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!

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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."

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

We’ll be back…