Conjure up some seasonal magic with Santa at The Bowes Museum
Conjure up some seasonal magic with Santa at The Bowes Museum

Conjure up some seasonal magic with Santa at The Bowes Museum

Kickstart the festive season with a magical family experience when Santa arrives at The Bowes Museum this December.

Firstly, visit his workshop, where his friendly elves will help you make some Christmas crafts, then meet Santa Claus himself in his cosy grotto, where he will complete the magic by handing each eligible child an early Christmas present.

The grotto opens on Saturday 1st December and runs right through until Friday 21st December, with slots available to book online or by phone from 10 September, thereby avoiding disappointment. Santa will be at the Museum from 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm at weekends and from 3.30pm-6pm during weekdays. He will also be on site during the Museum’s annual Christmas Market.

The popular annual Market, which takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 14th-16th December, is not to be missed - with a wide range of handpicked stallholders offering delicious locally sourced food and unique crafts, live music and plenty of seasonal entertainment, this is definitely the feel good event of the season.

Admission to Santa’s grotto is £10.00 per child, with no charge for accompanying adults. This includes a gift and admission to the Museum. Children who are booked to see Santa between 14th and 16th December will be admitted free of charge to the Christmas Market, while adults will pay just £5.00, which also includes admission to the Museum. 

While visiting the grotto and/or the market, why not browse the shop for sparkling decorations and bespoke gifts, or partake of a warming drink or snack in Café Bowes before exploring the Museum with our fun and family friendly Christmas trail? 

The Bowes Museum is open daily from 10am. Details of exhibitions and events can be found on the website at

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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!