Summer fairs, summer fun and Kids Week 2015: Your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

Welcome to your weekly activity guide from NappyValleyNet!

Ooh I love the smell of freshly cut grass.  Our local commons are great day in day out, but they’re even greater when they’ve been freshly mown by giant blue tractors (a brilliant spectator sport if you’re sub 6 years old).  Our wonderful open spaces look even more open and spacious and they seem to stand in readiness for the onslaught of sports days, high days and school holidays.  Not to mention the fairs.  Here a fair, there a fair everywhere a fair fair.  On the commons, in the streets and at the schools, they’re still on the go and getting us in the mood for summer.  Keep up to date with the latest by taking a look at our calendar and happy fair-going! (click here). 

On the move?  Did you know we have property pages in partnership with PrimeLocation and four fab local agents?  Our difference?  As well as the usual search criteria, we have a drop-down menu with all the local schools that you might just want to live near.  Click on the one you’re interested in and all the homes for sale or to rent in that catchment will come up, together with their distance from the school.  Take a look (click here). 

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

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On the market with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom Victorian house off the Northcote Road with great living and entertaining space, including a fully-extended kitchen opening onto a well-stocked garden and loft conversion with a master bedroom suite. …click here for details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom Victorian family house on a sought after street in the Telford Conservation Area, retaining many of its original features and with a beautiful garden extending to 77ft …click here for details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 6-bedroom terraced house on one of the most sought after streets in Clapham Old Town, stretching to around 2700 sq ft and with a stunning 90ft landscaped garden …click here for details

Available to rent with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family home on a popular road ‘Between the Commons’, presented in excellent condition throughout with a very smart wet room and the kitchen/breakfast room opening onto a pretty garden laid with ‘faux’ grass …click here for details

From botanicals to art galleries, climate change to make-overs.  We’ve got the lot in NappyValley! 

This sounds like fun!  Head over to the New King’s Road this very night for a 1930s Gin Palace!  The Duke on the Green is playing host to three different London Gin brands, so you’ll try three different Gin infused drinks with canapés and jazz.  Sounds fab.  Whoever said it was ‘Mother’s ruin’!? …click here for details

It’s all going on over the river today!  Modern Mothers: parenthood, work and creativity is on this evening at the book launch of ‘Happy Baby, Happy Family’ by Sarah Beeson.  An opportunity to network, meet other mothers over a drink, get your creative juices flowing and maybe just turn your book idea into reality! …click here for details

All About the Girl are holding a Stila Summer Make-up evening next week, so book your place for a bit of ‘Sun, Sea & Splash!’. Leading make-up artist, Sascha Jackson, will take you through the new summer range with ‘Aqua-glow’, which gives a light and easy-to-use finish, great for summer.  Go glow, girls, go glow. …click here for details

Bach to Baby is back in Clapham tomorrow, this time with a concert all about The Golden Horn.  Find out how the French horn sounds and your little ones can listen to Handel’s famous Water Music, a Russian Reverie and more while they roam around and you enjoy a coffee – perfect! …click here for details

Nature’s Purest in Balham is celebrating turning one on Saturday – congratulations! – so call in for some homemade cake and get a lovely 10% off when you spend over £50.  Stocking up for a baby? This is your moment – cake and shopping! …click here for details

There’s a new Farmers’ Market and it’s coming to West Hill Primary this Sunday.  Open from 10am to 2pm, it’ll be full of sunny, seasonal treats from freshly picked summer berries to dairy, meat, fish, breads and more.  Stop – it’s making my mouth water!  Great for locals of Wandsworth, East Putney and Southfields. …click here for details

Looking for a fresh idea for Dad on Father’s Day?  How about Doodle’s Dockside Diner, which is running ticketed lunches offering experiential dining on their outside terrace, The Beach?  On Sunday the Italian Supper Club will be celebrating the Solstice with good food, good wine and good company!  Kids’ menu available too …click here for details

There’s a new art gallery in NappyValley!  JP Art Galleries invites you to join them at their Private View next week to celebrate opening on Battersea Rise.  Meet the artists, enjoy a glass or two of fizz and welcome a new dose of culture into the area.  Not just a gallery –  in the autumn they’ll also be offering artists’ talks and art workshops for both adults and children.  Brilliant. …click here for details

Go along to a free Nature Conservation Workshop next week on Climate Change & Your Garden.  There’ll be informative and friendly talks and practical workshops about how you can adapt your garden to reduce the effects of climate change on local wildlife.  Activities for the children on the side too! …click here for details

Ickle Pickles Children’s Charity is holding The Summer Party on Wandsworth Common in July.  On the patch facing Bellevue Road there’ll be funfair rides, giant inflatables (love them!), children’s entertainers, fantastic food and drinks and some very famous children’s characters.  A brilliant fundraising afternoon right in the heart of the neighbourhood. …click here for details

It really is all the fun of the fair around here at the moment.  Here goes! 

