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Events at the Bowes Museum 25 April- 6 June

Springtime Wonder
25 April, 11am – 4pm
Join in as we explore Springtime, with activities inspired by nature and the changing seasons. There’s an opportunity to get creative with a range of crafts suitable for all ages.

Goya’s Prison Gallery talk
25 April, 2.15
Join Director Adrian Jenkins for a short introduction to the current exhibition Goya’s Prison.
Find out more about Goya’s illness, how it changed the way he painted and his reputation.

Morning Yoga
26 April weekly until 7 June (not 24 May), 9.30 – 10.30
£50 for 6 week course or £10 a session, booking required
Join Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries. Please bring your own mat.

Curator in Conversation with Jerome Phillips
27 April, 2.15
£8 per person (including refreshments and tour of SOLD!)
Booking required
Join SOLD! curator Dr Mark Westgarth and 3rd generation antique dealer Jerome Phillips for a lively conversation about antique dealing and the world-famous dealers ‘Phillip of Hitchin’, established in 1884 by Jerome’s grandfather, Frederick W. Phillips.

North East Early Music Forum Performing Day
28 April, 11 – 4
Come and enjoy a day of music in the beautiful setting of the Museum, Early music choirs, ensembles and individuals will be performing a variety of pieces. More information can be found at


Morris Minor Event
Date 5 May Time 10am
The North East Morris Minor Owners Club is hosting a “Classic Cars on the Terrace” event. This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and see these firm family favourites as well as a number of other vintage vehicles which will be on display alongside them. Vehicle owners will be on hand to chat about the cars and share stories from times gone by. If you would like to attend this event in your own vehicle please contact the club chairperson at

Darlington Hippodrome Theatre: Tour, lunch and ‘Mousetrap’
2 May, 11.30
Friends and Adults £30
Lunch extra with 15% discount in the Theatre Hippo Lounge Café
Booking required
Meet us at the Darlington Hippodrome for a tour and a lunch in the theatre’s Hippo Lounge Café before enjoying the 2pm performance of Agatha Christies’ ‘Mousetrap’. The lunch will have a 15% discount as part of the offer. The reserve list will close on April 12.

SOLD! exhibition tours
2 May, 2.15
Join our curatorial team to find out more about our pioneering exhibition SOLD! The Great British Antiques Story before it closes on 5 May.

Singing for the Brain - Sold!
3 May, 10.30 -12.00noon
Singing for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people living with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating way. In this session, we’ll explore the Sold! exhibition Before enjoying some refreshments and a themed singalong.
For more information and to book, please contact Sharon Simms on 0191 To find out more about Singing for the Brain, please visit:

Elizabeth Conran invites…
5 May, 2.30
Friends £8, Adults £10, Refreshments included
Booking required
“SOLD – to The Bowes Museum”. Join the Friends of The Bowes Museum and former curator Elizabeth Conran to hear stories behind some of the fantastic purchases for the Museum, followed by a glass of fizz and cake!

A visit to Medieval Raby Castle
15 May, 9.30
Adults £27.50, Friends £25. Includes light refreshments in the Great Hall
Booking required
An opportunity for a rare, behind the scenes, guided tour of Medieval Raby Castle (built between 1367 and 1390) and visit rooms not usually viewed by the public. Following light refreshments in the Great Hall the tour will take in the State Apartments where the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, stayed during his visit to the Castle. Afterwards, guests are free to wander around the Castle and visit the gardens and the 200 acre deer park.

Super Saturday
18 May, 1 – 3
If you enjoy getting involved in lots of crafty sparkly surprise activities with your children, join in our Super Saturday with our Education Team.

Goya’s Prison Gallery talk
23 May, 2.15
Join Director Adrian Jenkins for a short introduction to the current exhibition Goya’s Prison. Find out more about how Goya’s illness changed the way he painted and his reputation.

25 May, 11 – 4
Help us celebrate the opening of this exciting new exhibition with a family fun day where you can be challenged in our robotics workshop, create LEGO® vehicles before competing to see how fast they can go on a ramp, have a go at printing with LEGO® and investigating our design laboratory before letting your imagination go wild making your own Museum of Treasures in our Creation Station.

Musical Interlude
31 May, 2.05 – 2.25
Join mezzo soprano Jadwiga Slomka and pianist Antonia Lax as they perform excerpts from their forthcoming concert featuring Czech, Russian and Polish music.

Slavic Delights
31 May, 6pm – 7.30pm
£11 Adults, £10 Friends
Booking required
Join young mezzo soprano Jadwiga Slomka and pianist Antonia Lax for a charming concert in the 19th Century Picture Gallery, featuring Czech, Russian and Polish music. Jadwiga trained with Jane Ford Farrand at Durham University. Antonia teaches piano at Durham University and the Sage and is a sought after solo performer and accompanist.


Summer Fête
9 June, 11 – 4
Come and enjoy a fun and fantastic event for all the family in the Museum and grounds. There will be lots of exciting activities to get involved in, delicious food and opportunities to meet the Museum team and learn more about our amazing collections.

Olga Zado in Concert
13 June, 7.30pm
£15 Adults £12 Friends
Booking required
We are proud to welcome the exciting Ukrainian pianist, Olga Zado, to perform a captivating recital in the Picture Galleries. Often referred to as “a magician on the piano,” she touches audiences around the world with her poetic musicianship and electrifying technique. Pieces that can be enjoyed at the performance will include Schubert’s 4 Impromptus Opus 142, Chopin’s Ballade No. 3, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Opus 111.

Lego Late
14 June, 5pm – 9pm
Booking required
Calling all big kids! Book your tickets now for our special adults-only night, where you can explore The Bowes Museum’s ultimate indoor playground.
Here’s your chance to visit Lego: Building The Bowes Museum without a child with you! Get tips and find out the tricks of the trade with Steve Mayes, the founder of BrickThis.
Experience LEGO brick pits, test your skills with creative challenges, follow the Lego trail and enjoy some colourful LEGO cocktails and delicious LEGO themed food.
There will be plenty of prizes up for grabs throughout the evening.

Super Saturday
15 June, 1 - 3
If you enjoy getting involved in lots of crafty sparkly surprise activities with your children, join in our Super Saturday.

Father’s Day
16 June 12 - 3
Treat your special fella to a day out at the Museum, with a delicious Sunday lunch or afternoon tea in Café Bowes. Please book your table: or 01833 694605.

Beamish Reliability Run
16 June 10 - 12
Enjoy classic cars in the grounds this Father’s Day with the 48th annual Beamish Reliability Run. A wide range of cars dating from 1956 and earlier will stop off as they make their way through the Durham and Yorkshire Dales on their way to Beamish Museum.

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