Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
For many, the status quo has resumed. The holidays are over; school’s back. Much fun was had and now it’s back to the grindstone for most. I wonder if it might help the addled brain that has been busy juggling a thousand and one things (mainly children, so maybe not that many, but you get my drift). As much as I love the more relaxed schedules and freedom of not being tied to school runs and timetables, it’s good to welcome back some kind of order. The other day I managed to leave the public swimming pool with the rather fetching blue plastic bags over my shoes. I got quite some way down the main road (filled with pedestrians, cars, bus-loads of passers-by) before I and my dear children noticed. Great hilarity on one hand. Worried about addled brain on the other. So, if in need, here is our calendar all set for the weeks and months ahead. Please do add your own events, classes, fairs and more to it via the little green button. It couldn’t be easier. (click here)
Considering a move? Then you can use our property pages to start your search. We have all the homes for sale and to rent in the area together with school catchments all mapped out, so if schools are maybe, possibly, even slightly, on your radar, it’s worth a click to see if you can find your perfect pad near the school you have in mind. (click here)
Check out these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house in a gated mews development set ‘Between the Commons’ near to two of the most popular primary schools, in excellent decorative order with a great sense of light and space throughout plus secure parking. …click here for more details
For sale with Portico is a 3-bedroom apartment set between Northcote Road and Clapham Common with over 1100 sqft of living space split over two floors, with an impressive open plan kitchen reception room with a separate utility and large folding doors opening onto a Juliet balcony. …click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family house close to the wide open spaces of Clapham Common as well as Clapham Junction and Clapham Common tube station, wider than average, with just over 2,000 sqft of living space presented in excellent condition. …click here for more details
For sale with Hamptons International is a 3-bedroom double-fronted highly unusual Victorian house on a popular street just moments from Clapham Junction and Clapham Common, presented in immaculate condition with plenty of light and space including a west facing roof terrace. …click here for more details
It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new term.
The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham offers a great variety of classes for babes in arms up to springing 12-year-olds. Through music, movement, learning and laughter, they’ll have some serious fun while boosting development and self-esteem. Sessions for pre-schoolers or primary schoolers and at the classes for 4 month olds up to 3 you get to join in too – flick flack your way there! …click here for more details
Pop-Up Smart Pre-School Sessions start their summer term this week on Tuesday and Friday mornings in the Bowling Pavilion in Wimbledon Park. Children experience the Scandinavian approach to learning through play which includes all sorts from sensory, literacy and physical development to maths, role play and art. Sounds like non-stop fun.…click here for more details
For babies up to 14 months, there’s a free Sing & Sign Taster Session at St Barnabas Church next week. A new ten-week term is getting underway where you and your baby can learn simple communication to promote speech and bonding through music and fun. I love communication! …click here for more details
Amanda’s Action Club offers fun, fitness and music for children aged 4 months to 4 years with regular classes in the lovely Skylark Café. There’s a free trial class on offer for anyone new who might be keen to give it a go and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Wandsworth Common with good coffee, climbing frames and room to roam with your little one afterwards! …click here for more details
Take your very own mini masterpieces to the Dulwich Picture Gallery Mini Masterpiece sessions for those aged 6 months up to 18 months. Enjoy sensory, interactive discovery through art sessions after an informal, child-friendly gallery visit. Next Thursday the theme is By Land or By Sea: Landscapes and Seascapes. Sounds like a blissful escape to me! …click here for more details
Thinking about them, thinking about you..
SW19 Lawyers, specialists in employment law, are holding Bosses, Bumps & Babies, a coffee morning in Wimbledon next Thursday morning for anyone who may be interested in getting some advice on pregnancy, maternity or parent related employment issues.…click here for more details
It’s that time of year. Are you looking out of the window in despair at the state of your garden? Perhaps you should consider this. A One Day Garden Design Workshop in Putney is ideal for those wanting to make more of their patch of land, giving you inspiration to make it suit your style. Get creative, kick-start your garden design and then one day you can sit back, take it in and think, ‘I did that!’. …click here for more details
If you’re looking for some charming, heart-warming and just plain funny entertainment, head to Wail at Battersea Arts Centre over the next ten days. Performed by the brilliant Little Bulb (of Orpheus fame), you’ll find out why whales sing and why humans wail in an aquatic cabaret of songs, science and soundscapes in a fantastic two-hander. You’ll have a whale of a time (and they’re much funnier than me!). …click here for more details
Jane Wake’s Pilates Flow for Mums at the reCentre on Tuesday evenings is for those who had their babies a while ago and would like to focus on pilates designed for general health and that all important core strengthening. There’s also something very liberating about trotting out of the front door after lights off for the little ones for some time just for you (as long as there’s a babysitter in situ, of course!). …click here for more details
Would you know how to help your four-legged friend in an emergency? First Aid for Life, well-known locally for its award-winning First Aid training, also teaches you how to deal with a pet’s illness or injury. There’s a 3-hour session this coming weekend (and many others to choose from) where you’ll get hands-on experience using a specially designed dog manikin called Casper. …click here for more details
Learn the art of self-practice at Restorative Yoga run by Yogiyoga in Earlsfield. If you think you might benefit from a balancing of the nervous system, this session will show you how to cultivate the practice in the comfort of your own home to find sanctuary from a busy day to day life. Simple postures for a coherent sequence to bring a deep state of relaxation…where do I go? …click here for more details
Barnes Children’s Literature Fesitval returns to Barnes Pond in mid-May with more than fifty fun events for young book fans and their families. Authors and illustrators appearing include Jacqueline Wilson, Lauren Child, Philip Reeve, CBeebies’ Cerrie Burnell and many more. Put it in the diary! …click here for more details
It’s nearly the weekend and it’s going to be a busy one!
There’s nothing quite like a Traditional Family Circus and there’s one starting tomorrow in Teddington. Think acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and clowns from Circus Normandie, plus food, bar, balloons, stalls and much more. Five performances over three fun-filled days – brilliant! …click here for more details
The Emperor’s New Clothes is on at the Polka Theatre this weekend. Illusions of grandeur are burst like soap bubbles as the well-known story of vanity is recounted with a washing machine, a clothes line, puppets and song. A skilful puppeteer rummages in his washing basket to create this funny and imaginative version of the story. …click here for more details
Dynamic Dance Studios has opened its doors in Kingston this week and welcomes you this Saturday afternoon for a free taster class, a performance from current students and some goodies. Did somebody say goodies?! …click here for more details
It’s National Nanny Training Day on Saturday when over 1,500 nannies in more than 35 cities in the US will gather in their local communities at training events. Not to be left out, there’s a celebration here in London too, at St Luke’s in Chelsea. There will be guest speakers, raffles and afternoon tea. If you’re a nanny, you might not want to miss out.…click here for more details
We’ve got a lovely new clutch of offers and competitions for you now April is here. Win a family lifestyle photography session at home with Magali Sol Photography, a six week course with Baby A-Wake, four yoga classes at reCentre or snap up some super offers including £25 off Sleep Training Home Consultation Visits from The Parent and Baby Coach to 25% off your summer holiday in Greece with Tots Too! Keep your eye on our‘Exclusive Offers & Competitions’ section so you don’t miss out, or just click on through right now! …click here for more detailsl
That’s it for this week. Have fun and don’t forget to check into our calendar regularly to keep up to speed with What’s On. (click here)
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx