The 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
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 :
3rd November : Firework & Bonfire Event (date tbc)
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.