The Wheels On The Bus Head For UK Exclusive YSL Exhibition

The Clockwork Garden

29 July - 5 November

Flying in from somewhere far out in the black of space, a strange mechanical seed has landed in our temporary exhibition gallery and unfurled to fill it with the beautiful interactive Clockwork Garden Exhibition. It needs to learn the secrets that make our human gardens so full of life, joy and beauty, so it can take them back to its own planet, which has no gardens of its own. But will the ominous Orange Moon and its shadowy Mechanized Grizzlies find the seed before it's ready to return?

Only you can hold them at bay and fill the seed with enough wonder and joy to send it safely back into space…

The Clockwork Garden exhibition is an immersive and interactive installation full of strange metallic fronds, glimmering animations and whirring sounds. Inside it you will invent garden stories in the puppet theatre, dream in the clouds, make the garden bloom with colourful paper flowers, create mechanical artwork, puzzle out the magic of seeds and discover art from some brilliant contemporary artists.

In our own Earthly garden grounds you will be able to delve further into this fantastical story with The Clockwork Garden Adventure trail. Follow a curious, illustrated map and explore the grounds, finding tendrils of the mechanical seed, completing tasks and challenges and solving clues left by the wondrous characters of the Bowes' founders, both historical and fictional...

This wondrous world has been specially created by national children's arts charity The House of Fairy Tales.

Alongside all the interactive installations the exhibition will include artworks from: Gavin Turk, Sir Peter Blake, Mat Collishaw, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Simon English, Georgie Hopton, Simon Periton, Marvyn Gaye Chetwynd, Andrew Rae, Josh Knowles, Ian Dawson and Steven Claydon.

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The Wheels On The Bus Head For UK Exclusive YSL Exhibition

Culture lovers from near and far can now board a coach directly from Durham City straight to the doors of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, venue for the hottest show of the summer: Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal

This UK exclusive exhibition is exciting the fashion, art and culture scenes, with visitors travelling from across the globe to witness the UK’s first comprehensive retrospective of the iconic designer’s working world. And visiting just got easier, with return tickets for the coach trip - which runs Saturdays and Sundays until 25th October - costing just £21.00, which includes transport and admission to The Bowes Museum. Tickets can be booked by contacting Gala on 03000 266600, buying in person at the Box Office or online 

Departure is at 10.00am, and the coach will arrive at the Museum in time for the 11.00am Style Is Eternal exhibition slot. The bus will leave at 4.00pm from the Museum, arriving in Durham for 5.00pm. The pickup and drop off point is located at the Claypath [Millennium Place] bus stop, as used by the Park and Ride.

“This is the perfect opportunity for locals from Durham and the surrounding area, as well as those from afar to visit this exhibition with ease,” said the Museum’s Marketing Officer, Rachael Fletcher. 

Recent praise for the Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal exhibition:

“A thrilling exhibition.” – Wallpaper: Christopher Stocks

“An incredibly intimate experience. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I was completely blown away. It’s extraordinary.” – BBC Radio  4 Front Row: Shahida Bari

“The museum is in fact an 18th century French-style chateau – surely the perfect home for fashion’s most Proustian of designers.” – Vogue: Ben Evans

And, as Tamsin Blanchard, of Telegraph Fashion, succinctly puts it: “Barnard Castle is this summer’s fashion destination.”

For those who are looking to make a weekend, or a week, of it you can combine your trip to see this unmissable fashion exhibition with other exciting shows and events to be found across this beautiful part of the country.

Barnard Castle, an historic market town, is home to The Bowes Museum and the Castle.
The Museum is host to the Yves Saint Laurent: Style Is Eternal exhibition along with stunning permanent collections, beautiful formal gardens, as well as a shop and Café Bowes. 
Barnard Castle is an English Heritage owned site, the castle is set upon a high rock above the River Tees with stunning views of the Tees Gorge and a delightful sensory garden within. On the 18th of August there will be an outdoor production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
There is also The Witham – a non-profit organisation which provides community, cultural and commercial activity in the centre of Barnard Castle. The venue is hosting a French Film Festival, which includes a biopic of Yves Saint Laurent, a perfect counterpart to the Style Is Eternal exhibition.

Durham is a thriving historical city, with a rich heritage, and is currently playing host to the Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revoltexhibition. This show celebrates 800 years since the creation of the historical document known as the cornerstone of our modern freedom. The exhibition is located at The Palace Green Library and runs until 31st August.
There is also Durham Cathedral – the greatest Norman building in England. Adored for its architecture and stunning surroundings, it was one of Britain’s first World Heritage Sites. Take in the grand sights at your own pace, or book a guided tour. 
Durham Castle, located just opposite the cathedral, is a unique historic site surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can enjoy a guided tour of the 11th century building, or admire it from afar. 
Stroll through Durham taking in the architecture at leisure, walk by the stunning riverside, or book a river cruise.

Bishop Auckland is home to Auckland Castle, the home of the Zurbarán paintings of Jacob and His Twelve Sons. The castle also has its own Deer House and Park, and tea room, with regular events, activities and lectures. In The Library Tea Room you can enjoy an authentic Library lunch or high tea in the heart of the Castle. 

Staindrop’s Raby Castle is one of the best preserved castles in the North East of England, with fine interiors and architecture, and a stunning art collection, walled gardens, deer park, woodland play area and tearooms. There are plenty of events and activities available too, such as outdoor theatre and workshops.

Notes to Editors

The Bowes Museum

• The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.  
• The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme.  Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation. 
• Normal admission to the Museum: Adults £10.50, Concessions £9.50, Students £6.00, Six Month Pass £16.00, Carers and children Free (under 16s).  Admission allows access to exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation or are not a UK taxpayer admission prices are: Adults £9.25, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children (under 16) and carers free.
• The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 0191 301 8531,
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