Festivals, fairs and fun: Your ‘What’s On’ activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Another week, another 4-day week.  Getting quite a taste for them, it must be said.  From here on in, we’ve got to wait until August for another, though at least the sun might shine which helps with the full-on 5-days at a time schedule.  How to cope?  By keeping your trusty NappyValleyNet close at hand.  Looking for ideas and inspiration to keep the children entertained/happy/developing their skills repertoire/not pulling each other’s hair out/out of your hair?  Then we have listings for all sorts of classes and clubs in the area.  Looking for family fun at the weekends?  Then look no further to find out what’s going on, be it a local fair, sports classes, a spot of culture, a fundraiser.  It’s all here on the calendar which keeps on growing thanks to you all adding to it.  Never a dull moment, even if we are facing many a 5-day week.  Be strong. We’re in it together (click here)

On the move?  Have you taken a look at our brilliant property section?  It features homes for sale or to rent in the area with the extra search criteria of school catchments, so you can see what property is available in the catchment of the school you have your eye on.  Genius! (click here)

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

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On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom terraced house near Northcote Road and close to both Belleville and Honeywell primary schools.  Extended into the side return with a great mix of period features and modern decor, it has the potential to extend into the roof and a south-facing garden …click here for details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house offering fantastic living space on a highly sought after street just off Northcote Road.  One half of a pair of particularly wide Victorian houses that are completely unique in the area, it has been redeveloped into a high quality contemporary home including a converted basement with bedroom, shower room and family room …click here for details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom Victorian house on a very popular street near Battersea Park.  Recently refurbished throughout to make it a modern family home, it has fantastic entertaining space in the double reception room, leading into an eat-in kitchen which leads onto a paved garden …click here for details

For rent with Hamptons International is a charming 5-bedroom family home in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with over 2000 sqft of generous living space, plenty of period features and character throughout and a lawned and mature garden which stretches to 90ft …click here for details

High days and holidays…we’re full of the joys of spring

Did we mention it’s the Ritherdon Road Street Party next Sunday?  It’s the Ritherdon Road Street Party next Sunday, so head on down to this lovely strip just off Balham High Road and tuck into a hog roast from Bodeans, treats from Dee Light Bakery, a colouring competition run by Gallery Midnight, stalls to play at or buy from and listen to the Balham Ukulele Society in full swing.  A community day at its best! …click here for details

Fun Learning on Northcote Road are holding free activity sessions today and tomorrow for children aged 3 and up, accompanied by their grown-ups!  Today it’s Playfoam and they can roll it, shape it, squash it and then start all over again…!  And tomorrow it’s brilliant building fun with Zoob.  Budding designers and architects more than welcome! …click here for details

The Apple Cart is a free family show in Battersea next weekend and tells the tale of Beryl, Meryl and Cheryl on their way to see the Queen at Buckingham Palace with their magic apples.  But they took a wrong turn and now they’re here with a joyful mash-up of contemporary culture and traditional tales.  Family fun with some power ballads thrown in for good measure.  Brilliant! …click here for details

Bach to Baby are back in Wimbledon, this time with the french horn in tow.  The Golden Horn will explore the music of this impressive instrument, from Handel’s famous Water Music to a Russian Reverie and beyond.  There’s always time for a coffee and catch up with friends before the music strikes up – perfect! …click here for details

Rutherford House School Summer Fair is next Saturday and promises all the fun of the fair for all the family.  From a Coconut Shy, Hook a Duck and Mini Golf to a Giant Inflatable Slide (big enough for the big ‘kids’ I hope!?), barbecue, cake, tea and Tombola.  That’ll all make for a happy crew. …click here for details

It’s the Dulwich Piano Festival too, open to pianists in South London and beyond!  A competition for beginners to advanced pianists, it should be a wonderful afternoon and music to your ears. …click here for details

Thinking about the small people in your world? Open Days, playgroups, and top parenting tips – it’s all here…

There’s an Open Day at Shaftesbury Park Primary next week.  You’ll find out more about the 15 free hours for 3 and 4 year olds and have the chance to ask teachers about their brand new Forest School programme and French lessons.  It’s all going on! …click here for details

The Wandsworth kidsunlimited nursery and pre-school is holding an Open Day next month for parents to go and have a good look around and get a feel for how their little ones would settle in and go on to thrive leading up to their big school days. …click here for details

How about a weekly playgroup for the under 5s with un peu de francais thrown in?  Maude et Moi runs every Friday in Balham and anyone is welcome to drop in and join in, whatever their mother tongue! …click here for details

Bump & Baby Club is holding a Hypnobirthing and Breakfast at The Northcote next weekend.  Not just invaluable skills and techniques to help you through labour and birth, but also croissants, fresh fruit and plenty of chance to mingle with lots of other local mums-to-be.  Fab! …click here for details

The Parent & Baby Coach is running a Potty Training Starter Workshop soon.  Go along and learn the basic stages of potty training – when to spot the signs your child is ready, how to get started, successful offering of rewards and potty trouble shooting.  Help is here… …click here for details 

The Parent Practice are on hand with more workshops next week.  Bringing out the Best in Boys will give you some guidance as to how to channel all that energy to help your sons become self-assured, cooperative and motivated. (click here)  And Parenting in a Nutshell is a one day course designed to cover the crucial aspects of parenting, including communicating and positive discipline.  Where do I sign?! …click here for details

And now for something a bit different…

The National Gardens Scheme is in full bloom and this very evening there’s a garden opening its gate at 4 Macaulay Road, SW4 (advance booking essential).  A wonderful opportunity to admire what lies behind closed doors and enjoy all that a British summertime has to offer.  Next weekend is the main Festival, so take a look at their website to find gardens near you.  Not just for the green-fingered, possibly also the green-eyed! …click here for details

Get into the festival swing by heading out to Surrey next weekend to Vannfest 2015.  Devised with children in mind, under 12’s are just £1 (yay!) and camping is available free of charge (yay again!).  Picture a beautiful buttercup field in Ockley filled with live music and plenty of child-friendly entertainment.  Think theatrical tales acted out, yoga for children, origami, jewellery-making and much more.  If you must leave NappyValley, this sounds like a good reason to do so! …click here for details

Bikram Yoga in Clapham Junction invites you to a 30-day Fat Burning and Yoga Challenge, if you have a summertime bikini and shorts in your sights!  From how to eat to kick start your body onto the right track, to recipes and shopping lists, you’ll surely be glowing by the end! …click here for details

Time is running out to see Henry the Fifth at The Unicorn Theatre. Kings need crowns and castles to prove themselves and Henry’s no different. But he’s running out of cash and all he can think about is that his neighbour’s castle is bigger than his.  A modern, fun and inventive take on Shakespeare’s play, great for age 8 and up. …click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you decide to do, have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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