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

Attitudes towards Spanish Sculpture in the 19th Century, 15 January, 6.00pm Drinks reception followed by Lecture at 7.00pm
Dr Marjorie Trusted FSA, Senior Curator of Sculpture, V & A Museum...more

Painting Workshop – Meeting Mr Turner (Part Two: Turner’s Oils), 16 January, 10.00 – 4.00, 
Practical painting led by artist Linda Birch ...more

Gallery Talk – Birds of Paradise,  22 January, 2.30,
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture. 

Gallery Talk, 27 January, 2.30,
Join Veronique Gerard Powell, curator of Six Masterpieces of The Spanish Golden Age: Paintings from Madrid, London & York exhibition to learn more about the works on show.

Painting Workshop – Painting Blue & White China (watercolours), 6 February, 10.00 – 4.00,
Practical painting led by artist Linda Birch...more

Cornelius Johnson’s Portrait of Peter Courthope, 11 February, 2.30, £11.00 Adult, £10.00 Concession/Friend of The Bowes Museum
Join Professor Karen Hearn to learn about one of Julian Opie’s favourite painters, Cornelius Johnson, who portrayed many famous British figures including Charles I. 

Gallery Talk – Birds of Paradise, 12 February, 2.30,
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.

Perfect Portraits - Julian Opie, 16 February, 10.30 - 3.30
Be inspired by the Julian Opie Collected Works exhibition to create your own silhouette and moving flip book in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Birds Galore – Family Fun Day, 17 February, 11.00 – 4.-00,
During this Family Fun Day you will learn about different types of birds, explore the Museum with a themed trail and create wonderful bird inspired crafts to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Jays Animal Encounters, 18 & 20 February,  0.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30,  £5.00 per child
Back by popular demand! 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 a piece of 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.

Gallery Talk, 18 February, 3 & 26 March 2015, 2.30,
Join the Museum’s Curator of Ceramics, Dr. Howard Coutts, for an introduction to this exhibition.

Chinese New Year Crafts, 19 February, 11.00 – 4.00,
Celebrate the Year of the Goat with Lip Lee in this fun drop in workshop.Have a go making puppets, bookmarks, and even try origami! Children must be accompanied byan adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Duchess, Dogs, Detroit and Dragons, Handles and Cherrypickers – patterned travels in the archives of an industry, 24 February 2015, 2.30,  £11.00 Adult, £10.00 Concession/Friend of The Bowes Museum
Join Paul Scott in examining some of the extraordinary journeys his work has taken, from dusty archives to museums, contemporary art collections, a sculpture park, architectural installations and other distant realisations around the globe.

Gallery Talk, 3 March, 2.30,
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Ceramics, Dr Howard Coutts, for an introduction to the current Confected, Borrowed & Blue exhibition.

Gallery Talk – Birds of Paradise,  12 March, 2.30,
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.

On the Darkened Wing, 13 March, 7.00, The Witham, Barnard Castle, £5.00 Adult, £3.00 Concession/Child
A contemporary dance performance by Fertile Ground, with costumes by students from Cleveland College of Art & Design.

Fabulous Feather Fascinators & Corsages, 14 March, 10.00 – 4.00, £50.00 Adult, £48.00 Concession/Friend of The Bowes Museum (materials included)
Join milliner Claire Spooner for a fun & relaxed workshop, using fabulous feathers to make a fascinator (on a comb or headband) and a corsage. Enjoy getting creative whilst learning some basic millinery techniques along the way. 

Painting Workshop – The Horse (Oils), 16 March, 10.00 – 4.00,
Practical painting led by artist Linda Birch...more

Gallery Talk, 26 March, 2.30
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Ceramics, Dr Howard Coutts, for an introduction to the current Confected, Borrowed & Blue exhibition.

Painting Workshop – Coloured Pencils – Feathers & Fancy! 27 March, 10.00 – 4.00, 
Practical painting led by artist Linda Birch...more

Feathers Galore! 30 & 31 March, 10.00 - 3.00
Take part in this fun drop in workshop and look at the fabulous feather creations in the Birds of Paradise exhibition before making a feather bird mask to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Eggscellent Easter Crafts, 1, 2 April, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.00 – 2.30, £4.00 per child
Join in our eggscellent crafts – it will definitely get you into the Easter spirit! Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be
accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.  

Easter - Family Fun Day, 6 April, 11.00 - 4.00
Celebrate Easter with these fun drop-in craft activities including Easter Baskets with a treat! Make a spring daffodil, create beautiful butterflies and explore the Museum and outdoors with an Easter themed Egg Hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.

Behind the Scenes – Conservation at The Bowes Museum, 7 & 8 April, 10.30 – 3.30
See how conservators look after and care for our special artefacts in this fun and interactive drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.

Gallery Talk – Birds of Paradise. 9 April, 2.30
Join the Museum’s Keeper of Textiles, Joanna Hashagen, in the Fashion & Textile Gallery for a talk about this stunning exhibition, which celebrates the art of the plumier and feathers in fashion and haute couture.

