Let off steam in Morden Hall Park

A girl being picked up by her father to collect autumn leaves

Morden Hall Park is loved by generations and the last owner Mr Hatfeild threw parties for local school children. We’ve some great places to play in the park today too. Don’t miss our natural play area or our carved storyboat for some imaginative play.

Natural play area

Just past the white bridge this exciting area is just waiting for you to come and play. Take the zip wire challenge, build a den, swing on the ropes or balance on the logs. There's plenty to occupy active imaginations and busy feet.

How high can you fly in the natural play area
Two girls in a bucket swing being pushed by their parents
How high can you fly in the natural play area


If you’ve got great imagination, discover our carved wooden storyboat near the stable yard, pretend it’s a pirate ship or cruise liner on a round the world trip. To let off more steam, challenge your family to play ‘Eels out’, you’ll find the rules on a board there.

Meadows and parkland

Our meadows are huge, best to stay out of the wildflowers but the gardeners keep big patches of it mown for playing in. If the sun is shining bring your balls, rackets or Frisbees and spend a few hours of fun playing games together. When it’s windy the meadows are a great place to fly a kite. Even the wet weather can be fun, out on those wellies and jump in the muddy puddles.

Enjoying what winter has to offer
A toddler jumping in muddy puddles
Enjoying what winter has to offer

Warming up

Head into the garden centre and browse our children's section. You'll find books, games, outdoor toys and gardening tools for little hands. We even have fairies living at the bottom of the garden, can you find them?

We have a menu designed with your little ones in mind at the Potting Shed Cafe. There's a choice of two hot meals or a selection of cold items. Take a break from running around and warm up with a hot drink and something yummy to eat.

50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Some of the best fun you can have is outside, but the National Trust is aware that sometimes its difficult to find ways to help children engage with the outdoors in a way that's fun and informative. To help, we've created the 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 list which has 50 different outdoor activities for children to do, from climbing trees to playing conkers. To help get started, pick up a "50 Things" scrapbook from a leaflet holder on site and start exploring.

Children's events

Park Explorers is for children aged 2 to 5 years to attend with their parents or carers and runs on Monday mornings during term time. Children and adults learn together about the world around them, focused on a different outdoor theme each week with activities out in the park. It’s a popular weekly activity, and we can only take up to 20 little ones, so arrive early to get a place, or book online to be guaranteed a place. 

  • Monday mornings from 8 Jan 2018: 10:00am -11:00am, £5 per child
  • Book online here or pop in early on the day to see if spaces remain

Look out for our calendar of events planned for children - check the What's On section for details.