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Durham's Lumiere Light Festival - 3 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
  • A visit to the Metrocentre
  • Shopping and sightseeing in York
  • Two nights' bed and English breakfast accommodation in a good hotel in the Teesside area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Dinner at the hotel on the first evening
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

We leave your pick-up point early in the morning and head to the Teesside area, stopping en route for the chance to have lunch. We'll then continue to our overnight hotel, arriving in good time to unpack and relax before dinner is served.

Day Two

Enjoy a leisurely start and a full English breakfast before we head to Newcastle's Metrocentre, which is transformed with fabulous decorations and a daily programme of festive entertainment. Browse over 340 shops - famous name and specialist stores - to find perfect presents for all your family and friends.

In the early afternoon we will head to Durham. 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 magical Lumiere light festival. Artists, lighting designers and community groups will create a breathtaking series of installations and projections to illuminate the city.

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. And 2017 will once again see artists, lighting designers and community groups working with light to sprinkle winter magic over the city.

Day Three

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'll head home in the afternoon, arriving back at your pick-up point by mid-to-late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Dover Port
Bedfordshire Bedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Toddington Services M1
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Wokingham
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
Dorset Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
Dyfed Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East Sussex
East Sussex Bexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Newhaven
Essex Barking, Basildon, Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Canvey Island, Chalkwell, Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Grays, Hadleigh, Harlow, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, The Elms, Thorpe Bay, Thurrock Services M25, Westcliff On Sea, Witham
Gloucestershire Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Michaelwood Services M5, Stroud, Tewkesbury
Gwent Abergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport, Pontypool
Hampshire Aldershot, Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Fordingbridge, Havant, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Rownhams Services M27, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
Hertfordshire Barnet, Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
Kent Ashford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood, Swanley, Tonbridge
Leicestershire Market Harborough
London Camberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon, Woolwich
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Aberdare, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
Middlesex Enfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge, Wembley
Norfolk Dereham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
Northamptonshire Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
Oxfordshire Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
Somerset Bath, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
Surrey Camberley, Croydon, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
West Sussex
West Sussex Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Midhurst, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
Warwickshire Rugby
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire Amesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge

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 - 3 days reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Durham’s Lumiere Light Festival - 3 daysScores 7.8 out of 10 based on 48 reviews
(7 out of 10)


Witney Oxfordshire Couple
OK apart from weather
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 30 April 2016
(2 out of 10)


margate Friends
bus driver was rude and unhelpful, manager was far from your best
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 18 December 2015
(5 out of 10)


hertford Couple
Too long travelling. 10.5 hours in total to get to Durham. A stop on the way at shopping mall is not what we wanted.
If we had arrived at the hotel earlier we could have had a lovely swim sauna etc instead of shopping for 2 hours.
York is a fab place and it would be ideal to focus the trip on that and the lights as an extra in our opinion.
Driver seemed worried about the traffic and some issue about "his hours". I didn't really need to know that and it made me anxious for him. He was a nice guy though.
Tour rep was a lovely lady {Leslie} but she was as anxious as the driver when we ran into some traffic issues.
Its opened my eyes as to the itinerary of coach trips and if we went on another I would fully investigate exactly what would be happening en route.
Many thank,
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 18 December 2015

Thank you for your review, we are very sorry that some aspects of your trip did not meet with your full approval. All feedback has been passed to the relevant Product team as part of their regular review process. We are always looking at ways to make improvements whenever possible. Thank you for bringing these points to our attention.

(8 out of 10)


Bournemouth Couple
We generally enjoyed the break, however, when booking in future I would make a point of finding out where we were going to have to stop,on route as the coach journeys where excessively long not helped by the fact that the coach driver got lost adding an extra hour to our transfer to York, only giving us just over 2 hours there - very little explanation/apology given. Also, in Durham, the tour guide seemed to know very little about what was on display, had she informed us that we could purchase a Lumiere guide from the Town Hall for £1 it would have been helpful. Also, the coach driver miscalculated his refuelling and we had to make an extra stop on our return journey which was annoying.
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 18 December 2015
(8 out of 10)


Woking Couple
Overall a good weekend break providing good value for money.
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 10 December 2015
(10 out of 10)


Poole Friends
A great short break - the tour manager was marvellous and coped very well with a couple with a medical problem.
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 06 December 2015
(3 out of 10)


Bournemouth Dorset Couple
A very long journey-Bournemouth to Durham via Sherbourne, Shepton Mallet, Bristol, Cheltenham, Donnington Park via Birmingham outskirts to the M1!. Only two people picked up on two occasions - thought the minimum was four per pickup?
Confirmed traveller: 15 November 2015
Published on: 01 December 2015