Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum
Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

Christmas Cheer at The Bowes Museum

There's something for everyone to enjoy during this Festive Season.


Come and experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas early as The Bowes Museum decks the halls with festive cheer.


Santa will be in residence from 1 – 22 December.  On arrival children will be greeted by his friendly elves who’ll lead them through to his workshop where they can create seasonal crafts to take home before meeting Santa in his cosy sitting room grotto where he’ll complete the magic by giving all eligible children an early Christmas gift.  Admission to Santa’s grotto is £12 a child.


But before that visitors can enjoy Afternoon Tea with Jazz on 24 November at 2.15 for just  £19.95 per person. With a selection of seasonal sandwiches, dainty desserts and Christmas scones, all washed down served with Premium Tea or Fairtrade Coffee in the magnificent surroundings of the Picture Galleries with live jazz vocals and piano.


Indulge in a fun and festive evening after work at our Festive Friday on 6 December from 5 until 7, when the Museum will be open for late night shopping. Get gifts, cards, decorations and more or just relax with delicious seasonal food and drinks in Café Bowes. The galleries will be decorated for Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to come and make some memories around the trees and enjoy the wonderful winter exhibitions.


There’s also the chance to savour a Yuletide Festive Lunch with Carols, on 8 December from 12.30.  For £25.95 for adults and £17.95 for children you can celebrate Christmas with a delicious 3 course lunch with live festive music from the fabulous Sophia Strings quartet accompanied by two singers in the magnificent surroundings of the Jubilee Room while enjoying stunning panoramic views of Teesdale.


And join us for the feel good event of the season as the ever-popular Christmas Market returns on 13, 14 & 15 December from  10 – 4.  There will be over 70 handpicked stalls selling a variety of wares both inside the Museum and on the parterre garden.  You can choose from lots of homemade goodies including: candles, leather bags, glassware, soft furnishings, wreaths and decorations, jewellery, footwear and stationery to name just a few.

You can find lots of trimmings for your Christmas table too with artisan pies, cheeses, chocolates, meats, gins, jams, cakes and vegan delights.  Don’t forget there’ll be lots of hot food and drink available to buy to consume on the day too, including mulled wine, hot chocolate, prosecco, loaded fries, pizza, sizzling sausages and loaded nachos.

There will also be fabulous live music to help get you in the Christmas spirit early and free rides on the children’s carousel!  Entry is free to pass holders or just £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.


Don’t forget to pop into the shop for something sparkly to take home to remind you of your visit or Café Bowes if you want to take the weight off your feet and get a delicious bite of seasonal food.


For more information please see the website:

Or call 01833 690606.

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Information about reopening

We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.