Summer Fête

Summer Fête


9 June, 11.00 - 4.00, £5.00 Adults, £2.50 Children, Free to Passholders & Friends of The Bowes Museum

Join us as we mark the day with fun and festivities for everyone in the Museum and grounds as The Bowes Museum celebrates its 127th birthday.

There will be live music from local bands and community groups, Harvey's Sausages, Earth & Fire Pizza, Hasip Hasip Thai Food, Barista Sisters coffee and Chocolate Fayre ice-creams, Pimms®, Prosecco, cocktails and gin; with deck chairs on the terrace to sit back in, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

As well as being able to explore the Museum’s latest exhibition LEGO®: Building The Bowes Museum, you’ll be able to get top tips on your LEGO® skills from Steve Mayes who’s made all the items featured in the exhibition and try your hand at LEGO® printing.

There will be lots of other activities to take part in, including: face painting, wild printing in the grounds with Bright Woods Forest Schools, a big draw, creating big bubbles, making sparkly CD animals and outdoor trails to test your nature skills.

You can find out more about the Museum and some of the fabulous items in our collection from the team that looks after them as our curators will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you a bit more about your favourite pieces throughout the day.

You can also watch our conservators in action as they work their preservation magic on some quilts.

Come and enjoy the party, it is one not to be missed!

The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


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. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

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.

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.