Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum
Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Half term fun to keep all ages out of mischief!

Creepy crawlies, witch’s brooms and spooky family fun are all in abundance at The Bowes Museum over the October half term holiday.

There’s lots to do at the Barnard Castle based museum to keep your little ones out of mischief!

Monday 28th October is Creepy, creepy crawlies day.  From 11am to 4pm, come and see the incredible ZOOLAB as they return with a selection of amazingly friendly creatures.  Sessions are 45 minutes long and start on the hour. This is always a popular event, so visitors are advised to arrive early as spaces are limited to first come first served. 

If you don’t make it into a session, don’t worry there’s still plenty to do while you wait for the next one to start, you can try your hand at creating different animal/spooky crafts with members of our education team or you can explore the Museum with a Halloween themed trail.

On Tuesday 29th October, there’s the chance to visit the Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition.  You can dress up as Pirate Pete, take part in story telling activities and make fun crafts with the education team from 11am until 4pm.

If you’re keen to explore coding and have enjoyed taking part in our LEGO® activities, then you can have a go at making your LEGO® model come alive in a LEGO® WEDO 2 Robotics and Coding Workshop on both Wednesday 30th October and Friday 1st November from 10am until 4pm.

On Halloween, Thursday 31st October, itself there’s lots to do starting with a Spooky Family Fun Day, from 11am until 4pm, where you can make a witch’s broom, create a potion and take part in a magician’s trail. 

Then join us for lots of excitement with our Halloween Party from 4.30pm until 6.30pm with your host Magic Andrew.  There will be fun, food, games, balloon animal making and a magic show featuring Sooty the magic rabbit.  Tickets for the Halloween Party are £10.95 per child, which includes a picnic tea.  Refreshments will be available for adults to buy and there is a maximum of two adults that can accompany each child.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Bowes Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm with free entry into Café Bowes and the shop.

For more information and to keep up to date on other events around the exhibition please refer to the website: thebowesmuseum.org.uk




Notes to editors:


  • The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods. 
  • The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum receives support from Arts Council England. Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
  • The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
  • The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 03000 262626, www.discoverdurham.co.uk



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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.