Get that holiday feeling at The Bowes Museum this summer!  Join us for the last Friday of each month, for the next three months, for Museum lates! Let us whisk you away to Italy, France and Spain through the beauty of our European collections. Get a taste of the continent with special talks about the collections, live music as well as delicious menus inspired by these fabulous cultures designed by Café Bowes’ Head Chef, Ben Parnaby.

Ciao Italy

30 July, 6.00 - 9.00, £5, Booking Essential; Bookings to Café Bowes between 5.30 - 8.00

Are you aching for Italy? Then look no further than this fabulous evening full of Italian culture, music and food to help ease your longing. Relax and get that holiday feeling as you wander around the Museum’s breathtaking galleries, enjoying the delightful sights and musical sounds of Italy as you discover more about the most significant Italian items in the collection during a fascinating guided tour. And if that gets your taste buds tingling, then round off the evening with an authentic Italian feast created especially for the occasion by Café Bowes’ head chef, Ben Parnaby.

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Bonjour France

27 August, 6.00 - 9.00, £5, Booking essential, Bookings to Café Bowes between 5.30 - 8.00

Relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and taste of France as you join us for a very French affair where you can find out all about our incredible founder Josephine Bowes and see some of the amazing artwork she created that now adorns the walls of the Museum bearing her name. You can also discover why the Museum resembles a fabulous French chateau during a fascinating talk by Dr Simon Spier before rounding the evening off with the delicious taste of Paris in Café Bowes.

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Hola Spain

24 September, 6.00 - 9.00, £5, Booking Essential; Bookings to Café Bowes between 5.30 - 8.00

Help us celebrate our sensational collection of Spanish paintings, which is among the very best in the UK, during this superb Spanish themed evening. Enjoy live music and sangria as you saunter around the Museum’s awe inspiring galleries. Hankering after the flavour of Spanish fayre? Then savour some scrumptious tapas in Café Bowes to round the evening off.


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