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Seasonal family fun with a Living Nativity, food, music and more...
December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Adults £4 in advance via Eventbrite or £5 on the door.
Children free (but please book them tickets)

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December 2
12:00 pm - 4:00 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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MERL Christmas opening

Enjoy a day of seasonal family fun with Millers Ark Living Nativity and petting farm, music and activities!

  • Meet the animals from Millers Ark petting farm
  • Live music from The Big Band
  • Explore a traditional Christmas with the MERL Players
  • Follow a winter trail in the galleries
  • Make a traditional cracker with artist Julie Roberts
  • Keep warm with hot soup and drinks
  • Free gift wrapping service in the shop


The event will run from 12 – 4pm but the museum will be open from 10am, as usual. Some activities will be ongoing and others, such as the performances, will run to a programme. Details will be available nearer the time. Some of the activities will take place in the garden. Please come prepared for winter weather!

A range of food and drink will be available. Please note that we may be unable to accept card payments for food on the day.
You are also welcome to bring picnics.