Celebrations, songs and festive fun: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

‘Tis the season to be merry, bright and running around like a headless chicken.  Whether you work full time, part time or are a stay-at-home mum or dad, then it’s safe to assume that all of us are just a little stretched at the moment.  Class parties, Christmas parties, work parties, present-thinking, present-buying, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Impoverished Tuesday.  Carol concerts, Christmas fairs, nativity plays, little Johnny as Jesus, little Mary as, well, Mary, just don’t drop the (plastic) baby.  And so it goes on.  You might as well join in as wholeheartedly as you can.  We can all limp to the finishing line together with one eye on that prize.  The odd lie-in (maybe) and a clear and cosy evening or two in late December.  It’ll be here before you know it, so have plenty of fun in the meantime!  If you do need any more festive inspiration, you’ll find it on our calendar. (click here)


On the move?  We have all the properties for sale or to rent in Nappy Valley thanks to PrimeLocation and four local agents, with handy maps and school catchment distances, so if you happen to be considering schools when choosing your next abode, we’ve got all the details you need. (click here)


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

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For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom Victorian family house set in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a large cellar and loft and a very well-maintained south-facing garden stretching to 59ft. …click here for more details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment set on a popular garden square in Clapham Old Town and very near Clapham Common tube, with stunning proportions of nearly 1,500 sqft including extensive living and entertaining space overlooking Grafton Square. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom house set in a modern gated development just moments from transport and in the heart of Clapham Old Town, carefully extended to offer excellent accommodation all round. …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom Victorian house on a highly sought after road ‘Between the Commons’, presented in immaculate order with a high standard of fittings throughout, a fabulous master suite in the loft and a fully tanked cellar/utility room. …click here for more details


Jingle bells, mistletoe and wine…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We’re having another Au Pair & Nanny Meet-Up on Northcote Road next week, so come along to share in some Christmas cheer with a complimentary drink thanks to our friends at Ayrton Bespoke.  Let’s see how many nationalities and different ways to celebrate Christmas we can fit under one roof! It’s free to come along, but please do book in advance.  Here’s how. …click here for more details

It’s Festive Supper time at Skylark next week when they open their doors after dark, lay out the linen, light the candles and invite you to tuck into a delicious dinner created by Frank Schmid – ex-Dorchester no less – who has cooked up several feasts for Pop-Ups at Skylark before.  Having been in the past, I can safely say, you’ll be in for a pre-Christmas treat! …click here for more details

Town Hall Cherubs is the lovely Christmas offering from Battersea Arts Centre for children aged 2 up to 5.  A really magical and captivating immersive play, where the children follow a cherub around various rooms on a playful exploration of the corners of the town hall, and all the treats hidden within. …click here for more details

It’s the Fircroft School Christmas Fair tomorrow evening and it sounds like it’s going to be choc-full of fun and Christmas cheer.  Santa will be in his camper van grotto, a mini traditional carousel will be doing its turn, Christmas carols will be sung by the choir, and grown-ups and children alike will be kept warm by mulled wine and hot chocolate (respectively, of course).  …click here for more details


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, full of singing and cheer 

Go along to the Do-re-mi Babies baby & toddler classical Christmas concert at St Anne’s Church this very morning.  It’s ‘Dancing & twirling with the saxophone’ so your little ones will be spinning around, and not like Kylie.  From a tango to favourite Christmas carols, you’ll all feel mellow and bright! …click here for more details

It’s the Lullaby Trust’s Carols by Candlelight over in Chelsea this evening, a family-friendly event with carols performed by the Medici Choir and a string quartet as well as readings by Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Sarah Montague, all followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Perfect! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby is holding a Christmas Concert in Twickenham tomorrow with the theme, Meet the Trumpets, so it should sound suitably festive!  With music from the Baroque through to the modern day, you’ll hear all sorts of delights from a broad range of trumpets from the Flugelhorn to the Hosepipe! …click here for more details

Clapham Omnibus are hosting a Christmas party all day this Saturday with Omni-Christmas Open House including family theatre, ukeleles and jazz to get you well into the yuletide swing! …click here for more details

The SouthWest Songbirds will be in full Christmas voice next week at their Christmas Concert in Earlsfield.  A candlelit evening of music including traditional carols as well as well-known favourites, and they’ll also be introducing The Junior Songbirds into the repertoire for the first time. …click here for more details

Tin Pan Annie Music has opened enrolment for the January term, so get ahead and book in some fun for the new year.  Little ones are immersed in all things musical in these fun and exciting classes with different themes each week revolving around music, props, posters and puppets, with bubbles to pop as each session comes to a close. …click here for more details

Why not give yourself a taster session and go along to the Tin Pan Annie Family Christmas Show?  You’ll meet Frosty, Rudolph and dancing snowflakes while singing along to the Tin Pan Annie Rock Band playing all the fab Christmas favourites.  Perfect for everyone from 0 to 100 – you’ll all be full of the Christmas joys!…click here for more details

Love the sound of this one. It’s the Baby Broadway Christmas Special in Balham next week where you’ll be able to introduce your little ones to the magic of musicals, with West End performers entertaining with songs from Annie, Mary Poppins, Frozen and more.  Surely a Spoonful of Sugar will help Christmas run just that little bit more smoothly……click here for more details


You’re super-busy so make sure they are too!

You’ll be springing into action for the school holidays before you know it, so let them do some springing at The Little Gym Adventure Camp.  Three brilliant hours of fast-action indoor fun in the days before Christmas to burn off some of that never-ending energy, while you do that running round like a headless chicken thing!…click here for more details.  And for the older ones aged 6 to 12, there’s a Gymnastics Skills Camp to perfect that technique, tuck in that head, point those toes.  Plenty of dynamic fun. …click here for more details

Gambado Chelsea and Dance Grooves invite all children from 4 up to 12 to come along to their Kids Christmas Party just three days before The Big Day.  It promises to be an afternoon packed with festive fun, including party games and a funky disco where they’ll learn some new moves.  Tea is included and so is an hour’s free play at the end.  Nicely exhausted should sum it up! …click here for more details

Youngstars Christmas Holiday Camps have got the area covered from SW12 to SW6 and SW19 with their tried and tested fun games, introduction to new sports and themed arts and crafts.  A few tree decs coming home, perhaps? …click here for more details

There’s a Catch Christmas Workshop off Battersea Rise this Saturday, with festive games, activities and arts and crafts with some Disney thrown in for good measure. Sounds like fab fun for 4 to 11 year olds! …click here for more details


New year, new you?  Start your planning here.

Just when I thought this post was fun enough, encouraging children to join Zebra Skate for hybrid sports like Rollerhockey and Rollersoccer, as well as being great training for skiing and ice-skating, I spotted the extra news which is the offer of three free sessions for mums, au-pairs and older sisters!  Get to grips with wheels in Battersea Park in 2016 and show the children your moves! …click here for more details

Another one for the grown-ups, Funky Moves were so inundated with bookings for their new Adult Street Dance Class that they’ve added another one to their schedule.  Brace yourselves for Funky Fridays, starting in January.  Who needs Ibiza when you’ve got Nappy Valley!? …click here for more details

There’s a mixed level Pilates Class at Fybre Fitness each Tuesday and Friday, kept quite small for really good attention (no hiding at the back of the class then!?).  Become more flexible and toned, ease away any aches and pains and feel more relaxed and energised – I’m there – bring on 2016! …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, may you be merry and bright!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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