The Ritherdon Road Street Party, The Barnes Children’s Literature Festival and Wimbledon Open Studios : Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

‘Tis the season for spring fairs, early summer fairs, festivals, street parties, open gardens and the rest.  We wish you a Happy (official) 90th Birthday, Ma’am, on 11th June, and many of us will look forward to spilling out onto our streets – hopefully without too many spillages – to wander the tarmac in flip-flops and high spirits, mingling with friends and neighbours, hopefully meeting a few new faces along the way and putting names to others we’ve seen so many times but have never said hello to in our oh so British way.  There are a few dates in this lovely lot today that you won’t want to miss, with plenty more fun, games, classes and half term antics besides.  Keep on adding your own events too – the more the merrier. If we know about them, we can help spread the word! (click here)

Looking to sell, to buy, to rent?  Remember our property pages where, together with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents, we have homes for sale and to rent in SW London with school catchments all mapped out. You can even search via the school you have in mind and distances from front door to school gate will be listed for you.  Handy, hey?
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Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week



To rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family home, completely renovated just a few years ago with tremendous living space, wonderful period features and a 90ft garden, all set in Abbeville Village close to restaurants, shops and transport links. …click here for more details

For rent with Portico is a 1-bedroom apartment in a sought-after mansion block overlooking the green spaces of Battersea Park, with a separate modern kitchen, a good-sized living room leading onto a balcony, a 24 hour porter on site and just a short walk over the river to Chelsea. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom semi-detached family house on one of the most sought after roads just off Wandsworth Common, near to Northcote Road and well-served by many local schools, with a contemporary south-facing garden with a open aspect which is not overlooked. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom maisonette in the heart of Clapham Old Town and just moments from Clapham Common, recently completely refurbished to a high standard with plenty of light and space and with a private, south-facing garden.…click here for more details


From original art and music to books and drama – all on the doorstep  

The Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show opens this evening and runs all weekend, with two fantastic buildings packed to the rafters with art studios displaying a huge variety of work from original cartoons to oil paintings, sculpture to photography and textiles.  Wander the corridors taking in what you like the look of, admire the artists at work or let your little ones join in on one of the many hands-on arts and crafts on offer.  Inspiration at your finger tips and the opportunity to buy direct from the artist. …click here for more details

Head to The Glebe House on Saturday afternoon for a fun session with Emer Stamp, a children’s author who will talk to you about her famous books including The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig. Stories and art for 6 to 11 year olds and a closer look at the mischievous schemes, friendships and all the fun of the farm! …click here for more details

Baby Broadway hits Wimbledon this Saturday, so if you feel you’re missing out on all the West End fun since the arrival of your little ones, take them along to this and you’ll all have your spirits lifted by professional performances of some of the greats – Grease, My Fair of Lady, Frozen, Mary Poppins.  Even better than a spoonful of sugar! …click here for more details

We’ve given away a family ticket to our lucky winner, and now the time has come.  It’s the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival this weekend, all set around the lovely Barnes Pond.  Head that way for all sorts of treats for children and grown-ups alike, with readings, talks and workshops with authors, illustrators and more. Inspire this generation with a love of words! …click here for more details

Author of the brilliant ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series, Cressida Cowell, will be inThe Alligator’s Mouth (a book shop, not literally) in Richmond on Monday afternoon to kick off her tour for ‘How to Train a Dragon’s Fury’, so go get your signed copy with every pre-order, not to mention your viking hat and other fun activities. …click here for more details


Something for you, for them, for others 

There’s a Clothes for Calais Collection in Balham this Saturday.  Things may have warmed up dramatically but conditions are still terrible for those in Calais.  Time for that much needed clear-out at home? A list of what they need most and what they’d be very grateful to receive is right here. …click here for more details

The Parent and Baby Coach is bringing its hugely informative and sleep deprivation-busting Baby and Sleep Routine Workshop to Fulham! Go along and learn all about your baby’s sleep including routines for 0-12 months, how to establish good sleep habits and get rid of those sleep crutches keeping you all awake at night. …click here for more details

Mrs. Stylist – Personal Styling Boot Camp is on Monday evening just off Lavender Hill, so if your Spring/Summer ’16 wardrobe is in need of an overhaul, this could be just the thing! She’ll show you how to update your wardrobe and dress well for your body type, with tips on accessorising and how to style an outfit easily.  Go girl! …click here for more details

