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

Fabric Landscapes, 15 & 19 February, 10.30 - 4.00
Be inspired by the Pauline Burbidge, Quiltscapes & Quiltline exhibition to create your own fabric landscape collage during these drop in activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year – Family Fun Day, 16 February, 11.00 - 4.00

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at The Bowes Museum with the following fun drop in activities for all the family; origami with Lip Lee, make a Chinese lucky envelope and New Year card, create a Chinese lion mask and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Jay’s Animal Encounters, 17 & 18 February, 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 (sessions last 1½hours), £6.00 per child

Jay returns 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 snake mask to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. NB: PAYMENT REQUIRED AT TIME OF BOOKING.

Icon Back-to-Basics: Upholstery Conservation Workshop, 18 & 19 February,
This two-day workshop designed for conservators wishing to understand more about conservation of upholstery...more

Magic in the Museum – How to get the most from your Camera Phone (free photography course), 20 February, 2.00 – 4.45
To complement the current  Robert Mapplethorpe: Magic in the Muse exhibition professional photographer Ian West will be leading this, the 2nd of three short photography courses for those aged 13-25 years. His work has been published in every major music magazine including Rolling Stone, NME, Mojo, Uncut, Clash Music The Fly, Rock Sound & Q. To reserve a place e-mail here

Representations of Chivalry in the Poetry & Literature of WW1,  20 February, 2.30, £3.00 for talk only (or free on payment of Museum admission charge), to include light refreshments
To complement The Bowes Museum’s ongoing WW1 Project, Ashley Somogyi will speak on the topic of representations of chivalry in the poetry and literature of the First World War. Booking required here.

Painting Workshop - Paint Like Sisley,  22 February, 10.00 – 4.00, £35 Adults, £33 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments

Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Magic in the Museum – Free Song Writing Workshops, 27 February, 2.00 – 4.45

Taking inspiration from Robert Mapplethorpe’s iconic music portraiture, The Lake Poet’s Marty Longstaff, whose own work has been produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, is running this 2nd of three free song writing workshops to complement the current Mapplethorpe exhibition. Places are limited so e-mail to reserve yours! Participants should be aged 13-25 years.

Gallery Talk, 3 March, 2.15
Join one of our fashion & textile curators to learn more about the techniques used to create the quilts in the current exhibition, Quiltscapes & Quiltline by internationally acclaimed textile artist, Pauline Burbidge. 

Gallery Talk, 3 March, 2.15 
Join renowned artist Anthony Clark to learn more about his current exhibition, Burning Belief.

Brief Encounters: Discover the Spanish Collection at The Bowes Museum, 4 March, 1.00
Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to learn more about the Museum’s collection of Spanish paintings, one of the largest public collections in the UK. The first in this series of talks highlights The Tears of St Peter, by El Greco, the first version of at least six depicted by the artist during his career. 

Talk with Pauline Burbidge, 6 March 2016, 11.00 Free with Admission
Join textile artist Pauline Burbidge to learn about the creative processes behind her current exhibition Quiltscapes and Quiltline. Booking required here>.

Painting Workshop - Flowers Reassembled – a look at Dutch Flower painting, 11 March, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

The Culture of Remembrance, 18 March, 2.30, £3.00 for talk only (or free on payment of Museum admission charge), to include light refreshments
To complement The Bowes Museum’s ongoing WW1 Project, Douglas Davies will speak about death, acceptance and remembrance, dwelling on the shift from War Graves to the creation of the National Memorial Arboretum. Drawing on research around cremation and woodland burial, he will contrast these with the strong visibility of the dead through memorials such as the above. Booking required here.

Magic in the Museum – Photographing Musicians/Intro to Music Video Making (free photography course), 19 March, 2.00 – 4.45,
To complement the current Robert Mapplethorpe: Magic in the Muse exhibition professional photographer Ian West will be leading this, the last of three short photography courses for those aged 13-25 years. His work has been published in every major music magazine including Rolling Stone, NME, Mojo, Uncut, Clash Music The Fly, Rock Sound & Q. To reserve a place e-mail here.

