I think this has to be the first year for as long as I can remember that we haven’t taken part in a National Trust easter egg hunt and I have to say that I’m pretty sad about that! The Easter weekend just seemed so fun that we didn’t get a chance to fit it in.
That said we couldn’t get through the holidays without a trip to one of their properties and we decided on Morden Hall Park as its been a good while since we’ve had a visit there.
After a pitstop at the cafe for coffee and cake we were greeted at the main entrance by a super friendly volunteer who set about telling us how we could join in wth the Duck Trail which allowed the children to set off around the grounds in search of different species of ducks, ticking them off on their sheet as they go and showing them some food along the way.
Morden Hall Park has had a lot of work done to it since we were last there and absolutely loved the wooden pathways and lookout points that had been added to the wetland area.
The boys spent ages dipping in sticks and trying to find the crocodiles my Dad had told them were lurking beneath!
We played Pooh Sticks on the bridges, ran through all the open spaces, climbed trees and got covered in mud…exactly what a day should be full of!
Morden Hall Park is also perfectly positioned for a short walk to Deen City Farm where the children got to feed and get up close to lots of lovely farm animals from pigs, sheep and even ferrets.
The children were filthy dirty and thoroughly worn out after a wonderful day and Morden Hall Park certainly come with a big thumbs up from us.
The beautiful sunshine came out for us yesterday to make a trip to our first country fair of the year yesterday.
Years ago we used to visit Merton Abbey Mills and decided to take a trip there in with the Country Fair at Morden Hall.
Sadly the buzzy atmosphere that there used to be at Abby Mills is no more with a real lack of stalls. It’s such a shame and would be great if some kind of regeneration project could be started there as its such a great area.
That said the boys had fun picking themselves a toy from one of the stalls, there are plenty of good restaurants to chose from and popping into see the water mill working is always great fun.
From here we walked to Morden Hall to see what was going on at their Counrty Fair. It is a fair walk but all flat and takes you past Dean City Farm which is always worth a visit.
We made our way into the grounds where people were picnicking and playing pooh sticks from the many bridges the grounds home.
The fair itself is a real mixture of the traditional attractions that I love such as coconut shys, willow weaving, bee keeping, magicians and many more with the big rides that the older ones love.
The steam engines were wonderful to see and everyone loved the huge display of KNex that had been set up as a miniature fairground.
There were plenty of food stalls to choose from and a couple of great Pimms and traditional cider stalls.
The highlight for the youngest two was the medieval area where they got to watch the Knights complete in full armour. Number four said it was the best thing he had ever seen!
This was the perfect start to the spring for us with so much to see and do inside and out of the fair. It is running again today if you fancy popping down to take a look!