Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…So the mantra from the children worked and there were squeals of delight at the snowy scene that awaited us behind the curtains a couple of days ago. As the thaw took hold (pretty much straight away), the smattering of hastily constructed snowmen dotted around the Commons kept us smiling through the cold! Has anyone else noticed how the temperature on Clapham Common seems to be about 5 degrees colder than anywhere else, with winds coming from Siberia? But nothing seems to stop us dog walking, biking, footballing, scooting, swinging, climbing, running. So wrap up warm and keep up to speed with this busy community by tapping into our calendar of goings-on! (click here)
Let’s start with warm homes this week! If you haven’t already taken a look, you’ll find our property section is full of all the latest bricks and mortar for sale or to rent in this neck of the woods. Not only that, but we have school catchments as a key search criteria and a handy map showing you the distances from property to school (click here).
Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners:
Available to rent through Douglas & Gordon is a fantastic 2-bedroom house, just minutes from Battersea Square, with a heated swimming pool, gated entrance and secure private parking …click here for more details
Rampton Baseley have a stunning 3-bedroom family flat available to rent, set over three floors, recently refurbished throughout and just minutes from Clapham Junction and Northcote Road …click here for more details
Marsh & Parsons have a lovely 4-bedroom family home for sale on a popular road close to Wandsworth Town, offering an excellent opportunity to extend the loft and side return and with a south-facing garden …click here for more details
And available to rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom house, recently refurbished to create a lovely family home set in the sought after Nightingale Triangle …click here for more details
So, what’s going on today, tomorrow and beyond..?
It’s time for another NappyValleyNet meet-up and this time we’ll be at The Althorp on Bellevue Road, overlooking Wandsworth Common. Join us for some caffeine if you’re old enough or some juice if you’re not, plus some tasty treats to get the day off to a good start! All are welcome; first time mummies, old hands, international mums and, of course, nannies too. Do book in first though as numbers are limited …click here for more details
Dust off your frock and put your dancing shoes on! It’s the Ickle Pickles’ Incubator Ball in March so book your tickets now! Back by popular demand at the Tooting Tram & Social, it promises to be an evening of fizz, food and live entertainment, with a charity auction, a prize draw and a disco for plenty of dancing mums and dads! And all for such a great cause …click here for more details
Any budding pianists out there? Entries for the Dulwich Piano Festival are now officially open! The fourth annual festival will be held at JAGS in East Dulwich and there are several classes, from beginners to advanced levels. All pieces are written by contemporary composers, some of whom will come along to hear their music performed …click here for more details
Ever considered joining the Brownies? There’s a taster session this very evening in Roehampton for girls aged 7 to 10. Let them try out a few of the activities on offer and you’ll be able to find out more about what’s involved. I remember my tidiness award was a long time coming…! …click here for more details
The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Baby Routine and Sleep Workshop soon where you can pick up some great advice on how to help your baby self-soothe and fall asleep on their own, plus fix any problems that may have cropped up …click here for more details
And our friends at The New England Shutter Company have just started a fabulous 25% off all shutters offer which is running until 27th of this month. Could this be just the incentive you’ve been waiting for to get started on redecorating that living room/bedroom/bathroom/any room…! …click here for more details
A healthy dose of culture is good for us all and there’s plenty to be had around here!
Get away from it all this weekend with a trip to Neverland via Trinity Road with The Magdalene Players’ performance of Peter Pan, the pantomime! There’ll be mermaids, pirates, fairies and The Lost Boys. Not bad for your average February weekend! …click here for more details
Or escape to a classical haven in Wimbledon on Friday when Bach to Baby will be performing a ‘Winter Warmer’ with music by Liszt, Debussy and Rousseau. Let your little ones roam while you warm your hands on a cup of Monmouth coffee, and with a good offer for group bookings, why not make it an afternoon with friends? …click here for more details
And Do-Re-Mi Babies is back at St Barnabas’ Church on Clapham Common Northside to brighten up a Monday morning, with classical musical for all to enjoy and coffee and company for the mums, just a stone’s throw from the Northcote Road …click here for more details
This sounds brilliant, coming to a library near you! The Open Book Theatre Company presents The Wind in the Willows and will bring Toad, Ratty, Mole and Badger to life as they take you on a journey through the English countryside, and it’s absolutely free! …click here for more details
Or join in on ‘Jazz Sensation’ at Clapham’s Omnibus. It’s interactive jazz for the under 7s. If it does exactly what it says on the tin, it’ll be fab! …click here for more details
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Half term really is closing in fast…
All Star Tennis have got the borough covered with their Tennis Camps this half term. With two sessions for 5-7 year olds and 8-14 year olds, choose from Wandsworth or Tooting Commons, Putney or King George’s Park. Move aside Murray, here comes the next generation – ooh, sorry, touchy subject…! …click here for more details
Is it a birdie, is it an eagle, no it’s a hole in one! The Central London Golf Centre on Burntwood Lane is running Junior Golf half term camps for children of all abilities, from novices to those on the fast track to The Open. Why not try something new? They’ll soon get in the swing …click here for more details
Or get them nimble with a thimble at Half Term Sewing School at The Old School Club. Each day will bring a new sewing skill both by hand and with sewing machines, making cushions and bags, aprons and scarfs whether they’re beginners or intermediates …click here for more details
There’s a Teddy Bears’ Picnic each morning of half term at It’s a Kids’ Thing in Earlsfield, with biscuit decorating, dancing, games, a bear hunt and a picnic before heading home with a party bag. Happy kids and happy teddies! …click here for more details
Artimate London are running a Paper Fashion Workshop on Wandsworth Common, so if fashion’s right up their catwalk (sorry, street) they’ll create amazing designs, dresses and costumes using paper (click here). Or if animals are more their thing, then Paper Crafting Animals involves paper making, building and modelling character animals. This toucan looks fabulous, so maybe you can too…geddit?! …click here for more details
This one may not be for the faint-hearted or those of a nervous disposition! ’50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)’ is on at The Unicorn Theatre this half term. Have you ever cooked a meal in a dishwasher or licked a 9 volt battery!? Sounds like fun – or a little bit crazy – or both! …click here for more details
Have a go at ‘Let it Go’ – you know you want to! The Dominion Theatre is running a series of Frozen Sing-along screenings this half term. Take the family and all lovers of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and the rest, and let rip. There’s no doubting this will be full of the feel-good factor and you’ll all have a blast! Maybe just leave the dressing up to the little ones though……click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team x