Magic in the Museum – Free Song Writing Workshops, 19 March, 2.00 – 4.45,

Taking inspiration from Robert Mapplethorpe’s iconic music portraiture, The Lake Poet’s Marty Longstaff, whose own work has been produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, is running this last of three free song writing workshops to complement the current Mapplethorpe exhibition. Places are limited so e-mail here to reserve yours! Participants should be aged 13-25 years.

Easter – Family Fun Day, 28 March, 11.00 - 4.00 
Celebrate Easter with these fun drop-in craft activities: Easter baskets with a treat, cute lamb and chick pompoms, beautiful bunny ears, explore the Museum with an Easter themed Egg Hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Spring has Sprung! 29 & 30 March, 10.30 - 4.00 
See the wonderful daffodils growing in the Museum grounds and be inspired to create a flower picture before decorating a plant pot and planting a seed to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for these drop in sessions. 

Clay Creatures, 31 March & 1 April, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00 Cost £4.00 per child 
Look around the Museum and see the range of ceramic creatures on display. Draw your favourite and recreate it in this fun workshop using air hardening clay. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Gallery Talk, 31 March, 2.15
Join renowned artist Anthony Clark to learn more about his current exhibition, Burning Belief.

Cyanotype Printing, 4 & 5 April, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be inspired by the Pauline Burbidge, Quiltscapes & Quiltline exhibition in this fun drop in craft workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Treasure Boxes! 6 & 7 April, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00 Cost £4.00 per child 
Look at the Museum’s collection of decorated boxes and be inspired to create your own treasure box 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 , 7 April, 2.15
Join one of our fashion & textile curators to learn more about the techniques used to create the quilts in the current exhibition, Quiltscapes & Quiltline by internationally acclaimed textile artist, Pauline Burbidge. 

Brief Encounters: Discover the Spanish Collection at The Bowes Museum, 8 April, 1.00
Join Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to learn more about the Museum’s collection of Spanish paintings, one of the largest public collections in the UK. This month’s talk focuses on St Agabus, by Juan Bautista Maino. According to the tradition, the saint built
a chapel on Mount Carmel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Maino employs a naturalistic manner, depicting the saint as if he were a portrait sitter.

Robots, 8 April,10.30 – 4.00
See the robots on display in the Museum toy gallery before trying a variety of robot themed crafts in this drop in session. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Painting Workshop - Sea and Ship Painting, 8 April, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments 
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Gallery Talk, 21 April. 2.15
Join renowned artist Anthony Clark to learn more about his current exhibition, Burning Belief.

Relics of Bourbon and Bonaparte:  collecting post-revolutionary France in nineteenth-century Britain, 26 April, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum starting with Dr Tom Stammers,  Lecturer (Modern European History), Department of History, Durham University. Booking required here.

Painting Workshop - Nineteenth Century Pencil & Wash Drawing - Trees, 6 May, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

The Body of Christ in Spanish Art, 10 May, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum  with  Professor Andy Beresford,  School of Modern Languages and Cultures;  Assistant Director CVAC, Durham University. Booking required here.

Olive Porter and Van Dyck: Religion and Politics at the Stuart Court, 24 May, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum  with Dr Toby Osborne, Senior Lecturer (Early Modern European History), Department of History, Durham University, Booking required here.

Kings and Queens – Family Fun Day, 31 May, 11.00 - 4.00
During this fun packed day of drop in activities you will become royalty for the day, make your own crown jewels, create a king or queen using a cardboard tube, produce a unique Coat of Arms for your family and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Fantastic 
Founders – John and Joséphine Bowes, 1 June, 10.30 - 4.00
Learn about the founders of the Museum in this interactive drop in workshop before exploring their amazing collection. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

It’s Me!
 2 & 3 June, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the new English Rose exhibition with a children’s trail before creating your own self portrait to take home in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Painting Workshop - Gilding the Elephant, 3 June, 10.00 – 4.00, £35.00 Adults, £33.00 Friends of The Bowes Museum, inc 
morning refreshments
Join artist Linda Birch to create your very own masterpiece to take home...more

Women, Flowers, Portraits, 7 June, Refreshments from 6.00, Lecture at 6.30, £6.00 per head
The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University presents a Spring Lecture Series at The Bowes Museum  with Professor Ludmilla Jordanova,  Professor (Visual Culture),  Department of History; Director of CVAC, Durham University. Booking required here.

