The Ritherdon Road Street Party, Hobbledown adventures and half term fun: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

The bright pink tents up on Clapham Common at the weekend resonated with us at NappyValleyNet. Not only big, bright and pink but also set up for a crowd of intrepid women to don their glorious bras and pound the pavements through the night for Walk the Walk, united against breast cancer.  An amazing feat (though tough on the feet) and a brilliant achievement for all those who took part, not to mention the incredible amount that has no doubt been raised to continue to tackle breast cancer head on.  Doubtless many of those who did it live in these parts, so a huge well done to any of you who are reading this, and now your work is done, take a look at our calendar to find something of a more sedate nature and rest those legs.  A good stretch in a yoga or pilates session perhaps or a spot of culture to sit down and enjoy. It’s overflowing with ideas and please do keep on adding to it. (click here)

Moving house?  We have property pages with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents, so whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent, they’re a great place to be.  Not only the usual house hunting search criteria, but also school catchments and maps so you can try to find the perfect pad just a stone’s throw from the school you have in mind. (click here)

 

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

The Ritherdon Road Street Party    

    

For sale with Portico is a 4-bedroom house just a short stroll from Clapham Junction, newly built in the grounds of a former 19th century church with over 3,000 sqft of cleverly arranged space including all en-suite bathrooms, a cinema room and a secluded garden. …click here for more details

To rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached house on a sought after street very close to the open spaces of Streatham Common, finished to an exceptionally high standard with a good balance between period features and contemporary design and with a lovely private garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom Victorian family house on a popular street in Clapham Old Town, with generous living space arranged over five levels, off-street parking for two cars and a 70 ft private garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom semi-detached house on one of the most sought after streets ‘Between the Commons’, set on a wide plot with a great feeling of lateral space and natural light with the scope to increase the square footage and a 90 ft south-facing garden. …click here for more details

 

Here a fair, there a fair, everywhere a fair fair

We’ve been counting sleeps in between counting sheep and now there are only two left until the day arrives for the Ritherdon Road Street Party!  This Sunday, the road will be closed to traffic for locals to take over on foot and explore all that’s on offer.  Over 50 stalls will line the street and all the independent shops will have their doors wide open.  Live music, fun for the children, street food galore.  It’s free, it’s fun and it’s what being part of the neighbourhood is all about.  Go get stuck in and soak up the atmosphere!…click here for more details

The fair season has started in earnest, and this Saturday sees Macaulay’s CE Primary School open its gates for its Royal Summer Fair! Just off Clapham Common and just £1 to get in, you’ll spend the afternoon dancing around the traditional maypole, bouncing on a bouncy castle, trying your luck in the raffle or silent auction and tucking into BBQ, cakes and cream teas.  My mouth is watering at the thought!  …click here for more details

As part of the National Gardens Scheme, Whitgift School opens its gardens to the public this weekend with the added benefit of both afternoon tea and the chance to buy some plants to raise money for charity.  You’ll be able to meander around, taking in the wonderful range of gardens, complete with exotic wildlife (roaming peacocks), bonsai trees and a maze. …click here for more details

Something for the long weekend later this month.  It’s the SoLo Craft Fair’s Summer of Handmade Market at the Balham Bowls Club. You’ll find some of the best handmade and vintage stall-holders, creative workshops and live music around.  Think of it as the best parts of a festival, just without the mud – perfect for townies! …click here for more details

Looking ahead to June, it’s The Abbeville Fete, now in its 20th year.  A highlight of the year over on the south side of Clapham Common, it raises thousands for five different charities and has a packed schedule with everything from live music to dog pageants, a fancy dress parade, BBQ, bar and stalls galore.  Make sure it’s in your diary or you’ll miss all the fun! …click here for more details

And even further ahead into July, it’s the much-loved Northcote Road Summer Fairwith all the usual fun of the fair and Men’s Finals from Wimbledon played out on a huge screen to cheering crowds, all squished happily together on fake grass running down into the very heart of Nappy Valley. Put it in the diary and, if you’re in the market for selling your wares, do get in touch with the organisers to book a stall – they’d love to hear from you! …click here for more details

 

Half term is almost here.  Don’t panic – our calendar’s full of bright ideas! 

