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HALF TERM HOLIDAYS AT THE MERL

COME AND VISIT THE MUSEUM AND ENJOY ACTIVITIES IN THE GALLERIES AND GARDEN
October 20 - October 28

Booking Details

No need to book

Details

Start:
October 20
End:
October 28
Time:
Usual opening times
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Venue

The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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VISIT THE MUSEUM THIS HALF TERM FOR TRAILS, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ON THE THEME OF FOLK

Special activities inspired by Folk

  • Enjoy a Halloween pumpkin hunt in the garden and win a prize!
  • Free Make and Take activities on the theme of Folk (a mask of King Alfred, a 3D Pumpkin and a Folk art bookmark)
  • Visit the The Outside-In a new Reading International exhibition* (Read ‘If you go down to The MERL today… to find out more!)
  • Book a place on a Jelly artist-led workshops – inspired by The Outside-In

These activities are part of our Autumn programme of events and activities on the theme of Folk.

Things to do in the Museum

  • Explore the galleries and discover the fascinating displays and interactive games
  • Try out our ever-popular Rat and Rodent Trail
  • Get your hands on real museum objects with our Object Handling volunteers (check back for dates/times)
  • Have a go at making a brass rubbing of the farming cycle (occasionally the Learning Studio is in use and this activity is unavailable)
  • Play with games and toys, including a model farm in the Welcome Area
  • Try on costumes, inspired by historic farming and countryside photographs

Things to do in the garden

  • Have a go at the new outdoor woodland brass rubbing trail
  • Discover the Shepherd’s Hut in the garden, full of beautiful knitted decorations and animals to play with, all created by the Mewes Knitters
  • Have fun on the fabulous wooden play-on tractor & wagon
  • Have a picnic (brrr!)

Special half term family event

REFRESHMENTS

Enjoy a selection of drinks and snacks from our refreshments area. Sandwiches and snacks will be available throughout the holidays.

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden. Picnic benches are available or bring a picnic mat and sit on the lovely, big lawn!

PARKING

Please note that the museum’s car park can fill up quickly at busy times. Parking is also available in the University car park on Acacia Road, adjacent to the museum. Please collect a permit from reception on arrival.

We encourage visitors to use public transport wherever possible. Please visit our Getting Here page for details.