Family events

Our Country Lives logoThe Museum galleries and garden are closed until Autumn 2016 for work on Our Country Lives, an exciting Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project.

As part of the project, we have set up a Family Forum so that we can consult with families to make sure that the new displays are relevant and interesting to families. Visit the MERL families page for details of how you can get involved.

The events below will take place in parts of the building not affected by the closure, or off site.

If you have any questions, please visit the FAQs page on the MERL blog, call us on 0118 378 8660 or email


MERL Families Jethro rat logoToddler time on the move!

    Please contact us for the date and location of the next session

  • Suitable for families with children aged 2-4

As the Museum is closed until Autumn 2016 to allow work on the Our Country Lives project to take place, our Toddler Time sessions will take place off site. We're making plans at the moment, so please watch this space or contact us for details.  



Family forum photographerFamily Forum event

Friday 3rd June

  • 10.30am – 12.00pm
  • Free
  • Suitable for families with children aged 5+
  • Booking essential. To book, email  or call 0118 378 8660
  • COnference room, Museum of English Rural Life

Join our Family Forum and help make sure the new museum is interesting and relevant to you! Whether you’ve been to the museum or attended a Family Forum session before or not, you are welcome to book onto this event. In this session you’ll do some object handling, give us your feedback on some marketing campaign ideas and try out an exciting new interactive.











Important note:

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, and you may need to wait for the next available session. Once you have a ticket, you don't need to queue. There is plenty to see and do in the Museum while you wait, and a member of staff will call you when you session is starting. On very busy days, sessions may fill up completely and though we do our best to accommodate everyone, we can not guarantee a space.

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


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