Santa tickets selling fast
Santa tickets selling fast

Santa tickets selling fast

1 December – 21 December 2018

Book now to avoid disappointment as tickets to see Santa at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle are selling fast.


Our magical family experience returns on December 1, when Santa Claus will take up residence in his wonderful grotto.


Visitors will be greeted by his friendly elves in his workshop where they’ll help you make some fun festive themed crafts including Christmas tree decorations before meeting Santa himself in his cosy grotto, where each eligible child will get an early Christmas present.


The grotto will be open until 21 December, with slots available to book online.  Santa will be at the Museum from 10.30am – 1pm and 2pm-5pm at weekends and 3.30pm-6pm during weekdays. 


Admission to Santa’s grotto is £10 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 14 and 16 December will be admitted free of charge to our popular annual Christmas Market, while adults will pay just £5.00, which also includes admission to the Museum.


Our fabulous Christmas Market includes a range of handpicked stallholders offering delicious locally sourced food, unique crafts, live music and plenty of seasonal entertainment to get in the festive spirit.


While visiting the grotto and/or market, why not browse the shop for sparkling decorations and bespoke gifts or have a warming drink or snacks in Café Bowes before taking part in our fun and family friendly Christmas trail?


On Saturday 15 December visitors also have the opportunity to join artist Charlotte Hodes at 2.15pm for a short gallery talk about her work, where they can find out more about her inspiration, techniques and processes.

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





Notes to editors:


·         The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods. 

·         The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum receives support from Arts Council England.

·         The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.

The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 03000 26 26 26,
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Information about reopening

We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.