Summer at Morden Hall Park

Morden Hall Park's wetland boardwalk in summer

Morden Hall Park bursts into life in summer - wildlife in the wetlands, leafy avenues and the fragrant and flower-filled rose garden are all waiting to be discovered or revisited. Bring a picnic and outdoor games, or book a ticket for some outdoor theatre and make the most of those long summer days.

The wetland

Meet nose-to-nose with secretive creatures as you explore the wetlands. It can feel as though you are stepping out of urban London and straight into the depths of the countryside.

Morden Hall Park’s wetland habitat was enhanced as part of the project to install a boardwalk in late 2017 and wildlife is thriving in this surprisingly tranquil spot, just metres away from the Tramlink tracks. 

The Rose Garden

Bring a picnic and lose yourself in the wonderful smells and sights of the Rose Garden. In mild years our roses continue to flower into the autumn, but the Rose Garden is at its fragrant and beautiful best from mid-June to mid-July.

A family looking at flowers in the rose garden at Morden Hall Park, London
A family looking at flowers in the rose garden at Morden Hall Park.

Thought to be the only major alteration which Gilliat Edward Hatfeild made to his father’s estate, the two and a half acre rose garden was created around 1921. Several heritage varieties now thrive in the many volunteer-tended rose beds and modern gardening methods help keep the roses healthy and blooming.

The South Park

Make the most of the wide open spaces in the South Park; picnic among the wildflowers, play outdoor games, walk the dog, go for a run or a bike ride.

This area used to be a deer park. In the mid-twentieth century cattle gradually replaced the deer until grazing ceased in the 1970s.

Play pooh sticks from the white bridge
Morden Hall Park's white bridge in summer

The River Wandle

Wander along the riverside in the cool shade of the trees and play a game of pooh sticks from the iconic white bridge.

The River Wandle has supported milling for around a thousand years and during the nineteenth century the Wandle valley became a ‘hub’ for the manufacture of tobacco and snuff.

Morden Hall Park’s Snuff Mill was previously the Western Mill and one of two on the property. Today the Snuff Mill functions as an education centre but the river still wends its way through Morden Hall Park and the mill pond is now a haven for wildfowl.

The adventure play area

The natural play area is all about fun - with a zip wire, play fort, stepping stones, bucket swings and climbing posts. Whether your youngsters are into imaginative play or physical challenge, there’s something for them to enjoy here.

How high can you climb?
Child scaling a climbing post in adventure play area at Morden Hall Park

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

Pooh sticks is just one of the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' you can tick off at Morden Hall Park this summer. You could try bird watching in the wetlands or making a grass trumpet in the meadow. Pop in to the Property Office in the Stableyard to pick up your '50 thing to do before you're 11 3/4' scrapbook.