Family festivals, comedy festivals and summer holiday fun: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

So, the week we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.  Most schools break up by tomorrow, so bring on long, lazy, calm, relaxed summer days with wafting skirts and long grasses.  Stop!  Rewind the Timotei ad.  I can hear the collective “Yeah, right” from here!  How is that summer idyll possible when, if you’re not away on holiday, you’re here juggling work, play, family, any number of children of various ages, mass catering, repeat picnicking, so on and so forth. You can do it because you’re a high-energy, multi-tasking, SuperMum/Dad and NappyValleyNetter!  And if you aren’t, can’t or just too plain worn out, then movies galore and early to bed (for you and them!).  Jesting aside, to maintain some kind of order and equilibrium on these not-so-lazy summer days, use our calendar as your ‘right hand man’ to give you inspiration for fun-filled and (sometimes) relaxing times with the children. (click here)

On the look out for some new bricks and mortar?  Then start your search on our property pages, which we bring to you complete with a long list of local primary schools, so you can look for your new home using the usual search criteria plus the rather handy one of school catchment areas.  The houses you’re looking at will include the distance in metres from the local school you’re most interested in. (click here)

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

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For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 6-bedroom Victorian terrace very close to Northcote Road and just off Battersea Rise, extended into the loft and side return to create spacious family living to a very high standard, with a west-facing garden and roof terrace with far-reaching views. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family house with excellent living and entertaining space and a stunning south-facing garden, just five minutes’ walk from Clapham Junction station. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 6-bedroom semi-detached house on a popular street on the sought after Heaver Estate, in excellent modern condition with a spacious layout and plenty of natural light and storage space. …click here for more details 

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 2-bedroom home with a large reception/dining room offering great entertaining space, with bi-fold doors opening onto a large, grassed garden set in the heart of the Heaver Estate, just a stone’s throw from Tooting Bec Common. …click here for more details

The festivals keep on rolling and the fun never ends..

It’s the Ickle Pickles Summer Party on Wandsworth Common this Saturday!  It sounds like it’s going to be a fun-packed fundraising afternoon with food and craft stalls, funfair rides, giant inflatables, a BBQ, a Pimms tent.  So that’s the grown ups taken care of, but the kids will be alright with Amanda’s Action Club in action, musical adventurists, a Toddler tent, face painting and more.  Family fun! …click here for more details

The Get Active Wandsworth Festival will be in full swing at King George’s Park on Saturday afternoon.  A free sport and activity event with lots of sports demos and taster sessions for all the family, from circus skills and a climbing wall to tai chi and yoga, there’ll be something for everyone to burn off some energy and have fun in the process! …click here for more details 

Go along to Wimbledon Park on Sunday for a Family Picnic organised by Christ Church, Earlsfield.  There’ll be family fun aplenty with activities for children aged 0 to 11 beginning at 2pm.  The plan is to meet near the Revelstoke Road entrance of the park and don’t forget to pack a picnic and rug! …click here for more details

Omnibus are holding their first ever family arts festival, Grasshopper, on Clapham Common later this month.  Running over four days, it will include free book readings, puppetry workshops, art and crafts, ‘Poetry in a pea green boat’ and plenty of ticketed events too.  Culture on the common has never been so good! …click here for more details

Feeling in need of a good belly laugh?  We’re in the midst of the Balham Comedy Festival and fun, food and frivolity are in plentiful supply at The Bedford where many famous comedians launched their careers.  Stephen K Amos is on this very evening and Tim Vine on Saturday.  There’s even a special 20% discount if you live in SW12.  It’s great being a NappyValleySW12er …click here for more details

Bright Horizons’ kids unlimited nurseries are holding an Open Week next week. A great opportunity to have a good look around your child’s prospective nursery, get a good feel for the environment and hear more about the day-to-day activities and the ethos of their first learning environment. …click here for more details 

Looking for inspiration for happy children this summertime?  Look no further…

Gambado Summer Camp starts next week with a timetable packed with all sorts of fun, games and activities for children.  Gambado members get 25% off if booked 24 hours in advance but you’d better be quick – it’s filling up fast! …click here for more details

Little Crafters are getting creative this month, with one, two or three day sessions on offer from just £10.  For children aged from 1 to 4, they’ll be encouraged to explore and develop their creativity as well as enjoy a story, play, snack and songs.  Sounds fab – let those creative juices run wild! …click here for more details

Minies & Minders for 0s to 7s is open throughout the summer holidays!  From Monday, they’ll be opening their doors every morning at the East Hill Baptist Church to welcome you and your little ones in for giant parachute play, dressing-up, musical instruments, a reading corner, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, a separate baby area, water and sand tables…I could go on – it sounds packed with fun!…click here for more details

Inspire Summer Camps are starting really soon in either Wandsworth Common or Wandsworth Park.   Weeks of fun-packed football and athletics fun for children from three and a half up to 13 years old.  With early bird drop offs at no extra cost and limited spaces available, you’re under starter’s orders……click here for more details

Ninja Kids Summer Camp is running over three weeks on Wandsworth Common.  Meet by Skylark and come dressed in loose fitting clothes so as to be able to fully develop the martial arts technique as well as build their confidence and enjoy the fun and challenge.  Karate Kid, eat your heart out……click here for more details

Budding actors, directors and writers can join the Actors Alive Summer Workshop at Clapham’s Omnibus.  Over three days, children aged 5 to 7 will work on all aspects of a production of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, learning how to breathe life into the world of a play, not just acting but also directing, designing and music composition.  Parents, brace yourselves for a fabulous performance at the end! …click here for more details

Another workshop for budding scientists or those just interested in the world around them at Eddie Catz, Putney.  Little House of Science are running The Invention of Paper & Paper Making to look at the fascinating journey into the history of paper as well as designing and making their own to take home. …click here for more details

There are two SEN holiday camps for 6-12 year olds with mild-moderate special needs running over the summer in Wandsworth and Ravenscourt Park.  Each day involves a mixture of calming and dynamic activities like balloon tennis, biscuit decorating, papier mache and more.  Full school-length days on offer and childcare vouchers accepted in Wandsworth.  Brilliant! …click here for more details

Theatrebugs are holding a week’s summer workshop in Fulham on The Lion and the Mouse.  Poor Leo the Lion is trapped in a net – can incy wincy Squeaker the Mouse work his magic to save him from being turned into Lion Lasagna by Pirate Shouty?  Sounds like lots of fun-filled days of acting, singing, drama and dressing-up for three and a half to 6 year olds. …click here for more details

Any mini rockers in the house?  The Upbeat Pop and Rock Summer Course starts later this month where little groovers can sing, dance, play in a band, perform and record a CD to keep forever (and play at their wedding or on This is Your Life).  Love it! …click here for more details

The Little Gym Summer Camps spring into action next week!  For children aged from 3 up to 12, will yours go for an Adventure camp, a Super Kids quest or a Gymnastics Skill Thrill?  With discounts for members, choose from drop-in classes or book a full week – either way, flick flack your way over and join in on the super-bendy fun! …click here for more details

Whatever you do, have lots of summer fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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