Food & culture on Clapham Common and summer fun goes on: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 23rd July 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Summer holidays are in full swing.  The commons are dotted with brightly coloured children running around, full of energy and full of the joys.  Indoors, local spaces, church halls and the like are full to bursting with children making, creating, dancing, performing and generally having a lovely time not at school.  You, meanwhile, are taxi-ing, ferrying, catering, juggling, spectating, admiring, collapsing, sleeping.  But I’m sure it’s fair to say that whether you’re here, at work or managing to take a week or two away, we’re all enjoying the change in mood, a shift in the pace of life and a lightening of the load for a while.  Seeing the children having fun in the style of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five is great.  It’s the simple pleasures in life. So just click on our brilliant calendar for inspiration and pass the rosé.  Job done. (click here)

 Thinking of moving house?  Take a look at our property pages which we bring to you with Prime Location and four local estate agents.  You’ll find homes for sale and to rent in the area with all the usual search criteria plus school catchment distances, so you can search for a new house according to the school you would like to live near. (click here)

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

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Available to rent with Hamptons International is an 8-bedroom detached house just off Clapham Common in Clapham Old Town, with over 5,300 sqft of living space over four storeys and finished to the highest specification, with the lower ground floor offering self-contained accommodation. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family home in the Nightingale Triangle, newly refurbished and beautifully designed throughout, within easy reach of Wandsworth Common. …click here for more details

On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom family house extending to over 3,000 sqft with a 30ft high ceilinged kitchen opening on to a west-facing garden and set in the Nightingale Triangle, just a stone’s throw from Clapham Common and Clapham South underground. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house on a popular street ‘Between the Commons’, extended into the roof and the side return to create a spacious house filled with natural light, with concertina doors opening up onto a pretty garden and a utility room in the basement. …click here for more details

Summer fun’s not just for the children.  Try this lot out ‘en famille’ and have fun together

It’s all going on on Clapham Common this weekend.  The Foodie Festival is back tomorrow offering all sorts of lovely culinary treats, with top chefs in the Chef’s Theatre, wine, beer and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre and the little ones can learn to cook in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.  All sorts of tastes and flavours from a vast array of stalls.  Tuck in and enjoy! …click here for more details

And it’s the Grasshopper festival on the Common this weekend too!  Run by Omnibus, it’s a new arts festival for children under 10 and their families.  From today until Sunday, the ‘field’ next to the bandstand will be transformed into a buzzing festival site, with activities including author’s readings, puppetry and theatre, bespoke poetry, interactive musical performances, arts and crafts and much more.  Fair to say the small people in your world might be cross if you missed this one! …click here for more details

It’s the Chick-a-Boom family day rave this Sunday at The Exhibit in Balham.  It sounds like a fun-packed afternoon for all the family, with a DJ spinning tracks for Dancing Mums and Dads as well as all sorts of treats like candy jewellery making, nail art and glitter tattoos.  Big Hero 6 will be playing on the big screen with popcorn on hand if you’d like to take the weight off… …click here for more details

Not for the faint hearted but if you think giants might thrill, amaze and fire their imaginations, then head to a large yurt on the South Bank for some brilliant and interactive storytelling – this one’s called Argh – giants! It’s only a story now…. …click here for more details

It’s the Tooting Folk and Blues Festival in early August showcasing some of the best folk and blues acts in South London.  The whole family is welcome to go along (it’s free!) and soak up the atmosphere at the live music stage, with plenty of pop-up food and drink stalls on offer to keep you all fed and watered throughout the afternoon and into the evening…yeee ha! …click here for more details

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom will be live on stage at the New Wimbledon Theatre soon.  The BAFTA award-winning television adaptation of very very small fairies and elves will come to life in front of their wide eyes in an enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter.  Book your tickets to make your little ones smile! …click here for more details

 Summer fun for the kids just keeps on rolling.  Which to go for?  Decisions, decisions…

