Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
This might just be the week when, like the aforementioned crazed elf, I swing from lampposts, jump across rooftops and skip down the road in my red bobble hat singing, ‘It’s Christmas’ at the top of my voice. The reason I’m so very filled with cheer is that our Win a Nappy Valley Christmas is live and kicking. Thanks to our wonderful partners, we’ve pulled together an extraordinary collection of goodies for one – yes, just one – lucky NappyValleyNetter to win. It has to be seen to be believed and includes everything from your turkey, wine, tree and wreath to beauty treatments, hair-dos, dinner for two and a family ticket to a Christmas show. Just make sure you’re sitting down before you click on through to have a little look. Wishing you all the very best of Christmas sparkle and magical luck! (click here)
Fancy a change of chimney for Santa next year? If you’re house hunting then start your search with us. Our property pages, which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents, have all the homes for sale and to rent in Nappy Valley, plus their distances from the school you have in mind. (click here)
Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week
Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom Victorian mid-terraced family house, very near to Clapham Common and only ten minutes walk from Clapham Junction, with a contemporary kitchen and beautifully refurbished throughout, with plenty of period features. …click here for more details
For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 3-bedroom house in a gated mews development in Abbeville Village, with off-street parking as well as a garage and a lovely patio garden, plus a south-west facing balcony off the second floor bright and airy reception room. …click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family home in the heart of the Nightingale Triangle and just a short walk to Clapham Common and Clapham South tube, with a modern open-plan kitchen and a working fireplace (watch out Father Christmas!) …click here for more details
For rent with Hamptons International is a 6-bedroom semi-detached house near Clapham Common and Clapham Junction, with an amazing amount of space including a cellar for storage and off-street parking. …click here for more details
Did we mention it’s Christmas?
Following hot on the heels of the NappyValleyNet Christmas Meet-up, we’re delighted to announce our Xmas Drinks Party for au pairs and nannies. It will be held from 8pm on 15th December at All Bar One and thanks to our friends at Ayrton Bespoke, there will even be some complimentary drinks and cocktails!
Don’t miss The Bellevue Road Christmas Fair this very Sunday! Santa will be in his grotto, stalls will line the street and there’ll be festive cheer aplenty. I can almost smell the mulled wine from here… …click here for more details
If you’ve got a free evening in the run up to Christmas, then treat yourself to a Festive Supper at Skylark. Linen will be laid out, lights will twinkle and the evening will begin with lobster and end with a snowman. How can you resist! …click here for more details
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Santa’s coming and will be at Orleans House Gallery in mid-December, giving out gifts to children aged over 4 in the Octagon. Lovely fun! …click here for more details
Time for the Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave at The Bedford. And this time, it’s Christmas! Join the DJ on the multi-sensory dance floor, with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant parachute, and yes, you guessed it, a snow machine! Go rave with your babes. Sunday afternoon has never been such fun! …click here for more details
If you’re looking for a Christmas Carol Service of the star-studded variety, then go along to the Home-Start Wandsworth service at St Anne’s Church. With readings from actors and celebrities including Jane Asher, Sir Richard Stilgoe and Timothy West, as well as wonderful musical performances, wine and mince pies, there won’t be a Scrooge in sight. …click here for more details
It’s the Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem Christmas Party by way of Dulwich soon, with two party sessions to entertain the family with all sorts of festive fun. Santa’s grotto, face painting, candy floss, popcorn, fun, games and competitions including best fancy dress. The Christmas theme is a good one at this time of year. …click here for more details
Riding Lights presents A Christmas Cracker at St Nicholas’ Church in Tooting next week. Things are not going well for world famous storyteller Ebeneezer Sneezer. She’s lost, there’s snow in her wellies and her dog, Cracker, has some unusual ideas about Christmas. Promising to be packed with comedy, puppetry and seasonal storytelling – this festive production for little ones sounds like fun! …click here for more details
It’s not just Father Christmas who’s just around the corner – here are some holiday ideas
There’s a Santa’s Grotto at Eddie Catz Wimbledon again this year. Step into his workshop and meet the Elves, write your letter and make some magic reindeer food before meeting the man himself. He makes time for each family and gives his presents to the good children before posing for a professional photograph – no Selfie Santas here! …click here for more details
Little Crafters are holding two Christmas craft activity sessions in Battersea. All things glittery, festive and bright along with songs and cakes plus tea and coffee for the grown-ups.…click here for more details
If your 6 to 14 year old is nimble with a thimble (or a sewing machine) or would love to have a go, then there’s a Christmas Sewing Workshop that’ll keep them busy right up to Christmas Eve. With a new project every morning, they’ll make stockings and tree decorations, gifts and Santa sacks. …click here for more details
For those aged 5 up to 14, there’s a Christmas Movie & Dance Party – Elf Style going on the week before the big day, and it sounds like a lot of fun! An afternoon filled with all things Elf, including the brilliant Will Ferrell movie, Christmas-themed games and a Christmas Disco to throw some elfin shapes and get in the groove with Dance Grooves. Yellow tights optional. Shame the age limit is 14… …click here for more details
In other news (there is life beyond the festivities)
There’s a new weekly drop-in story session at Skylark, Story Island. For babies and toddlers, a professional storyteller will capture their imaginations with stories, songs, rhymes and props and keep them fully enthralled for thirty blissful minutes. …click here for more details
There’s an Open Morning today at the Mosaic Jewish Primary School on Roehampton Lane. Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, it welcomes children from all faiths, beliefs and none, and allocates 50% of its places to the local community. …click here for more details
If you’re considering a musical theatre class next term for your budding starlet, aged 3 to 5, then go along to this free trial with Let’s Act at St Luke’s on Saturday. The whole world’s a stage, so why not get them started early? They’ll have a whole lot of fun while singing, dancing and building their speech development and confidence. …click here for more details
There’s a Le Creuset demonstration at Lords At Home this Saturday. These classic pots and casseroles are perfect for Christmas cooking so go along to meet the experts and learn about the greatness of cast iron! If you buy from the Cast Iron or Pan Range, you’ll get a free goodie bag worth £30 – yay! …click here for more details
Head over to St John’s Hill this Sunday morning for some family time at Storytime at The Bright Emporium. Author and illustrator Fred Blunt will be there reading from his book ‘Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale’, with creative and arty activities afterwards. …click here for more details
French Fun & Games is a weekly playgroup at the Latchmere introducing the language to your little ones with a French tutor – lots of singing and dancing and it’s not just the children who are expected to join in…allez-y! …click here for more details
Join in on National Tree Dressing Day at Fulham Palace this Sunday. Inspired by many traditional customs across the world, tree dressing is a way of appreciating all the trees on our own doorsteps and now the leaves have fallen, it’s the perfect moment to get creative and decorate! Drop-in and free – entirely win, win! …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Have lashings of festive fun!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx