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Summer Family Fun at The MERL

July 21 - September 4


July 21
September 4
Museum opening hours
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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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This summer, enjoy family events, trails, activities, crafts and more at The Museum of English Rural Life!


Enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks in our café.

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden. Picnic benches with parasols are available, or bring a picnic mat and sit on our lovely lawn!


Please note that The MERL 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.

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

Reading Biscuit Town.
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