Art in the garden, storytime and late summer festivals: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet!

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Walking to a friend’s for dinner the other night, I spied small children out with parents to visit friends too, on scooters, on foot, being popped into the car, and I thought that’s a sure sign that school’s out.  That laid back vibe where even quite small children are included in the get together well after usual ‘lights out’.  On my way home again, I spotted some glorious pyjama onsies wending their way home and an asleep toddler snuggled into Dad, head lolling on shoulder (toddler’s head, not dad’s).  A good babysitter-free night with friends, enjoyed by all.  Repercussions of tiredness can be paid for over the next day or two, but for now, live in the moment and the freedom it gives you!  Find out where to be next (if you’re all awake in time) by taking a look at our fab calendar (click here). 

On the look out for a new abode?  Then start with us!  Our property pages are filled with homes for sale or to rent with all the usual search criteria plus the clever one (if we say so ourselves) of school catchment areas, so if living near a school might just possibly, maybe, perhaps be key, then we’ve got the most up-to-date distances for you. (click here). 

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

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On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom apartment arranged over the top floors of a semi-detached Victorian house ‘Between the Commons’, just moments from the shops and restaurants of Northcote Road. Light, airy and spacious, it is in pristine condition with an eat-in kitchen and two bathrooms. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom terraced house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, in immaculate condition throughout and retaining many of its original features, with modern and fresh decoration and a lovely, landscaped garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom semi-detached period house with living space of over 2500 sqft near the bars, shops and restaurants of Upper Richmond Road and Putney High Street, with the added benefit of a spacious, well-maintained garden and large cellar. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house on one of the most sought after roads just off Clapham Common West Side.  Extended into the side return and the loft, it has three bathrooms and is presented in excellent decorative order, retaining many of its original features. …click here for more details

Summertime, and the living is easy.  Especially with all of this lot going on..

Funky Moves invite your children to a fun-packed afternoon of movie-watching and dance action at The Exhibit.  Each Thursday during August, they’ll be watching a different Disney classic in the private cinema, followed by choreographing a brilliant routine to one of the songs from the story. It’s The Lion King today and Mary Poppins next week.  Supercalifragilistic etc! …click here for more details

The Tin Pan Annie Summer Club is on!  With two sessions to choose from each weekday morning until the end of next week, your summertime musical entertainment and fun is here.  For babies from just 6 months up to children of 5, they’ll all be joining forces to make a merry band of singers and instrumentalists. Play that timpani loud, boy! …click here for more details 

Family Fun with Wandsworth Museum continues with a special call out to all dads and male carers to come along on Saturday to Tooting for all sorts of creative activities for children up to 8 years, exploring the history of work and play in the area.  Entirely free and drop-in – brilliant! …click here for more details 

Theatrebugs Summer Holiday Workshop gets underway at St Luke’s next week with an Underwater Party adventure.  It’s Timothy Turtle’s birthday and the ocean creatures are throwing him a party, but where is Stella Starfish?  Five consecutive mornings of acting, singing, dancing, dressing-up and fun with pirates, mermaids and sea fairies for little fish from three and a half to 6 years old. …click here for more details 

If you’re a keen baker looking to extend your skill repertoire and you have a little one proving to be a Great British Baker too, then you might like to know about the Children’s Princess Cupcake Decorating Class.  You’ll both become whizzes at all things ‘princess’, have fun, get creative and then gobble them up! …click here for more details

Anyone under your roof keen to Make a Bear?  Just ever-so-slightly popular, here’s their chance to do it at Eddie Catz next week. They’ll choose, stuff, fluff and adopt their very own cuddly and loveable teddy, doggie or bunny and make a special t-shirt too.  Not to mention a lovely lunch and the chance to have time in the fab soft play.  Great day! …click here for more details

A spot of summer culture always goes down a treat – for you and them!

Head over to The Doodle Bar in a couple of weeks for a fantastic Storytime Sunday with the award-winning creator of The Storm Whale, Benji Davies.  Food and drink will be available for you grown-ups while the little ones sit wide-eyed, listening to the stories from the author himself.  Fantastic Sunday morning stuff! …click here for more details

Fit in a visit to The Hornimann Museum & Gardens with its Plantastic family-friendly exhibition.  The miniature world of plants is brought to life on a massive scale, from super-seed pods and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system.  They’ll never look at flowers in the same way again! …click here for more details

Head over to Dulwich Picture Gallery for Art in the Garden each Wednesday afternoon in August.  Fingers crossed for sunshine to help the creative juices flow, and be inspired by the art in the galleries to help them create printed trees, textile creatures or mythical beasts in the great outdoors.  Lovely crafty fun in the sun! …click here for more details

Any Horrible Histories lovers in your gang?  Then take them to see it live on stage in Barmy Britain Part Three at The Garrick. So Monty Python-esque that grown-ups love it, two hard-working actors take you through a clutch of gory stories that have the children on the edge of their seats and in fits of giggles.  A cholera outbreak in Victorian London, a hilarious rap by Charles II and the First World War British POW who was allowed to go home to visit his ailing mum, so long as he promised to return to prison (which he did).  Brilliant! …click here for more details

Here’s hoping for an Indian Summer in September – diaries at the ready!

If you’re starting to get to grips with your autumn diary (too soon!!), then don’t forget to pop in the St John’s Hill Festival on Sunday 13th September(click here) and the Bellevue Road Summer Fair on Sunday 20th September …click here for more details. Both fab community get togethers overflowing with food and drink, fun and games, and sure to shift any post-summer blues!

It’s the Balham Food Festival in September too.  A foodie week to showcase the amazing range of restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, delis and gourmet food shops in this, our ‘gateway to the South’, as Peter Sellers once referred to Balham!  It will kick off on Sunday 27th September in Hildreth Street with stalls, cookery dems, live music and children’s entertainment.  I can feel the community spirit from here! …click here for more details

And finally…

Have you seen our brilliant collection of summertime offers and competitions?  Don’t miss your chance to enter to win all sorts of treats from a full term of classes with Let’s Act to breakfast for four at Skylark and a Hydroclean facial at All about the girl.  Or snap up fab offers from Jane Plan,First Aid for Life, Little Print Jewellery, Tots Too and more – so much more! …click here for more details

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

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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