Christmas at The Bowes Museum



A varied programme of scintillating Christmas activities celebrates the festive season at The Bowes Museum. Ranging from a traditional fair and popular annual market, to Santa’s enchanted wonderland grotto, the events promise something magical for all the family.  

Afternoon Tea with Santa


2 & 9 December, 2.15 – 3.45, Adults £20.00, Child £15.00 (incl. a gift for children)

Santa is taking time out from feeding his reindeer and keeping the elves in order to invite families to join him for a festive afternoon tea (full menu here) in our enchanting Jubilee Room, where he'll create magical memories as he chats to you and hands out presents.

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2 December
9 December


 


Christmas Fair


13 & 14 December, 3.00 – 8.00, £5.00 Adult, £2.50 Child

A Traditional Fair in the Museum grounds, with delicious food chalets, fairground amusements, lantern trail and entertaining family activities. The Museum remains open during these hours with admission included in the Fair charge. 

Lantern Making Workshops & Parade


13 - 15 December, 4.00-5.30 & 6.00-7.30, Free with admission to the Christmas Fair.

Join the friendly Bright Woods team to make a festive lantern. Join in a fun lantern parade around the magical Museum grounds and then warm up by toasting marshmallows around the camp fire. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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13 December 4.00 & 6.00
14 December 4.00 & 6.00
15 December 4.00 & 6.00

Festive Story Telling


13 - 15 December, 3.00 - 8.00


Bring a blanket and join Tillytoo Tales in the magical story garden for some fun festive storytelling. Drop In, included in Christmas Festival admission charge.

Christmas Market


15 December, 3.00 – 8.00, 16 & 17 December, 10.00 – 6.00, 

£5.00 Adult, £2.50 Child

The Bowes Museum’s annual Christmas Market – a firm favourite in the region’s calendar – has been extended this year. It will be bigger and better than ever, with over 100 hand-picked stallholders offering original locally sourced Christmas produce, live music, seasonal entertainment, prize draws from Smooth Radio and the popular park & ride ‘Santa’ buses (Sat & Sun only) ensuring this feel-good family event is not to be missed.

Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto


13 - 15 December, 3.00 – 7.30, £5.00 Adult, £10.00 Child, £5.50 (Under 1’s) – Inc entry to Christmas Fair & Museum

16 & 17 December, 10.00 – 5.30, £5.00 Adult, £10.00 Child, £5.50 (Under 1’s) – Inc entry to Christmas Market & Museum

18 - 22 December, 3.00 – 5.30, £8.50 Child, £4.00 (Under 1’s) Free admission to Grotto for accompanying adult

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.

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Wednesday 13 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 6.00 6.30 7.00

Thursday 14 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 6.00 6.30 7.00

Friday 15 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00 5.30 6.00 6.30 7.00

Saturday 16 December

10.00 10.30 11.00 11.30 12.00 12.30 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Sunday 17 December

10.00 10.30 11.00 11.30 12.00 12.30 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Monday 18 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Tuesday 19 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Wednesday 20 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Thursday 21 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30 5.00

Friday 22 December

3.00 3.30 4.00 4.30