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Afternoon Tea with Santa

9 December, 2.15 – 3.45, Adults £20.00, Child £15.00 (price includes a gift for children)

Afternoon Tea with Santa 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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Inside the Clockwork Mouse

28 October, 3.00,

Inside the Clockwork Mouse

As part of a day of drop-in activities marking the departure of the Clockwork Garden exhibition, join clockmaker Matthew Read as he takes a hands-on approach to looking inside automata - toys that move. From antiques to the modern day, sprockets, springs, cogs & levers are as important today as they were when the Museum’s Silver Swan and mechanical mouse were made. This short, fun talk will use modern clockwork toys to explain how automata work and why taking things to bits is great fun and a brilliant way to learn.

The Bowes Museum’s Swan Automaton

2 November, 2.30

The Bowes Museum’s Swan Automaton The serene movement of the Silver Swan automaton belies the intricate workings of its 18th century mechanism. Join clockmaker Matthew Read, as he reveals what makes the Swan tick and how the philosophical and commercial context of the period generated one of the world’s great automatons. 

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The Clockwork Garden Farewell Event

28 October, 10.00 - 4.00

The Clockwork Garden Farewell Event

Enjoy the Clockwork Garden Family Fun Day, designed to enable families to take part in all manner of fascinating, playful and novel activities. They won’t have seen anything like it! Make the most of a last opportunity to see the 'mechanimal' seed before it departs on 5 November.

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

Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto 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.