Fun Packed Summer Fete at The Bowes Museum

Fun Packed Summer Fete at The Bowes Museum

Celebrate the anniversary of the opening of The Bowes Museum at our Summer Fete, a fun event for everyone on Sunday 10 June, from 11am until 4pm.

The Museum and grounds will be brought to life, with celebratory food and music, and plenty of opportunities to learn new things and be curious about the Museum and its collections.

In the grounds, local bands and community groups will entertain visitors on the Museum terrace, with performances from: lively folk band The Old Age Travellers, acoustic pop singer-songwriter Chris Pryke; americana group Kitchy Retro; the Halcyon Singers Community Choir and Indie acoustic vocalist Dave Brittle.

Choreographer Debbie D will set feet tapping on the terrace with drop in dance sessions, based on the Fishdance performed as part of the Barnard Castle Meet Parade. Lasting around 20 minutes, they take place at hourly intervals from 11.30am – 2.30pm.

Adding to the atmosphere, there will be hot food on the terrace from local suppliers, who will be serving up sausages, pizza, coffee, Prosecco and ice cream, while Café Bowes will have local beers on sale.

Learn how to create wild paints by the campfire with Forest Schools, enjoy storytelling in our Story Garden, make some big bubbles, paint rocks and do some outdoor sketching.

Inside the Museum there is even more to explore. Meet the Museum team, from curators and conservators, to the exhibitions team and the Director, who will be there to welcome you and talk about their favourite objects, and chat with you about yours.

There will be 20 minute tours at 25 minutes past every hour, highlighting some of the 125 pieces selected from the Museum’s collection to celebrate the Museum’s 125th anniversary year. Choose from: paintings, ceramics, fashion and textiles, or decorative art - or come along to them all!

Watch the Museum come to life with demonstrations from our textile conservation team, library and archives, and get to grips with some Egyptology and Archaeology in our handling sessions.

Everyone can be creative, have a go drawing on easels in the Picture Galleries, and create a Fishdance! Metal sculpture in the Museum with Matthew Read, the Director of the new Bowes Centre for Arts, Craft and Design.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Admission to the Museum, grounds and fete events is included in the admission charge of £5 per adult, £2.50 per child, and is free to Annual Pass Holders.

For further information visit www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk or call 01833 690606.


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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!