Your Guide to Lumiere Durham
Durham’s famous Lumiere kicks off tonight and will run just until this Sunday.
Lumiere is open each night from 18 – 21 November 2021 between 16:30 and 23:00
Although tickets have now sold out, 24 of the 37 installations are accessible without a ticket at all times!
The installations are numbered and split into 4 zones around Durham City: Orange, Blue, Pink and Purple.
This year for the first time the festival programme extends beyond Durham City into the wider county. Marks in the Landscape presents six major new works to light up landmark locations across County Durham, complementing Lumiere’s existing community programme.
Covid-secure measures will be in place, including ticketed time slots throughout the event to manage audience numbers in the controlled central Lumiere zone and clear protocols for all working on the festival.
Download the App
The festival app is back for Lumiere 2021!
Use the app help guide you around the city and county and receive live updates through our new notifications feature. Remember to turn your location settings on for this app to access the live geo-location feature.
To save battery and data and to get the best experience, make sure you download the app before you visit the festival.
Search ‘Lumiere Durham’ or click the links below to download the app for free from Google Play or the App Store.
Two main entrances will be in place for Lumiere 2021 – Claypath and Framwellgate Bridge.
One way systems may be put in place in local areas to manage audience flow if required for safety reasons.
If you wish to start your journey with the installations in Market Place, you can use either Claypath or Framwellgate Bridge entrances to the central Peninsula area.
Please note, we expect this area to be very popular and there may be longer queuing times into the central Peninsula area from Claypath and Framwellgate entrance.
Please note that there will be no main entrance at Elvet Bridge, although you can exit here should you wish to.
Advice from Lumiere Durham:
- Wrap up warm and wear waterproofs
- Choose sensible footwear like walking shoes
- Travel light and leave umbrellas, pets and buggies at home
- For your safety and security, bag checks and body searches will be in operation at ticket entry points. To minimise queueing time, please think carefully about what you bring with you and leave large bags and rucksacks at home
Lumiere Durham runs 18-21 Nov.
Have fun and wrap up warm!
Durham Walking Tour – Durham’s Architecture and History
Until the Industrial Revolution led to the exploitation of its enormous coalfield in the 19th century, the mediaeval county of Durham was relatively unimportant economically. As a result, it became one of the primary hubs of industrial expansion in Britain. The county was the location of the first passenger railway in history, which ran between Stockton and Darlington and was put into service in 1825. Darlington developed become a hub for locomotive manufacturing and railroad engineering. Gateshead, Hartlepool, Jarrow, South Shields, and Sunderland are some of the other Durham cities that have grown to be hubs for heavy industry, particularly shipbuilding and the manufacturing of iron and steel.
Join us on our walking tour of Durham as we explore its medieval architecture including its gothic church aesthetics; expanding on the history of several buildings and areas of Durham that you may not know about!
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Fenwicks Announce Ticketed Christmas Programme
Tickets are to go on sale this morning for the hugely popular Santa on the Roof events which are a highlight of the festive season at Fenwick in Newcastle.
The city centre store announced the return of the children’s treat as part of its Christmas programme which, besides the grand unveiling of its annual window display, will include the popular Santa’s Cinema, breakfast and supper clubs with the big man and – new for this year – an afternoon tea event.
Santa on the Roof is an immersive experience which sees elves accompany ticket-holders on a Santa’s Express Elevator ride to the store’s rooftop to meet singing reindeer before they take an ‘elf-mobile’ to meet Santa in his cabin. It will be back this year from November 7 up until Christmas Eve, December 24 and this will go on sale first.
Tickets, costing £17.50, will be available from Thursday, September 29. And families will need to be quick off the mark as they are always quickly snapped up.
Sales of Fenwick’s other seasonal experiences, running November and December, will follow in October. These will include tickets for Santa’s Breakfast Club, Santa’s Supper Club, Santa’s Cinema and the new event, Afternoon Tea with Santa.
This year, Fenwick’s says that all restaurant experiences do not include a visit to Santa on the Roof as part of the experience so this must be purchased separately. And, due to the acticipated high demand, Fenwick ticket provider Ticketsource will be providing a virtual queue to help manage bookings. The advice for keen customers – from the moment they join the queue – is to avoid loading multiple tabs or refreshing their browser.
The Santa on the Roof experience will also offer youngsters a chance to enjoy craft activities with the elves, including decorating a bespoke ceramic plate to take home, and there will a stop-off too at Café Claus for winter-warming drinks and sweet treats along with an opportunity to take an ‘Elfie’ inside Santa’s sleigh, says the store.
Santa’s Cinema, screening festive family films, will be located on the fifth floor of the department store from Thursday, November 10 and will cost £17.50. Adults will be able to choose between a complimentary mulled wine or spiced apple juice and young ones can enjoy hot chocolate or juice plus plenty popcorn.
There also will be a Roof Thirty-Nine Pre-Cinema Experience available for £35 where, before the film screening, guests will be able to take in the view from Fenwick’s roof-top restaurant alongside a cocktail, nibbles and a main course.
This year the festive breakfast and supper club events will take place inside Fenwick’s new Arthur’s Restaurant on the first floor. Santa’s Breakfast Club will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from Friday, November 9 until Friday, December 23, offering waffles, eggs and sausages. Young guests will receive elf hats and colouring books before meeting the mischievous elves and Santa for a picture and Christmas gift. Tickets will be £20.
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