Full details of our family events are listed below and are also available in the MERL families guide. Click here to download your copy (PDF 1MB).
Victorian Christmas tour
- 8 December
- £3 per child (includes refreshments for all family members)
- Suitable for families with children aged 4+
- Booking required
Did you know that the historic part of the MERL building was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1880 and was the home of Sir Alfred Palmer (Huntley & Palmers biscuits, Reading)?
It’s Christmas in 1883 and the Palmer family are spending their first Christmas at their new home, Easthorpe house, with their staff. You are invited to come along and meet Lord and Lady Palmer, their Butler Jerrome, House Keeper Mrs Gough and other members of the household staff. Visitors will learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, play Victorian party games, enjoy seasonal refreshments and make their own Victorian Christmas card. Don’t forget to dress up in your Victorian costume!
New Christmas trail
- Sat 7 to Friday 20th December
Collect a free sheet from reception and follow our new Christmas trail round the museum to learn about some Victorian Christmas traditions.
There is no need to book for our drop-in events. Activities take between 10 and 30 minutes. Come along at any time during the session. Timed tickets may be issued at busy times as space is limited.
MERL welcomes children of all ages but they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Our fun events and activities are designed so that the whole family can enjoy interesting and informative new experiences together. In order for everyone to get the most out of the workshop activities, we ask that there are no more than two children (of the appropriate age for the activity) per adult in your group, and thank you for your cooperation in this.
Please see our Terms and conditions for bookable events