25 July, 6.00 – 10.00pm, £5.00 per person
Acoustic night in Café Bowes, with free entry to performing musicians. Learn to play the ukulele – surely the world’s most fun instrument – in just a few minutes; bring your own or borrow one on the night & strum along to classic songs with our merry band of players and a talk by the Museum’s Principal Keeper Jane Whittaker.

29 August, 6.00 – 10.00pm, £5.00 per person
Acoustic night in Café Bowes – share your favourite North East or mining songs, or take on the challenge of writing a song inspired by the current Shafts of Light exhibition; readings by the Castle Players will bring this mining art exhibition to life. Enjoy the joys of speed presenting with Bettakultcha – 20 slides, 15 seconds each slide, no sales pitches; other than that the stage is yours! See www.bettakultcha.com To participate send your presentation to rosie.bradford@thebowesmuseum.org.uk. Free entry for all presenters.

26 September, 6.00 – 10.00pm, £5.00 per person
Murder at the Museum – one of the great artists who feature in the Museum’s collection has died. Come along and deduce who has committed the dastardly deed. There’s also entertainment by Cream Tees Folk Band, plus a library tour with Judith Phillips.