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Once upon a textile

26 January 2019, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Once upon a textile

If you have an old cherished fabric toy or favourite piece of clothing then The Bowes Museum would love you to get in touch.

Our Textile Conservator is holding sessions to learn more about the items that matter to people and will be able to give advice on how to look after them to ensure their longevity.


Catch CATWALKING while you can!

CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore Closes 6 January 2019

Catch CATWALKING while you can!

Come and see our fantastic CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore exhibition before it closes on 6 January.

Featuring more than 200 original photographs alongside over 40 of the outfits featured in the shots by designers ranging from Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Chanel to Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.


WW1 exhibition presented with painted metal plates from the Front line.

WW1 exhibition presented with painted metal plates from the Front line.

The WW1 exhibition 'To Serve King and Country' has been presented with some beautiful painted metal plates that were on the Front line.


Christmas market at The Bowes Museum

Christmas market at The Bowes Museum

Enjoy traditional fairground rides, cheering live music and warming mulled wine as you browse the stalls of 70 handpicked local suppliers at our annual Christmas Market.

This family favourite returns to The Bowes Museum on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December.


Fashion industry pioneers gather at The Bowes Museum

Catwalking Live and In Conversation

If you’re interested in fashion and want to find out more about the industry, how to break into it and what really goes on behind the scenes then The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is the place to be on Saturday 8 December.


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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.