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

Festive Treats, 6 December, 7.30,
A lively concert of festive treats by InterOpera, combining the sounds of opera and brass in a delightful seasonal programme. Includes extracts from Die Fledermaus & Hansel and Gretel (complete with Wicked Witch); popular operatic arias, choruses and band solos. Featuring the internationally renowned soprano Penelope Randall-Davis and acclaimed tenor Austin Gunn. Tickets cost £16.00/£14.00 (£15.00/£13.00 concs). Booking required on 01833 690606.

Painting Workshop - Meeting Mr Turner (Part One: Watercolours), 8 December, 10.00 – 4.00,
Practical painting led by artist Linda Birch...more

Objects and Objectives in the Still-life Paintings of Juan van der Hamen, 11 December, 6.00pm drinks reception followed by Lecture at 7.00pm
Dr Peter Cherry, Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College, Dublin.

Gallery Talk, 11 December, 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.

Gallery Talk – Birds of Paradise, 18 December, 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.

Christmas Market, 20 & 21 December, 10.00 – 4.00,
Everything you need for a delicious, hand-crafted Christmas...more

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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