Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
Have you been bitten by the January clear-out bug? Are you a hoarder or a ruthless recycler? Either way, the time to de-clutter is upon us. Where on earth to store new toys, new games, new things after Christmas? The purge is necessary so we can stop tripping over things or looking at piles of ‘stuff’ accumulating in corners. Out with the old and in with the new. Probably best to ask for pre-purge permission. Or perhaps not? The cover of darkness or school hours are both handy for getting things out of the house. And don’t stop with the toys; move on to clothes, shoes, bags, scarves. We’re surrounded by brilliant charities (as well as collections for Calais, see below) who will gladly take it off your hands, and you’ll be left feeling a little lighter, a little fresher for the year ahead and marvelling at how nice your carpets are, now you can see them. Out and about there’s lots going on, as ever. Keep up to date with our calendar and your diary will be looking ship-shape too. (click here)
Thinking of a move? Have you seen our property section with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents? We know what you want, so school catchments are in there, with all the primaries in Wandsworth and Lambeth on a drop-down menu. Simply click on the one you have in mind and you’ll find all the properties available within its catchment area. Good, hey? (click here)
Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom house in a prime West Putney street with a fantastic south-facing landscaped garden with a studio/office/games room, and a wonderful blend of modern and period features throughout. …click here for more details
Available to rent with Hamptons International is a 3-bedroom coach house on a sought after street in Clapham Old Town and near Clapham Common, set back from the road with off-street parking and recently refurbished throughout. …click here for more details
For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house on the Magdalen Estate and near to Wandsworth Common, with over 2300 sqft of exceptional lateral entertaining space and a very spacious family kitchen with French doors opening onto a lovely garden. …click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom semi-detached Victorian family house in the heart of the Telford Conservation Area, stretching to over 2300 sqft of accommodation arranged over three floors and with a 77ft garden. …click here for more details
Let’s start with something for you for a change
Tweet tweet. Good Morning Twitter is an advanced level Twitter training course in Balham tomorrow, best suited to professionals who use social media regularly. You’ll cover practical marketing tips to help you find your ‘voice’ and how to make your Twitter time more efficient. If this one’s fully booked, there’ll be more! …click here for more details
British Comic Opera will be performing at Omnibus in Clapham Old Town on Saturday night. A collective of singers, directors and music-makers looking to have more fun with an exciting and hilarious repertoire. They’ll deliver grand opera right to your cocktail table. Sounds refreshingly different and upbeat. …click here for more details
There’s a new Pregnancy Yoga Class starting at St Barnabas Church Hall on Clapham Common North Side this very evening, with another session on Mondays over at St Luke’s. So if you’re expecting and would like to try Yoga as a means to relax and gently exercise, this could be for you. …click here for more details
The Baby Care Company is holding another of their 2nd Baby Preparation Classes next week where you’ll meet other mums about to be experiencing the same 2 to 3 year age gap as you, plus a great refresher on those early baby days and brilliant tips on how to cope with two at meal times, bath times, bedtimes and beyond. …click here for more details
If you’ve recently had a baby, then reCentre in Balham is running a Physio-led Postnatal Pilates class on a Sunday morning. The sessions are designed specifically to target problem areas mothers face after pregnancy and will help strengthen the body and mind for the challenges of motherhood (of which there can be many!). It’s drop-in, so no need to commit to a full course. …click here for more details
There’s a Baby Sleep Workshop run by The Parent and Baby Coach next week, so help is at hand if your baby (and therefore you!) has any sleep issues that need to be ironed out. Or simply pick up some top tips and advice on how best to handle routines, establish good sleep habits and more. There’s an exclusive NappyValleyNet discount on offer too – why, thank you! …click here for more details
New year, new you? There’s a term time only Pilates class at Fybre Fitness on Northcote Road and you can try the first class for free. Small and friendly, it’s mixed level and will help with your individual needs. No hiding at the back, girls! …click here for more details
Our exclusive NappyValleyNet January offers are available for just one more week, so click on through to take a look. Yoga, gymnastics, diet hamper delivery, singing, decorating, home designing, holidaying and beautifying – what are you waiting for?! …click here for more details
Cheer up the January chill with some culture and adventure!
If you’re in Twickenham tomorrow then you might want to swing by the Bach to Baby Family Concert, ‘A Brief History of Jazz Piano.’ From Scott Joplin to Duke Ellington, you’ll be whisked through a hundred years of jazz piano in just under an hour, with your little ones free to roam or dance along. …click here for more details
Handa’s Hen is the sequel to Handa’s Surprise, a sell-out at Omnibus last year, and it’ll be here at the end of this month. Perfect for age two up to 6 and just 35 minutes long, the show weaves puppetry, music and dance together to introduce counting and animals to children. A great mini-safari in Clapham and that counting to ten will be in Swahili too! …click here for more details
January may feel gloomy at times, but never fear, a Panto is here! Puss in Boots is on at St Anne’s Hall, Wandsworth next weekend and the one after, so book in for the whole family and go ready for plenty of oohs, ahhs and behind yous! With Puss being joined by a Dame, a Magician, Snitch the Witch and some dastardly daughters, it sounds like it’ll brighten up your day! …click here for more details
If you’re looking for something different, fun and challenging to do as a family or just for the children, then consider GoApe in Battersea Park. Our Managing Ed, Charlotte, took it on, faced her fear of heights and never looked back (or down). It’s an adventurous, high energy, high adrenaline obstacle course high up in the treetops of our corner of central London. …click here for more details
New term, new ideas?
Tennis Teaching is back up and running on Clapham Common, with classes for all ages and abilities in small groups, with options for private lessons and ladies sessions too. Brush up on those skills before tennis season proper is upon us! …click here for more details
Dramacube are holding auditions this Sunday for their smash hit production of Annie Jr in March. Is your budding star aged between 7 and 16 and got what it takes to join the cast in Twickenham and Hampton Hill? This could just be the big break they’ve been waiting for! …click here for more details
A new term of Monkey Music is underway from Earlsfield to Balham and beyond! For little ones from just 3 months up to 4 years, the fun-filled classes will both entertain and encourage development through music, with lots of instruments, colourful props and sensory experiences. Sounds fab and the first session is free! …click here for more details
Half term, need ideas?!
Youngstars strike again this February half term, with tried and tested fun and games, introductions to various sports and plenty of arts and crafts thrown in. They’re running camps in SW4, SW6, SW11 and SW19, so they’ve got our area nicely covered! Early bird discount on offer until tomorrow – quick sticks! …click here for more details
Little Voices is running a ‘Cats’ Half Term Camp, where children aged from 4 to 16 will be working on their performing arts, learning an entire script in four days, building their confidence, having fun and ultimately putting on a show for you! …click here for more details
Head to Eddie Catz in Wimbledon for some Arty Family Fun with Creation Station. They’ll get messy with sequins, sparkles and glitter while their imaginations fly, followed by a good run around and play. Perfect! …click here for more details
Moving Matters is running a multi-sport holiday camp at Lambeth Academy for children aged from 5 to 13 to let off steam doing a big range of sports, both developing skills and technique as well as having fun with competitions and free play. Online booking discounts up for grabs! …click here for more details
This Saturday is Clothes for Calais Drop-Off day, perhaps just the incentive you need for that clear-out. Winter is closing in and thousands of people are living in terrible conditions, so anything you have, especially in the way of men’s warm winter clothing, will be gratefully received in Balham. …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Hope you’re settling into 2016 well!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x