Music and laughter and fun ever after: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

September is here.  It’s back to school or perhaps starting school for the first time (lump in throat, pictures taken). Either way, shoes are buffed, uniform is neat and tidy, bags are packed.  Holiday memories ready to relay in class, to turn into artwork to put in pride of place on the fridge, or to describe with powerful adjectives in that first homework if they’re big enough. Life falls back into its routine, some kind of semblance of normality is restored and our calendar is here, filling up fast with all sorts of autumnal goings-on.  Keep adding to it with your own classes, shows, workshops and activities.  The more the merrier for the months ahead. (click here)

New season, new house?  If you’ve made a decision to look for a new home, then there’s no better place to start your search than with us, especially if schools loom large on your list of criteria.  We have properties for sale and to rent in the area together with school catchments all mapped out, with the most up-to-date distances provided by Lambeth and Wandsworth councils. (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 semi-detached 4-bedroom river-front home with stunning views on one of Putney’s most sought after roads, ideally located for the shops, restaurants and transport facilities of the High Street.  Stretching to over 2,700 sqft, the house offers an excellent mix of living, entertaining and bedroom space. …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house, very near the shops, restaurants and bars of Northcote Road and well located for many local schools. Presented in immaculate order throughout, it has been extended into the side return and the loft and boasts fantastic natural light and space, including a bright and fully tanked basement storage area. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Georgian house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, fully renovated with exquisite interiors and arranged over three floors and a wonderful, private landscaped garden with side access. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached and furnished house in the sought after Abbeville Village, with open plan living and entertaining space, including a modern fitted kitchen and separate dining area leading to an impressive living room, complete with pool table and bi-fold doors into the garden. …click here for more details

Let’s start with you this week.  It’s been a busy summer and you deserve it! 

The new café at Three Six Six on Garratt Lane has just opened and, drum roll, they’re offering a free coffee to every visitor tomorrow – Friday 4th – all day long!  Yes, you read right. Free and delicious caffeine on your doorstep.  And if that wasn’t lovely enough, then how about a free muffin with a coffee for their entire first month of opening?  Sing hallelujah! …click here for more details

If you thought it was already a foodie’s haven around here, brace yourself – there’s more!  The Lavender Hill Farmers’ Market is brand new and coming weekly on Saturday mornings to Shaftesbury Park Primary. Yay, I hear you say.  Say no more.…click here for more details

Fancy a challenge?  Then how about taking on Run to the beat, London’s only music 10k?  Trinity Hospice have some spaces if you’d like to run it to help raise money for them, and to keep you motivated on the course, there’ll be thirteen music stations with live DJs, including Radio 1’s Danny Howard and Marvin Humes from The Voice.  You’ll be singing your way around! …click here for more details

Clara Bee is holding an Interior Design Workshop on Children’s Rooms next week, so if you’ve come back from holiday and are determined to make a change, this could be just the thing to get you started.  You’ll make a mood board and have access to all sorts of swatches, paints, fabrics and wallpaper as well as direction and guidance from both Claire and Caroline.  Oh, and lunch. Perfect! …click here for more details

There’s an NCT Returning to Work workshop in Clapham Old Town next week, exploring the practical and emotional challenges you may face when you go back to work after having your baby, with helpful tips and steps you can take to tackle them. …click here for more details

kids unlimited are holding an Open Week later this month, offering you the chance to have a good look around the nursery near you and for you to gauge the atmosphere, environment and way in which your child will be looked after and inspired on their first step on the educational ladder.  There’s also the chance to enter a draw to win an iPad Mini – so win, win! …click here for more details

Activities for the little people in your life – and you’ll love them too.

Monkey Music is starting a new session in Clapham North and invite you along for a free trial on Monday.  Award-winning classes for babies and children aged from 3 months up to 4 years, go join in the fun, but do book in advance.   Anyone who decides they’d like to sign up will get a fab £17 off membership.  Lovely!…click here for more details

Bach to Baby are launching new concerts in Twickenham, Richmond and Southfields and there’s a fab 2-for-1 ticket offer up for grabs – the first is tomorrow morning! It’s an hour of classical music with a good coffee to start and your little ones are free to roam while you sit and let the music wash over you.  Grab it with both hands! …click here for more details

The new Clapham Fringe festival starts soon with a Payne & Pearce Panto, ‘Jest a Story’.  Expect chaos, jesters, princesses and tons of giggles in a comedy aimed at families.  There’s even a dragon called Dizzy – beware the fiery breath! …click here for more details

Go along to a free taster of Tatty Bumpkin at Happy Faces later on this month.  Multi-sensory, yoga-inspired activity sessions for 2 to 3 year olds which encourage movement and development with music and magical storytelling.  Be bendy, giggly, clever and strong! …click here for more details

Dance Groove’s Alphabet Dance starts a new term at Skylark soon on Tuesday afternoons, with a musical and creative introduction to letters for little ones.  Stick around afterwards and enjoy a c for coffee while they lap up a j for juice. Don’t hold back – have a b for bun too! …click here for more details

Wandsworth Museum have had a busy summer of free family fun in various spots around the neighbourhood.  It’s their last activity of the summer this Saturday morning, so head over to Earlsfield Library to learn about life ‘Before the Electrical Age’ and ignite their imaginations with lights and candles.  They’ll even get to make their own illuminated lantern to take home. …click here for more details

The Duke on the Green in Parsons Green is celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday next Friday afternoon with a storyteller, colouring competition and a fizz-whizzing children’s menu.  Happy birthday to that brilliant writer! …click here for more details

Pillows and Paintbrushes sounds fab!  It’s a sleepover for grown-ups and children from 7 to 13 in amongst the Rembrandts at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Pack your sleeping bags and join in on storytelling, explore the mysteries of the Gallery on a treasure hunt, make your own book bag for future escapades and sleep beneath some incredible art! …click here for more details

Fun, fairs and community spirit. It’s here in spades (or measuring spoons)..

Inspired by Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue?  Wandsworth has got its very own Wandsworth Bake Off in a couple of weeks, so if you, or a mini you, loves to bake then here’s your moment to shine! With different categories and two junior sections, you can get baking cupcakes, tray bakes, cakes, bread, biscuits and more, ready for the main event on Northcote Road.  Yum. …click here for more details

Think summer’s over?  Think again and go along to both of these fab festivals coming up soon.  First off, it’s the St John’s Hill Festival on, erm, St John’s Hill.  The road will be taken over by food stalls aplenty with all sorts of fun and games for grown-ups and children alike.  Be sure to arrive hungry! …click here for more details.  And the following weekend, it’s the Bellevue Road Summer Fair, complete with visiting stalls, a hog roast, a bouncy castle, a live stage and Dog Show.  Happy days ahead! …click here for more details

That’s it.  Whatever you do, be sure to have fun!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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