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Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Half term fun to keep all ages out of mischief!

Spooky fun at The Bowes Museum

Witch's brooms, creepy crawlies and spooky fun are all in the air at The Bowes Museum this Halloween.

There's lots to do to keep everyone out of mischief over the October half term holidays.

From the return of the incredible ZOOLAB, to making your LEGO® models come to life, there's even the chance to see magic in action at the Halloween Party.

 


Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

16 November 2019 to 23 February 2020

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

The Bowes Museum is honoured to be holding the first major retrospective of works by one of the most loved artists from the North of England.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, will open almost 100 years to the day after the artists birth in Spennymoor.

There will be more than 60 works on show including, pastels, charcoals and oil paintings from both public and private collections, some of which are previously unseen.

Cornish was a magnificent chronicler of everyday life, recording the social environment and industrial landscape in which he lived and worked; painting the community he knew with integrity, providing a documentary of a bygone era.


Judy Hurst - Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

21 September 2019 – 23 February 2020

Judy Hurst - Illumination: the Gateway to Eternity

Judy Hurst returns to The Bowes Museum with another selling exhibition of intricate illustrative works.  

She specialises in the historic and traditional technique of painting on vellum (calfskin). 

Her work is inspired by her knowledge, respect and deep love of nature and the patterns that she believes are fundamental to existence.

The prints in the exhibition will be available to buy in the Museum shop along with a selection of smaller prints and cards.


Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

1 - 22 December 2019

Santa returns to The Bowes Museum

Book your tickets now to see Santa in his enchanting woodland grotto at The Bowes Museum.

He's found space in his busy schedule to fly in to make Christmas extra special from the 1st to the 22nd of December.

On arrival you'll be greeted by his friendly elves who'll show you to his toyshop where you can create festive crafts before meeting Santa himself in his cosy sitting room grotto, where he'll complete the magic by presenting each eligible child with an early Christmas gift.

It costs just £12 per child, and accompanying adults are free.

The popular Christmas Market returns this year, from 10am - 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 13 - 15 December, with handpicked stalls in both the grounds and Museum selling a wonderful array of locally produced food, drinks and crafts accompanied by live music and entertainment.

 

 


The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's The Death of Lucretia

26 October 2019 - 20 January 2020

The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's The Death of Lucretia

The first UK exhibition, outside London, dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni opens at The Bowes Museum in October.

Celebrating the artist and his importance in Western art, The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni's The Death of Lucretia will feature works from renowned public and private collections as well as unveiling new research into works in the Museum's own collection.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of gallery talks, lectures, debates, film screenings, dance workshops, concerts and a special display of costumes inspired by the exhibition created by the Northern School of Art; along with in-conversation events with associations of women and the art-based education and training company 'Changing Relations'.


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All of us at The Bowes Museum are really sad to announce that we have had to close until Wednesday 2 December in line with new national restrictions.

As a result, we have been forced to cancel events that were due to take place during this time. If you have a ticket for an event or entry to the Museum before this date, you will be contacted to arrange a refund or to make an alternative booking. All Christmas activities including the Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto are expected to go ahead as planned.

Happily, we are still able to welcome walkers and cyclists to the Park and Gardens as usual, including the Playground area, and cars will be admitted between 10.00 and 4.00 daily.

We have so loved welcoming people into the building again, safely enjoying our displays, eating in Café Bowes and browsing in our shop, so please in the meantime keep safe and we hope to see you back again soon.

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