Lumiere returns with a spectacular raft of installations and projections to illuminate Durham's buildings, streets and public spaces. Local and international artists, lighting designers, and community groups will breathe new light into the city with a breathtaking series of lightworks.
This year's festival is certain to be just as popular with artworks sprawling right across the city in a sprinkle of winter magic. The light creations will range from large-scale projections, to neons, to installations using the latest LEDs, created by artists and lighting designers from near and far including pieces created by artists from the North East.
Getting into Durham to enjoy the sights couldn’t be easier as we’ve got extra evening buses to make your journey nice and easy, plus we’ve got some great value tickets too.
Our Family Day Ticket is only £12 – covering up to two adults and three children under 16. Minimum of one adult and one child required.
Travelling from Chester-le-Street or Birtley
Our Angel 21 service will run at least every 15 minutes throughout the evening as far as Newcastle Bank in Birtley, with buses departing from Durham Bus Station.
Travelling from Gateshead or Newcastle
Our X-lines X21 service will run hourly from Durham Bus Station between 7.05pm and 11.05pm, plus our Angel 21 service will run every 30 minutes throughout the evening.
Travelling from Bishop Auckland or Spennymoor
Our X-lines X21 service will run twice an hour from Durham to Bishop Auckland via Spennymoor with buses leaving on the hour and half-hour from Durham Bus Station. Buses will also stop on Claypath Underpass, but won’t stop at Milburngate stops due to road closures in the City Centre.
Travelling from Consett or Lanchester
Catch our X15 service with buses at 7.35pm, 8.50pm. 10.05pm and 11.15pm from Durham Bus Station. We’ve also got an extra journey from Consett to Durham on Sunday evening at 6.45pm from Consett and 6.59pm from Lanchester Village Green.
Travelling from Stanley
We’ve got extra buses running on our Durham Diamond 16A service to give an evening service to Stanley every 30 minutes from Durham with buses leaving at 25 minutes past and 5 minutes to the hour from Durham Bus Station.
Travelling from Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland
Our Prince Bishops 20 services will run every 30 minutes throughout the evening from Durham Bus Station and Claypath Underpass, plus we’ll be using larger buses too. We’re expecting that road closures in the City Centre will mean that buses won’t be stopping at Milburngate stops from late afternoon and throughout the evening during the Lumiere event.
Travelling from Seaham, Murton and Hetton-le-Hole
We’ll be running later buses on the 265 from Durham to Seaham via Belmont, High Pittington, Hetton-le-Hole and Murton for each evening of Lumiere with buses leaving Durham at 7.50pm, 9.20pm and 10.50pm. On Sunday evening, we’ll also be running extra buses from Seaham, Murton, Hetton-le-Hole, High Pittington and Belmont into Durham, with buses leaving Seaham at 3.10pm, 4.40pm and 6.10pm.
Travelling from Langley Park and Witton Gilbert
We’ve got extra evening journeys running on Sunday evening as well as the usual evening service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Buses will leave Langley Park from 7.05pm and run hourly until 10.05pm, with buses leaving Durham Bus Station at 7.35pm and running hourly until 10.35pm.
The south end of North Road, Millburngate and Claypath will be closed each day.
Bus stops on Claypath and Millburngate suspended each day. Towards Gilesgate, Sherburn etc, please use Leazes Bowl service 20 stop, or for services towards Langley Park, Sacriston, Stanley and Consett please use the Bus Station.
- Services 13 and 14 will be unable to use North Road south of the roundabout and will terminate on Stand A in Durham Bus Station, then depart left to North Road and ahead at roundabout under viaduct towards County Hall.
- Services 16/16A, X5 and X15 will run normal routes into Durham Bus Station, then when leaving, divert left to North Road and ahead at roundabout under viaduct towards County Hall.
- Services 20 and X20 will run normal route to Durham Bus Station, but will depart left to North Road, right at roundabout to Castle Chare and ahead at Millburngate roundabout to Millburngate Bridge and so on.
- Service X21 (evenings) will run normal route from Bishop Auckland via Elvet to Durham Bus Station, but from Chester-le-Street towards Bishop Auckland will operate normal route to Durham Bus Station, but will depart left to North Road, right at roundabout to Castle Chare and ahead at Millburngate roundabout to Millburngate Bridge and Leazes Bowl, then normal through Elvet.
- Services 40/40A from Freemans Place will run normal route to Prividence Row (Ruth First House) lights, then divert left to Claypath up to Gilesgate roundabout and right to Leazes Road and Leazes Bowl roundabout, then second exit at roundabout for Market Place and Cathedral, or ahead to Millburngate Bridge for Rail and bus stations.
- Services 204/204A, 208 and 265 will run in and out of Durham via Leazes Road and Leazes Bowl, serving stops at St Hilds College and Millburngate Bridge inbound and Leazes Bowl and St Hilds Footbridge from Durham. Due to Millburngate being closed, services will depart bus station left to North Road, right at roundabout to Castle Chare and ahead at Millburngate roundabout to Millburngate Bridge and so on.