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The galleries and grounds of The Bowes Museum are set to come alive with a wonderfully festive atmosphere as its annual Winter Market returns this December.

A highlight in the regional calendar, will see the finest food and drink producers, artists, makers and designers from across the North sell their unique and handcrafted wares in the galleries and grounds of the County Durham Museum from Friday, 15 December up to and including Sunday, 17 December.

With more than 70 stall holders already signed up, there is still plenty of space for more artisan and small businesses to join this annual event in Barnard Castle which attracts thousands of visitors. Interested traders can contact for more details.

There will also be choirs and musical entertainment throughout the weekend for visitors to enjoy as they wander at their leisure around the festively decorated Museum and its grounds, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the season.

Admission to the Winter Market is £6.50 for adults, £3.50 for under 18s, under 5s go free and car parking must be booked, priced at £5 on site. This is an extremely popular event so early booking is recommended.

Visitors to the Museum throughout December will be able to tantalise their taste buds with a delicious festive menu in Café Bowes and can already buy gifts, cards, calendars and decorations in the shop.

There will be free entry to visitors from 5pm until 8pm on the evening of Friday, 8 December, when they can browse the fabulous goodies on offer in the shop after hours, enjoy a taste of the season in Café Bowes and see The Magic of the Silver Swan exhibition and A Collector's Story: A Private Collection of Vivienne Westwood.

Access to the picture galleries will be restricted due to The Friends of The Bowes Museum's annual Christmas Carol concert.

Tickets for all these events can be booked on the Museum's website: or by calling 01833 690606.


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