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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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!

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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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 Café 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.

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.