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 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.