Talking dads, win family theatre tickets and Easter fun: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

NappyValley.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  The lovely hustle and bustle.  The wonderful wide open spaces.  The infinite list of things to do for all of us, from bouncing babies to tempestuous teens and gregarious grown-ups.  The fab community of like-minded people who you can call on for laughter, support, a good old chinwag, a restorative moan or the sharing of news and advice.  Coffee, cake, culture (in that order).  Shopping, sporting, singing (ditto re order).  The opportunities are endless.  As we all come out of hibernation, NappyValley is here for us in all its glory!  So, check out our fab calendar of goings-on and if you’ve been tucked away during the dark days, come on out.  The bright days are here! (click here)

Want to be the new kid on the block?  If you’re in the market for a new home, you might want to take a look at our brilliant property pages, which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and a fab four local estate agents.  Quick and easy-to-use, a search will bring you properties in the area for sale or to rent and if you have a school in mind, it’ll show you what’s available within its catchment area. Genius! (click here)

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

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On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom house in excess of 2,000 sqft, extended into the side return to create a a big eat-in kitchen and close to Northcote Road and the open spaces of Clapham Common …click here for more details

Available to rent through Rampton Baseley is a stunning split-level 2-bedroom flat, extending to just over 1,000 sqft and finished to an exceptionally high standard, just a stone’s throw from Northcote Road …click here for more details

Also for rent and through Douglas & Gordon is a beautifully interior designed family home with wonderful living and entertaining space stretching to almost 3,000 sqft, just a short walk from Clapham South tube and Abbeville Road …click here for more details

And on the rental market with Hamptons International is a stunning semi-detached family home with wonderful entertaining space in one of the most sought after roads in SW12 …click here for more details 

There’s something out there for everybody!  Take this lovely mash-up of ideas for starters…

The Clapham Pregnancy and Baby Show is coming soon!  An afternoon dedicated to all things ‘baby’ and a great opportunity to meet independent midwives, doulas and therapists, plus guest speakers on subjects from birth choices to feeding your baby. …click here for more details

This one seems perfectly timed for Mother’s Day!  Urban Retreat: Raw Food & Yoga is being held at the Nature Centre on Wandsworth Common.  Take yourself away from it all for a day of nurturing and healing to include yoga, mediation and hands-on raw food preparation.  Easter treats will be on the menu at this one.  Did someone mention chocolate?! …click here for more details

Love this one and thank you for posting with us to spread the word!  Dad’s Walk & Talk will hold its inaugural get together later this month at a 2-hour walk along the riverbank in Bushy Park.  A chance to get together for conversation and forward movement in the fresh air and prove that men do talk – no girls allowed! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby is back at St Luke’s next week with a concert focussed on the viola.  It’s the heart of the string family – lower than the violin, higher than the cello – and makes a sound that’s sweet and mellow.  Coffee is fresh and children are free to roam.  Sounds like it could be a ‘sweet and mellow’ moment for all! …click here for more details

There’s the offer of a a free trial class at Let’s Act Musical Theatre Fun this Saturday at St Luke’s. Join in on poems, prose, acting and singing of Alice in Wonderland and you don’t even have to fall down a rabbit hole to do it! …click here for more details

Funky Moves are holding a Pop-Up Streetdance Workshop in Wimbledon this weekend with the aim of spreading their fantastic ‘Funk’ of the last ten years to all corners of the capital.  Sounds like it’ll be a whole heap of fun – plus the kids should sleep well afterwards! …click here for more details

South West Songbirds are performing their spring concert in Earlsfield soon with music old and new, and all in aid of Comic Relief.  From Rutter to Coldplay via Les Mis, it sounds like it’ll be an entertaining evening.  Red noses optional! …click here for more details

Started thinking about the holidays yet?  The Easter Bunny will be bouncing into the neighbourhood before you know it! 

Join Nana and her aardvark Nunu as they face their biggest adventure in Nana and Nunu – The Big Sneeze at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.  The production company, Dame for a Laugh (love it!), are offering NappyValleyNetters the chance to WIN a family ticket to the show (thank you!).  To enter, your little one simply has to get creative colouring in.  Have fun! …click here for more details

Easter Club at The Doodle Bar on Battersea Park Road will be running a series of different art and craft days, starting with Screen Printing for 8 to 11 year olds.  All materials will be provided but feel free to bring along anything you might want to up-cycle and ‘dress for mess’!  Lovely fun! (click here).   And for the younger ones there’s Messy play & craft including papier maché balloons and a draw-a-thon …click here for more details

Wandsworth Museum is running free, drop-in art and craft sessions in both Balham Library and York Gardens Library, taking inspiration from Battersea Park’s historical Easter Parade.  Make bunting, design Easter cards and celebrate the season! …click here for more details

Youngstars are back, offering multi-sports and games at their Easter holiday camps as well as art and crafts for 3 to 10 year olds in various locations around NappyValley.  Half term sold out, so book early to avoid any cross children! …click here for more details

There’s a Holiday Club at kidsunlimited offering a learning adventure for children from 5 to 8 years old.  They’ll have a lot of fun while keeping those blossoming grey cells ticking over nicely! …click here for more details

All Star Tennis are running a series of Easter Tennis Camps for children aged from  5 to 7 and 8 to 14 across South West London.  So whether you’re in Putney, Tooting or Wandsworth, they’ll be brushing up on those skills, ready for the summer season – strawberries and cream anyone? …click here for more details

Has your budding Spielberg or Bigelow got a film inside them?  They might be keen on Superhero Film Shoots, a 4-day club where they’ll work with green screen effects, dazzling stunts and action set pieces.  Sounds amazing! …click here for more details

Upbeat Music has an Easter course that will have them singing, dancing, playing the guitar and drums, recording a CD and performing in the end of week gig.  Sounds like a lot of fun in just a few days and surely a fast track to The Brits.  Ed and Sam had better watch their backs! …click here for more details

We all love spontaneity but a little bit of forward planning makes for a good looking diary too.

It’s Trinity Hospice’s annual Magnolia Walk in May and everybody’s invited to take part!  Starting on Clapham Common Northside, you can choose between 2, 5 or 10 miles and the walk takes in a scenic route around Clapham and Battersea before heading back to Trinity’s gorgeous garden for a well-deserved BBQ.  A brilliant family day and all in aid of a brilliant local charity.  Dogs welcome too! …click here for more details

Anyone else enjoy a little retail therapy from time to time?  Pure Collection on Northcote Road are holding an ‘All day discount event’ later on this month with Bafta award-winning stylist, Charlotte Walter on hand (along with some fizz!) with some expert tips as well as the chance to win a cashmere jumper.  Contain yourselves, girls. …click here for more details

The Royal Festival Hall plays host to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra performing alongside the Whitgift Choristers and Chamber Choir for a concert packed full of exhilarating classics from Tchaikovsky and Parry and Walton to celebrated composer, Karl Jenkins.  Book your tickets now! …click here for more details

The Chair, opening at The Unicorn Theatre for children later this month, takes us to Tiger Bay for tales of ghosts, fortunes found and lost, myths, rumours and rum, all told from the chair of Cardiff’s cheapest barbers.  ‘He can give you a shave or just a trim;  he could even fix your grin…’  This one’s not for the faint-hearted! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Whatever you decide to do – be it spontaneous or planned – have fun!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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