Halloween, firework displays and even more Half term fun! Your ‘What’s On’ guide from NappyValleyNet!

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Whether you’re on half term yet or not, I’m sure we’re all agreed that Halloween is the name of the game this week!  Big or small, teen or tiny, they all love it, from the decorations to deck the halls to the ghoulish get-ups they put on to go and spook the neighbours.  Be sure to stock up in anticipation of ghosts, pumpkins, witches and spiders creeping and crawling from door-to-friendly-door.  As ever, there’s so much on offer locally.  The regulars keep on ticking over and we’re brilliantly geared up for the bigger celebrations too …click here for details

Lots of different tricks and treats on offer – you’ll have a scream!

Gambado will have them getting crafty on 28th with their Halloween Bats Puppet Craft Class followed by some time in soft play – what’s not to love?…click here for details

And on both 30th and 31st (due to popular demand), Gambado is hosting their 6th annual Halloween Spooktacular party from 6-8pm which will be sure to meet all their fun and freaky requirements!…click here for details

Make it a trip to Battersea Park Zoo with a difference on 31st with face-painting, trick or treat bag-designing and witchy story-telling.  And lots of really sweet animals around.  Or are those fangs..?…click here for details

And Eddie Catz in both Putney and Wimbledon promise to dim the lights for a spookishly spectacular Halloween Party on 30th with magic, balloons, disco dancing and a fancy dress catwalk.  Go strut your stuff!…click here for details

It’s the NCT Halloween Party at The Little Gym on 31st.  Free play for children under 3, face painting, photography and a fancy dress competition.  Get your outfits planned.  Think cute and garish – that should do the trick!…click here for details

Spooktacular Baking and Craft Halloween Workshop will have them monster cupcake decorating and zombie marshmallow making.  Let your little pumpkins loose on all that sticky fun (in someone else’s kitchen!) …click here for details 

And there are more Halloween adventures in store with Tricks & Treats Animation Workshop where they’ll get to work in the world of stop-motion with drawing, character design and model-making of monsters, witches and pumpkins.  Hollywood had better prepare……click here for details

Remember, remember, the 5th November is hot on the heels of Halloween.  Here are some local displays to give you a sparkle

The spectacular show is on, as ever, at Battersea Park on 8th November with gates opening at 6pm and the fireworks at 8pm.  Tickets in advance are a must!…click here for details

Wimbledon Park will be running two shows on Wednesday 5th, and the first is perfect for the little ones, starting at 6.45pm with the theme of ‘Ice and Magic’.  Wonder if ‘Frozen’ will be playing a part..!? …click here for details

And Morden Park will be running the same programme as Wimbledon but on Saturday 1st instead.  The version for the grown-ups with a start time of 8.30pm is a ‘Salute to Services’ which sounds like it will be suitably rousing……click here for details

With no firework display on Clapham Common this year it’s again the turn of Brockwell Park to host Lambeth’s display, and as well as the bonfire and fireworks there’ll be food, bars, craft stalls and lots of entertainment.  Sounds like fun!…click here for details 

Bishops Park fireworks on 7th November promise to be a ‘Blast from Outer Space’ with a children’s display at 7.15 followed by the main spectacle at 8(ish).  Sounds like it’ll be out of this world!…click here for details

And the Barnes Bonfire Night on 1st November features a Best Guy Fawkes competition as well as a huge bonfire and live DJ until late……click here for details

Even more ideas for entertainment over half term – like babies in NappyValley, they keep on coming…!

SwimWay are running crash courses in Wimbledon, Putney and Streatham Hill.  If they were looking like little fish this summer, make sure you harness that new-found love and ability and fine-tune the basics and the confidence …click here for details 

Fruity Tunes will be making their merry music as usual every day of the half term week but with a slightly different timetable, so please check before setting out with your own merry band……click here for details

Go and meet our sweet little prickly friends at Battersea Park Zoo.  Hedgehogs are endangered species and there will be a few to get close to and hear all about, with stories and arts and crafts on offer too…click here for details

It’s busy at SW Sports half term camps on Clapham Common but there might still be space if you’re quick off the starting blocks  – you’ll need to move as fast as your children will be after a few days of this……click here for details

And don’t forget the arty fun on offer for little larks at Skylark during the holiday.  They’ll have lovely fun and so will you….mine’s a flat white! …click here for details

And now for something a little bit different – either just for grown-ups or with the family in tow

‘London Lives’ at Oil & Water in Wandsworth Town is a celebration of this fabulous place we call home.  From traditional views of the ‘old’ London to the dramatic skyscape of this taller, modernist, new London, you’ll find watercolours, etchings, oil paintings and photographs.  Browse and even buy to adorn your own NappyValley walls…click here for details

Love the sound of this one.  Wandsworth Council are running Beginners’ bike rides on the last Sunday of every month starting from King George’s Park, due to last no more than 2 hours and mainly on quiet, off-road routes.  Yay!…click here for details 

Emanuel School at War is an exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.  It will be a moving display, detailing the experiences of Emanuel School boys in the two World Wars, with an accompanying book available at the exhibition…click here for details 

And the Spirit of Christmas Fair is fast approaching and will be held, as ever, at Olympia.  Take your shopping bag (and the credit card!) and delve into this cornucopia of Christmas delights……click here for details

After all that, have a sit down with a warming glass of mulled wine in hand and have a mull over our fab property pages.  We’ve made school catchment areas one of the key search criteria so you can see what’s available to buy or to rent near to your preferred school …click here for details 

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

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On the market with Savills, an immaculately refurbished and extended 5-bedroom family house Between the Commons…click here for details 

Available to rent with Hamptons International, a fabulous detached family house, beautifully refurbished throughout and with stunning entertaining space…click here for details

Marsh & Parsons have an absolutely stunning 4-bedroom detached family home to rent with a 200ft landscaped garden and large driveway, close to Balham and Tooting Bec…click here for details

And Douglas & Gordon have a beautifully presented Victorian terraced home with a fantastic L-shaped garden in Abbeville Village…click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you decide to do, have a great time and don’t get too spooked!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team



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