Tooting Foodival, The Summer Beach Party and The Balham Food Festival: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 8th September 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

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

Normal service has resumed.  School’s back, roads are clogged, pavements are filled once more with scootering, biking, running, skipping children and a responsible adult or two in hot pursuit.  Those lazy, hazy days of summer are pretty much over, but there’s a whole world of fun out there just waiting to be discovered.  Many of you will be signing up to a long-standing favourite, others will be just embarking on the world of sessions for small people and seeking out just the right thing for you and yours.  Tap into our fab calendar and all sorts of ideas will be at your finger tips! (click here)

House hunting?  We have all the homes for sale and to rent in the area thanks to PrimeLocation and four local agents.  Simply key in the postcode you have in mind, the price and the number of bedrooms.  Then choose the primary school you have your eye on from the drop-down menu, and hey presto!  All available properties within its catchment will come to you. (click here)


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



For sale with Marsh & Parsons is a 5-bedroom end-of-terrace family house near to Tooting Bec, with generous proportions, a larger than average south-facing garden and a double garage, and comes to the market chain free. …click here for more details

For sale with Rampton Baseley is a 5-bedroom house on a popular road ‘Between the Commons’, completely refurbished to an incredibly high standard to create a house of great contemporary style stretching to almost 2,800 sqft with both a loft and basement conversion. …click here for more details

Available to rent with Portico is a 5-bedroom family house on a quiet residential road on the Heaver Estate between Balham and Tooting Bec stations, with a large eat-in kitchen leading onto a pretty paved garden. …click here for more details

For rent with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom family house set ‘Between the Commons’ with generously sized bedrooms, high ceilings and a large and airy eat-in kitchen opening onto a terraced garden. …click here for more details


From babies and toddlers to small people, teens and parents – nobody gets left out of this lovely lot! 

If you’re expecting and about to experience a 1 to 2 year age gap, then you might want to get ready with The Baby Care Company’s 2nd baby preparation class.  Meet other mums with the same age gap, pick up some top tips for managing two at mealtimes, bath time, bedtime and beyond, as well as reminders on newborn care and good sleep routines. …click here for more details

Don’t miss the Monkey Music Open Day at a new venue on Battersea Rise.  Music, merriment, fun and games for your little one with a brilliant offer of just £1 membership.  Your little monkeys will be doing the jungle jive by the end of it! …click here for more details 

Eat Smart Cooking Club is a weekly session for pre-schoolers aged 3 or 4 in Wimbledon, where they’ll prepare and cook healthy food and learn about all aspects of healthy eating, including bravely trying different tastes and then proudly taking home their own creations.  Watch your back, Nigella. …click here for more details

If you’re in the mood for local, live opera for your baby and you, then get down to Wimbledon this very morning for Baritone Baby.  Top opera singers and a relaxed family-friendly environment, with more dates in Southfields too so you don’t have to miss out. …click here for more details

Jill Tomlinson’s much-loved children’s classic, The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark, previews at the Unicorn Theatre from next week, a heart-warming story about overcoming your fears through Plop, the baby barn owl who is fat and fluffy and afraid of the dark.  Great for those aged 2 to 6 to learn that dark is good! …click here for more details

A reminder about the first training session of the season for Wanderers Hockey Club in Battersea Park on Sunday morning.  They’d love new boys and girls to join their gang, surely inspired by Team GB in Rio.  So if yours would like to get to grips with a hockey stick and are in Year 1 up to Year 5, then you know where to go. …click here for more details

Thinking of volunteering?  Home-Start Richmond is running a weekly course for new volunteers wanting to help local families with children under the age of 5 having a difficult time. Find out more about the course and hear from other volunteers about their involvement and rewarding experiences. …click here for more details

Kids & Teens Saturday Sewing Club is for intermediates who are already nimble with a thimble, can use the sewing machine and trace and cut simple patterns.  Think weekend bag, A-line jumper, jersey comfy bottoms.  Like our very own Sewing Bee. Where’s Claudia? …click here for more details

Role Models is running a weekly Saturday morning Confidence & Resilience Coursefor children over in Chelsea soon, teaching them how to present themselves effectively and react positively to pressure, and includes debating, public speaking and interview practice. …click here for more details

Stagecoach run classes in jazz and streetdance, singing and acting for children from 4 up to 16 and is just starting a new Friday after-school session in Balham.  For those who want to perform as well as for those who need a boost of confidence, or for teenagers who just want to keep fit and have a lot of fun in the process! …click here for more details


Shopping, cooking, eating and a trip to the ‘beach’.  It’s almost the weekend! 

Chance to shop!  Thought that would catch your eye.  E & A Wates are having aFurniture Yard Sale this weekend, so head on down for a fantastic 60% off furniture and furnishings – not just sofas and chairs but curtains and wallpaper too. …click here for more details

It’s the Tooting Foodival this weekend, a chance to celebrate local growing and cooking.  The green-fingered will bring in their harvest and then others will get cooking with one eye on the prize and great SW17 accolade – Top Tooting Cook!  It’s smelling good already… …click here for more details

It’s the Summer Beach Party on St John’s Hill on Sunday, with acoustic sessions, street food, craft beer, over 30 stalls and plenty for the children too.  Something for everyone, so the whole family will be happy taking a small step back into summer. …click here for more details

If food is what you love, then you’ll love Balham even more than usual later this month when The Balham Food Festival gets underway.  Oodles of lovely streetfood plus lots of fabulous offers and discounts around the neighbourhood.  Get stuck in, tuck in and enjoy! …click here for more details


And finally…

We’ve got a brand new batch of NappyValleyNet offers and competitions for you with some fabulous prizes including family tickets to Flip Out, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show and The Family Travel Show.  Or you might win 30 consecutive days of yoga at Kula Wellbeing, an academic assessment for your child with JK Educate or a place on a half term camp with Role Models.  Or perhaps you just fancy 20% off tickets to London Fashion Weekend or a trip to Barbados with 40% off thanks to Tots Too!  Oh twist my arm… …click here for more details


That’s it.  Whatever you do, have fun, and keep up to speed with what’s on via this handy link to our calendar. (click here)


Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx

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