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

Behind the Scenes Tour, 3 May, 12.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors..more

Guided Tours, 3 May, then 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.

Painting Workshop - Nineteenth Century Pencil & Wash Drawing - Trees, 6 May, 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

Olive Porter and Van Dyck: Religion and Politics at the Stuart Court, 10 May, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head,£3.00 for Friends of The Bowes Museum, and staff of Durham University, the Art Fund and NADFAS, FREE entry for Museum volunteers, Durham University students and other university students, booking required. Attend all three at the discounted price of £15.00 on a full priced ticket.
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum  with Dr Toby Osborne, Senior Lecturer (Early Modern European History), Department of History, Durham University, Booking required here>.

English Rose Gallery Talk, 16 May, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

English Rose Lecture, 17 May, Wine reception 6.00, talk 6.30, £10.00 Adults, £8.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum and Friends of Auckland Castle, £6.00 Students
Join Dr Jeremy Wood of Nottingham University for the first in this series of evening talks to celebrate and explore paintings in the current English Rose exhibition. Dr Wood will speak about Ownership & Display; Van Dyck’s portrait of Mrs Porter and the gallery of ‘beauties’. Booking required here>

Behind the Scenes Tour, 19 May, 3.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors..more

The Legend of St Lucy in Medieval Spanish Art, 24 May, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head, 
£3.00 for Friends of The Bowes Museum, and staff of Durham University, the Art Fund and NADFAS, FREE entry for Museum volunteers, Durham University students and other university students, booking required. Attend all three at the discounted price of £15.00 on a full priced ticket.
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum  with  Professor Andy Beresford,  School of Modern Languages and Cultures;  Assistant Director CVAC, Durham University. Booking required here>.

Gainsborough: Putting Four Paintings into Context, 26 May, 6.00, £15.00 Adult, £12.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum (to include refreshments)
Join Hugh Belsey MBE, one of the foremost authorities on British 18th Century Art, for this talk about four Gainsborough paintings displayed at the Museum..more

Kings and Queens – Family Fun Day, 31 May, 11.00 - 4.00
During this fun packed day of drop in activities you will become royalty for the day, make your own crown jewels, create a king or queen using a cardboard tube, produce a unique Coat of Arms for your family and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 31 May, 12.00,
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors..more

Fantastic 
Founders – John and Joséphine Bowes, 1 June, 10.30 - 4.00
Learn about the founders of the Museum in this interactive drop in workshop before exploring their amazing collection. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

It’s Me!
 2 & 3 June, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the new English Rose exhibition with a children’s trail before creating your own self portrait to take home in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Painting Workshop - Gilding the Elephant, 3 June, 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

Women, Flowers, Portraits, 7 June, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head, £3.00 for Friends of The Bowes Museum, and staff of Durham University, the Art Fund and NADFAS, FREE entry for Museum volunteers, Durham University students and other university students, booking required. Attend all three at the discounted price of £15.00 on a full priced ticket.
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum  with Professor Ludmilla Jordanova,  Professor (Visual Culture),  Department of History; Director of CVAC, Durham University. Booking required here.

English Rose Gallery Talk, 14 June, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 16 June, 3.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Elephant Dances, 25 June, 2.30
The dance group Fertile Ground are back with another fascistic tour ‘Dancing the Road’ you will be able catch performances at The Witham and here at The Bowes Museum...more

The English Rose in Miniature: A Workshop for Adults, 
25 & 26 June, £150 Adult, £145 Friends of The Bowes Museum, for both days inc lunch, refreshments and access to exhibitions
Join Nicola Carr for this two-day workshop, inspired by ‘Queen Anne’ dolls - particularly the Lady in Court Dress doll from the Museum’s collection which is on show as part of the current English Rose exhibition. Nicola is owner and director of At Home with Ms Hogarth, dedicated to hand producing high quality miniatures for the adult dolls’ house collector market. She will provide a soft wood doll for participants to finish, including: adding hands, painting the face, adding & styling hair and making beautiful clothes. Suitable for all abilities. Booking required here>

English Rose Lecture, 27 June, Wine reception 6.00, talk 6.30, £10.00 Adults, £8.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum and Friends of Auckland Castle, £6.00 Students
Join Dr Veronique Gerard Powell of the Sorbonne for the second in this series of evening talks to celebrate and explore paintings in the current English Rose exhibition. Dr Powell will explore why the actress Sarah Siddons was such a popular muse for British painters. Booking required here>

Behind the Scenes Tour, 28 June, 12.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors..more

