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Last Updated on : 17th June 2019

With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning what your little ones might like to do. From singing to skateboarding, lacrosse to body zorbing, it’s all on offer in Nappy Valley! Many of these are running during the May half term, so get looking and start booking.


Barracudas Activity Day Camp is a multi-activity camp for children aged 4½ to 14 years, with over 80 activities on offer, including aqua slide, motorsports, archery, fencing, football, giant inflatables, dance and team-building, to name just a few!

From as little as £3.97 per hour, Barracudas offers fantastic value for money and is a great option for the holidays. As well as covering your childcare needs this summer, it’s cost effective, flexible for working parents and, of course, lots of fun! What’s more, children also stand to gain a whole host of long-term benefits that will stand them in good stead for years to come, such as exercise, spending time outdoors, developing teamwork skills, making new friends and building confidence. All of the camps are registered with Ofsted who has rated Barracudas as ‘Outstanding’ more times and more consistently than any other comparable provider.

Camps run during the summer holidays from 22 July to 16 August, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. You can book individual days or a full week. The camp costs from £179 per week or £40 for individual days.

With 46 locations across the south of the UK, in SW London Barracudas will be at:

Streatham & Clapham High School
42 Abbotswood Road
London, SW16 1AW

Visit or call 01480 467 567


My Gym Battersea is a children’s fitness centre offering classes, parties and camps for those aged 2 months to 10-years-old. The summer camps are for 3 to 8-year-olds.

At summer camp, children are kept active while having lots of fun. Relays, games, gymnastics, arts and crafts and lots more, and they are all themed from mythical creatures and Paw Patrol to pirates and mermaids. The gym boasts a ball pit, zip wire, climbing wall, trampoline and plenty of gymnastics equipment, all in a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility. Everything is brand new as My Gym only opened in April. It’s a super-active camp so they’ll burn lots of energy, learn new gymnastics skills, build confidence, make new friends and have lots of fun.

The camp runs for 12 days of the summer holidays (2 camps each week for 6 weeks). The camps are 2.5 hours in the afternoons from 12.15pm to 2.45pm; pay for one at a time or for unlimited camps for a single upfront cost (saving £101). It costs £33 for one session, or £295 for unlimited sessions (up to 12).

My Gym Battersea
140 Battersea Park Road
London, SW11 4NB

Visit or call 020 3417 3031


Flying Fantastic is an aerial circus school that runs circus classes, birthday parties, holiday workshops and summer camps for Young Flyers aged 5-15 years.

The Summer camps are for wannabe superheroes aged 7-15. Students will learn to climb, fly and perform tricks on aerial silks, hoop and trapeze as well as some floor-based acrobatics! Think ‘The Greatest Showman’ and that’s where they’re at!

Aerial work is challenging and helps develop kids strength, stamina, coordination and confidence simultaneously. There’s an incredible sense of empowerment with being able to lift your own bodyweight and manoeuvring it through the air! It’s hard work – but great fun! Students work in small groups of six with one instructor on three pieces of equipment so everyone gets lots of attention and airtime.

Our week long Summer camps run in Wimbledon (ST Mark’s Hall, Compton Road, SW19 7ND) and Bankside (Arch 27, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union St, SE1 0LR):

Wimbledon: 5-9 August and 19-23 August
Bankside: 8-12 July, 29 July-2 August and 12-16 August

The course is progressive and runs from 10am-4pm every day, ending in an informal show on the last afternoon. It costs £350 for the week.

Visit or email for more information



Riva Learning – Creative Computing Summer Camps for curious young minds aged 8-12 – is a place where children create games, music, animations, stories and robots. From making self-driving cars and anti-theft alarms to learning how to code in Scratch, it’s an exciting camp line up this summer!

