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

Free Day at The Museum, 7 December 
To celebrate the saving of this rare and stunning painting for the nation we are holding a free day at the Museum with lots of free workshops and events that you can take part in, helping you to get to know the story behind the painting.
10.30 - 11.00 Gallery talk with Assistant Curator of Fine Art 
Bernadette Petti in the exhibition gallery.
11.00 - 12.00 Join artist Vicky Holbrough for this silverpoint drawing workshop in the Jubilee room,  suitable for all ages over 8 years old. Booking required here>
12.30 - 1.30 Join in Vicky Holbrough's watercolour landscape workshop. Booking required here>
1.30 Gallery talk with Dr Howard Coutts in the exhibition gallery.
3.30 (Tea and coffee, 4.00 Talk) - St Luke as Artist in the 15th-Century Netherlands lecture by Dr. Jeanne Nuechterlein, York University,
St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child exemplifies a fascinating visual trope of its day: using a depiction of St Luke as an opportunity to promote the status of contemporary artists. This talk will examine the painting’s knowing visual references to other important artworks by painters such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and it will investigate how these references are integrated into a new composition that celebrates St Luke—and, by implication, painters in general—as embodying an ideal combination of skilled craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity. Booking required here>
6.00 - 7.00 - (5.30 Wine reception) The Study and Conservation of Early Netherlandish painting and Dieric Bouts, joint lecture by the conservators of the National Gallery Rachel Billinge and Britta New. Followed by questions in front of the painting in the Image and Substance Exhibition. Booking required here>

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.

Ribbons and Bowes, 10 December, 6.30 & 8.30 Cost £15.00 (concs £14.00)
Enter CIC present Ribbons and Bowes, a rich, overflowing cornucopia of traditional songs, carols and ensemble pieces, beautifully crafted to create a magical Christmas experience for the whole family. Tickets from or from 01740 655437.

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.

North East Early Music Forum Performing Day, 30 April, 12.00 – 4.00
Enjoy varied performances around the Museum from the North East Early Music Forum, a group of amateur musicians who specialise in early music from the medieval to the baroque periods. A full programme will be confirmed nearer the date, but further info about the group can be found at