Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Last Updated on : 20th October 2022

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Welcome to your weekly What’s On from NappyValleyNet!

Time for half term high jinks. To me this seems like the fastest half of term on record but as someone once said to me, the older you get the faster it goes! Enjoy the change of pace, the chance to catch your breath and a moment for the children to either rest up or get stuck into something new (read more).

On the lookout for a new home? If you’d appreciate guidance on the local property market given recent ructions in the financial markets, contact our property partners for insightful advice – they’re always happy to chat (read more).

Take a look at these homes from our Preferred Property Partners

For sale with Portico is a 2-bedroom flat close to Clapham High Street, Abbeville Village and Clapham Common, bright and spacious throughout with an open-plan kitchen reception room, gated parking and a south-facing garden, on the market chain free (read more).

For rent with Rampton Baseley is 3-bedroom Victorian house on a sought-after road between the commons close to popular schools and just off Northcote Road, with a bright kitchen breakfast room opening into a conservatory and onto a pretty south-facing garden (read more).

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian family home in the heart of Clapham Old Town close to shops, restaurants and the wide-open spaces of Clapham Common, with planning permission in place to extend into both the loft and side return (read more).

For sale with John Thorogood is a 6-bedroom 5-bathroom handsome Victorian house on a sought-after road backing onto Wandsworth Common and close to the shops and amenities of Balham, stretching to 4,167 sq ft with a basement conversion, off-street parking and a 92ft garden (read more).


Did someone say half term?

Win tickets (click here) to the fabulous new show, Frameless, an immersive and spectacular art installation at Marble Arch. Easy to get to, captivating when you’re there – you’ll love it and so will the children, win/win! Read our review here (read more).

The Affordable Art Fair opens its doors in Battersea Park today with 1,000s of pieces of artwork on show over the whole weekend. Go peruse and possibly purchase, with family friendly activities scheduled in (read more).

You may have already been to the brand-new Electric Boulevard in the newly opened Battersea Power Station. Celebrations continue this weekend at the Festival of Power with so much to see and do for families. It’s also dog-friendly so your four-legged friends get to join in (read more).

Battersea Park Zoo is open with half term in mind and Halloween-themed events on offer. Think magic shows, face painting and pumpkin trails in between the much-loved meerkats and farmyard friends (read more).

Or break free from the bubble and head to Covent Garden for Baby Gospel, described as baby rhyme time but far cooler – go raise the roof! (read more)

Head to Polka Theatre for half term treats in the form of Tutankhamun’s Shoes with the English Touring Opera taking families on an adventure to Ancient Egypt and the Roaring Twenties (read more).

Pop over the bridge to Normand Park for the Kids World Half Term Fair open every day for most of the day – happy days! (read more)

Have a grown-up (but fun!) celebration of the start of half term with the Banana Cabaret Comedy Club at The Bedford in Balham (read more).

The Southside Players are putting on Little Women at the Streatham Space Project Theatre at the tail end of the week. Go and see Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy brought to life on a stage near you in this timeless saga (read more).

The Festival of Fright launches Halloween season over at Kidzania, Westfield. You can shop while they drop…mmwwaahhahaha (read more).

Remember, remember the 5th of November? Take the children along to the Gunpowder Plot immersive experience at the Tower of London this half term to make fireworks night all the more meaningful (read more).

Talking of which, book your tickets for the Battersea Park Fireworks, back with a bang this year (read more).

And Joy of Toys Experience is on the Southbank this very day! A circus-style free event where this year’s top ten toys will be housed in a big top tent (try saying that fast…) ready for children to ooh and aaah (read more).

Quick fire half term camps


Cook up a storm at Young Holiday Classes with the Avenue Cookery School (read more).

Try the Mandarin Activity Camp for five-to-12-year-olds at Belleville Primary (read more).

Take off into cyberspace with the MAMA Codes Coding Workshops (read more).

Give their francais un boost at the Et Patati Patata fun French day camp (read more).

Dip a toe into a variety of careers with Miniversity (read more).


Join the award-winners at courts across south-west London at All Star Tennis Camps (read more).

Hunt for treasure, bounce on the castle, play games and pick up skills with Playball London at the Latchmere (read more).

Get your skates on for ZebraSkate at Clapham Common and in Fulham and Kensington (read more).

Multi-sports up on Clapham Common with Julian Cousins’ Sports (read more).

It’s spooky tennis with Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club (read more).

Dive in with Kimberley Swim Clinics at the Ernest Bevin pool (read more).

Run free (in the dog-free zone) with Open Air Fit on Wandsworth Common with a lovely 10% off at Skylark for happy campers and their families (read more).

FC Battersea ProCamp promises 100% of the beautiful game for girls and boys (read more).

London Wayfarers Hockey Club will be taking on the astro in Battersea Park (read more).


There’s plenty going on down at the Polka Theatre with their Autumn Adventures: Take Park Workshops (read more).

Funky Moves are offering 15% off their half term camp in Balham (read more).

Be a director, producer, cameraperson or writer at Sparks Movie Making Clubs in Clapham South (read more).

Join in on a Sound Art & Multimedia School 3-day workshop over in Twickenham (read more).


And finally

The Independent Schools Show is back in Battersea Park in November, the perfect one-stop-shop for any parents considering choices with over 200 schools to talk to plus insightful Q&A sessions and seminars. It’s free when you book in advance (read more).

This Open Day season is largely behind us, but many schools still have events planned for November. Take a look at our full listing to find the schools you have in mind and click on through to see dates available to visit (read more).

Belleville Primary is holding two open mornings in early November (read more).

Swaffield Primary’s next open day is in early November too (read more).

And Dulwich College is extremely proud to announce that it has just won the Independent School Award 2022 for Contribution to Social Mobility, a timely win as the closing date for applications for bursaries is fast approaching (read more).


That’s it – have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team

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