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Join us for a summer of play and making at The Bowes Museum with activities every day as under 18s and full time students go free.

Be curious in the County Durham Museum's collection, discover exciting secrets and new skills in our special family friendly themed tours and artist led workshops and get active in the parkland.

It'll feel like you've been transported to the seaside on the Museum's new interactive Family Story Tours with musical instruments and puppets every Monday, Tuesday and Friday of the school holidays.

Visitors can make time for making in the Museum's Artist Makers sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays where they can get creative with our team of artists, makers and designers.

Stay and Play continues throughout the holidays for the Museum's younger audiences, with time for under 5s to explore and play in the galleries in these self-led, free play sessions.

11 to 18 year olds can take inspiration from the Museum and delve into the world of art in the free Young Creatives artist led workshops which run on the first two Saturdays of each month.

Don't forget to visit the iconic clothing and accessories on show in A Collector's Story: A Private Collection of VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, as well as the extraordinary works on show in The Magic of the Silver Swan exhibition, with playfulness and inventiveness at its heart and play with the automata to see what happens when you make them move.

And there's also the opportunity to create your own automata and add it to the collection, by visiting the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre's Ensemble Workshop in the Silver Swan gallery everyday until the end of the exhibition.

Visitors can explore the Museum with our spotting and drawing activities, discover the parkland with the specially designed Play Trail and get creative with the materials around them or if they fancy burning off some energy, they can borrow games from reception to play in the grounds too.

The Museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Admission to Café Bowes and the Museum shop is free.


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