter but that doesn’t stop budding tennis stars.  Any mini-Murrays or little Laura Robsons out there can join a 4 week Little Acescourse at Balham library, where 2-4 year olds will hone their skills ready for outdoors in the Spring!…click here for more details

Looking for after school or weekend art classes for any future Hockneys or Emins?  Lavender Leonardos runs classes mid-week in a wonderful artist’s studio on Lavender Hill as well as Saturday morning, where they’ll be immersed in all things art – from traditional techniques and art history to 3D and sewing…click here for more details

And a few deas which are just that little bit different

How about a magical underground world for under 11s?  Go along to the Mini Vault Festival for spectacular shows and activities for all the family, and it’s near the South Bank so plenty to do when you emerge!…click here for more details

Get those ivories at the ready, it’s the Battersea Piano Festival in early March!  Open to all amateur pianists and to be held at the Bolingbroke Academy, those involved will have the chance to play a grand piano in a semi-formal setting. A panel of adjudicators will select winners and provide constructive feedback and inspiration.  You might say scary, but wonderful nevertheless and what an opportunity!…click here for more details

The pantos keep on coming to brighten up our Januarys!  New Stagers will be performing Treasure Island at St Anne’s Hall in Wandsworth next week.  Think pirates (baddies), goodies, lost treasure and useless maps…!  Perfect for young and old, they promise to have you rolling in the aisles!…click here for more details

Go celebrate the joy of reading at the Omnibus.  The Street Lamp, one of Hans Christian Andersen’s lesser-known tales, will leap from the pages and roam around the old Clapham Library. Let their imaginations soar and make the ordinary extraordinary in this illuminating tale.  Then make your own lamp to take home – lovely fun!…click here for more details

After all that take a look at our brilliant property pages, brought to you with PrimeLocation, where you can search using all the usual criteria as well the rather handy ‘school catchment’ one too.  Simply click on the school you’d like to live near and hey presto:  all the homes for sale or to rent will come to you! (click here)

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

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On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a beautiful family home offering almost 2,500sqft of accommodation and entertaining space in the popular area known as ‘The Sisters’…click here for more details

Available to rent through Marsh & Parsons is a lovely 4-bedroom family house, in good condition throughout and within walking distance of Honeywell School and Northcote Road…click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a superb 5-bedroom family house on a sought after street ‘Between the Commons’, in excellent decorative order and extended on both the ground and top floors…click here for more details

On the rental market with Hamptons International is a stunning 3-bedroom house which has been beautifully decorated and furnished, close to all the amenities and schools of Clapham Old Town…click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, grab this January by the horns!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team x

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