October Half Term


Join us for a fun filled October half term. Don't miss the Big Draw with the Reading Guild of Artists, our Egyptian Fun day with the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, plus making Dino habitats and crafty Mythical Creatures.

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 craft ideas. Free, drop in*

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


Monday 22 October   The BIG Draw with Reading Guild of Artists 

Join Reading Guild of Artists to celebrate this year’s BIG Draw Festival! The fabulous artists at the RGA will be on hand to help you adorn the Museum with artwork. Borrow a pen and pencil, pick up a board from our gallery drawing boxes and start to create your own masterpieces. No experience necessary, all welcome.

All ages, 10am – 3.30pm. Free, donations welcome, drop in*

Monday 22 October   BIG Draw Sewing Demonstration: Bayeux

Join our sewing volunteers to find out more about embroidery, and learn how to embroider images from the Bayeux Tapestry. Watch our volunteers or buy a kit to have a go yourself!

Ages 5+, Families, drop in between 10.30am and 12pm. Free to observe, buy a small kit to try out (£2 per kit)

Tuesday 23 October   Ancient Egyptian Fun Day

Members of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society join museum staff for a fun day of activities with an Egyptian theme, inspired by some of the fantastic artefacts from the collection. Find out about the Society’s work and take part in activities throughout the galleries, including:

Dressing up
Handling real artefacts
Making scarab beetle necklaces
Finding out about daily life in Ancient Egypt
Decorating masks
Writing your name in hieroglyphs

 Families, 10am – 3pm. £5 for all activities (sticker on entry), drop in*

Wednesday 24 October   Make & Take: Mythical Creatures - Unicorn and Dragon Streamers     

Enjoy a magical drop-in and make your own brightly coloured unicorn or dragon streamer.

Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm. £1, pay on the day, drop in*


Wednesday 24 October  Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway    

Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom, now in the brand new setting of the historic Abbey Gateway. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors.

Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm. £1 per person, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day (35 places max per session)*

Thursday 25 October   Dino Terrarium

Create a magical, miniature world inside a jam jar for your new pet dinosaur!

Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm. £4, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day*

Friday 26 October  Early Birds and Late Owls

This October half term we would like to trial some quieter hours for families of children with sensory difficulties. Please contact our Visitor Services Officer on 0118 937 3495 to book or to register future interest.

Early Birds 9am – 10am, all ages, booking essential

Late Owls 4pm – 5pm, all ages , booking essential


Friday 26 October   Playing to Think!

In this 90 minute workshop children and parents will play games, read picture books and look at or even create some art, while asking about the ‘bigger’ questions. What’s the value of money? What’s the difference between telling a lie and keeping a secret? When did you start to think? Bring your own questions, your doubts and your ‘don’t knows’ - all are welcome here! This will be a relaxed, playful and energetic session suitable for all ages. Organised by RISC as part of the International Festival programme.

Ages 7+, Families, 11am – 12.30pm. Free, 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 during our busy half terms.