English Rose Gallery Talk, 14 June, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Elephant Dances, 25 June, 2.30
Taking the current exhibition From Temple to Home:Celebrating Ganesha as their inspiration, dance company Fertile Ground will
perform the dance Elephant Dances at the Museum, investigating elephants, nature and dance in this evocative work. The company will also perform at the Witham Hall in Barnard Castle on 27 May, featuring three dances including Elephant Dances.

English Rose Gallery Talk, 13 July, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Fantastic 
Fish, 21 & 22 July, 10.30 - 4.00 
When you look closely there are hundreds of fish decorating the Museum objects. See if you can find them and then try a variety of fishy themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Simple Sewing,
 25 July, 10.30 – 4.00
Celebrate Thread a Needle Day by exploring the Museum textile collection and be inspired to try some simple sewing in this drop in workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Tick Tock! 
26 & 27 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.50 per child 
Explore the Museum and see how many clocks you can see before decorating your own working clock to take home! Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Ganesha Pots, 
28 & 29 July, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Learn about Ganesha in the new From Temple to Home exhibition. Sketch in the gallery before trying to create a Ganesha pot using air hardening clay. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Booking required on 01833 690606.

Fabulous 
Feasts, 1 & 2 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the Museum and see lots of food inspired artwork and then create your favourite foods in a fun collage drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

National 
Play Day, 3 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be part of National Play Day and let your imagination run wild as you create your very own game to take home in this drop in session! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Boats, Trains and Planes, 
4 & 5 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Transport is the theme in this drop in fun day! See how many different modes of transport you can spot in the Museum collection before trying a variety of themed crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Stories and Rhymes - Family Fun Day, 9 August, 11.00 – 4.00 
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities are linked to well known nursery rhymes and tales. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Celebrate the Olympics, 
10, 11 & 12 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Be inspired by the Olympic Games to try a variety of themed crafts including making a salt dough medal and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for this drop in session. 

English Rose Gallery Talk, 11 August, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

Mandalas,
 15, 16, 30 & 31 August, 10.30 - 4.00
Mandalas are elaborate repeated patterns inside a circle and are created by Hindus as a form of worship. Use this drop in workshop to learn more about Hinduism in the From Temple to Home exhibition before creating your own mandalas design. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Horse Play, 
17 & 18 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Explore the Museum’s collection and see if you can find any horses decorating objects before trying a variety of horse themed crafts in this drop in event. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

Seascapes, 
19 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Look at the amazing seascapes in the Museum collection before creating your own beach picture using collage materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies, for this drop in session.

Ganesha – Family Fun Day,
 23 August, 11.00 – 4.00
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities include making a Ganesha mask, creating a rangoli pattern, designing a mehndi hand pattern and much more! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Silver Swan Spectacular, 2
4, 25 & 26 August, 10.30 - 4.00 
Sketch the amazing Silver Swan before trying a variety of Silver Swan themed crafts in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Printing Patterns, 1 & 2 September, 10.30 – 
4.00
Patterns are everywhere in The Bowes Museum! See if you can create your own pattern in this simple, drop in, printing workshop. Suitable for children aged 5+, who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies. 

English Rose Gallery 
Talk, 9 September, 2.15
Join Assistant Curator Bernadette Petti to learn about the women in the current English Rose exhibition and the artists who depicted them.

WW1 Workshops,
 24 & 26 October, 10.30 - 4.00
Learn about the Museum’s WW1 project and see some real WW1 artefacts before making a remembrance poppy to take home in this drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.  

Spooooooky Magic – Family 
Fun Day, 25 October, 11.00 - 4.00
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this action packed day of drop in fun for all the family. See a magical magician perform, make a magic wand, create a spooky ghost and much more... Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Halloween Crafts, 
27 & 28 October, 10.30 - 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Be brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. 

Christmas Market, 17 and 18 December, 10.00 - 4.00, £2.50 per adult, children free
A wide array of fabulous food and creative crafts will be on offer at the popular annual Christmas Market...more

Christmas Fun, 
19, 20 & 21 December, 10.30 – 12.00 or 1.30 - 3.00, £4.00 per child 
Get into the Christmas spirit and create 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.