The Independent Schools Show in Battersea Park, Ritherdon Road Winter Fair and Nurturing Mums in Balham: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 9th November 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

Nobody knows how cold my toes, how cold my toes can get watching netball/rugby/hockey/any of the above. But there’s no doubt that bracing, bright mornings get me moving about as well as a double espresso. Add a big blue sky and crunchy leaves underfoot and whether you’re walking the dog, strolling with the stroller, chasing the children or kicking leaves romantically, it’s a good day. And there’s lots going on, as ever…please do keep it coming!  (read more).

If you’re on the move, start your search on our property pages which we bring to you via PrimeLocation and four local agents.  Simply key in the postcode you have in mind or choose the primary school whose catchment you’d like to live in from the drop-down menu (read more).


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



For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom family house on one of the most sought after streets off Northcote Road, in stunning condition and wider than average with a great sense of light and space and sliding glass doors onto a westerly aspect garden (read more).

For sale with Hamptons International is a 3-bedroom terraced Victorian railway cottage on the ever popular Shaftesbury Estate, completely refurbished and with the addition of a loft conversion and a 45ft garden (read more).

For rent with Portico is a 3-bedroom mews house in a gated development with off-street parking close to Abbeville Village and Clapham Common underground, with high ceilings, open-plan living space ideal for entertaining and a private balcony (read more).

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom Georgian townhouse on a stunning terrace overlooking Clapham Common and close to the heart of the Old Town, with period features offering flexible family living space as well as a stunning master suite and off-street parking (read more).


Don’t miss

The Independent Schools Show is on in Battersea Park this very weekend, with over 200 schools at the world’s biggest open day. You’ll find talks and seminars from some of the brightest thinkers in education including a NappyValleyNet talk on the intricacies of nurseries, pre-prep and prep school choices, and some of the most respected Heads in the business too.  It’s free but you must book tickets in advance.  Here’s how! (read more).


Let’s get this party started…

It’s the Ritherdon Road Winter Fair on Sunday, so head to SW17 for fun and frolics, mulled wine, coffee and cake, children’s entertainment and gifts and decorations, plus Christmas tree, wreath and wine orders.  That’s Christmas sorted! (read more).

It’s the Alderbrook Primary Christmas Shopping Night tomorrow for adults only!  There are plenty of stalls and a glass of Prosecco on arrival, plus a bar and cheese platters.  Sounds like quite a party! (read more)

Join Skylark tomorrow or Saturday for an evening dedicated to Glorious Game with a four-course feast and wines to match, all in amongst the twinkly lights and social spot that is Wandsworth Common (read more).

It’s the Wandsworth Friends of Royal Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair at St Luke’s next week, with the evening opening before the full day and over 40 stalls, half of which are new for this year (read more).

And Belleville School Christmas Shopping Evening is coming up soon too with all sorts of lovely local goods to peruse and purchase (read more).

Head to St Mary Magdalene Church Hall on Saturday morning for a Jumble Sale where you’re bound to find a bargain or four!  Clothing, shoes, toys, linens, curtains, bric-a-brac – the entire household could be sorted! (read more).

And there’s a Pop-Up Shop run by Refugees Welcome, Lambeth just off Abbeville Road on Saturday morning and they’ve been busy collecting nearly-new or vintage items to help with funds to resettle families (read more).

And festive fun approaches with the Northcote Road Christmas Lights & Christmas Market just two weeks away! Wrap up and enjoy a glass of mulled wine on the Friday evening for the big ‘lights on’ and then write your Christmas list and hit the stalls on the Sunday for some serious shopping (read more).


Family time at the ready…

A new Nurturing Mums Postnatal Course gets underway in Balham next week. Five weeks of great guidance and advice in a friendly atmosphere with other new parents at just the same stage as you (read more).

Under 6s will love Ribbet, Ribbet, Croak at the Rose Theatre in Kingston where Grandma and Grandpa Frog are planning a big surprise in a playful, interactive performance (read more).

Popping into Balham today?  Pop into the Pop-Up toddler shoe fitting at Natural for Baby where you’ll find all sorts of brands for little toes (read more).

Love this one!  Babies who Lunch is a new event from Mama needs a Mimosa, parent and baby dining experiences around London and there’s one in Clapham soon…(read more).

It’s the Dulwich Literary Festival next week with a broad range of talks on offer including the children’s author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst who will lead an interactive session celebrating historic women with her book, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World. What an inspiring title! For age 3 and up (read more).

The Parent Practice is running a workshop soon on Fostering Harmony between Siblings.  I saw that first, no I did, that’s not fair….where do I sign?! (read more).

First Aid for Life in Balham still has some space available for one of its 3-hour sessions tomorrow (seize the day!) and next Wednesday too, so if you, granny, au pair or nanny would like to know what to do in an emergency, now’s the time to sign up (read more).

Emily’s Family Workshops in Putney is looking at Preparing/Coping with Redundancy, so if that’s happening to you and yours it could be a helpful couple of hours (read more).

The Wimbledon Art Fair is back next weekend, the chance to walk around the maze of corridors of artists’ studios and buy direct, and there’s a great 3-4-18 offer to eat afterwards at Ben’s Canteen, just down the road (read more).


Looking ahead…

Role Model’s Christmas Confidence & Resilience Course in Pimilco is a fun way for children aged 8 to 12 to develop a good mindset and the main ‘soft’ skills needed to thrive in a social and work environment at school, at home and in life (read more)


School Open Days

9th November 

Honeywell Schools Open Morning (read more).

14th November 

Ravenstone Primary School Open Morning (read more).

Wandsworth Prep School Open Morning (read more).

15th November 

DLD College London Open Evening (read more).

Francis Holland Sloane Square Open Morning (read more).

18th November 

Elmhurst School for Boys Toddler Morning (read more).

The White House Preparatory School & Woodentops Nursery Kindergarten (read more).


And finally, NappyValleyNet offers & competitions!

We’ve done it again and gathered a brilliant gaggle of goodies together with you in mind!  You could win two nights – yes, TWO! – at Bethnal & Bec, a new countryside retreat where you can literally go and hide!  Or three hours with a Run ProjectsInteriors Adviser and a place on a Yolo Teeth class.  And lots of other lovely treats including 5% off Mark Warner ski holidays and an amazing deal for your locks at Live True London (read more).


That’s it.  Whatever you do, have fun! (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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