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Half term inspiration, Room on the Broom and The Affordable Art Fair: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Last Updated on : 11th October 2018

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Hard to believe as I write this under blazing blue skies that half term, Halloween and Bonfire Night are just around the corner. Make hay while the sun shines; soak up the rays, boost Vitamin D levels and start stockpiling sweets. Just don’t eat them quite yet…there’s a hungry batch of witches and wizards just waiting to pounce (read more).

If you’re looking for new bricks and mortar, we have homes for sale and to rent in the neighbourhood thanks to PrimeLocation and four local agents you’ll know well. You can even search according to school catchment areas (read more).


Take a look at these homes from our Preferred Property Partners

For sale with Portico is a 3-bedroom maisonette with its own private entrance between Clapham and Brixton, with a modern eat-in kitchen/breakfast room and a large 75ft garden, on the market with share of freehold and chain-free (read more).

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a Grade II-listed family home with over 2,000 sq ft of spacious accommodation, a private decked garden and a self-contained flat, set between Clapham, Brixton and Streatham with all their amenities and transport links (read more).

For sale with John Thorogood is a 4-bedroom family house just off Northcote Road and within the catchment area of good schools, recently extended with a Shaker-style kitchen and plenty of natural light throughout its 2,000 sq ft of living space, as well as a good-sized cellar (read more).

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 3-bedroom family house on what is regarded as the best street in the Shaftesbury Estate, immaculately presented with fresh, neutral décor, excellent storage and a fourth small bedroom currently used as a study, available immediately (read more).


From seminars and STEM to yoga and disco..

Streatham & Clapham High School is running a Parents’ Seminar this evening on Early Talk, focusing on speech and language development of girls under the age of seven (read more).

Raising Girls: Friendships is a workshop run by The Parent Practice in Chelsea on Friday (read more).

And BeStepWise is running a workshop for step-parents on Saturday, an informative and helpful day of practical and supportive advice (read more).

Saturday also sees The KidPreneur Festival at KidZania, a day dedicated to the entrepreneurs of the future with interactive workshops as the children take over (read more).

Ernest Bevin College is running a Raspberry Pi STEM Workshop on Saturday for children aged 9 to 14. Drop in to have a go at basic programming and develop their computer skills (read more).

Exceptional Academics is holding an 11+ Mock Exam at Belleville this weekend so if you’re looking for the chance to have a good Maths and English run-through before the real thing, here it is (read more).

Children’s shoe fitting service, CeCe&Me is wending its way to Earlsfield next, so if you have a pre-walker or a school-goer, go choose new shoes (read more).

How about a spot of sun salutation in the most unusual of places at Yoga in the Walkways at Tower Bridge next week? One for bendy early risers (read more).

The Affordable Art Fair opens in Battersea Park next week with thousands of pieces for sale at slightly more reasonable prices than works that get shredded the minute they’re bought! (read more)

And to help spread general weekend joy, Skylark’s Teatime Disco is back soon – D.I.S.C.O meets Friday. Say no more (read more).


High days and half term holidays

Storystock, the travelling circus of literary adventures for children, will be back at Battersea Power Station with three days of workshops, storytelling and performances (read more).

And The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Festival schusses into Battersea Park later on in half term with spectacular shows, shopping, schnitzel and schnapps. Go for a taste of the alpine in SW11 with a lovely discount on tickets! (read more)

Role Models has two camps this half term: the Autumn Resilience Course (read more)and the Autumn Collaboration Course (read more) both designed to help children aged 8 to 12 to thrive at school, at home, at work and in life in general.

A cookery session for children and wine tasting for parents at Unwined in Tooting Market sounds like a happy half term moment for all concerned! (read more)

Fulham FC Soccer Schools is a football-focused camp for girls and boys aged 3 to 14 at either Burntwood School or Bishops Park (read more).

Kimberley Swim Clinics will be at the Ernest Bevin pool with its intensive courses for those aged three and up (read more).

London Sports Academy is running a multi-sports camp at Burntwood School including jail break, archery and handball (read more).

Miniversity will be over in Chelsea offering a day as a movie director, a vet, an entrepreneur and more (read more).

Nature Play is a session over at Orleans House Gallery for 4 to 7 year olds to get stuck into all the textures that autumn brings (read more).

Open Air Fit is running its Multi-Sports Camps (read more) and a Football Camp (read more) up on Wandsworth Common.

Coco-themed Dance & Creative Workshop at Eddie Catz in Earlsfield via Mexico will get them all un poco loco! (read more)

Exceptional Academics is holding a week-long 11+ & 13+ Booster Course for those preparing for the exams coming up soon (read more).

And Yellowbird Education Creative Writing Workshops will be getting the creative juices flowing onto the paper over in Parsons Green (read more).

The Gruffalo’s Child is on at the Rose Theatre, Kingston bringing the little monster with attitude to life. Ideal for the over 3s (read more).

And The Blue Bird is a production at Theatre 503 in Battersea, made for 4 to 11 year olds and their families (read more).


Open Days – the next ten days

The Independent Schools Show opens in Battersea Park a month from now. Put it in your diary and go along to the country’s largest open day with over 200 schools represented, just a stone’s throw from your front door (read more).



Bolingbroke Academy Open Evening (read more).

Broomwood Hall Pre-Prep Open Day – Garrad’s Road (read more).


12th October

The Roche School Open Day (read more).


13th October

Bolingbroke Academy Open Day & Sixth Form Open Day (read more).

Dulwich College Junior School Open Morning (read more).

Newton Prep School Open Day (read more).

Putney High School Open Event (read more).

The Laurels School Open Event (read more).

The White House Prep School & Woodentops Kindergarten (read more).


16th October

Eaton Square Mayfair Open Morning (read more).

Fircroft Primary School Open Day (read more).


17th October

Dulwich College Lower School Visits (Year 7) (read more).


18th October

Hornsby House Open Morning (read more).

James Allen’s Girls’ School Senior School Open Day (read more).

Sydenham High School Junior School Open Day (read more).


And finally…

Room on the Broom, that much-loved Julia Donaldson book, is Live on Stage in the West End this winter (perfect Christmas treat!). We have a fabulous VIP family ticket up for grabs, so hop on your broomstick and join in on the fun! (read more)

That’s it – have fun whatever you do! (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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