Confected, Borrowed and Blue, 9 & 10 April, 10.30 – 3.30
Explore the Confected, Borrowed and Blue exhibition and see unusual blue and white ceramics before painting your own clay tile in a personalised blue and white design. Completed artwork can be taken home to be used as coasters. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Painting Workshop – Mocking the Mighty (ink, watercolour & collage), 1 May,10.00 – 4.00,
Practical painting led by artist Linda Birch...more

Printing Lace,  26 May, 10.30 - 3.30
Explore the new Common Grounds: Lace Drawn from the Everyday exhibition with a children’s trail before trying printing techniques to create your own lace inspired artwork to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Romans – Family Fun Day, 27 May, 11.00 - 4.00
During this fun packed day of drop in activities you will: make a Roman head pot; create a Roman shield; produce a personalised Roman bookmark; design your own mosaic and explore the Museum with a Roman themed trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom
normal admission applies. 

Ships Ahoy! 28 May, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.00 - 2.30, £4.00 per child
Look at the different paintings in the Museum which include boats and then paint your very own model boat to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.  

Fantastic Fans, 29 May, 10.30 - 3.30
See some amazing textile fans in the Museum collection before designing your own paper fan during this drop in session. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.  

Summer School, 20, 27 Jul & 3, 10, 17, 24 August, 10.00 – 12.00, £30.00 per child for six sessions
Explore the Museum collection and try a variety of fun craft activities including clay work, printing and silk painting. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult.

Prehistoric People Crafts, 20 July, 10.30 - 3.30
Join this drop in session to explore the Prehistoric People exhibition and try making Stone, Bronze and Iron Age inspired creations to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Silver Swan Spectacular, 21 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.00 - 2.30, £4.00 per child
Sketch the amazing Silver Swan before trying a variety of themed crafts. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Nature Artist, 22 July, 10.30 - 3.30
Walk around the grounds of the Museum and collect natural items before returning to the education vaults to make a collage or painting
with your finds during this drop in session! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Marvellous Mouse, 23 & 24 July, 10.30 - 3.30
Can you find the golden clockwork mouse in the Museum collection before making your own mouse to take home in these drop in sessions?
Look closely, it’s quite tiny, just like the real thing! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Stone Age to Iron Age - Family Fun Day, 28 July, 11.00 – 4.00
Join this fun packed drop in day for all the family. Activities include storytelling with Adam Bushnell, making a hunting headdress, creating your own cave painting, exploring the Museum with a themed trial and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Treasures of the World, 29, 30 & 31 July, 10.30 - 3.30
The Bowes Museum displays objects from around the world. Explore the collection before trying creative craft activities linked to different countries including Italy, Holland and Greece during this drop in session. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal
admission applies.

Prehistoric People Crafts,  6 August, 10.30 - 3.30
Join this drop in session to explore the Prehistoric People exhibition and try making Stone, Bronze and Iron Age inspired creations to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Fantastic Founders – John and Joséphine Bowes, 10 & 11 August, 10.30 - 3.30
Learn about the Museum’s founders in this drop in interactive workshop and make something to take home before exploring their amazing collection. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Creative Cave Painting, 14 August, 10.30 - 3.30
Mix your own cave paint and create your own cave painting in this fun drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom
normal admission applies.  

Toys from the Past – Family Fun Day, 18 August, 11.00 – 4.00
Join this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities include making a super sock puppet; making a pirate, soldier or princess – what will
your peg doll become? - creating a pop up puppet to surprise your friends, and much more. You can also explore the Museum with a toy themed trial. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Simple Samplers, 19 August, 10.30 - 3.30
See some amazing samplers in the Museum collection and get stitching during this drop in workshop to create your own sampler bookmark to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Helen Stephens Storytime,  20 August, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.00 - 2.30, £4.00 per child
Back by popular demand! Children’s author and illustrator Helen Stephens returns with a fun packed workshop. Listen to Helen reading some of her stories; learn tips on how to draw characters and make a simple craft linked to her picture book. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Prehistoric People Crafts, 21 August, 10.30 - 3.30
Join this drop in session to explore the Prehistoric People exhibition and try making Stone, Bronze and Iron Age inspired creations to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Creative Cave Painting, 24 & 25 August, 10.30 - 3.30
Mix your own cave paint and create your own cave painting in this fun drop in workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom
normal admission applies.

Spectacular Silk Painting, 27 August, 10.00 - 12.00 or 1.00 - 3.00, £4.50 per child
Explore the Museum’s collection and sketch your favourite object before turning it into a silk painting. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children
must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Toytastic, 26 October, 10.30 - 3.30
Join this drop in workshop to explore the Dolls, Bears and Robots gallery. Have a go at playing with some replica toys before making one to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Wild Animals - Family Fun Day, 27 October, 11.00 - 4.00
Join in this action packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Meet an incredible range of friendly animals from Jay’s Animal Encounters including snakes, scorpions, spiders and much more! Paint a piece of aboriginal inspired artwork, make a paper chain ssssssnake, create a standing meerkat, design a wild animal mask and explore the Museum with a wild animal trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Halloween Crafts, 28, 29 & 30 October, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.00 - 2.30, £4.00 per child
Be brave and take part in these Halloween themed craft workshops.
Wednesday 28th: Witches
Thursday 29th: Beastly Beasties
Friday 30th: Spells and Magic
Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Christmas Fun
21 & 22 December, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.00 - 2.30, £4.00 per child
Get into the festive spirit by creating 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.