Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
After the wild Easter weekend, blue skies, sunshine and temperatures into the double figures have helped this holiday along nicely. While many may be lying on sun loungers, swinging on chair lifts or wrapped up on a blustery beach in Blighty, for those of us left behind, the roads have been pleasingly quiet and the commons and playgrounds buzzing with the delighted shouts and yelps of happily carefree children. The clubs and activities on offer are mind-boggling and the countless museums, family workshops and interactive goings-on are a constant source of inspiration and decision-making. Keep up with what’s on – and with the children – by checking into our calendar regularly. And please keep posting your events, fairs, classes, performances and more. Just follow the little green button. (click here)
You may have noticed that today’s email looks a little different. It’s not the Easter Bunny wreaking havoc with our systems; there’s a logo change at the top and I’m delighted to welcome a new property partner into the NappyValleyNet fold.
We’ve been crossing paths with Portico for a long time and whilst co-sponsoring the Northcote Fete last year, we started talking about how we might work together. It was pretty clear they were a natural fit alongside our existing partners: Marsh & Parsons, Hamptons International and Rampton Baseley.
So welcome Portico, and I do hope that whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent you’ll consider one of our partners without whose help NappyValleyNet simply wouldn’t exist!(click here)
Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Portico is a 5-bedroom house remodelled and designed to an exceptional standard with a Bulthaup kitchen, plenty of storage space and a private garden with scope for a roof terrace, set in the sought after Tonsleys with primary schools nearby.…click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family house on a very popular residential street close to Wandsworth Common, with a wealth of entertaining space, a 90ft south-facing garden and off-street parking for two cars. …click here for more details
For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house ‘Between the Commons’ and close to Northcote Road and local primary schools, finished to an excellent standard and bright and spacious with plenty of good storage space. …click here for more details
Available for sale or to rent from Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached family house in the Sibella Conservation Area very near to Clapham High Street and Clapham Common, stretching to over 2400 sqft with off-street parking for two cars.…click here for more details
Holidays and culture make for a great mix
Storystock is in full swing at the Omnibus in Clapham and runs all day today and tomorrow, so head over for a travelling circus full of stories with live literature shows, author talks, musical storytelling, all-day doodling and lots of bookish fun and games. Book worms unite, and fledging worms will be welcomed with open arms! …click here for more details
Join in with a wonderful celebration by Bach to Baby of Shakespeare 400 in Clapham tomorrow. In ‘Merry Old England’ you’ll revisit the sounds of yesteryear hearing period instruments including the billowy flute, delicate recorder and exotic shawm. As the Bard himself said, ‘If music be the food of love, play on!’ …click here for more details
There will be sheep in our midst on Saturday! Don’t miss the Family Day at Battersea Arts Centre, where there’ll be a celebration of Wandsworth’s rural past in a special artist-led day. Join the human knitting machine, create your own flock of sheep, listen to the BAC Beatboxers perform their very own way of counting sheep and meet a few woolly friends from Vauxhall City Farm in the afternoon. Baaa-rilliant! …click here for more details
Don’t forget the Junior Golf Free Taster session down on Burntwood Lane on Sunday. A chance for your children to have a go at golf, learn a few basics of the swing and have a few shots. Who knows, it could turn out to be their big thing. Step aside Tiger Woods.…click here for more details
Easter Fun at Eddie Catz continues with all sorts of sessions from science to sport and art to cookery at their soft play centres in Earlsfield, Putney and Wimbledon. And after their specialised subject has finished, there’s all that lovely soft play to keep them entertained. Fab! …click here for more details
For those still on school holidays and thinking of brushing up their skills before the summer term gets started, the Yellowbird Education Creative Writing Workshop is on in Fulham next week. Designed for 6 to 12 year olds, the lively, engaging and interactive workshops will inspire young imaginations and improve descriptive writing.…click here for more details
For those who benefit from lots of lovely outdoors time, honing skills, facing challenges and good fun competition, then the Open Air Fit Multi-Sports Kids Camps continue next week on Wandsworth Common in front of Skylark. The perfect spot for lunch once they’ve been run ragged?! …click here for more details
Something for you, perhaps? You deserve it!
If you’re wanting to build on your knowledge of social media and Twitter as well as have the chance for some local networking over a drink or two, then head to Good Evening Twitter next week. Run by social media agency, Gertrude & Ivy, you’ll get 30 minutes of advanced Twitter training with great hints, tips and pointers to improve marketing strategy. Just don’t forget your smartphone…! …click here for more details
Feeling frazzled by the holidays? If you’re in need of some time for you, then give some thought to yoga classes at the reCentre. Our managing editor, Charlotte, went along to a class; relaxing and strengthening sounds like a good blend to me. …click here for more details
Interested in the superfood juicing frenzy taking the world by storm? At Superblending with Cuisinart at Lords at Home this weekend, you’ll see it all in action and get a free veg peeler and garlic press with anything Cuisinart you may buy on the day. Go blend!…click here for more details
It’s the Art Supper at JP Art Gallery with Sinabro later this month. The evening will start with canapés and Proescco before an Artist Talk by Paul Kessling, and followed by a 3-course set menu with fine wine to match. Sounds like a fabulous combination. …click here for more details
A reminder that it’s The Ickle Pickles Incubator Ball in a couple of weeks time so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, now’s your moment. A brilliant fundraiser in aid of essential equipment for neonatal units across London, there’ll be fizz, canapés, bowl food, live entertainment, a charity auction, a silent auction and dancing. It’s at The Dutch Hall in the heart of the City, so put on your gladrags and go dance the night away! …click here for more details
Enough about you – back to the small people in your life!
There’s a pop-up children’s shoe fitting service in Earlsfield tomorrow, CeCe & Me, so pop along if yours have grown (again) and more are needed! A qualified shoe fitter with plenty of brands you’ll recognise in her Mary Poppins bag of tricks from pre-walker size up to UK12 or EU30. …click here for more details
Start next week with music for your little monkeys. Monkey Music are holding a free Open Day at a new venue in Battersea on Monday afternoon, with a great special offer on membership (just £1) and free parking outside, with a choice of music-filled sessions depending on the age and stage of your little one.…click here for more details
The summer term of the Teddy Bears’ Group gets underway next week. Meeting regularly on Tuesday mornings in Wandsworth, it’s a chance for your pre-schoolers to join in on arts and crafts, fun toys and lively sing-alongs as well as space for little babes in arms and their mums to get together to share stories, advice and ideas, with coffee, tea and snacks on hand. …click here for more details
St George’s Day sees the return of the Abbotswood Road Street Fair for the second year running in aid of The Haven, Breast Cancer Support Centres. Think live music from the Electric Blue Whales, a Gemstones Gymnastics Parade, the Balham Ukelele Band, Funky Moves and a Dog Show. All the fun of the family fair – let the season begin! …click here for more details
That’s it! Whatever you do, have fun, and keep checking into our calendar for more bright ideas. It’s updating all the time! (click here)
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx