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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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!