Family fun at February half term
Family fun at February half term

Family fun at February half term

There's something for everyone to enjoy at The Bowes Museum this holiday.

There’s lots for the whole family to see and do at The Bowes Museum over the February half term holiday.


On Monday 17 and Wednesday 19 February you can let your imagination go wild as you have fun making crafty creations in the Vaults with our education team from 10.30 until 4.


You can take part in a 45 minute session exploring coding and make LEGO® models come alive in coding workshops being held on Tuesday 18 and Friday 21 February.  These sessions will start promptly on the hour from 10 until 4 so to avoid disappointment, arrive early as spaces are limited to first come, first served.


Both adults and children can join #Untitled10 artist Sara Cooper for an informal Monkey Puzzle Print Workshop from 11 – 1 on Wednesday 19 February, where you can explore the texture and pattern of the monkey-puzzle tree and create your own prints to take home.


Celebrate the new exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and be transported to a whimsical magical day filled with fairies, dragons and shining knights in armour on Thursday 20 from 10.30 until 4.  You’re never too old to enjoy a Fairy Tale Family Fun Day.


Children aged 5 and up are welcome to take part in Art Kids Printing Workshops which are taking place at 10 until 11.30, 12 until 1.30 and from 2.30 until 4 during the Fairy Tale Family Fun Day.


Entry to the events above are free for children who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


There’s also time to find out the Museum’s story by following the LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum trail before it finishes on 23 February.


There’s still a chance to see the Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection exhibition featuring more than 70 of his works including sketches, oils and pastels from across his career which also closes on 23 February.


Until 28 February, you can follow the #Untitled10 2019 trail to see some of the Museum’s stories retold through the eyes of 10 artists.


And you can even take an exhibition item home with you by buying a work from the Judy Hurst – Illumination: Gateway to Eternity display of intricate illustrated works on vellum (calfskin). 


If you’ve energy to burn off, check out the Museum’s gardens with play and picnic areas and don’t forget to ask at reception for our nature trails and explorer backpacks.


The Bowes Museum is open from 10am until 5pm daily.  Entry to Café Bowes and the Museum shop is free.


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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.
  • 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,



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