Miller’s Ark, My Way at The MERL

Bring a picnic, meet the Miller’s Ark farm animals and enjoy other activities in the MERL garden. This event will be a relaxed session with additional sensory provision, geared towards neurodivergent visitors and their families. Please only book this session if you feel it is appropriate to do so. Limited spaces: Booking required £2 per […]

Native Species – FULLY BOOKED

Live animal session with Zoolab

GET UP CLOSE TO AMAZING ANIMALS! See and learn about the awesome animals we have living here in the UK. Zoolab will use their bigger brighter versions of things to tell you all about the Frogs, Snakes, Lizards and all sorts of amazing insects that we can find in our gardens, parks and countryside. This […]

The Twitchers Museum Adventure

Join birdwatching detectives the Twitchers and explore the beautiful birds and amazing animals at The MERL this February half-term. The Twitchers Museum Adventure from Kids in Museums and Walker Books celebrates the release of Feather, the fourth book in The Twitchers series from bestselling author M. G. Leonard. Find the birds and make your own […]

Climate Crusaders

Live animal session with Zoolab

Get up close to amazing animals! Linking to The MERL’s Our Green Stories campaign and global environmental concerns, this lively animal workshop shows how we can all do more to protect animals, habitats all over the world. By seeing and hearing about real animals and insects, this show will cover issues including recycling, biodiversity, climate […]

The MERL Family Picnic and Farm Event with Miller’s Ark

JOIN US AT THE MERL TO MEET THE MILLER’S ARK ANIMALS AND ENJOY THE GARDEN Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy a range of hand-on activities from The MERL and visit real farm animals from Miller’s Ark. List of free activities to enjoy on the day: Miller’s Ark mobile farm – pet and feed […]

Wind of change: curbing cow burps to fight climate change

cows against a blue background with Burp! written on clouds above them
Milk comes from cows and cows eat grass everyone knows that. But along with milk, the average dairy cow also burps out over 600 litres of methane, every day. That’s enough to fill more than 40 party balloons. And methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, which is making climate change worse. That's why the University [...]

Fun Butterfly Collage

Collage butterfly in the MERL garden

Continuing with our theme of re-using unwanted items to get creative, create your very own butterfly collage from recycled materials and learn about butterflies and their life cycle. Additional Information: Suitable for families with children aged 5+ Drop-in £3 per person Part of Museums Partnership Reading’s Our Green Stories campaign.

Garment upcycling using fabric paints

Woman painting a picture of a flamingo
Join us at these half term workshops to find how how you can repurpose your own clothing Fast fashion is leading to tonnes of clothing being discarded daily which has a huge impact on the environment. At this workshop with fashion and textiles artist, Anurita Chandola, you will learn, re-sparkle, personalise and transform your pre-loved [...]

Family workshop: Totally Tote Bags

Tote bags hanging up in the Sew What exhibition
As part of MERL Fashion Week, Join members of the engagement and collections teams from The MERL to learn about the history of sewing machines, the impact of fast fashion and a chance to then make and decorate your own tote bag. At this workshop you will have chance to: Learn more about the Barnett [...]

Life Below Water: Artist-led workshop at The MERL

Exploring the theme of ‘Life Below Water,’ join artist Rebecca Howard and lend a hand creating a wonderful joint artwork, inspired by Reading’s rivers. Then make your sustainability pledge, to take home or hang up in the museum. Part of Museums Partnership Reading’s Our Green Stories campaign, exploring the importance of protecting life in our […]

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