Half term fun at The Bowes Museum
Half term fun at The Bowes Museum

Half term fun at The Bowes Museum

There's lots going on for all ages to enjoy!

Come and join in the fun at The Bowes Museum this spring half term.


There’s lots for everyone to enjoy at the Barnard Castle based Museum, from making music in the gardens to discovering the secret behind creating a stunning quilt and finding out what it means to be a Young Curator.


On Saturday 29th of May visitors will be able to pick up a Wildlife Wooden Wind chime kit to take away and make at their leisure as they enjoy the grounds from 11.00 until 3.00.


If you’ve ever wondered how a quilt is made then join quilter Aidan Nichol in the Fashion and Textiles Gallery for an insight into how he creates a beautiful wholecloth quilt.  Aidan has done extensive work replicating a historic quilt at Beamish Museum and is happy to answer any of your quilting questions.  If you’re inspired by what you see on Sunday 30th of May from 10.30 to 3.30 then you can pick up a quilting pattern designed by Aidan and his wife Margaret in the Museum shop.


Online on Monday you can join The Bowes Museum’s Young Curators for their Smartify Tour. They’ll lead you on a fascinating tour of the collection, picking out their favourite objects and telling you more about them.  You’ll need to download the Smartify App to access this event on the 31st May from 10.00.


Come and collect everything you need to make your very own little fairy door before exploring our Woodland Fairy Trail in the grounds to get ideas on how to decorate your version.  Julia will be handing out kits from 11am until 3.00 on Monday 31st May.


Take some time out and join Zafu Wellness and Wellbeing for a guided meditation session in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum’s gardens to calm your body and mind.  The session on Tuesday 1 June costs £5 and runs from 10.00 until 10.45. It includes a short introduction and a question and answer session afterwards.  You can complete your mediation sitting or lying down.  Please bring a mat or cushion and a blanket to keep warm.  If the weather is poor, this session will take place online.


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Young Curator?  Find out in an Informal Conversation with the Young Curators on Tuesday 1 June from 10.30 until 11.00 on Zoom.  They’ll be sharing their experiences and what they’ve been up to in The Bowes Museum.  There will be a question and answer session after the event. Under 18s will need consent for a parent or guardian to take part.


From 11.00 until 3.00 on the 1st you’ll also be able to pick up everything you need to create your own unique creepy crawly creatures from clay in our Little Beast Clay Fun giveaway.


And the Young Curators will be back from 5,30 until 6.00 on the 1st, with a live tour of their exhibitions inside the Museum.  This will be in Instagram, so you’ll need to download the app to take part.  Their tour will be followed by a question and answer session.


You can get some exercise and fresh air in the grounds of the Museum on Wednesday 2nd June by joining Zafu Wellness and Wellbeing for a Gentle Yoga session from 11.00 until midday, costing £5.00.  Booking is essential for this class which is suitable for all ages and levels of experience.  This session will include a 10 minute warm up, 40 minutes of posture work and 10 minutes of relaxation to finish. Please bring your own mat, blanket and cushion.  If the weather is poor the session will take place online.


Bright Woods Forest School will be leading fun outdoor craft sessions inspired by nature from 11.00 until 3.00 on Wednesday 2nd June.  Come and discover what they’ll be up to!


On Thursday 3rd of June you can go wild with colour and create a splishy splashy painting outside the Museum using real paints and lots of enthusiasm in our Splattering painting fun from 11.00 until 3.00.


Come and join our Magical Super Saturday on the 5th of June.  Booking is essential for events taking place inside the Museum.  Magic Andrew will be wowing people of all ages with his fantastic magical skills in small socially distanced shows throughout the day in the grounds.  You be able to see Sizzle the Dragon who’ll be joining in the fun too.  Complete the day by taking part in the arts and crafts activities taking place inside the Museum too.


And Aidan Nichol will be back in the Fashion and Textiles Gallery on Sunday 6th of June, showing you how he creates his stunning wholecloth quilts.  He’ll be holding quilting demonstrations throughout the day from 10.30 until 3.30 with breaks.


The Bowes Museum is open from 10.00 until 5.00 every day.  Admission must be pre-booked online at thebowesmuseum.org.uk or by calling 01833 690606.  The shop and Café Bowes, complete with a new look and menu, are open too.





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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