The Affordable Art Fair, Easter holiday inspiration and Pilates at the reCentre: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

This time last week Harry, Alice, Tin Tin, Asterix and James Bond were running around the neighbourhood, full of the joys for World Book Day.  Less characters might be roaming the streets today (apart from the occasional Superman or Spiderman on a scooter – as with all superheroes, there’s just no time to rest), but the area is no less buzzing.  In every corner and cul-de-sac, in every nook, cranny or tree-lined street, in every café, church hall and patch of common ground, there is something going on.  Be it for babies, toddlers, older children or adults, you would have to try quite hard not to find something that grabs your interest.  Step out there and enjoy, calling in at our calendar for inspiration along the way. (click here)

Looking for new bricks and mortar?  Then take a look at our property pages with PrimeLocation, four local estate agents and the most up-to-date primary school catchment areas from Lambeth and Wandsworth councils.  Not just number of bedrooms and square footage, but a drop-down menu of all the local primary schools, so you can search via the school catchment too. Clever, hey? (click here)

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

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For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 2-bedroom house set in a private gated mews with both a balcony and roof terrace, unusual and impressive in equal measure and just a stone’s throw from Balham and Clapham South with all the restaurants, shops and transport links. …click here for more details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family house in Southfields, stylishly extended and refurbished with a bespoke fitted kitchen with underfloor heating and an integrated sound system on the ground floor, which comes to the market chain-free. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 2-bedroom Victorian terraced house on a popular street close to Clapham Common and near to the shops and restaurants of Clapham Old Town, with generous entertaining space and a private patio garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom family house set on the popular Heaver Estate, near to local schools, shops and transport links, with plenty of original features and good family and entertaining space with French doors leading onto the garden. …click here for more details

From First Aid training to affordable art and cupcake design to exercise, we’ve got the lot! 

The Affordable Art Fair is now on!  Head to Battersea Park for over 1,100 different artists’ work under one roof and all for under £5000.  With prices starting at just £100 you’re sure to be tempted. Plus there’s a free education programme for children and adults alike. Hone your skills in a workshop, create your own original print or drop in to a talk and brush up on your art knowledge. …click here for more details

Ever thought about trying out classes at the reCentre on Balham High Road? Our very own Charlotte went along to a Pilates Improvers class last week.  Read about her experience and then take a look at their calendar for a class to suit you. There’s a 10% off a six class pass offer at the moment.  You have been told!  …click here for more details

First Aid for Life runs award-winning Paediatric First Aid Training right here in the neighbourhood. With plenty of courses to choose from, you’ll get the ideal grounding in First Aid, covering the most likely injuries or illnesses, a perfect session for parents, grandparents, your au pair or nanny, so you all feel ready to help in an emergency. …click here for more details

Lady Berry Cupcakes is running a Vintage Cupcake Decorating Class tomorrow.  Dedicate your morning to all things arty, creative and delicious and design twelve cupcakes in a gorgeously vintage style which you can take home and share (or not!).  All the skills you learn can be used on larger cakes too – a gift that keeps on giving! …click here for more details

The Art of Cultivating a Self-Practice – Yoga Asana is a workshop being held in Wandsworth this weekend.  Find out how to fit yoga or meditation into your busy urban life each day, and you’ll find just a few, well-structured minutes will go a long way to enhance your general well-being. …click here for more details 

Lords at Home on Northcote Road invites you in on Saturday for Super Blending with Cuisinart.  See the super mixer in action and feel inspired to get creative!  If you’re tempted to buy, you’ll get a free vegetable peeler and garlic press.  Perhaps you’ve been considering this addition to your kitchen kit for a while – now’s your moment to strike! …click here for more details

There’s a new class in town and it’s Mother Nature’s Recipes Yoga & Pilates near Tooting Common.  From pregnancy Yoga to postnatal Pilates, and all the women in between those stages, you’ll get in sync with your mind, body and soul in the setting of a private home studio. …click here for more details

Love this name! Banana Moon nursery is holding an Open Day soon for parents and little ones to meet the friendly staff, sample the delicious food and get involved in various activities.  There’s a special offer available to those attending and please let them know you’re coming in advance! …click here for more details

