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Christmas Market


13, 14, 15 December, 10.00 – 4.00, £5.00 Adults & £2.50 Children

 

The Bowes Museum and grounds are once again set to come alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of the annual Christmas Market.
 

A firm favourite in the regional calendar, the ever-popular event takes place in the Museum grounds, with entrance to the Museum and tradition fairground rides included.

Visitors can look forward to a wide range of fabulous locally sourced foodstuffs and crafts from some of the finest suppliers in the area, with around 80 hand-picked vendors offering superb ideas and products for those extra special presents or last minute treats.

Stallholders will be tempting the tastebuds with Belgian waffles, local gin, hot sandwiches, succulent sausages, homemade pies, artisan breads and cheeses, plus delicious sauces and dressings, while gift hunters can shop for handmade decorations and presents including jewellery, stained glass, leather goods, clothing, beautiful candles and ceramics.

Live music adds to the festive atmosphere with performances by local bands, schools and community groups that will include seasonal entertainment.

Step inside the Museum to take part in children’s crafts and activities in the galleries and learn more about the Museum’s treasures via interactive talks and demonstrations.

Complimentary park and ride Santa buses will run on the latter two days and there will be an onsite parking charge of £5.00 per vehicle on those days.

Visitors please note that there will be no access to the market via the rear gate in Crook Lane.

For travel trade enquiries please contact groups@thebowesmuseum.org.uk (discounted rates available on 14 December). For stall enquiries please contact events@thebowesmuseum.org.uk with details of your business, a website/social media page or some images.

Accessibility


There are designated parking bays which are free to blue badge holders behind the Museum.  There will be stalls in the Museum and on the terrace which are accessible to wheelchair users.  There will be some stalls on the Parterre Garden, which has a gravelled surface.

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.