Half term hits, family fun and we take on Race for Life:  Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

 Walking across Clapham Common, you can’t miss the incredible set-up for the MoonWalk, where 15,000 women donned their bras and walked up to 26 miles for breast cancer research.  Doubtless some of you will have braved the night-time pavements of the capital in your best (and most comfy) undies for such a great cause, and well done to all of you! Fab that our neck of the woods should be the start and finish point for such a big event in the charity calendar.  I also passed babes in buggies, toddlers on the bandstand, mums giving chase and catching up over coffee, personal and group fitness classes, school games lessons, dog-walking pals, cyclists, scooter-ers and more, and I felt full of the joys.  What a vibrant area we live in and it’s great to be a part of it.  Keep posting your own events, classes, fundraisers and fairs and let us help you spread the word and join in (click here).

If you’re considering a move, then a great place to start the search is here!  We’ve got a fantastic property section which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four great local estate agents.  Click on the postcode you’re looking for and if you happen to be in the market for one of the many local schools, you’ll find those on a drop-down menu and hey presto… all the homes for sale or to rent in that catchment will come to you! (click here).

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

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For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family house on a popular street just a short walk from Battersea Park, with good living space arranged over four floors and a fantastic south-west facing garden, balcony and roof terrace …click here for details

For rent with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom detached family house, just moments from Tooting Bec Common, with off-street parking and a garage and within easy reach of both Streatham Hill and Balham High Road …click here for details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 6-bedroom family house on a quiet residential street in the Nightingale Triangle, beautifully refurbished with great entertaining space, a basement conversion with a large family room, utility room and wine store, and a very good sized garden …click here for details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 6-bedroom semi-detached house near Tooting Bec Common, laid out over three floors and immaculately presented with open plan living downstairs, ideal for entertaining …click here for details

Happy half term!  Looking for ideas or a couple of hours to fill? Have a look at this lot – the only trouble might be choosing!

Is yours a Little Miss Sunshine or a Mr Tickle?  Either way they’ll love the Mr Men & Little Miss Icing workshop at The Biscuiteers, with story-telling and face-painting to throw into the mix during a fun-packed hour …click here for details

Active Art is holding a May Art Festival workshop over half term at the Nature Study Centre on Wandsworth Common.  Drawing from colourful cultures and art from around the world, 6 to 12 year olds will be pattern-making, creating carnival costumes, head-dresses and maypoles, celebrating all things colourful in art …click here for details

Go along to the ‘Out of Place’ iPad Workshop at Balham Library.  For parents and their children aged 7 and up, Apple whizzes will guide you through the library trail’s ‘Aurasma’ app, showing you how to create an interactive ‘aura’ of your own.  Sounds blissfully other worldly! …click here for details

Youngstars are holding half term camps and they’ve got SW London covered at various venues around the neighbourhood.  Multi-sports plus arts and crafts for children aged 3 to 10, they’ve also got most ideas covered to keep the children happy! …click here for details

The Doodle Bar is holding a Kids’ Tie Dyeing session for 7 to 12 year olds.  They’ll be scrunching, pleating, folding and twisting fabrics and dipping into buckets of dye to create some quirky designs.  Lovely fun for future fashionistas! …click here for details

Fun for all the family, whether you’re eating, drinking, shopping or skating…

St John’s Hill Food Festival has been going on all week and culminates this weekend in The Fabulous Feast on Saturday.  Go along for a taste of all things delicious from farmers’ market-style stalls and those from all the best-loved local restaurants.  You can take part in the Great Battersea Bake Off too, so get creating! …click here for details

It’s the Furzedown Primary School Summer Festival soon with all sorts of fun and games on offer including children’s classes in street dance, football, music and Kung Fu, as well as go-karts and a talent show where everyone’s a winner.  Love it! …click here for details

There’s a luxury fabric warehouse sale with up to 95% off and prices starting from just £1 per metre happening in Earlsfield next week.  Those are figures we truly like to hear and they could be hanging at your windows in no time! …click here for details

Let’s Act has just put on a show and now invite all budding thesps and entertainers to come tread the boards with them!  Free trial classes are on offer for children at St Luke’s, so if you think you might have the future Eddie Redmayne or Emily Blunt on your hands, channel their acting vibe with these creative classes. …click here for details

Calling all roller skaters!  Zebra Skate are just starting up lessons in Battersea and invite children from 5 to 11 years old to come and earn their stripes!  They’ll learn first steps, the correct falling technique, gliding to faster speed, turning and the all important stopping. Next stop Battersea Park? …click here for details

Having a creative moment and feel like a change of scene?  Take time out for you in Hoxton for Screen Printing where you’ll design and make your own stencils and then build your colours and design.  Both beginners and more experienced printers welcome.  Make a bag or a top and wear it loud and proud! …click here for details

Source Battersea in Ransome’s Dock is hosting a Winemaker dinner with Maria Castro. Starting with an apéritif on the terrace, a 4-course sit-down dinner in the wine cellar will follow while Maria takes you through an array of Portuguese wines and plenty of vineyard tales …click here for details

Feeling charitable?  En famille or just with the girls – you don’t have to go far to do your bit!

It’s nearly time for Hope in Heels in Battersea Park where (grown-up) girls and boys alike will bravely don their best party shoes to raise money for HOPEHIV.  Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and a team of top dance professionals will help you warm up before you cross the start line to totter the 2.4k course.  Post race fun includes manis, pedis, mini massages and a DJ set.  Sounds like you should leave the kids at home for this one… …click here for details 

It’s the RBC Race for the Kids in early June, for all the family – from granny and granddad to little ones on scooters – to take on 5k in aid of the very brilliant Great Ormond Street Hospital.  There’s plenty of fun and games on offer once you cross the finishing line, so lots of Sunday morning fun for all!  Local pharmacist, Mogni, from the East Hill Pharmacy is joining forces with a group of GPs to take on the race for the first time. Show them your support! …click here for details

Erm… anyone out there got a buggy that they like to push?!  Then grab it and join in on the Bliss London Buggy Push in Hyde Park.  Choose between 3.5k or 7k and join in on the festival atmosphere to raise money for this great cause.  After your walk you’ll deserve a visit from Miffy the rabbit, face-painting and an hour of games with Sharkey and George.  Happy family days! …click here for details

You may have spotted posters around encouraging you to Register. Swab. Save a Life.  Team Margot are trying to increase the number of people on the stem cell registry and therefore on standby to donate blood stem cells. It only takes 15 minutes and a simple swab to register, and you can do so on 7th June at Eaton House The Manor on Clapham Common North Side …click here for details

We at NappyValleyNet are taking on the Race for Life 5k in Battersea Park on 10th June.  Bring your babies in buggies or book a babysitter and join our team.  The ‘NappyValleyNetters’ will be running, jogging and walking the course, aiming for a glass of fizz at the end to celebrate.  We couldn’t resist signing up the to the ‘Pink Army’ and it couldn’t be easier to join us …click here for details

And finally…

This month’s NappyValleyNet offers and competitions are full of lovely treats for you and yours. If half term is making you think holidays, then seize the day – especially if your little ones aren’t at school yet!  Gitcombe Country Cottages in Devon have a brilliant offer for June of 7 nights for 5 or 5 for 3, and Tots Too want to whisk you away to Morocco with similar temptation!  Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… …click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, have fun and a happy half term!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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