For a short break to remember, Durham is your destination.
A spectacular year of events in Durham which includes a fascinating Magna Carta exhibition in the heart of the World Heritage Site, and the UK’s first YSL exhibition taking place at The Bowes Museum culminates with the return of Lumiere to Durham City in November.
Prepare to be amazed as this breathtaking city-wide celebration of light returns to sprinkle magic across Durham City for four dazzling winter evenings. International and local artists, lighting designers, and community groups will breathe new light into the city with an incredible series of installations that will weave a nocturnal art trail through the medieval city.
When is Lumiere Durham 2015?
The 2015 event will run from 12 – 15 November 2015. The full programme will be announced later this year.
Do I need tickets for Lumiere?
The full programme, details and ticket information will be announced later this year. In the meantime why not sign up to our e-newsletter, or keep up to date with the latest news via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Where to stay during Lumiere 2015?
More than 175,000 people visited Lumiere in 2013, many from outside of the region, so accommodation does get booked up early. Browse our extensive range of accommodation to find your perfect place to stay. Why not stay a little longer and use the Durham Dales, Vale of Durham or Durham Coast your base?
What else can I do during my visit?
Durham City is ideal for a short city break. Voted ‘best city in the UK’ by Conde Nast Magazine it is the jewel in the crown of an extraordinary county. The city is dominated by Britain’s Best-Loved Building, Durham Cathedral, which together with the adjacent Durham Castle form a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Durham City has a wonderful timeless quality with riverside walks and rowing on the river Wear, and yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture with its superb cafes, tearooms, galleries and museums. Take the opportunity to enjoy a quintessentially English experience with afternoon tea at Crook Hall - a delightful medieval manor house surrounded by magnificent gardens, catch a show at the Gala Theatre, or visit Durham University’s Oriental Museum or Botanic Garden.
Stay a little longer and explore Durham’s great outdoors and award-winning attractions. Head to the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to explore a peaceful and tranquil landscape of moors and hills, valleys and meandering rivers, dotted with picturesque villages and market towns. Spot the resident deer at Raby Castle, admire the fascinating collections of fine and decorative art on display at The Bowes Museum, or visit one of England’s most impressive waterfalls, High Force.
Step back in time in the Vale of Durham and visit the North East’s Large Visitor Attraction of the year 2014, Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, discover the county’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, or marvel at the treasures within Auckland Castle.
Make the most of your visit and explore the rugged beauty of the Durham Heritage Coast, or enjoy a fantastic family day out at attractions across the county - our family attractions page is packed with great ideas.
For visitor information please call 03000 262626.