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Durham's Lumiere Light Festival - 2 days

A feast for the eyes

See the beautiful, historic city of Durham transformed into a nocturnal wonderland as Britain's largest light festival returns for four magical nights. Bridges, buildings, streets and even the river are turned into illuminated works of art - an unforgettable sight. This magical weekend also includes a visit to the ever-popular city of York.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A visit to the Lumiere Festival in Durham
  • Shopping and sightseeing in York
  • One night's bed and English breakfast accommodation in a good hotel in the Teesside area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Leaving your pick-up point early in the morning, we head north to the beautiful city of Durham - a medieval treasure chest with its Norman Cathedral, fine castle and steep, winding alleys. You're free to explore for the rest of the afternoon, and perhaps have an early evening meal, before joining the crowds to experience the Lumiere light festival.

Details have yet to be revealed, but highlights of the 2015 festival included a colossal 'whale' emerging from the River Wear, giant coloured fish dancing in the sky and a projection showing locals climbing the viaduct. Whatever the details it's certain that 2017 will once again see artists, lighting designers and community groups working with light to sprinkle winter magic over the city.

After what promises to be a truly unforgettable experience we will head to our hotel for the night.

Day Two

After a full English breakfast, we'll journey to historic York. Visit the glorious Minster or the famous National Railway Museum, walk the city walls or explore the Shambles - medieval cobbled streets full of fascinating shops. We head home during the afternoon and should arrive back in the local area by mid-to-late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Cheshire Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Northwich, Sale, Stockport, Wilmslow
Clwyd Colwyn Bay, Mold, Wrexham
Derbyshire Derby
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Hull
Herefordshire Hereford
Lancashire Accrington, Ashton Under Lyne, Bolton, Morecambe
Leicestershire Hinckley, Leicester, Loughborough
Lincolnshire Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Scunthorpe
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport, St Helens
Nottinghamshire Nottingham, Sutton In Ashfield
Oxfordshire Abingdon
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley
Shropshire Telford
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth
West Midlands
West Midlands Coventry, Halesowen, Solihull, Walsall
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Huddersfield, Keighley
Worcestershire Droitwich Spa, Worcester

North East Area Hotel 

You will be staying in a good quality hotel in the North East, such as the St Georges Hotel, Teeside Airport, and the Quality Scotch Corner Hotel, Darlington. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV, radios and telephones, and all the hotels will have good restaurant and bar facilities.

Further Information

Coach seating arrangements

Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Durham’s Lumiere Light Festival - 2 days reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Durham’s Lumiere Light Festival - 2 daysScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 38 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Chorley Couple
apart from the rain and the one and a half hour delay by the main coach picking us up in Rochdale everything else was great, excellent value for money, wouldn't hesitate to book another trip.
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 30 November 2015
(9 out of 10)


Newcastle Couple
A very enjoyable visit, but could have been even better if we had had more information about the festival, particularly a map and more details of where to go. The seats were poor on the coach but the driver did his best to prevent them from continually reclining each time we leaned back!
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 29 November 2015
(9 out of 10)


A nice break with good staff and good company.
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 29 November 2015
(8 out of 10)


We enjoyed our break holiday inn was fab but a little disappointed that the lights at the festival were so spread out, as one of our party could not walk enough to be able to see them all
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 28 November 2015
(8 out of 10)


Stoke on trent Couple
Very good .Will book with Newmarket again
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 28 November 2015
(10 out of 10)


Scunthorpe Friends
The coach driver and the tour manager were the best I have had on any of my travels with Newmarket, excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 26 November 2015
(9 out of 10)


Well coordinated
Confirmed traveller: 14 November 2015
Published on: 26 November 2015