The Affordable Art Fair, Halloween & half term fun and mock exams in SW London: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Some of you are there already, some of you have it to look forward to next week and for some of you it will stretch into the beginning of November.  Yes, half term is here.  A time to rest, a time to relax, a time to be run ragged.  A time to read, a time to replenish or a time to reach the limits of your sanity.  Whichever way you look at it, that’s a lot of R&R, but not necessarily as we know it.  Don’t forget our calendar is here with daily updates to give you fresh ideas, inspiration and moral support.  Check in regularly – it’ll keep you radiant and rational! (click here)

If you’ve decided to move house the next step is to take at look at our property pages, which we bring to you with PrimeLocation and four local estate agents.  You’ll find all the usual search criteria plus a natty little drop-down menu of all the local primary schools, so that you can search for your new home via school catchments (thank you, Wandsworth and Lambeth councils). (click here)

 

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

Halloween & half term fun and mock exams in SW London Halloween & half term fun and mock exams in SW London  

For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom end of terrace house on a sought after road ‘Between the Commons’, with a fully extended kitchen and folding doors opening onto a decked west-facing garden. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 2-bedroom flat just off Clapham Common Westside and close to Clapham South tube, beautifully presented throughout and with a pretty paved garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom terraced house on one of the most sought after streets in Clapham Old Town, with plenty of original features and stretching to over 3,400 sqft with off-street parking and a lovely 78 ft south-facing landscaped garden. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom maisonette on a quiet residential street in Clapham Old Town with 950ft of living space, its own private entrance and with planning permission to extend. …click here for more details

 

First things first.  Did someone say free coffee and chat?  Come in from the cold…

Time for the next NappyValleyNet Meet-up and it’s happening at Skylark on Wandsworth Common.  Think warm glow, fabulous caffeine, mouthwatering pastries, fine company and space to roam for the little ones.  All that, plus the added benefit of a book sale which could just kick start your Christmas shopping and stocking fillers.  It’s free but you do need to book in! …click here for more details

It’s the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park this weekend, so it could be the moment to add a splash of colour to your walls.  Whether you like traditional or trailblazing, classic or cutting edge, you’re likely to spot just the thing among the 110 galleries and 1,100 artists.  Under 16s free. …click here for more details

If your child loves to sing, then go along to the Let’s Act Starlets Musical Theatre LAMDA class at St Luke’s this very afternoon to see it in action.  For children aged 6 to 12, they work on dancing and acting but mainly singing!  Any future Lizas, Michaels or Elaines out there?  This one could be for you. …click here for more details

Meet other local mums-to-be over coffee and croissants on the Northcote Road and pick up some tips and techniques at Hypnobirthing and Breakfast.  The focus will be on breathing, relaxation and visualisation, all of which can be practised at home.  I can visualise myself perfectly with a pain au chocolat in hand…sorry. …click here for more details

This sounds brilliant for grown-ups with babes in arms. Screaming With Laughter is an afternoon comedy club with some of the best acts from TV and the comedy circuit at The Bedford each month.  Next week’s session sees Marcus Brigstocke and Viv Groskop live on stage.  No need for babysitters and they say laughter is good for the soul.  Fab!  Can I borrow a baby? …click here for more details

Here’s one to get your week off to a buzzing start!  Go throw some shapes and swing that toosh at The Exhibit in Balham, where every Monday night Zumba Stars London help you hit the dance floor for an hour to burn some serious calories.  No experience, rhythm or coordination required – perfect! …click here for more details

Ever wonder what to do with your gorgeous wedding dress rather than leaving it boxed up in the cupboard?  Now you can rent it out with Bebride and there’s a session to drop it off and talk over a glass of fizz on Webbs Road. …click here for more details

 

Half term and Halloween all at the same time – so much crazy fun to be had! 

