You might have seen on Instagram that Ian and I spent last weekend in the North East and visited the Durham Lumiere Festival. When we’re not in Skipton, we’re at our home in North Shields, somewhere which I’m getting to know well. From there, Durham is a 30-minute drive away.
Durham Lumiere Festival
On the Friday evening we met with Poppy and Harry plus Poppy’s boyfriend and his family and went for dinner before Lumiere. The festival takes place on alternate years. For four nights, the roads in the city centre are closed and you can wander round and look at the beautiful architecture which is illuminated. The cathedral is the star of the show and rightly so. We were fortunate to have a mild, clear evening compared to when we last went when it poured with rain. I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves.
The morning after the night before
After we’d finished looking round the Lumiere Festival, we went for cocktails. This came after having pre-dinner cocktails plus rather a lot of wine with dinner. Consequently, we were in need of a bracing walk on Saturday. We walked to Cullercoats beach had a stroll. We were impressed/amazed to see a group of women heading for a swim. They didn’t have wetsuits, just swimsuits and a swim caps. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to venture into the North Sea in November, but I couldn’t help but think how invigorated they would feel afterwards.
My boots are the Mercy by Lotus. They are made from super-soft leather and lined with faux fur and they are, without doubt, the cosiest boots I’ve ever worn. They’d look good over leggings or slim jeans as well as with a tunic or mini dress as well as with the maxi dress I’m wearing in the photographs. I love tan anything, but if you don’t, they come in black too.
We worked up an appetite so decided to get a late lunch. We were drawn into Salthouse, by its tapas menu. It’s a real gem of a place. Good interior design, excellent service and, most importantly, authentic , well-cooked food. I think this will become a regular haunt.
This isn’t a sponsored post. Gifted items are marked as such and affilitae links are identified with an asterisk.
Boots: Mercy by Lotus, (gift). Also available in lack.
Teal boucle coat: Monsoon, previous season.
Tiered maxi dress; Coast, (gift) previous season.