Choose from two creative camps this Summer:

• Young Inventor with Junior Robotics – develop design thinking, invent with technology and learn coding concepts as you create with sensors, LEDs and motors, and build robots

• Creative Coding using Scratch – share interactive media you develop such as games, animations, music and stories with people from all over the world

By the end of the camp, your child will learn the fundamental concepts of Computer Programming. They will learn how to build games, stories and animations and how to solve problems in a structured way. These camps are designed to encourage creativity, design thinking, critical reasoning and collaboration, all while having fun. Expect your child to be brimming with ideas, energy and the confidence to design and build. With six students per teacher, learning is maximised through personalised attention and guidance as well as through teamwork and peer learning.

Camps start on Monday 29 July and run until Friday 23 August.
Each camp runs for five days, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.

The camp is located at:
Emanuel School
Battersea Rise
SW11 1HS

£399 for a 5-day camp but NVN readers can enjoy a £25 discount using code ‘NVNSUMMER19’

Visit or call 07539 890 926



Upbeat Music Courses – Pop and Rock School – offer singing, dance, electric guitar and drum sessions, band workshops, songwriting, recording and performing. As well as improving their musical abilities, children develop confidence and learn new skills in a warm and welcoming environment. Groups are small and Upbeat has a dynamic team of experienced musicians, teachers and choreographers to offer a wide range of activities to the children. Pop and Rock music is presented in a fun and exciting way, but always keeping education at its heart! For children from 4-14 years of all abilities. See the kids in action on Instagram at ‘upbeatlondon’.

The camp is located at Sullivan Primary School, SW6 and runs from 22-26 July and 29 July-2 August,10am-4pm each day. Early drop-off/late pick-ups available.

Children commit for a week with an end-of-course Upbeat gig on the final day. It costs £265 and sibling discounts are available. Quote NappyValleyNet for a 10% discount.

Visit or call 07816 901396



Kimberley Swim Clinics run intensive swim clinics for children aged 3 and above.

There are a range of clinics to choose from and each one has a different objective. Perhaps your child would like to gain water confidence, to learn to swim, to brush up on key skills, to work on a particular stroke or to learn self-rescue skills. It’s really worth booking your children into a July clinic so that they learn to be safer in water as well as gain confidence and skills ready for your summer holidays.

The clinics run on the following schedule this summer and must be booked for four or five days as indicated below. No shorter period can be booked.

4 days: 08/7/19 – 11/7/19 4pm-5.15pm
4 days: 15/7/19 – 18/7/19 4pm-5.15pm
5 days: 22/7/19 – 26/7/19 4pm-6pm

The swim clinics are held at:
Ernest Bevin College (Sports Centre),
Beechcroft Road,
London, SW17 7BN

A 5-day clinic costs:
30 min sessions = £92.50
45 min sessions = £135.00

A 4-day clinic costs:
30 min sessions = £74.50
45 min sessions = £110.00

For more information, visit or email or call 07771 907553.



Stars Performing Arts Clubs is a young, local, non-franchise performing arts company based in Earlsfield which offers holiday clubs, lunchtime and after school clubs, and a Theatre Company for ages 10+. The club strives to build confidence and self-esteem through creative learning and children are taught by West End professionals with a passion for teaching. Staff hold current enhanced DBS checks, first aid and safeguarding training.

The summer camp consists of a week of acting, singing and dancing, whilst rehearsing for a show, mixing it up with lots of games, exercises and arts and crafts. The week ends with a performance for family and friends in the amazing Tara Theatre, complete with lighting, costumes and props. Our themes this year will be The Greatest Showman for ages 6-9, and Harry Potter for ages 8+.

The camp dates are:
The Greatest Showman – 29 July-2 August, 9am-3.30pm (ages 6-9)
Harry Potter – 27-30 August, 9am-3.30pm (ages 8+)

Performers commit to the whole week (5 days for The Greatest Showman and 4 days for Harry Potter) (though it’s fine to miss a day if you have to!)

The camp is located at:

Tara Arts
356 Garratt Lane
SW18 4ES.

It costs £150 for a 5-day week (The Greatest Showman), £120 for a 4-day week (Harry Potter), so £30 a day. 10% sibling discount on any additional child joining us.

