February activities in Clapham 2018

We had a short break in January but we’re back with our pick of news and activities around Clapham this Feburary. Get in touch if you would like to be included and don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be ‘in the know’ about local events.

What’s On

Rugby fans will already know that the NatWest Six Nations rugby championship kicks off on Saturday 3 February.  Gigalum will be showing matches live on their huge screens and offering 2 -for-1 on Kronenbourg bottles and glasses of Prosecco. That’s the weekend sorted!  Contact Gigalum to reserve an area on 020 8772 0303 or book via their website.

Battersea Power Station is host to a Children’s Literary Festival this half term from 12-14 February.  Storystock, the travelling circus of stories, is bringing a programme of family literary fun to the new Village Hall community arts and cultural venue at Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, this half term. Activities include a special guest appearance on 13 February from children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr – famous for the much loved book The Tiger who came to Tea. There will also be literature shows, immersive workshops, performances and interactive storytelling sessions. Many new restaurants, cafes and shops are also now open in the area.

Still on the literary theme but with a twist, Battersea Arts Centre is Reclaiming the Classics from 14 February – 7 April with a series of performances which tell classic stories from Shakespeare to Beckett in innovative new ways.

We confess to having been a bit unromantic about Valentine’s Day in the past but we’ve decided that we all need a bit of love at this time of year. The Clapham Grand is showing a special screening of one of the most romantic stories ever written, Romeo & Juliet, on 10 February, doors open at 7pm. Expect a sprinkling of culture mixed with a large serving of fun – a dance-off, Juliet’s love potion, prizes, photo booth, hotdogs & nachos and that loving feeling!

Nothing says romance quite like chocolates and The Chocolate Museum in Brixton is hosting a special evening on the 14 February for couples. It will include chocolate board games, an augmented reality game Choco-Tale, a chocolate interactive tasting trail and drinks and hot chocolate. Tickets £12 per couple plus booking fee. The museum is also running half term chocolate making sessions and regular drop-in classes.

Shake it up at Tequila Mocking Bird on Battersea Rise SW11 – it’s now offering cocktail masterclasses at £30 per person. A great idea for a birthday celebration or just to improve your cocktail creating skills. For other cocktail making classes around Clapham see our updated blog 

What’s New

Kiddiplan is a brilliant way to discover and book activities for babies, children and young teenagers – everything from drama classes and dance to swimming or cookery lessons. It’s completely free to use and makes it so much easier to find and book classes in your area. Click on the link to their website to find out more – plus there’s a £5 discount on your first booking.

Paul got in touch to tell us about the formation of a new Balham Cycling Club. It’s a great chance to get fit, enjoy social bike rides and have fun.  For more cycling information such as local cycle shops, repair shops, clubs and training see our Cycling in Clapham page.

We sad to see that several restaurants in Abbeville Road have recently closed including May the Fifteenth and Commensal.  Keep supporting our local places when you can, especially independents. The good news is that there are some new ones opening up too:

The Manor on Clapham Manor Street has evolved into an Italian restaurant called Sorella. Same team but a new look and menu.  The Rectory pub (formerly The Calf) in Clapham Old Town has just opened under independent ownership and fully refurbished. May the Fifteenth will become a Thai takeaway, Camile. And there’s a new café next to Carmen Tapas called South Side. We’ll give you our verdict soon!

Special Offers

There’s still time to enjoy 50% off meals Monday-Friday at one of our favourite local bars, The Jam Tree. Well, until 9 Feburary at least!

And take a look at the The Indie Hub website for weekly special offers at independent restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, hair & beauty salons and many more businesses in Clapham and Wandsworth. To make the most of these special offers, just sign up for free on The Indie Hub website for their weekly email and receive great deals that not only save you money but also help support our local high street.

Coming up

Tickets are on sale from 1 March for Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF), back from 4-20 May with over 150 events taking place in all corners of Wandsworth, from circus, comedy, spoken word, through to free music workshops, dance and an outdoor carnival. For tickets, reservations and more information see Wandsworth Arts Fringe website.

Where’s Wally? fun run returns to Clapham Common on Sunday 18 March and is set to be bigger than ever as the National Literacy Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary. Participants and spectators are invited to dress up as Wally and run, jog or walk in a 5k or 10k race – there’s also a 1k course for under 12s.  There will also be live music, food stalls, a book sale as well as fun rides and games for children. The charity helps to raise money for disadvantaged children in London. To enter, click here.

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