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Afternoon Tea with Santa

2 December, 2.15 – 3.45, Adults £20.00, Child £15.00 (price includes a gift for children)

Afternoon Tea with Santa Santa is taking time out from feeding his reindeer and keeping the elves in order to invite families to join him for a festive afternoon tea (full menu here) in our enchanting Jubilee Room, where he'll create magical memories as he chats to you and hands out presents.

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Afternoon Tea with Santa

9 December, 2.15 – 3.45, Adults £20.00, Child £15.00 (price includes a gift for children)

Afternoon Tea with Santa Santa is taking time out from feeding his reindeer and keeping the elves in order to invite families to join him for a festive afternoon tea (full menu here) in our enchanting Jubilee Room, where he'll create magical memories as he chats to you and hands out presents.

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Inside the Clockwork Mouse

28 October, 3.00,

Inside the Clockwork Mouse

As part of a day of drop-in activities marking the departure of the Clockwork Garden exhibition, join clockmaker Matthew Read as he takes a hands-on approach to looking inside automata - toys that move. From antiques to the modern day, sprockets, springs, cogs & levers are as important today as they were when the Museum’s Silver Swan and mechanical mouse were made. This short, fun talk will use modern clockwork toys to explain how automata work and why taking things to bits is great fun and a brilliant way to learn.


The Bowes Museum’s Swan Automaton

2 November, 2.30

The Bowes Museum’s Swan Automaton The serene movement of the Silver Swan automaton belies the intricate workings of its 18th century mechanism. Join clockmaker Matthew Read, as he reveals what makes the Swan tick and how the philosophical and commercial context of the period generated one of the world’s great automatons. 

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The Art of the Actor

12 November, 2.30

The Art of the Actor Join Dr. James Harriman Smith (Newcastle University) & members of the Castle Players for a unique insight into the role of paintings in historic performance. Eighteenth-century acting manuals repeatedly advised their readers to study paintings, but what exactly were actors meant to be looking for? Through a mixture of research presentations and practical examples, we will attempt to answer that question, and to shed new light on the Museum’s own paintings, by Zoffany, of the actor David Garrick. 

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