Row of Classic Cars parked on the terrace infornt of The Bowes Museum

Guided Tours, daily until 30 October, 11.30
Join one of our guides for a tour of the museum and its treasures. These 45 minute tours highlight the key pieces in the collection as well as some hidden gems. The tours are free with normal admission.

Breaking and Repairing! 30 September, 2.15
No matter how careful, accidents can occasionally happen, and some of the ceramics in The Bowes Museum collection show evidence of breakage and repair. Join curator of ceramics Dr. Howard Coutts to discover some old and some more modern repairs.

Glass Engraving Demonstrations, 1 October, 10.00 - 3.30
Join members of the Northern Branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers for live demonstrations of their art in the Museum’s ceramics
galleries. Free with admission. 

Lates! at The Bowes Museum, 6 October, 5.00 - 10.00
Come and experience the Museum and the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition after hours, with a late bar and delicious food in Café Bowes

Heavenly Heels – Shoe Clips in Fabric & Feathers, 8 October, 10.00 - 4.30, £65.00 Adults £62.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc light lunch and museum admission
Join tutor Claire Spooner for a fun and relaxed workshop. You will make three pairs of fabulous shoe clips using three different techniques with feathers, fabric and ribbon. Enjoy a creative day which includes a light lunch and access to the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition. There is a small amount of hand-sewing, but no experience required. Students might like to bring a pair of shoes as inspiration for their designs. Booking required here>

Material Memories – The North East’s First World War Trench Art, 15 October, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum 
Join Andrew Marriott for this talk on artworks made from recycled munitions and other materials available to soldiers in the First World War, and his pioneering research to uncover the history of surviving pieces in the North East. Booking required here>

Try your hand at Glass Engraving, 22 October, 10.15 – 11.45, 12.00 – 1.30 and 2.00 – 3.30, £18.00 Adults, £15.00 Museum Friends
Join Sandra Snaddon Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for an introductory workshop. Learn how to use an electric engraving drill and how to apply a design to a glass by choosing appropriate burrs to achieve the desired effect. You will have a finished engraved glass to take away and the opportunity to visit the glass engraving display in the Ceramics Galleries. Participants must be 16+. Booking required on 01833 690606 or info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Painting Workshop - Painting Glass, 24 October, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

WW1 Workshops,
 24 & 26 October, 10.30 - 4.00
Learn about the Museum’s WW1 project and see some real WW1 artefacts before making a remembrance poppy to take home in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Gallery Talk, 25 October, 2.15
Join the Museum’s Exhibitions Manager, George Harris, for an introduction to the exhibition Mark Clarke: The Objects are Talking to Me

Spooooooky Magic – Family 
Fun Day, 25 October, 11.00 - 4.00
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this action packed day of drop in fun for all the family. See a magical magician perform, make a magic wand, create a spooky ghost and much more... Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Halloween Crafts, 
27 & 28 October, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. 

Identifying Marks, 28 October, 2.15
Everyone knows that ceramics are marked underneath, but can you trust the mark, and what does it mean? Join curator of ceramics Dr Howard Coutts to learn about  some of these mysterious symbols from ages past.

Informal Piano Recital, 30 October, 1.00 – 1.45 & 2.15 – 3.00
Mark Deeks is an experienced and versatile pianist & choir leader based in the North East. He will be performing an intimate & informal recital in the Museum’s picture galleries to celebrate the launch of his new instrumental piano album Lightburst. Featuring solo piano highlights from his career, as well as material from the new album.

Music of Martyrs – British Composers of WW1,  12 November, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum
Join Prof Jeremy Dibble for a talk on the profound effect the First World War had on musicians, exploring the range of emotions that their music captured in the face of heroism, horror and loss. Booking required here>

Painting Workshop - Ink Drawing, 18 November, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Gallery Talk: St Luke Drawing The Virgin and Child by Dieric Bouts, 22 November, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, to learn more about this rare and fascinating painting, which has been saved for the nation, and other associated artworks in this special display.

Gallery Talk, 25 November, 2.15
Enjoy a fascinating gallery talk by the Museum’s curator of ceramics, Dr Howard Coutts, who will focus on the display, Dining with the Bowes in the 18th Century.

Gallery Talk, 30 November, 2.15
Join the Museum’s Exhibitions Manager, George Harris, for an introduction to the current exhibition Mark Clarke: The Objects are Talking to Me.

Gallery Talk: St Luke Drawing The Virgin and Child by Dieric Bouts, 8 December, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, to learn more about this rare and fascinating painting, which has been saved for the nation, and other associated artworks in this special display.

The Modish and the Militant, 10 December, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum 
Join Lucie Whitmore to explore the links between conflict and women’s fashion. This talk will explore the experiences of women in wartime Britain, the changes in mourning dress, the growing practicality of women’s clothing and its balance between austerity and patriotism. Booking required here>

Painting Workshop - A Christmas Triptych, 12 December, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Christmas Market, 17 and 18 December, 10.00 - 4.00, £2.50 per adult, children free
A wide array of fabulous food and creative crafts will be on offer at the popular annual Christmas Market...more

Gallery Talk, 17 December, 2.15
Join Dr Howard Coutts, the Museum’s curator of ceramics, who will focus on the current display, Dining with the Bowes in the 18th Century. 

Christmas Fun, 
19, 20 & 21 December, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Get into the Christmas spirit and create some wonderful crafts to make your Christmas Day extra special! Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Gallery Talk, 19 January, 2.15

Join the Museum’s Exhibitions Manager, George Harris, for an introduction to the current exhibition Mark Clarke: The Objects are Talking to Me.

Gallery Talk, 27 January, 2.15

Join Dr Howard Coutts, the Museum’s curator of ceramics, for a fascinating gallery about the current display, Dining with the Bowes in
the 18th Century.

Gallery Talk, 10 February, 2.15

Join the Museum’s Exhibitions Manager, George Harris, for an introduction to the current exhibition Mark Clarke: The Objects are Talking to Me. 

125 Years: Celebrating The Bowes Museum – Family Fun Day, 21 February, 11.00-4.00, Free with admission
This year is the 125th Anniversary of The Bowes Museum opening. Come and join in a variety of fun drop in activities for all the family and help us celebrate in style! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Jays Animal Encounters, 23, 24 February, 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 (sessions last 1½hours), £6.00 per child 
Jay will return to The Bowes Museum with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before creating some artwork to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Payment required at time of booking.

Gallery Talk, 24 February, 2.15
Join Dr Howard Coutts, the Museum’s curator of ceramics, for a fascinating gallery about the current display, Dining with the Bowes in the 18th Century. 

Easter – Family Fun Day, 14 April, 11.00-4.00, Free with admission
Celebrate Easter in this fun packed day by taking part in lots of drop-in craft activities for all ages and an Easter themed trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. The Bowes Museum reserves the right to cancel, with due notice, events where the minimum number of participants is not achieved.