NappyValleyNet Meet Up, Wimbledon Open Studios and more half term ideas: Your weekly ‘What’s On’ guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter

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

We are in the midst of two of the most rare weeks in May.  Those that don’t have a long weekend.  Shame, as we do love those extra days, but I suppose some work and schooling must be done.  But brace yourselves as half term is only just around the corner!  So soon, but maybe we need the break.  What with the London Marathon, the most exciting and surprising General Election in recent memory and the moving VE Day celebrations, it’s been all go.  So, whether you’re looking for ideas to keep that ‘all go’ going, something for some quieter family time or simply inspiration for that looming half term week, then check into our calendar to keep up with all that May has to offer (click here)

If you’re in the market for a new abode in this neck of the woods, then you can’t do better than starting your search with us.  We’re working with PrimeLocation and four fab local estate agents to bring you property pages that not only offer the usual search criteria, but also include the most up-to-date school catchments with thanks to Wandsworth and Lambeth councils.  Take a look through the keyhole… (click here)

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

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For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family home on one of the most sought after streets on the ‘Toast Rack’, with a 52′ south facing garden, a fully wired garden house/office and a lower ground floor utility area …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom house on a quiet street ‘Between the Commons’, popular with families at Belleville and Honeywell primaries. With bright and airy living accommodation, it’s extremely well presented and has been extended into both the side return and front and rear lofts …click here for more details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom home on the most popular road in Battersea, Albert Bridge Road.  Just a stone’s throw from Battersea Park and just over the river from Chelsea, it is a spectacular house with a wealth of space laid out over four floors …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom family house on a sought after street in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a large eat-in kitchen, stripped wood flooring and plenty of original features …click here for more details

Getting together, socialising and exploring the neighbourhood. Have a look at these bright ideas

It’s time for another NappyValleyNet Meet Up!  Join us at the very brilliant Earlsfield eaterie and great hang-out, Ben’s Canteen on Garratt Lane from 9.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday 20 May.  There’ll be coffee, chat and the odd treat to get your day off to a sweet start.  You must book in though as spaces are limited.  See you there! …click here for more details

It’s the Wimbledon Art Studios Open Studios Art Show this weekend, starting this very afternoon!  Browse and buy from over 140 artists in their studios, from painting and print to sculpture, ceramics, photography and more.  With weekend workshops on offer, it’s really family friendly, so every member of your gang will be happy and entertained! …click here for more details

The National Gardens Scheme is up and running and with over 250 London gardens open to the public, there’s bound to be one near you.  A fabulous charitable event, visitors simply pay a small amount to come in and explore and you’ll find all sorts of secret gardens around NappyValley.  The Hurlingham Club opens its gates this weekend – lovely! …click here for more details

Sunday sees another Big Fish Little Fish at The Bedford and this time it’s ‘Go Wild with Camp Bestival’.  With three floors of fun, glow sticks for the little ones are standard issue upon arrival!  A circular dance floor, cake stall, craft room, soft play rooms and even a comedy show from the Scrummy Mummies.  Fun, fun, fun! …click here for more details

It’s the Happynest Children’s Fair this weekend, a new lifestyle event and a unique shopping experience, with products made by local designers and creative workshops for the mini makers and doers in your family.  With a café and children’s play area too, it sounds fab! …click here for more details

Little Folk with Albo brings his popular folk-style family music to The Bedford this weekend as part of the Wandsworth Fringe Festival.  There’ll be mats and cushions in front of the stage for the 0-5s and then snacks, drinks and seats for those who’ve reached double figures.  Audience participation actively encouraged at both the morning and afternoon session! …click here for more details

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is holding free family art activities this Sunday afternoon, so a stroll by the riverside could turn into a whole lot of family crafty fun for ages 4 and up. Drop in to work with sculptor Michelle Reader to make transport inspired models for their upcoming exhibition, ‘Beep Beep: Trains, Planes and Automobiles’.  Quite popular with small people I suspect! …click here for more details

It’s Silicon Junction’s Spring into Summer get together this evening at Revolution opposite Clapham Junction.  A mish-mash of tech, digital and start-up chat.  It’s the place to be! …click here for more details

If you haven’t already seen our brilliant batch of offers and competitions this month, then do so right now!  Half term treat tickets to The Polka Theatre, The Colourhouse Theatre, Open Air Fit Kids Camps and Julian Cousins’ Holiday Camps are only up for grabs until Friday.  So, too, are a gorgeous pair of bespoke cuff links for Father’s Day from Little Print Jewellery.  You’ve got to be in it to win it… …click here for more details

Half term is on the horizon.  What to do? There’s so much choice out there!

