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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.

Santa's Grotto, 20 December 2018, 15:30

20 December 2018, 15:30 - 16:00

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

Santa's Grotto, 20 December 2018, 16:00

20 December 2018, 16:00 - 16:30

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 5 Adult tickets left!)

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Santa's Grotto, 20 December 2018, 16:30

20 December 2018, 16:30 - 17:00

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

Santa's Grotto, 20 December 2018, 17:00

20 December 2018, 17:00 - 17:30

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

Santa's Grotto, 20 December 2018, 17:30

20 December 2018, 17:30 - 18:00

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 5 Adult tickets left!)

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Santa's Grotto, 21 December 2018, 15:30

21 December 2018, 15:30 - 16:00

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free

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Santa's Grotto, 21 December 2018, 16:00

21 December 2018, 16:00 - 16:30

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 7 Adult tickets left!)

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Santa's Grotto, 21 December 2018, 16:30

21 December 2018, 16:30 - 17:00

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free

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Santa's Grotto, 21 December 2018, 17:00

21 December 2018, 17:00 - 17:30

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 9 Adult tickets left!)

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Santa's Grotto, 21 December 2018, 17:30

21 December 2018, 17:30 - 18:00

Feel the warmth of the festive season during a visit to Santa’s grotto at The Bowes Museum this December. Visit Santa’s workshop and join his elves for some seasonal crafts, before receiving an early Christmas present from him. Please let Santa know the ages of your children and what they would like for Christmas, together with any other important information, by filling in the 'Special Requirements' box. We look forward to welcoming you.

Prices: Adult - Free

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Once Upon a Textile

26 January 2019, 10:00 - 11:00

Once upon a time, there was you, your textile and your story. From Granny’s old teddy to your child’s christening robe, textiles hold memories for us all. We’d like to meet you and learn about the textiles that are important to you, and record your special stories about them. So please bring along your cherished textile to this relaxed and informal story sharing day and tell us all about it.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 4 Adult tickets left!)

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Once Upon a Textile

26 January 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

Once upon a time, there was you, your textile and your story. From Granny’s old teddy to your child’s christening robe, textiles hold memories for us all. We’d like to meet you and learn about the textiles that are important to you, and record your special stories about them. So please bring along your cherished textile to this relaxed and informal story sharing day and tell us all about it.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 4 Adult tickets left!)

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Once Upon a Textile

26 January 2019, 12:00 - 13:00

Once upon a time, there was you, your textile and your story. From Granny’s old teddy to your child’s christening robe, textiles hold memories for us all. We’d like to meet you and learn about the textiles that are important to you, and record your special stories about them. So please bring along your cherished textile to this relaxed and informal story sharing day and tell us all about it.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 4 Adult tickets left!)

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Once Upon a Textile

26 January 2019, 14:00 - 15:00

Once upon a time, there was you, your textile and your story. From Granny’s old teddy to your child’s christening robe, textiles hold memories for us all. We’d like to meet you and learn about the textiles that are important to you, and record your special stories about them. So please bring along your cherished textile to this relaxed and informal story sharing day and tell us all about it.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 4 Adult tickets left!)

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Once Upon a Textile

26 January 2019, 15:00 - 16:00

Once upon a time, there was you, your textile and your story. From Granny’s old teddy to your child’s christening robe, textiles hold memories for us all. We’d like to meet you and learn about the textiles that are important to you, and record your special stories about them. So please bring along your cherished textile to this relaxed and informal story sharing day and tell us all about it.

Prices: Adult - Free (only 4 Adult tickets left!)

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Understanding Scottish Country Houses and Estates Today

28 February 2019, 13:45 - 17:00

Speaker Dr Annie Tindley, is a senior Lecturer in Modern British History, at Newcastle University.

Her research interests revolve around the interrogation of the aristocratic and landed classes, landed estates and their management from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, in the Scottish, Irish, British and imperial contexts. Dr. Tindley is interested in the ways in which landed elites defined and translated their power.

Prices: Adult - £12.00; Friend - £10.00

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