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Friends' Events 2014

A Visit to Auckland Castle - Monday 27 October, 10.30 am

This special, curator-led visit will follow the three-day Symposium on Spanish Art to be held at Durham University, Auckland Castle and The Bowes Museum. We shall be among the first to see a new exhibition, The Treasures of Spanish Art in County Durham, and will learn about recent discoveries and plans for the future. We also hope to see some areas not normally available to the visiting public - and all for no more than the normal cost of entry. Participants are asked on this occasion to use their own transport and to meet at the entrance to the Castle. An optional lunch may be taken in the Bishop's Library.

£8 (All)

A Visit to London - Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 November

This trip to the Leighton House Museum and other Victorian sites, has proved so popular that we have engaged a second guide; nevertheless, both groups are very nearly full. At present, though, we no longer have names on the waiting list so, if you are particularly keen to join us at the last moment, it is still worth asking the Friends’ Office whether any places remain. Full details of the visit are available from the office.

Lighting the Friends’ Christmas Tree - Friday 28 November, 6.00 pm

The local choir, No Added Sugar, and our Northumbrian pipers will provide the music, while our unparalleled Raffle and 'Best Books Box' will again be important features (your contributions for either will be most welcome). Our magnificent Town Crier will introduce proceedings and, by popular request, our Green Santa will again welcome the children. Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Richard Matthews, known to many of us as Large Animal Director at Castle Vets but now, thanks to BBC1’s More Creatures Great and Small, known nationally too, will join us to turn on the lights. Please make sure the date is in your diary now! 

Free Event

Carol Concert with Barnard Castle School - Friday 5 December, 7.30 pm

Barnard Castle School Chapel Choir present their annual concert of carols, readings and instrumental pieces, followed by Christmas refreshments. Please book early to make sure of your places at this popular event; tickets will be posted from 3rd November, for bookings accompanied by an s.a.e. Doors open at 7 pm.

£12 (Friends £10)

Watch this space for news of more Friends' Events coming soon!

Booking and Information: To book tickets for any Friends' Event or to gain further information, contact the Friends' Office, tel 01833 690606 ext.233 or email:


Tickets may also be booked by completing the Booking Form included in the quarterly "Bowes Arts" and sending it to:

The Friends' Office (Events)
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP


When booking tickets, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope; without this, tickets will have to be collected.

The Friends' office is run by volunteers and it is not, therefore, always possible to speak to someone. However, you may leave a message on the answer phone or in an email and a response will be sent at the earliest opportunity.