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Family-friendly things to do at Morden Hall Park

A girl playing at Morden Hall Park, with fluffy white blossom in the foreground of the shot
Spring at Morden Hall Park | © National Trust images/Megan Taylor

Explore the outdoors and get involved in fun, family-friendly activities at Morden Hall Park. Whether you’re ticking some activities off your list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾', there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Find out what family events are coming up this Autumn and how best to plan your day with children in mind.

Planning your family visit

  • Baby-changing facilities available at the Stable Yard and Snuff Mill (when open)
  • Pathways around estate are level and accessible for pushchairs
  • Ball games are not allowed in the Rose Garden.
Two young children hunting for bugs on a tree at Morden Hall Park, London
Bug hunting at Morden Hall Park, London | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

May Half Term

Weekend of Wildlife - Fri 24 - Sun 26 May

Start the May Half term with weekend of free nature-based activities. Help us count the mice and voles that live in the park with our small mammal trapping event, come on a twilight walk in search of bats or join in with hands-on activities to find living things in the park.

Robin Hood - interactive theatre - Wed 29 - Fri 31 May.

Shadow Road Productions returns to Morden Hall Park for the May half term for outdoor theatre with a difference. With their own twist on the story of Robin Hood, participants will be led on a thrilling trail through the Rose Garden to rescue Robin Hood from the evil Sir Guy of Gisborne. With challenges to try and riddles and puzzles to solve along the way, it's a race againt time to save him.

Tickets £12.50 per child and £3.50 per adult.

Staying safe around water

Whilst the river might be inviting, it is not safe to enter, either for paddling or swimming. It is fast flowing, varies in depth and has unseen hazards that may result in serious injury or death. In addition, the water quality is unsuitable. Your cooperation in staying out of the water also helps us to protect the river wildlife and avoid damage to the banks.

Family-friendly things to do in the parkland

Natural play area

Let off some steam in the natural play area (just past the white bridge) where you can climb, balance, swing and leap. There's plenty to keep your imagination active and your feet busy – what memories will you take home with you?

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Whether you've come to fly your kite in the meadows or to look for birds in the wetland, there are lots of '50 things' activities you can try on a day out at Morden Hall Park. Here's a few suggestions to get you started:

  • No. 1 Get to know a tree: Pick your favourite tree and visit it each time you come to the park. You could even take a photograph of it in each season to record the way it looks from spring all the way through to winter
  • No. 7 Fly a kite: If there's a bit of wind in the air when you visit Morden Hall Park, head into the wide open spaces of the meadows to see if you can get a kite up into the sky
  • No. 8 Spot a fish: Keep your eyes peeled along the stretch of river by the main green gates – the shade of the trees here makes this a good place to spot fish. There are six types of fish swimming in the River Wandle as it winds through the park, including eels
  • No. 12 Have fun with sticks: There's nothing a stick can't become with a little imagination: a magic wand, a conductor’s baton or even a knight’s sword. And with over 3,000 trees in the park you're bound to find a few lying on the ground to choose from
  • No. 19 Play Pooh sticks: The White Bridge at Morden Hall Park was voted the one of the top places in the country to play this fun game. Just choose a good stick each, let them go on one side of the bridge and see whose stick comes out first on the other side
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: If you’re quiet enough you’ll be surprised what shy wetland species you can catch a glimpse of. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, mallards and herons.
Entrance to the Stableyard Cafe at Morden Hall Park, London

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