The Abbeville Fete, holiday activities and a dose of summer culture: Your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 25th June 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Walking down Balham High Road the other day I saw a little Jedi, complete with swishing light sabre.  Heads turned and smiles broke out on faces old and young as they walked past.  I suppose it’s not every day we have a real Jedi in our midst, but he looked so relaxed, at home and happy that I suspect he does live in the neighbourhood.  This pocket of our bustling metropolis is filled with action and super-heroes, fairies and princesses popping from one party, class or social engagement to another.  And summer fair season always gets the paints out and turns little faces into all sorts of wonderful or other-worldly creatures.  Keep up to speed with what’s going on by checking into our fab calendar regularly to see where you might want to be heading next (and in which costume).  May the force be with you. (click here)


If you’re in the market for a new home, then be sure to start your search with us.  We have a property section in partnership with PrimeLocation, which brings you all the homes for sale and to rent in the area with school catchment details all mapped out.  So if proximity to school is high on your list, then this is the search engine for you!(click here)


Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week:

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On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom terraced house just a stone’s throw from Clapham Common, Northcote Road and Clapham Junction, built in 2002 in the Victorian style and with a fully dug-out basement ready for the next owner to fit and layout to their own specification …click here for more details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom semi-detached family house on an extremely popular road in the Nightingale Triangle, brilliantly extended to offer fantastic family living and entertaining space, with a large, sunny, west-facing garden and far-reaching views from the upper floors …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom Victorian house on a fantastic residential street ‘Between the Commons’, offering bright and airy living accommodation with plenty of original features and the potential to extend into the side return, loft and basement …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom family house on a sought after road on the Shaftesbury Estate, close to both Clapham Common and Battersea Park, with a west-facing garden and finished to an extremely high standard throughout …click here for more details


All the fun of the fair!  Another weekend, another opportunity to join in on some brilliant neighbourhood get togethers.

The weekend is almost upon us and it’s only two more sleeps to go until the Abbeville Fete!  Now in its 19th year, this annual street party has raised huge sums over the years for five local charities, so come along and join in the merriment.  There’s an amazing Powder Byrne luxury family ski holiday for 4, valued at over £8,000, as the main Auction prize and with over 50 stalls selling all sorts of wares, plus a BBQ, bar, kids zone and dog show, how can you resist!?  We’ll be there too, so swing by our stall (we’re the pink one) to say hello. …click here for more details

It’s the Trinity Hospice Country Fayre this Sunday so head over to Clapham Common Northside and make the most of the opportunity to visit this incredible garden and support this amazing local charity.  There’ll be a hog roast and a Pimm’s bar, children’s entertainers, Morris dancers, a bouncy castle and lots of summer goings-on for all the family. Tickets available on the gate, but book in advance for a £10 family ticket for two adults and two children …click here for more details

It’s the Summer Party at Battersea Flower Station this weekend too.  Pimms, popcorn, a steel band, flower crowns, balloon making, face painting, music and magic. Say no more.. …click here for more details

St Mary’s School, Putney is holding their Summer BBQ on Saturday.  While the sausages sizzle you can peruse the book, craft and plant stalls, a deli stand, a bar, a bouncy castle and lots more besides. …click here for more details

Or go along to the Earlsfield Primary Summer Fair where you’ll find a brilliant raffle and tombola as well as face painting, fairground rides, live music and candy floss, plus the chance to ‘Beat the Goalie! …click here for details

It’s the Merton Park Primary School Summer Fair coming up soon.  All aboard for a 100ft train ride, a bouncy castle and all sorts of fun and games, not to mention a bottle and chocolate tombola (that’s my kind of tombola) plus strawberries and cream, crepes and ice cream…yum.  …click here for more details

I’m sure diaries are looking busy for Sunday 12th July.  Later than usual this year, it’s the Wimbledon Men’s Final and the Northcote Road Summer Fete.  One simply can’t happen without the other…!  So, buy your Ride-All-Day wristbands for just £10 from selected shops including Hamptons International and All Good Gifts, and get ready for a day full of fun, including performances from BAC, plentiful food and drink and hopefully Andy on the big screen! …click here for more details


From babies to nurseries to treats for you and yours, make sure everybody’s having fun.

