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Friends' Events 2015

Excavations near Cataractonium, Friday 6 November, 2.00 This event is fully booked. Second date planned for the new year. Look out for details soon.
Anyone who regularly uses the A1 travelling south will have noticed the recently completed archaeological dig to the east of the road near Catterick, where road widening is now taking place. These excavations were led by Richard Fraser of Northern Archaeological Associates, and we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to come and tell us more about the extraordinary discoveries made and what they have revealed about the early history of this key trading and transport route.

Lighting the Friends’ Christmas Tree, 
Sunday 29 November, 2.30 - 4.30
Join the Friends for an afternoon of Festive Family Fun to start the Christmas Season with:
Free entry to the Museum after 2.30
10% discount in the Museum Shop
15% discount in Café Bowes
Children’s Craft Activities and competitions
Green Santa in his Green Grotto
Fabulous Christmas Raffle and wreaths for sale
Carols from ‘No Added Sugar’ and the chance to sing along and listen to the children sing when the lights on the tree are switched on by the competition winners
Children’s Competition: Make a Santa shape to hang on our tree – red on one side and green on the other, no bigger than 10cm by 8cm, or collect a template from the Museum. Put it in an envelope with your name, age and telephone number or email address on the outside. Entries must be at the Museum by Thursday 26 November 

Barnard Castle School Carol Concert, Friday 11 December, 7.30, Friends £10.00 Guests £13.00
The Friends look forward to this event every year. Please make a note of the date and remember that early booking is always advised.
Drinks and nibbles will be served from 7.00pm.

Further details of forthcoming Friends’ Events will always be found in the centre pages (12 & 13) of each issue of our quarterly newsletter Bowes Arts (see link to recent issues in the right-hand column).

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.