Calling all Paddington fans and I expect there are a few..!  Join in on the Paddington Creative & Dance Workshop in Putney where they’ll watch the movie, enjoy a dance and musical theatre workshop and do some Paddington biscuit decorating.  They’ll be Paddingtoned-out…or will they!? …click here for more details

Dance Grooves are running a half term session at Skylark and they’ll be ‘Jumping into June’ and enjoying all sorts of fun and games, dancing and crafty activities around the letter J.  Jolly good fun! …click here for more details

The Central London Golf Centre is holding Junior Golf Camps, so children from 6 to 16 will be putting and chipping and working on their bunker shots and swing patterns – golfing experience not essential.  Alternatively, how about trying out one of their free golf taster sessions every Sunday at 1pm.  Get in the swing! …click here for more details

Join the crew of the Studio Film School over three days for Lights, Camera, Adventure and create a fantasy adventure film inspired by Middle Earth, Hogwarts and the Caribbean seas!  Children aged from 7 to 14 can work as directors, camera operators, actors and editors to make a blockbuster – next stop, Pinewood! …click here for more details

Herne Hill Harriers are running Startrack Athletics Training at the Tooting Bec Athletics track.  Whether they have Olympic aspirations or Sports Day medals in mind, this fantastic training will give them a great taste of both track and field, run by top athletics coaches …click here for more details

Join in on Hunting for Heritage run by Wandsworth Museum at the Battersea Arts Centre.  Armed with a handy booklet and on the look-out for clues, you’ll head out on a self-led trail around Battersea and discover the secrets of the past through exploring the built environment.  Back to base afterwards to claim your prize – brilliant! …click here for more details

From parenting to partying, food and culture – we’ve got the lot…

The Parent Practice is holding a session on ‘Parenting in the Digital Age’ next week.  One of the most pressing questions for parents of 21st century children;  how to keep them safe as well as the health and other implications of spending hours in front of a screen.  The irony of saying click here to find out more, but please do! …click here for more details

This sounds great if you’re in this zone right now. The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Baby Sleep and Routine Workshop.  It’s informal (tick), local to SW11 and SW18 (tick) and will teach you all you need to know about your baby’s sleep (tick, tick) …click here for more details

It’s time for another Do-re-mi Babies classical concert next week.  The theme is a fun-time clarinet and piano duo, so you’ll discover animals hidden behind the tunes of famous classical pieces and see your little ones twirling to the likes of Gershwin, Debussy and Mozart …click here for more details

Brilliant news here!  Fruity Tunes are opening The Fruity Tree Nursery in September.  Offering term-time education for children aged 2 to 5, they will be holding two Open Days in June for any parents interested in going along to have a look and to meet the teaching staff.  There’s also a special introductory offer on the fees – always welcome! …click here for more details

If you’re looking for a whimsical, magical evening, this might just be it.  Go along to the gorgeous Battersea Flower Station for ‘The Garden of You and the Wishing Tree’, part of the Chelsea Fringe.  The audience will be taken on a journey through the amazing site, meeting the inhabitants of the fantasy garden along the way and planting wishing seeds to create a living installation …click here for more details

Thinking of heading out of town for the next long weekend?  The South of England Food and Drink Festival is being held in Ardingly on the Sunday and it’s more than just a food fair.  There’ll be great live music, fun, frolics and food-related activities and games for all the family, including Bollywood Dancing Classes and Pizza Making – sounds fab! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Have fun out there!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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