How to Hide a Lion at the Bowes Museum

Date Posted: 27/09/2013

An enchanting new exhibition opens at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle this autumn/winter. How to Hide a Lion will run from 26th October to 9th February.

The exhibition brings vividly to life the stories of bestselling author and illustrator Helen Stephens in a lively, interesting and entertaining way. How to Hide a Lion is also the name of her most recent book.

Children on a school visit to the museum can discover where the ideas and inspiration for Stephens’ characters come from, how she turns those ideas into stories, have their pictures taken with a caricature of a lion and see some of her original artwork.

Large cut out characters from her books, along with information panels, a reading area, role play table and interactive activities such as a dressing up rack will add to a school group’s experience. In addition, there will be a lion trail around the whole museum.

How to Hide a Lion will also feature a variety of objects relating to the author, including school reports and drawings, while limited edition prints from her books will be on sale in the museum shop.

A full programme of events accompanies the exhibition, including a chance to meet the author on 24th November, and school workshops are available.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide