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Friends' Events 2014

Garden Party at Selaby Hall - Sunday 14 September, 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm

You are invited to a 'Last of the Summer' garden party to be held at Selaby Hall, near Gainford, by kind permission of the Hon. Harry and Mrs Vane. A fun afternoon is planned for all the family, with entertainment, wine bar, and the chance to participate in 'The First Selaby Challenge'.  No training is required for the latter and no special clothing needed - just flat shoes. Possibility of getting slightly dam: good sense of humour essential!
Tickets must be purchased in advance, light afternoon tea included.

Adults £10, Children £5, Family Ticket (two adults, two children)

Swan Upping: A Royal and Ancient Tradition - Friday 3 October, 6.00 pm

We are delighted to announce this illustrated talk by David Barber MVO, Swan Maker to Her Majesty the Queen, who contacted us after learning about the museum's Silver Swan. The Crown has owned mute swans since the twelfth century and a whole world of tradition and history is associated with them. The talk will take us on a journey along the Thames, learning about the history and life-cycle of swans, the traditional rowing skiffs used by the 'swan uppers' for their annual census of birds, swan rescues and much else besides. As Mr Barber has generously waived a fee, we shall direct the proceeds to the Catalyst Endowment Fund, which currently doubles all donations made to The Bowes Museum. Please book early: the ticket price includes a drink and canapés.

£15 (Friends £12)

A Visit to Auckland Castle - Monday 27 October, 10.30 am

This special, curator-led visit will follow the three-day Symposium on Spanish Art to be held at Durham University, Auckland Castle and The Bowes Museum. We shall be among the first to see a new exhibition, The Treasures of Spanish Art in County Durham, and will learn about recent discoveries and plans for the future. We also hope to see some areas not normally available to the visiting public - and all for no more than the normal cost of entry. Participants are asked on this occasion to use their own transport and to meet at the entrance to the Castle. An optional lunch may be taken in the Bishop's Library.

£8 (All)

Watch this space for news of more Friends' Events coming soon!

Booking and Information: To book tickets for any Friends' Event or to gain further information, contact the Friends' Office, tel 01833 690606 ext.233 or email:


Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:

The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP


When booking tickets, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope; without this, tickets will have to be collected.

The Friends' office is run by volunteers and it is not, therefore, always possible to speak to someone. However, you may leave a message on the answer phone or in an email and a response will be sent at the earliest opportunity.