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Fun activities and workshops for all the family
October 22 - October 30


October 22
October 30
Normal opening times
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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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Family plays digital game in the MERL galleries at half term

This October half term, enjoy workshops, trails, activities, crafts and more on the theme of ‘Light and Sound’

*subject to studio availability or take a pack away to make at home

And whenever you visit during half term, you can always…

  • Take part in the free Tom Gates Mega Museum Challenge from Kids in Museums
  • The MERL Garden Autumn Pumpkin Trail: Find the 13 pumpkins hidden in the garden to collect your sticker prize
  • Discover our new Autumn Family Activity Pack for aged 5+ (£4 per pack)
  • Have a go at a variety of gallery and garden trails including our woodland brass rubbing trail
  • Meet the chickens in the garden
  • Have fun on the fabulous wooden play-on tractor and wagon
  • Get creative with our colouring sheets, including some new pictures of poleheads
  • Get comfy with a book in the Ladybird gallery


Enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks 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!



Please note that the museum’s car park can fill up quickly at busy times. If The MERL car park is full, you can use a special parking permit, valid throughout half term, to park in the University car parks on Acacia Road adjacent to the museum, or White Gates car park found at the second left off Crown Place, a short walk from the museum. (Please note the permit is not valid in the private car park on Crown Place)

You can collect a permit from reception at the museum or download the half term permit here and print at home.

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

We would always encourage you to use alternative means of transport where possible. See our Getting Here page for details.