Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
How’s half term? Whether you’re at work or at play, those still too young to go out and earn money are hopefully taking some time to kick back and relax or run around (and you ragged) with bottomless pits of energy. Occasionally I find it helps to channel some of that into helping with the odd chore around the house. Treats are sometimes dispensed according to the cleanliness of bedroom, state of bathroom, size of pile of screwed up clothes in a not-very-hidden corner. Bribery, some might say. Family harmony achieved via an important lesson in sharing the burdens of the household and helping others, I say. Anyway, what’s 50p among family? The tooth fairy and I vie for the position of Most Generous under this roof. Once the work is done the play can begin, so tap into our calendar to find out what’s on, either in our neighbourhood or slightly further afield in this great city of ours. (click here)
Need more space? Thinking about schools? Start your home search on our property pages which have homes for sale or to rent in the area together with all the most up-to-date school catchment distances, thanks to Lambeth and Wandsworth councils. Find the school you have your eye on in our drop-down menu and all the available properties within its catchment will come to you. (click here)
Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a stunning 5-bedroom Victorian residence with spectacular views directly over Clapham Common. This is a prime opportunity for a discerning buyer to create a wonderful family home as there is potential to convert the large loft space and unusually large basement. In addition there are great transport links at Clapham Junction and Clapham Common. …click here for more details
For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom mews town house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, beautifully updated with an open plan kitchen and large dining area plus off-street parking and a garage. …click here for more details
To rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 3-bedroom family house in West Putney, just moments from the River Thames and near to good transport links, with a large eat-in family kitchen and generous-sized double bedrooms. …click here for more details
For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 6-bedroom house off Clapham Common West Side, fully extended in a contemporary style to a very high standard and laid out over 4 floors, including a fully excavated basement with a large playroom/cinema room and wine room.…click here for more details
Let’s start with you this week – you deserve it!
It’s the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in early March – the place to be for anyone with a love of stitch, textile art and crafts. Get ideas, learn new skills and peruse a huge range of essential supplies from over 200 specialist companies. Or head to one of the many workshops or demonstrations to glean a few tips from the experts.…click here for more details. We’ve got a special ticket discount for the show, plus the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets. If you’re already nimble with a thimble or keen to get to grips with handicraft for the first time, this could be just the push you need! …click here for more details
This sounds brilliant. A free NADFAS talk, From Wiid Beasts to Pickled Sharks: 100 Years of Modern Art is being held at Omnibus in Clapham Old Town. In this taster session, popular lecturer Linda Collins will take you through modern art with scepticism and lots of humour. What was I just saying earlier about unmade beds?! …click here for more details
Urban Retreat – Raw Food & Yoga is on again at Wandsworth Common in early March. Book in some me-time and stroll over for a blissful day of yoga and relaxation techniques as well as some great ideas for easy, fresh and raw food recipes. Set off on the right foot for springtime. …click here for more details
Plans are hotting up for Clapham Works, starting next week at various locations around SW4. With talks, discussions, workshops and forums, it’s a three week bonanza on all things marketing, including the big wide world of social media. Increase your knowledge, know-how and contacts. Take a look through all that’s on offer and join in. …click here for more details
There’s a Careers Fair at Clapham Village Nursery this weekend, so if this is your area, you might want to call by. There’s the offer of refreshments plus the chance of winning a £100 ‘love to shop’ voucher! Can I come in disguise?! …click here for more details
Children bring with them a whole new world – help is close at hand!
There’s a 2nd Baby Preparation Class with The Baby Care Company next week, so if you’re expecting and about to have a three year or more age gap, book in for the chance to pick up some top tips on how to manage, adapt and juggle a savvy three-year old and a newborn baby. …click here for more details
If your maternity leave is coming to an end, then you might find the next NCT Returning to Work Workshop really helpful. A chance to talk and think about all the practical and emotional challenges involved in going back to work, and what you can do to tackle them. …click here for more details
Promoting Children’s Independence is a workshop being held at Wandsworth Prepsoon, designed to support parents in preparing children for school life by encouraging independence at home and helping them to develop self-awareness and confidence. …click here for more details
Time for another of those brilliant Clapham NCT Nearly New Sales! Bag a bargain on quality baby and children’s clothes, equipment, toys and books. You’ll even find buggies, cots, travel cots, high chairs and more. Put it in your diaries and eat a good breakfast that morning – elbows out! …click here for more details
And for the children, culture, fun and learning
Happy Harry’s Café is on at Polka Theatre soon. Harry’s friends Matt the Cat, Jo the Crow, Ryan the Lion and Robin the Robin love going to his café and lapping up his soup, but what happens when the soup’s no good? Watch Michael Rosen’s charming and quirky tale come to life with music, words and physical theatre. …click here for more details
After a slight change in timing for half term week, Little Larks Crafts is back to its usual Monday and Wednesday morning schedule for pre-schoolers at Skylark Café on Wandsworh Common. Drop-in or book ahead for fun activities to fire little imaginations and a colouring table to let rip with all shades of the kaleidoscope. Plus fab coffee for you, of course! …click here for more details
Little Folk with Albo is back to entertain you and yours at The Colour House Theatre soon. American folksinger and guitarist, Al Clogston, will have you all singing along to his camp songs, traditional children’s songs and original tunes with song sheets and plenty of 0-5s there to help! …click here for more details
Like your little one to start off life with both French and English under his or her belt? Then you might want to head over to Little Linguists Nursery next week for their open day and coffee morning where you’ll have the chance to meet the staff, take in the environment and hear a bit about how their sponge-like brains absorb wonderful words!…click here for more details
If you get your skates on you can join in on a free Explore Learning Workshop at Wandsworth Town Library this very morning. Enter the imaginative dream world ofRoald Dahl’s BFG and get to work on creating your own whizz-popping, fizz-whizzing version! …click here for more details
And for younger ones tomorrow, Wandsworth Town Library has another free session – Storytime followed by a Sport Relief themed Dress a Sporty Teddy craft activity. A splash of gold for Roger Federer perhaps or go-faster stripes for Usain Bolt..? …click here for more details
Don’t forget the Imagine Children’s Festival is still on at the Southbank until Sunday. Run by kids, for kids, you’ll all enjoy the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free activities for children up to 12. …click here for more details
Time’s nearly up to enter to win a place on the Making Things Easy 28 day Tummy Attack bootcamp, and you’ve got until the end of the month on all the rest of our lovelyoffers and competitions. Family holiday plans, new blinds needed or perhaps tempted by some me-time in the form of a beauty treatment or yoga? Take a look – they’re yours for the taking! …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Have fun!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xxx