BARNARD CASTLEChristmasFestival .*.13TH- 17TH DECEMBER 2017A magical five-day Christmas Festival involving cultural venuersin Barnard Castle adds extra sparkle to the town this monthin this seasonal extravaganza.The inaugural Christmas Fostival launches on Wednesday 13 Decemberwith a Traditional Fair in The Bowes Museum grounds-which willcome alive after dark to offer delscious food, fairground amusements,rides, side-shows, games and entertaining family activibies. Santa wilwelcome children to his magical wonderland grotto, while an elvesworkshop, Christmas crafts and a fun festive trail promise to delightand entertain.The Museums eagerly anticipated annual Christmas Market hasbeen extended this year, opening on the aftemoon of 15th Decemberand running all day on the 16th and 17th. Bigger and better than ever,over 100 hand picked stalholders will offer a dazzling array of originallocally sourced Christmas produce, along with live music, seasonalentertainment, prize draws from Smooth Radio and the popular park &ride Santa' buses. The Bowes Musoum remairs open during boththe fair and the market for all to enjoy.The Festival also ofters an exciting mi of art, exhibitions, musia,theatre, comedy, film. Amazing light sculpture installations atThe Bowes Museum and The Witham will generate a trail betweenthe two venues, further fostering the feative spiritThe Witham sets the seasonal scene beautfully with a screening of thefamily favourite classic fim Miracle on 34th Street on 14th Deoember,with further festive offerings from the comedian Chris RamseyWork in Progress 2, sellout performance; a warming supper coupledwith a performance of A Christmas Carol by the acclaimedCaste Players; and Teesdale Christmas Art FairOn show at The Bowes Museum is the New Light Prize Exhibition,a selling exhibition featuring the work of Northem artists.With prints starting at £50 this is an excellent opportunity topurchase a superb gift for a loved one.Completing the picture will be fantastic musical performances at theTCR Hub on 16th December, feaburing local performers and regionaltalent. While aimed at families, the event will continue late into thenight, complemented by seasonal refreshments in the cafe,the ensure you leave in the festive mood.The town's castle will also be open during the Festival James Fell,Marketing Manager North East&Yorkshire INorth Ses) EnglishHeritage, said: "Barnard Castle is a busy market bown with a thrivingcultural soene. The addition of a Christmas Festival to the town'scalendar is an excellent idea and 1 am sure that it will become a faturefor years to come. I would ike to thank all our local partners, partioularlythose at The Bowes Museum for their work in prometing the FestivalThe Castio will be open for all five days of the event and I would ike toencourage as many people as possible to explore our wonderful site andbrowse our gift shop for some truly original Christmas giftsTo learn more about all the Christmas Festival events, dates andtimings visit http://www.barnardeastlechristmasfestival.co.ukBarnard Castle Christmas Festival has received suppoet fromDurham County Council Neighbourhood Budget.The light installations are supported using public funding byArts Council England, and by The Friends of The Bowes Museum

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BARNARD CASTLE Christmas Festival . *. 13TH- 17TH DECEMBER 2017 A magical five-day Christmas Festival involving cultural venuers in Barnard Castle adds extra sparkle to the town this month in this seasonal extravaganza. The inaugural Christmas Fostival launches on Wednesday 13 December with a Traditional Fair in The Bowes Museum grounds-which will come alive after dark to offer delscious food, fairground amusements, rides, side-shows, games and entertaining family activibies. Santa wil welcome children to his magical wonderland grotto, while an elves workshop, Christmas crafts and a fun festive trail promise to delight and entertain. The Museums eagerly anticipated annual Christmas Market has been extended this year, opening on the aftemoon of 15th December and running all day on the 16th and 17th. Bigger and better than ever, over 100 hand picked stalholders will offer a dazzling array of original locally sourced Christmas produce, along with live music, seasonal entertainment, prize draws from Smooth Radio and the popular park & ride Santa' buses. The Bowes Musoum remairs open during both the fair and the market for all to enjoy. The Festival also ofters an exciting mi of art, exhibitions, musia, theatre, comedy, film. Amazing light sculpture installations at The Bowes Museum and The Witham will generate a trail between the two venues, further fostering the feative spirit The Witham sets the seasonal scene beautfully with a screening of the family favourite classic fim Miracle on 34th Street on 14th Deoember, with further festive offerings from the comedian Chris Ramsey Work in Progress 2, sellout performance; a warming supper coupled with a performance of A Christmas Carol by the acclaimed Caste Players; and Teesdale Christmas Art Fair On show at The Bowes Museum is the New Light Prize Exhibition, a selling exhibition featuring the work of Northem artists. With prints starting at £50 this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a superb gift for a loved one. Completing the picture will be fantastic musical performances at the TCR Hub on 16th December, feaburing local performers and regional talent. While aimed at families, the event will continue late into the night, complemented by seasonal refreshments in the cafe, the ensure you leave in the festive mood. The town's castle will also be open during the Festival James Fell, Marketing Manager North East&Yorkshire INorth Ses) English Heritage, said: "Barnard Castle is a busy market bown with a thriving cultural soene. The addition of a Christmas Festival to the town's calendar is an excellent idea and 1 am sure that it will become a fature for years to come. I would ike to thank all our local partners, partioularly those at The Bowes Museum for their work in prometing the Festival The Castio will be open for all five days of the event and I would ike to encourage as many people as possible to explore our wonderful site and browse our gift shop for some truly original Christmas gifts To learn more about all the Christmas Festival events, dates and timings visit http://www.barnardeastlechristmasfestival.co.uk Barnard Castle Christmas Festival has received suppoet from Durham County Council Neighbourhood Budget. The light installations are supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and by The Friends of The Bowes Museum