Let’s play the music and dance –  from the classics to disco and jazz

Love the sound of this one!  Little Disco is a fun daytime disco for under 9s and their families.  Get in the groove on the dance floor and show them how it’s done (if they’re small) or stand back and watch them show you how it’s done these days (if they’re a bit bigger).  And the best bit?  It’s in a pub, so there’s food, there’s drink, there’s all sorts of fun to be had for every member of the family! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby hits Hammersmith tomorrow with a concert based around brass.  The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep, but how does the French horn sound?  From Handel’s famous Water Music to Russian Reverie and more, it sounds like a blissful break from life as we know it – if only for an hour..! …click here for more details

It’s all going on in Richmond at the moment at the annual dance festival and this weekend it’s RichDance at Hampton School.  Go see local dance groups, youth companies, choreographers and professionals in action.  All that, plus other family goings-on in the area including drumming workshops, dance classes and sing-alongs.  Ooh, I love a good sing-along! ...click here for more details

For those aged 11 and up, head to the Unicorn Theatre for My Father, Odysseus. The timeless Greek myth has been reinvented to create a modern, rich and powerful new work about a son searching for his father, a father searching for himself and the effects of war.  One for lovers of Greek myths, budding classicists and theatre-goers everywhere. …click here for more details

Spot of jazz at the Omnibus in Clapham Old Town on Sunday evening? C2J is Classical to Jazz and features a jazz pianist alongside a vibraphone player taking music by Bach, Mozart and Scarlatti to create jazz-inspired arrangements.  Sounds fab! …click here for more details

Easter ideas (and we don’t mean chocolate).

The Cartoon Museum is running a series of Easter holiday workshops for children aged 8 and up.  Any budding artists in your gang will have a great time getting creative with a pencil at any one of their sessions, from Cartooning for Beginners to a Superhero Workshop and The Adventures of You. …click here for more details

Head to The Foundling Museum on Easter Saturday for a free family workshop, Illustrated Book Binding.  Join artist Daniel Lehan to create and illustrate a story inspired by characters found in their current exhibition, Drawing on Childhood, and learn traditional methods of bookmaking to make a bound copy of your own story.  That’ll be one to treasure! …click here for more details

Take a trip to Arabia via Hampton this holidays on Dramacube’s Easter workshop.  They’ll hop on the magic carpet with Aladdin and his cheeky monkey, Abu, and try to thwart the wicked plans of sultan Vizier with a little help from the Genie of the Lamp.  All through acting, dancing, singing and performing.  Brilliant! …click here for more details

Someone you know loves sewing?  Then the Easter Holiday Sewing Workshops at St Luke’s could be just the thing.  Get to grips with the workings of a sewing machine and get busy making all sorts of wonderful homemade creations.  Do just one day or stay for the week – could the next big names in fashion be in our midst?! Next stop The Great British Sewing Bee! …click here for more details

Lavender Leonardos is holding Easter Art Workshops every morning of the holidays for children aged 5 and up in a real artist’s studio.  Each class begins with painting or drawing and moves on to 3D, clay, sculpture and sewing with Easter as their inspiration.  …click here for more details

Upbeat Music is running four fun-filled days of Easter sessions in Parsons Green including singing, dancing, guitars, drums, songwriting and CD recording. Following the final performance, they’ll get their own CD to hand down to future generations or to go in their own Hall of Fame. …click here for more details

And finally..

Our March batch of exclusive offers and competitions are now live and kicking!  Take

a look – you won’t be disappointed.  We’ve got a family ticket to Go Ape in Battersea Park, an Architect’s Consultation with Granit worth £1500, a gorgeous goody bag from Scott Dunn and a three month membership of Coralili London thanks to Simply Loft, so you can be ‘bunched’ regularly!  

All those fab prizes plus lots of lovely offers too – 20% off Child Assessments with JK Educate, £10 off with The Baby Care Company, 20% off with Bambino Merino, 85% off with First Aid for Life. I could go on… …click here for more details

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

Love, 

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xxx

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