Tricks, Treats and Fireworks: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

This weekend will surely see one of the biggest ever celebrations of Halloween to hit our streets.  Children are having a blast making the most of the days off school, many of them busy creating all sorts of spooky wonders, culminating in a Halloween that falls on a Saturday for plenty of trick or treating.  So many homes get all set for the Big Night around here, with pumpkins-a-glowing and sweets overflowing.  Should you be looking for any last minute fun and games, check out our calendar which is as packed with as much entertainment as a haunted house has ghosts. Have fun, don’t be too scary and enjoy the sugar rush. (click here)

Like the look of any of the houses that might be on your trick or treat trail?  If they’re for sale or rent you’ll find them on our property pages, which we bring to you with PrimeLocation as well as four local agents.  It’s not all about bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage, but school catchments too. (click here)


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


For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom family home set ‘Between the Commons’ and very near the local primary schools, recently refurbished with a fully extended kitchen and loft, a tanked cellar used as a utility room and a very private south-facing garden. …click here for more details

On the market with Hamptons International is a 5-bedroom house just off Clapham Common Northside, very near Clapham Common and within easy reach of both Northcote Road and Clapham Old Town, stretching to almost 2,000 sqft with a very good-sized garden and in good condition throughout. …click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 3-bedroom house on a quiet residential street close to Clapham South station and Clapham Common, completely refurbished to a very high standard with a bright and spacious open plan kitchen and large reception area opening onto a sunny terrace, ideal for entertaining. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom Victorian house of 2880 sqft on a sought after street just off Wandsworth Common and near to Northcote Road, with an extremely spacious kitchen family room opening onto a west-facing garden, which can also be accessed from the playroom. …click here for more details


It’s hard to believe, but there is life beyond Halloween and half term. 

After the popularity of Let’s Act’s new baby musical theatre class, they’ve decided to start at new one and the first session is this Saturday with a maximum of 10 children.  They’ll explore poems, songs and characters using puppets, instruments, ribbons and more to really engage the little ones. …click here for more details

It’s the Homestart Wandsworth Pop-up Market next weekend near Clapham South.  Go along armed with cash for cards, cakes, jams, jewellery, pre-loved baby and children’s toys, clothes and equipment, books and more.  All in aid of local families of children under 5 who are struggling to cope in extreme circumstances. …click here for more details

If you’re considering going back to work after having your baby, then there’s a Back to Work Workshop in the lovely surroundings of the Luxury Family Hotel’s New Park Manor Hotel.  Led by an experienced career coach, it will offer practical advice as well as helping to identify transferable skills and the right career option.  Overnight rate available including childcare for a little R&R! …click here for more details

Inspired by The Great British Bake Off or looking for a magic gadget to help with Christmas preparations?  Lords at Home on Northcote Road is holding a Magimix Demonstration tomorrow at noon so you can see it in all its whizzy action and maybe put one on your Christmas list. …click here for more details

If schools are on your radar, then make sure mid-November is in your diary for The Independent School Show in Battersea Park.  You’ll find over 200 independent schools there along with headmasters, headmistresses and registrars so you’ll come away with a clearer idea of how the schools you’re interested in work and many of your questions answered.  Book in advance and it’s absolutely free. …click here for more details

And if yours are a bit smaller, The Baby Care Company holds second baby preparation classes and the next one is for those with a 2 to 3 year age gap.  You’ll meet other local mums in a similar position and glean some top tips about juggling two at tea time, bedtime and bath time as well as a reminder of newborn care and feeding. Help is at hand! …click here for more details

This one looks like it could be a good girls’ night out with a difference at the Clapham Omnibus.  Are There More of You? is a one-woman comedy drama starring Alison Skilbeck from The Archers and Doctor Who.  It tells the story of four women reaching out with only a (SW) postcode in common, each with wildly different searches for love and happiness. …click here for more details

Puddle Ducks run swimming lessons for your baby to enjoy being in the water one-to-one with you and to develop that all important confidence that lasts a lifetime.  Taught in lovely warm pools dotted around SW London, babies can join any time from birth and any time during the term. …click here for more details


Half term and Halloween – busy days and inspiration at your fingertips.

The Ovalhouse Theatre plays host to an Invisible Treasure, an interactive digital playspace for pioneers aged over 7.  They’ll work with friends and family to solve puzzles, transform their surroundings and determine how they want the world to work.  It’s a new theatre experience that feels like the inside of a computer game! …click here for more details

Battersea Park Zoo has a Pumpkin Quiz Trail to follow.  Go along to visit the meerkats, monkeys and pigs and see if you can spot where the pumpkins are hiding as you follow the trail and fill in your quiz sheet.  Let’s hope none of the animals have a penchant for pumpkins or they’ll disappear fast! …click here for more details

And for Halloween there’ll be all manner of ghastly goings-on to get your vampire teeth into at the Battersea Park Zoo Fun Day, from making your own Trick or Treat bag, to listening to (slightly) Scary Storytime and spooky face painting. …click here for more details

Perhaps Halloween is all the encouragement you need to go ‘dayclubbing’ with your children.  Baby Loves Disco is holding a Halloween Boogie for all little monsters from 0 to 5 with their mums and dads – in fact, the whole Addams Family is welcome!  Dressing up is a must – get those fangs out. (click here).  Later the same day it’s a Pop Lock-in Halloween Special for 4 to 11 year olds.  Socialise, dance, hang out, have fun. Sounds spookily simple. …click here for more details


Remember, remember…as if you could forget.  It’s Bonfire Night next weekend!

Our friends at First Aid for Life have written a really important piece for us on Halloween and Bonfire Night first aid and safety tips to make sure the evening is memorable for all the right reasons.  Well worth a read for any of us, and particularly for those of us responsible for children. …click here for more details

It’s the Wimbledon Park musical fireworks display on 5th November with an early Disney themed event suitable for small children and a later show for grown-ups.  It’s a lovely setting with great wide open views of the pyrotechnic displays.  Ooh and ahhh I hear you say. …click here for more details

Or head over the water to Bishop’s Park Fireworks on 6th November.  Gates open at 6pm with the display for children soon after 7pm and another for the grown-ups set to music soon after 8pm. There will be a funfair and food stalls to keep you all happy! …click here for more details

It’s going to be a ‘Royal Night Out’ fireworks display at Battersea Park on 7th November in celebration of our longest reigning monarch, so polish those crowns for a grand night in SW11.  With mulled wine and some exciting new street food pop-ups, you’ll get that inner glow but only if you book your tickets in advance.  No entry unless you do! …click here for more details

And it’s the turn of Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith on 7th November too, with an earlier display for the little ones plus a funfair to keep them entertained if you want to stay for the main display a bit later on, choreographed to music to add to the overall entertainment and delight. …click here for more details

Morden Park is on 7th November as well with a similar two events for young and old(er), both musical and set in a great natural ‘bowl’ for a brilliant view plus fairground rides for extra family fun. …click here for more details


And finally…

Spotted our Exclusive Offers & Competitions on our new panel on the homepage?  Every month we get together with our partners to bring you a fab range of goodies – some competitions, some offers, all fantastic.  It couldn’t be easier to enter the competitions or grab the offers with both hands.  We cover travel, hotels, home improvements from building work to decoration, children’s activities, exercise classes, restaurants and more.  Take a look – it’s the last week of October, so get ’em before they’re gone! …click here for more details


That’s it for this week.  Happy Halloween!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xxx

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