English Rose Lecture, 11 July, Wine reception 6.00, talk 6.30, £10.00 Adults, £8.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum and Friends of Auckland Castle, £6.00 Students
Join Dr Gill Perry, Open University, for the third in this series of evening talks to celebrate and explore paintings in the current English Rose exhibition. Dr Perry will speak about Actress Portraits and Celebrity Culture. Booking required here>

English Rose Gallery Talk, 13 July, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 14 July, 3.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Fantastic 
Fish, 21 & 22 July, 10.30 - 4.00 
When you look closely there are hundreds of fish decorating the Museum objects. See if you can find them and then try a variety of fishy themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Simple Sewing,
 25 July, 10.30 – 4.00
Celebrate Thread a Needle Day by exploring the Museum textile collection and be inspired to try some simple sewing in this drop in workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 26 July 12.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors..more

Tick Tock! 
26 & 27 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.50 per child 
Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your own working clock to take home! Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Ganesha Pots, 
28 & 29 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Learn about Ganesha in the new From Temple to Home exhibition. Sketch in the gallery before trying to create a Ganesha pot using air hardening clay. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Fabulous 
Feasts, 1 & 2 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the Museum and see lots of food inspired artwork and then create your favourite foods in a fun collage drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

National 
Play Day, 3 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be part of National Play Day and let your imagination run wild as you create your very own game to take home in this drop in session! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Boats, Trains and Planes, 
4 & 5 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Transport is the theme in this drop in fun day! See how many different modes of transport you can spot in the Museum collection before trying a variety of themed crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Extraordinary Shoes, 8 August, 10.30 – 4.00
Be inspired by the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition and create your own extraordinary shoes using card and a range of collage materials. Children are welcome to bring an old shoe and transform this too. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Stories and Rhymes - Family Fun Day, 9 August, 11.00 – 4.00 
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities are linked to well known nursery rhymes and tales. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Celebrate the Olympics, 
10, 11 & 12 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be inspired by the Olympic Games to try a variety of themed crafts including making a salt dough medal and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for this drop in session. 

English Rose Gallery Talk, 11 August, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 11 August, 3.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Mandalas,
 15, 16, 30 & 31 August, 10.30 - 4.00
Mandalas are elaborate repeated patterns inside a circle and are created by Hindus as a form of worship. Use this drop in workshop to learn more about Hinduism in the From Temple to Home exhibition before creating your own mandalas design. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Horse Play, 
17 & 18 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the Museum’s collection and see if you can find any horses decorating objects before trying a variety of horse themed crafts in this drop in event. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Seascapes, 
19 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Look at the amazing seascapes in the Museum collection before creating your own beach picture using collage materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for this drop in session.

Extraordinary Shoes, 22 August, 10.30 – 4.00
Be inspired by the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition and create your own extraordinary shoes using card and a range of collage materials. Children are welcome to bring an old shoe and transform this too. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Ganesha – Family Fun Day,
 23 August, 11.00 – 4.00
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities include making a Ganesha mask, creating a rangoli pattern, designing a mehndi hand pattern and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 23 August, 12.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Silver Swan Spectacular, 2
4, 25 & 26 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Sketch the amazing Silver Swan before trying a variety of Silver Swan themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Printing Patterns, 1 & 2 September, 10.30 – 
4.00
Patterns are everywhere in The Bowes Museum! See if you can create your own pattern in this simple, drop in, printing workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

British Museum curator to speak about 13th century sculpture, 5 September, 2.15
Dr Imma Ramos, curator of South Asian collections at the British Museum, will explore the historical & cultural context of the 13th century sculpture of Ganesha, on display as part of the current From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha exhibition. In particular, she will explore its fascinating journey from India to the British Museum via an East India Company officer named Charles Stuart. Reserve your place here>

English Rose Gallery 
Talk, 9 September, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Romantic Roses – Silk Flower Corsages, 17 September, 10.00 - 4.30, £79.00 Adults, £76.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc light lunch and museum admission
Join milliner Claire Spooner for a fun & relaxed workshop, using silk & traditional techniques to make two beautiful flower corsages. Enjoy a creative day which includes a light lunch & entrance to the English Rose exhibition, with a guided tour of the hats featured. Booking required here>

English Rose Lecture, 21 September, Wine reception 6.00, talk 6.30, £10.00 Adults, £8.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum and Friends of Auckland Castle, £6.00 Students
Join Anna Reynolds, Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, for the final in this series of evening talks to celebrate and explore paintings in the current English Rose exhibition. Ms Reynolds will speak on the topic of Fashion & Art. Booking required here>

Try your hand at Glass Engraving, 24 September, 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+. To book click on the time of the session you would like to attend.

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>

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

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.  

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. 

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

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.