Open Days

Open Days

1028543The Museum is now open for visitors on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, on these days volunteers will be on site – if you visit on these days you can do self-guided tour or a member will be happy to give you a guided tour of the site between 10 am & 4 pm.

Our open days for 2017 will be the first weekend of each month (excluding January & February ) from 10 am- 4pm. On these days there will be:

  • ‘Kip and Dish’ cafe open
  • Guided site tours
  • Mining displays
  • Blacksmith demonstrations

Access provision

Although most of the site is accessible for wheelchair users, it is inevitable with a preserved industrial railway that the crossing of track and negotiating different ground levels in parts of the site is going to be extremely difficult.

Bowes Railway is currently renewing its display material and it is hoped to show visitors visual images of areas which are difficult to access.

The open days for 2017 are as follows

4th and 5th March

1st and 2nd April

13th/15th April : Easter activities (see Events page)

6th and 7th May

3rd June : Celebration of Mining History & Social Welfare (see Events page)

30th June,1st & 2nd July : Springwell Village Commemorative War Event (see Events page)

5th and 6th August

2nd and 3rd September

7th,8th & 9th September : Heritage Open Weekend

7th and 8th October

31st October : Halloween Event (details to follow)

5th November : Bonfire Event (details to follow)

2nd December : Christmas at Bowes (details to follow)

Further dates to follow

Steaming dates and a range of special events will be displayed on the events page.


For museum open days at present there is no charge – however donations to the upkeep of the railway will be gratefully received.