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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

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North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Awards

  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme - Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2014

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Opening Times

Open all year (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2017)

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Friday, 27th October 2017 - Friday, 27th October 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Halloween SpooktacularOur annual Halloween event with spooky face painting, scary pumpkin carving and lots of fiendishly good fun for all the family.
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Saturday, 9th December 2017 - Saturday, 9th December 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Winter WonderlandOur annual Christmas celebration with festive face painting, crafts and a visit from Santa himself. Booking Essential, book your place to see Santa by phoning 01388 528801
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Friday, 7th April 2017 - Friday, 7th April 2017

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening: Jupiter and its MoonsExperienced astronomer Graham Relf will lead a talk about the planet Jupiter, and if the skies are clear there may be the chance to see it yourself through our telescope.
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Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Sunday, 26th November 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Christmas Craft and Producers FairA chance for you to meet some of our talented local artists, crafts people and producers and choose some really special Christmas gifts.
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Saturday, 15th April 2017 - Saturday, 15th April 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Easter ExtravaganzaWith face painting, an Easter bunny trail to follow, egg decorating, mask making and lots of Easter crafts, Bowlees is the place to be this Easter Saturday.
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Wednesday, 12th April 2017 - Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Taste, Touch & Texture Bowlees Visitor Centre Taste, Touch & Texture - Hands on fun for young explorers. Booking essential 
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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Marvellous MeadowsIt’s National Meadows Day and this is the perfect afternoon to celebrate by visiting our stunning Teesdale meadows. Join in with family friendly meadow art activities, wildflower identification and bumblebee walks.
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Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Fabulous Flowers and Buzzing BeesLearn all about bees, why they are so important and the wonderful hay meadow flowers from which they gather nectar.
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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 - Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Magnificent MinibeastsThere are lots of minibeasts to discover in the woodland habitat at Bowlees and they will provide you with everything you need to go on your own minibeast hunt.
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Wednesday, 9th August 2017 - Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Outdoor ArtFind out how you can use the Bowlee Beck as your canvass; create stone sculptures, mud paintings and pictures in the trees.
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Wednesday, 16th August 2017 - Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - River DippingFind out about the river creatures which live in the beck and what this tells us about the quality of the water.
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Friday, 18th August 2017 - Friday, 18th August 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Creatures of the NightDiscover the wonder of night time flyers on this event run in partnership between Bowlees and Natural England.
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Wednesday, 30th August 2017 - Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Dens and HabitatsBuild dens for people and homes for animals!
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Saturday, 6th May 2017 - Saturday, 6th May 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Rocks and Water with local artist Ann WhitfieldThe workshop, led by local artist Ann Whitfield will start with drawings of rocks, rock forms and composing a picture. Weather permitting, we will be able to sketch by the beck or at Summerhill Force, but in case this is impractical photographs to work from will be provided.
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Sunday, 7th May 2017 - Sunday, 7th May 2017

Bowlees Visitor Centre - Water and its MoodsLearn how easy it is to use your camera to capture the varying moods of the waterfalls at Low Force by controlling shutter speed, using neutral density filters (provided) and polarising filters.
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Saturday, 20th May 2017 - Sunday, 4th June 2017

Geoparks WeekA series of Geo events to be announced - check www.northpennines.org.uk 
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Wednesday, 31st May 2017 - Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Geology Rocks Geology Rocks Hands - on fun for young explorers.  
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Saturday, 29th April 2017 - Saturday, 29th April 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Mammaltastic Adventures Mammaltastic Adventures - For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old. For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old. Booking essential
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Saturday, 27th May 2017 - Saturday, 27th May 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Be Nice to Nettles Bowlees Discovery Club – Be Nice to Nettles. For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old. Booking essential   For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old.
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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Hurry for Hay Meadows Bowlees Discovery Club – Hurray for Hay Meadows. Booking essential  For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old.
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Saturday, 29th July 2017 - Saturday, 29th July 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - A Wander Over Yonder Bowlees Discovery Club – A Wander Over Yonder.  Booking is essential  For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old.
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Monday, 20th February 2017 - Monday, 24th April 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Barnard Castle and Teesdale Art Society Spring ExhibitionNew exhibition - Barnard Castle and Teesdale Art Society Spring Exhibition Open seven days a week
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Saturday, 30th September 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - A Potter About For young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old. Booking essential 
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Saturday, 28th October 2017 - Saturday, 28th October 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Happily Appley AutumnFor young adventurers aged between four and 13 years old. Booking essential 
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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Monday, 23rd October 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Children's Art Workshop This workshop for children and families is led by local artist Gordon Lamb.  All materials will be provided and by the end of the session all participants will have produced a watercolour painting to take home.  
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Wednesday, 6th September 2017 - Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Watercolour Wednesdays with Gordon LambEach two-hour workshop will encourage you to get in touch with your creative side and every participant will have a finished watercolour to take home by the end of the session.  Gordon will be exhibiting his own work in our mezzanin gallery throughout September and October.  
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Sunday, 8th October 2017 - Sunday, 8th October 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Introduction to Landscape Photography Using one of the most picturesque landscapes in England as a backdrop, learn more about composition and exposure to create truly dramatic photographs.  During the day you wil be taught how to make the most of graduated filters which can help manage the light in and contrast in your work.  For more...
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Wednesday, 19th April 2017 - Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Bowlees Visitor CentreBowlees Visitor Centre - Slugs, Snails & Tall Tales Wild Wednesdays at Bowlees Visitor Centre: Slugs, Snails & Tall Tales, booking advised. http://www.visitbowlees.org.uk
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Friday, 31st March 2017 - Friday, 31st March 2017

An art workshop for all abilities at Low ForceBowlees Visitor Centre - Behind the Scenes at Bowlees: Worth a Thousand WordsJoin Simon Wilson from the AONB Partnership to create your own Turner, Constable or Monet on an art workshop for all abilities at Low Force.
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Behind the Scenes at Bowlees: The Director’s CutBowlees Visitor Centre - Behind the Scenes at Bowlees: The Director’s CutJoin North Pennines AONB Director, Chris Woodley-Stewart, on a  circular walk from Bowlees south along the Tees and back via Holwick Scar.
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Sunday, 2nd April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Behind the Scenes at Bowlees – In Search of Signs of SpringBowlees Visitor Centre - Behind the Scenes at Bowlees: In Search of Signs of SpringJoin Rebecca Barrett, Biodiversity Lead for the AONB Partnership, on a short walk to Bowlees Quarry and the surrounding area to look for signs of spring.
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