Don't miss the festive fun in the run-up to Christmas this year at Reading Museum! 

From Friday 18 December, Reading Museum will be closed until further notice, in line with the latest Government advice.


Reading Museum's Virtual Forgetful Elf Trail and Craft Pack

(Throughout December)

Oh dear, our Forgetful Elf keeps losing his belongings! Can you help him find them in time so that he can begin work in Father Christmas' post room?

You will receive a trail to make at home along with a virtual craft pack via email. All you will need are a few items such as scissors, tape or glue and some card.

Families can colour, cut out and hide our Forgetful Elf's belongings in their own home. Then follow the trail, stopping for a rest on the way to write a letter to Father Christmas! Enjoying making your own friendly Elf, plus festive paper crafts - don't forget to send us your craft pics on social media.

Families, £1 (buy your trail/ pack online here)


Make Your Own Christmas Star Garland!

Bring some festive sparkle into your home with this easy star garland. You will need some card, twine and other resources from home. Add more stars and make the garland as long as you like..Reading Museum wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

Families, Free (download the instructions here)


Reading Museum Shop & Online Shop

We have lots of festive gifts both online and in store! Shop our Christmas Collection, or explore fantastic new ranges including our Characters of Reading Abbey Quarter and Wild Reading collections. 


Pop-Up Shop at the Twilight Trail

(Friday 11 & Saturday 12 December 4pm - 8pm)

Let the magic begin! In a year that has been quite out-of-the-ordinary, Reading is set to see something extraordinary this Christmas season. For the first time ever, Reading will have its very own Twilight Trail, a magical festive trail full of sparkles and illuminations, leading you through Reading’s iconic Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. 

Reading Museum will be running a pop-up stall in the Forbury Gardens, where we will be showcasing our new Characters of Reading Abbey Quarter range alongside our Abbey and Reading ranges. 

Find out more information on the What's On Reading website.