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MAY HALF TERM AT THE MERL

COME AND VISIT THE GALLERIES, ENJOY TRAILS AND HAVE A GO AT OBJECT HANDLING
May 25 - June 2

Booking Details

No need to book

Details

Start:
May 25
End:
June 2
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 DURING THE HOLIDAYS FOR TRAILS, OBJECT HANDLING AND ACTIVITIES

  • Visit the galleries during your holidays and discover the exciting new displays and interactive games
  • Try out our Rat and Rodent Trail
  • Get your hands on real museum objects with our Object Handling volunteers
    • Tues – 11-1pm
    • Weds – 1-3pm
    • Thurs – 11-1pm
    • Fri – 11-1pm
  • Free Make and Take activities
  • Have a go at making a brass rubbing of the farming cycle*
  • Try on our new costumes, inspired by The MERL’s farming and countryside photographic collections
  • Play with our games and toys, including a fabulous model farm in the welcome area
  • 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 a go at the new outdoor woodland brass rubbing trail
  • Have fun on the fabulous wooden play-on tractor & wagon

REFRESHMENTS

Enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches andsnacks from our cafe.

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!

OPENING TIMES

Please note we are closed on Bank Holiday Monday. Click here to see our opening times.

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 if parking in Acacia Road car park.

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

Little Ankle biters Berkshire 2019 awards logo with red winner bannerWe’re a winner – thank you for voting!

In February we asked you to vote for us in the Little Ankle Biters awards and we are delighted to have won the award for Best Museum in Berkshire. Thank you to everyone who voted. If you haven’t visited before, pop along this half term to discover why we won!

Thank you!

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MAY LATE OPENING NIGHT (It’s not a school night, so why not try a visit after hours?!)