A North East city will glisten with colour as thousands arrive for the Lumiere festival of light.
Durham will be shimmering as its buildings and parks are adorned with artworks that beam with light for the much-anticipated event.
The event, which runs from Thursday until Sunday, will begin at 4.30pm as darkness begins to fall and continue until 11pm each night.
Among an array of installations is the Crown of Light at Durham Cathedral, which was inspired by the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels earlier this year.
Elephantastic at Elvet Bridge is an optical illusion created by Top’là Design projecting a 3D elephant into the distance as it takes a journey through an urban jungle.
Solar Equation at the Durham University Science Site is a giant animated 3D simulation of the sun exactly 100 million times smaller than the real thing, complete with turbulence, solar flares, and sunspots.
Around 150,000 visited Lumiere in 2011, twice the number of 2009, and it is expected even more will be in the city for the event this year.
Organisers Artichoke and Durham County Council have promised better crowd control but say there may be queues for some of the attractions as a result.
This year visitors need a ticket to get into the city centre area (the peninsula) between 4.30 - 7.30pm. Entrances to the city centre area are at Elvet Bridge, Framwellgate Bridge and Claypath. Prebends Bridge will be exit only, and Kingsgate Bridge will be closed except to residents with gold passes.
All tickets have now been issued, but there are lots of installations outside this area and tickets aren’t needed after 7.30pm.
A number of road closures and traffic management measures will be put in place throughout the festival so visitors are advised to leave early.
There are extra park and ride and park and stride services in operation and a number of bus companies have organised additional service from surrounding towns in and out of the city for the event.
Terry Collins, director of neighbourhood services at Durham County Council, said: “Together with our partners at Artichoke we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to Lumiere 2013.
“There have never been more options available for getting here so please take a bit of time to plan your visit.
“I am sure you will find the festival is spectacular mix of breathtaking art and fascinating science.
“Have a wonderful time and then come back and visit us again.”
For details of travel information go to www.durham.gov.uk