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Half term fun at The Bowes Museum

There's lots going on for all ages to enjoy!

Half term fun at The Bowes Museum

Come and join in the fun at The Bowes Museum this half term holiday.

With talks, tours, trails, tricks and tips there's something for everyone of all ages to enjoy taking part in.

The excitement starts on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of May, when you can pick up a kit to create a windchime to bring the sound of music to the gardens or find out the secret behind making a stunning wholecloth quilt.

Our Young Curators will be in action throughout the week, giving tours and talks with an insight, from their perspective, into the collection.

We'll be hosting yoga and meditation in the grounds, alongside many other events both inside and outside the Museum, including a Magical Super Saturday too.

Museum brings community groups together for kindness quilt project.

Schools, care homes and craft groups are among those joining in the scheme.

The Bowes Museum is working with schools, care homes and many different community groups in a series of projects that complement its North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions exhibition.

The Museum's education team have taken inspiration from the book "The Kindness Quilt" by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and are running, among other events, an intergenerational project linking Primary Schools across the region with Care Homes in Barnard Castle.  The artist Claire Ford is leading zoom workshops where the children and elderly people collaborate on making squares for a quilt.

Participation in the scheme has been so popular that it has now been rolled out to a total of 55 schools ranging from Bedlington to Northallerton and the Museum is inviting people to send in their own 15cm by 15cm square of fabric or paper to be included in a Great Giant Kindness Quilt.

The Bowes Museum is ready to welcome visitors back on May 17

Admission tickets must be booked online or by phone in advance

The Bowes Museum is ready to welcome visitors back from Monday May 17.

There are lots of new and exciting things for people to enjoy when they visit.  North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is hanging in the temporary exhibition hall ready to wow visitors and Cafe Bowes has undergone a refurbishment, complete with a tasty new menu.

Visitors can be reassured as the Museum has been deep cleaned, hand sanitisers have been refilled, guidance signage renewed and staff have been trained to greet people in a safe and timely manner.  An enhanced cleaning programme has also been put in place for regularly touched points.

The Museum also holds VisitEngland's 'We're Good to Go' certification, which means it's going above and beyond in everything to keep everyone safe.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.


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