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

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

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Conservation Studios
13 May, 9 June & 15 July - 2.30, 11 August & 9 September - 11.00
The Conservation Department is pleased to announce that they will be throwing open the studio doors to you for behind-the-scenes tours...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. 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.

Antiques Fair, 6 & 7 June, 10.00 – 4.30, £5.00 Admission
Antiques enthusiasts will enjoy browsing and buying in the beautiful setting of the Museum’s picture galleries. Brought to you by the prestigious Galloway Antiques Fairs, there will be pieces to suit every budget, so come along and pick up something special.

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.. 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. 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! This event is funded by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership. 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.

Bug Hunt , 4 August, 10.00-12.30 or 1.30-4.00, Suitable for 5+
Can you find any bugs as you explore the Museum grounds? Learn about bug habitats with a wildlife expert and then make a ladybird box to take home for your garden. This event is funded by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership. Booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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. 

Colourful Landscapes, 13 August, 10.30-3.00, Suitable for 4+
Have a guided tour of the grounds of the Museum and learn about different types of trees and plants that are growing. Create some bark rubbings and turn them into a personal piece of landscape artwork. This event is funded by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership. Booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must bring a packed lunch.  

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. 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.

Squirrel Hunt, 26 August, 10.00-11.30, 12.00-1.30 or 2.30-4.00, Suitable for 8 and under
Walk around the grounds of the Museum and learn about the different habitats which exist with a wildlife expert. See if you can spot a squirrel and then make a mask. This event is funded by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership. Booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 favorite object before turning it into a silk painting. Booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Yves Saint Laurent, 28 August, 10.30-3.30
See this stunning fashion exhibition and try a selection of crafts linked to the gallery. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

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. Booking required.
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. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.