Summer at Morden Hall Park

Children playing frisbee in Morden Hall Park in the 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.

Summer of fun

The sun is shining and the school holidays are fast-approaching! We've got a busy programme of summer holiday activities:

Craft Wednesdays: Learn how to make crafty creations inspired by nature. Have a go at making clay medallions and flower printed backpacks.
Wed 11/08: Flower Printed Backpack
Wed 18/08: Clay Medallions 
Wed 25/08: Flower Printed Backpack

£5 per child
7 sessions a day 11am, 11.30am, 12pm & 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm.
Drop in sessions, first come first served (max 10 children per session).

Nature Thursdays: Learn how we can help nature to thrive and support local wildlife. Join us for making wildflower seed bombs and bug hotels, perfect for supporting our buzzing friends. 
Thur 12/08: Solitary Bee Hotel
Thur 19/08: Wildflower Seed Bombs
Thurs 26/08: Craft your own paper pot & Plant Wildflower seedlings

£5 per child (Bee Guide - I Spy trail included) 
7 sessions a day 11am, 11.30am, 12pm & 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm.
Drop in sessions, first come first served (max 10 children per session).

Sporty Fridays - Get set, go!: Enjoy free games and activities that you can borrow to play in the park.
Sports available on Friday 13th, 20th and 27th: badminton, croquet, cricket, volleyball, tennis table, polish ringo, quoits, corn holes, giant draughts, giant chess, corn hole. 
Free, 11am-4pm

Family Yoga 
Only Friday 13 August, 11.30-12.30pm
Location:  white bridge lawn 
Free, sign up at the welcome desk by the picnic area storyboat. 

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 far can you jump?
Children playing on the stepping stones in the playground at Morden Hall Park
How far can you jump?

Facilities

Baby-changing facilities are available in the stableyard toilets and Snuff Mill.

 

Exploring the park

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.

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.

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.

It's tempting to paddle in the river when it's so hot, but we don't encourage swimming or paddling in the water in Morden Hall Park as, though we do our best, we can't guarantee it's safe.
 

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