A person fishing by the lake at Tump 53 in Thamesmead

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A hidden gem, Tump 53 Nature Reserve is located next to Hawksmoor School in the Moorings. 

Once used to store ammunition in World War II, Tump 53 is now a nature reserve and home to lots of local wildlife. It’s a great place for children, young people and others to learn and explore. There’s also an indoor learning space for educational sessions.  

The Tump 53 Education Programme gives an opportunity for school children to link their learning from school with the natural world. Sessions are linked to the National Curriculum and delivered by experienced Outdoor and Environmental Educators. They teach about habitats and living things, minibeast hunt and pond dipping, stone age experience, team building and problem solving and map making and orienteering.

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Booking & Payment Details

  • Advance booking essential


  • Children welcome

Map & Directions

Tump 53 Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Water Lily Walk, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8AS
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Tel+44 (0)20 7021 4444

Opening Times

Booking required, no general public access. (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Summer Holidays (1 July 2024 - 31 Aug 2024)
Tuesday10:00 - 12:00

* Tump 53 is open seasonally for pre-arranged visits only. Booking is essential.

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