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Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto

21 December 2017, 16:30 - 17:00

Wander through an enchanted corridor to arrive at Santa’s workshop, where you will be entertained by one of his elves: write your letter, look for his naughty friend and browse in the toyshop windows before taking a magical journey to meet Santa all cosy in his sitting room, where he will complete the magic with an early Christmas present.

Prices: Child Under 1 - £4.00 (only 2 Child Under 1 tickets left!); Adult - Free

This event is not currently open for booking.

Skin Deep - Painting the Face in pastel, acrylics or oils

04 May 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

The human face is eternally interesting. Join artist Linda Birch to create a human visage, taking inspiration from the current exhibition Skin Deep by Jonathan Yeo, who explores conceptual themes in his Surgery Series, depicting in the classical medium of oil paint, the intricacies and complex issues surrounding the current cult for cosmetic surgery and the quest for physical ‘perfection’.

Prices: Adult - £35.00 (only 1 Adult tickets left!); Friend - £33.00 (only 1 Friend tickets left!)

This event is not currently open for booking.

A Nursery Rhyme in Line and Wash

14 September 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

This workshop is suitable for intermediate artists (artists who have been drawing and painting for one year or more). Please bring with you: Watercolours, a drawing pen 0.07, a technical drawing pen or a dip pen and bottle of Indian ink, an A3 heavyweight cartridge pad or Bristol Board, sketchbook and pencils.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

This event is not currently open for booking.

Painting Everyday Life in Oils or Acrylic

09 November 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

Please bring with you: a photographic reference of your choice and your oils or acrylics, a sketchbook and 2B pencil plus two painting surfaces to work on.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

Let it Snow – Two Small Christmas Pictures

07 December 2018, 10:00 - 16:30

The Bowes Museum has some lovely winter paintings, including the work of Joséphine Bowes. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story about a little fir tree, join artist Linda Birch to create a small but richly decorative picture using watercolours or acrylics. The painting will be of two small images on a folded piece of mount card with a richly decorated edge.

Prices: Adult - £35.00; Friend - £33.00; Member - £33.00 (only 1 Member tickets left!)

This event is not currently open for booking.

Meet Phoebe 10 Minute Talk

28 March 2019

Join Durham University student Phoebe Fenton to find out about some of the projects she’s been helping with during her placement here at The Bowes Museum.

Prices: Adult - Free

This event is not currently open for booking.

The Renaissance Men

10 April 2019, 14:15 - 16:15

Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art Bernadette Petti for this introductory course, designed for everyone with an interest in art.

Prices: Adult - £10.00; Friend - £9.00

This event is not currently open for booking.

Baby Animals

20 April 2019, 13:30 - 14:00

Come and meet the new arrivals from Wetheriggs Animal Sanctuary, including baby rabbits, chicks, ducklings plus a few surprises! You can learn all about the animals and their comfortable home at the sanctuary and give them lots of cuddles and strokes.

Prices: Adult - Free

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

A Golden Age

24 April 2019, 14:15 - 16:15

Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art Bernadette Petti for this introductory course, designed for everyone with an interest in art.

Prices: Adult - £10.00 (only 9 Adult tickets left!); Friend - £9.00 (only 9 Friend tickets left!)

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Curator In Conversation with Jerome Phillips

27 April 2019, 14:15 - 16:00

Join curator Mark Westgarth for a light hearted talk exploring how antique dealers have been brought to life in books and on screen. Enjoy clips of your favourite TV characters and enjoy meeting some new ones.

Prices: Adult - Free

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North East Early Music Forum Performing Day

28 April 2019, 11:00 - 16:00

Prices: Adult - Free

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Hippodrome Theatre Tour & Matinee Performance of “The Mousetrap”

02 May 2019, 11:00

£30, Lunch extra with 15% discount in Theatre Cafe.
Meeting at the Theatre in time for Tour at 11.30am. Then enjoy the performance of Agatha Christies’ ‘Mousetrap’ at 2pm.
The reserve list will close on the Friday, April 12.

Prices: Adult - £30.00; Friend - £30.00

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

Singing for the Brain- Sold!

03 May 2019, 10:15 - 12:00

Prices: Adult - Free

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Elizabeth Conran invites….

05 May 2019, 14:30

Join the Friends of The Bowes Museum and former curator Elizabeth Conran to hear stories behind some of the fantastic purchases for the Museum, followed by a glass of fizz and cake!

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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Freedom and Amusement

09 May 2019, 14:15 - 16:15

Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art Bernadette Petti for this introductory course, designed for everyone with an interest in art.

