The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.
The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.

The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition are announced.

The illustrator Nick Sharratt presented signed books to the winners.

The winners of The Bowes Museum writing competition have been announced.


The proud recipients were given signed books by the illustrator Nick Sharratt in front of the second Children’s Laureate Anne Fine, on Saturday 20 July.


Bethany Pallister won the 10 -11 age group, Martha Harrodine won the 7 – 9 age group and Jack Connor was the winner in the under 6 category.


The runners up were Esther Wallace for the 7 – 9’s, Archie Connor and Arthur Young for the under 6’s.


The children had written stories about The Alien Beach Party exhibition which was created by the Museum’s GeTINvolved group and featured some weird and wonderful creatures that were inspired by both our collections and Nick Sharratt’s books.


Nick Sharratt was at the Museum to open his exhibition Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants which runs until 3 November.


Visitors to his exhibition will be able to find out all about his childhood, what inspired him to become an illustrator and meet a host of the characters he has created throughout his career, including Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete.

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The Bowes Museum is closed!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.