Open Days

Open Days

1028543The Museum is now open for visitors on  Thursday, Friday & 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 & 3 pm .

Our open days for 2018 will be the first weekend of each month (excluding January , February, November & December ) from 10 am- 3pm. 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)

Every Wednesday of school holidays 1-3 pm :Toddlers Fun, Play & Learn sessions (£1.50 per child)

Every Friday of school holidays 10.30-1145 am : for 5-8 year  olds. Starts with “Clever Inventors” (cost as above)

Saturday 22 July 10.30-1145 am :For 5-8 year olds : “Rocketing into the Future” (cost as above)

Sunday 23 July 10.30-1145 am : As above

Saturday 29 July 10.30-1145 am : “The Paper Trail Challenge” (cost as above)

Sunday 30 July 11-1230 “The Decoupage Challenge” for adults & children : Free

5th and 6th August : Jump on board the miniature train (£1 per ride), Flight Simulator Activity. Model Railways. Tea Room treats. Guided tours.

2nd and 3rd September

7th,8th, 9th & 10th September : Heritage Open Weekend

7th and 8th October

31st October : Halloween Event : see Events Page below

4th November : Firework & Bonfire Event : see Events Page below

2nd December : Christmas at Bowes : see Events Page below

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.