Catch our autumn highlights

It’s been a great summer but as the days get shorter, don’t despair – there’s plenty to do in Merton this autumn whatever your age.

It’ll be a blast

Culture Blast is a new urban arts programme which launches on 13 October in Wimbledon Library with live DJ sessions, dub workshops and a look at hip-hop through the years. There’ll also be a cinema screening, graffiti art session and the chance to create your own electronic music. Find out more at www.merton.gov.uk/cultureblast.

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Culture Blast urban arts programme

Have an adventure

If you’re aged 8 to 16 Merton’s adventure playground in Acacia Avenue, Mitcham is a great place to let off steam. Scale the giant climbing frame or sample the massive swing and trampoline, explore the tree house and wigwams or try indoor activities including table tennis. With play workers on site it’s a safe place to express yourself and be independent. It’s open Tuesday to Friday, 3.30pm to 6.30pm and Saturdays, 12.30pm to 6.30pm. Sunday mornings are family sessions for disabled children. Merton’s BMX track is also just next door where your children can get involved in pay and play sessions, so why not make a day of it and visit both?

Find out more at www.merton.gov.uk/acaciacentre and www.merton.gov.uk/bmx-track.

Half term action

Even if you’ve just gone back to school, it’s never too early to plan for half term when there will be a range of courses for children over eight years old as part of Merton’s Active Plus programme, including sport and leisure sessions from BMX to boot camp, arts clubs and plenty of watersport action at Wimbledon Park. Find out more at www.merton.gov.uk/activeplus.

Merton Arts Trail

For all you creative types, the artists of Merton are ready to welcome you to London’s most exciting new open house arts event: the Merton Arts Trail. Now in its third year, the trail is growing quickly. This year there are 140 participating artists – both established and emerging – exhibiting a very broad range of high quality work. So there is even more for you to experience, enjoy and explore. The Merton Arts Trail is free and will be taking place during the weekend of 28 and 29 September. Fnd out more www.mertonartstrail.org.uk email info@mertonartstrail.org.uk.

Merton Arts Trail

Merton Arts Trail

Fireworks

Merton’s popular firework displays will be back this year in Morden Park on Saturday 2 November and at Wimbledon Park on Tuesday 5 November. Gates for both events open at 5.15pm with a performance at 6.30pm and one at 8.15pm. Find out more at www.merton.gov.uk/fireworks.