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Summer Holiday Fun at Reading Museum

Throughout the summer holidays

Why not pop into Reading Museum this Summer Holidays? Enjoy a range of trails, family activities, and crafts to make at home or at the museum and celebrate nature, the Jubilee and 200 years of Biscuit Town!

Here's what we have on offer this summer: 

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Visit us throughout the holidays at the Museum and enjoy a range of nature-themed crafts

Free, drop in*

Platinum Puddings Trail

See if you can find all the yummy looking puddings that we have hidden around the Museum. Delectable but not edible, unfortunately!

Families, 10am – 4pm

£1, drop in*

Thursday 28th July 

Roman Fun Day

Join us for a fun-packed day of activities and crafts exploring the history of Roman Britain. Meet a Romano-British citizen from Calleva Atrebatum (the ancient Roman town at Silchester), find out about their life 2,000 years ago, and have a go at dressing up. Discover our plans to update our Silchester Gallery, and have your say!

Drop in to make pasta jewellery brooches and laurel leaf headdresses. Handle some real & replica objects from our Loans Collection and write your name in Latin.

Families, 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm.

Free, drop in, donations welcome.

Tuesday 2 August

Out in the Forbury: Bug Club 

Insect explorers can search for creepy-crawlies in the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins with our special kits. Identify, draw and record your finds, and take a look at some fabulous insect specimens from our loans collection boxes. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum.

Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm in the Forbury Gardens

£4, booking essential (book here)

Wednesday 10 August 

Make and Take: Rolling Rivers Collage

Explore Reading’s Rivers and have a go at adding to our Rolling Rivers Collage, by making your own nature and wildlife themed craft!

Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 

£1, pay on the day, drop in

Thursday 18 August ECR

Party Masks

Make your own fabulous party mask, fit for royalty!

Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm

£4, booking essential (booking link coming soon)

Thursday 25 August  ECR

Cress Goblets

Create a gorgeous goblet, complete with glitter and sequins – and then transform it into your very own pot to grow cress seeds!

Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm

£4, booking essential (booking link coming soon)

Tuesday 30 August ECR

Make and Take: Bertie’s Jubilee Dress-Up

Bertie the Badger can’t decide what to wear to her jubilee party! Help her figure it out with our fun paper dress-up craft sheet!

Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

£1, pay on the day, drop in

Biscuit Town Family Activity Pack 

From 28th May until September

This pack is full of things to do at Reading Museum, The MERL, and at home, including colouring sheets, gallery trails, crafts, recipes, and more.

£3 per pack, suitable for children aged 5+. Pick up your copy at Reading Museum or The MERL.