Autumn Family Events in and around Wimbledon

Wimbledon Mummy’s favourite upcoming events of the season, hand picked for you! Many of them are free or inexpensive and most of them are child friendly. If you know of an event that is not on here, please let me know and I would be happy to include it! Please note I am not associated in any way with any of the events unless expressly stated.

September

Ongoing Events

Every Sunday

The Chase Market

A brand new farmers market held every Sunday in the Wimbledon chase Primary School car park!

During September

Totally Thames Festival

FREE 

Totally Thames Festival, Various LocationsWalk along the Thames to see large-scale art installations, free exhibitions and live performances. Enjoy a concert below river-level or join an archaeological tour of the river’s surroundings. See boats of all sizes cruise down the river, or get on the water yourself with water sports and boat parties.

Opening September:

The RHS Back to Nature Garden, RHS Wisley

The Duchess of Cambridge inspires a new play garden for children at RHS Garden Wisley.

Throughout September term time

Morden Hall Park Explorers Group for under 5s

Park Explorers explore the beautiful setting of Morden Hall Park through led activities, singing, crafts and stories. With trees, meadows and bubbling streams it’s the perfect location for early years learning.

Sessions are on term time Monday mornings, £5.50 per participating child. Registration begins 15 minutes before each session.

Please note: sessions will not run on Mondays outside of school term times, including Easter, bank holidays, half terms and summer holidays.

Until 2 October

Selected dates: 2.30-3.30pm

Kitchen Garden Tour, Ham House and Garden, Richmond, TW10 7RS

Join one of our garden guides for a free thirty minute tour of our kitchen garden. Discover more about the history of the 17th century kitchen garden and the herbs and vegetables grown by our gardeners.

Until 19 October

Riverside and Scenic Walk,Ham House and Garden, Richmond, TW10 7RS

Walk with us through the remains of Richmond Palace, along the river and up Richmond Hill where you will see the protected view painted by many artists. Our walk continues through Petersham Meadows before finishing at Ham House and Garden

12 September – 3 November 2019

Here be Dragons at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

Can you find the fiery beasts hiding in the palace gardens?
This summer come to Hampton Court Palace, explore the gardens and see if you can uncover the colourful dragons lurking among the trees and plants.

Each dragon has a special name and its own superpower for you to discover.

Pick up an activity map from the Information Centre when you arrive to begin your hunt.

 

Daily

Learn Inside the Heart of London, Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP

Workshops and guided tours for families so you can explore! There’s also a Family Activity Day once a month. Click here for dates.

Explore HMS Belfast, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2JH

CLIMB ABOARD

Explore HMS Belfast and see what life was like aboard this floating city as you weave your way through the bowels of the ship and climb up and down ladders across all 9 decks.

Take the helm in the Captain’s chair and help recover a downed plane in an interactive game based on a real-life exercise. Keep a lookout up on the flag deck where you can get amazing 360-degree views of London, and delve deeper into the boiler and engine rooms 15ft below sea level.

WWT London Wetland Centre, SW13 9WT

With hands-on sessions covering a variety of topics, from habitats and classification through to conservation and sustainability, and opportunities to discover more about wetlands and the many species they support, we are an oasis in the heart of London providing a variety of learning experiences to suit all age groups.

20th September

Southside House, Wimbledon: I Spy

8pm

The story of the London home of Secret Agent Major Malcolm Munthe MC, an illustrated and guided tour of the house.

22-23 September

11am-5pm

Wimbledon & Putney Commons
Windmill Road, London
 
 

28 September

Kids Club, Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth, SW18 4TF

Meet an owl at our kids’ event 


Details: 12 noon – 5pm, outside Waitrose at Southside, on 28th September. 

Session times for the bird shows: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm

Catch a birds of prey show, where children can meet owls and hold birds at this month’s Kids’ Club. An eagle, falcon and a hawk may even fly in to join us! In between each bird show we will have autumn story time with tales such as ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.

​28th-29th September

Wisley Birds of Prey Displays

See the enthralling birds of prey agility demonstrations taking place on Seven Acres (west) at RHS Garden Wisley and get to meet the wonderful birds up close. Watch them take flight at 11am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

October

1st October

RHS Wisley Free Tuesday

See RHS Garden Wisley awash with the glorious colours of autumn, completely free of charge on Tuesday 1 October 2019. Open to everyone, guests can enjoy a wonderful day out with friends and family exploring the garden.

10 October

Chobham Festival

10am

Bring your lovely little people to enjoy song and music at a special session for our very youngest festival goers, with entertainment from the brilliant Tempo Tots.

For children for 3 months to 3 years. £5 per child with an accompanying adult.

13-14 and 19-28 October

9.30-16.00

Pumpkin Picking Patch

Wimbledon, London, SW19 7HX

Hallo! We have planted 150000 seeds, over 32 varieties of pumpkins and gourds on 100 acres across 3 sites. They are growing happily, and will be ready and waiting to be picked by you in October.
 
There are wheelbarrows to push, halloween crafts, fun activities, great food and if you are very lucky you may catch a glimpse of our friendly witch family. 
 
Free Entry & Parking. Pumpkins start at £3.

16th-20th October

RHS Wisley Taste of Autumn

Enjoy the best of the season at RHS Garden Wisley’s harvest celebration. See the orchard laden with fruit, the garden awash with autumn colour, and prepare to be tempted by a range of delicious local and artisan food and drink, with more than 30 stalls to browse.

25th October

RHS Wisley Autumn Walk and Talk: A Familiar Favourite

From 1-3pm

Join RHS Garden Wisley’s enthusiastic Curatorial Team, on a walk and talk around the garden to see the spectacularly vibrant autumn display. Learn about the plants that put on a show at this time of year and what to look out for in the coming months. This session will involve considerable walking outside, so please come prepared with suitable footwear and clothing.

 

November

2 November

6.30pm

Morden Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display

 

2 November

8.15pm

Morden Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display

5 November

6.30pm

Wimbledon Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display

 

5 November

8.30pm

Wimbledon Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display

More Information about Wimbledon And Morden Park Fireworks 

Two musical, themed fireworks shows at each venue:
– 5.15pm – Gates and funfair open
– 6.30pm – First show (more suitable for young children)
– 8.15pm – Second show
– Plus funfair, refreshments and bar
– 10.00pm – Funfair closes

 

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