Starry Nights, Air Vag, Lumiere Durham 2009. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

Lumiere Durham, 16th – 19th November 2017

Lumiere takes place in Durham City, the vibrant heart of a beautiful county.

Famous for its dominating cathedral and castle, Durham City’s ancient streets are full of things to discover, and it will be well worth extending your visit to take in some of the sights.

Explore the history of North Africa and Asia at Durham University’s Oriental Museum, enjoy a moment of tranquility at the city’s Botanic Garden, or escape to medieval Crook Hall and Gardens where you can enjoy a quintessentially English experience. Step into more than 2,000 years of history inside Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition experience, or wrap up warm and simply admire the spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site from a crisp riverside walk.


Further afield, the county is full of things to see and do, with breathtaking countryside to be explored in the Durham Dales, a vale packed with award-winning attractions and a dramatic coastline. Packed with hidden gems, natural wonders, ancient castles and stunning scenery, stay a little longer and make the most of your trip to Lumiere. Find out more at

Looking for somewhere to stay? Accommodation gets booked up very quickly before the festival.  With so many visitors heading to the county, make sure you book as early as possible. For help and advice contact Durham’s official Visitor Contact Centre on 03000 26 26 26, email [email protected] or visit

A Place of Light

Light connects the county on so many levels, from science, art and technology to business, tourism and natural landscapes. Whilst shining on and shaping Durham’s heritage, light inspires the here and now and illuminates the future. See Durham shine at


A perfect little city Bill Bryson

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