It’s a Kids’ Thing in Earlsfield will be reserved for babies and wobbly walkers next Wednesday afternoon at their Baby Club, with extended babyzone play space, sensory toys and twinkly lights.  Tea, cake and scones are also mentioned….…click here for more details

Clapham Park Montessori has an Open Evening today.  Head over for a look around, have a go at two or three of the challenges you children would tackle, meet the staff and understand a bit more about the Montessori way.  Drinks and nibbles on offer too! …click here for more details

And it’s the Wandsworth kidsunlimited Day Nursery Open Day tomorrow.  You’ll get a good feel for the childcare on offer and see how the environment has been designed to inspire each child’s learning and development, plus some top tips on how to get your little one to settle well into their new nursery. …click here for more details

Ever thought of going along to Baby Yoga?  There’s a regular Monday class at the Thurleigh Road Practice which involves gentle stretching for the mums and co-ordination sequences for the babies to help promote relaxation and bonding and improve sleep patterns.  With plenty of interaction and fun on offer, the first class is half price – sounds like a win, win to me! …click here for more details

There’s only a week left to make the most of our brilliant June offers and competitions.  Win a Kidcampz play tent worth £145!  Win a two hour private hire of The Exhibit cinema!  Or treat yourself to a Pressure Point Massage for only £20 at The Wellness Centre, snap up a fantastic deal on a trip to Marrakech from Tots Too and make the most of discounts on your travel vaccinations with My Healthcare.  I could go on, but take a look for yourself! …click here for more details


We’ve come over all ‘culture vulture’.  This lot’s surely too good to miss! 

This concert sounds fab and it’s in aid of First Touch too.  The South West Songbirds will be in full voice on Garratt Lane tonight singing everything from Rutter and Faure to Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay, with a dash of Les Mis thrown in for good measure.  Tissues at the ready (and a picnic and fizz for the interval in the church gardens!) …click here for more details

Festival Chorus will be performing Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at St Luke’s this Saturday.  Also known as the ‘Great Mass’, it reflects Mozart’s preoccupation with the works of Handel and Bach with incredible choral mass setting.  Sounds like one to be both seen and heard! …click here for more details

Go along to the Burlington Gardens Festival when the RA will pedestrianise Burlington Gardens and fill it with artists’ installations and a programme of talks, performance and live music.  You can all get creative with print-making, drawing workshops and plenty of art activities for the children, or take a theatrical tour of the building.  There’ll also be plenty of food and drink on offer including American food for Independence Day and a Prosecco cart.  Cheers! …click here for more details

This summer, Omnibus will be hosting their first ever Grasshopper Family Arts Festival on Clapham Common.  Join resident grasshopper Gregor (take a look, very cute!) for a weekend celebrating nature and the arts.  Each day will be filled with exciting events and activities to ignite the imaginations of old and young, from stilt-walkers and readings from children’s authors to performances by beautiful puppets plus bee-related goings-on.  Pen it into the diary! …click here for more details

Interior specialist, E & A Wates are opening their doors soon for an Open Workshop Tour.  See traditional craft skills at work including reupholstery, French polishing (remember that Yellow Pages ad?), cabinet-making, caning, rushing and gilding, together with finished examples. Watch those experts at work. …click here for more details

If you and yours love sewing, making and haberdashery, then did you know that the London Sewing Machine Museum at the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Shop (in Balham, keep up), opens its doors for all things sewing machine related on the first Saturday of every month?  It’s coming up soon! …click here for more details



Summer fun comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes in NappyValley!

Make like a superhero at Splatter Dance’s Dance in a Day Superhero School just off Abbeville Road.  One of a series of different themes on offer, children will spend the day making a suitably superhero-like costume and preparing a dance routine ready to perform for the grown-ups at pick-up time.  Any phone boxes for changing in nearby, I wonder? …click here for more details

Lavender Leonardos Summer Holiday Workshops run every morning of the holidays for those aged 6 and over.  They’ll be painting and drawing as well as getting to grips with 3D work like clay, sewing or paper sculpture.  And all in a real artist’s studio – they’ll be inspired! …click here for more details

Too good to be true?  The children won’t believe their luck.  A movie, lunch, dance moves and fun at the Funky Moves Disney Kids Club at The Exhibit in Balham on various dates in August.  Aladdin, The Lion King, Mary Poppins or Lady and The Tramp?  Decisions, decisions… …click here for more details

Youngstars Multi-Sport & Activity Summer Holiday Camps will have your 3 to 10 years olds entertained, energised and then happily worn out at a number of camps dotted around the neighbourhood! They’ve got almost as many SW postcodes as we’ve got NappyValley areas, so book in for a summer full of games, sports, arts and crafts, themed days, sports days and discos.  Phew! …click here for more details



That’s it!  Whatever you do, have fun and see you at the Abbeville Fete!




Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx


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