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The Friends’ Visit to Paris                                                 Tuesday 12 January, 11.00 
Several people who were unable to join the Friends’ recent visit to Paris have asked for a report, so Caroline Peacock will give an illustrated talk about what proved a very rewarding trip. The key locations were the Musée d’Orsay, the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, the Musée Promenade in the Parc de Marly, the Musée Jacquemart André and, above all, the enchanting Château du Barry at Louveciennes. 
Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be served from 10.30     Friends £10.00          Guests £13.00

‘New Light’ event                                                                 Friday 5 February 3.00 and 7.00
Matthew Hall, one of the judges of the New Light Prize Exhibition and the founder of the Panter & Hall Gallery in Pall Mall, London, will talk about contemporary art (for decoration, investment or something else), the challenge of assessing and buying works, and the pleasures of being an art collector.    
Tea and cakes in the afternoon. Drinks and nibbles in the evening
  Friends £10.00          Guests £13.00

Excavations near Catterick and Scotch Corner         Tuesday 1 March 2.00
By popular demand our speaker, Richard Fraser of NAA (Northern Archaeological Associates) will repeat his recent talk about the excavations alongside the A1, where many fascinating discoveries have been made and much has been revealed about the early history of this key trading and transport route.                                      
Afternoon tea will follow this talk                                          Friends £12.00           Guests £15.00

Barnard Castle School Choral Society Concert                 Saturday 12 March 7.30

The central work on this occasion will be Haydn’s Nelson Mass, performed by the Choral Society under Director Simon Dearsley. Other elements of the programme are still being finalised but an evening of uplifting music and outstanding choral singing is assured. 
Refreshments will be served from 7.00                                Friends £12.00          Guests £15.00

“Brush up your Shakespeare”- an entertainment                  Saturday 23 April 7.30

This will be an entirely light-hearted celebration of the world’s greatest dramatist on the 400th anniversary of his death (it is also St George’s Day). Come and enjoy some of the great moments of both tragedy and comedy in Shakespeare’s plays, in an evening of performance and fun, all accompanied by appropriate food and drink. Further details of the venue and programme to follow. 
All £25.00

Visit to York, including the newly re-opened Art Gallery    
           Wednesday 11 May 
Burrell’s coach will leave The Bowes Museum promptly at 8.30am, collect from the Travelodge at Scotch Corner at 9.00am and arrive at 10.30am for our guided visit to the Art Gallery and its CoCA Centre of Ceramic Art, where a very recent £8 million upgrade has created spectacular displays. Lunch will be a matter of free choice and time will then be available for further exploration (we shall provide details of York’s other visitor attractions). Reassembling at 5.00pm, we shall serve tea on the coach as we travel home, aiming to be at Scotch Corner no later than 7.00pm and the Museum by 7.30pm. If you are interested in this trip please sign up for fuller details.
Cost will inevitably depend on numbers but we hope not to exceed £35.00 per person

Further details of forthcoming Friends’ Events will always be found in the centre pages (12 & 13) of each issue of our quarterly newsletter Bowes Arts (see link to recent issues in the right-hand column).

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

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