The White Christmas Fair and more festive goings-on: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.  Especially with the cold snap.  At last the woolly hats, gloves and scarves have been dug out, sometimes moth-eaten, sometimes one hand down, but still cosy.  The arrival of the festive season is clearly marked around here in a brilliantly neighbourhood way by the very fabulous fair on Northcote Road, this year called The White Christmas Fair.  Stalls will line the street and Webbs Road will be closed to cars and tucked under twinkly tents for full-on Christmas submersion.  Don’t miss Santa in his Grotto (aka Hamptons International) waiting to give a ho, ho, ho to all passing (good) children.  And if he looks vaguely familiar under that white beard, let’s just keep that between you, me and Mr NVN and help keep the magic of Christmas alive!  Meanwhile, our calendar is packed and piled like a snowdrift with all things Christmas in every corner of Nappy Valley. (click here)

Planning a move?  Make good use of our brilliant property pages where you’ll find homes for sale and to rent in the area via PrimeLocation, with the added bonus of a school catchment search engine.  Simply find the school you have in mind from our drop-down menu, and all the homes available within its catchment will be listed for you. (click here)


Take a look at these four homes from our Preferred Property Partners this week 

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For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom terraced family house with a natural lower ground floor and a good-sized garden, close to Wandsworth Common and Northcote Road and two of the ‘outstanding’ local primary schools. …click here for more details

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-double bedroom family house in the heart of Abbeville Village, immaculately presented with wooden floors throughout, off-street parking and a south-west facing garden. …click here for more details

On the market with Marsh & Parsons is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom flat for sale ‘Between the Commons’ perfect for a small family, with a large open plan kitchen and a sunny roof terrace, just a stone’s throw from Northcote Road and Clapham Junction. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom Victorian house on a sought after street ‘Between the Commons’, presented in excellent decorative order and with a great sense of light and space, stretching to over 2,600 sqft and with planning permission to fully excavate the basement. …click here for more details


Christmas here, Christmas there, Christmas just about everywhere

Only two more sleeps to go!  It’s The White Christmas Fair on Saturday. The Northcote Road lights will be switched on tomorrow (with thanks to Snoopy), with singing from local school choirs to get us in the mood. This year’s fair will see over 150 stalls on Northcote and Webbs Roads, as well as fairground rides, live music, Santa’s Snug, Santa’s Grotto and more.  Keep up to date with the latest news right here and we’ll see you right there!…click here for more details

There’s a whole lot of illumination going on at Clapham Lights on Friday evening, put together by Omnibus Clapham.  Fantastic free pop-up activities and performances dotted around The Old Town at various ‘Light Hubs’, from light shows to lantern-lit parades, gospel singing to stilt-walking.  They’ve got the lot! …click here for more details

More lights are going on on Friday, this time down at the Hobbledown Farm Christmas Lights Switch-on, where there’ll be Father Christmas and his Elves as well as a choir singing festive tunes. …click here for more details

It’s the Balham Christmas Celebration this Sunday, so head over to Hildreth Street for all sorts of festive fun, from a dress-up nativity photo booth with real donkey, Best Dressed Elves competition, mulled cider, Christmas carols, the Ukelele Society and Father Christmas…he’s so busy that man.…click here for more details

And the following weekend it’s the Bellevue Road Christmas Fair, with visiting stalls, carol singing, festive entertainment, Father Christmas (again!) and the lights switch on at 4pm.  Not to be missed! …click here for more details

The Liz Earle Wellbeing Christmas event this very evening in Chelsea sounds like a goodie for the girls!  Fashion, jewellery, Fairtrade and Christmas shopping all in one place.  Say no more! …click here for more details

Father Christmas will be at Mini Me Salon in Teddington for one night only (it’s his busy time of year..).  It’s the same time as the Teddington Lights Up Night and that is tonight!  So, best behaviour time and all proceeds go to Children with Cancer. …click here for more details

It’s the South London Gluten Free Christmas Food Fair at St Barnabas, Southfields soon.  You’ll find gluten free food stalls, children’s activities and dietician talks for parents.  Organised by a local branch of Coeliac UK, they’ll know their stuff. …click here for more details

It’s the All Saints Christmas Fair in Tooting next weekend for all sorts of Christmas fun.  Think stalls, toys, games, gifts, stocking fillers, cake.  Oh, and St Nicholas in his grotto.  There here is again! …click here for more details


In other news (and not all Christmas related!)

