Lumiere Durham

With only eight days to go until the Festival of Light or "Lumiere" begins in Durham, we thought we'd tell you a bit about it, and what delights to expect.

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
— Francis Bacon

Produced by a company called Artichoke, this year's Lumiere will begin when Durham gets dark at 4.30pm on Thursday 12th November until 11pm every evening until Sunday 15th November. There will be twenty-nine installations to view.

Entry to the City Centre / Peninsula area will be ticketed only from 4.30pm - 7.30pm each night, however over half of the installations are outside of this zone, which is accessible from 4.30pm - 11pm. Everyone will be able to access the City Centre after the ticketed period ends, however there maybe queues. To access the City Centre, use the Framwelgate Bridge, Claypath or Elvet Bridge, as Kingsgate Bridge will be exit only and all other routes will be closed.

The images above are from two of the light artists exhibiting this year, Mick Stephenson and Stuart Langley, with the middle photo from This is Durham's instagram page.

We have a handful of rooms left if you would like to stay with us during the festival, with Durham a twenty minute train ride from Darlington station (a ten-minute walk from the hotel). Click here to book.

For more information about the event, click here for the official website. The festival has been such a success that it will be heading to London from the 14th - 17th January 2016 too.

Which installations are you most excited about seeing?