4th December – Christmas fairs, holiday camps and carols : Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

The lights are on, the countdown has begun in earnest and parents across the land have realised there’s a somewhat shorter countdown until the children are off school.  We’re now in full-on Santa’s little helper mode, thinking about the festivities, filling up stockings and somehow managing the everyday merry-go-round of life.  With fairs in full flow, ‘mumpreneurs’ out in full force and local shops bursting with ideas to keep everyone in the household happy, be sure to make it a NappyValley Christmas and keep it local!  Don’t forget to check into our calendar to keep you on track and please do add to it if you have any events you’d like to share with the neighbourhood…click here for details

‘Tis the season – festivals, fairs, street parties…the festivities keep on rolling!

It’s the Belleville School Christmas Shopping Evening this very night!  Just £5 on the door will get you a glass of bubbles, kindly donated by Anthony Laban and his new Northcote Road barber shop, and then access to 28 stalls stacked high with Christmas presents and other festive delights.  Go spend!…click here for details 

And Merton Park Primary’s Christmas Fair will have a decidedly European flavour with hot German festive food, freshly made crepes and a bar, plus fairground rides, Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations. Will St Nick be paying a flying visit?…click here for details

It’s the Tingle Creek Christmas Festival at Sandown Racecourse this weekend.  Start the day in style by hailing a horse and carriage from Esher station and then young racegoers can visit Santa in his grotto and giggle at Robinson Crusoe in panto.  For those with more shopping on their minds, there are lots of Christmas stalls, and of course, there’s racing too.  Something for everyone – a great family day!…click here for details

A quick reminder about the Ritherdon Road Christmas Street Party this Saturday.  The street will be abuzz with festivities, from Santa at Robbie’s to mince pies at Dee Light Bakery, plus Christmas carolling, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and mulled wine on tap…see you there! …click here for details

It’s the Telferscot Primary School Christmas Fair supported by Marsh & Parsons this Saturday too, with a bouncy castle, Santa’s Grotto (bouncing Santa?) and the chance to come face to face with animals from around the world with an Animal Encounter Adventure.  Just reindeers and huskies will do nicely, thank you!…click here for details

A little further afield, Southbank Winter Festival is in full swing, with the wonderful Christmas stalls selling crafts, food and warming drinks, and so much else on for families to enjoy.  Test your sense of direction in the Christmas Tree Maze or perhaps jump aboard the Southbank Centre Express and see the delight on their little faces!…click here for details

It’s the annual Daisy Trust Family Carol Service this weekend in Parsons Green.  Carolling, mince pies and wine with a lovely festive feel, raising money for charities and voluntary organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham…click here for details

And the South West Songbirds will be in full voice soon in Earlsfield for a candlelit evening of Christmas music from the traditional to modern favourites.  One for all the family and all proceeds go to the Earlsfield Foodbank …click here for details

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and with them come camps and activities for the children.

The Little Gym are holding Christmas Gym Camps both before and after the Big Day, offering 3-8 year olds the chance to burn off some energy with some festive-themed adventures as well as some down-time with crafts and challenges.  They’ll come home happy, glowing and exhausted – win/win! …click here for details

Open Air Fit will be back on Wandsworth Common with multi-sports activities for boys and girls aged 5 to 14.  Book the whole week or drop-in.  It happens whatever the weather – the kids don’t care and it’s a great 3-hour dose of fresh air!…click here for details

Role Models SEN Christmas Camp will be running two festive days just before Christmas, with a great balance of calm and dynamic activities, from arts and crafts to music and gaming sessions…click here for details

Funky Moves Kids Dance & Movie Club is back for a fun-packed afternoon at The Exhibit, where they’ll watch The Muppet Christmas Carol cosy on those huge leather sofas and then learn a dance routine to a festive song – love it! …click here for details

And it’s the Eddie Catz Christmas Pantomine in Putney, where you’ll be rolling in the aisles at the antics of  Jack and The Beanstalk and the little ones will get a small present from Santa at the end.  Happy days!…click here for details

Meanwhile, in life outside Christmas, there’s still so much else going on

Art on the Hill is holding a Printmaking Exhibition at the Lavender Print School tomorrow, where you’ll find a great mix of printmaking styles and techniques with plenty of prints for sale at affordable prices.  Lovely Christmas presents (sorry)?…click here for details

Core Pilates are holding a charity day in aid of Medecins sans frontiers soon with mat and equipment classes as well as private taster sessions, followed by tea, coffee and sweet treats.  Sounds like the perfect way to finish a session!…click here for details

There’s a new kid on the block called Little Xperts, founded by parents wanting to ignite the curiosity of their children in subjects they wouldn’t be taught in school.  Think fashion design, cooking, yoga and photography, and they’re offering free trial sessions this weekend and next.  Love the idea!…click here for details

There’s a cake sale on at All Saints School in Fulham to raise money to help fight Muscular Dystrophy.  Brilliantly named the Bake a Difference Cake Sale, other schools and local businesses will be holding their own sales for the same cause.  Keep your eyes peeled (and your tummies filled!) …click here for details

Little Folk with Albo Concerts will be striking up at The Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills this Saturday, with great live music, plenty of sing-along opportunities and a guest appearance by Santa – I don’t know how he finds the time…click here for details

Clapham’s Omnibus will be telling a warming festive tale.  Curious Things:  The Fir Tree is all about a little tree with big ideas for the future. Join in on its wintry journey and then make your very own fir tree to take home.  Sweet!…click here for details

Dust off your dancing shoes – this sounds like fun!  The Doodle Bar is holding a 1930s big band extravaganza with the London Dance Orchestra next week.  A night of decadence is promised with eleven jazz musicians taking you back to the 20s and 30s.  Sounds like it’ll go with a swing!…click here for details

Did you know this Saturday is “Small Business Saturday”? We’ve a link to a gorgeous promotional video starring some extremely well known local entrepreneurs and we guarantee it’ll make you want to shop local!…click here for details

And finally, the early bird catches the worm, so if you think February might need brightening up, then join in on the Festival of Funk with Funky Moves at The Bedford, and grab this offer while you can!  They’re celebrating their 10th birthday with a fun-filled day of dance routines, disco with a DJ, games, arts and crafts, groovy makeovers, funky dressing-up and plenty more! Book before 15th December and it’s just £6.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, plus 25% off your lunch.  Brilliant! …click here for details

Escape Christmas awhile and have a look at our property pages, where you’ll find homes to buy or to rent in the area all linked to school catchments, so if you know where you’d like to go, one quick click will show you what’s available …click here for details

Take a look at these fab pads from our Preferred Property Partners this week:

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On the market with Hamptons International  is a remodelled and extended Grade II listed Victorian cottage on one of the most sought after streets in Clapham Old Town…click here for details

Available to buy through Savills, is a stunning 4-bedroom family house set ‘Between the Commons’ and ideally positioned for the catchment area of Belleville School…click here for details  

Marsh & Parsons have a 3-bedroom family house for sale in the Nightingale Triangle, with beautiful period features and refurbished to a high standard throughout…click here for details

 And in the heart of Abbeville Village with Douglas & Gordon, is a large 2-bedroom garden flat in a wider than average semi-detached Victorian conversion, just a short walk from the tube and Clapham Common…click here for details

That’s it!  Whatever you decide to do, have some festive fun!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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