Welcome to your weekly What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet!
School’s back, but not for everyone, and so this corner of London town still feels ever so slightly ‘at ease’. At ease, that is, before the Christmas fair, Christmas concert, Christmas presents, Christmas planning, Christmas parties and finally, Christmas. There, I’ve said it (several times). Think of it as a kind of therapy. If you’re looking for ideas or want to share your party with others, there’s always our calendar close at hand (read more).
Planning a change? If you’re looking for more space, a bigger garden, a different shape, or a new SW postcode, then start your search with us. We even have school catchments all mapped out because we know you so well..(read more).
Take a look at these homes from our Preferred Property Partners
For sale with Hamptons International is a 4-bedroom family house close to Clapham South and the wide open spaces of Clapham Common, completely renovated and extended to a very high standard and with over 1,900 sq ft of living space and a south-facing garden (read more).
For rent with Rampton Baseley is a 3-bedroom house on one of the most popular streets in the Shaftesbury Estate, redecorated throughout and with lots of original character, an open-plan reception room and a pretty garden off the separate eat-in kitchen (read more).
For sale with Marsh & Parsons is an end-of-terrace 4-bedroom Victorian house in the heart of Clapham Old Town, imaginatively re-modelled into a contemporary interior with generous living space plus a 40 ft south-facing garden (read more).
If you’re thinking of selling, letting or Airbnbing your London property, Portico can tell you the estimated price you’d achieve in a few simple clicks with their instant valuation tool (read more).
Remember, remember, it’s the 5th of November…
First things first and that’s fireworks. Battersea Park Fireworks are on Saturday and you must have tickets in advance if you want to be in on all the oooohs and aaahhhs. Here’s how to be there (read more).
Or you could try your hand at our fabulous competition to win tickets for the family plus dinner for four at No. 29 thanks to Battersea Power Station, the park’s proud neighbour whose four chimneys will be illuminated for the big day. Guy Fawkes himself would be impressed (read more).
And there’s all sorts of fun on offer at Battersea Power Station during the day and into the night, with apple bobbing and games with Sharky & George for the over 4s, The Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall for those under 5, plus a Ben’s Canteen Pop-Up with burgers and wine and a night of dancing after the fireworks (for the grown-ups)! (read more)
First Aid for Life has written a piece on how to stay safe this Bonfire Night, well worth a read before you open that first pack of sparklers with eager little ones and pets around (read more).
In other autumn goings-on…
Glorious Game is the next Pop-Up Supper at Skylark, so stalk your way across Wandsworth Common after dark (in your heels, flats or wellies) and settle in to the twinkly lights and table cloths as the much-loved café transforms itself for a four course feast with wine (read more).
It’s the Kick Off Christmas! Charity Shopping Evening at the Balham Bowls Club this very evening. It’s never too early to get started (and any excuse for a night out with a couple of girlfriends, frankly) (read more).
It’s the Cranleigh Christmas Fair this Saturday so if you fancy a moment out of town, head Surrey way for over 60 handpicked independent boutiques to shop, shop, shop (read more).
The Big Weaning Event is on Saturday in SW18, looking at everything to do with the wonderful world of weaning. Carrot purée anyone? (read more).
First Aid for Dogs is in Balham on Saturday, a three hour workshop on how to help your four-legged friend in a medical emergency, covering choking, CPR, heat exhaustion and more. Plus, 25% off when you bring a friend – why, thank you! (read more).
Curated By Crafted London will be at Fresh Ground this weekend, a collection of small, family and lifestyle brands run by parents, with craft and storytelling to keep the little ones amused while you browse (read more).
Empty Wardrobe Events’ Fabulous Christmas Market is on next week, a lovely way to start your Christmas shopping just off Sloane Square and in aid of Young Art, a charity which raises funds for research into childhood cancers (read more).
Salvesen Graham Pop-Up Christmas Shop is on Old York Road next week with brands including Molly Mahon and Wattle & Pot, a celebration of artisan craftsmanship and a unique present-buying opportunity (read more).
Yoga Tuesdays is a regular Vinyasa Flow class. Whether you’re bendy or not, it’s a great way to stretch and relax your overworked minds after a day at the office or a day with the children! (read more)
Saints in Art on Monday will look at those depicted and the stories behind them in Renaissance and Baroque art. Go stretch those grey cells a little differently in one of these friendly sessions (read more).
The Essential Toolkit for Raising Confident & Cooperative Children is one of The Parent Practice’s workshops on soon. Where do I sign? (read more)
Clapham Dyslexia Support Group is meeting at the Omnibus, an informal get together to discuss ‘Writing Narratives’ for those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and speech and language needs (read more).
‘Tis the season and so Emma’s Kitchen is running an evening course on Canapés and how to create 7 or 8 different nibbles to help your drinks party go with a swing and without a tummy rumble (read more).
New shoes? CeCe & Me is back in Earlsfield for little ones to have their feet professionally measured and browse a range of winter shoes and boots from pre-walkers to size 26. Sweet! (read more)
Nurturing Mums‘ next Postnatal Course gets underway next week on Northcote Road. Popular weekly sessions to discuss all things new and baby plus the chance to meet other mums (read more). And another one starts a week later in Balham if that’s more your neck of the woods (read more).
School Open Days – the November files
Shaftesbury Park Primary Nursery Open Morning (read more).
Swaffield Primary School Open Morning (read more).
Thames Christian School Open Morning (read more).
Belleville Wix Academy Open Morning (read more).
Honeywell Schools Open Morning (read more).
Ravenstone Primary School Open Morning (read more).
Wandsworth Prep School Open Morning (read more).
DLD College London Open Evening (read more).
Francis Holland Sloane Square Open Morning (read more).
The White House Preparatory School & Woodentops Kindergarten (read more).
The Independent Schools Show is back in Battersea Park soon with over 200 schools at the world’s biggest open day, including talks and seminars from some of the brightest thinkers in education and with some of the most respected heads. Book your free tickets in advance (read more).
That’s it. Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the fireworks! (click here)
Annabel & the NappyValleyNet team xx