Christmas at The Bowes Museum
Christmas at The Bowes Museum

Christmas at The Bowes Museum

There's lots for everyone to enjoy in the run up to Christmas

Come and enjoy all things Christmassy at The Bowes Museum this year! 

The Barnard Castle based Museum has lots to make this year’s Christmas preparations truly magical.

Unwind and enjoy the galleries and halls decorated for the festive season and discover the 12 Days of Christmas display with fascinating facts and tantalising tales about the traditional carol linked to items from the collection that make up the different lines of the well-known song. Visitors can also complete challenges linked to the display.

Embrace the wonder of Santa as he returns to the Museum until the 24th December, where eligible youngsters will be greeted by his friendly elves before being presented with their very own craft packs to take home and/or enjoy making in his toy workshop ahead of meeting Santa himself, all cosy in his enchanting sitting room, where they can find out if they’ve been naughty or nice and give him a hint as to what they’d like for Christmas before receiving an early Christmas gift.

The Museum will be opening its doors again for an after-hours relaxing stroll around the galleries with its Christmas late events.   On Friday, 3rd December visitors will be able to enjoy free entry to the beautifully decorated Museum from 5.30 until 9.30 with 10% off in the gift shop which is full of wonderful ideas for presents.  Café Bowes will also be open for reservations for visitors to treat themselves to a night away from the cooker and delight in some of Chef Ben’s best scrumptious seasonal food.  The Friends of the Bowes Museum’s Christmas Carol concert will be taking place in the Blue Picture gallery on the evening so visitors who would like to attend that will need to buy a separate entry ticket to that musical extravaganza.

The Museum’s team of friendly elves will be running a series of family friendly Christmas Elf Craft Workshops on Saturday, 4 December where families can learn how to make a magical elf house and a family of elves or fairies.

The Museum’s running a second Christmas late event on Friday, 10th December, again from 5.30 until 9.30pm with free entry to the Museum, where as well as being able to book a table in Café Bowes to enjoy the delicious festive menu, visitors will get 10% off in the gift shop and be able to find out what happens behind the scenes to make an exhibition happen by joining the conversation between Dr Mark Westgarth, who curated the SOLD! exhibition in 2019, Dr Jane Whittaker, the Museum’s Collection’s Manager and George Harris, the Museum’s Exhibition Manager.

The sights, sounds and smells of the festive season will return in abundance at the ever popular Christmas Market from Friday, 17th December to Sunday, 19th December with around 90 artisan traders from across the North of England selling a wide selection of bespoke wares at this highlight of the regional calendar.  Visitors will be able to choose from stunning jewellery, candles and ceramics to knitwear and bags, perfume and ponchos, pictures, specialist gins and local beers to name just some of the fabulous items that will be on offer.   Not forgetting the fabulous food stalls selling everything from cheese, cakes, quiche and dog treats to sausages, seasonal meats and much, much more for festive feasting.  There will also be a dedicated area for the hot food vendors on the parterre ready for warm visitors up as they mingle or if they prefer to take a seat in an outdoor marquee.

The festive atmosphere will be alive with seasonal music as visitors wander around the stalls both inside the Museum’s galleries and on the parterre garden, have a go at spinning yarn in the outdoor marque or watch quilting demonstrations in the North Country Quilts exhibition gallery and children can make memories to cherish for a lifetime petting ponies on the terrace, enjoying the free fairground rides and learning how to make wicker wands or simply enjoying the crafts on offer on the Museum’s ground floor.

With reduced price entry over the Market long weekend at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, or free to annual pass holders and Friends of The Bowes Museum, it’s the perfect time to see the Museum, pick up some unique gifts and relax in the run up to Christmas.

The Museum is open 10am to 5pm every day, except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when it is open from 10am to 3pm and Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when it is closed.

The main vehicular gates are closed when the Museum is closed.




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