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Top Tips for visiting Lumiere

Lumiere is the UK's largest light festival and we're expecting this year to be the best yet. Follow our top tips to help make the most of your Lumiere experience.

Plan your visit

Download Lumiere Durham app before your visit for details of all the installations and where to find them, as well as special Lumiere offers from retailers and food and drink outlets.

You can also pick up a printed festival programme, including a map, for just £2 at a variety of locations in the city and county.

Alternatively, download this  Icon for pdf Lumiere map of installations (PDF, 229.7kb) .

To make the most of your visit to Lumiere, stay a little longer and find out what else there is to see and do at This is Durham - Lumiere.

Use park and ride or public transport

The best way to visit the festival is by using one of our many Lumiere Park and Ride facilities. Park and rides will operate from Belmont, Sniperley, Howlands, Merryoaks, New College and Meadowfield for £2 per person and under-16s go free. The last bus leaves at 11.30pm. Extra bus services will also be running and the train station is just a short walk from the city centre.

Don't panic if you don't have a ticket

The festival is completely free to attend with 26 installations accessible without a ticket at all times. As in previous years, a peak-time ticketing system will be in operation for access into the central peninsula area between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening to allow visitors to have a comfortable experience. No-one will need a ticket to visit any area of the festival outside of peak hours.

Visit at a quieter time

The festival is at its most popular between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each evening so why not pay a visit later on? Lumiere is open until 11pm. Thursday and Sunday nights are usually quieter too.

Visit quieter areas

Twenty-six of the 37 installations are outside of the ticketed area, so avoid the longest queues by visiting some of the other dazzling installations around the festival footprint.

Travel light

For your safety and security, bag checks and body searches will be in operation at entry points into the central peninsula. Please think carefully about what you bring with you and leave large bags and rucksacks (over A4 size) at home.

Come prepared

It's November, it's outdoors and it's dark so wrap up warm, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and bring a waterproof. We also recommend a small torch and don't forget to bring your camera.

Get a taste of the festival

Durham has a great selection of cafés, restaurants and bars to choose from. Visit This is Durham - Lumiere to find out more.

Follow us on social media

@artichoketrust on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Get the latest updates at #LumiereDurham. 

For the latest traffic and travel information follow @DurhamCouncil on Twitter.

Ask a festival maker

Our Lumiere volunteers are there to help you enjoy your visit. If you need help or have a question, you can identify them by their light blue tabards.

Share your experience

Share your photos on social media with the hashtag #LumiereDurham. Visit Lumiere Festival to find out more.

For live updates follow the hashtag #LumiereDurham

Lumiere Frequently Asked Questions

See Lumiere festival frequently asked questions for more information about the festival.

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