Hartbeeps is a music class for little ones held weekly and Baby Bells is their session for those from 6 weeks up to sitting.  The babies are at the heart of the magical, musical adventures using original songs and remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies, with fun props and sparkly parachutes.  Sounds captivating for ones so small! …click here for more details

A new gallery has opened on Battersea Park Road, Gallery No 15, and there’s currently a ‘Mixed Exhibition’ including Private Views, Live Portrait and Figure Painting Demonstration evenings, all entirely free and you’re invited to drop in if you have the chance. …click here for more details

If you’re interested in the new Oasis Primary Academy opening in Putney, then go along to the Open Day all about it over near Waterloo next week.  You’ll see the Oasis Academy Johanna in action, meet the principal  and hear about their vision for Putney. …click here for more details

There’s a VIP Meet the Blogger Coffee Morning at Ben’s Canteen in Earlsfield tomorrow, with Anna Lou of London jewellery and accessories hosting a coffee morning with Kat Farmer of the blog DoesMyBumLook40.  Style advice and how to work the current trends into your wardrobe while juggling being a modern mum.  So a bit about you and the chance to buy some presents too – fab! …click here for more details

While The White Christmas Fair is in full swing, call in at Lords at Home on Northcote Road for a KitchenAid demonstration and a cup of fresh coffee.  If you buy a KitchenAid you’ll get a free set of five kitchen gadgets (oh, I love a gadget) worth £60, and they’re offering 10% off all day across the store (electricial goodies excluded). …click here for more details

If you’ve woken up in a creative and Christmassy mood today, then The Biscuit Tree’s Crafty Creative Christmas Cookie Class could be for you! This very morning in SW11, you’ll have fun icing Christmas themed cookies and getting some of your Christmas prep done and out of the way – hurrah! …click here for more details

Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham is holding a series of drop-in, family-friendly Sunday afternoon creative art sessions.  Next weekend it’s Christmas tree decorations – you know, the ones you’ll put in pride of place on the tree forever after! …click here for more details

The next Bach to Baby Concert in Wimbledon sounds like it’s going to be full of suitably festive fanfares.  It’s ‘Meet the Trumpets’, which will take you from the Piccolo to the Hosepipe, from Baroque to modern day.  And good coffee on tap too! …click here for more details


The holidays loom on the horizon.  Here are a few ideas for pre-Christmas fun! 

Never fear, The Little Gym Adventure Camp is here!  ‘Tis the days before Christmas and you may still have shopping to do and/or a handful of small people climbing the walls.  Make the most of this 3-hour indoor gym where they’ll have lots of fun, expend lots of energy and develop some news skills in the process.  Win, win! …click here for more details. And there’s a Gymnastic Skills Camp for those aged 6-12.  You can shop ’til you drop!…click here for more details

Let them learn about the real magic of Christmas with Little House of Science at Eddie Catz in Putney.  Elf scientists will teach them all about Santa’s flying sleigh, how fast reindeer travel, what it’s like to live at the North Pole and the science behind Christmas lights. Fab! …click here for more details

A Spoonful of Sugar might just help you through this Christmas and you’ll get a great dose at Baby Broadway in Balham just a week before the big day.  Go along and enjoy the magic of musicals at this family concert featuring West End performers with songs from Annie, Mary Poppins, Frozen and more, with a few festive numbers thrown in the mix.  Even better, children are free – whatever their age! …click here for more details

The Southwest Songbirds Christmas Concert will get you in the festive mood in Earlsfied at their family candlelit concert filled with traditional carols and well-known favourites.  Under 3s are free and all funds from tickets sales will go to Gutsy Gastros at Chelsea & Westminster. …click here for more details 

Get those toddlers baking Christmas treats (you’ll reap the rewards) with Cookie Crumbles at Eddie Catz this holidays. …click here for more details. Or atLittle Edible Gifts, drop-off your 4 to 8 year olds so that they can get making ideal presents for granny, grandad, auntie, uncle and more.  Just so long as they don’t get munched before they get wrapped..…click here for more details

Calling all spies aged 8 to 11!  There’s a Spytronics holiday club where you’ll build spy projects by combining programming with traditional art to create machines.  Spy goggles, gadgets and gizmos – the world is yours for a spy adventure! …click here for more details


And finally

We’ve got some amazing exclusive offers and competitions for you this month.  You could win a place on a 2nd baby preparation class with The Baby Care Company, a Karcher Pressure Washer from The Gorgeous Garden Company, an unlimited January and February class pass for Fit for a Princess and much more, plus discounts and offers at The Little Gym, Little Print Jewellery, SW Yoga and on Christmas at Gitcombe to name but a few. …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Have all the fun at the fair!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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