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Outdoor classroom opens at The Bowes Museum

Open sided structure can accommodate 30 people for outside learning and fun activities.

Outdoor classroom opens at The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that its new outdoor classroom will welcome its first visitors on Saturday 14th of August.

The open sided wooden structure can hold 30 children and will be used by the Museum's education and events departments for activities and workshops in the grounds.

Made from sustainable robinia wood, the £22,000 structure has been made possible thanks to the second round of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which was administered by Arts Council England.


Summer of fun at The Bowes Museum

There's something for everyone to enjoy during the summer holiday.

Enjoy a summer of fun packed activities at The Bowes Museum this year.

With a fantastic family exhibition, superb summer school and lots of arts and craft activities both in the grounds and in the gardens there's something to delight everyone at the Barnard Castle based Museum in the coming months.

The adventures of Clara has opened with fun rhino fact packed trails inside and outside the Museum, there are loads of free craft events happening in the grounds every week throughout the school holidays as well as artist led painting and sketching lessons, wellness sessions and the return of the fantastic Museum Late events, this year with a continental holiday at home theme, and much, much more.

The adventures of Clara

17 July 2021 - 31 October 2021

The adventures of Clara

Meet Clara, once the most famous rhinoceros in the world, at The Bowes Museum this summer!

See, hear and even smell what life was like for her as the Museum retells the adventures of Clara through fun packed trails with lots of fascinating rhino facts as well as information on how to preserve the species for the future, as the Museum has teamed up with the charity Helping Rhinos, and the chance to come face to face with a life sized rhino model too!

Pick up a passport and sticker sheet to discover how she left her home in India and travelled to Europe, where she created a sensation and was greeted by cheering crowds where ever she went, inspiring paintings, poems, songs and sculptures, just like the Museum's very own white marble statue, to be created.

The adventures of Clara has trails both inside the Museum and in its surrounding parkland as well as free craft events taking place each week throughout the school summer holidays in the gardens too.

The adventures of Clara is open from Saturday 17 July up to, and including, 31 October 2021.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

Open until 9 January 2022

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions

The very best examples of a traditional art form handed down through the generations and seeing a huge resurgence in popularity today are on display in The Bowes Museum.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is open until 9 January 2022 and features more than 25 exquisite wholecloth, strippy, pieced and star quilts as well as templates and wholecloth quilt tops.

This stunning exhibition is testament to the living tradition of quilting and marries the past and present of the craft, bringing together historic and contemporary quilts, with fascinating stories, from across the North of England that have been acquired by the Museum in the last 20 years.


New look and new taste to Cafe Bowes

New menu launched to celebrate refurbishment of Museum cafe

New look and new taste to Cafe Bowes

The Bowes Museum is delighted to unveil its new look Cafe Bowes complete with a brand new delicious seasonal menu featuring lots of high quality locally sourced ingredients.

The Teesdale based interior designers Brown & Baxter refurbished the space creating a timeless classic French style, that makes you feel welcome from the moment you walk through the door with its relaxing, calm ambience.

Head Chef Ben Parnaby has been joined in the kitchen by Second Chef, Dawn Gibson, and between them they have over 30 years of experience working in top hotels and restaurants.

Cafe Bowes is free to visit without having to pay a Museum admission charge.




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