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Two popular attractions announce opening date

West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House will be reopening next month.

Unfortunately children’s activities, interactive interpretation and dressing up will not be available in this initial phase but there will be a variety of free trails at both venues for you to enjoy. West Berkshire Museum: The Museum will reopen on Wednesday 15 July and will then be open every Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm. Staff will ask you to queue at the designated entrance and there will be a separate exit. You will be directed along the one-way system where you can visit all of our galleries and exhibitions. Unfortunately, the library will not be available in this phase. The gift shop, accessible toilet and baby changing facilities will be open, but the café and standard toilets will be closed for the time being. We will have limits on single person/households in the lift.

For information about our current exhibitions please visit www.westberkshireheritage.org.uk/whats-on Shaw House: The House and grounds will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 July and will then be open every Saturday and Sunday until the end of the summer season on Sunday 27 September, 11am – 4pm.

Staff will ask you to queue to get in to the building and you will be directed along the one-way system which runs throughout the House and will include the exhibition rooms where you can visit the new ‘Dressed for Battle’ civil war display. The toilets and shop will be open, along with the café which will be running a take-out service (indoor seating will not be available, but we have plenty of picnic tables outside). We will have limits on single person/households in the lifts. School Holiday Opening

The grounds only will be open Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm, throughout the school holidays. Unfortunately the garden games will not be available but you are very welcome to bring your own along with a picnic, the café will only be running a limited take-out service. Dogs on leads are welcome. Toilets will be available. We ask you to please respect the space around those celebrating their weddings and other ceremonies within the House. Events and Activities Family Activity Days and Messy Museum Days will continue to take place on their social media platforms throughout the summer holidays and will be available to download from their Life Long Learning page, along with the new short story competition. https://www.westberkshireheritage.org/life-long-learning. The annual Shaw House Summer Fair will also take place online this year with a virtual fair running throughout the day on Sunday 19 July. Visit facebook (@ShawHouseEvents) where they will bring the fun of the fair to you at home and showcase some of our amazing local crafters, bakers and makers!

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