Real Reindeer, Festive Fare & Quality Crafts at The Bowes Museum's annual Christmas Market - until 23 December 2015

Real Reindeer, Festive Fare & Quality Crafts at The Bowes Museum's annual Christmas Market - until 23 December 2015

A tempting array of fabulous food and creative crafts is on offer at The Bowes Museum on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December, at the ever popular Christmas Market.


The market - which takes place in the Museum grounds, on the newly graveled paths of the parterre garden - runs from 10.00 to 4.00 each day, with a huge selection of stalls catering for every festive need. Tempting the tastebuds will be hard-to-resist luxury hampers, artisan breads, Christmas cakes and bakes, local ales, cheeses, and pies of all descriptions. But for those who can’t wait until the big day, mulled wine, pizzas from a wood-fired oven, gourmet street food and bratwurst will be available to consume on the day.


Adding to the seasonal atmosphere over the weekend will be choirs, including Musicality and The Andreas Ensemble, along with music from Barnard Castle Brass Band, while Santa and his elf will be Ho! Ho! Hoing! in his workshop from 10.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.00, waiting to welcome younger visitors who will also have a chance to feed his real reindeer and take part in various activities. Admission to see Santa is £3.00 per child, to include a gift.


Craft stalls proffer some amazing gift ideas including ceramics, personalised presents, bespoke homewares, luxury wools and knits, scarves, handbags, hand painted fashion, jewellery, blacksmith work and alpaca wool goods. Original artwork and prints are also available to purchase at the market as well as from the stunning New Light selling exhibition of contemporary work currently on show inside the Museum.


There is a small cover charge of £2.50 per adult which includes entry to the market and museum, with the fabulous opportunity to visit two further exhibitions - Robert Mapplethorpe: The Magic in the Muse, a show of this famous photographer’s work, and Quiltscapes & Quiltlineby contemporary quiltmaker and textile artist Pauline Burbidge.


Park and Ride ‘Santa buses’ will leave GlaxoSmithKline car park in the town’s Harmire Road for the Museum at regular intervals each day, commencing at 9.45. The cover charge will be collected from each adult boarding the bus or at the front gate for pedestrians and cars parking on site.


Disabled drivers unable to use the Park and Ride will remain eligible to park free of charge in the Museum grounds, on production of their ‘Blue Badge’. As parking is limited, others wishing to park on site at the Museum will be charged £5.00 per vehicle in addition to the £2.50 cover charge per person.


Visitors please note that there will be no access to the market via the rear gate in Crook Lane.


Event co-ordinator Rosie Bradford said: “Come and join us for a great market with lots of local goods, that really puts you in the Christmas spirit, then get warm inside a treasure trove of beautiful art”.


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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.