Happen to have any children at home needing to expend some energy?  Head over to Eddie Catz in Putney for a Halloween Playball Playdate.  If a morning filled with sports, games, skills and soft-play doesn’t make their cheeks glow and their smiles shine, then I don’t know what will! …click here for more details

Grab your broomstick and head over to Skylark this half term where you’ll find lots going on for your little witches and wizards.  Creepy crafts for pre-schoolers and a Friday teatime disco with fancy dress welcomed with open arms, plus lots of fab pumpkins and spooky decorations.  Lovely fun! …click here for more details

There’s a Hocus Pocus Halloween Party with Dance Grooves at The Playroom on Garratt Lane. Two hours of fiendish fun including a choreographed dance routine, snacks, dancing, games and disco.  Make sure they come dressed the part!  …click here for more details

It’s all going on down at the Southside Festival next week with four days of activities including live music, performances, fashion and free half term events.  Think exclusive giveaways from Rossopomodoro, Planet Organic and more, as well as the chance to meet Peppa Pig and the indigenous Sammy the Southsideasaurus! …click here for more details

Little Folk with Albo has a Halloween Special at The Colour House Theatre with a spooky theme running through the musical entertainment to give little ones a hearty dose of Halloween without the scary bits! Costumes and singing along actively encouraged! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby are in the neighbourhood again with a half term concert, Too Harp to Handel tomorrow featuring the official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Anne Denholm, playing Bach, Handel and a famous song from The Wizard of Oz.  Dig out those red heels and pop along! …click here for more details

Frightful Fingers Halloween Music Workshop will be in Streatham for 4-8 year olds interested in getting to grips with the electronic keyboard and writing their own music. …click here for more details

Circus of the Streets 2015 starts this evening in the Big Top on Clapham Common, where the magical tradition of the circus meets the sights and sounds of modern theatre in an explosive production of extreme juggling, trapeze, BMX, roller skating, acrobatics, skateboarding and more.  Sounds like a fab half term treat! …click here for more details

There’s a Sewing Workshop in Balham for those who’d like to have a go at using a sewing machine and then build on their newfound skills to create something that’s theirs, all theirs. …click here for more details

Any budding chemists out there won’t want to miss Spooky Science with Little House of Science at Eddie Catz.  A half term treat like no other with Halloween thrown into the mix – think creepy spiders, acidic potions, ghost bubbles and learn the anatomy of glowing skulls and skeletons.  Yikes! …click here for more details

How about the SWS Music Halloween Camp in Earlsfield with the choice of one, two or three days to sing, to play and to improvise with all sorts of witchy, spooky tunes and music-making activities. …click here for more details

Cass Art in Kingston are running a series of Art Workshops each morning of half term for 6 to 12 year olds, with a range of different autumnal themes on offer each day, so children can go along daily and build up a portfolio of all things October-ish. …click here for more details

 

‘Education, education, education’

Teatime Tutors are holding mock and practice exams for senior independent schools in November in an ideal space in SW18.  By exposing your child to exam conditions, you’ll be helping to prepare them for the real thing beyond the tutoring and timed papers at home. Nerves and apprehension will be reduced and you’ll be able to gauge your child’s performance against a peer group. …click here for more details

And talking of exams, don’t miss the Independent Schools Show in Battersea Park on 14th and 15th November, where you’ll find over 200 leading schools with registrars and heads on hand to answer your questions and to help you get your head around the options and choices available to you and your children.  All that fabulous information is entirely free if you book in advance. …click here for more details

 

And finally…

Each month we put together a great big bundle of gorgeousness for you lovely NappyValleyNetters in the form of fabulous offers and competitions.  Will you enter to win a free evening’s babysitting with Likeminders, a place on a running bootcamp with Fit for a Princess, a children’s cycle safely kit from Everyone Bikes or perhaps snap up great deals from Little Voices, Flight Centre, Francesca Alexander, Meriski, Paint the Town Green….there are too many to mention.  Take a look right here! …click here for more details

 

That’s it for this week.  Don’t forget the clocks go back this Saturday night/Sunday morning.  Enjoy the lie-in (ha ha)!

 

Love,

 

Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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