Finding Father Christmas, lights and music: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Heading to school this week, we practised some mental maths by counting up the number of days left in November and then adding that on to the number of days in December until they break up. To save you from doing the same sum, suffice to say it’s really soon.  Really, really soon in some cases.  Almost soon enough to feel like shouting ‘It’s Christmas’ from the rooftops in the style of Noddy Holder.  But I don’t want to look like some crazed elf, so I’ll just stick to these words, check on how that list is going (if only I could find it) and call in at one of the many festive occasions helping to get us all ready for the season – you’ll find them on our calendar. (click here)

Looking for a new house?  You’ll hopefully find it in our brilliant property pages (as long as you’re not moving away – don’t go!) where we have all the usual search criteria and also a drop-down menu of all the local primaries and how far each house is from the school you have in mind.  Handy, hey? (click here)

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

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For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family house set in the Nightingale Triangle, just a short walk from Clapham Common and in the catchment area of several sought after schools, with a large, open plan reception room with a working fireplace and an extended kitchen opening onto a large garden. …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom semi-detached town house set ‘Between the Commons’ in a very popular development, immaculately presented throughout and with a conservatory opening onto a 35ft garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom detached family home on one of the quietest and most sought after roads in SW12, double-fronted with a large garden and the potential to extend. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 7-bedroom detached family house near Tooting Bec Common, set in nearly an acre of land with a south-facing garden and a gated driveway plus a large roof terrace off the master bedroom. …click here for more details

History, culture and stretching – all sorts of fun for the little ones

Mini Yoga is Hatha yoga for pre-schoolers in the Earlsfield area with two classes to choose from in which to have fun with your little ones with stories, music and props while you get to bend and stretch together. Lovely!  There’s also an after school class for those aged 4 to 8 to get them into the yogic frame of mind. …click here for more details

It’s a Kids in the Museum Takeover Day at Fulham Palace next week when local school children will take over the running of this hidden gem in our midst, from room stewarding to staffing the ‘Twitter’ feed, welcoming visitors and dealing with enquiries.  Go along to support them – there’s lots going on for little ones too! …click here for more details

Go along to a special screening of Disney’s new film, The Good Dinosaur in Leicester Square to help raise money for the cinema and film charity’s Children’s fund. I know small people are waiting for this movie with baited breath and dinosaur roars of excitement, so this could be the icing on the asteroid. …click here for more details

It’s SEN Night at Gambado Chelsea next week.  A night to come together, have free run of the brilliant place and have a fantastic time.  It’s a private event, so buy your tickets in advance and there’s no doubt the children will have a blast! …click here for more details

There’s a Bach to Baby concert in Putney soon, with the theme of Stories of the Sea with Rebecca Truscott, storyteller and cellist.  Prepare to sing sea shanties, hear some buccaneering Bach and be captivated by stories with music.  Pirate costumes welcomed with open arms! …click here for more details

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go…

It’s almost time for our NappyValleyNet Christmas Meet-up! Join us at The Bolingbroke on Northcote Road on Tuesday 1st December from 10am for festive fun, coffee and conversation! We’ll have fab goodie bags for you thanks to The Lemon Tree and Independent Mind Body & Soul, and will make sure you leave in the right mood for the silly season ahead!  It’s free but you must book ahead and spaces are limited.  Fastest finger first… …click here for more details

Christmas is coming and it’s time to put on your jingle bells for the Tin Pan Annie Music Family Christmas Concert for all ages, from babies up to great grandparents! From Frosty to Rudolph, you’ll be dancing, clapping and singing along to all the festive favourites just a week before Christmas. Perfect! …click here for more details

It sounds like a great line up at the Allfarthing Christmas Shopping Evening next week with over 40 stalls from local businesses and independent traders to tempt you as well as sampling and ordering fine wine, craft beer, gin and chocolate.  That’s a whole lot of ‘mother’s ruin’ all in one place. …click here for more details

For a small slice of America head over to The Duke on the Green in Parsons Green for a Thanksgiving Day 2015 next week.  There’s a traditional three course menu with wines to match  – ideal for those nostalgic for home or for those who can’t wait until December for their turkey. …click here for more details

The Lady Margaret School Christmas Fair, also over in Parsons Green sounds like a goodie.  Great festive fun and if you’re considering the school, it’s a good opportunity to see it in action.  Tombolas, face painting, lucky stockings and toys for the children, and for the grown-ups all sorts of Christmas present ideas on offer as well as a brilliant bottle tombola and amazing raffle prizes.  Three course meal at The River Café, anyone?  Me, me! …click here for more details

Rutherford House School is holding its Christmas Fair soon with festive fun for all the family including games for the kids, raffles, treats at the Christmas market and brilliant presents for everyone (or just for you!).  …click here for more details

The Chestnut Grove Academy Family Christmas Carol Concert sounds like it’s going to be packed with all sorts of talent from a community choir to a chamber choir and the school’s jazz band, plus the choir from Henry Cavendish and comedienne Doon Mackichan.  A glass of mulled wine and a mince pie will help fill you with the Christmas spirit. …click here for more details

There’s a whole heap of fun and sparkle going on in Clapham Old Town next Friday for Clapham Lights.  If you’re not feeling festive just yet, this should do the trick with a host of activities, performances and goings-on dotted around the place. From gospel choirs to silent movies, art exhibitions to a Christmas market and the big lights ‘switch on’. …click here for more details

You know it’s Christmas when it’s time for The Nutcracker.  Story Pocket Theatre presents this enchanting story for all the family at the Omnibus in Clapham Old Town, with Clara, the handsome Prince and the royal ratty rodent who must be defeated to save the magic of Christmas.  A perfect festive family outing.  …click here for more details

The Christmas Forest is new to Lavender Hill and will be selling fresh Christmas trees while planting thousands of new trees in the drylands of Africa.  One of ten forests springing up across the capital, it will sell four varieties of prime-grade sustainably grown trees and it opens next weekend – told you it was soon! …click here for more details

Here a Santa, there a Santa, everywhere a Santa…

You’ll find the big man in red in his grotto at Hamptons International on the same evening as the Christmas Lights Switch On on Northcote Road, the night before the big day.  The White Christmas Fair will take over the street, and Webbs Road too, filling Nappy Valley with festive fun and sparkle. See you there with bells on! …click here for more details

Head to Eddie Catz in Putney for the NCT Wandsworth & District Christmas Party in early December.  Book your tickets for the chance to meet Santa as well as a visit from the big cat Eddie, plus plenty of soft playtime, a baby and toddler-friendly buffet and lots of other local mums to meet and mingle with. …click here for more details

Father Christmas will be in the house at The Magical Christmas Fair at St Barnabas, Southfields next Saturday.  You’ll find plenty of stalls and good food, plus a roving young magician, Eddie Farmer, who will be performing magic to make their eyes pop with wonder – as if the cheery guy in red wasn’t enough! …click here for more details

Or head out to the London Wetland Centre the first weekend in December to meet Father Christmas in his northern pine forest, take a sleigh ride with the huskies and a ride on a donkey in the meadow, all decked out in their festive finery!  The children can also get crafting with the Elves in their workshop and on the Sunday they’ll see the Fullers Shire Horses geeing up for dray rides.  Sounds like fabulous fun! …click here for more details

 

That’s it for now.  Whatever you do, have fun, laughing all the way…

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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