Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
There’s something about summer in our neck of the woods that I love. The air has a certain calm to it; the roads are quiet, there’s less road rage, it’s really easy to find a parking space, people are more relaxed and smiley. The commons ebb and flow from green in the rain and brown in the sun, either covered in sun-worshipping bodies or empty apart from the splish splash of raindrops and hardy mums with little ones or dogs (or both) to walk and wear out. Life takes on a new pace. I’d even go so far as to say I feel European now that August has arrived and we’re all kicking back. Check into our calendar which keeps on working hard for you, even in the quiet times. There’s actually still loads going on! (click here)
House hunting? While the cat’s away and all that… Now is a great time to have a look around and there’s nowhere better to start than here. We’ve got homes for sale and to rent all across Nappy Valley thanks to PrimeLocation and four fab local agents, with some rather handy school catchment maps, distances and details. (click here)
Take a look at these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom family house on one of the most sought after roads ‘Between the Commons’ within the catchment of both Belleville and Honeywell Primaries, in excellent condition with a fully extended kitchen and bi-folding doors opening onto a mature south-facing garden. …click here for more details
On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom semi-detached family home set within Battersea Park’s ‘The Sisters’, recently refurbished and wider than average with a side passage, large kitchen/dining room offering great entertaining space and a useful utility room. …click here for more details
For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 6-bedroom Victorian house on a popular street just off Northcote Road, stretching to 2450 sqft and extended into the loft, side return and the full basement from front to back with a spacious family/playroom, utility, shower room and guest bedroom. …click here for more details
For rent with Hamptons International is a 6-bedroom semi-detached family house on a sought after street in the popular Heaver Estate, in excellent modern condition with a spacious layout and plenty of natural light and storage. …click here for more details
From Broadway to Tooting via Clapham – music, lights, action!
Love the sound of this one! Baby Broadway comes to Balham for a 45 minute concert with all your favourites from the wonderful world of musicals. So whether you Consider Yourself a bit of a novice or perhaps, Mamma Mia, you know every word to every song that’s ever hit the Big Time, then go along Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I Love You Tomorrow – it’s only a day away! Children of all ages are free. …click here for more details
It’s the Tooting Folk and Blues Festival this weekend starting at midday on Saturday. Showcasing the very best folk and blues acts in south London and free for all, there will be a live music stage and fantastic pop-up food and drink stalls to keep you all well fed and watered. Sounds like fantastic family fun to me! Who needs Glasto when you’ve got Tooting!? …click here for more details
It’s August, so time for the Trinity Hospice Cinema Series. First up, it’s The Breakfast Club followed by Casablanca and Mrs Doubtfire, playing on consecutive nights under the stars in Trinity’s stunning garden on Clapham Common Northside. Pack a picnic and some cash for the bar selling drinks, snacks and raffle tickets, and head over to grab your patch of grass in front of the giant screen, sit back and enjoy! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship……click here for more details
Sports, games, movies, dance, nature trails..You name it, we’ve got it
The Brilliant Bug Adventure in Twickenham sounds, well, brilliant! For children aged from 3 to 8, they’ll learn all about bugs – where they live, what they do and how to help them. Long sleeved tops and bottoms and sturdy footwear required. Sounds like they’re really going to get to grips with nature. Fab! …click here for more details
There’s a Playball Playdate at Eddie Catz next week for little ones to have a blast burning off a serious amount of energy! All the usual Playball favourites of sports, games and skills set in the brilliant Putney Eddie Catz, including a chance to play in the softplay too. Can’t think of many better ways to spend three hours if you’re between 3 and 7 years old! …click here for more details
Funky Moves are back at The Exhibit in Balham every Thursday this month with their Disney Kids’ Club. If you’re quick, you might just catch Aladdin this afternoon or next week it’s The Lion King. Three hours of fun-packed cinematic action, with packed lunch and the movie and then they’ll learn a dance routine to a song from the film. It’s not just Disney who knows how to entertain the children! …click here for more details
Future Nigel or Nigella on your hands? Then they might be keen on Kids in the Kitchen next week. For children aged from 7 to 11, Leiths School of Food and Wine and Kite Studios have got together to bring an action-packed week of inspiring cookery and art. Sounds like messy, delicious, creative fun! …click here for more details
The Let’s Act Summer School gets underway at St Luke’s on Monday when budding starlets will be working on Annie and Bugsy Malone to keep them out of mischief for a week! Suitable for those aged 4 and up, it runs every morning and they’ll learn scenes and songs from the two hit musicals, ready to perform for you by the Friday afternoon. Ta dah! …click here for more details
Any little ones out there who could kick a ball before they could walk? Then the Little Kickers summer camp on Clapham Common might be for you. Running for two weeks in August, each morning will be dedicated to football fun and skills development for boys and girls aged 3 to 5. Start ’em young! …click here for more details
Flic-flac your way over to this one! The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham is holding a ‘Back Handspring Bonanza’ camp over two afternoons next week for all budding gymnasts aged 6 to 12. Jam-packed with skills and drills for back handsprings, handstands, cartwheels and rolls, they’ll also use the bars, beam, floor and vault. Makes me feel dizzy but they’ll be thoroughly worn out and desperate for more! …click here for more details
Family time, you-time or he-time. Let the negotiations begin..
This sounds like bliss. A Relax & Rejuvenate Restorative Yoga Workshop is being held at the reCentre in Balham this weekend. Two hours of deep breathing, mediation and yoga will help you relax the mind and balance the body, using props like blankets, blocks and bolster pillows so you can hold positions for longer to really unlock tensions. …click here for more details
It’s not all about the children. How about something different for you grown-ups this summer? All Star Tennis have a variety of one day workshops and short courses for adult beginners to tennis, or you might give some thought to something more regular in September. Don’t be outdone by the kids! …click here for more details
If a visit to Buckingham Palace has been on your summer ‘to do’ list for a while, here’s your moment. This Saturday, there’s a Family Festival with all sorts of activities on offer for the children, from handling sessions and family tours in The Royal Mews to arts and crafts and dance and drama workshops in The Queen’s Gallery, as well as a Family Pavilion open all summer for those visiting Buckingham Palace. Look out for our Queenie! …click here for more details
Waterstones and The Anglers in Teddington run a monthly Children’s Book Reading which is absolutely free (yay!). The authors will read to your children from their books and bring the stories alive. Fire their imaginations and take them away on a great adventure for an hour or so. Storytime, family time and you’ll find yourselves in a pub on the river on a Saturday afternoon. Win, win! …click here for more details
Here’s a date you’ll want to get in your diary. It’s the Gambado Family Fun Day at the end of August. It’s only £7 for each child and as well as the fabulous soft play, bumper cars and spinning cups to send them dizzy with excitement, there’ll be arts and crafts, cookery, dance workshops, party games, apple bobbing and more! …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Whatever you do, have a happy August!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx