Saturday, 4 April 2015

A girlie road trip in pictures...

Hello lovelies!

You may remember my post  'Birds Of Paradise' at the Bowes Museum, a fashion exhibition that I recently visited and couldn't wait to review.  In that post I wanted to concentrate specifically on fashion, but there were other parts of the day that I thought were worth a mention so I've decided to tie up the loose ends in this little additional post.  Welcome to my Bowes Museum road trip with my best girl!

The weather was quite mild when we set out on our little adventure; perfect for a road trip!  Natalie hadn't visited The Bowes Museum before, whereas I'd been a couple of times to visit the Vivienne Westwood Shoe Exhibition a few years back.  The Bowes Museum is in Barnard Castle and is definitely worth a visit even if fashion isn't your thing.  It was built in the 19th Century by John and Josephine Bowes (even though they weren't around when it was finally completed!) to house their ever growing collection of art and still has an immense air of grandeur today.  You can read all about the museum's interesting story here.  It's a place that I have come to really love and I couldn't wait to share it with my best friend!  So here's our little wander around the museum in pictures...

Beautiful grounds of The Bowes Museum

Gorgeous chandelier in the reception

Halfway up the stairs...

 A perfect place for a teaparty perhaps?
A few from 'Birds of Paradise'...our favourite pieces...

The fully-functioning 240 year old Silver Swan!

 We couldn't resist a silly selfie or two in the Museum's amazing mirrors!

After a couple of hours of taking in the museum's beautiful sights and absorbing all of the beauty of the fashion exhibition, we'd certainly worked up an appetite!  Rather than eating at Cafe Bowes, I wanted to take Natalie to another of my favourite places along the A66, so off we went to Mainsgill Farm!  I LOVE Mainsgill Farm!  It's a place I used to visit annually to see the lambs being born when I was spending most of my weekends with my Mister in Richmond, North Yorkshire.  Mainsgill has all of the regular animals you'd expect from a farm, but it also has camels, llamas and reindeer, as well as other weird and wonderful species to visit.  I am a massive animal lover and could spend hours there in the warm spring weather.  It always amazing to see the newly born lambs too, and you can even watch live lambing around the clock on the farm website.  As well as all of the animals, Mainsgill has an amazing (and newly refurbished) farm and gift-shop and a great little tearoom serving everything from Sunday dinner to afternoon tea!  Today was not a day for animals though, so we headed straight to the tearoom for soup and cake!

I have to be honest, the soup was more like stew but the bread bun was absolutely delicious!  I've never been disappointed with cake at Mainsgill though and this one was perfection, taking the shape of a caramel and fudge topped meringue; absolutely delicious!  After cake and much gossiping, we hit the road again and headed home after another amazing adventure.  We're already planning our next trip back to see the YSL exhibition; we just can't resist the beauty of The Bowes!




  1. Wow this place looks amazing! Great photos too, love the grounds.

    Becca xx


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