Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
Caught in an Indian Summer monsoon moment on Clapham Common the other day, I spied a heron standing elegant, poised and dinosaur-like on the edge of the pond. A few other passers by paused to marvel at this feathered creature which towered over mesmerised toddlers and (small) school children alike. As it lifted its huge wings and took flight, the Shard, shimmering against grey skies, appeared in the background and brought me back to where I was actually standing. Not in a nature reserve, but just four miles from The City. And that, in a nutshell, is why I love it around here – we get the best of both worlds. And after summer in the city, things are hotting up around here. Take a look at our calendar, you won’t be disappointed. (click here)
Considering a move? Find out what’s on the market by clicking through to our property pages, which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents. You’ll find properties for sale and to rent in the area with primary schools as one of the key search criteria, so you’ll know whether or not your dream home is in the catchment of the school you have in mind. (click here)
Check out these houses from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family home with an extended kitchen and lovely south-facing garden, set ‘Between the Commons’ and just a short walk to Clapham Junction and many of the local schools. …click here for more details
For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house on a sought after road off Lavender Hill which has been meticulously restored, retaining many original features as well as many bespoke fittings, with great indoor entertaining space and a 49ft garden …click here for more details
On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom family home near to Battersea Park with no onward chain, providing very well balanced living and entertaining space and completely restored to a very high standard including a fantastic utility room. …click here for more details
For rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom house in excellent condition, decorated and designed to the highest of standards with plenty of space, storage and natural light, and set on one of the most sought after streets in Balham, just a short walk to Clapham South. …click here for more details
The weekend is almost upon us and it’s going to be a goodie!
As we cling on to warmer temperatures (we’re busy doing sundances), it’s time for the Bellvue Road Summer Fair! The date we’ve been waiting for is upon us. Bigger and better than ever, this year there’ll be a stage with various acts to fill the air with music, singing and dance moves, as well as a fantastic collection of stalls selling all sorts from cakes and cider to toys, treats and trinkets. Add to the fun a bouncy castle, face painting, giant bubble blowing, a hog roast and of course, the brilliant annual Dog Show. Rosettes are at the ready. Question is, is your pooch? …click here for more details
Last call for the Wandsworth Bake Off this Saturday! Bakers old and young should bring their brilliant bakes, be they cakes, cupcakes, tray bakes or biscuits to the Northcote Road to be judged by an expert panel (no pressure). Who will be Star Baker this year? Ooh, it’s almost as good as the telly – on your marks, get set, bake! (I bow to you, Mel and Sue) …click here for more details
It’s Open House Weekend across London. Ever wanted to have a peek inside some of London’s most iconic buildings? Now’s your chance. Keep it local, by visiting the New Wimbledon Theatre for a behind the scenes tour, or head into town for all sorts of treats hidden behind some great facades. Number 10 even opens its doors (entry by ballot only) as do so many other famous buildings not usually open to the public, as well as some more modest but nonetheless architecturally interesting buildings, homes and offices. Grand Designs anyone? …click here for more details
And next weekend sees the start of the Balham Food Festival with a party atmosphere taking over Hildreth Street Market and Bedford Hill Square on the Sunday to kick off the week of gourmet gorgeousness. Thirty-five food and drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, international cuisine, refreshments, live music and children’s entertainment will be the order of the day. That should get us all in the mood – you had me at thirty-five… …click here for more details
There’s so much on offer for everyone from babies up to bigger children, and nobody puts mum in the corner!
If you’re reading this early, it’s not too late to head over to the Duke’s Head in Putney for Mum & Me with Eddie Catz, a morning of coffee, chat, motherhood brainstorming and entertainment. With music from Monkey Music and a visit from Eddie Cat himself, the little ones might be so distracted you’ll get to have a good ol’ chinwag! …click here for more details
There’s a playgroup for Under 3s and their grown-ups in Teddington on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Call in for coffee, cake, chat and a great session of fun for the little ones with plenty of activities on offer as they roam, including music and dancing. Perfect! …click here for more details
If you’ve got a little groover on your hands, you might be interested in new Street Dance after school classes at Gambado. For children aged from 4 to 8, they’ll have fantastic fun and build on their co-ordination, confidence and fitness. Equally good for boys and girls, they’ll learn pop dance, street dance, hip hop and breaking moves. They’ll thank you for it as young teens…! …click here for more details
Posture, Pelvis & Prams is a new weekly postnatal class at The Train Station Gym by Wandsworth Common. Super-focussed sessions will concentrate on rehab after birth which is so often overlooked and so important to the health and sense of wellbeing of new mums. There’s free parking and, of course, babies are very welcome! …click here for more details
It’s time for another Storytime Sunday at The Doodle Bar following six sold out events. Join ‘Wanda and the Alien’ creator, Sue Hendra, who will be leading a packed couple of hours of activities that will see your children interacting and creating with this award-winning writer. …click here for more details
Okido Magazine invites you an afternoon celebration in Battersea for the launch of the new CBeebies series, ‘Messy goes to Okido’. There will be food, music, games, splatter painting, dressing up, a photo booth, a crazy arcade..the list goes on. It sounds like the children would love to be taken along to this one! It’s free and all are welcome, but you must book your place in advance. No pushing, now NappyValleyNetters. …click here for more details
Stuck in a rut in the cooking merry-go-round and fancy some fresh new ideas and top tips to get the whole family involved? Then you might like to go along to a Family Cooking Workshop in Battersea soon. Children over 5 are welcome too – you can never start them too young with those cooking skills! …click here for more details
Make room in your diary for some me-time or together-time and take look at these great local goings-on
Skylark is embracing the new season with an Autumn Supper Club. The lovely café will transform into evening mode, with white linen tablecloths and twinkling candles, for customers to enjoy a four course seasonal menu celebrating all things October-ish. Book early to avoid disappointment! …click here for more details
Opus, the lovely shoe shop on Northcote Road, is celebrating ten years and invites you in to be Fabulous from Face to Feet – love it! Pop in to peruse and purchase before the end of September and you’ll receive a free gift from Rosalena Oils so your cheeks will be as gorgeous as your new shoes. Congratulations, Opus and happy birthday! …click here for more details
Don’t forget today’s the day that Pure Collection on Northcote Road has a celebration of London Fashion Week going on, with the chance to shop the autumn collection with some nibbles on hand, and from 2pm to 8pm there will be a colour specialist in store to give you some expert style advice – yay! …click here for more details
Linear London is holding a Cheese & Wine Evening in its Balham showroom soon. Sample delicious wines, breads and cheeses and hear short inspirational talks from local producers and suppliers, all in great surroundings; you might just get some bright ideas for a stunning new kitchen. Even better, it’s free, but first come first served.. …click here for more details
Bosses, Bumps & Babies is a coffee morning in Wimbledon hosted by employment specialists, SW19 Lawyers. Go along to hear top tips on employment issues that working mums face and hear from guest speakers including an executive life coach and a nanny agency. …click here for more details
Don’t miss out on our brilliant new collection of offers and competitions for September. You could win a gorgeous pair of bay trees fromThe Gorgeous Garden Company, a stunning fingerprint charm from Sammy Duder, £100 of dry cleaning and laundry from Laundrapp, a place on an online Emotional Eating programme with Making Things Easy and lots more. Plus, fantastic discounts that are surely irresistible… …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Whatever you do, have fun!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx