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This page shows the events that The Bowes Museum is currently planning and are available for booking.

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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.

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 4 Adult tickets left!); Friend - £9.00 (only 4 Friend tickets left!)

This event is not currently open for booking.

North East Early Music Forum Performing Day

28 April 2019, 11:00 - 16:00

Prices: Adult - Free

This event is not currently open for booking.

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

This event is not currently open for booking.

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

This event is not currently open for booking.

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

Sorry - This event is fully booked!

“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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Learning with Lego

20 June 2019, 17:30 - 18:30

Join Simon Ayres from Barnard Castle Preparatory School for a fun and interactive talk about how playing with Lego together helps us learn. Come along and learn new techniques to help make maths enjoyable for everyone.

Prices: Adult - Free; Child - Free

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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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Levens Hall and Gardens

02 July 2019, 10:45 - 02 June 2019, 18:15

This year our Summer Coach trip is to this beautiful privately-owned Elizabethan mansion full of beautiful objects and the world's oldest topiary gardens. Bring your camera for this trip! A boxed afternoon tea will be included.

Prices: Friend - £39.00

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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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Float your Boat!

20 July 2019, 14:00 - 14:45

To celebrate the opening of the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition today, come and build a floating craft to help you escape from the sharks in the park!

Prices: Child - £7.50; Adult - Free

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Holiday Club at The Witham '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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Witham '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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Witham '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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £20.00

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Holiday Club at The Bowes Museum

15 August 2019, 08:30 - 17:00

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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £20.00

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Painting Architecture with Chris Mouncey

15 August 2019, 10:00 - 16:45

Join artist Chris Mouncey for an enjoyable day painting The Bowes Museum in the fresh air. Chris will show you different painting techniques to help you create inspiring architectural pictures and answer your questions throughout the day.

Prices: Adult - £45.00 (only 5 Adult tickets left!); Friend - £43.00 (only 5 Friend tickets left!)

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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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £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) - £23.50; Multiple Booking (with lunch) - £23.50; Sibling - £20.00; Multiple Booking - £20.00

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Campfire Cooking

24 August 2019, 13:00 - 15:00

Join Brightwoods Forest Schools around the campfire and make your very own delicious sweet and savoury damper breads. A delicious addition to your family fun day picnic! Book your ticket, then drop in at any time between 1.00 and 3.00

Prices: Child - £7.50; Adult - Free

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Learning with Lego

18 September 2019, 17:30 - 18:30

Join Simon Ayres from Barnard Castle Preparatory School for a fun and interactive talk about how playing with LEGO® helps us learn. Come along and find out new techniques to help make maths enjoyable for everyone.

Prices: Adult - Free; Child - Free

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