Friday Fledglings at The MERL (The Museum of English Rural Life)

A Weekly Outdoor Session for Toddlers  

Discover the benefits of outdoor learning and child-led play! Come and join in with activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum, enjoy exploring nature, our mud kitchen, water play, sand-pit and more. Each session also includes story-telling, craft activities singing and a snack. Friday Fledglings is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader.

  • Sessions are run on weekly pay-as-you-go basis but you will need to book in advance.
  • Bookings open at 12pm on a Friday, one week ahead of the session you’d like to attend.
  • Runs only during RBC school term time.
  • All are welcome to come along: parents, grandparents and childminders!


Age Suitability and Tickets 

The session is suitable for children aged approximately 18 months+ but if your child is able to enjoy interacting with the activities you are welcome to join us sooner. We expect that families will purchase at least 1 participating child ticket if they plan to come along to the session. The free adult and non-participating baby tickets are to accompany a participating child ticket and should not be booked without this. 

What to Bring:

  • Payment for the session (£4 per participating child)
  • Suitable clothing for you all (wellies and wet-weather gear are recommended). The session will remain outdoors, no matter what the weather does
  • Your own drinking water for story time
  • We will serve bananas and biscuits as a snack or bring your own if you prefer

Please the MERL website for details of how to find us and parking information




Who to contact

Contact Name
Danielle Eade
Contact Position
Public Programmes Manager
0118 3788660 0118 3788660
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Where to go

The Museum of English Rural Life
6, Redlands Road
Directions to RG1 5EX

Parking is limited at the museum. Visitors are encourage walk or use alternative methods of transport if possible. If you do need to come by car, please note that if you are unable to find a space in the small car park at the front of the museum, you will need a permit to park in nearby University car parks (which can be collected from reception or downloaded from the Friday Fledglings web listing on our website). Please see our website for details.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Fridays in RBC term time
Time of day
Session Information


£4  Per Session
Includes a snack. Accompanying adults and non-participating babies free of charge. (Museum admission is free)


Referral required


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