May Half Term

Join us for a fun filled May half term! Our activities will be based in the historic Abbey Gateway, to celebrate our re-opening.

We will still have trails and our Activity Cart set up at the Museum.

Activity Cart: Visit us throughout the holidays at the Museum and enjoy a range of Abbey Quarter themed craft ideas. Free, drop in*

Monk Bear Trail: Find the Reading Abbey Monk Bears hidden around the Museum. Families, 10am – 4pm £1, drop in*

 

Activities at the Abbey Gateway

All the May Half Term activities below will take place in the Abbey Gateway.

The Gateway is a Grade I listed building and has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Buggies and pushchairs can be stored on the ground floor while you take part in the activity. Please visit Reading Museum for alternative activities or call the Visitor Services Officer in advance on 0118 937 3400 if you have access needs.

Tuesday 29 May  Medieval Monk School  

Meet our favourite monk Brother Atwater, who has joined us from 12th-century Reading Abbey to recruit some novice monks. Is your handwriting neat enough? Can you keep a vow of silence? Take part in these interactive sessions and learn what life was like almost 1,000 years ago! Ages 6+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm
£5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Wednesday 30 May  Make and Take: Georgian Masks  

Give yourself a makeover fit for Jane Austen and create a Georgian inspired mask. Will you go for ringlets or a top hat? An exciting chance to discover the Abbey Gateway where Jane Austen went to school. Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day (buy tickets at the Museum), drop in*

Thursday 31 May Medieval Gingerbread  

We will be making easy no-cook gingerbread in these fun hands-on sessions. This recipe is different from our modern gingerbread and contains honey and spices, that only the wealthy could have afforded. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

*Our drop-ins are very popular. Please be aware that we have limited capacity for events in the museum