The Independent Schools Show, an Open Days round-up and The Balham Food Festival approaches: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

As summer festivals seem to be slipping away from us (though the sun still blissfully shines), so school open days begin again.  This is a great term for getting to grips with what’s out there for your children, from taking their first steps across the nursery threshold, and then onto primary, prep, senior school and even – yes, they get so very big – sixth form.  Hot on the heels of our NappyValleyNet Schools Guide 2016/2017 (landing on your doormat any time soon if not already), we’ve got a round-up of some of the open days in the neighbourhood to help you get planning.  And in between visits, there’s plenty else going on out there too.  Work hard, play hard is a great motto.  You can find it all in here.  (click here)

Need more space? If you’re thinking of a move in the area, then take a look at our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  We’ve got homes for sale and to rent together with distance from front door to school gate, with all the up-to-date school catchments thanks to Wandsworth and Lambeth councils. (click here)


Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week



For sale with Portico is a 4-bedroom family house set ‘Between the Commons’, close to Northcote Road and local primary schools, beautifully presented throughout with a secluded garden and the potential to extend further. …click here for more details

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house on the Magdalen Estate and close to the open spaces of Wandsworth Common, bright and spacious and presented in immaculate condition with off-street parking and a larger than average garden. …click here for more details

Available to rent through Hamptons International is an 8-bedroom Grade II listed detached family home stretching to over 5,500 sqft, with unparalleled views over Clapham Common as well as a mature, south-facing walled garden and garaging. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a semi-detached 5-bedroom house near to Clapham Old Town, recently refurbished and well arranged over three floors with over 3,000 sqft of living space. …click here for more details



Local and London-wide goings-on.  Be in the know and you won’t miss out 

Next week is Pelvic Floor Week and to celebrate (and help you find yours!) Innovo are holding a pop-up clinic all day every day in Westfield, with free and private consultations with experts, mini-massages, and activities to keep your little ones busy while you have some me-time. …click here for more details.  And the best bit?  We’re having a NappyValleyNet Meet-up there on Tuesday with the added bonus of tea, coffee, conversation and cake! Sign up here and see you there. …click here for more details

Only a week (and a bit, not that we’re counting down the days..) to go until the Balham Food Festival, when Hildreth Street and beyond will be filled with the throng of lovely people lapping up all sorts of foodie treats.  Plus fabulous offers to tempt you in at lots of the cafés, bars and restaurants in SW12. …click here for more details

It’s Open House Weekend, the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design, where doors are thrown open for the public to be able to step inside and take a look around.  Got a favourite building you admire daily on your way to work, or something local to home that has piqued your interest?  Take a look through the keyhole! …click here for more details

SwimWay runs swimming lessons for little ones all over SW London and their various classes are listed on our calendar.  There’s a brand new venue to add to their list this term too, so any Balhamites or Tooting Bec’ers might like to dive in. …click here for more details

Time for another brilliant NCT Nearly New Sale next weekend.  Start your Saturday morning with a good breakfast that will fuel you through a successful morning’s shopping.  From stair gates, prams and cots to clothes, equipment and toys, you’ll have earned a good lunch afterwards too! …click here for more details

Hard to believe it’s time to write this word, but The Exhibit in Balham is holding aChristmas Showcase this evening!  It’s a chance to sample their festive offerings if you’re thinking of gathering family, friends or colleagues together for a Christmas knees-up. Mulled cider sounds good… …click here for more details

Bach to Baby is back with a new term of musical delights for parents and their roaming little ones.  Over in Fulham tomorrow it’s Kreisler Krackers, with a violinist and pianist recreating the salons of the 1900s to take you away from it all, if only for a while. …click here for more details

Feeling in need of a little razzmatazz!?  Baby Broadway in Wimbledon will give you a flavour of the West End with professional performers belting out big hits from shows like Billy Elliot, Grease, Mary Poppins and more.  Should round the week off with a smile!…click here for more details



Open days. Some are sooner, some are later, and sooner or later you’ll be wanting to pay them a visit!  

If you are in that zone of thinking about schools, you won’t want to miss theIndependent Schools Show in Battersea Park.  The ultimate forum for parents to meet the biggest names in education with over 200 of the country’s leading schools at the world’s biggest open day.  And we’re lucky enough to have it in our neighbourhood.  Free tickets if you book by the end of September!  …click here for more details

Alleyn’s Junior School Open Event …click here for more details 

Alleyn’s School Open Event …click here for more details

The Cedars School Open Morning …click here for more details

Cumnor House School for Boys …click here for more details

Cumnor House School for Girls …click here for more details

Dolphin School Open Morning …click here for more details

Emanuel School Open Day …click here for more details

Ernest Bevin College …click here for more details

Eveline Day School …click here for more details

The Falcons School for Girls …click here for more details

King’s College School Open Evenings …click here for more details

Noah’s Ark Nursery …click here for more details

Oakwood School …click here for more details

Oliver House Open Day …click here for more details

Parkgate House School …click here for more details

Streatham & Clapham High School  …click here for more details

Sydenham High School …click here for more details

Thames Christian College …click here for more details

The White House Preparatory School and Woodentops Kindergarten …click here for more details

Woldingham School …click here for more details



And finally…

Don’t miss our brilliant collection of September offers and competitions.  From academic assessments for your children with JK Educate and family tickets to Flip Out, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show and The Family Travel Show, to gorgeous cushions from Emma Green Design, £100 of John Lewis vouchers from Landmark Lofts and a place on a First Aid for Dogs course, we’ve got the lot!  …click here for more details


That’s it.  Whatever you do, have fun, and here’s that link to a world of delights. (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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