Wimbledon has global recognition and appeal, primarily due to the tennis championships, but there is more to the area than just tennis.
Wimbledon is in the London Borough of Merton, which boasts more than 100 parks and open spaces, so there’s plenty of room to roam in the outdoors. Plus, there are good transport links into central London for the capital’s wealth of museums, galleries, theatres and other entertainment opportunities. Not that you need to venture that far. Wimbledon offers a range of fun days out for all ages. Read on for fifteen of our favourites:
There’s no getting away from Wimbledon’s association with one particular sport, but whether you are a tennis fan or not, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour makes for a fun day out. Combining state-of-the-art technology with a collection of modern and historic tennis memorabilia, it’s a chance to learn about the game and tournament have developed over the years.
Highlights include the chance to watch legendary player John McEnroe talking ‘live’ on a 3D screen in his retro eighties dressing room. You can also check out tennis fashion through the ages, from long white skirts to frilly knickers to the functional style of today’s stars.
This wild and wonderful green space starts in Wimbledon Village and is perfect for a family ramble or bike ride. The 460-hectar common is cross-crossed with paths and trails and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, reflecting its importance as a grassland and heathland habitat for many species.
At the centre is Wimbledon Windmill and a café serving drinks, icecreams, homemade cakes and light meals.
There are also remains of an Iron Age hill fort known as Caesar’s Camp built around the 5th century BC and later stormed by the Romans.
Wimbledon Windmill was built in 1817 and now houses a small museum, a hidden gem for an afternoon out. The Windmill Museum is a chance to learn about windmills, obviously, but also the local area and a centuries-old way of life. The museum is opens during the summer months – until 27 October – and entry is free.
Cannizaro Park is the extensive public gardens surrounding Cannizaro House, a Hotel Du Vin hotel and bistro. The gardens have many superb trees and shrubs including stunning displays of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. There is also a small duck pond and aviary.
Come on a sunny day for a stroll and a picnic. Entrance is free.
Laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown, this stunning park covers 27 hectares close to the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It has its own tennis and beach volleyball courts, athletics track, ornamental gardens, café, crazy golf and impressive boating lake. There are play areas and an interactive water play pool during the summer months. The watersports centre by the lake has an extensive range of courses including kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and more.
6. Horse Riding in Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park
Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park are separated only by the A3, so much idyllic horse riding is available.
Wimbledon Village Stables offer horse riding/hacks and lessons for adult members, with some limited availability for non-members, on their exceptionally well cared for horses.
Stag Lodge Stables, on the edge of Richmond Park and just a stone’s throw from Wimbledon Common, offers horse riding lessons and courses for adults and children of every ability.
The New Wimbledon Theatre is a stunning Edwardian theatre that has retained many original features. The theatre has a capacity of 1,500, and with its ever-changing programme of West End musicals, drama, dance, music and comedy there is something for everyone.
New Wimbledon Theatre is particularly famed for its amazing all-star Christmas panto. This year’s panto, Dick Whittington, starring Shane Richie, runs from 4th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
Wimbledon has been home to this award-winning children’s theatre for over 40 years. The Polka Theatre stages performances for children up to 13 years old. It also has a café and indoor and outdoor play areas.
As well as its shows, the Polka Theatre hosts regular events and workshops to entertain and inspire children in theatre.
The Polka Theatre is currently closed for refurbishment but is set to reopen in Spring 2021.
The Museum of Wimbledon is a delightful, local museum charting the history of the local area. There is art and photography from the 18th century onwards as well as valuable books, maps and manuscripts. A small natural history section includes a stuffed peacock and some local archaeological finds from the Stone Age and Roman periods.
Entry is free, but the museum is currently closed for refurbishment.
Wimbledon Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning from 9 am to 1 pm and is held in the grounds of Wimbledon Park Primary School.
Find stalls belonging to award-winning regional organic producers selling meal and poultry, fruit and vegetables, cheese, eggs and honey plus pies, cakes, bread and more.
Wandering around Wimbledon Village you could be forgiven for thinking you are in the middle of the Surrey countryside. Spend a lazy afternoon browsing its chic boutique shops and enjoy a drink or meal at one of the many independent restaurants.
Tucked away on a side street to the east of Wimbledon Common is a Thai-style Buddhist temple. The temple is home to monks and nuns, but visitors of any faith are welcome to stroll around the beautiful grounds. There is a flower garden overflowing with blooms, a picturesque orchard and a harmonious ornamental lake. Meditation classes are also offered within the grounds.
The grounds are open Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm. It is possible to see inside the main temple on weekends.
When visiting, please don’t forget to observe etiquette and make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
13. Deen City Farm
A farm visit is a great and memorable day out for little ones, but you don’t need to stray far from home for the farmyard experience. Deen City Farm is an urban community farm in the heart of Merton and close to Morden Hall Park. There are pigs, cows, sheep, goats and alpaca as well as chickens and turkeys. There are also cute rabbits and guinea pigs that children can stroke and regular displays from the resident owl.
Children can feed the sheep, goats and alpaca with food purchased onsite and short pony rides are available for a small fee. If you’re feeling peckish, there is a small café as well as a picnic and play area.
There is also stables and a riding school on site.
The farm is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 4:30 pm all year round. It is closed every Monday, except Bank Holidays. Entrance is free, but donations are welcome as the farm is run as a charity.
14. Morden Hall Park
Morden Hall Park is a true urban oasis. This former deer park, owned by the National Trust, has meadows, woodlands and a river running through it. There’s a café, second-hand book shop and visitor centre. The park is also the venue for a packed events programme for all ages. Look out for open-air theatre and cinema in the summer months, Easter trails and guided nature walks.
15. Richmond Park
Take your bikes and cycle through Wimbledon Common into Richmond Park. This stunning parkland area is one of London’s best-loved spots for a picnic or getting away from it all. Look out for the deer, take in the views with your tea and cake at Pembroke Lodge or cool off in lovely Isabella Plantation.
Bikes are available to hire in Richmond Park from Park Cycle, located in Roehampton Gate Car Park.
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