Things to see & do

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What's on

You're invited to a packed events calendar this season. Enjoy activities from getting some fresh air with a guided walk around the park to watching an evening theatre performance.

Activities

There's so much to do in Morden Hall Park.  In the words of one of our founders, Octavia Hill, 'We all need places to sit in, places to play in, places to stroll in, and places to spend a day in.'

Don't miss

  • Our visitor centre in the renovated stable yard
  • The natural play area near the white bridge
  • Views of the park from the white bridge across the River Wandle
  • The unusual rose garden beside Morden Cottage
  • Playing imaginary games on the story boat
  • The sound of the rushing water under the restored waterwheel

Family holiday activities

Every Thursday in the school holidays enjoy crafts and hands-on activities. Drop in between 11am and 3pm and join us for some summer fun for all the family.
£4 per family.

  • 24 July Eco power
  • 31 July Curious crustaceans
  • 7 August Busy bees
  • 14 August Furry friends
  • 21 August Slithering snails
  • 28 August Wild senses

Go wild with the kids this summer

Every day is an adventure in Morden Hall Park © NTPL/National Trust/John Millar

Every day is an adventure in Morden Hall Park

What’s today’s adventure?

Be a wild child this summer with themed activities available every week of the school summer holiday. Get creative, play games, hunt for minibeasts or go green fingered. Pick up a free activity sheet and lose yourself in the great outdoors or join in our programme of led activities. Activity sheets free, all led activities £1 per child.

Go wild with the kids this summer

Climb a tree is just one of the 50 things you can do in our park © NTPL/National Trust Images/John Millar

Climb a tree is just one of the 50 things you can do in our park

Start your 50 things adventure with us

Be inspired to get outdoors and closer to nature by our summer exhibition in the stable yard. How many of the activities will you tick off this summer? We give you some great ideas and suggest the best places to go. Pick up one of our activity sheets to take out in the park to kick start your 50 things adventure.

Go wild with the kids this summer

Take advantage of the weather and have lunch with us © NTPL/NT Morden Hall Park

Take advantage of the weather and have lunch with us

Why eat inside when you can get outdoors?

Pack a picnic and a blanket and find the perfect spot to enjoy your meal outdoors in the sunshine. We have meadows, log seats and a stunning rose garden, where will you choose? If you don’t have time to pack a picnic why not pick up a delicious treat from the Potting Shed Café.

Go wild with the kids this summer

Experience a day as a ranger © NTPL/National Trust/David Levenson

Experience a day as a ranger

Be a ranger for the day

Throughout the summer we’re running some exciting activities to find out what it is like to be a National Trust ranger. We will be clearing the river, exploring the park with a map and compass and creating minibeast habitats. The Ranger Club is designed for families with children aged 8 years and older and is really popular so book now.

Go wild with the kids this summer

There's plenty of natural play in our play area © NTPL/Purple Wizard Photography

There's plenty of natural play in our play area

We have so many great places to play outdoors

Take the zip wire challenge, balance on a log or build a den in our natural play area. If you’ve great imagination, discover our storyboat or maybe it’s a pirate ship or a even cruise liner on a round the world trip? For the little ones, there’s lots of hands-on play with activity boards outside the café.

A great day out for groups

What will your group do in the park? © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

What will your group do in the park?

Whether you’re visiting for a whole day, half a day or just two hours, there’s always something new to for groups to see and do. You can visit by yourselves or take part in one of our many lead activities for old and young alike.

Explore the park on three wheels

Our recumbent bikes are great fun and great exercise © NTPL/Arnhel de Serra

Our recumbent bikes are great fun and great exercise

Have fun and get fit while exploring Morden Hall Park. Bring your own bike or for even more adventure visit the cycle hire centre behind the Stable Yard where you can hire recumbent bikes.

July highlights

Tortoiseshell butterflies can be seen in the meadow © C Wise

The lovely hot weather means that July is a great time of year for insect life. If you spend a bit of time watching them you'll soon discover their secrets and what keeps them so busy.
Look out for:

  • Fast dragonflies as they dart across the water chasing other insects
  • Brightly coloured butterflies searching for nectar to power their flight
  • Sleepy snails hidden in shells until the rain brings hundreds out

 

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