Durham Cathedral spectacular Luxmuralis announces return with new show and discount tickets on sale

Tickets will go on sale this Friday for the stunning sound and light show Luxmuralis which will be back at Durham Cathedral in the autumn with an immersive new space theme.

Luxmuralis, which has seen viewing slots sell out during its previous two visits to the cathedral, will mark its third year in the city with what promises to be another stunner. Its touring installation Space will see the building's interior transformed once again with colour and rolling projections - this time featuring swirling galaxies and including original footage of a rocket launch - while an all-encompassing music soundscape will build up the atmosphere.

Space will be at the cathedral from October 9-13 and tickets to see it will go on sale are now on sale, with a cut-price early bird option available. Andrew Usher, Durham Cathedral's chief officer in visitor experience and enterprise, said: It is a joy to welcome the artists behind Luxmuralis back to Durham Cathedral again. Following the success of last year, we are releasing the tickets early so people can plan for their visit in October."

The artistic director of Luxmuralis is Peter Walker who is also the artist behind major new artwork Peace Doves which is currently being created in the cathedral. Its composer David Harper is also working on both projects.

The first Luxmuralis light show there was Life - reviewed here - which in 2022 transported visitors on a journey through earth, sea and sky as they followed a route around the cathedral interior. Last year's Science, with projections exploring the elements, DNA and great scientists throughout history, expanded the visitor route into the Cloister and Chapter House.

Due to the popularity of the two previous shows, the cathedral is recommending that people buy their tickets early for the new outer-space venture. Once again, it will see the building open to visitors by day as normal during the run then the Luxmuralis magic will happen after dark.

Each evening of the run will see projections transform all areas, inviting visitors to ponder their relationship with our planet and its place within the universe. There also will be an opportunity to reflect upon the experience and to light a candle in the Galilee Chapel.

Andrew added: "We had a fantastic response to the artwork in the previous years and we urge people to get their tickets early to avoid any disappointment. With a different show, we can't wait to see what Space brings to the cathedral this autumn."

The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Dr Philip Plyming, said the cathedral is delighted to host the show and added: "Christians believe that the heavens tell the glory of God and there can be no better place than Durham Cathedral to help us wonder at stars and space and reflect on our place within the cosmos."

Entry to Space will require a timed ticket and slots are available between 6.45pm and 9.15pm from October 9-12 of the run then 6.30pm-9pm on October 13. Tickets cost £11; £5 for under-18s and are free for under-threes while the available special offer tickets apply to the first two dates, October 9-10, and for the 8.15pm-9.15pm slots at a cost of £7 (£3.25 for children). To book see here.