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MERLy Christmas Shopping Event

Support The MERL and have fun on Museum Shop Sunday
November 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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No need to book


November 28, 2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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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close up of a hand knitted reindeer Christmas decoration in the MERL gift shop

Christmas shopping can be fun!

Come to The MERL gift shop for our special Museum Shop Sunday MERLY Christmas event and enjoy seasonal refreshments, craft activities and more.

  • Find the perfect gift in our new ranges, including exclusive new MERLchandise inspired by our collections.
  • Meet our local suppliers, including Sarah, the Caversham Jam Lady and Rob from Meadow Farm Honey, and taste some of the delicious produce (including cheese!) on sale.
  • Have a go at family craft activities (£2 per child) and meet the Mewes Knitters, our fabulous volunteers
  • Warm up with a mug of soup or treat yourself to mulled juice and a mince pie or a Christmassy cake from the MERL café

We’ll also have carols from a local school choir!

Enjoy a lovely, festive experience, find your Christmas gifts and treats AND feel a warm glow knowing that all your purchases help support The MERL’s work with collections and communities.

Your Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful! Parking is free and available in our own car park or on Acacia Road next to the museum. Admission is free, and you can also visit the museum or enjoy the garden.

COVID Measures

Although this is not an outdoor event, please come dressed for the cold as in order to provide maximum ventilation, we are likely to have some doors open. You can find out more about all the measures we have in place to help keep everyone safe on our visit us page.

Please note that we monitor numbers in our indoor spaces, and we may ask you to wait outside before entering if we are over capacity. Thank you for your understanding.