Packed Programme of Activities and Events at The Bowes Museum Lates!

Packed Programme of Activities and Events at The Bowes Museum Lates!

Experience The Bowes Museum after hours during a packed programme of activities and events at the popular Lates! evening on Thursday 8th September.

Complementing the Artists, Farmers and Philosophers symposium taking place in Teesdale, the event, which runs from 5 – 10pm, opens with an opportunity to see the current exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A. Timed slots can be booked for 5pm, 6pm or 7pm.

From 6pm there is a chance to view the completion of an art installation in the Museum grounds by Finnish artist Henna Asikainen, aided by a group of refugees based in Newcastle.

Inside the building a keynote talk by writer and Fun Palaces director Stella Duffy OBE, which begins at 6.30pm, kickstarts a sequence of informal and entertaining talks about the art, poetry, farming and philosophy of landscape. Kando Theatre for Kids will also be performing shadow puppet theatre from 6.30pm.

Café Bowes will be open to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a drink, and don’t miss the rare opportunity to head to the very top of the building to catch the stunning view of the sunset from the Library.

The evening rounds off with dancing to the music of refugee band, Crossings.The Lates! evening is free with admission £10.50 for adults, £9.50 concessions and £7.00 for students, and includes admission to the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition. Tickets can be obtained online or in person from The Bowes Museum.

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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.