Check your diaries because one of our favourite day trips is back – Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum Christmas Market, with free museum admission.
This is a regional favourite for those with festive fever! If you’re looking for a last-minute present for ultimate brownie points, here is your best bet! The market will host many hand craft stalls with one-off pieces of jewelry, art and clothing whilst also the traditional Christmas market classics.
All the foodies out there, looking for something special and scrumptious? You can expect cheeses, preserves, cakes and fudge from the finest suppliers in the local area so we know it’ll be top notch… (we’re hoping there’s tasters).
Christmas shopping can be tiresome so treat yourself to a little snack whilst browsing! It’s well known that the Germans do Christmas markets well so to get in the mood we recommend bratwurst sausage!
Looking for a gift of the liquid persuasion? There will be a wide range of local real ales available, great to gift yourself or finally impress that beer bud you know – and if you prefer the hard stuff? No one is judging here! Luscious local gin will be on sale and trust me, it’s good!
For those who are more “Bah Humbug” than “Merry Christmas,” Bowes museum has a story to tell of its own. The magnificent building stands in the beautiful historic market town Barnard Castle and is home to a significant collection of decorative fine art.
Bowes museum was built in 19th Century by the Bowes – John and Josephine. John the son of the 10th Earl of Strathmore. A successful businessman who profited from coal reserves, John alternated between the UK and France, exploring his real passion – the arts.
John bought a theatre in France – Theatre des Varietes. This is where he met actress and amateur painter Josephine and thus began their mission to create Bowes museum.
Sadly, neither Josephine nor John saw the building complete, after her sudden death stunted his desire to carry on. The building was taken over and finally completed after John’s death.
The museum today spans three floors and offers a numerous amount of quality art works – and has received designated status from the government.