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Friday Fledglings - now online

A Weekly Outdoor Session for Under-5s

Friday mornings 11:00-11:30


During the museum closure, and at least until the end of June, our weekly outdoor learning session for under-5s will be moving online! Our session leaders will bring you stories, ideas and activities inspired by the MERL garden and our collections, so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning at home!

Activities will be published in a Facebook Event at 11am.  If you’ve been to a session at the Museum, you’ll see some familiar faces. If you’re new to Fledglings, we hope the activities will provide a little taste of our popular session for under-5s. Join the event to receive notifications and see the posts.  You can also share pictures of your makes with us there. We’d love to see them. Why not share the event and invite your friends to join in too?!


We’ll also post the activities on our website each week.

Friday Fledglings is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader. Activities are suitable for families with children under 5 years old.


A weekly outdoor learning session for pre-schoolers in the fantastic urban garden at the MERL

Discover the benefits of outdoor learning! Come and join in outdoor activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum.  Enjoy outdoor play and explore the natural environment. Each session involves story-telling, craft activities and singing.

Friday Fledglings is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader.

Children and adults must dress for the weather! (We have a small number of children’s waterproofs and wellies for you to borrow if necessary.)

Parking arrangements

Parking permits available. Please collect a permit from staff in the car parks, or pick one up from reception at the Museum. You can also print it here: If you do not display a permit, you may be issued with a penalty.

Car park, walking and public transport routes can be found here: