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From Fruit Punch to Punch & Judy
Just because you live in London does not mean you can't experience a bit of country living. Walk down to Morden Hall Park between the 2nd - 4th May and you'll get to see, hear, smell, and state all the flavours of spring. Entry is £7.50 for adults, £6 concessions, and £3 for 16s and under (there are also discounts if you book in advance).
From the moment you step in you'll be faced with a choice of German sausages, Italian pizza, Spanish paella, and good old English fish & chips. You can get that anywhere you say? True, but add freshly squeezed lemon juice, sticky pancakes, hot doughnuts, and hay bale benches into the mix, and you definitely have a festival on your hands.
That's right, it's that time of year again for Oakleigh Fairs Morden Hall Country Show, where there will be shows, shopping, and activities for all ages. A real family affair, the only question is where to start.
From experience, I recommend playtime first. Although it may be tempting to buy lots of things, you'll soon find yourself at a fair ride with your hands full of bags and nowhere to put them. And the last thing you want to be doing is going up and down at high speeds after lunch. So playtime first.
My personal favourite is the viking ship, which also comes in miniature for mini visitors. There is also a ferris wheel, archery, pony rides, Zorb Balls, merry-go-rounds, bouncy castles, inflatable slides, and lots of prize stalls. Chances might be slim, but not impossible, as I have seen many people walking round with a giant teddy bear.
Once you have had your fill of nausea inducing fun, it is time to visit the marquees, where there are stalls full of unique toys, clothes, and food that you won't find on the high street. Last time I bought some lovely fruit vinegars, jam, and butcher's sausages.
For those with green fingers there are plenty of things to make a pretty garden, from ornaments to flower pots. Crafters can get creative with buttons, fancy paper, and wool.
Talking about wool, it is not really a country show without a few sheep. Outside at one of the arenas, you can learn all about different breeds and how to sheer them. Other shows include a bird of prey display, duck herding, ferret racing, best dog in show, Punch & Judy, and morris dancing.