Learning at Morden Hall Park

Learning volunteer talks to young people about pond sample

We offer a range of learning activities for organised groups. The park and its story are brought to life outside in the grounds and using the facilities inside our atmospheric Snuff Mill building.

Please note: National Trust led sessions are now fully booked for the summer term 2022, although there is some availability for self-led visits. We are also taking led and self-led bookings for the autumn term and beyond.

All led and self-led educational and youth group visits to Morden Hall Park must be booked in advance with the Children and Young People Team. This includes visits by schools, nurseries, holiday clubs, after school clubs, universities, Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and any other formal groups of young people (or adult education groups such as universities). If your group is undertaking any self-led activities in the park (i.e. without being led by a National Trust team member), then Education Group Membership (EGM) is usually required (see below for further details).

Please contact the Children and Young People (CYP) Team for more details: mordenhallparkcyp@nationaltrust.org.uk

Self-led river dipping and pond dipping in the wetlands (ie from the wetland boardwalk) is not currently permitted by groups. Dipping must be led by a National Trust team member for safety and conservation reasons.

Led and self-led educational visits

Our National Trust delivered sessions complement the National Curriculum, linking with science and geography, with visits for early years through to Key Stage 2. Our self-led 'You Can Do It' sessions offer suggested lesson plans and equipment hire for teachers to lead selected activities.

You can also choose to self-lead your own planned activities in the park, but all visits must be booked in advance with the Children and Young People Hub Team and some activities may not be suitable for the site.

Morden Hall Park educational group visits leaflet

Snuff Mill Groves Room hire leaflet

Snuff Mill Hatfeild Room hire leaflet

Youth Groups

Uniformed organisations and other formal groups of young people can also enjoy fun and educational visits to Morden Hall Park. All youth group visits must be booked in advance.

Open Morden Hall Park Youth Group Visit Flyer

Education Group Membership

Education Group Membership (EGM) supports the National Trust to look after the special places that you will visit and allows education groups free entry to most places owned by the National Trust. This annual membership is for not-for-profit groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education. Prices depend on the number of children on the school roll.

At Morden Hall Park, Education Group Membership is required for most self-led activities, and EGM members receive a discount on any National Trust led visits booked with us.

Full information can be found here.

Park Explorers 

Our Park Explorers sessions are for children aged 2 to 5 years to attend with their parents or carers on Monday mornings during term time. With the help of our leaders, children and adults learn together about the natural world around them with outdoor activities based in the grounds of Morden Hall Park.

It’s a popular weekly activity, and we can only take up to 20 little ones, so please be aware that places are currently drop in on the day, first come, first served with no pre-booking possible.

  • 10–11am on Mondays in term time
  • Meet us at the sign-in point on the grass near the Snuff Mill in Morden Hall Park
  • Session includes 45 minutes of led activities and 15 minutes of free time at the end (to wash hands, eat your own snack etc. before you go)
  • £5 per child (pay by card or cash on arrival)
  • Siblings under 2 are also welcome, but must have their own ticket if participating
  • Sessions are based outdoors, so please come prepared for the weather
  • Places are limited, so we advise having an alternative plan for your morning in the park in case tickets are sold out
  • If you need further information please contact mordenhallparkcyp@nationaltrust.org.uk or phone 0208 545 6853