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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!

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Tyne Bridge to Close for Several Weeks for £41m Restoration



Several weeks of overnight closures are planned in order to allow engineers to assess how bad a state the Tyne Bridge is in, before it can be restored to its former glory.

The long-overdue restoration is estimated to cost £41m in order to restore the bridge and refurbish the Central Motorway.

According to a local authority report, the inspection is expected to require the famous crossing to be closed from 10pm to 6am from June 13 to July 1. A number of roads underneath the bridge on the Newcastle Quayside are also due to be affected by the works – with closures due between May 16 and June 10 on Quayside, Lombard Street, Queen Street, and Akenside Hill from 8pm to 6am.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We submitted a bid for £41.4 million to Government which, if approved, will enable a four-year maintenance programme for the Tyne Bridge and the Central Motorway to go ahead. As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial works on the Tyne Bridge.

“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so we can assess its condition and the scale of works required to finalise the costings and project plans to fully restore and refurbish this major structure. This needs to be completed ahead of funding being approved.

“As we need to inspect the entire span of the bridge, overnight closures may be required on the bridge and roads underneath it, so engineers can complete this work safely. Details on the programming are being finalised.”

The Tyne Bridge has not had any major maintenance for two decades and its much-needed refurbishment has been at the top of council officials’ to do list for years, in the hope of ensuring it is looking its best once again by its 100th birthday in 2028. However, it has been warned that the grade II* listed structure may have deteriorated into a worse condition than currently known and council bosses have warned that, like on other major projects like the Grainger Market’s roof repairs, the refurbishment may take longer than expected.”

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Seaburn and Roker Beaches Named Best Beaches in the Country in 2022



Sunderland’s beaches have been named among the best in the country for the 11th year running.

Seaburn and Roker were both named as winners of the Seaside Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The pair were once again handed Blue Flags, marking them out for their for their excellent water quality, cleanliness and attempts to constantly improve visitor amenities.

The Blue Flag awards, now in their 35th year, are issued by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and act as ‘a quality mark so visitors can be sure the beaches boast top-notch facilities and meet the highest environmental standards’.

Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It is fantastic to see Sunderland’s beautiful beaches once again awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award.

“Flying these flags at Roker and Seaburn shows everyone who visits that our seafront has excellent quality bathing water and first-class facilities.

“We’re very lucky to have fantastic beaches with beautiful, clean water to swim and bathe in, and this national recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in keeping our beaches clean, tidy and well-maintained.”

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Best Children Activities in the North East



Looking for a way to entertain the kids for the day? Well, lucky for you, we have rounded up the best children activities in the North East.


Whitehouse Farm Centre

From donkeys and pigs to mice and rabbits, expect to meet all your favourite farm animals and more! Whitehouse Farm is also home to striped skunks, marmoset monkeys, harris hawks, bearded dragons, curly haired tarantulas – the list could go on and on. We won’t tell you them all, so there’s still plenty to be surprised by. However, we can’t resist telling you, you are in for a treat as you will even have the chance to handle and feed the animals!

Credit: Whitehouse Farm Facebook

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