Flip Out Wandsworth taster session, The London Motor Show and First Aid for Life classes: Your weekly What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet!

Last Updated on : 5th May 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

We love a short week, although we’re always behind with things and definitely out of sync with which day it is.  A bit like the weather.  Wellies or flip-flops, fleeces or bikinis?  It seems, for today at least, you can go for the bikini option.  We love a mini heatwave about as much as we love a short week.  And this week is extra good.  You may or may not have noticed us bubbling over with excitement about one of our very own reaching the final four of MasterChef.  Billy has cooked up several storms and seen off stiff competition to cook another day, and another, and another.  Now here we are in Finals week and another local, John Torode, will be casting his judgement tomorrow.  We’re right behind you, Billy, and if you see him down Northcote Road way where he works, give him a wave! Keep up to speed with other goings-on by checking into our calendar regularly.  Collectively, we too can cook up a storm! (click here)

On the move? If you’re looking for new bricks and mortar, start your search with us.  Thanks to PrimeLocation and four local estate agents, our property pages have homes for sale and to rent in the area together with details of school catchments with helpful maps and distances.  Search under the postcode and primary you have in mind and all the available homes will come to you! (click here)


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

Flip Out Wandsworth taster session    Flip Out Wandsworth taster session


For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom semi-detached family home set on the ‘Toast Rack’ near to Wandsworth Common, completely refurbished to an extremely high standard with a contemporary finish, stretching to 4300 sqft with a south-facing garden.…click here for more details

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom Victorian family house on a prime residential street in the heart of Clapham Old Town, with generous living space and a 47ft south-facing garden. …click here for more details

To rent with Hamptons International is a 3-bedroom house in a sought after private gated mews off Clapham Park Road near to the transport links of Clapham and the wide open spaces of Clapham Common, with a master bedroom suite with a walk-in dressing area and en-suite bathroom. …click here for more details

For sale with Portico is a 2-double bedroom flat in superb condition with a luxury kitchen, open-plan living space and a private south-facing garden, all set near Clapham North Underground, close to both transport links and local amenities. …click here for more details


Something for them, something for you, never short of things to do! 

It’s time for another NappyValleyNet Meet-Up, this time at the brilliant Biscuiteerson Northcote Road.  Join us for a complimentary coffee and convivial conversation, and have a go at making your own stunning iced creations (or let your little one get blissfully sticky mitts!).  Numbers are limited, so book your free place now and you shall go to the party! …click here for more details

We’re not the only ones a-bouncing with excitement about the opening of Flip Out Wandsworth next week.  At last a very bouncy trampoline park right here in Nappy Valley! They’re offering a taster session for just £1 next Wednesday but you must book a spot in advance.  Jump to it!  Don’t miss out…booiinnggg. …click here for more details

Baritone Baby is a new opera concert series for parents and babies, bringing you Royal Opera House professionals (no less) singing classics in family-friendly surroundings.  Head to St Mary’s in Putney next week for a show including hit songs from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Magic Flute.  Suitable for those aged 0-5 years with an opera-loving adult in tow! …click here for more details

First Aid for Life is based in a light and airy studio in Balham and runs a great range of courses which could, quite literally, save a life.  Choose from an Emergency First Aid course covering adults, children and babies or a Full Day Paediatric First Aid course covering the full Ofsted syllabus. Or you can arrange a tailor-made session for you and a few friends or family.  Well worth some serious consideration – it could be the best decision you ever make. …click here for more details

Talking Tots run regular classes around the neighbourhood with listening and attention skills at its heart, the foundations of all language and communication development. Fun and interaction while exploring new words and sounds with your little one. Get them on the road to great conversation – it’s good to talk! …click here for more details

Inspired by Leicester’s win?  If your child would like to be part of a football team, thenFit4Kidz is holding football trials for various age groups from U7s up to U12s for the 2016/17 football season.  Will one of yours make it to the top of the league?  Head to Wandswoth Common to try out! …click here for more details

New shoes?  Summer shoes?  CeCe & Me are back with their pop-up shoe fitting service in Earlsfield this weekend, with a range of brands you’ll know and all the sizes for your little ones up to 11.5 UK or EU30 in stock. …click here for more details


From cars to culture and a right royal storytime

The London Motor Show opens in Battersea Park tomorrow and promises a weekend of sensational cars to ogle and even buy! With over 130 brand new vehicles to look at, you’ll be spoilt for choice and you’ll find all sorts of fun from super car simulations to historic cars including The Bluebird, plus celebrities like Sir Stirling Moss and the former Stig (who might he be..?) …click here for more details

Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales is on at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon this weekend.  It’s bear’s birthday tomorrow and his head is full of excitement as he listens to his bedtime stories.  Children are invited to bring their own teddy bears to share the performance and thankfully there’s no extra charge for cuddly friends! …click here for more details

Head to the The Bright Emporium on St John’s Hill on Sunday for a right Royal Storytime Sunday with Ada Grey, illustrator of the latest addition to Martha Mumford’s Royal Baby series – Royal Baby’s Big Red Bus Tour of London. I just keep picturing sweet Princess Charlotte in her first birthday pictures! They’ll be reading, creating, making and crafting with all things glittery and regal!  It’s free, but do book in advance! …click here for more details

The Wandsworth Arts Fringe gets underway tomorrow with a vast network of cultural goings-on across the whole borough.  Take part in a mass self-portrait drawing, uncover secrets and hidden stories in libraries, join in on a street performance, get stuck into an art workshop, sit back and enjoy a new short play or hear a world-renowned pianist.  There really is something for everyone. …click here for more details. Part of the Fringe, WIG WHAM! in Balham next week, is a music and comedy double bill which sounds like a bit of a WIN WIN to me! …click here for more details

Also part of the Fringe is the Wimbledon Open Studios starting next Thursday and running throughout the weekend.   Browse and buy from over 150 artists in their own studios, a wonderful labyrinth of art from painting and photography to ceramics and sculpture, with weekend workshops and competitions.  Free, family-friendly and with easy parking – don’t miss out! …click here for more details


Brace yourself….half term is hiding just around the corner! 

To celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary year in 2016, Polka Theatre presents their acclaimed production of one of his most popular stories, James & the Giant Peach.  Join James and his new-found insect friends as they set off on an incredible adventure and escape his ghastly aunts.  Maybe take your nieces and nephews! The perfect half term treat. …click here for more details

Or head to Richmond for a family-friendly lecture suitable for 6 years and up –Hurrraahh for dinosaurs.  Right where you are sitting reading this once roamed great and fearsome beasts, flying, swimming and stomping their way all over the planet. Discover some fantastic facts about the dinosaurs, presented by TV’s Nigel Marven with expert palaeontologist and historian on hand.  What did the people who first discovered dinosaur fossils think?  So many questions! Brilliant. …click here for more details

Patati Patata will be running one of their 100% French fun holiday camps over in Fulham, so if you’re French or you would like yours to become très fort en francais, then allez-y for fun, games, musicals, cookery, theatre, science, football, mini Rio Olympics and more! …click here for more details

Little Voices are running a Lion King performing arts week over half term for children from 4 up to 16 to put together a slick production ready for parents on the final day.  Will yours be Simba, Scar, Mufasa or Nala?  Whoever they are, they’ll have a brilliant time acting, singing and dancing, building friendships and confidence along the way (just like The Lion King then!). …click here for more details

If they like to strut their funky moves around the kitchen, then send them to the Funky Moves Art & Dance Holiday Course in Balham. The theme is Superheroes and promises four full mornings packed with fancy dress, dancing, games, arts, crafts and meeting a few idols along the way.  Freshen up that Wonder Woman/Spiderman/Superman costume – it’s needed! …click here for more details


The sun is shining.  It can mean only one thing.  Summer fair season is almost upon us! 

Don’t miss the Ritherdon Road Street Party on 22nd May.  Bigger and better than ever, the road will even be shut to traffic so that locals can spread their wings and flip flops and relax surrounded by live music, stalls, a hog roast, bubbles, balloons and a funfair ride.  Games and giggles for the children too with The Ministry of Giggles and all sorts of other entertainment whatever your age. …click here for more details

More fun of a literary kind when the Balham Literary Festival hits SW12 in June.  Head to The Bedford for this inaugural event where writers, photographers, musicians and artists across all genres will describe and animate the nature and landscape around us through art and literature. …click here for more details

Here’s another one to pen into your diary.  The Abbeville Fete celebrates its 20th anniversary on 25th June with more than 80 street stalls, a BBQ and bar, a dedicated kids zone, a fancy dress parade (this year it’s ‘seaside’), live music and a dog beauty pageant.  All raising money for five local charities.  Brilliant family fun bang in the heart of the community! …click here for more details


And finally…

If you’re considering a Camp Suisse trip for your children aged 7 up to 17 this summer, then you may be interested in this new activity just added to their already jam-packed super-fun schedule!  It involves hiking, rock climbing, swimming, BBQs and chilling with friends in the most beautiful lush green mountains…oh to be 16 again! …click here for more details. Camp Suisse run a series of European holiday camps over the summer months filled with adventure, summer fun and language learning. Follow this link for more details and dates. …click here for more details


That’s it.  Have fun and should you need it again, here’s our brilliant calendar.  Salvation is but a click away! (click here)


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team xx

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