11 – 13 DECEMBER 


The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been given the go ahead for its annual Christmas Market to return this year, despite the Museum itself being closed due to the region being placed in Tier 3. 


Museum staff have liaised with Durham County Council so the ever-popular event, which takes place from 10 til 4 on the 11th, 12thand 13thof December can continue. 


Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas as they wander around more than 50 stalls on the Museum's terrace and parterre garden. 


Santa will also be there on Saturday and Sunday, and for £5 you can receive a craft pack and present for your child, reserve your gifts on the website: or by calling 01833 690606. 

This not to be missed highlight of the regional calendar boasts artisan wares that are bound to please even the fussiest person you have to buy for. Fabulous food, wonderful drinks and unique crafts are on offer throughout the event.  With stall holders selling a wide selection of goods ranging from, among others: handmade prints, quilts and wreaths, to cheese, cosmetics, ceramics and curry sauces and lots of yummy homemade food and drinks too. 


The miniature carousel that children enjoyed last year also returns and will be safely operated and regularly cleaned in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines as well as providing festive music for the occasion. 


Rosie Bradford, The Bowes Museum's public events co-ordinator, said: "We are really pleased that we've been given the green light to go ahead with the outdoor Christmas Market. This event is the highlight of the festive shopping calendar for many people and we're really pleased to be able to give visitors the chance to support small traders, many of whom have had a really difficult year and help them thrive into next year as well as give the traders an opportunity to do what they love and sell their wares."


"We've put extra measures in place to ensure people attending the Christmas Market will be safe, including staggering entry times to ensure a smooth flow of people into the grounds, more sanitising stations around the grounds, increased signage asking people to socially distance and we are also working closely with traders to ensure they are operating to a high standard. All visitors and staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times too. Our team and St John Ambulance will also be there to offer any assistance too." 


Visitors will also be able to see if they can spot some of the ceramics that have been hidden in the grounds as part of the Teesdale Ceramics Pot Advent Trail. 

Entry to the Christmas Market is £5 for adults, £2.50 for children or free for annual pass holders and Friends of The Bowes Museum. Tickets must be pre-booked. Car parking is available on site for £5 or free to blue badge holders and must be pre-booked too.  


Admission for timed entry slots are available from the Museum website: or by calling 01833 690606. 


The Museum has been awarded VisitEngland's We're Good To Go certification.  There are hand sanitisation stations and signs reminding people to adhere to social distancing placed around the gardens. 


The Museum building is currently closed due to County Durham being in tier 3 of the government's coronavirus restrictions but the grounds are open from 10 to 4 daily. 


For more information, please see our website: 


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