The Wandsworth Fringe and all the fun of the fairs: Your weekly ‘What’s On’ activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Ooh, we love a long weekend.  The banks are on holiday and so are we!  High days and holidays, May days and Salad days all make for time off, fun and relaxation. Days in, days out, days to shake it all about.  There’s so much to choose from; SW London and beyond – the world – is your oyster.  OK, so maybe not the world in three days, but who needs the world when you’ve got NappyValley and all that it has to offer you?  Here’s our fab calendar to sum it all up. Check in whenever you’re feeling in need of inspiration (click here).

When better than a long weekend to take a look at the housing market?  Start with us.  We’ve got a brilliant property section, with homes in the area for sale or to rent and their distances from schools all mapped out.  Handy if you happen to have small children and might be thinking about their education, possibly, maybe…(click here).

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

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For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom family house in immaculate condition, light, sunny and neutrally decorated, within easy walking distance of Clapham Junction and the shops and restaurants of Northcote Road …click here for more details 

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian house, offering versatile and luxury living space with the potential to extend, close to the open spaces of Battersea Park and just a short walk from the Kings Road …click here for more details

On the market with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house in excellent decorative order with lots of period features stretching to over 2500 sqft, with plenty of entertaining space and a great layout for everyday living …click here for more details

For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom detached Victorian house with off-street parking and a 115ft garden, just off the ‘Toast Rack’ near Wandsworth Common and within the catchment of Beatrix Potter Primary School …click here for more details

Calling all the girls – mums, sisters, daughters, grannies, aunts, godmothers, friends.…

‘Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink!’  This rang true with us here at NVN, so we’ve decided to take on the Cancer Research 5km Race for Life in Battersea Park on 10th June at 7.30pm.  Please come and join us!!  Babies and buggies are welcome too.  We’d love to have a whole lovely gang of NappyValleyNetters with us and we’ll be running, jogging and walking, so no matter what your speed, we can do it together.  It will be followed by a much-deserved (large) glass of wine.  Perhaps rosé to continue the theme!  Here’s how to join us – it couldn’t be easier …click here for more details

Make a date for the fete!  We thought you might like to put these in your diary…

It’s food, glorious food at St John’s Hill’s Fabulous Feast, running all week from 18th May with the main festival on Saturday 23rd.  Farmers’ market style stalls, cooking demos, cocktails and The Great Battersea Bake Off with all things chocolatey, so get baking! …click here for more details

It’s the Ritherdon Road Street Party on Sunday 7th June which promises to be a fun day on the pavements along the parade – stalls, live entertainment, street food and children’s games …click here for more details

Now in its 19th year, the Abbeville Fete on Saturday 27th June will have more than 50 stalls, a BBQ and bar, a dedicated kids’ zone, live music and a dog beauty pageant.  Get preening! …click here for more details

The other biggie, Northcote Road Summer Fete, is on Sunday 12th July, with visiting stalls in the pop-up market as well as the fairground rides and the brilliant astro-glide.  Oh, and the Wimbledon Mens’ Final on a great big screen – love it! …click here for more details

St John’s Hill Festival is on Sunday 13th September for the 9th year running, with plenty of stalls, a bouncy castle (for the children), a Pimms tent and a hog roast.  Sounds like a whole lot of end-of-summer fun! …click here for more details

And to round them off, it’s the Bellevue Road Summer Fete on Sunday 20th September with a wonderful selection of stalls, food and drink overlooking Wandsworth Common and the popular Dog Show, plus giant bubbles …click here for more details

Lots of fab classes are getting into the swing of the summer term – but it’s not too late to join in! 

The Little Footprints mother and baby group meets every Thursday morning during term time in Fulham and welcomes all new parents, grandparents, nannies and babies up to 18 months old with lots of chat, lovely clean toys, tea, coffee and biscuits. …click here for more details

At Alphabet Dance on Wandsworth Common or Putney, little ones from 18 months to 5 will meet a new letter every week and go on to dance, sing and do lots of creative activities all about it.  Both full term or drop-in sessions available and a free trial class up for grabs.  I’d say that’s O and K! …click here for more details

Do you have a budding dancer on your hands?  Then you might like to try Dance Grooves’ Street Dance Class after school at Gambado Chelsea.  For groovers aged 4 to 8, they’ll learn some slick moves and then have an hour’s free play afterwards.  That should wear them out nicely…! …click here for more details

Silk School of Dance is brand new, bringing ballet to children in a fun environment, with engaging and interactive lessons for little ones from 18 months to 6 years old in Twickenham.  The term has already pirouetted into action, but free trial classes are still open to all …click here for more details

Let’s Act run drama classes for children of all ages.  Their Monday class at St Luke’s for those aged 2 to 5, works on confidence, clarity of speech and communication while joining in on the adventures of Alice in Wonderland!  There’s a free trial class on offer – don’t be late for a very important date! (click here). And for older children up to 12, the Saturday morning classes are working towards a production of Alice at the Lost Theatre.  This Saturday you can join the session for free if you’d like to try it out.  Any budding Alices or Mad Hatters out there? …click here for more details

And here’s one for you.  Total Body Conditioning  is a classic bootcamp at midday every Sunday at Fybre Fitness.  Perfect – straight out of the door and onto Northcote Road, totally justified in taking your pick of all those eateries for a lovely Sunday lunch! …click here for more details

Something for the weekend and beyond?

It’s time for the Wandsworth Fringe 2015 and it starts tomorrow! It’s going to be the biggest and best yet, with a jam-packed schedule of over 70 different events, from pop-up performances, picnics and plays to comedy, cabaret, talks and tea parties.  We’ve got a brilliant round-up of family friendly events for you right here. …click here for more details

The Putney Pier Art Market is back after its winter break and will be setting up shop on the Embankment in SW15 on the first Sunday of every month – that’s this Bank Holiday weekend!  Stroll along, browse and buy locally-made art and craft as well as photography, textiles, ceramics and furniture – fabulous! …click here for more details

Here’s an idea for a family day out on Sunday.  The Battersea Ironsides have made it through to the National Vase Final at Twickenham.  Go along to support this fab local team which invests so much in their mini and junior section. Tickets just £5 on the gate – bargain! …click here for more details

Love this!  Clapham Omnibus is holding a ‘Duvet Day’ next week and all toddlers are invited – wearing their comfiest PJs and with their cuddliest toy – to climb inside the blanket fort to play.  A multi-sensory delight for grown-ups to share with their little ones up to 3 years old.  Where’s a toddler when you need one? …click here for more details

There’s a Pop-up shop at Gallery Midnight next week. Head over to Ritherdon Road for a browse of anything from jewellery to hats and all sorts of lovely things for the home. …click here for more details

And finally….

A week today we’ll all be making our mark at our local polling station.  Dan Watkins, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Tooting, is holding a Q&A session at The Althorp this very morning from 11am, so whether you’ve decided where your vote is going or not, go along to talk to him about local or national policies.  Babies welcome to join! …click here for more details  

Going, going… it’s your last chance to snap up this month’s amazing collection of NappyValleyNet exclusive competitions and offers, which we’ve put together lovingly just for you. You’ll kick yourself if you miss out – or someone else will! …click here for more details

That’s it for this week.  Have a fabulous long weekend!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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