Space travel at Gambado, get crafty at Eddie Catz and ‘Go Wild’ at Flip Out: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

There’s a chance you might be feeling addled by this stage.  Not so much this stage of life or this stage of the year (although those are both contributing factors), but by this stage of half term. No doubt we’ve all had our fair share of fun, friends, excursions, activities and clubs, but somehow there’s never enough time for relaxation.  Perhaps it’s just that lots of children aren’t very good at downtime (banking it for their teenage years perhaps) and although their boundless energy and enthusiasm for all things non-stop are a source of great joy for parents, there are times when we could all do with nestling into that sofa for a gentle board game or a movie with the lights off (cue a snooze).  Sibling rivalries, hunger management, sweets or no sweets, that is the question.  Take a break from the mayhem and try to shoehorn in a little R&R in any way you can.  Our calendar is as busy as you are – just a few clicks while you’re at rest will lead you nicely on to your next time of play! (click here)


Moving house? If you’re looking for your perfect pad in the area, then start your search here.  We have all the homes for sale and to rent together with school catchments clearly mapped out, plus details of distance in metres from your new front door to the school gate. (click here)


Take a look at these homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week 

Space travel at Gambado    Space travel at Gambado

Space travel at Gambado    

For sale with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom family house near Clapham Common, bright and spacious and arranged over three floors, including a stylish kitchen, two separate reception rooms and the potential to extend further into the loft. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom semi-linked Victorian house on one of the most sought after roads ‘Between the Commons’, with a full width extension on the ground floor giving a great sense of light and space and a kitchen family room opening onto a landscaped garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house in one of the prime streets of Clapham Old Town and close to three local primary schools, all Ofsted ‘outstanding’, with generous living space and a 47ft south-facing garden. …click here for more details

Did you know Portico can give you an instant valuation on your home in just sixty seconds? So if you’re considering a move and want to know what your bricks and mortar might be worth, just click here to get an instant property valuation!


Last minute inspiration for half term fun!

OK, this isn’t strictly half-term but it is important! Our friends at the lovely Cumnor House have an open day for their girls school on Tuesday the 7th of June. Click here to book you space!

Eddie Catz has a packed schedule at all three of its local soft play centres – Wimbledon, Putney and now Earlsfield.  Still on this week you’ll find the Little Chocolate Factory Workshop for both toddlers and those who are slightly bigger in Putney, yogic bending, stretching and crafting in Earlsfield and Arty Family Fun in Wimbledon.  Where to start, how to choose?! …click here for more details

You’re not too late to join in on the Space Themed Half Term Course at Gambado Chelsea with Dance Grooves and SG Sport.  Street dance, space-themed art and crafts and fantastic sports activities. They’ll have a blast (though not up to visit Tim Peake) and come home happily exhausted! …click here for more details

There’s Doodlemania down at the Nature Study Centre on Wandsworth Common withActive Art.  Morning and afternoon sessions (or both!) to round off half term for children in two age groups covering those of 4 up to the age of 12.  Draw imaginative shapes, line drawings, squiggles and inventive characters onto T-shirts, badges, bags and more.  There’s even a wall of Doodles to cover the studio – you may draw on the walls, children!…click here for more details

Fancy a bounce? You probably haven’t missed the news that there’s a brand new trampoline park right here in Nappy Valley, just off Garratt Lane.  We paid a visit to Flip Out before the doors opened to the masses (of children) and think you and yours might just love it.  Booiiinnnng! (click here).  This half term they’ve got a ‘Go Wild’ theme and invite all children to come dressed up as their favourite furry wild animal! …click here for more details

Ever been to Hobbledown, down where the Hobblings live?  It’s a great place for a family adventure and whatever ages you have in tow, you’ll all have fun.  Spend time admiring the otters, alpacas, goats and bunnies, rampaging around the inside Play Barn, bouncing around on the Jumping Pillows, scaling the heady heights of the Aerial Adventure Course or rolling around a green field in a Zorb. …click here for more details

Head to Putney for some family fun in the form of the musical, Betty Blue Eyes, first performed in the West End in 2011 and now brought to us by the Putney Light Operatic Society.  Based on the Alan Bennett film, A Private Function, it’s set in 1947 austerity Britain and centres on a small, northern town and the fattening of a highly illegal pig named Betty. Funny already! …click here for more details

It’s the 2016 London Folk Fest and Al Clogston is back at The Bedford with his Little Folk with Albo Cabaret for, well, little folk.  One man, his guitar, his banjo and his Appalachian dulcimer – you’ll just have to go along to find out what that is! …click here for more details