Sing and Sign Classes take place at St Barnabas Church on Clapham Common Northside each Monday (and elsewhere around the neighbourhood) for babies from just 2 months up to 14 months.  Help your little one to communicate before they can talk by learning signing the fun way – you might just make them great communicators for life!…click here for more details

Let’s Act runs musical theatre and drama classes for a great range of ages, many of them at St Luke’s on Thurleigh Road.  Free taster sessions are on offer this week; there are two Mini Musical Theatre Fun classes on Saturdays, so if your little one likes to act, to sing, to entertain, then you could channel all that into some great learning and development! …click here for more details

The much-loved Lavender Hill Farmers’ Market is holding a mini plant sale at the market on Saturday.  If your garden could do with a bit of brightening up or you feel you need some inspiration to get out there and get planting, then swing by for some colourful stems, petal! …click here for more details


All the fun of the fair and more besides!

The Ritherdon Road Street Party is approaching about as fast as half term – in fact, even faster – it’s next weekend!  Locals beware – the road will be closed for extra stalls and extra fun, including plenty of live music, a hog roast, drinks, games, bubbles, balloons, happy people, a sunny day (that last part we can’t promise, but we can hope!).…click here for more details

How about a Zumbathon in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital?  Don your trainers and wend your way down to Tooting Leisure Centre later this month to join in on 3 hours of dancing, pop-up stalls and a raffle with fab prizes. In between swinging those hips, take a look at Stella & Dot, sportswear Bia Brazil, Tropic Skincare and tuck into Urban Gourmet (for energy levels).  Bouncing family fun and all in aid of the brilliant GOSH. …click here for more details

The Abbeville Fete will be celebrating its 20th year on 25th June, so pop it in the diary and join in on all the fun of the fair in aid of five fantastic local charities.  With over 80 stalls, a BBQ and bar, a dog beauty pageant and with this year’s fancy dress theme being ‘seaside’, you’ll be transported to an oasis of holiday fun, where we’ll all be dancing in the streets..! …click here for more details

Whitgift School opens its doors to the public soon as part of the National Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity.  Wander through the wonderful range of gardens, complete with exotic wildlife, bonsai trees and maze.  Just don’t get lost in it or you’ll be there for school on the Monday! …click here for more details


Two weeks until half term and some clever ways to burn that energy!

As well as their usual Multi-Sport Kids Camps, Open Air Fit is running a Football Camp this half term on the dog-free zone in front of Skylark on Wandsworth Common. Led by a former professional football player, they’ll focus on passing, shooting, dribbling and tackling, helping those aged 6 and up – both boys and girls – improve their all-round game.  Watch your back, Wayne!  …click here for more details

Lavender Leonardos has half term workshops where children aged from 5 will work on painting and drawing as well as 3D, sculpture, clay and sewing.  Busy creativity for busy hands and minds in a real artist’s studio, with Printmaking Workshops for those aged 11 and up. …click here for more details

Pip & Groove Kids Mixology & Dance Workshop sounds like a lot of healthy, fruit-filled fun!  Children aged 4 up to 12 can spend the afternoon in Putney creating their own smoothie cocktail, blending it on a smoothie bike, brainstorming to design a name and label and joining in on a fruity, funky street dance disco!  They’ll certainly get their 5-a-day that day! …click here for more details

Children will love the fantastic half term athletics training run by Herne Hill Harriers at the Tooting Bec Athletics Track.  Amazing value and top training tips and drills lead by athletic coaches of both track and field for those aged 7 and up. They’ll know all the moves when they come to watch the Rio Olympics! …click here for more details


Did somebody say treats!?

We’ve got a completely brilliant collection of Exclusive May Competitions & Offers for you.  You can win a Flip Out party for ten, a Camp Suisse holiday for two (yes, to the Swiss Alps and it’s worth over £2,000!), a family ticket to Hobbledown, Kidspace andAdventure Golf (half term looms!), two places on a First Aid for Life course andSammy Duder silver fingerprint cufflinks for Father’s Day!  As for the offers, take your pick from 30% off at Gitcombe, £50 off a Balance Design consultation, 2-for-1 at The Biscuiteers, 25% off SW Yoga…..I could go on! …click here for more details


That’s it!  Here’s the link for our calendar.  Keep it close at hand and click regularly for help and inspiration. (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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