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A weekly outdoor session for toddlers
October 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Booking essential. Pay on arrival.

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October 7
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
Child in a splash suit sitting in the wheel of the play tractor in the MERL garden

Join us for a fun and friendly session for under-5s in the fantastic garden at The MERL

Discover the benefits of outdoor learning and child-led play at Friday Fledglings! Come and join in with activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum, and enjoy exploring nature, our mud kitchen, water play, sand-pit, and more. Led by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader, each session includes story-telling, craft activities, singing, and a snack.

Tickets and age suitability

Sessions are run on a weekly pay-as-you-go basis but you will need to book in advance. Bookings open at 12 pm on a Friday, one week ahead of the session you’d like to attend. Sessions run only during RBC school term time. All are welcome to come along: parents, grandparents and childminders!

The session is suitable for children aged approximately 18 months+ but if your child is able to enjoy interacting with the activities you are welcome to join us sooner. We expect that families will purchase at least one participating child ticket if they plan to come along to the session. The free adult and non-participating baby tickets are to accompany a participating child ticket and should not be booked without this.

Bookings open from 12 pm on 30 September.

What to bring

  • Payment for the session (£4 per participating child)
  • Suitable clothing for you all (wellies and wet-weather gear are recommended). The session will remain outdoors, no matter what the weather does
  • Your own drinking water for story time
  • We will serve bananas and biscuits as a snack or bring your own if you prefer


Please check the latest safety guidance which is available on our blog.

Parking arrangements for Friday Fledglings attendees

If The MERL car park is full, you can use a special parking permit to park in the University car parks on Acacia Road adjacent to the museum, or White Gates car park off Crown Place. This permit is valid for all sessions in a half term.

Current parking permit

Please collect a permit from reception at the museum. You can also download the current permit here.

If you do not display a permit, you may be issued with a penalty. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this solution means we can continue to offer free parking in the nearby University car parks. If you have any questions, please call 0118 378 8660 or email merlevents@reading.ac.uk

Parking is limited at the museum and although we do our best to help those who need to come by car find a space, we would always encourage you to use alternative means of transport where possible. See our Getting Here page for details.

Friday Fledglings dates for autumn term 2022

9, 16, 23, 30 Sept

7, 14, 21 Oct (no session 28 Oct during half term)

4, 11, 18, 25 Nov

2, 9, 16 Dec