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 looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!