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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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Information about closing


19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

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We’ll be back…