If they’re not already, then pen these two into your diaries!  Abbeville Fete on 27th June (click here). and the Northcote Road Summer Fete on 12th July (click here).The cars will be gone and the people will take over, with countless stalls, food, drink and all round summer fun.  See you at both of them – come by to say hello!

It’s the High View Primary’s Summer Fete this Friday afternoon.  Head over after school (if you’re not there already) for an exciting range of stalls, activities and special visitors.  Sounds intriguing….you’ll have to go to find out who! …click here for details

St Anne’s Church Summer Fair is on Saturday.  Think ‘Splat the Rat’, bouncy castles, children’s clothes, bric-a-brac and lots more including a Coconut Shy.  Expect there are a few good shots out there! …click here for details

Belleville Primary opens its doors for their Summer Fair on Saturday too.  It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year, so call in for a fun-packed, animal-themed time, watch Belleville’s Got Talent (where’s David Walliams when you need him?) and lap up the food, drink and prizes on offer.  Oh happy days! …click here for details

It’s the St Faith’s School Fair on Saturday afternoon, with fairground fun, a Tombola, raffle, refreshments, ‘Beat the Keeper’ and much more.  Don’t forget, all these brilliant fairs are also a great chance to have a look at the school! …click here for details

Or you could come over all medieval at the Medieval Summer Festival in Streatham.  You’ll find Jolly the Jester, Archery, Little Farm and lots of children’s activities including The Enchanted Wood, storytelling and a chess tournament.  Go back to yesteryear… …click here for details

Love this one!  The Ravenstone Primary Fete is coming up soon and it’s going by the name of ‘Ravenstock 2015’!  With live music, Pimms served from a VW camper van, food, fun and games and plenty of activities for the children, it sounds like you won’t want to miss it, so make a detour if you’re heading down Balham High Road! …click here for details

It’s the Alderbrook Primary School Summer Fair in early July, with highlights including a BBQ and live Wild Animal shows by CBeebies and Blue Peter star, Garg.  Can’t bear snakes and spiders…anything but snakes and spiders, please! …click here for details

Summer, summer, summertime…

Calling all small Superheroes!  Gambado is holding a Superhero SEN party in early July.  As well as all the usual soft play, dodgems and carousel, there’ll be fantastic fun stations including face painting, balloon modelling and entertainers. Grown-ups are encouraged to dress up to join in with the children.  Better dust off those Wonder Women costumes! …click here for details

Booking for Kids Week 2015 has opened!  Be quick to snap up free tickets for children with a full paying adult to all the top shows in August – think The Gruffalo, Matilda, Hetty Feather, Horrible Histories and so many more.  The summer holidays have never been so cultured!  Nor so much fun! …click here for details

Handy with a needle and thread?  Nibble with a thimble?  If so, and if not, they may like to try the Summer Sewing School where they’ll learn a new skill every day, have many a go on a sewing machine and whip up a few of their own creations! …click here for details

Inspire Football & Athletics are running summer holiday clubs on Wandsworth Common and Wandsworth Park for those aged three and a half up to 13.  Book in early to avoid disappointed children or grumpy teenagers, and there’s even an ‘early bird’ drop off if you’re juggling school holidays with summer childcare. Perfect. …click here for details

New this summer, Teenage Spencer Cricket are holding week-long cricket courses for 12 to 15 year olds.  There’ll be batting and bowling, fielding and fitness with an emphasis on a greater understanding of the game for these older children.  Much of it is a mystery to me..! …click here for details

Little Voices are running various Summer Performing Arts Weeks and this one is all about ‘Annie’.  They’ll be treading the boards in Fulham and over four days will sing, dance, act and perform, building confidence and having fun.  ‘Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow..’ Sorry. …click here for details

It’s your last chance to enter our amazing competition to win a week for two children at Camp Suisse this very August! The prize is worth £2400 and it could be yours, but you have to be in it to win it, so click on through and have a go! Lots more lovely goodies up for grabs and on offer too. …click here for details

That’s it for this week!  Whatever you do, whichever fair you choose, have fun!

Love,

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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