Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
Five days into September and many of our children, be they small, medium or large by now, have started a new term. Maybe it’s their first-ever, maybe they’re dab hands already, or maybe they’re pre-schoolers starting a new term of music or action. Exciting new beginnings all round, and if yours are too small to be thinking in terms of terms, then go make hay while the sun shines! (read more)
If you’re on the move, take a look at our property pages which we bring to you via PrimeLocation and four local agents you’ll know well, with school catchments all mapped out (read more).
Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom house in a secure gated modern development with an off-street parking space and Clapham Old Town literally on the doorstep, with a spacious eat-in kitchen and roof terrace perfect for summer entertaining (read more).
For rent with Portico is a 4-bedroom family house on a quiet cul-de-sac facing Wandsworth Common and very close to Bellevue Road and the station, with an open-plan kitchen and dining room, plenty of light and space throughout and off-street parking (read more).
For sale with John Thorogood is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house close to both Clapham Junction and the wide-open spaces of Clapham Common, light and bright and with the potential to extend into both the loft and the side return (read more).
For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4/5-bedroom family house on a quiet residential street just off Northcote Road, very close to Wandsworth Common and just a 5-minute walk from Clapham Junction, with a pretty south-west facing garden accessed from both the lower ground floor kitchen and separate study (read more).
Last of the summertime
Summer’s sticking around for the St John’s Hill Summer Fair this Sunday. Go join the happy throng and get stuck into the street food, stalls galore and street buskers. There’ll be music and laughter and fun (ever after) (read more).
And Playball & PlaySport invite you to an Open Day on Clapham Common on Sunday, where 2 to 10-year-olds will have the chance to see what the weekly classes are like, with lots of games, fun, activities and prizes (read more).
Head to the water this weekend for the Classic Boat Festival, the 11th annual celebration of historic and traditional boats at St Katharine Docks. You’ll find over 40 boating beauties and plenty of waterside family activities (read more).
Year5/Year 6 Exceptional Academics Saturday School starts at Belleville School preparing children for the fast approaching 11+ exams (read more).
And First Aid for Life in Balham is running a First Aid for Dogs session this afternoon, so if you’d like to know what to do if your four-legged friend was ever in an emergency, head to SW12 (read more).
Grow, cook and eat at the Tooting Foodival, the annual sustainable food festival where locally-grown produce from home growers, allotment holders and local farmers is donated and cooked up by local chefs for everyone to tuck in at just £1 a course! (read more)
And the Royal Trinity Hospice Family Walk & Fun Day is just a couple of weeks away. Walk 2k, 5k or 10k and return to that amazing garden for a fantastic BBQ and fun-filled family afternoon. Use code NAPPY when booking your places for 50% off (read more).
Lessons and sessions for a new term
KidZania is holding a one-off workshop led by the McFly and McBusted bassist, Dougie Poynter, inspiring children with his new book Plastic Sucks: You can make a difference. Start saving the world from single-use plastics (read more).
Toddler Climbing Classes get underway at Clip ’n Climb next week, so while your bigger ones are working hard at school, you and your small ones can get to grips with the world of climbing! (read more)
And if you have a baby younger than 15 months, go for a giggle together at Bring Your Own Baby at the Clapham Picturehouse. It’s a chance for you to have a laugh with some grown-up humour while your sweet little ones look on innocently (read more).
A new term of Picassos in the Park gets underway at Skylark next week for 5 to 10-year-olds who love all things art. After school on Thursdays with a free trial session on offer (read more).
And for those who love to move and groove, there’s a new Friday Teen Street Dance Class in Putney to round off the week and set the tone for the weekend (read more).
Post-summer promise to self to get to grips with Instagram? If so, head to a Social Media Workshop – Using Instagram for your Business in Herne Hill. Why should the children get all the likes!? (read more)
Celebrate ‘back to school’ with a Yoga Nidra Revive & Thrive at YogaWorks. Two hours of Sunday bliss otherwise known as ‘me-time’ (read more).
Want to learn a new skill? How about Spanish or French with Adult Education at Alleyn’s: Languages for Beginners. Evening lessons in the state-of-the-art Lower School. More ‘me-time’ of a different sort! (read more)
And speaking of Spanish, Chiquitines – Young Tots Spanish Class is a weekly session for little ones in Streatham Hill to learn as they play (read more).
Fresh from the school holidays, you might like The Parent Practice’s Fostering Harmony between Siblings, a workshop to give you practical skills to help your children resolve their arguments and to be more tolerant and considerate of each other (read more).
School open days
Dulwich College Middle School (Year 9 entry) (read more).
Thinking of getting away now the schools are back? If you have a babe in arms or pre-schoolers, look no further than Gitcombe in Devon which has some tempting offers to lure you their way in October (read more).
Early October sees the Travel Designers’ Balham Travel Show at The Bedford, a one-stop-shop of holiday companies so you can call in, be inspired and get booking your next escape! (read more)
In 2015 we published and printed the very first NappyValleyNet Schools Guide.
Packed full of information on local schools, opens days and application procedures ... Read Feature