What’s on around Clapham March 2018

The daffodils are out, the snow has gone (for now!) and Spring really is just round the corner!  Here’s our pick of what’s on and what’s new around Clapham in March – whatever the weather.

What’s on

You don’t have to go to Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day – Gigalum at 7-8 Cavendish Parade, Clapham South, is hosting a party on Saturday 17 March with special offers on Irish cocktails and Guiness plus free entry. A fun night out to be sure! Why not be organised a book a table in advance? Contact them via their website or call 020 8772 0303.

As part of International Women’s Month, the ‘Women of Wandsworth’ exhibition runs until 26 March in the Circus West Village ‘pop-ups’ space under Grosvenor Arch near Battersea Power Station. It shares the stories of five local women working in different fields, who are inspiring and influencing the community around them. Local residents, community groups and charities have all been involved in nominating and inspiring the women chosen for this project. And, if you haven’t been to explore Circus West Village it really is worth a visit – lots of restaurants and shops are now open.

There’s always something innovative on at Clapham Omnibus.  How about a zombie comedy musical with a live folk soundtrack?! Tom and Bunny Save the World is on from 7-9 March, 7.30pm; tickets £12 each. See the Omnibus website for more details and events throughout March.

Solo Craft Fair is at Balham Bowls Club, Ramsden Road SW12 on Easter Saturday 31 March from noon-5pm. Grab a drink from the bar and browse the stalls selling hand crafted pieces or get creative at one of the workshops. Live music, children’s activity corner and free entry.

Tickets are now on sale for Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018.  There will over 170 different events taking place between 4-20 May.

Wandsworth Beer Fest is back at Le Gothique Patriotic Building for 4 days from 28 March. There will be live music, street food and, of course, plenty of beer. It’s family friendly too although we’re not quite sure how that works!

Babble Talks organises grown-up talks for parents with babies – not on parenting but about a wide range of interesting topics. Bring along your baby (under 1 year) and reconnect with the big wide world outside of changing nappies and singing nursery rhymes. The next talk is on Wednesday 14 March – arrive at 11am for 11.30am start – entitled The Hidden Stories in our DNA, guest speaker Dr Lucy van Dorp. Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf, 2 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG. Tickets £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door. (Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.)

And if you’re looking for activities for children during the Easter holidays Activ Camps offer fun-packed multi-activity camps for 4-14 year olds. We can speak from experience – our kids loved the camps because there really is something for everyone, whether they’re super sporty or not at all, and the staff are so enthusiastic too. Children aged 5-14 can stay the full day and there’s a new option of ‘After Camp Club’ at selected venues until 6pm. This Easter Activ Camps will be at Emanuel School near Clapham Junction, Graveney School Tooting and La Retraite School Balham. Check their website for full details, prices and dates or call 07896 546067.

For arty children, Lavender Leonardos on Lavender Hill SW11, will be running Easter art workshops for children aged 5+  and printing workshops for children aged 9+.  Arty Party also runs Easter holiday art classes at five local venues including St Paul’s church hall in Clapham. See our Arts & Crafts page for local classes for adults and children.

Or take a look at the Kiddiplan website – an easy way to discover and book activities for babies, children and young teenagers. 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.

Community

This is such an inspiring story: 11 years ago Clapham-based Tim Leach experienced a near fatal skiing accident in France. He broke his neck and back and suffered brain injury too. Since his accident, Tim has rebuilt his life with many adventures along the way and has discovered life tools that have made him happier today than he has ever been. He has just written a book called Timinology which is being published on 12 March (to coincide with Brain Awareness Week) and launched at the Clapham Junction branch of Waterstones at 7pm – free to attend.

What’s New

Café Amado is a new café on Acre Lane with a Mexican twist – actually, make that full-on South American – with burritos, churros, quesadillas and good coffee too.

Darwin is a new restaurant on St John’s Hill, a short stroll from Clapham Junction. Its aim is to offer relaxed dining in a cosy, clutter-free environment. We’d describe the menu as modern British but with dishes from around the world too. They also serve roasts from 12-3pm every Sunday.

The Falcon pub on Bedford Road near Clapham North tube has had a relaunch with a new look and menu.  If you haven’t been, it also has a large courtyard garden – for warmer days perhaps! Plus, if you complete their online survey you can receive 25% off food (T&Cs apply).

Pret a Manger is coming to Battersea – St John’s Road, SW11 a short walk from Clapham Junction and Northcote Road. We’re surprised it’s taken so long for a Pret to land in our neighbourhood

The Ram Quarter in Wandsworth Town is due to receive a £12m cultural regeneration to include a heritage centre and art installations with plans for restaurants along a stretch of the River Wandle previously inaccessible to the public. A new microbrewery run by John Hatch will retain the five-century tradition of beer being brewed on the site. There are also TFL plans to reconfigure the Wandsworth one way system. We’ll keep you updated!

Do not visit The Apple Blue patisserie if you are on a diet! This new, independent patisserie at 212 Balham High Road, focusses on creating decadent, one of a kind desserts and boy do they look good. They can also create bespoke celebration cakes and wedding cakes.

Lady Chastity’s Reserve may need a little explaining… It is in fact an escape room game held at Four Thieves pub Lavender Gardens SW11 where you’re given one hour to solve the mystery and escape. £20-£23 per person, over 18s only.

Angella Williams  got in touch to let us know she is private cook specialising in Caribbean, European and plant based fusions. She also runs cooking workshops.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown for BBC2 is back for series 2 and is looking for teams of people who are passionate about cooking to take part. If you are Britain’s best family of home cooks they’d love to hear from you – it would be great to see a Clapham family take part!  Click on the link to apply: http://bit.ly/2t0LaRG

Offers

Don’t forget it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 11 March.  To celebrate, FIXED restaurant on Northcote Road SW11 has a special Mother’s Day promotion all day long.  If someone on your table quotes ‘maman’ (mum in French in case you didn’t know!), the mum at that table will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco (T&Cs apply).

The Bread & Roses pub on Clapham Manor Street has introduced ‘Dirty Chips & a drink for £7’ every Tuesday. Choose your chips, topping – pulled pork, chicken, beef, jack fruit or halloumi – and a drink from a selection.

Did you know that on average women only wear around 30% of their wardrobe? If you struggle with selecting and wearing clothes that make you feel good, local business Styled by LA offers a personalised styling service that can help create a collection of outfits you actually enjoy wearing. And it doesn’t always mean you need to go out and buy a completely new set of clothes. Visit their website to find out more and quote ‘STYLEME2018 to receive a special discount (valid until 30 April 2018.)

We are huge supporters of independent businesses – they are an important part of why Clapham is such a great place to live and work. That’s why we have linked up with The Indie Hub which brings 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.

If you’re looking to book a restaurant for Mother’s Day (or any other day for that matter!), check out our restaurants listing to book ahead.

 

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