To Christmas and beyond: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 


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

You know it must be Christmas soon when there’s a new Queen of the Jungle, a new X Factor winner has been crowned, and we’re all on tenterhooks (some more than others) to find out who will foxtrot his or her way to be the winner of this year’s Strictly.  It could just be a girls’ world this year.  All of that, plus the nativity plays we’ve been treated to, the wonderful carol concerts, the excited daily countdown and children walking around dressed as Christmas puddings (I saw one), elves, sheep and shepherds a-wandering on Wandsworth Common.  Reality TV or just reality?  I know which one I prefer.  Keep up to speed with your enthusiastic cherubs by keeping an eye on our calendar, filled with daily inspiration. And please keep on adding to it with your classes, events, fairs and more – a whole new year awaits! (click here)


House hunting?  If you’d like Father Christmas to be squeezing down a different kind of chimney next year, then start your search with us.  Our property pages have all the homes for sale or to rent in the area with a clever search criteria of local primary schools.  Just click on the school you’re interested in and all the homes within its catchment will come to you. With thanks to Wandsworth and Lambeth councils! (click here)



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

To Christmas and beyond  To Christmas and beyond    

For rent with Douglas & Gordon is a 4-bedroom family house on a quiet, tree-lined street close to Battersea Park, newly refurbished throughout with a high-end interior including a brand new kitchen. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 4-bedroom coach house dating back to the 1830s, double-fronted and on a fantastic corner position overlooking Wandsworth Common, with a good-sized garden with a westerly aspect, plus a garage and off-street parking. …click here for more details  

For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom terraced house just off Lavender Hill and within easy walking distance of Clapham Junction and Clapham Common, renovated by the current owners to create a wonderful family home with a great sense of space. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom house on one of the most sought-after roads in Clapham Old Town and close to Clapham Common, Grade II listed and completely refurbished throughout with a private garden and chain-free. …click here for more details


High days, holidays, oh my days – school’s out!

Last minute shopping?  Presents to wrap?  Let the children have an action-packed morning or three at the Open Air Fit Kids Camps on Wandsworth Common.  Running the week of Christmas as well as the first full week of the new year, those aged from 4 to 14 will take on individual and team challenges, fun games, trying out new sports and honing their skills along the way. …click here for more details

Herne Hill Harriers are running (no pun intended) their brilliant training sessions this Christmas holidays at Tooting Bec Athletics Track.  Children from 7 and up can join in on track running technique, jumping (high and long) and throwing.  Fresh air, coaching with the experts and a fab opportunity to get out there on a real track.  They’ll be inspired and it’s extremely reasonable too! …click here for more details

Calling all future 007s.  This sounds brilliant for all budding spies! There’s a Spytronics Programming & Electronics Kids Holiday Club at Wix School next week.  Children from 8 to 11 years old will have 3 days of building programmable electronic art projects along a spy theme.  Think spy googles, gadgets and gizmos.  A perfect spy’s adventure! …click here for more details

Upbeat Music invites children to come along to Write a Song for Christmas next week.  They’re running a 2-day course for 4 to 14 year olds over in Parsons Green with singing, dancing, instruments and performance all thrown into the mix and the promise of a special MP3 to send out to family and friends.  Creative Christmas fun! …click here for more details

Eddie Catz, Putney is hosting Cookie Crumbles for some special toddler cooking fun.  They’ll bake some fantastic Christmas treats and get to play in the brilliant soft play afterwards.  Presents for grandparents and burn off some energy in the process.  Perfect.  …click here for more details

Little Crafters will be getting crafty for Christmas at the Old School Club next week.  There’s nothing like a homemade present, so let them get sticking, cutting, gluing and colouring their very own Christmas-themed masterpieces, while you have a coffee and a catch-up and take some time out from the preparations. …click here for more details

It’s the Kids Christmas Party with Dance Grooves at Gambado Chelsea next week.  Party games, a funky festive disco, learn some new dance moves, tuck into tea and then have a free hour’s play before home time.  Say no more… …click here for more details


A bit of culture here and there always adds to the Christmas magic 

Go west on Monday to Bush Hall for The Music House for Children’s ‘The Robin Who Lost his Voice’.  Poor little robin.  What is he going to do and how will everyone know it’s Christmas? Follow the musical path and take on the robin’s adventure to find a joyful voice hidden somewhere in the show! …click here for more details

And for 2 to 5 year olds, don’t miss Town Hall Cherubs at The Battersea Arts Centre.  An enchanting piece of immersive theatre, the children follow a cherub around the town hall to discover all sorts of magical delights.  Entirely captivating, complete with spontaneous gasps of awe and happiness from the little ones, this is a Christmas treat even Scrooge couldn’t deny you. …click here for more details

It’s the Tin Pan Annie Music Family Christmas Show this Saturday.  As popular as ever, tickets are selling fast but you might get lucky and be able to go along to sing with Rudolph, Frosty and the Tin Pan Annie Rock Band.  That should fill you with the Christmas spirit! …click here for more details

Bach to Baby are in Putney this very morning for a Christmas Concert, The Singing Trumpeter.  With a countertenor performing alongside the trumpeter, there will be songs by Purcell, Schubert’s Ave Maria and famous trumpet pieces by Stanley and Clarke.  You’ll all be swept along with the perfect festive fare! …click here for more details.  And the same concert will be playing for any Claphamites on Friday.  They’ve got SW London covered as well as we have! …click here for more details

For those who might prefer to trip the light fantastic, it’s the Baby Broadway Christmas Special in Balham on Friday morning, with big musical hits to get you in the mood for a happy Christmas.  Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow.  It’s only a day away……click here for more details

Head over to Omnibus in Clapham Old Town for an Acoustic Night: Lánre and Special Guests on Friday. You’ll find acoustic folk and soul with captivating storytelling inspired by her Nigerian Yoruba heritage.  She’s won praise from the MOBO Awards and been on BBC 6 Music Introducing, and now she’s here! …click here for more details


Christmas treats and new year fun.  Let the good times roll…

Christmas is coming to town this Sunday at the Streatham Rookery Christmas Fair.  You’ll find Santa’s grotto, over 30 food and craft stalls, mulled wine, mince pies and a mass carol singing, so go along full of voice and community spirit. …click here for more details

There’s a new class getting started in the new year at St Barnabas on Clapham Common North Side and it’s Talking Tots.  Sessions for pre-schoolers will include games, songs, rhymes and fun activities to gently boost children’s communication and social skills.  I’m all for communication! …click here for more details

Teddy’s Tune Time is a new class for toddlers taking place at Wandsworth Prep, starting in January.  Each week Teddy travels to a different place (lucky Teddy) and there are fun songs about where he’s been, with instrument time, colours, bubbles and a boogie.  There’s even time for a coffee and chinwag for you too! …click here for more details

Oooh have we got some super NappyValleyNet offers to take you into a bright new year!  Lots of our partners have come up with a great batch of treats, from redecorating your little one’s room, to getting a new term of fun activities underway, to booking a holiday – either at home or away.  Take a look.  Resistance is futile!  …click here for more details


Whatever you do, may it be merry and bright!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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