October Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum

October Half Term Fun at The Bowes Museum

There’s plenty of opportunity to keep the children occupied this half term with a selection of educational and eerie events taking place at The Bowes Museum.


Learn about the Museum’s First World War commemoration project in these WW1 Workshops on 24 & 26 October. Children will be able to see real artefacts from the conflict and make their own remembrance poppy to take home. These drop in workshops run from 10.30 - 4.00 and are free for children, who must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.


For Halloween frights, come along to see some Spooooooky Magic in this Family Fun Day on 25 October. Watch performances by a captivating magician and be inspired to make your own magic wand, create a spooky ghost and much more. Activities take place from 11.00 - 4.00 and are free for children, who must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.


Brave souls can also take part in more fun Halloween Crafts on 27 & 28 October. Sessions run from 10.30 -12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00 and cost £4.00 per child. Make a bat decoration, colour a bag ready for trick-or-treating, paint a ceramic Jack-o’-Lantern and more. Children must be accompanied by adult for whom there is no charge. Booking is required for this event on 01833 690606.


The Bowes Museum, Café Bowes and Shop are open daily from 10.00. A full programme of events and exhibitions is available by calling 01833 690606 or by viewing the website at www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk.

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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.