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Events and Exhibitions at Bowes Museum for Oct, Nov, Dec


Cobweb Orchestra
25 October, 1 – 4.45
Join players from the Cobweb Orchestra and Soprano Valentina Marghinotti as they rehearse arias from operas by Handel, Mozart, Bellini and Rossini. The orchestra will be performing later in the evening at the preview of the new exhibition The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia.

31 October, 11 – 4
Sparkles, sprinkles and a touch of magic, the perfect recipe for Halloween and keeping you out of mischief. Dress up in your favourite spooky outfit and join us in making lots of crafty creations.

Children’s Halloween Party
31 October
Dress up in your spooky best and celebrate Halloween with us. More surprises coming up closer to the time.


Christmas at The Bowes Museum
16 November – 5 January 2020
Let the magic of Christmas truly come to life and behold our collection as a fantastic array of displays and installations that create a narration around Christmas.
Joséphine Bowes’ Winter Pictures
22 November, 10 – 4
£45 Adults, £43 Friends
Booking required
Joséphine Bowes’ pictures are full of atmosphere. In this class with artist Linda Birch you will visit the galleries to sketch and observe her snowy, stormy works then learn practical techniques to recreate the pre-impressionist style and capture the winter light. Please bring with you: your oils, acrylics plus brushes and large palette, an easel or table easel, a fairly large painting surface, canvas or board (approximately A2 or larger as Joséphine painted large pictures) a winter landscape photograph with some trees.

Singing for the Brain Christmas Special
29 November, 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 Museum decorated for Christmas before having some refreshments and a festive singalong in the picture galleries. The singalong is open to all Museum visitors, so if you’d like to join in or listen please come along to the picture galleries from 11.30.
For more information and to book, please contact Sharon Simms 0191 3890400 To learn more about Singing for the Brain, please visit:


Santa’s Enchanted Wonderland Grotto
1 - 22 December
Santa has made space again in his busy pre-Christmas schedule to come to the Museum this December so join us for a magical family experience. More details closer to the time.

Christmas Market
13, 14 & 15 December, 10 - 4
Join us for the feel good event of the season with festive foods, crafts and music.

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