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:

  • ‘Bowes Tearoom’ 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 2018 are as follows (Dates and details tbc)

3rd and 4th March. Cancelled due to weather.

10th March : Open Day

31st March : Easter weekend : Easter activities for children :am and pm sessions (see Events below)

2nd April : Open Day : guided tours and demonstrations in blacksmiths ,etc.

5th and 6th May : Open days

2nd June : Celebration of Mining History & Social Welfare. Talk at 11am by Michael Chaplin about his father, Sid.

3rd June Open Day

29th & 30th June,1st July : Springwell Village Commemorative War Event + Interactive drama production with “Live History”

14th July Site closed. Springwell Colliery banner to march at Durham Miner’s Gala

4th and 5th August : Open Weekend : Meccano Display

1st  and 2nd September : Open Weekend : Mini Cooper Rally on the Sunday

6th,7th, 8th & 9th September : Heritage Open Days

13th,14th & 15th  September :Heritage Open Days

6th and 7th October : Open Weekend

31st October : Halloween Event :Ticket event only

3rd November : Firework & Bonfire Event :Ticket event only.

December : Christmas at Bowes : date tbc

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.