If you’re staying at home and enjoying time in England, here are a few ideas of things to do and places to go….
Dunsfold Wings and Wheels (23rd and 24th August)
For a great day out, why not visit the Wings and Wheels show at Dunsfold near Cranleigh. Home to the Top Gear race track, in the heart of Surrey, the spectacular show has something for everyone. With an amazing five hour air show as well as a two hour motor show, make sure you take a chair or picnic blanket to make the most of it. There are also 80 retail outlets, free parking and evening entertainment too.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
If you were inspired by the Wimbledon championships this summer, why not take a trip to the museum. Under 5s visit free, and for £12 per adult/£7 per child you can visit the museum, alternatively there is a combined museum and guided tour price of £22 per adult, £13 per child – the tour takes about 90 minutes. The Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library is part of the museum and contains a collection of both British and foreign lawn tennis books, periodicals, newspaper cuttings, DVDs etc.
The Wimbledon Shop is open to all visitors free of charge, there is a new 2014 collection which includes the very popular Championship towels, homeware, gifts and souvenirs as well as tennis accessories.
If you just want to visit the Wingfield Café on the ground floor of the Centre Court, it’s open to everyone, not just museum visitors and offers morning coffee, lunch or just a drink. To find out more details, visit their website http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/museum_and_tours/201205091336561036163.html
Morden Hall Park
To enjoy a free day out, why not visit Morden Hall Park? It’s open every day of the year with no entrance fee. “It’s a green oasis in the city which gives you a taste of a country estate with a glimpse of its agricultural and industrial history.” It was left to the National Trust by Gilliat Edward Hatfeild, and he stated that 'a fee shall not be charged so that my Morden estate shall be open to the public.'
It used to be a deer park and lines the banks of the River Wandle creating a haven for wildlife. There are snuff mills which used to generate the park’s income and the western mill has been renovated and is a learning centre. Many of the estate buildings are used by local craftspeople and artisans as workshops. There’s a café, second hand bookshop and a living green centre as well.
The park offers English countryside in the city. With meadows, trees, running water and wildlife, it’s a perfect day out. Take a picnic and go on a bug hunt – enjoy the country on your doorstep.