The Fire and Ice Durham theme changes each year and it's back for the fourth time - so what's in store for the 2019 ice sculpture festival?

The Fire and Ice Durham 2019 theme will be Heroes and Villains, and it sounds like it will be a big hit with the whole family.

For anyone who likes comics or big blockbuster movies (and let's face it, who doesn't?), then the Heroes and Villains theme will mean there'll be plenty of familiar faces in the ice to greet you as you walk around Durham.

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Fire and Ice Durham has become a recurring event after the popularity of the previous events, and in 2019 it's on Friday and Saturday, February 22-23.

Previous Fire and Ice Durham themes have included sculptures of popular characters such as Paddington Bear, the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz and the Gruffalo. Like in previous years, in 2019 the Heroes and Villains theme will include 10 ice sculptures.

Starting in Millennium Square near the Durham Gala Theatre, the first ice sculpture will be the baddie Thanos from Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet story. From there, you can come face to face with Wonder Woman in Durham Marketplace.

There are two Fire and Ice Durham sculptures on either side of Elvet Bridge: on one side is Bumblebee, the charismatic hero of the Transformers franchise, and on the other will be Ant and Dec, who the public voted for in a competition to decide which local hero would be carved into ice for 2019.

Standing guard at Durham Cathedral will be Lego Batman - who thanks to the Lego films seems to be more popular than his fictional human namesake - and nearby on Palace Green will be the Thunderbird, the Phoenix-like creature from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

On either side of Framwellgate Bridge will be a hero and a villain in a stand-off: the villain on the peninsular side will be Maleficent, the film character based on the evil fairy godmother from Sleeping Beauty, and the hero will be a local one rather than a film character: a firefighter.

At the Riverwalk there will be another real-life hero: Grace Darling, the lighthouse keeper's daughter who famously rescued nine people shipwrecked in a storm near the Farne Islands in 1838.

The final character of the Fire and Ice Durham 2019 theme will be another baddie: Darth Vader from Star Wars. All 10 sound fantastic and well worth walking around the city centre to see!