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(includes Magical Lights, My Way: a relaxed session for neurodivergent visitors and their families)
December 11, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Booking essential (see booking links below)


December 11, 2023
4:30 pm - 7:30 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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star shaped lights on a green hedge background

6 – 7.30pm: Magical Lights

Explore the magic of light in the MERL garden and enjoy a host of craft activities inspired by light and the MERL gardens and collections.

Activities will include a torchlight trail, lantern making, gallery trail and more!


4.30 – 5.45pm: Magical Lights, My Way  MMW logo

NEW for 2023: The first 1 hr and 15 minutes of this event will be a relaxed session with additional sensory provision, geared towards neurodivergent visitors and their families. Please only book this session if you feel it is appropriate to do so.

This session will enable visitors to experience the museum and this popular event, in a safe environment. Tickets will be limited to ensure the museum is less busy. There are facilitated activities on themes inspired by the museums’ collections, and a quiet break-out space. Siblings, families, carers and friends are all welcome.  (Some areas will be very dimly lit …..) 

  • pre-visit sensory maps available 
  • sensory backpacks and ear defenders 
  • break out spaces 
  • themed facilitated hands-on activities 
  • All activities are optional and you can visit at any point within the event times. 

Please see our social story for this event here.

Additional information:

  • Suitable for families with children aged 3 – 11.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult and we encourage parents/carers to assist with all activities. 
  • Most activities are outdoors so please ensure you dress for the weather. 
  • Booking essential
  • £5 per participating child. Accompanying adults free.