We headed out of town last weekend to visit and explore Hobbledown, then whizzed home to tell the tale and spread the word.  Read our review to find out why you must add it to your ‘Fun Things To Do With The Children’ list.  Happy faces all round and suitably worn out children make for a happy home.  With half term just around the corner, this is one stop you’ll want to be making! …click here for more details 

Little Voices are running a ‘Lion King’ May half term Camp at St Luke’s where they’ll get to tread the boards on their paws, singing, dancing and performing their way through everyone’s firm favourite.  Brilliant for building confidence and having plenty of fun along the way! …click here for more details

There’s plenty going on at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, all based aroundAmazing Stories!  Join in on a week of workshops inspired by tales much loved by many.  Get creative with a choice of full or half day sessions led by professional artists specialising in a range of techniques, from drawing, painting and print-making to sculpture and textiles.  For imaginative children of all ages! …click here for more details

Open Air Fit are running their ever-popular Half term Multi-Sport Kids Camp on Wandsworth Common filled with individual and team challenges, fun games and sports-based sessions for those aged 4 and up, covering everything from cricket, lacrosse and baseball to football and good old fashioned fun in the form of obstacle courses! …click here for more details

 

There’s a mixed bag of opportunity, fun and classes on every corner 

The Parent Practice is running a workshop next week on Helping Kids be Resilient.  We all know that self-esteem is vital for children to help them cope with the knocks of life and this will help you to really build up their confidence and belief in themselves, encouraging them to deal constructively with challenges, and with effective strategies for dealing with or avoiding any bullying. Top parenting advice on the doorstep. …click here for more details

There’s an Open Day at Cumnor House School (Boys) and Tree Tops Nursery next week, so if you’re soon to get started on looking around at nursery, reception and beyond, now that your little ones are big enough to be going to school, then add this to your list of places to see. …click here for more details

There’s a new Aerial gymnastic class for Mini Flyers aged 4 to 6 in Battersea!  Let them have a go at being in the circus; they’ll work on hoops, trapeze and silks as well as some ground-based skills like acrobalance, hula hooping and juggling.  Great for developing strength, flexibility and balance as well as confidence and a whole lot of fun!…click here for more details

Screaming with Laughter is an afternoon comedy club at The Bedford, designed for parents with little ones under one year old to see the best acts from the telly and comedy circuit without having to book a babysitter.  Just that very detail brings a wide smile to my face and I haven’t even heard a joke yet! It’s on next week – go along for a giggle!…click here for more details

Now it’s summer, summer, summertime, how about some outdoor, pram-friendlyZumba Dance Fitness classes? You can get fit, have fun and burn calories using the latest wireless technology in a silent disco style.  Head to Clapham Common on a Wednesday or Saturday mornings to get in the groove and get working on that tan!  Multi-tasking at its best. …click here for more details

As part of the Wandsworth Fringe, there’s the Gwalia Welsh Voice Choir Concert at Tooting Bec this weekend.  Set in All Saints’ Church, you’ll soak up the atmosphere and acoustics while being amazed by the sound and music of a famous Welsh Male Choir. Wine and Welsh Cakes for sale in the interval – what else!? …click here for more details

Is there a budding jazz musician in your ranks?  Don’t miss this weekend’s Jazz auditions at the World Heart Beat Music Academy in Earlsfield, a relaxed, friendly environment where everybody’s passionate about music.  Calling all future Ellas, Louis, Miles…it’s your turn to make your musical mark on the world! …click here for more details

 

Win a prize or snap up an offer – they’re made just for you! 

You may have heard that there’s a new trampoline park in town, right in our midst. Flipout Wandsworth opened its doors last week and we have a fab competition to win a party for 10!  Not only that – this month’s offers and competitions are nothing short of stupendous!  A trip to the Swiss Alps with Camp Suisse for two children in August, £100 to spend in Selfridges from Simply Loft, a gorgeous goodie bag of treats from The Lemon Tree and endless fun with half term in mind at Hobbledown, Kidspace and theCentral London Golf Centre. …click here for more details

 

 

That’s it.  Whatever you do, have fun and keep an eye on our calendar.  It’s an ever-growing, ever-updating marvel! (click here)

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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