Let’s Act invite any budding performers along to their free trial open morning at St Luke’s this Saturday with a view to perhaps joining for the autumn term.  With various levels and age groups to choose from, including LAMDA, you can have a go whether you’re a bright new starlet or somebody who’s been treading the boards a while and wants to get serious. …click here for more details

Little Crafters invite you along to the Old School Club for an hour’s blissful arts and crafts for 1 to 4 year olds to encourage their imaginations to run wild.  Coffee and tea on offer for the grown-ups while the little ones enjoy a snack – you’re on! …click here for more details

Summer Holiday Sports Camp is underway every day of the week on Clapham Common with a mini club for 3 to 4 year olds, ‘snag’ golf for beginners, tennis, football and lots of other fun and games.  They’ll come home nicely exhausted! …click here for more details

Watch out, there are Minions about!  This sounds like a lot of fun for fans of Gru and the little yellow guys keen on bananas.  A few hours dedicated to dancing with Dance Grooves, music with The Musical Adventurists and decorating bespoke Minion biscuits with The Biscuit Tree as well as watching the movie, of course!  Happy kids, happy summertime. …click here for more details

Cynets Travelling Art School will be stopping off weekly at Cass Art in Kingston during August for drawing, painting and sculpture.  Each Monday will cover a different project, so your budding artists can come back every week for more art and crafts creations and sensations! …click here for more details

Little Voices is running a week of performing arts dedicated to ‘Annie’ in Fulham next week.  They’ll sing, act, dance, gain confidence, have fun with props and costumes, learn some great acting and vocal skills and make some new friends in the process. It’s a hard knock life, hey!? …click here for more details

Cookie Crumbles will be at Eddie Catz in Putney on Tuesday with two sessions for children aged from 4 to 8(click here) and toddlers from 2 to 4 (with a grown-up).  Join in the fun and whip up some amazing puddings from Eton mess and chocolate fondant pudding. Yum. …click here for more details

Let’s Act Summer School runs for one week only at St Luke’s on Ramsden Road in August.  Sign up soon and you’ll receive your script in the post for Bugsy Malone and Annie so your little stars can have fun preparing for their star-turn! Book soon so you don’t have any scary gangsters on your hands. …click here for more details

One for the older children in August, Catalyst Dance Summer Session will be getting underway at Broomwood Hall for those aged 12 and over.  There’ll be an exciting mix of dance classes and workshops with professional dancers and choreographers, so if yours loves to trip the light fantastic this could be a great moment to harness that talent and inspire! …click here for more details

Take some time just for you – here are a few ideas for your precious ‘me-time’

Local interior design company, Clara Bee is holding an inspiring, informative and fun workshop in September, so if you’d like to update your child’s bedroom or playroom but need some great advice to get your creative juices flowing, then sign up now!  You’ll create a mood board for your design with lots of samples available of paints, fabrics and wallpapers and pick up all sorts of brilliant nuggets of advice and help from the experts.  Fab!…click here for more details

Discover the history of Merton Priory Chapter House in a free talk by John Hawks, the Vice Chair of Merton Priory Trust.   Right here in our midst, it was one of the largest and most influential monasteries in England and though all of its buildings were demolished by Henry VIII, the excavated foundations remain preserved.  Fascinating stuff. …click here for more details

Ooh girls, the Amelie’s Follies lingerie and swimwear sale has started!! It’s in the heart of NappyValley on Webbs Road, so call in for a treat to self, be it shiny new lingerie, some lovely fresh swimwear or a kaftan to take a dip or cover up on that holiday in the sun. …click here for more details

Don’t miss out on our brilliant summer collection of offers and competitions put together with you NappyValleyNetters in mind.  Will it be breakfast for four at Skylark, a load of washing for Laudrapp to do instead of you (yay!), a new you via an autumn online bootcamp with Making Things Easy or a Happy Holidays package with Francesca Alexander?  You choose! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Have fun making the most of ‘What’s On’!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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