Alien Beach Party

Alien Beach Party

From Tuesday 16 April you may get more than they bargained for. Aliens will be taking over the toy galleries, as part of the GeTINvolved Alien Beach Party exhibition. Members of the GeTINvolved group got to know the Museum’s collection and books by the author and illustrator Nick Sharratt (whose exhibition Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is here from 20 July to 3 November).

They worked with the sculptor Vicky Holbrough to create Nick Sharratt style characters including: a duck with a monkey’s tail, a monkey in red shoes, a lion/croc/monkey and a light up space ship full of green aliens.


Competition time!

You are invited to enter a writing competition of up to 500 words with the title, Alien Beach Party. This is a great opportunity for youngsters to let their imaginations go wild, thinking about what weird and wonderful things these fantastic creations have been up to or are planning.

There are five categories in the competition:

  • Ages 6 and under;
  • Ages 7 to 9;
  • Ages 10 to 11;
  • Ages 12 to 15;
  • Ages 16 and over.

    The closing date is 16 June.  The winners will be announced and presented with their prizes on 20 July.

You can email your submissions to , or hand them in in person to Reception staff.

The Bowes Museum has worked with TIN Arts since 2017. GeTINvolved is a TIN Arts course funded by Durham Adult Learning and Skills Service. The Bowes Museum education department collaboration with TIN Arts has also received funding from Art UK’s Sculpture Around You.

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Alien Beach Party

16 April, 10.30 – 4.00, Free for pass holders or normal admission

Alien Beach Party

Come and join the fun by making a colourful clay Alien to add to our Beach Party Scene created by our GeT!Nvolved Group.  Can you write a short story about our Alien Beach Party? Come to the party and find out more about the competition!


Information about reopening

We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.