Discover what’s on at The Museum of English Rural Life for families and visitors of all ages, from exhibitions to events and workshops. It’s a perfect day out for anyone in or visiting Reading and Berkshire.

Alternatively, discover what’s happening at our partner in Museums Partnership Reading, Reading Museum, or explore the programme of Biscuit Town 200, a celebration of two-hundred years since the beginnings of Reading’s Huntley & Palmers. Keep up to date with all the latest news by subscribing to our newsletters.

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Upcoming Events

  • March 20 - June 30
  • Museum opening hours
  • £4
  • VIEW

SPRING FAMILY ACTIVITY PACK

Events and workshops

  • April 8 - September 4
  • Museum opening hours
  • Free
  • VIEW

CREATIVITY AFTER DIAGNOSIS: A MODEL FARM IN THE MUSEUM’S HERB GARDEN

Events and workshops

  • May 10 - September 25
  • Museum opening hours
  • Free
  • VIEW

BISCUIT TOWN: 200 YEARS OF HUNTLEY & PALMERS IN READING

Exhibitions

  • May 10 - September 25
  • Any time
  • Free
  • VIEW

BISCUIT TOWN 200: BISCUIT CRUMB TRAIL

Biscuit Town 200

  • May 14 - June 5
  • Any time
  • Free
  • VIEW

THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE BEACON TRAIL

Events and workshops

  • May 26
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

THE ARCADE IN THE ARCADIA: THOMAS BEWICK, CHILDREN’S BOOKS & RURAL READERS

Talks and seminars

  • May 27
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • £4
  • VIEW

FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS – 27 MAY

Events and workshops

  • May 28 - September 25
  • Museum opening hours
  • £3
  • VIEW

BISCUIT TOWN: FAMILY ACTIVITY PACK

Events and workshops

  • May 28 - June 5
  • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • VIEW

SPRING HALF TERM AT THE MERL

Events and workshops

  • May 29
  • 10am or 11:30am
  • £5
  • VIEW

BISCUIT TOWN: PAINT YOUR OWN BISCUITS

Events and workshops

  • May 30
  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

MUSEUMS, MY WAY

Events and workshops

  • June 3
  • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • £4
  • VIEW

NO FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS 3 JUNE – STARTS BACK 10 JUNE

Events and workshops

  • June 4
  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

THE MERL FORTNIGHTLY BOARD SATURDAYS

Events and workshops

  • June 7
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – WHITEKNIGHTS: FROM PRIVATE LANDSCAPE PARK TO UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

Events and workshops

  • June 7
  • 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

BECOMING WITH WHEAT COMPANIONS: MONTHLY MEET-UPS

Events and workshops

  • June 11 - June 12
  • 11am - 6pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

WHITEKNIGHTS STUDIO TRAIL

Events and workshops

  • June 14
  • 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – CONTRASTING FORTUNES: TWO HIGH-VALUE DESIGNED LANDSCAPES IN READING

Events and workshops

  • June 21
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – THE SOCIAL VALUE OF LAND

Events and workshops

  • June 21
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • VIEW

THE MERL MONTHLY CHATTY CAFÉ

CARE

  • June 28
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Free
  • VIEW

FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – IMAGINING DESIRABLE LANDSCAPE FUTURES

Events and workshops