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 looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May

Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!