This year Durham is once again playing host to a stunning fourday festival in which artists will create a breathtaking series of installations, illuminations and performances using light. Lumiere will turn the city into a winter wonderland, transforming its stunning buildings, streets and riverbanks with a nocturnal winter festival. We also visit Beamish, for the opening of the Christmas Season and explore the wonders of the Bowes Museum.
Day 1 After an early departure we travel via the Dartford Crossing and the Great North Road to Durham stopping in the beautiful conservation town of Stamford en route. We reach our hotel late afternoon.
Day 2 We make our way to Durham where we meet our guide for our tour of this splendid city. During the tour, our guide will point out the best features of the evening’s Light Show, so that you can find the best places to view. After free time in town, we return to our hotel for an early dinner. By 7pm you are back in Durham to enjoy the amazing illuminations.
Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the magnificent Bowes Museum which houses a wonderful collection of European and fine decorative arts. We have an included light lunch of soup and sandwiches, before returning to our hotel to relax and enjoy the facilities.
Day 4 A full day out to Beamish where Christmas begins today! Britain’s favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s, and will be decorated for Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Christmases.
Day 5 Leaving our hotel after breakfast we head south, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, reaching the local area early evening.
A stately Jacobean country house standing in beautifully landscaped grounds in Redworth, our four-star hotel has spacious and elegantly styled bedrooms equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and hospitality tray. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym and health spa. The hotel has WiFi and a lift.