The Independent Schools Show, Christmas fairs and the Teatime Disco at Skylark: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

Tomorrow is Friday 13th.  It’s been half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and now there’s a bit of a lull as we hunker down, kicking leaves and bracing ourselves for the colder days ahead and the start of the festivities.  Christmas looms, lists lengthen and the fairs are in full swing.  Opportunities to spend your hard earned money are left, right and centre.  Even on the moon, apparently.  For now, it’s Friday 13th so make sure it’s not a Nightmare on Northcote Road this weekend by taking a look at our fab calendar, overflowing with bright ideas. (click here)

We’re going on a house hunt.  We’re going to find a good one!  Be sure to make good use of our brilliant property pages, full of homes in SW London for sale or to rent and complete with easy-to-read school catchment maps, so should education be up there on your list of priorities, then it’s the right search engine for you! (click here)


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

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For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom family house set ‘Between the Commons’ near to both Clapham Junction and Clapham South and with Clapham Common at the end of the street, wider than average, unfurnished, in excellent condition and available immediately. …click here for more details

On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom semi-detached house on one of the most sought after streets in Clapham Old Town, stretching to over 3,400 sqft with a landscaped south-west facing garden and off-street parking as well as a purpose-built wine cellar. …click here for more details

To rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom family home very close to Clapham Junction, double-fronted and newly refurbished to a very high standard with luxurious bamboo flooring and a contemporary fully-fitted kitchen as well as a private roof terrace. …click here for more details 

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 6-bedroom house with views over Tooting Bec Common and a stunning modern kitchen, a beautiful garden stretching to 110ft and off-street parking with a garage, plus a separate nanny flat. …click here for more details


One more sleep until the weekend.  Rest well.  It’s going to be a busy one! 

If schools are on your radar, even just a little bit, then it’s well worth a visit to Battersea Park this weekend for The Independent Schools Show.  You’ll find 200 independent schools there with plenty of people in the know to answer your questions and pique your interest.  Prepare to arm yourself with up-to-date and relevant information. …click here for more details

The Wimbledon Open Studios Art Show starts today and runs throughout the weekend.  A fabulous four day contemporary art show where you are free to roam the labyrinthine corridors packed with art studios displaying a vast variety of work.  From ceramics and textiles to sculpture, painting and photography, you can buy direct from the artists and the children will love exploring too. …click here for more details

Having a clear out of your old baby things or on the look out for a few bargains?  It’s the Dulwich Baby and Children’s Market Nearly New Sale this weekend, so go along for a good rummage and afterwards you’ll be within reach of Dulwich Park, Dulwich Village, The Hornimann Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery…. …click here for more details

Talking of which, there’s a Lego Late at The Dulwich Picture Gallery tomorrow evening for those aged 12 and over.  Join the UK’s only Lego Masterbuilder to create Lego worlds and join in with the large-scale communal build inspired by the current Escher exhibition, with tours available too. …click here for more details

And there’s a Jumble Sale at St Mary Magdalene Church on Trinity Road this Saturday morning.  Head over for some great second hand treats including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as games, toys and bric-a-brac.  You might just find a gem or two. …click here for more details

Pure Collection on Northcote Road invite you to their Christmas event starting today and running over the weekend.  If you have clothes on your Christmas list or are considering a treat to self, then if you spend over £150, you’ll receive a free cashmere scarf worth £79.  Wrap yourself up and glow! …click here for more details

The Inside Man has just opened a Pop-Up shop on Northcote Road in front of The Breadstall and will welcome you this Saturday with a glass of Cava to celebrate!  For those who have been missing them on Bellevue Road and for those with any men to buy for, plus they’ve added a few gifts for us girls to their collection! …click here for more details

It’s a bumper crop of NappyValleyNet exclusive offers and competitions for you this month.  We’ve got a pair of tickets forDisney on Ice up for grabs thanks to Ayrton as well as a brilliant Karcher Pressure Washer (so satisfying) from The Gorgeous Garden Company.  Or how about a place on a 2nd baby preparation class with The Baby Care Company and a tempting deal onChristmas in the Caribbean.  I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas…more bright blue and sunny.  Take your pick! …click here for more details


Babies, toddlers, small people and parents.  Nobody gets forgotten around here.

Abacus Ark Nursery is opening soon on St John’s Hill and invites you along to their Opening Party.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar will inspire the morning’s activities of face painting, building a caterpillar and cooking lessons, while you have the chance to look around the new space and meet the staff who will be caring for your little ones from 6 months to 5 years old. …click here for more details

Skylark is always full of fun and bright ideas and after the success of the half term activities and to ensure those tootsies don’t get too cold in the playground at this time of year, they’re now running regular Little Larks craft sessions as well as a weeklyTeatime Disco on Fridays for all you (not so little) groovers and shakers! …click here for more details

Teddy Bears’ Group is held at Wandsworth Prep and run by mums for mums – an hour long session of singing for babies and toddlers with time for a coffee and chat afterwards.  They’ll have fun working on speech development, numbers and motor skills, and so will you! …click here for more details

The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Baby Routine and Sleep Workshop at Sammy Duder soon.  No, not an opportunity for you to catch a few zzzz’s there and then, but hopefully the chance to pick up some great advice on sleep cycles and training and get well on the road to reducing your levels of sleep deprivation. …click here for more details

TinyTalk Baby Signing and Singing Classes are held weekly at The Exhibit to help you communicate with your little ones from a very young age.  There’s time at the end of each session for a biscuit, a coffee and chat, so a great chance to meet other local mums. …click here for more details

Swaffield Primary School is holding an Open Morning next week and invites parents to come for a visit and to see all the community school has to offer, particularly if you are interested in a Reception or Nursery place for September 2016. …click here for more details


It’s just not in our nature to miss a Christmas shopping opportunity.

Christmas is coming and to get us all in the mood it’s The White Christmas Fair on Northcote Road and Webbs Road in a couple of weeks.  Festive stalls, Christmas cheer, the turning on of lights and meeting Santa in his grotto.  Don’t miss out or you’ll have some grumpy little elves on your hands! …click here for more details

The Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair is at St Luke’s again this year with the usual Preview Evening to include a glass of wine or the following day in which to shop and cross a few names off that Christmas list! …click here for more details

This one sounds like a lovely thing!  Makers of Lovely Things 2015 will be at Telferscot School in Balham soon, so head over for the chance to meet some of SW London’s most talented makers and creators.  More than 25 stalls selling jewellery, cushions, cakes, candles, make-up…You had me at cakes. …click here for more details

There’s a Christmas Market at the Playwam Preschool in Teddington soon too, with plenty of festive fare to peruse and purchase, plus a glass of Prosecco and a mince pie to get you in the Christmas spirit. …click here for more details

The Cancer Vaccine Institute, a local charity based near Abbeville Village which funds cancer immunotherapy research at St George’s, is holding a Kick Off Christmas coffee morning and Christmas sale tomorrow, so pop in for a chat and a look through the local wares. …click here for more details

It’s the Friends of Clapham & Streatham High School Christmas Shopping Evening next week and they’re throwing open the doors to all of us.  Be inspired and make a start before the real Christmas countdown madness begins! …click here for more details


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




Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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