Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
As we head towards the longest day of the year, we also head towards the longest school holiday. Childcare routines get thrown up into the air and don’t always land in quite the right formation. Weeks of fun stretch ahead of the children with a few idyllic Famous Five stories in mind. Weeks of organisation for a great time for all stretch ahead of us parents. What to do? Where to go? How to stay sane? Keep in touch with all the latest clubs, courses, activities, museums, shows and more by visiting our calendar and keeping an eye on our ‘Activities’ section too. There’s so much choice that you might be facing some serious negotiation with a small child or three. All part of the rich tapestry of parenthood! I wish you luck. (click here).
In the market for a new house? Then you might like to look through our property pages, which have homes in the area for sale and to rent with school catchment areas all mapped out, thanks to Wandsworth and Lambeth councils. Just click on the school you’re interested in and all the homes available will be listed for you. Brilliant! (click here).
Look through the keyhole of these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom house on Albert Bridge Road, just a stone’s throw from Battersea Park and just over the river from Chelsea. It’s a spectacular family home with a wealth of space laid out over four floors. …click here for details
On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom family home, within easy walking distance of Northcote Road, Clapham Common and Clapham Junction station, beautifully decorated throughout with a large, west-facing terrace. …click here for details
For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house set on one of the most sought after streets ‘Between the Commons’, with grand Victorian proportions throughout and an extended kitchen/family room opening onto a decked garden. …click here for details
Available to rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom end-of-terrace, beautifully restored Victorian town house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with a self-contained annex in the garden with kitchen and shower room, perfect for nanny accommodation. …click here for details
We’re all going on a summer holiday! Or maybe not, in which case…
Let’s Act Summer School will be running at St Luke’s Church Hall. Children will learn scenes and songs from their favourite musicals and then perform them for parents at the end of the week. All budding Bafta winners welcome! …click here for details
All Star Tennis start their Summer Tennis Camps for kids in early July at four different locations across NappyValley. Small groups of no more than 8 across three age groups, they’ll be playing fun matches and building skills and tactics in the sunshine.…click here for details
Any future film-makers out there? Summer Film Shoots will have them devising, directing, shooting, editing and performing their own blockbuster, ready for the Red Carpet treatment at the end of the week. And roll! …click here for details
If you’d like to mix it up with a bit of English and un peu de francais, then give the Et Patati Patata Summer Camp a try. Running for three weeks in Fulham, your children will be immersed in French while having all sorts of summer fun, from arts and crafts to action and games. …click here for details
If rock and pop is right up their street, then an Upbeat Pop and Rock Summer Course could be just what they need. A week dedicated to singing, dancing, playing in a band, performing and recording a CD. Early bird discounts on offer at the moment – quick! …click here for details
It’s a big weekend for school fairs and fingers will be crossed in NappyValley for the sun to shine!
The Allfarthing Fair promises to be lots of fun with all the usual fun of the fair plus tennis with Lifetime Tennis, ‘Beat the Goalie’ with Open Air Fit and dancing from Funky Moves. You’ll (sorry, they’ll) sleep well that night… …click here for details
If you’re more Clapham Old Town direction, then go along to St Paul’s Clapham Village Fete with a Hamptons International Pimms Bar, a Moen’s BBQ, a silent auction, children’s games, a bouncy castle and more. Lovely fun! …click here for details
And at the Fircroft School Summer Fair in Tooting, there’ll be live music, old fashioned games, face painting, craft stalls, a ‘Human Bungee’ and an inflatable slide. Ooh, we love those. …click here for details
It’s the Tooting Community Garden Open Day on Sunday. Go along for storytelling, bark rubbing, sculpture making, cooking over an open fire and a fabulous show. It’s all going on! …click here for details
For a spot of culture to round it all off, it’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Clapham Omnibus this weekend with an award-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s story. For age 7 and up, you’ll be transported to a world of mirth and magic with puppetry and original music to really capture the imagination and help tell the story. …click here for details
Don’t forget to put the Abbeville Fete in your diary for Saturday 27th if you haven’t already. In its 19th year and raising funds for five great local causes, this is a fab neighbourhood get together with over 50 stalls, live music, a dedicated kids’ zone and a dog beauty pageant. Time to get grooming! …click here for details
Another fair, this time in Streatham in early July. The organisers of The Woodfield Fair would love to hear from anyone who would like to book a stall to sell their wares this year. Another Saturday, another lovely opportunity in the neighbourhood. …click here for details
And one more date for your diary, of course, is the Northcote Road Summer Fete on Sunday 12th July. The whole road will be lined with stalls selling all sorts plus lots of live entertainment, food, drink and fairground rides (and not all of them are just for the children..). Can’t wait! …click here for details
A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Variety is the spice of life!
It’s the 15% sale and Charity Evening at Neal’s Nurseries later today. The discount is on offer on almost the entire stock, so have a quick read of our great gardens piece for some hints and tips (click here). and then head on down and join in on the fun, games, BBQ and more. …click here for details
There’s a new dance class for little ones just off Abbeville Road. Splatter Dance on Thursday mornings will have them moving, dancing, playing and interacting to a particular theme each week. With ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Jungle Adventure’, they’ll be transported to another world (for a little while, anyway). …click here for details
This sound like fun for those aged 8 and over. How about a course in Circus Skills? Aerial skills and trapeze sound like the order of the day and if they’ve got a head for heights, it’s a brilliant way to build coordination and strength with plenty of fun swung in! …click here for details
All Stars runs Cardio Tennis at three different locations and at various times of the day or evening. You don’t need to be a whizz at tennis, but you do need to want to keep your heart rate up, burn calories and have fun on a tennis court. First session free – ace! …click here for details
Tempted by outdoor Zumba dance fitness this summer? There are weekly sessions on Clapham Common using wireless technology so you can get dancing silent-disco style while enjoying the sunshine. Babies in prams are welcome too. Sounds fab! …click here for details
There really is something out there for everybody in the family – nobody gets left in the corner!
The Lavender Hill Day Nursery invites you to their Open Day this Saturday, where there’ll be fun goings-on for the children including a bouncy castle, face painting and a family BBQ, while you have time to meet staff and get a good feel for the place. …click here for details
Food for the Brain is holding a talk in Putney next week about the importance of optimum nutrition in a child’s general health and development as well as their behaviour and learning, with tips on spotting common problems and advice on getting children to eat healthy food. …click here for details
It’s your last chance to win two tickets to Taste of London thanks to Les Dauphins wines. A foodie’s heaven, the festival starts next week and food and drink lovers can literally lap up flavours from a vast array of restaurants, vineyards and beyond. …click here for details
The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Baby Play & Development Workshop for parents to learn about their baby’s developmental stages from 0-12 months as well as offer great ideas about playtime with your child – bring out the best in them (and you!). …click here for details
Jane Wake is running a new Men-only Pilates session on Sunday mornings in Balham. It’s not just women who benefit from harnessing their core strength, but men too, so whether you’re a dad or not, go along for some ‘me-time’ and reconnect with those inner muscles! Free trial sessions available. …click here for details
And finally, have you taken a look at our totes amaze balls, whizz bang prizes and offers this month? Camp Suisse are offering a week’s summer camp for one extremely lucky child and their extremely lucky friend worth £2400!! And there’s also a brilliantKidcampz play tent up for grabs, a pair of silver fingerprint cufflinks from Sammy Duder (Father’s Day – eek!), private hire atThe Exhibit and more. So much more! …click here for details
That’s it for this week. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx