Row of Classic Cars parked on the terrace infornt of The Bowes Museum

Guided Tours, daily until 30 October, 11.30
Join one of our guides for a tour of the museum and its treasures. These 45 minute tours highlight the key pieces in the collection as well as some hidden gems. The tours are free with normal admission.

Big BRASS Bash, 12 July, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Free outdoor event
New York Brass Band and Oompah Brass have been festival favourites for the last 10 years, and as part of the anniversary celebrations they will go head-to-head. They will be supported by an eclectic mix of bands.

English Rose Gallery Talk, 13 July, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 14 July, 3.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Fantastic 
Fish, 21 & 22 July, 10.30 - 4.00 
When you look closely there are hundreds of fish decorating the Museum objects. See if you can find them and then try a variety of fishy themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Dales Pony Society Marks Centenary, 24 July, 11.00 – 3.00
The grounds of The Bowes Museum welcome a special four-legged visitor when Dales pony Rocky pays a visit with his owners, who will chat to visitors about this rare breed native to Teesdale. Have your picture taken with Rocky, and learn how the breed was once the backbone of many hill farms in the area. Rocky’s visit complements the current display in the Museum, which highlights the breed
during the Dales Pony Society’s centenary year.

A Taste of Baroque, 24 July, 5.00 (bar), concert 5.30 – 6.15, £12.00 Adults, £6.00 children
Join musical duo Flautino for a short concert of beautiful baroque music for recorders and bass viol, performed in quirky period costume in the Museum’s Picture Galleries. Tickets here>

Simple Sewing,
 25 July, 10.30 – 4.00
Celebrate Thread a Needle Day by exploring the Museum textile collection and be inspired to try some simple sewing in this drop in workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 26 July 12.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors..more

Tick Tock! 
26 & 27 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.50 per child 
Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your own working clock to take home! Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Ganesha Pots, 
28 & 29 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Learn about Ganesha in the new From Temple to Home exhibition. Sketch in the gallery before trying to create a Ganesha pot using air hardening clay. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Fabulous 
Feasts, 1 & 2 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the Museum and see lots of food inspired artwork and then create your favourite foods in a fun collage drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

National 
Play Day, 3 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be part of National Play Day and let your imagination run wild as you create your very own game to take home in this drop in session! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Boats, Trains and Planes, 
4 & 5 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Transport is the theme in this drop in fun day! See how many different modes of transport you can spot in the Museum collection before trying a variety of themed crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Extraordinary Shoes, 8 August, 10.30 – 4.00
Be inspired by the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition and create your own extraordinary shoes using card and a range of collage materials. Children are welcome to bring an old shoe and transform this too. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Stories and Rhymes - Family Fun Day, 9 August, 11.00 – 4.00 
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities are linked to well known nursery rhymes and tales. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Celebrate the Olympics, 
10, 11 & 12 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be inspired by the Olympic Games to try a variety of themed crafts including making a salt dough medal and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for this drop in session. 

English Rose Gallery Talk, 11 August, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 11 August, 3.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Van Dyck & Lace Lecture, 12 August, 11.00, Free Friends of The Bowes Museum, Normal museum admission applies to guests.
A special lecture by Frieda Sorber, Curator of the Fashion Museum Antwerp, MOMU, discussing the long-lasting influence of Van Dyck on fashion and lace...more

Painting Workshop - John Constable’s Trees, 15 August, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Mandalas,
 15, 16, 30 & 31 August, 10.30 - 4.00
Mandalas are elaborate repeated patterns inside a circle and are created by Hindus as a form of worship. Use this drop in workshop to learn more about Hinduism in the From Temple to Home exhibition before creating your own mandalas design. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Horse Play, 
17 & 18 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the Museum’s collection and see if you can find any horses decorating objects before trying a variety of horse themed crafts in this drop in event. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Seascapes, 
19 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Look at the amazing seascapes in the Museum collection before creating your own beach picture using collage materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for this drop in session.

Extraordinary Shoes, 22 August, 10.30 – 4.00
Be inspired by the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition and create your own extraordinary shoes using card and a range of collage materials. Children are welcome to bring an old shoe and transform this too. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Ganesha – Family Fun Day,
 23 August, 11.00 – 4.00
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities include making a Ganesha mask, creating a rangoli pattern, designing a mehndi hand pattern and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Behind the Scenes Tour, 23 August, 12.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors...more

Silver Swan Spectacular, 2
4, 25 & 26 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Sketch the amazing Silver Swan before trying a variety of Silver Swan themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Printing Patterns, 1 & 2 September, 10.30 – 
4.00
Patterns are everywhere in The Bowes Museum! See if you can create your own pattern in this simple, drop in, printing workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

British Museum curator to speak about 13th century sculpture, 5 September, 2.15
Dr Imma Ramos, curator of South Asian collections at the British Museum, will explore the historical & cultural context of the 13th century sculpture of Ganesha, on display as part of the current From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha exhibition. In particular, she will explore its fascinating journey from India to the British Museum via an East India Company officer named Charles Stuart. Reserve your place here>

Lates! at The Bowes Museum, 8 September, 5.00 - 10.00
Come and experience the Museum and the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition after hours, with a late bar and delicious food in Café Bowes

English Rose Gallery 
Talk, 9 September, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Painting Workshop - Painting Glass, 12 September, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Romantic Roses – Silk Flower Corsages, 17 September, 10.00 - 4.30, £79.00 Adults, £76.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc light lunch and museum admission
Join milliner Claire Spooner for a fun & relaxed workshop, using silk & traditional techniques to make two beautiful flower corsages. Enjoy a creative day which includes a light lunch & entrance to the English Rose exhibition, with a guided tour of the hats featured. Booking required here>

