St John’s Hill Festival, Tooting Foodival and fresh ideas for autumn: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Bring on the Indian Summer.  It’s usually around now when the children are nicely trussed up in all their new uniform, layer after layer (after layer), when the sun fights its way out from behind the August blanket of cloud and they run around rosy cheeked in a boiling-hot-kind-of-way, rather than a healthy-glow-kind-of-way.  And there’s a neighbourhood feeling in the air of being glad to be back in the swing of things, not just at school but at classes for pre-schoolers or after school and weekend clubs for the bigger ones.  Hello routine and order, goodbye rest and lie-ins. Find out where to be next with our brilliant and constantly growing calendar. (click here)

If you’re in the market for a new house in the area, then have a look at our property pages which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  We’ve got homes for sale and to rent with a rather handy school catchment search criteria, so you can simply click on the school at the top of your list and ta-dah! All the properties available in that catchment area will come to you! (click here)

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

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For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 6-bedroom house stretching to over 3,000 sqft on the most sought after road in Battersea, close to Battersea Park and Chelsea, with a wealth of space laid out over four floors as well as a garden and a terrace. …click here for more details

To rent with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom terraced family house just moments from the wide open spaces of Clapham Common, with an extended kitchen finished to an exceptional standard and excellent dining and entertaining space. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family home ‘Between the Commons’, newly refurbished, in immaculate condition and available immediately.  The spacious living room has wooden flooring and the fully fitted kitchen leads onto a lovely patio garden, plus there’s a good cellar, ideal for storage. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom mews house offering generous living space, a private garage and set in an exclusive gated development in the heart of Nightingale Triangle. …click here for more details

Fresh and different ideas for a bright new term of activities 

Upbeat Music are holding a Popkids Fun Morning next weekend and invite those aged from 4 to 8 to come along and join in on a free session of singing, drums, electric guitars, dance, games and prizes.  Sounds like a great morning of jamming.  Just let them know if your little groovers fancy going along!…click here for more details

Splatter Dance run classes in various locations around the neighbourhood and will give your little ones the chance to get creative with their moves and imaginations.  Music, coordination and plenty of fun, with a free trial class on offer too – yay! …click here for more details

Any circus skills out there needing to be honed after the holidays?  Aerial Classes are getting underway for children aged from 8 to 14 at an after-school six week course in Battersea, where they’ll learn the aerial arts of the trapeze and silks.  I suspect a few parents might be watching from behind their hands! …click here for more details

Teddy Bears’ Playgroup runs every Tuesday morning on St Ann’s Hill and offers all sorts of fun and games for pre-schoolers and their grown-ups.  With a playhouse, slide, ride-ons, a shop, a craft table, song time, healthy snacks and occasional caffeine top-ups if you’re old enough, it promises an action-packed two hours to make you all happy. …click here for more details

Wandsworth Netball Club would love lots of fresh new recruits to their weekly after-school sessions for Years 3 and 4.  And it’s not just for the girls.  The rules have changed and there are a number of mixed teams in the UK, so this local club is keen to find girls and boys who would like to learn how to play or to build on skills already learnt.  Go Wandsworth! …click here for more details

Let’s Act Musical Theatre classes have a few spaces still available for their new term, so if you’d like to give it a try, there’s a free trial on offer tomorrow!   Classes are available for 2 to 15 year olds, so whether yours are junior, intermediate or going for Lamda, they’ll be treading the boards, having fun and building confidence along the way. …click here for more details

La Petite École du Samedi is a new Saturday morning French school starting in Fulham this month for all levels from age 5 up to 15.  Led by an experienced, French-speaking primary teacher, the classes will follow the French curriculum and cover writing, reading and speaking, as well as visiting French events.  Chouette! …click here for more details

After school and Saturday group sessions of Junior Tennis with All Star Tennis is underway for various ages from 3 up to teens at four venues in Putney, Wandsworth and Tooting.  Serves, volleys, ground strokes, the social scene.  It’s all going on.  Ace! …click here for more details

It’s a busy weekend in Nappy Valley – time to get stuck in! 

Only three more sleeps to go! It’s the St John’s Hill Festival on Sunday, so head over for all sorts of foodie treats.  Stalls will line the pavements selling fresh produce, and restaurants and bars will throw open their doors to lure you in with special offers and tasty temptation. There’ll be bouncy castle fun, the Great Golden Goldfish Gala at the FishClub, raffle prizes to be won and lashings of community spirit.  Not forgetting the jewels, fashion and homewares to peruse and perhaps take home. A brilliant Sunday in the neighbourhood not to be missed! …click here for more details

Could you be the Top Tooting Cook 2015?  There’s only one way to find out.  Be brave and put yourself forward at the Tooting Foodival which champions locally-grown produce. You’ll be provided with home grown fare and asked to turn it into something delicious for the judges to, well, judge.  With restaurant tokens up for grabs as prizes, it’s all about food glorious food! …click here for more details

You can Make your Own Musical Instrument in Tooting on Sunday as part of the Tooting Foodival.  Head over to Tooting Market to make and decorate percussion instruments, create colourful costumes and put the finishing touches to a giant carnival vegetable before parading down to Samaj Hall for the festival itself.  And it’s free! …click here for more details

It’s the opening day of the new Lavender Hill Farmers’ Market at Shaftesbury Park Primary this Saturday.  Go along to stock up on everything from freshly pressed juice and freshly picked soft fruits to free range meat and dairy, plants, flowers and jams, plus wet fish and shellfish.  A feast for all the senses and The Good Life right in our midst – fab! …click here for more details

Make sure a week on Sunday is in your diary too and head over Wandsworth Common way for the Bellevue Road Summer Fair.  Indian Summer or no Indian Summer, there won’t be any dampening of spirits as stalls line the street and we all tuck in to enjoy a hog roast, a live stage with music and dancing, Party Faces face painting and the ever popular Dog Show. Hope you’ve been training and grooming hard – Crufts, eat your heart out! …click here for more details

And then the next week, it’s the start of the Balham Food Festival which runs for a week and takes us nicely into October with a variety of special events, offers, demonstrations and entertainment, kicking off with a deliciously vibrant event on Hildreth Street and Bedford Hill Square. …click here for more details

Make the very most of your me-time.  It’s a precious and rare commodity…

Pure Collection on Northcote Road is celebrating London Fashion Week next week with nibbles on hand to give you energy to shop and not drop, and in the afternoon a colour specialist will be on hand to give you some expert style advice for the new season.  See you there, girls! …click here for more details

Urban Retreat are running a Raw Food and Yoga workshop later this month, offering a day of nurturing and wellbeing on Wandsworth Common.  Just the thing after the summer holidays.  Learn some great new recipes for nutritious and healthy treats and take time out to practice yoga.  Sounds like bliss. …click here for more details

It’s the Busy Bees nursery Open Week next week, when it’ll be opening its doors to give you an opportunity to have a look around and talk to staff about what’s on offer for your children from babies up to pre-schoolers, including a coffee morning on Wednesday and Sensory Exploration on Thursday.  Sounds like all of you will have fun looking around! …click here for more details

The Colourscape Music Festival is back on Clapham Common.  If you haven’t been before, it’s the world’s largest colourscape sculpture and links colour, light, space and music.  Take a look at the schedule and choose from colour and music workshops, contemporary choral concerts or pick a ‘quiet time’ and just go along to absorb the colours in peace. Brilliant! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you do, have fun!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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