Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Easter Fun with The Bowes Museum

Join our Easter Craft Along sessions online!


As The Bowes Museum is temporarily closed and we didn’t want anyone to miss out on the fun activities that were planned for the holidays we’ve decided to bring our Easter Craft sessions to you!  You can join in with Julia Dunn from the education team as she takes you through creating lots of wonderful things this Easter on the Museum’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBowesMuseumwhich can also be linked through to from our social media platforms. 


See below for details of the different sessions and a list of what you’ll need to take part at home.


For the Springtime Wonder sessions on 6, 7 and 15 April you’ll need paper or card, pens, glue, a plastic or metal fork, red, green and yellow paint, yellow and green tissue and paper cake cases to join in to explore springtime with activities inspired by nature and the changing seasons.


For the LEGO® Wedo 2 Robotics and Coding Workshops on the 7, 9, 14 and 16 April you’ll need a cotton reel, elastic band, paper clip, used matchstick, and a button or washer to create an animal, a robotic mouse or a swan.  Explore coding as part of this session to make your LEGO® model come alive.  


To join in with the Watercolour Wonder sessions on 8 and 9 April you’ll need a selection of paints, washing up liquid, paintbrushes, baking trays, cups, water, paper, tissue, greaseproof paper, wax candles or crayons and drinking straws.  You’ll be inspired by some of the Museum’s collection of watercolours to experiment with new techniques, including bubble painting to create your own painting at home.


If you’re feeling chirpy then why not join in the Paper Chick Crafts on 10, 12 and 13 April?  All you need to make your own feathery chick is a paper plate, some yellow and orange paper, old magazines, glue and colouring pens.



Have a go at making your own Slimey Soup on 14 April.  You just need some bicarbonate of soda, shaving foam, water, salt, food colouring, PVA glue, glitter and a tray to have a squelchy time making some serious slime!


Grab some old magazines, glue, paper and scissors to Create a Magazine Portrait Masterpiece on the16 and 17 April.  Take on the role of areal artist and experiment with a range of collage materials to make something similar to what you might have seen in our Pre-Raphaelite Knights exhibition.





In the Knights and Dragons session on 18 April celebrate St George’s Day early and make a fire breathing dragon and a knight by using toilet rolls, colouring pens, glue, scissors, wool or string with a selection of old fabric and socks!





All of the sessions will be available to watch on The Bowes Museum’s YouTube channel.





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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Information about closing

19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

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

We’ll be back…