History of Propaganda, 18 September, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum
Join Prof Jo Fox, the UK’s foremost scholar of comparative propaganda, for a talk on how feelings of love, romance and
sexuality were played upon by propagandists on all sides of the First World War. Booking required here>

English Rose Lecture, 21 September, Wine reception 6.00, talk 6.30, £10.00 Adults, £8.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum and Friends of Auckland Castle, £6.00 Students
Join Anna Reynolds, Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, for the final in this series of evening talks to celebrate and explore paintings in the current English Rose exhibition. Ms Reynolds will speak on the topic of Fashion & Art. Booking required here>

Try your hand at Glass Engraving, 24 September, 10.15 – 11.45, 12.00 – 1.30 and 2.00 – 3.30, £18.00 Adults, £15.00 Museum Friends
Join Sandra Snaddon, Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for an introductory workshop. Learn how to use an electric engraving drill and how to apply a design to a glass by choosing appropriate burrs to achieve the desired effect. You will have a finished engraved glass to take away and the opportunity to visit the glass engraving display in the Ceramics Galleries. Participants must be 16+. To book click on the time of the session you would like to attend.

Lates! at The Bowes Museum, 6 October, 5.00 - 10.00
Come and experience the Museum and the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition after hours, with a late bar and delicious food in Café Bowes

Heavenly Heels – Shoe Clips in Fabric & Feathers, 8 October, 10.00 - 4.30, £65.00 Adults £62.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc light lunch and museum admission
Join tutor Claire Spooner for a fun and relaxed workshop. You will make three pairs of fabulous shoe clips using three different techniques with feathers, fabric and ribbon. Enjoy a creative day which includes a light lunch and access to the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition. There is a small amount of hand-sewing, but no experience required. Students might like to bring a pair of shoes as inspiration for their designs. Booking required here>

Material Memories – The North East’s First World War Trench Art, 15 October, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum
Join Andrew Marriott for this talk on artworks made from recycled munitions and other materials available to soldiers in the First World War, and his pioneering research to uncover the history of surviving pieces in the North East. Booking required here>

Try your hand at Glass Engraving, 22 October, 10.15 – 11.45, 12.00 – 1.30 and 2.00 – 3.30, £18.00 Adults, £15.00 Museum Friends
Join Sandra Snaddon Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for an introductory workshop. Learn how to use an electric engraving drill and how to apply a design to a glass by choosing appropriate burrs to achieve the desired effect. You will have a finished engraved glass to take away and the opportunity to visit the glass engraving display in the Ceramics Galleries. Participants must be 16+. Booking required on 01833 690606 or info@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Painting Workshop - Painting Glass, 24 October, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

WW1 Workshops,
 24 & 26 October, 10.30 - 4.00
Learn about the Museum’s WW1 project and see some real WW1 artefacts before making a remembrance poppy to take home in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Spooooooky Magic – Family 
Fun Day, 25 October, 11.00 - 4.00
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this action packed day of drop in fun for all the family. See a magical magician perform, make a magic wand, create a spooky ghost and much more... Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Halloween Crafts, 
27 & 28 October, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. 

Informal Piano Recital, 30 October, 1.00 – 1.45 & 2.15 – 3.00
Mark Deeks is an experienced and versatile pianist & choir leader based in the North East. He will be performing an intimate & informal recital in the Museum’s picture galleries to celebrate the launch of his new instrumental piano album Lightburst. Featuring solo piano highlights from his career, as well as material from the new album.

Music of Martyrs – British Composers of WW1,  12 November, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum
Join Prof Jeremy Dibble for a talk on the profound effect the First World War had on musicians, exploring the range of emotions that their music captured in the face of heroism, horror and loss. Booking required here>

Painting Workshop - Ink Drawing, 18 November, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

The Modish and the Militant, 10 December, 2.30, £3.00 Adults (or free with admission), free for Friends of The Bowes Museum
Join Lucie Whitmore to explore the links between conflict and women’s fashion. This talk will explore the experiences of women in wartime Britain, the changes in mourning dress, the growing practicality of women’s clothing and its balance between austerity and patriotism. Booking required here>

Painting Workshop - A Christmas Triptych, 12 December, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Christmas Market, 17 and 18 December, 10.00 - 4.00, £2.50 per adult, children free
A wide array of fabulous food and creative crafts will be on offer at the popular annual Christmas Market...more

Christmas Fun, 
19, 20 & 21 December, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Get into the Christmas spirit and create some wonderful crafts to make your Christmas Day extra special! Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

125 Years: Celebrating The Bowes Museum – Family Fun Day, 21 February, 11.00-4.00, Free with admission
This year is the 125th Anniversary of The Bowes Museum opening. Come and join in a variety of fun drop in activities for all the family and help us celebrate in style! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Jays Animal Encounters, 23, 24 February, 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 (sessions last 1½hours), £6.00 per child
Jay will return to The Bowes Museum with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before
creating some artwork to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Payment required at time of booking.

Easter – Family Fun Day, 14 April, 11.00-4.00, Free with admission
Celebrate Easter in this fun packed day by taking part in lots of drop-in craft activities for all ages and an Easter themed trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


The Bowes Museum reserves the right to cancel, with due notice, events where the minimum number of participants is not achieved.