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Meet farm animals in the lovely MERL garden
August 17, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Drop-in, free (donations welcome)


August 17, 2022
10:30 am - 2:30 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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Update: 16 August 2022

Please note: although the forecast is rather rainy, we’re still planning for this event to go ahead. Please do dress for the weather, as we anticipate the garden will become quite muddy, and space indoors is limited. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone!

Join us at The MERL to meet the Miller’s Ark animals and enjoy the garden

Did you know that interacting with animals is known to reduce stress? We are delighted to bring the farm to you in the museum garden with the team from Miller’s Ark Farm. You are welcome to bring a picnic and blanket.

  • Cost: Please contribute what you can at donation points on the day
  • Drop-in, booking not required


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 only valid for the Miller’s Ark event.


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.

Learn about The MERL’s focus for 2022
CARE: highlighting how we take care of rural heritage, the countryside’s future, and each other 

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