Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
We’re really in the thick of it now. Summer fair season has arrived. Fairs, fetes, festivals, funfairs, school fairs, all the fun of the fair. There’s nothing like a good street party to give you a spring in your step and leave you feeling anchored in the neighbourhood and community. And it’s something we NappyValleyNetters do well. We’re very good at eating, drinking, smiling, chatting, perusing, choosing, buying, being neighbourly and getting stuck in. We’ll see you at one of the many get togethers soon. And no, that won’t be me squealing all the way down the fab Astroglide at the Northcote Road Summer Fair with a glass of Pimms in hand. Honest. Take a look at our fab calendar to find a summer fair near you and please post about yours if you haven’t already! (click here).
On the move? Did you know we have a property section with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents? We’ve got all the usual search criteria for house hunting with the added bonus (if you should happen to have children) of school catchment maps . Each house is listed with the distance from the school you might be interested in. Take a look (click here).
Look through the keyhole of these four properties from our Preferred Property Partners this week
For sale with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom rarely available Grade II listed stucco-fronted house in the most sought after garden square in Clapham Old Town, with a natural lower ground floor which opens onto a mature 50 ft garden …click here for more details
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom family house with great entertaining space and a large south-facing garden, set in the heart of the Nightingale Triangle with all its excellent transport links …click here for more details
On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom semi-detached family home in ‘The Sisters’, tastefully refurbished throughout with a larger than average kitchen/dining room as well as a useful utility room …click here for more details
Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom Victorian house which has been extended and completely refurbished by the current owners to an extremely high standard, and well located near both Northcote Road and Clapham Junction …click here for more details
Let’s get these (street) parties started! From this weekend and beyond – here we go!
The weekend has come. The day has arrived. It’s the Ritherdon Road Street Party on Sunday, so head over for a hog-roast, hook-a-duck (the plastic variety), fun, games, cakes, live music, stalls a-plenty and lashings of community spirit. Just what a street party is all about …click here for more details
And right next door – the day before – is the Rutherford House School Summer Fair for a taste of the traditional fun and games, plus one of those giant inflatable slides… say no more. Balham High Road is where it’s at this weekend …click here for more details
Unless, of course, you’re down Furzedown way, in which case this Saturday sees the Furzedown Primary School Summer Festival. They’ve got Kung-Fu and go-karts. Sounds fab! …click here for more details
Shaftesbury Park School is holding an International Summer Fete soon to celebrate the range of different cultures. Try food from around the world with songs and dance from pupils of all ages, plus a good old bouncy castle and great raffle prizes. All the fun of the fair! …click here for more details
The Henry Cavendish Primary ‘Once Upon A Time’ Summer Fair is later in June. Sponsored by Hamptons International, there’ll be all sorts of family fun on offer, from the Melodians Steel Orchestra and story-telling workshops to a silent auction, nail bar and henna tattoos, plus a BBQ from Bodeans and Spanish Caravan food. Think that’s got everyone in the family covered and happy…! …click here for more details
It’s the Webbs Road Shopping Event with special deals, discounts and free goodies next Friday and Saturday. Spot the shops taking part by the cheery balloons bobbing around outside! At Francesca Alexander you’ll find a fab deal for a manicure and blow-dry as well as consultations on hair smoothing and straightening. Have fun, girls! …click here for more details
The Taste of London festival is in Regent’s Park soon and Les Dauphins wines invite you to come along and join in on their ‘joie de vivre’! With hundreds of food and drink offerings, this is a foodie’s paradise, so whatever your age and whatever your palate, the whole family is likely to be happy for a few hours! (click here). And Les Dauphins have kindly offered us a pair of tickets which are up for grabs if you follow this link and answer a simple question …click here for more details
Just to focus on the children a while..so many activities, so little time…
Amanda’s Action Club has a new class for babies at Skylark Cafe on Thursdays and invites little ones from just 4 months old to listen, move, dance and sing to the music. It’s never too early! …click here for more details
One Little Word at The Unicorn Theatre sounds like a great play for the little ones. Two characters play together, exploring new space, objects, dressing-up and taking turns, but there’s a bit of a struggle when there only needs to be one captain of the ship… Sounds familiar! …click here for more details
Do-re-mi Babies are back at St Barnabas Church with a fun classical concert for you and your baby or toddler. ‘Beautiful Love’ will feature piano recitals from classical to jazz – Scarlatti, Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin and more – with tales of childhood and summertime. Take it away! …click here for more details
It’s the RBC Race for the Kids’ Family Fun Run on Sunday in Battersea Park. Grannies, grandads, mums, dads, uncles, aunts and the children too can walk, run, jog or scoot their way around and have plenty of fun afterwards with lots of entertainment on offer. And all in aid of the brilliant Great Ormond Street Hospital too. Win, win for a Sunday morning! …click here for more details
The Parent Practice are running a session on Preparing for the Teenage Years next week, so if you’re feeling anxious and bracing yourselves for what might be just around the corner, go along for some great tips on communication, peer pressure and teenage self-esteem. You were one once, remember?! …click here for more details
It’s a fabulous mixed bag of goings-on. From Formula E racing to taking time out for you…
Neal’s Nureries are holding a 15% off evening in aid of the Ronald Macdonald Home charity. As well as the tempting discounts across almost their entire range, there will be free drinks, homemade ‘eats’, barbecue goodies and ‘Colin the balloon man’ is back. Sounds like a lot of fun! …click here for more details
We’re sad to see them go, but Tickled Pink wanted it to be known that from now and during their last three weeks of trading, they’re offering 20% off their remaining stock, so call in to say farewell and stock up on some goodies …click here for more details
The Magdalene Players have just held a read-through of their next play, a light-hearted comedy, ‘Wild Goose Chase’. The production isn’t on until October, but the auditions are on Monday and then there’ll be regular rehearsals. If you’re looking for something a bit different, local and fun, then unleash the actor in you and go tread those boards! …click here for more details
Looking for an Urban Retreat? Hide away on Wandsworth Common for a ‘Raw food and yoga workshop’ and you’ll be left feeling nurtured and restored. With hands-on recipe preparation, yoga and meditation you’ll feel far from the madding crowds, but just a stone’s throw from home. Perfect! …click here for more details
If you’ve ever thought about going on the bone marrow donor register but just never got around to it, here’s your chance and it couldn’t be easier. Call in to Eaton House The Manor on Sunday to Register. Swab. Save a Life. A simple swab is all it takes and you could just make the most significant difference possible to someone else’s life …click here for more details
It’s the culmination of the Formula E Championship later this month and it’s happening in our back yard! Battersea Park will see the climax of the racing season, which has visited Buenos Aires, Moscow, Miami and Monaco. Some lucky local residents will be given free tickets, but they’re available to buy for the rest of us and you can visit the park as normal during the course of the weekend. Just remember to look both ways (and fast!) …click here for more details
Have you met the NappyValleyNetters? They’ll be out in force next week!
Last chance to join Annabel and the rest of the NappyValleyNet team in the Battersea Park Race for Life 5k on Wednesday evening! Babies in buggies welcome to join the girls as we walk, talk, jog and run our way round, meeting again at the end to share a glass or two in celebration. Oh, and raising some money for this brilliant charity too. Come on girls, sign up to The Pink Army! …click here for more details
That’s it for this week. Have fun, whatever you decide to do!
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx