The Fun Dog Show, School Open Days and Pilates for men: Your What’s On guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 1st October 2015

Dear NappyValleyNetter, 

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

I’m getting quite used to this Indian Summer.  The damp days of August are but a distant memory as the sun continues to shine, Trinity Road is open again and back to its usual gridlock, conkers are falling and the leaves are turning, knees and shoes are getting muddier, cheeks are flushed, noses are running.  Enough!  You get the picture. Nothing like a bracing autumn morning to get the legs moving fast and the heart pumping.  Where to next?  School run, nursery run, music class, exercise class, arts and crafts, entertainment, culture, coffee.  The merry-go-round never ends, so jump on and enjoy the ride!  Check in to our calendar regularly.  It’s ever-growing and full of fun and games for all the family. (click here)

Did you know we have a brilliant property section?  It’s full of homes for sale or to rent in Nappy Valley (brilliant) and it also has up-to-date school catchments from Wandsworth and Lambeth councils (brilliant).  So you can search under the primary school you are most interested in and find all the properties available within its catchment. As I said, brilliant. (click here)


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

The Fun Dog Show The Fun Dog Show  

For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 4-bedroom family house in Clapham Old Town just moments from Clapham Common, with a wonderful sense of light and space and a kitchen family room covering the entire lower ground floor, opening onto a beautiful garden …click here for more details

For sale with Douglas & Gordon is a 5-bedroom Victorian family home in Abbeville Village, very near to Clapham Common and Clapham South tube, with over 2,400 sqft of living space and beautifully presented throughout. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house on a sought after road ‘Between the Commons’, with a wider than average kitchen family room stretching to 21ft with sliding doors onto a landscaped west-facing garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 2-bedroom first floor, split level period property set in Abbeville Village, with plenty of natural light throughout and an en-suite shower room as well as a family bathroom. …click here for more details


There’s a musical theme to the children’s activities this week.  Oh, and then there’s rugby…

Ooh we love a good musical!  At Baby Broadway you’ll hear professionals from the West End stage singing all the famous favourites.  The children are free to roam – or stand still and be enthralled – and you’ll be humming along for the rest of the day!  This one’s on today, but look out for other dates soon. …click here for more details

If your child loves to sing then you might like to go along to a free trial of a new Let’s Act LAMDA musical theatre class today.  For those aged 6 to 10, they’ll have the chance to act, to dance, but mainly to sing.  Next stop the West End stage. …click here for more details

Tatty Bumpkin Toddlers Yoga is held on Fridays on Webbs Road.  A multi-sensory, yoga-inspired activity session which encourages movement and development through music and magical storytelling for 2 to 4 year olds.  Sounds wonderful. …click here for more details

Do-re-mi Babies is back next week with its monthly baby and toddler classical concert on St Ann’s Hill.  Let the music wash over you while the little ones are free to join in or go for a wander, meeting other musically-minded little ones along the way! …click here for more details

New Rugbytots sessions are underway all over the neighbourhood on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Are your small people inspired by the Rugby World Cup? Or would it just be a good thing to get them running around to expend some of that energy?! …click here for more details


Things to do for you, for him, for them.  

After the initial and brilliant opening day, The Balham Food Festival continues all this week with fab discounts and offers dotted around the neighbourhood.  The perfect excuse (if you need one) to indulge your inner foodie! …click here for more details

A new Men’s Only Pilates class has started on Thursday evenings run by Jane Wake.  It’s Pilates Flow, ideal for men as it’s a little more active than most and it will get to grips with their core to improve flexibility and reduce any injuries or pain. Book ’em in, girls! …click here for more details

Got a book in you trying to get out but just not sure where to start?  There’s a Story Structure Workshop with novelist Sheena Joughin at the Balham Bowls Club this weekend.  You’ll get some help with developing themes and stories with practical exercises and useful tips for budding authors. …click here for more details

Or if it’s a children’s book you have inside, then how about this new six week course From Pooh to Potter, covering everything from pre-school picture books to pre-teen novels and non-fiction formats.  Watch your back, Ms Rowling! …click here for more details

Disappearing under mountains of stuff every time you open your cupboards? Perhaps it’s time to off-load your baby kit and take a stand to sell your wares down Southfields way at the next NCT sale. …click here for more details 

It’s the first ever Fun Dog Show on Clapham Common this Sunday sponsored by Marsh & Parsons.  Get preening your pooch for rosettes galore and even if you don’t have your own four-legged friend, there’ll be plenty going on to entertain you all, with stalls, police dog show, a visiting fire engine and a Punch & Judy show. Enjoy! …click here for more details

You’re invited to a SarahK house sale this Friday and Saturday where you’ll be able to peruse and perhaps purchase bed and table linens, throws and quilts, hand-woven scarves and shawls, children’s PJs and more.  Dare I say it – some early Christmas shopping perhaps? …click here for more details

It’s never too soon to get a Halloween Rave in your diary!  Big Fish Little Fish are back at The Bedford with a multi-sensory dance floor with glitter cannons, swirly lights, bubble machines and more.  Or make spooky crafts, get modelling Play-doh or clamber through tents and tunnels.  So that’s the grown-ups taken care of…what’s on for the children!? …click here for more details


Younger or older, boys or girls, here’s a clutch of Open Days to keep you going.

Finton House has an Open Evening next Thursday where you’ll be able to have a tour of the school with one of the pupils, speak to staff and look at children’s work. …click here for more details

Trinity in Croydon is holding an Open Day this Saturday when you’ll have a chance to look around the school if you’re considering entry at 10+, 11+ or 13+. …click here for more details 

Dulwich College Junior School is also opening its doors this Saturday morning for those wishing to join at 7+ entry. …click here for more details

And Alleyn’s has an Open Day this Saturday too for entry at 11+ and 13+, with three talks from the Headmaster during the course of the morning. …click here for more details

The Falcon School for Girls is offering a taster morning soon for those looking to join the school at 7+ entry.  Girls will join in on the morning classes and take part in some fun activities too. …click here for more details

Thames Christian College in the heart of Battersea has an Open Morning next week for those considering secondary schools. …click here for more details

Newton Prep in Battersea, for boys and girls aged 3 up to 13, invites you in for a look around during their Open Day a week on Saturday. …click here for more details


And finally…

Don’t miss out on our NappyValleyNet offers and competitions!  Today is the last day you can enter to win all sorts of lovely treats from our September offerings – a pair of bay trees from The Gorgeous Garden Company, a lovely silver fingerprint charm from Sammy Duder, money to spend on your laundry and dry cleaning with Laundrapp, a one month Jane Plan diet hamper delivered to your door, and plenty more.  Plus lots of lovely offers just for you! …click here for more details 


That’s it for this week. Have fun and look out for our October half term round-up next week!


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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