Christmas fun, festive fairs and crafty creations: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet!

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

So, we came through Halloween and into what felt like a Bonfire Night ‘season’, the pretty pyrotechnics scattering our skyline for days on end!  Now it’s full steam ahead for Christmas, especially if our calendar is anything to go by, bursting as it is with fairs, shopping events, parties, pantomimes and more.  As your own diaries fill up, take a look at ours and don’t miss out on any local magic that might be sprinkling its festive fun your way…click here for details

Let’s get straight into the Christmas spirit, laughing all the way…ha, ha, ha!

Christmas fun, festive fairs and crafty creationsThis sounds like a brilliant evening.  The Gardens Nursery School Christmas Fundraising Shopping Event. A Friday evening, lots of stalls, mulled wine and mince pies, a creche for the under 2s and a children’s cinema.  A great night out and no need for a babysitter!…click here for details

 Wandsworth Museum is holding a two day Christmas Sale and Bazaar.  The museum may be temporarily closed but it’s open for festive fun, dressing up and Christmas crafts with lots of present ideas linked to all things Wandsworth – woolly mammoths and Roman coin key rings included!…click here for details

Go along to The Spirit of Finton Christmas Shopping Spectacular tomorrow with over 40 unique stalls, a gift-wrapping service, Christmas tree orders and an apres ski bar!  Vodka luge anyone!?…click here for details

Or how about the Green & Ethical Christmas Fayre at Holy Trinity, Clapham?  Does exactly what it says on the tin, with stalls selling fairly traded, green and ethical products, organic food and recycled wrapping.  The children can try their hands at beeswax candle-making and meet real live animals to pose for a City Farm Nativity photograph, complete with costumes and stable! Love it!…click here for details

All you ‘Save the Romany‘ supporters out there might like to know that the Playhouse Playgroup Christmas Fair is on Friday 21st, with lots of local businesses selling their wares while Rudolph grazes on the grass outside.  The recent campaign depleted their funds so go along to help them raise some more!…click here for details


We’re very delighted to be supporting Gambado Chelsea for their very festive party on Thursday 4th December in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Think disco, Santa’s Grotto, festive arts and crafts, mulled wine and shopping, shopping, shopping from some exclusive local retailers.  And did I mention shopping? Get Christmas all sewn up!…click here for details

Another opportunity to nip to the shops, this time while the children have a lovely time getting crafty and baking suitably festive recipes with the Busy Bakers Workshop.  Think gingerbread, glitter, stickers and sparkles…click here for details

And there’s more – ’tis the season!  Ravenstone Primary is holding a Christmas Shopping Night, this very evening.  Not just great stalls (some straight from the London Design Festival) but a bar and manicures too.  Perfection!…click here for details

Eddie Catz Wimbleon is holding it’s Santa’s Grotto again this year where you can meet the main man in a Winter Wonderland with a photographer on hand to snap the happy moment.  Elves will help with letter writing to Santa and making a bag of reindeer food before they have even more fun in the playzone!…click here for details

Everyone Bikes is giving us a helping push-off for Christmas and are taking orders for Frog Bikes right now.  They’re all set up to sell you a bike for children aged 2-14 and then look after them until the time comes for Father Christmas to try to fit it down your chimney – complete with red bow on top!…click here for details

The ever busy Omnibus Arts Centre in Clapham is putting on a performance of ‘Billy Goats Gruff’, an interactive family treat for 3 to 6 year olds with the promise of a festive twist…click here for details

And if you’re a bit older, then Sleeping Trees and Theatre 503’s Cinderella and the Beanstalk sounds like fun.  Performed by an award-winning comedy trio, brace yourselves for fast, physical and bare-knuckled entertainment! You shall go to the Ball – just via a beanstalk…click here for details

Back to the children and responsibilities of parenthood – here are a few ideas to give you a boost

ChildrenInNeedFundraising for “Children in Need” will be in full swing tomorrow!  If you’d love some yummy cake with a side order of delicious hot chocolate then pop down to Marsh & Parsons in Clapham Old Town. You win AND Pudsey wins! Brilliant!…click here for details

NCT Baby Massage 5-week courses are running in Balham for babies from 5 weeks to 6 months old and their mum or dad.  Massage has been proven to help with development as well as aiding sleep and digestion.  Say no more!…click here for details 

If you’re on the look out for a bargain, then it’s nearly time for the Dulwich Nearly New sale.  A great moment to grab a bargain with other family-friendly stalls to peruse too, all in the heart of Dulwich Village…click here for details

The award-winning First Aid for Life is running another of its paediatric first aid courses in Balham.  Ideal for you, or your nanny, granny, au-pair or childminder, it’s Ofsted registered so you’ll be qualified and have the confidence to help in an emergency…click here for details

Ever worry about the children using the computer and how to make sure they use it safely?  The Parent Practice is running a workshop on ‘Parenting in the Digital Age’…click here for details 

 And now for some fun and games to keep the weeks energised and entertaining

There’s a new drop-off Create & Build workshop for the over 4’s run by the Artful Toddler and Build it, every Wednesday at 4pm.  Create some masterpieces and build with construction toys.  What’s not to love?…click here for details

The Minnow Club run a toddler craft group every Thursday morning in Brixton.  Craft and creativity for the 0-5s with a different theme each time plus a Play Doh imagination table, story-telling and sing-along with bubbles.  And for the grown-ups, there’s chat, coffee and pastries…click here for details 

Ninja Kids has some room on the mats for those aged 6-12 to help build confidence, agility and co-ordination.  Classes are held on both Wandsworth Common and the Devas Club, and try-outs are on offer…click here for details 

Ladies’ tennis is back on Wednesdays on Clapham Common every week.  Warm up and drills followed by an hour’s matchplay.  No need to book, but you do need to serve!  Just turn up and play for under a tenner – fab!…click here for details 

After all that, sit down for a moment with a hot toddy in hand and take a look at our brilliant property pages.  We’ve teamed up with PrimeLocation to bring you homes for sale and to rent in the area, all linked to school catchments and it’s clearly mapped out for you…click here for details 

Check out these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week:


Available to rent with Hamptons International, a lovely semi-detached 5-bedroom home with extended kitchen and stretching to over 2,000 sqft in the sought after Telford Park area…click here for details 

On the market with Savills, a sensational 6-bedroom, semi-detached house with superb entertaining space and a west-facing garden…click here for details

With Marsh & Parsons, a Victorian family house with a converted basement, west-facing garden and just moments from Clapham Common and the Northcote Road…click here for details

And for sale with Douglas & Gordon, a wonderful, bright and spacious 4-bedroom family house in the heart of Clapham…click here for details

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


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team


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