Visit or or call 07846 385 423



All Star Tennis Camps are award-winning tennis camps for 3-year-olds up to teens. All Star Tennis are renowned for their fun and creative approach to teaching tennis. They welcome all levels and abilities and guarantee that every child leaves having learnt new skills and always with a smile on their face. The camps are packed with games, drills, tennis technique, match preparation, tournaments, trick shots, prizes and team games, together with a chance to dress up on the last day. Feedback is consistently good: “Love All Stars; it is by far my children’s favourite camp. The team is excellent at welcoming them every time and the girls always come away so happy to have done it!”

Camps run every week of the holidays:
3-4yrs: 3-4pm
5-7yrs: 10-1pm or 3-5pm
8-12yrs: 10-3pm
Teens: 12-4pm (Tooting Common & King Georges Park only)

All Star Tennis recommend joining for a week to get the full camp experience but understand this is not always possible, so do accept day bookings a week before a camp, subject to availability. It costs £67-£225 a week.

The locations are:
King Georges Park, SW18 2GJ (just behind the Southside shopping centre)
Leader’s Gardens, SW15 1LS
Wandsworth Common, SW18 3RT
Tooting Bec Common, SW17 8JU

Visit or call 020 8871 4706



The Dance Grooves team continue to dream up new ways to have fun while learning valuable life skills. This summer, their dance and creative workshops will involve learning a seriously cool dance routine to your favourite song from Mamma Mia or The Lion King, taught by the super-talented Dance Grooves team. There’ll be creatively-themed arts activities, high-energy-themed dance games and a special performance at the end of the workshop for parents, grandparents, nannies and carers.

Mamma Mia:
Thursday 25 July 2019
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
The Half Moon Putney
4 – 10 years
Cost per child: £25

The Lion King:
Tuesday 27 August 2019
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Eddie Catz Earlsfield
3 – 8 years
Cost per child: £25, includes unlimited Free Play at Eddie Catz following the workshop

The Lion King:
Thursday 29 August 2019
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
The Half Moon Putney
4 – 10 years

All workshops are drop-off so you can enjoy a little bit of time to yourself. For the sessions held at Eddie Catz Earlsfield, they get unlimited soft play afterwards if they still have the energy!

Visit or email or call 07956 235 248



Mathnasium is a Maths Learning & Tuition Centre for children aged 5-16. They make maths make sense in fun and interesting ways, whether that’s direct tutoring or playing maths and logic games. There is a phenomenon known as ‘summer learning loss’ which Mathnasium calls the summer slide; they can help you stop it by keeping your child’s maths knowledge up over the summer and getting them ahead for the next school year. They’ll improve maths and numeracy skills, develop critical thinking skills and get exam preparations underway (7+, 11+, entrance tests, GCSE etc).

From 15 July – 31 August Mathnasium has extended opening hours as follows:
Monday to Thursday, 1:30pm-6:30pm; Friday 10am-12pm; Saturday 11am-3pm.

You don’t need to pre-book. Once you’ve had your assessment attendance is flexible – drop in when you like, as often as you like (maximum once per day!) and you can choose to have either a 60-minute session or a 90-minute session, with the extra 30 minutes focusing on maths and logic games.

Book before June 29th for an early bird discount, packages vary starting from £325.

122 Northcote Road
SW11 6QU

Book by phone on 020 70787 000 and for more information visit



Smart Break is a Summer Camp for children aged 6-11 years old run by qualified teachers focussed on learning outside the classroom. Activities include science projects, drama games, sports, arts and crafts, cookery, journalism workshops and lots more! Please see our website for detailed timetables. At Smart Break they have children’s learning, happiness and safety at their core. They encourage Smarties to develop their potential and guide them towards new opportunities and make new friends through a wide range of activities and expert leaders. While the typical day runs from 9am-4pm, there is also an opportunity to extend your child’s day from 8am to 6pm.

It runs at the following locations on the following days:
Dulwich 29th July – 2nd August, Goose Green Centre SE22 9AT
Wimbledon 12th – 16th August, Mansel Road Centre SW19 4AA
Clapham 19th – 23rd August, Clapham Omnibus – SW4 0QW

Generally, we would encourage a week long commitment, but contact Smart Break for ad hoc days.
It costs £290 per week or £65 per day

Fore more information, please visit or call 07780788636



Little Voices is an outstanding performing arts camp for young people. Children aged 4-13 years will be transported through four days of script-learning, singing and dancing working towards a final performance to showcase to friends and family. Running from 9.30am-3.30pm each day, the camps are a great opportunity for children to grow in confidence, learn new skills, make lots of new friends and, most importantly, have fun during the holidays! Parents love them too. One mum recently wrote to Little Voices and said: “Little Voices camps have been THE half term/summer favourite. My daughter is smitten. What gets me is how these kids dress up, prepare a stage set, learn a script and loads of songs within only four days. It’s amazing! Thanks Little Voices for setting up and providing us with this creative wonderfulness.”When, where and how much:

May half term

‘All Things Disney’
FULHAM: Tuesday 28th–Friday 31st May at Sinclair House School, Fulham SW6 3LF

Summer Holidays:

‘The Greatest Showman’
FULHAM: Monday 29th July–Thursday 1st August at Sinclair House School, Fulham SW6 3LF 

‘The Greatest Showman’
RICHMOND: Monday 29th July–Thursday 1st August at Christ’s School, Richmond, TW10 6HW

‘The Lion King’
WANDSWORTH: Monday 19th–Thursday 22nd August at Belleville Primary School, SW11 6PR


A four-day camp costs £180 (includes exclusive video of the final performance).

Get £10 OFF on bookings made before Friday 12th July. Sibling discount available.

Email or call 0208 088 0113 or visit




Open Air Fit is running a summer full of fun and active outdoor camps in the Dog Free Zone on Wandsworth Common (by the Skylark Café). The camps are filled with lots of energy whilst providing an opportunity to play a sport you might never have played before, such as baseball or handball, alongside the more traditional games of football, rugby, athletics, lacrosse and cricket, and are available to everyone aged 4-14 years old.

The safe and engaging sessions ensure that all participants are physically and socially engaged throughout the whole camp. Open Air Fit will offer children the opportunity to forge new friendships whilst also looking to develop new skills relative to different sports. Camps are filled with several surprises and if it’s warm enough, the coaches might even get to launch the ever-popular water balloons!

When, where and how much:

May half term 28th-31st May and for NVN readers there’s a special 10% discount (valid until 28th May). Use the ‘NVNMAY’ code when booking.

Summer Camps start on Monday 8th July and finish Friday 30th August (excluding the week commencing 19th August).Camps run Monday to Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm.

The cost is £21 for a single morning or £99 for the whole week. 10% sibling discount, plus an early bird discount if booked before 31st May.

To book visit the website at or call 07496 374 678




Zebra Skate is a rollersports camps for 4-12 year olds. During the camp, children will learn.

Skateboarding and rollerblading, from beginners rolling forwards, turning and stopping, and then on to more advanced techniques. There’s also a bunch of non-wheeled games for when kids are tired – rollersports can be exhausting! You can book half days or full days or a full week, as required. Skate Camp is not just about skating – camp teaches kids about life skills; making friends, individual endeavours, team work and for the more able, taking responsibility for their group in the form of leading group games. With over 20 years in the industry we aim to make rollersports fun, thereby motivating the kids to come back for more!

To see how much fun it is, watch the video

When, where and how much:

In half term, the camp will run 10am-4pm, Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May at two locations: Clapham Common Skate Park and The Albert Memorial, Kensington. Normal pricing is £280 for a week, £80 for a day or £60 for a half day. Siblings receive a 10% discount when attending with a child paying full price. Last minute (increased) pricing begins 2 days before camp begins. Summer camps run from 8th July to 4th September in the same locations.

Visit or call 07888 044 544

Use the discount code NVNSKATE to enjoy 15% off any booking at any location, multiple uses allowed, can combine with sibling discount, expiries 4pm, 31st May 2019




Activ Camps will be running multi-activity camps for children aged 4–14 at venues across south-west London throughout the whole summer! They deliver a unique and exciting model of activity camp, where the children always come first, providing experiences that many would not normally encounter. Experiences such as Body Zorbing, Archery Tag and a different GIANT inflatable each day are on offer. At Activ Camps, they take real pride in the quality of their staff. They select, recruit and train all staff to the very highest standards. And with an exceptionally high staff to child ratio, you know that your kids are going to be extremely well looked after and have the time of their lives. Parents are always singing the praises of Activ Camp. Recent feedback includes: “Entertained, exhilarated, exhausted and safe – what more could a parent have asked for her son? Thanks so much – we will definitely be back!” and “A super way to fill time in the holidays – all the activities you dreamed of on the doorstep. Marvellous!”

When, where and how much:

Activ Camp will be at the following locations:

Barnes Sports Club, SW13 9QL

Barn Elms Sports Trust, SW13 9SA

Emanuel School, SW11 1HS

Graveney School, SW17 9BU

La Retraite School, SW12 0AB

St Martin-in-the-Fields, SW2 3UP

Trinity Fields, SW17 7DP

Wimbledon College, SW19 4NS

The camps are on all summer long! It’s entirely up to the parent how many days they book, however, awesome discounts are available for full week bookings when children will experience the full timetable! We offer free extended days at all venues. 8.30am to 5.30pm and at selected venues an After Camp Club is available with pick up until 6pm. Half days are available to 4 year olds.

The cost is £175 per week or £41 per day. Weekly, sibling and multi-day bookings available!

Book via the website at





Playball London holiday camps are tailored to meet the needs of younger children and are based on the fundamental sport skills for just about any ball sport you can imagine! The purpose of Playball holiday camps is to provide high-quality, age-appropriate, fun holiday activities for children aged 3-9 years. Water slides, treasure hunts, water balloon fights and a whole host of other exciting activities all make up a morning at one of these holiday camps. The camps are designed for the children to have fun. They work really hard during the term, so Playball want them to know when they come to a Playball holiday camp they are going to have a great time, make lots of friends and really enjoy having an active holiday.


When, where and how much:

It’s on during the May half term and the summer holidays and you may do as many days as you like – you don’t have to be a Playballer to join in on the fun!

Playball London is at the following locations:

Oak Lodge School, Nightingale Lane SW12
Battersea Park, SW11

It costs £30 a session.
Visit or call 02081 232 217 to book.





Youngstars is a sports camp for children aged 3-14. The camps focus on engaging children in physical activity and maintaining a positive experience of sport and activities from an early age. Every camp is guaranteed to be full of fun and games with an introduction to a variety of sports throughout each week, including football, rugby, tennis, handball, cricket, lacrosse, athletics, hockey, basketball and more. The camp day is a combination of sports games, team work and arts and crafts that the children are guaranteed to love. Each and every Youngstars holiday camp follows the familiar structure of tried and tested fun games, introductions to various sports and themed arts and crafts in an all-inclusive and non-competitive environment. Every game, drill and exercise is designed to improve coordination, awareness, motor skills and, above all, team work.

When, where and how much:

St Luke’s Community Hall, Ramsden Road, SW12 8RQ

Alderbrook Primary School, Oldridge Rd, SW12 8PP

Belleville Primary School, Belleville Rd, SW11 6PR

Belleville Wix Academy, Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0AJ

The Priory CofE Primary School, Wimbledon, SW19 8LX

St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Oakhill Road, Putney, SW15 2QD

Wimbledon Chase Primary School, Wimbledon, SW19 3QB

Eric Liddell Sports Centre, Eltham College, Mottingham, SE9 4QF

St John Fisher RC Primary School, Grand Drive, West Wimbledon, SW20 9NA

The camps are on every half term, Summer, Christmas and Easter holiday excluding bank holidays. Attendees can register for the sessions that suit them; anything from one half day to a full holiday period, with half days from £16 and full days from £32.