Prices: Adult - £10.00; Friend - £9.00

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Yoga Course- Full Course

17 May 2019, 09:30 - 28 June 2019, 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries.

Prices: Adult - £50.00

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Yoga Class- Week one, single session

17 May 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries.

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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From the Age of Enlightenment to the Spirit of Romanticism

23 May 2019, 14:15 - 16:15


In this session we’ll examine the competing cultures of Neoclassicism , Enlightenment and Romanticism and how these 18th century movements changed the history

Prices: Adult - £10.00; Friend - £9.00

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Yoga Class- Week Two, single session

24 May 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries. Please bring your own mat.

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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Slavic Delights Concert

31 May 2019, 18:00 - 20:00

Join young mezzo soprano Jadwiga Slomka and pianist Antonia Lax for a charming concert in the 19th Century Picture Gallery, featuring Czech, Russian and Polish music. Jadwiga trained with Jane Ford Farrand at Durham University. Antonia teaches piano at Durham University and the Sage and is a sought after solo performer and accompanist.

Prices: Adult - £11.00; Friend - £10.00

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“Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it” – Modern and Post Modern Art

06 June 2019, 14:15 - 16:15

In this final session we’ll focus on contemporary art and the dynamic combination of materials, methods, subjects and theories artists u

Prices: Adult - £10.00; Friend - £9.00

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Yoga Class- Week Three, single session

07 June 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries. Please bring your own mat.

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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Olga Zado Concert

13 June 2019

We are proud to welcome the exciting Ukrainian pianist, Olga Zado, to perform a captivating recital in the Picture Galleries. Often referred to as “a magician on the piano,” she touches audiences around the world with her poetic musicianship and electrifying technique. Pieces that can be enjoyed at the performance will include Schubert’s 4 Impromptus Opus 142, Chopin’s Ballade No. 3, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Opus 111.

Prices: Adult - £15.00; Friend - £12.00

This event is not currently open for booking. Please check again at a later date.

Yoga Class- Week Four, single session

14 June 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries. Please bring your own mat.

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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Yoga Class- Week Five, single session

21 June 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries. Please bring your own mat.

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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Durham Singers – Summer Concert

22 June 2019, 19:00

Friends £15 Guests £18
Summer nibbles and drinks
This is first concert for the highly acclaimed Durham Singers at The Bowes and will be performed in the Picture Galleries.

Prices: Adult - £18.00; Friend - £15.00

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Yoga Class- Week Six, single session

28 June 2019, 09:30 - 10:30

Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries. Please bring your own mat.

Prices: Adult - £10.00

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Janusz plays Chopin

06 July 2019, 19:30 - 21:30

Join celebrated international pianist and conductor Janusz Piotrowicz for an evening of music by Chopin in the glittering setting of The Bowes Museum picture galleries.

Prices: Premium - £25.00; Adult - £17.50

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Painting Silver in Oils or Watercolour

19 July 2019, 10:00 - 16:00

Join artist Linda Birch to learn how to capture the magical lustre of silver. Visit the galleries to sketch and observe silver objects and paintings of silver, then learn practical techniques to help you paint highlights, shadows and reflections. All oil or watercolour painters are welcome. Please bring your painting materials (oils or watercolours) plus a silver or plated item. There will be spare items available to paint from.

Prices: Adult - £45.00; Friend - £43.00

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Turrets Takeover!

12 August 2019, 09:30 - 16:00

A fun-packed day of drama games, singing and movement at The Witham. Enjoy playing and creating theatre with a short session for parents at the end of each day.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Turrets Takeover!

13 August 2019, 09:30 - 16:00

A fun-packed day of drama games, singing and movement at The Witham. Enjoy playing and creating theatre with a short session for parents at the end of each day.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Turrets Takeover!

14 August 2019, 09:30 - 16:00

A fun-packed day of drama games, singing and movement at The Witham. Enjoy playing and creating theatre with a short session for parents at the end of each day.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Hub

16 August 2019, 10:00 - 15:00

Help design and paint a bright, inspiring permanent piece of art at TCR Hub. Join local artist Holly M Scott and help create a striking mural to adorn the walls of the workshop area.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Hub

19 August 2019, 10:00 - 15:00

Help design and paint a bright, inspiring permanent piece of art at TCR Hub. Join local artist Holly M Scott and help create a striking mural to adorn the walls of the workshop area.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Bowes Museum

20 August 2019, 08:30 - 17:00

3 days of arts and crafts, have a go at printing, painting and sculpture and get a Discover Arts Award. Get creative with LEGO® and find out about the Museum.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Hub

21 August 2019, 10:00 - 15:00

Help design and paint a bright, inspiring permanent piece of art at TCR Hub. Join local artist Holly M Scott and help create a striking mural to adorn the walls of the workshop area.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Bowes Museum

22 August 2019, 08:30 - 17:00

3 days of arts and crafts, have a go at printing, painting and sculpture and get a Discover Arts Award. Get creative with LEGO® and find out about the Museum.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Hub

23 August 2019, 10:00 - 15:00

Help design and paint a bright, inspiring permanent piece of art at TCR Hub. Join local artist Holly M Scott and help create a striking mural to adorn the walls of the workshop area.

Prices: Child (with lunch) - £28.50; Child - £25.00; Sibling (with lunch) - £23.00; Sibling - £20.00

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