Ooh la la! It's Flower Power and Fish Dancing at The Bowes Museum and Beyond

Ooh la la! It's Flower Power and Fish Dancing at The Bowes Museum and Beyond

Looking for inspiration to keep the children amused during May half term? Then check out what’s happening at The Bowes Museum and around Barnard Castle.

Watercolour Wonder is the order of the day on 29 and 30 May when you can be inspired by the Queen Victoria in Paris exhibition to experiment with new techniques, from bubble painting to creating a watercolour to take home.

There’s a touch of Ooh la la! at the Museum on 31 May, in the shape of a Majestic Family Fun Day. Join us as we celebrate the above exhibition by climbing aboard for our ‘journey’ to France during this drop in session and take part in our French inspired day to see who can build the tallest Eiffel Tower! You can also create a French flag and make a crown like Queen Victoria’s or Prince Albert’s.        

On 1 June we embrace Flower Power, with the opportunity to decorate your own flowerpot in the ceramics gallery before planting a Sunflower seed, to look after, watch and grow. 

Each of these events takes place between 11.00am – 4.00pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies. Free to pass holders. No booking required.

Before then however, on 28 May individuals and community groups from across Teesdale are invited to take part in FISHDANCE!, a community dance project, which celebrates the closing moments of The Bowes Museum’s 125th anniversary year. Taking The Bowes Museum’s famous Silver Swan automaton, with its silver fish, as inspiration, groups of ‘fish’ will ‘swim-dance’ their way through the town as part of the annual Barnard Castle Meet Carnival. In preparation for the above, a dance workshop takes place at The Witham on 22 May at 6.30pm.

Matthew Read, Director of the Museum’s Centre for Art, Craft and Design, said, “There is still time to join in this fantastic project.”

For further information and registration for the remaining FISHDANCE! events see www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/Whats-On/Fishdance or email fishdance@thebowesmuseum.org.uk 

The Bowes Museum is open daily from 10am; for further information visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk 

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The Bowes Museum is closed!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Caf� Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.