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Wandle Valley Festival 2013

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Weekends by the River
Wandle Valley Festival

I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun;
So joyously it calls to me:
Come join my happy song"

You too cab be like The Happy Wanderer of this much loved children's nursery rhyme if you go to the Wandle Valley Festival this June. With wildlife, arts & crafts, heritage, leisure, and sporting activities, there will be plenty to do along the River Wandle.


Get Outdoors
2nd & 9th June, 11.30am-12pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm, Morden Hall Park

Take a guided tour of Morden Hall Park. Learn about its industrial history at the old Snuff Milli and find out about the future environmental plans of their Archimedes Screw turbine.

Wandle Walks
2nd June, 9.30am-5pm,

Enjoy the scenery and get some gentle exercise as you walk the length of the Wandle (11.4 miles). On your journey, you can stop for lunch at the Rose Garden in Morden Hall Park or have a picnic on the grass. Groups will gather at both Wandsworth Town Station and Wandle Park Tram Stop in Croydon at 9.30am.

Arts & Craft

Hidden Heritage: Mrs Stirling and Old Battersea House
1st & 8th June, 11am-5pm, De Morgan Centre

Discover the writings of Mrs Stirling, an eccentric art collector from Battersea.

A Treasure Trove of History
1st June, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Wandsworth Museum

Learn about the treasures found in Wandsworth, including Roman coins and children's toys. Get to handle the museum's collection and create your own treasure trove.


Wildlife & River Discovery
1st & 2nd June, 8am-6pm, Morden Hall Park

Set out on an orienteering trail and explore the many paths through different habitats alongside the river, including wetlands and meadows. What wildlife will you spot?

River Wandle Cleanup
9th June, 11am-3pm, Sutton

Put on your chest waders an volunteer to help clean up rubbish from the river.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th June
Phone: 07949 593 431
Where: Around the River Wandle
Cost: Free
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