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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 7.9 out of 10 based on 64 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Tamworth Couple
Very pleasant tour and driver and tour manager polite and very helpful
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 29 December 2017
(3 out of 10)


Stockport Family
The Durham Light Festival was very over-hyped and a great disappointment.
There were serious safety and transport issues with the organisation of the Festival which I will be taking up with Durham Council.
The visit to York was better, but very busy.
The Hotel accommodation was good.
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 30 November 2017
(9 out of 10)


bromborough Single traveller
The lighting on the cathedral was very disappointing. I would not recommend that.
The tour guide was not with us that long, and she did give out some wrong information regarding coach drop offs and pick ups for those who were going on feeder coaches.
Really enjoyed York
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 28 November 2017
(7 out of 10)


Stockport Friends
Journey to Durham ok. Lights disappointing. Journey to hotel horrendous got into room 11.30ish. York was good but could have done with longer there. The journey from Stockport to Macclesfield could have been more direct.
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 26 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Morecambe Couple
Satisfactory,confusion on the return leg as we thought the feeder transport would be returning via Accrington instead it went via Farnworth.We weren't that impressed with Luminaire as it didn't seem as colourful at Durham cathedral as in previous years.In York we couldn't enter the Minster but the shop was open.
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 26 November 2017
(8 out of 10)


Huddersfield Couple
Light show very disappointing compared to previous years. And shuttle bus badly organised by local operator.
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 23 November 2017
(7 out of 10)


Birmingham Friends
The weekend break was very good. But the Lumiere light show was very disappointing. We didn't see much of Durham due to the time we got there (3.00pm). The visit to York was great on the Sunday , would have liked to have spent more time there, especially going around the Christmas market. Overall very impressed with the service and standard of what Newmarket Holidays supplied.
Confirmed traveller: 18 November 2017
Published on: 23 November 2017