The Affordable Art Fair, spooky film-making, poppies at the Tower and more Half term activities! Your ‘What’s On’ guide from NappyValleyNet!

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Welcome to your NappyValleyNet weekly “What’s On” guide!

Just as the BBC moves seamlessly from the stunning ‘pièce montée’ of The Great British Bake Off to Steve Backshall in leopard print (we’re loving it…) on Strictly Come Dancing, so do we move from one great class, event, fair or performance to the next, sometimes without even pause for breath.  I know I’m not alone in feeling like we’re hurtling towards the end of the year, with Halloween, half term, Bonfire Night and so much more to enjoy on the way!

From dancing and cooking to flick-flacks and samurai – even the regulars keep you on your toes!

Little Gym runs an amazing array of gymastics-based classes for children of all ages with free introductory classes on offer, from the aptly namedBirds for the very little ones to Giggle Worms for 4 to 6 year olds and Flips/Twisters for those up to 12 years old…click here for details

Cookease continues to make little Delias and Jamies of our children with regular classes for 2 to 4 year olds.  They’ll be taking over the kitchen at weekends before you know it – brilliant! here for details

Samurai & Shiatsu for children and adults at Brixton Acupuncture & Shiatsu Space will teach you all about Shiatsu touch and Japanese culture to encourage mindfulness and respect.  All good! here for details

Diddi Dance SW London are going to be coming over all ‘Strictly’ after half term with a ballroom theme for the little ones and their grown-ups.  They say it offers maximum opportunities for cuddles…love it!  They’re offering a free trial class…cha cha cha!…click here for details 

Bach to Baby is coming to St Luke’s on 24th with ‘The Singing Cello’, the instrument said to be the closest to the human voice.  Give yourself and your little ones a moment away from it all with Beethoven, Handel and Brahms for company…click here for details

Ever feel at sea as a parent?  There’s plenty around here to help you out – try these for size

Often find yourself thinking you should brush up on or learn some First Aid skills?  First Aid for Life run a variety of courses in the area and this could be the one for you or your au-pair or nanny…click here for details

The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Twins’ Sleep and Routine workshop so take a look if you have twins under a year old or are expecting twins.  Get them sleeping at the same time and then, quick!  Hop into bed for some shut eye yourself!…click here for details

Near or far, there are always lots of lovely goings-on to keep us all happy and entertained

Let’s admit it.  It’s not just the children who love Lego, we all do.  Take you and them along to The Art of the Brick exhibition to see over 80 unbelievable creations made entirely from the brilliant little bricks…click here for details 

It’s the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park next week, opening its friendly doors to welcome in art lovers, connoisseurs and novices.  Go browse a huge range of art from the 112 participating galleries.  Children under 16 are free and there’s a creche so you can have some ‘me-time’ while you make your choice…click here for details 

The Magdalene Players are back on stage this very weekend with Noel Coward’s ‘Hayfever’.  Book your tickets now and enjoy a little light relief with a good dollop of 1920s decadence…click here for details

There’s a free trial piano lesson on offer this weekend for anyone aged 6 to 64 in Wimbledon!  If your little one has voiced an interest or you would like a tinkle on the old ivories to discover a new talent, this could be for you…fastest finger first!…click here for details

And time is running out to see the display of poppies pouring out of The Tower of London.  This moving sight will be there until 11 November, so whether you build in a visit to the Tower or simply take a walk along the embankment in this fabulous part of town, make sure you stop to see this awesome sight and take a while to think about what those 888,246 poppies filling the moat mean to all of us…click here for details

Half term is almost here!  Fun and games galore to entertain your little bundles of energy 

Open Air Fit continues its non-stop activities with its popular half term holiday Kids’ Camps on Wandsworth Common.  For boys and girls, aged 4 to 14, with a great range of sports on offer, drop in or book the full week…decisions, decisions!…click here for details

Lavender Leonardo’s is opening its studio doors again in the heart of Battersea for all things creative, from painting and drawing to 3D sculpture, clay and sewing…click here for details

And for the smaller ones, Skylark Café are running some exciting new messy art sessions for 2-6 year olds over the two half term weeks.  Booking is essential for ‘Little Larks’ to avoid any sad chirruping!…click here for details

This would be half term with a difference!  Make your own spooky ghost film with The Studio Film School.  They’re offering a fab £25 off for NappyValleyNetters (thank you!) and your budding filmmakers will have the chance to devise, shoot and edit their own scary movie and learn some tricks of the trade…click here for details

And with Sammy Duder’s Craft Workshops, it’s not Halloween but Christmas they’ll be working towards, with lovely present ideas being crafted each morning of half term.  That’s Granny/Grandad/Auntie/Uncle sorted…tick!…click here for details

After all that sit down with a ‘hot toddy’ in hand and take a look at our property pages, filled via PrimeLocation with properties for sale or to rent, with school catchment areas as one of the key search criteria. Not a bad idea, we’re told!…click here for details

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

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Available to rent from Douglas & Gordon, a stunning and spacious semi-detached family home in the heart of the Nightingale Triangle…click here for details

And with Savills, a delightful cottage to rent in Earlsfield with a double reception room and separate kitchen as well as a private garden, two bedroomsand two bathrooms…click here for details

Through Marsh & Parsons, a fantastic 5-bedroom family house available to rent with an extended kitchen and moments from Clapham Common and Clapham South tube…click here for details

And for sale through Hamptons International, a truly magnificent 8-bedroom family home extending to over 5,000ft over four floors and including a home cinema and large gardens…click here for details

That’s all for this week!  Whatever you decide to do, have fun!

Love, Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team x

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