It’s still bracing out there but spring has most certainly sprung and this is the week we spring into action with the holidays getting underway. If you, like me, have been caught unawares by the speed with which the second half of this term has shot by, then we’ve got a few ideas lined up for you, both here and on our jam-packed, chocolate-laced, marzipan-topped (sorry, I find Easter so distracting with all the sweet treats on offer) calendar. Whether you’re looking for activities for the children, for you and the children together, or for all of you as a family or en masse with friends, never fear. NappyValleyNet is here. Check in with us regularly to make sure you’re not missing a trick. It’s full of bright ideas for these brighter days and don’t forget the clocks spring forward on Saturday night. One hour less sleep… chocolate, anyone? (click here)
Busy nesting, with thoughts turning to the roof over your heads? If you’d like a new one, then start your hunt right here. We know you well, and with all the usual property search criteria, our brilliant pages also have school catchments mapped out. So, if you know the school you’d like, you can find all the properties within the required radius. (click here)
Take a look at these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week
On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom house near Clapham Common which has been refurbished to a very high standard and fully extended, with a garden of almost 50ft …click here for more details
Available to rent with Hamptons International is an extremely well presented 4-bedroom family house, set ‘Between the Commons’ and in the catchment for both Honeywell and Belleville schools…click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom house in the heart of Clapham Old Town and just moments from Clapham Common, with a huge kitchen spread over the entire lower ground floor …click here for more details
On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a beautifully presented 3-bedroom Shaftesbury cottage, with excellent living and entertaining space and a large, south-facing garden …click here for more details
NappyValley is abuzz with fun, games and opportunities, be it with friends, family or your little ones.
Our first and fantastic news is that Family Saturdays, which run on the last Saturday of every month (so this very Saturday!) can go ahead at the Battersea Arts Centre. The front of the building was unaffected by the fire so it’s all go, go, go. In fact, the vast majority of their planned schedule is going ahead daily, so what better way to show your huge support to this fabulous place than going along and joining in on all the wonderful activities on offer. …click here for more details
Let’s Act are holding a free Open Day at St Luke’s this Saturday for 5 to 16 year olds, so if yours love music, dance and drama, or could do with improving their confidence or unlocking their creativity, this is the place for them! …click here for more details
There’s a free Nanos Spanish class up for grabs for any new recruits in Southfields tomorrow. Music, movement, craft and company, and all in Spanish. Venga, vamos! …click here for more details
We’re coming over all continental! There’s a French playgroup, Maude et moi who meet on Friday mornings for music, actions, stories and fun in Balham. And all en francais! …click here for more details
Baby Loves Disco is back on Saturday and they mean business at their Big Easter Bash in Clapham Junction (just take a look at the photo on the post – priceless!) . It’s dayclubbing at its best for mums and dads and their grooving babies and toddlers, with crafts and prizes for the best outfit. The Easter bunny had better up his game! …click here for more details
And for the 4 to 11s it’s Pop Lock-in later on with the DJs spinning the latest chart tunes and mocktails and cupcakes for the junior clubbers. Love it! …click here for more details
How about a little something for you, and you and you – oo-oo?
A new Mindfulness Course starts soon near Wandsworth Common with weekly sessions as well as a full afternoon retreat. If you’re looking to reduce the stress in your life and learn to live fully in the moment, this could be what you’ve been looking for! …click here for more details
Love the sound of this! There’s a Pregnancy Yoga and Brunch coming soon to Battersea Rise, starting with a class and followed by a delicious brunch. A fun, relaxing and rejuvenating morning and a chance to meet other local mums-to-be. Brilliant …click here for more details
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Today is the day for the Pure Collection all day discount event! If your spring wardrobe could do with a few additions, get yourself down to Northcote Road and enjoy! They’ve even got a Bafta award-winning stylist and fizz on hand to help with your choices and they’re open until 7pm. Quick detour on the way home from work perhaps…? …click here for more details
The Boat Race Show is a free exhibition of photographs at The Putney Exchange which celebrates equal rights on the water for the first time in the event’s 186 year history, when women will be racing on the same stretch as the men on 11th April! This fabulous collection of photographs show elite Edwardian lady rowers kitted out in their heavy ankle-length woollen skirts, through to today’s cutting edge, hi-tech kits. Either way, go girls! …click here for more details
Let’s crack on with even more Easter goings-on in the neighbourhood. You’ll be hard pressed to fit them all in!
Active Art are running Young Things Easter activity workshops. From twitching noses to fluffy tales and mischievous games, they’ll be making sculptures, drawing and performing at the Nature Study Centre on Wandsworth Common …click here for more details Or if Birds & Flight are more their thing, they might want to doff their feathers and jump on board this other creative workshop …click here for more details
Looking to immerse your children in all things French this holidays? Then Et Patati Patata in Fulham or Balham might just be pour vous! It looks like a fun-packed timetable of dancing, acting, playing, cooking and more. Allez-y! …click here for more details
It might be warming up slightly but Frozen is still a big theme in our children’s lives..! Dance Grooves are holding a Kids’ movie and dance club during the holidays in Putney. They’ll watch the much-loved movie with a packed lunch, then get to work on a choreographed dance routine ready to show you at pick-up time! …click here for more details Or if yours prefer the Penguins of Madagascar, it’s the same time, same place, just a couple of days later! …click here for more details
Head over to Hyde Park for The Royal Parks Foundation free easter activities. Discovery Day: Flower Power sounds fab, with a nature trail to unearth hidden plant facts and then colouring, painting and making a pot to plant a seed to take home. Then just ‘Let it Grow..’ Sorry, that Frozen thing again…! …click here for more details
Any budding Bowies, Faiths or Smiths out there? Then Upbeat Music are running an Easter course where you’ll sing, dance, play guitars and drums, record a CD and perform in the end of week gig. You’ll look back and say it all started here…who needs Simon Cowell? …click here for more details
Join Nana & Nunu, The Big Sneeze at the Fairfield Halls as they face their biggest adventure yet on a sixty minute musical journey around the world, meeting a host of colourful characters along the way. Sounds like Easter holiday fun to me! …click here for more details
It’s Arabian Nights at Clapham Omnibus on Easter Saturday. Go along to the award-winning children’s show and you’ll be transported to a wonderful world of mysterious marvels and tales from Ali Baba with Aladdin and his lamp. Genie-ous! …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx