If you’re thinking about moving house to accommodate your growing family, Wimbledon and its surrounding area is a pretty good choice. For one thing, the area is home to a choice of good and outstanding schools in the state and independent sectors, at primary and secondary level.
You’ll find Wimbledon in Merton borough, 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 its own range of fun days out for all ages. Read on for some our favourites:
There’s no getting away from Wimbledon’s association with one particular sport, but tennis fan or not, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour (your visit includes a tour of the grounds) makes for an entertaining 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, the tournament and how it has 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.
Wimbledon has been home to this award-winning children’s theatre for 40 years. While the Polka is currently closed for refurbishment, you can catch the theatre’s shows around and about – the theatre’s Moomins puppet show is at Wimbledon Bookfest and a version of Julia Donaldson’s The Paper Dolls will be showing at the New Wimbledon Theatre studio in December. For more about plans to restore the theatre visit its website where you can also find out about future shows. An exhibition about the history of this special theatre is touring Merton libraries until spring 2020.
A visit to the farm 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 a community urban farm with a strong education focus, designed to help city dwellers learn more about rural life and where their food comes from. Visitors have the chance to meet, greet and feed animals including pigs, sheep, goats, alpaca and rabbits. Riding lessons are also available, and if you’re planning a holiday, there’s an animal boarding service for smaller pets.
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 pumpkin carving and survival adventure games during October half term 2019.
This wild and wonderful green space starts in Wimbledon Village and is perfect for a family ramble or bike ride, if you need to let of steam. A diverse haven for nature, Wimbledon Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, reflecting its importance as a grassland and heathland habitat. Species inhabiting this 460-hectare space include badgers, bats, owls and other birds of prey as well as rare plants and insects. There are regular talks and events run by the commons’ rangers from the visitors centre by the Windmill.
Laid out in the 18th century by Capability Brown, this stunning park covers 27 hectares close to the All England 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. There are holiday and family sessions – and they also take birthday party bookings.
If you’re planning a bike ride with older children, venture a bit further and you might reach 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.
The New Wimbledon Theatre has a changing programme of drama, dance, West End musicals and more with something for all age groups. Family shows coming up in autumn 2019 include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Annie. For older children, secondary school set text, An Inspector Calls is also showing and 2020 sees Peppa Pig on stage.
Famed for its amazing all-star pantos the theatre is also the place to be at Christmas. This year’s panto, Cinderella, runs from 7 December 2019 to 5 January 2020.
This dinky museum, in an historic windmill built in 1817, is 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.
If you’re considering a house move to Wimbledon, Coombe or the surrounding area, contact us today to talk about your requirements, whether you are buying or selling.