There’s a free Oxford Reading Tree Workshop at Wandsworth Town Library this very morning.  Love the adventures of Biff, Chip, Kipper and friends?  Write a postcard to your Dad from your holiday with Mum and Gran. Great work on sentence construction and vocab for 5 to 7 year olds – get them writing! …click here for more details


Rain or no rain, summer’s here and with it the fairs

This Sunday sees Wandsworth Town transformed for Old York Road Unplugged.  Think live music, street food, family fun, disco dome (love the sound of that), DJ, dance performances and over 30 stalls.  Just beware of roving dancing dads and mums! …click here for more details

The much-loved and long-standing Abbeville Fete will be celebrating its 20th year in June, raising money as ever for five local charities. With over 80 stalls, a fancy dress ‘seaside’ theme, a kids’ zone, a BBQ and bar and a generally fantastic community vibe, put it in the diary and if you have any time to spare, then they’d love to hear from you and your helping hand. …click here for more details

Floreat Wandsworth Primary School on Garratt Lane is holding a Royal School Fairand invite you along to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th.  There’ll be all the usual fun of the fair with a raffle, tombola, music, ice cream, face painting, bouncy castles, water and ball games and second hand stalls.  Brilliant fun. …click here for more details

It wouldn’t be a complete summer on Northcote Road without the Northcote Road Summer Fete, so make sure it’s in your diary for a fun-packed feel-good family time.  Stalls, shops, food, drink, fairground rides and top tennis on a big screen (just a live stream from that little tournament down Wimbledon way).  If you have a craft or an act that would like to take part, there’s still space, so seize the day! …click here for more details

It’s almost time for the Balham Literary Festival, and the inaugural event will explore art and literature in the well-loved landmark of The Bedford. The theme is exploring nature and landscapes around us, whether urban, rural or inside our heads.  See them brought to life with writers, photographers, musicians and artists of all genres.  Ideal for all and any culture vultures, fledgling or otherwise. …click here for more details


Dates for the diary you might not want to miss

A Clapham NCT Returning to Work Workshop will look at the practical and emotional challenges involved in going back to work.  You’ll meet others at the same point in their lives and have the chance to talk about childcare, being away from your baby, what you want to get out of work and balancing your home and work life. Brilliant sharing of ideas and advice. …click here for more details

Oliver House School on Nightingale Lane overlooking Clapham Common is holding anOpen Morning next week.  It’s an independent school with a Catholic ethos for girls and boys aged from 3 up to 11.  Like any school, the best way to get a good feel for the place is to go and have a look around, meet the staff and see if it’s the right fit for your child and family. …click here for more details

Balham Blazers Football Club is running an Open Trials for boys and girls on Tooting Common next week for those in Year 1 all the way up to Year 10.  Any budding Beckhams or rising Rooneys out there, or anyone who just loves to kick, dribble and roll.  Don’t forget your shin pads! …click here for more details

First Aid for Life in Balham, also run Dog First Aid courses so you can feel confident enough to help your dog in an emergency. Over three hours you’ll get hands on experience with a dog-manikin and learn what to do if your four-legged friend is unconscious, bleeding or just plain poorly. …click here for more details

The Parent Practice runs regular talks and workshops and next week it’s Raising Girls – connecting with your daughter. Not surprisingly, it’s all about words, the power of words to create and heal relationships and why they’re especially important to girls. It’s good to talk! …click here for more details

Bright Horizons is holding an Open Week across all their nurseries next week, so have a look to find your local one and call in to visit, meet the team and hear more about their Keeping Everyone Safe week. …click here for more details


And finally, some treats…!

The Minestra Supper Club runs regularly in Furzedown and next week’s has a ‘green’ theme, featuring plenty of green ingredients mainly grown in the local allotment – broad beans, courgettes, chicory and much more.  It’s a BYOB event and sounds like a fun way to spend an evening with foodie friends.  Just be sure to eat your greens or there’ll be no pudding..!  …click here for more details

Time for another Urban Retreat – Yoga & Raw Food on Wandsworth Common soon.  Ninety minutes of yoga followed by a hands-on raw food workshop producing a Middle East Feast.  Think falafel, beetroot tartlets with cashew mint yogurt dressing and apple baklava.  R&R and delicious food – now there’s a great recipe! …click here for more details

Just a quick reminder, it’s Jo Alexander’s Pop-Up Garden Furniture Shop in Chatham Hall on Northcote Road this weekend. Be gone grey clouds, come on out sunshine, or as Twitter was saying earlier this week, #rainraingoaway.  Let’s sit outside on new furniture and soak up some rays! …click here for more details


That’s it!  Whatever you do, have fun, and check into our calendar regularly to keep up with what’s going on out there. (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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