Tickets for Durham Lumiere 2019 have been released - here's where you can get them, and what they allow you to do.

Tickets are now available to the public, and if previous years are anything to go by they'll go fairly quickly. But it's worth remembering that you don't actually need a ticket to visit the free Durham Lumiere 2019 festival.

So what do the tickets allow you to do?

When did the tickets get released?

Lumiere tickets were released at 10am on Monday November 28 2019.

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How much are they?

The festival tickets are free. The only thing is that you're limited to getting six per household.

Children under two carried in a sling or carrier don't need tickets. Lumiere organisers advise against taking prams and pushchairs as it can be difficult to get around and some access routes will be closed.

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Why would I need a ticket?

You don't need a ticket - you can go to Lumiere any time from 4.30-11pm on Thursday to Sunday November 14-17 2019. However, 11 of the 37 installations are located in the central peninsular area, and to avoid overcrowding access is limited at peak times to ticket holders only.

Where and when is the ticketing system in place?

Between 4.30-7.30pm, the central peninsula of Durham City is only accessible to festival visitors with a ticket. After this time it's open to anyone, although there may be queues!

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The central peninsula area of the city includes Market Square, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Durham Castle, Saddler Street, Durham Cathedral and The Count's House. The central peninsula is only accessible via Framwellgate Bridge, Silver Street/Claypath and Elvet Bridge.

You can visit the other 26 light installations outside the central area anytime without a ticket.

How do I get a Durham Lumiere ticket?

Tickets will be available to collect in person from the Gala Theatre and Cinema and from the following leisure centres and libraries: Chester-Le-Street Library, Stanley Library, Consett Library, Seaham Library, Peterlee Library, Crook Library, Barnard Castle Library, and Spennymoor Leisure Centre and Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre. There will also be some tickets available to book online at

Update: Only one venue now has tickets left - we've got the info here

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