Family events

MERL families summer 14 coverSummer holidays 2014

Full details of all our family events and activities this summer can be found in MERL families guide to events Summer 14 (pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teddy Bears Picnic resizeTeddy Bears’ Picnic

Friday 25th July

  • 12 pm – 2pm
  • Free
  • Drop in

Bring your teddy, a picnic and come and have fun in our garden! Suitable for families with children of all ages.

 

Apple pompomWeekly make & takes

Have a go at a selection of 'make & take' activities throughout the summer

  • £1 per child
  • Drop-in

29th July to 3rd August
Hedgehog & squirrel finger puppets

5th to 10th August
Origami paper windmill

12th to 15th August
Woolly sheep

19th to 24th August
Cress egg boxes

26th to 31st August
Apple pom poms

 

Our Country Lives logoOur Country Lives family tour

29th July

  • 2.30-3.15pm
  • Free
  • Drop-in

Thanks to a recent £1.8m Heritage Lottery Fund grant, MERL is embarking on a redevelopment project which will transform the Museum and the way a new generation engages with rural heritage. You can find out more on the Our Country Lives project page

Before the Museum closes in the Autumn to allow the work to take place, we would like to invite you to a special family tour this summer. Come along and find out about the changes we are planning and how you can get involved in our Family Forum.

 

Family tour guidesFamily Tours

12th & 26th August, 2nd September

  • 2.30pm
  • Free 
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4+
  • Drop-in

Join members of our team of family tour guides for a fun, interactive 30 minute tour of the museum and hear stories about what it was like to live and work in the countryside.

 

canal jugA celebration of canals

2nd August

  • 2-4pm 
  • Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver St, Reading, RG1 2ST
  • Suitable for families with children of all ages

Timed to coincide with the Dead Rat Orchestra’s arrival into Reading as part of their project The Cut which celebrates the heritage of canals, this free drop in workshop will draw on the Museum of English Rural Life’s fascinating collection of canal art. Attendees will have the chance to work with a Rising Sun artist in creating striking large-format art.

For more information please contact merlevents@reading.ac.uk

 

wall hangingAppliqué & stitch: wall-hanging workshop

6th August

  • 10 – 11, 11.15 – 12.15, 13.30 – 14.30, 14.45 – 15.45
  • Book
  • £4
  • Suitable for families with children aged 7+

Bookable workshops throughout the day inspired by the Museum’s beautiful 1951 Festival of Britain wall-hanging. After examining the wall-hanging, create your very own landscape using layered fabrics and hand stitch details. With artist, Julie Roberts.

 

Family tour guidesFamily Tours

12th August

  • 2.30pm
  • Free
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4+
  • Drop-in

Join members of our team of family tour guides for a fun, interactive 30 minute tour of the museum and hear stories about what it was like to live and work in the countryside.

 

MERL treesTremendous trees

16th August

  • 1-5pm
  • Drop in (with bookable tree-surveying sessions, first come first served)
  • Suitable for all

A special event celebrating our love of trees. Learn the science of identifying and surveying trees, have a go using the trees in the MERL garden and use your new-found skills to identify the trees in your local area.

 

Sasha Kleshcheva bearsFabulous felt making workshop

22nd August

  • 10 - 11am, 11.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30 - 2.30pm, 3.00 - 4.00pm 
  • £3 per child
  • Book
  • Suitable for families with children aged 5+ 

Be inspired by the MERL collection and create your very own felt wall hanging to take home. With artist, Claire Smith.

 

Family tour guidesFamily Tours

26th August

  • 2.30pm
  • Free
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4+
  • Drop-in

Join members of our team of family tour guides for a fun, interactive 30 minute tour of the museum and hear stories about what it was like to live and work in the countryside.

 

BreadmakingBreadmaking workshop

29th August

  • 10 - 11am, 11.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30 - 2.30pm, 3.00 - 4.00pm
  • £3 per child
  • Book
  • Suitable for families with children aged 5+

Be inspired by the MERL collections and make your very own dough to take home. If weather allows, attendees will also have the chance to try their hand at making their very own butter. With Claire Smith.

 

Family tour guidesFamily Tours

2nd September

  • 2.30pm
  • Free
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4+
  • Drop-in

Join members of our team of family tour guides for a fun, interactive 30 minute tour of the museum and hear stories about what it was like to live and work in the countryside.

 

MERL Families Jethro rat logoImportant note:

*DROP-IN WORKSHOPS
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.

FAMILY WORKSHOPS
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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