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Join us for animal fun this half term at The MERL!
November 1, 2019

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November 1, 2019
10.30-12 or 12.30-2
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Knitted hedgehog poking its face out from a bed of colourful leaves for Autumnal Animals event

Learn about the autumnal animals you can discover in the countryside through creative crafts, trails and fun play in the MERL garden.

Book a 1.5 hour session at 10:30am – 12pm or 12:30pm – 2pm (second session is a repeat of the first)

£4 per participating child, adults free

Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 3 – 11 and will include:
• Storytime
• Making natural bird feeders
• Follow the autumnal animals footprint trail
• Animal inspired make-and-take crafts
• Natural painting
• And much more! some activities will be more suitable for younger or older children.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and we encourage parents/carers to assist with all activities.

As some of the activities are outdoors, please ensure you dress for the weather. Picnics are welcome!


If you require parking for this event, you will need a special parking permit (valid from 9am – 3pm on 1 November only).  We suggest that if the MERL carpark is full, you go straight to White Gates carpark on the London Road campus, located off Crown Place, where additional parking is available.

You can collect a permit from reception at the Museum which will need to be displayed in all University car parks.

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.