Barnard Castle Christmas Festival 2019

Sunday 1st December to Sunday 22nd December

This years Barnard Castle Christmas Festival once again brings together the remarkable venues and cultural activity in the North Pennines market town, presenting a festival of art, music, theatre, comedy and film.

The Bowes Museum, the English Heritage Castle, the Witham arts centre and a funfair will provide entertainment for all ages and interests whilst markets and a high street packed with a wide variety of shops and decked with Christmas lights give the perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping.

Come and experience Christmas with us!


Christmas Shopping

With its mix of independent shops, high quality brands, antiques quarter and traditional markets, Barnard Castle is a great antidote to the out of town shopping experience.



With The Bowes Museum and the Witham Arts Centre, festival goers can enjoy the best collection of fine and decorative art in the North along with a wide range of exhibitions.


Fairs & Markets

With its traditional market, farmers market and the annual Christmas market at The Bowes Museum, there’s every opportunity to find unique gifts and buy local produce.



The town has a strong music scene, with everything from traditional choral and band to rock music on offer.


Performance & Film

With comedy, theatre or film on offer, there’s plenty of entertainment on offer as part of the festival.



For families, a visit to Santa is a must and he’s visiting more than one venue this Christmas


Parking is FREE after 3pm at all Durham County Council car parks in Barnard Castle this December.