LUMIERE returns with a spectacular raft of installations and projections to illuminate Durham’s buildings, streets and public spaces. Local and international artists, lighting designers, and community groups will breathe new light into the city with a breathtaking series of lightworks.

This year’s festival is certain to be just as popular with artworks sprawling right across the city in a sprinkle of winter magic. The light creations will range from large-scale projections, to neons, to installations using the latest LEDs, created by artists and lighting designers from near and far including pieces created by artists from the North East.

Getting into Durham to enjoy the sights couldn’t be easier as we’ve got extra evening buses to make your journey nice and easy, plus we’ve got some great value tickets too, including our £10 Family Day Ticket – covers up to two adults and three children under 16.

Travelling from Chester-le-Street or Birtley

Our Angel 21 service will run at least every 15 minutes throughout the evening as far as Newcastle Bank in Birtley, with buses will leave from Durham Bus Station.

Travelling from Gateshead or Newcastle

Our Castles Express X21 service will run hourly from Durham Bus Station between 7.05pm and 11.05pm, plus our Angel 21 service will run every 30 minutes throughout the evening.

Travelling from Bishop Auckland or Spennymoor

Our Castles Express X21 service will run twice an hour from Durham to Bishop Auckland via Spennymoor with buses leaving on the hour and half-hour from Durham Bus Station. Buses will also stop on Claypath Underpass, but won’t stop at Milburngate Shopping Centre due to road closures in the City Centre.

Travelling from Consett or Lanchester

Catch our 15 service with buses at 7.35pm, 8.50pm. 10.05pm and 11.15pm from Durham Bus Station. We’ve also got an extra journey from Consett to Durham on Sunday evening at 6.45pm from Consett and 6.59pm from Lanchester Village Green.

Travelling from Stanley

We’ve got extra buses running on our Durham Diamond 16 service to give an evening service to Stanley every 30 minutes from Durham with buses leaving at 25 minutes past and 5 minutes to the hour from Durham Bus Station.

Travelling from Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland

Our Prince Bishop’s 20 service will run every 30 minutes throughout the evening from Durham Bus Station and Claypath Underpass, plus we’ll be using larger buses too. Unfortunately, road closures in the City Centre will mean that buses won’t be stopping at Milburngate Shopping Centre from late afternoon and throughout the evening during the Lumiere event.

Travelling from Seaham, Murton & Hetton-le-Hole

We’ll be running later buses on the 265 from Durham to Seaham via Belmont, Hetton-le-Hole and Murton for each evening of Lumiere with buses leaving Durham at 7.50pm, 9.20pm and 10.50pm. On Sunday evening, we’ll also be running extra buses from Seaham, Murton, Hetton-le-Hole and Belmont into Durham, with buses leaving Seaham at 3.10pm, 4.40pm and 6.10pm.

Travelling from Langley Park & Witton Gilbert

We’ve got extra evening journeys running on Sunday evening as well as the usual evening service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Buses will leave Langley Park from 7.05pm and run hourly until 10.05pm, with buses leaving Durham Bus Station at 7.35pm and running hourly until 10.35pm.