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The BFG in Pictures


14 July 2018 - 30 September 2018

This Summer everyone’s favourite giant is coming to the Museum in this magical exhibition of Quentin Blake’s illustrations. This is the first major touring exhibition of artwork by Quentin Blake for Roald Dahl’s enduring tale. Blake has personally selected 40 pieces from his archive to illuminate his experience of working on the book and has also written the commentary to inform the exhibition’s interpretative text, relating his first-hand experience of collaborating with Dahl and his approach to illustration.

Accompanying the exhibition is a lively activity programme for families related to the scrumptious illustrations. Families can also enter The BFG’s cave packed full of activities including a comfy reading area, BFG related craft activities and fancy dress. 

The exhibition is touring from the House of Illustration, the UK’s centre for the art of illustration. 

Related Events


Practical Ideas for Creative Writing and Drawing in Primary Schools

19 July, 9.45 - 4.00, £60.00 per delegate, Booking required

Practical Ideas for Creative Writing and Drawing in Primary Schools

The Museum is offering teachers the opportunity to participate in an interactive and practical course delivered by author Adam Bushnell and artist Vicky Holbrough. The course will include opportunities to view the exhibition, practical ideas that will promote creative writing with a BFG theme in your classroom, demonstrations of drawing techniques and processes and an opportunity to have a go, suggestions of how to adapt and expand activities to meet the needs of varying ability levels and much much more! For more information or how to book press here




Phizzwhizzing Preschoolers’ Picnic

1 & 15 August, 10.00 - 11.30, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

Phizzwhizzing Preschoolers’ Picnic

Enjoy a Delumptious snack, make a giant BFG collage, explore the Museum, including the current BFG in Pictures exhibition, and enjoy story time and playtime in this workshop designed for under 5s and their parents/carers. Included in admission pass. Booking required.

 


BFG Puppets

1, 2 August 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

BFG Puppets

Look at the amazing Quentin Blake illustrations in The BFG in Pictures exhibition before creating your own Big Friendly Giant or Sophie puppet to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


I is a Big Friendly Giant

3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Pass Holders

I is a Big Friendly Giant

Become The BFG and bring the story to life by creating your very own Big Friendly Giant ears and dream horn! In addition, explore the original illustrations from the book in The BFG in Pictures exhibition. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Dream Jars Galore!

15, 16 August, 10.30-4.00, Free with Admission or Annual Pass holders

Dream Jars Galore!

See the fantastic Quentin Blake illustrations in The BFG in Pictures exhibition before creating your own dream jar to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


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The Bowes Museum is closed!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum’s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 – 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.