Visit or call 0845 222 1313 to book.



Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Summer Camp

Growing Young Minds and Test Club collaboratively run Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Summer Camps for Year 5 children sitting the forthcoming secondary school entrance exams, including the, Wandsworth Test.

The camps consist of small groups taking part in engaging and practical activities which bring a mixture of direct teaching of the skills and strategies needed to feel confident with Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The aim is to secure subject knowledge and offer further revision, while improving confidence, pace and accuracy when tackling Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning questions. There is also a focus on test technique and timed practice. The camps are run by qualified and experienced teachers (each with over 10 years of experience) with up-to-date DBS checks, who are specialists in Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. In fact, the teachers have helped many children achieve places at their preferred school and it’s due to their demand and reputation that they’ve added a second week this year. Avoid the summer slide and keep children’s brains active while they get to meet and make new friends.

When, where and how much:

Camps run 9am-3.30pm at Belleville Primary, SW11 29th July–2nd August and Ravenstone Primary, SW12 19th–23rd August.

You need to sign up for a whole week – Monday – Friday – and camps cost £550 (£100 deposit upon booking, the balance payable one month prior to the start of the course). There’s a £55 discount with the code NV2019

Visit or call 02034 226 119 for more details.




At Julian Cousins Sports, Julian and his team of coaches offer a range of sports including tennis, football, cricket, rugby, hockey, rounders, volleyball and golf. All activities are scaled for age and abilities. All activities are scaled for age and abilities, from 3 years to 12 years old. Age groups are divided in to Mini Camp (3-4),  Junior Camp (5-8) and Senior Camp (8-12). All staff are qualified sports coaches and local school teachers well-experienced in working with young children. Simple games and drills to encourage rapid skill development, co-ordination, footwork and teamwork, and most importantly… fun! It’s the only multi-sport/tennis camp on Clapham Common and has been running for over 10 years. Such is its success, it’s not just a holiday camp to fill the sunny days, it’s a camp where children learn proper skills and improve their sporting ability.

When, where and how much:

The camp runs on Clapham Common tennis courts daily from 10am-3pm and you can book for the week (discounted) or just the day.

£150 for a 5-day week, £35 per day – there’s also a 10% sibling discount

Visit or call 07802 851 453 to book




Ninja Kids is a refreshing new view on the holiday camp conundrum. The camp is about confidence-boosting activities that include escalating challenges to promote balance, tenacity, co-ordination and, of course, martial arts skill. Run and founded by Simon Yeo, who has over 40 years experience in martial arts and holds a 15th degree black belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu and a Roger Gracie Black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Ninja Kids aims to help children find their strength and grow their self-esteem. The camp includes safe climbing instruction, confidence building by working through fears, strength, balance and co-ordination challenges as well as functional self defence skills.

When, where and how much:

The camps are run over half term and summer holiday dates, and take place on Wandsworth Common – meet at The Nature Centre – and cost £35 per day. It’s preferable to book for a week, but certain days are available by arrangement.

Visit or email for more information.




International Camp Suisse is a residential camp for international youngsters aged 7-17. They offer tons of exhilarating outdoor activities including husky dog sledding on a glacier, banana boating, hiking, camping, archery, swimming and mountain biking, plus an optional language course – French, German, Spanish or English. Campers make new friends from all over the world, sharing a once in a lifetime experience with like-minded young people. They learn a new language and spend quality time engaged in worthwhile pursuits in the fresh air, away from screens and cities!

When, where and how much:

Courses run in the summer holidays, until Friday 16th August and most campers commit to a one or two-week session. The camp is located in a stunning location in the Swiss Alps in a beautiful village at an altitude of 1100m, overlooking Lake Geneva.

It costs £1250 per week. NappyValleyNetters can enjoy a special discounted rate for August, with 20% off the brochure price. Applicable for session three (two weeks from 27th July to 9th August) and session four (one week from 10th to 16th August).

Visit or call 08455 191 031

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