Paddington, Antarctica and back to a family rave in SW London: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

I’m sure it’s not just me who keeps spotting little donkeys, sheep, stars, angels and wise men skipping around the streets of NappyValley?  Weeks of planning, line-learning and song-singing are coming to fruition and culminating in magnificent nativity plays, Christmas concerts and carol services.   It’s a wonder you can’t hear the dulcet tones hovering in the crisp air above the Commons.  And don’t we all love it?  It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  If you have the time, take a look at our brilliant calendar with its listings of Christmas fairs and activities for the children (big and small) as we approach the main event.  And please keep posting your own events, shows, fairs and more via the little green button – spread the Christmas joy!…click here for details

Every which way you turn – it’s Chriiiistmmmaaaas! (we’ve come over all Slade, 1973)

It’s the Belleville Primary Christmas Fair tomorrow afternoon, once the school bell has rung! Join in on the festive fun and games with various stalls and a very special guest…Also, a fab raffle and a goodie bag for going home time from sponsors, Marsh & Parsons…click here for details 

And it’s the turn of All Saints Church in Tooting with their Christmas Fair on Saturday. Go along for some festive fun with gifts, games, toys, tombola and cake – a perfect recipe!…click here for details

Or, the Chestnut Grove School Christmas market is on this Saturday afternoon, with plenty of stalls indoors and Christmas trees available to buy (presumably outdoors!?)…click here for details

The busy Doodle Bar in Battersea is holding a Storytime Sunday this weekend with two writers in residence to read and encourage your children’s imaginations to run riot with their own stories.  Signed books available to buy for great stocking fillers.  Isn’t Santa clever?!…click here for details

Go exploring in the South Pole at Antarctica, a brilliant family show at the Battersea Arts Centre.  You’ll meet penguins, seals, seagulls and more in this magical adventure that more than captures the imagination.  Don’t miss out – you’ll all love it!…click here for details

St Luke’s on Ramsden Road plays host to a Bach to Baby Christmas family concert tomorrow morning with a decidedly festive flavour.  Join in with your little ones, who are free to roam, and get fully in the swing of Christmas while enjoying some live classical music moments from home.  Fabulous!…click here for details

It’s time for another family rave!  The Big Fish Little Fish Winter Wonderland is at The Bedford this Sunday for some fantastic, festive fun.  DJs, bubble machines, Hula Hoop displays and workshops, giant colouring-in mural, play area, craft area…the list goes on!  Lots of dancing dads more than welcome – the more the merrier.  Go for it!…click here for details

Or, at the other end of the scale, and slightly further afield is a Swedish Lucia concert, a 4-piece vocal harmony group accompanied by a double bass, offering a candlelit festival of light and music. Sounds magical…click here for details

Wandsworth Town’s contemporary art gallery, Oil & Water, is holding an Open Weekend of its Christmas exhibition this Saturday and Sunday, where you’ll find a large collection of original paintings, limited edition prints, photographs, ceramics and glass.  Great Christmas presents or perhaps something to fill that gap on the wall that’s been staring at you for months…or is that years?!…click here for details

It’s the Operation Smile Carols by Candlelight (City) next week, with much-loved candlelit carols and celebrity readings (including Musketeer, Tom Burke and Atlantis’, Juliet Stevenson) followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  All proceeds go to provide free, safe surgery to children in the developing world suffering from cleft palate and other facial deformities…click here for details

The Christmas holidays are looming large – here are a few ideas to help keep you all entertained

You’d have to be living in deepest, darkest Peru to have missed the Paddington and marmalade mania going on right now! Take a break from the festivities and follow the Paddington Trail to find some of the 50 statues, each one a homage to our much-loved duffle-coated furry friend…click here for details

Youngstars Christmas Holiday Camps will be getting underway soon, so if you still need time to finish the Christmas shopping or they just love to burn off some energy, this could be for you!  Choose from Balham, Parsons Green or Putney…click here for details

There’s often talk of Little Forest Folk on NappyValleyNet and now it seems they have a Christmas Grotto Experience set up and ready to go, with all sorts of lovely treats from crafts, tree decorating and face-painting, to a visit with Santa who will read a magical story and say ‘Rudolph’ with your little ones for a professional photo…click here for details

We all know the best presents are the ones which are handmade by little fingers.  First Hand Education are holding a ‘Hand Made Christmas’ event where they’ll be given plenty of inspiration to get crafty and make something that you/Granny/Auntie/Dad will treasure for years…click here for details

The Snow Dragon at St James’ Theatre, tells the story of Billy, a spoilt young goat whose parents give him everything he wants, and there’s a special gala performance this Sunday in aid of Kidscape, although the play runs until January.  With both snow and dragon in the title, it sounds like it’ll be a hit with most children!…click here for details

The Sewing School Christmas Workshops are on next week, where they’ll spend a lovely three hours at the Old School Club making stockings, tree decorations and a Santa’s sack.  Time to spruce up your Christmas kit?  Send them here! (click here).  And there’s an after school session for the older children too, so everybody gets a new stocking!…click here for details

If you can see through the festivities, there are still so many other great goings-on in our midst!

There’s a Tooting Sling Meet going on for those of you who love to have your baby in a sling.  Big brothers and sisters welcome too, and a great time to get together for a natter and to compare sling design and wearability…click here for details

Dance Grooves are offering a free trial tomorrow of their new Alphabet Dance Class at the ever-popular Old School Club.  It’s the theory of get ’em while they’re young and engage your pre-schoolers with the letters of the alphabet through dancing and singing.  It’s as simple as ABC!…click here for details

Water Babies have just opened some new classes in Putney, Tooting and Hammersmith, so if you’d like to start the new year with your little fishes gaining both confidence and ability, splash right this way……click here for details

There’s a great early bird offer on an Urban retreatraw food & yoga.  We might all be in need of some cleansing by February…take yourself away from it all, tucked away on Wandsworth Common for a few hours – you deserve it. Book now and you’ll feel even better about it …click here for details

After the dizzying days of Christmas fun and planning, have a sit down and take a look at our property pages, where you’ll find homes in the area for sale or to rent and their distances from the local schools you may have your eye on …click here for details

Take a look at these fab pads from our Preferred Property Partners this week:

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On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a very special 3-bedroom apartment, the entire ground floor of an imposing semi-detached house in one of West Putney’s most sought-after streets, close to both Putney and Barnes Commons…click here for details

For sale through Savills is a very original, unique and contemporary upside down split level flat, just off Battersea Rise and within a stone’s throw of Northcote Road and Clapham Junction…click here for details

Available to rent with Hamptons International is a beautifully presented and recently refurbished 5-bedroom family house in the sought after Nightingale Triangle…click here for details

And available to rent with Marsh & Parsons is a detached 7-bedroom house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a large garden and outdoor swimming pool, plus off-street parking for up to three cars…click here for details

That’s it for this week.  Have lots of festive fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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