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Programme and ticket info

Lumiere is again expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to Durham. A free ticketing system will operate at the busiest times between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each night.


Get ready for Lumiere - buy your printed programme now! The guide includes installation information and a handy map. Programmes are £2 and can be purchased at Gala Theatre and Cinema.


All tickets for Lumiere 2017 have now gone. But remember - you don't need a ticket after 7.30pm or anywhere outside the central area at any time. More than half of the installations are outside the area.

Everyone can still enjoy the festival, even if you don't have a ticket.

Tickets are only necessary to access the central area between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening, and this year there are plenty of new venues to explore outside the city centre. 

You'll find exciting artworks in all sorts of places away from the centre; from St Oswald's Church and the Miners' Hall at Redhills to Crown Court Gardens and Durham University's Science Site at Lower Mountjoy and Botanic Gardens. These can be visited at any time without a ticket.

So take a detour. If you don't have a ticket, enjoy the outer areas first, and come into the centre after 7.30pm. Remember 18 of the 28 artworks sit outside the ticketed area.


Don't forget, Lumiere is very popular and will be very busy. So be prepared to queue even if you have a ticket, or if you visit after 7.30pm, as numbers in the central festival area will be managed to offer everyone the best possible experience. 

Residents, businesses and university personnel

If you live or work in the central area, or have to come in to go to lectures and seminars, you will be provided with an application form to request a Gold Pass so that you can come and go freely. Artichoke is contacting residents and businesses about these arrangements.

Residents and businesses will be kept informed about the impact of the festival will affect them and how they can make the most of the event. Full information about road closures and traffic diversions has been sent out to those affected.

Find out if you're affected by road, parking or footpath closures 

Getting there

Our Park & Ride facilities will operate an extended bus service (£2.00 per person return, under 16s go free). If you can, please use these facilities, or take advantage of the additional public transport to get to the festival and leave your car at home. Check up-to-date information on our Lumiere Park and Ride page and for real time traffic and travel information follow #lumieredurham on Twitter and Facebook up to and during the event.

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