10 things to do with kids on Wimbledon Common

It’s an easy way to ensure your family are getting their #30moreoutdoor.

  1. Go for a bike ride. The Common is a brilliant place to learn to ride a bike or for those who aren’t confident yet because the paths are wide and flat.
  2. Build a den. There are loads of long branches lying around to form the structure of your den. Take an old sheet or blanket to drape over the branches for a wigwam look.

3. Climb a tree. It can be hard to find trees with low branches for younger children to try tree climbing, but there are loads on the Common. Climbing is a great way for kids to gain confidence, test their own boundaries and understand risk.

4. Pond dip. Take some jam jars and string and see what you can fish out of the pond.

5. Walk the plank! Enjoy balancing on the fallen trees, especially those crossing the little gullies. Expect a muddy landing if the little ones fall!

6. Roll down the hill. What runs up, must roll down! It’s a short walk from the Windmill car park.

7. Set a trail for the kids to follow using twigs, string and chalk. Let them set a trail for you.

8. Look out for insects hiding in fallen trees. Use the free spotters guide available from the Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/2017/04/beetle-identification/.

9. Enjoy a slice of cake and an ice-cream at the Windmill cafe.

10. Visit the Windmill Museum. Learn about milling and perhaps even have a go yourselves. The Museum is open on Saturdays from 2pm until 5pm, and on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am until 5pm. There is a small admission fee with adults charged £2, children and concessions priced at £1 and family tickets available. http://www.wimbledonwindmill.org.uk/

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