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

Celebrate the Jubilee

Alongside many places across Reading, we're excited to be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Join us at the Museum throughout the half term for different activities, including:

By Royal Appointment

Monday 30th May

Design a Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin fit for royalty! Use our template and decorate your biscuit tin to make it fit for a King or Queen.

This session will take place in our Earley Charity Room at the Museum. 

Families, £2. Book here.

Jubilee Party Hats

Tuesday 31st May

Get creative using our resources and make your own fancy hat to wear for a royally good time at a Jubilee party! 

Families, £1. Drop in or book on the day at reception.

Victorian Schoolroom Experience at the Abbey Gateway

Wednesday 1st June

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

Ages 5+. Join us at 11.30 am, 1.15 pm, or 2.30 pm (meeting at the Abbey Gateway). £1 per person.

Book in advance or pay on the day. Please note: there is a maximum of 35 places per session.

Biscuits Weekend with Museums Partnership Reading

28th and 29th May

Join Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) as Museums Partnership Reading celebrates 200 years since the beginnings of Huntley & Palmers and Reading's history as the Biscuit Town.

Celebrate National Biscuit Day with a range of hands-on activities for all the family, inspired by the amazing Huntley & Palmers collections across our town. The programme includes a hands-on introduction to biscuit art with design historian and artist Dr Ella Hawkins, and we’ll also be launching our new Biscuit Town Family Activity Pack at both museums.  

Learn about the significance of Biscuit Town 200 on our blog!

Workshop: Paint your own biscuits 

Saturday 28th May, 1 pm and 2.30 pm at Reading Museum

Sunday 29th May, 10.00 am and 11.30 am at The MERL

It's National Biscuit Day on 29th May! To celebrate in style, join design historian and artist Dr Ella Hawkins for a hands-on introduction to biscuit art. Learn how to paint colourful designs onto iced biscuits, inspired by our Huntley & Palmers original collections, and take your edible art home to enjoy.

Prior to the workshop, there will be a chance to look at our special exhibition (The MERL), the Huntley & Palmers gallery (Reading Museum) and some of our collections close-up. 

£5, suitable for adults and children aged 8+. Workshop lasts 1.5 hours including 30 minutes to explore collections first. Booking links below. 

Book onto a workshop at Reading Museum (Saturday 28th May).

Book onto a workshop at The MERL (Sunday 29th May).

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.

Bertie’s Brilliant Biscuit Design

Saturday 28th May, 10 am to 4 pm

Help Bertie our biscuit-loving Badger to come up with an amazing new biscuit design, inspired by the imaginative biscuits and biscuit tins in our Huntley & Palmers Gallery. We will showcase our favourites on the framed picture wall in our Welcome Gallery!

£1, suitable for all ages. Booking not required, simply drop in to the Museum.

Arts and crafts at home

We stock a range of unique arts and crafts packs in the Reading Museum shop for children to enjoy making at home.

Abbey 900 Trail & Fun Pack

Abbey 900 Cress Heads Trail & Craft Pack

Bee Happy! Craft Pack

Roman Mosaic Craft Pack

Oh Beautiful World! Art Pack

Dragon Challenge Craft Pack

For more free, downloadable resources, take a look at our resources page or explore our Virtual Fun resources!

The Reading Museum Gift Shop

If you're looking for treats, books and gifts celebrating local history, then there's no better place than the Museum gift shop or you can shop online now