Fire and Ice festival returns to Durham city center


A POPULAR winter attraction is back after being frozen in time for two years.

After an enforced Covid absence from the calendar last February, the Durham Fire and Ice Festival has made a welcome return to the city.

Held on Friday and Saturday, February 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. each day, the popular midterm event provided plenty of short-lived family entertainment.

Ice sculptures and creations, this year themed in science, adorned iconic locations across the city centre, from Market Place, Millennium Place and Elvet Bridge to Palace Green, outside the Cathedral of Durham.

Debuting in 2016 with the theme of “Polar Exploration”, subsequent festivals featuring ice sculptures follow the creative direction of “Myths & Legends”, “Literary Figures”, and “Heroes & Villains”.

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The science theme reflected advancements made over the past few centuries, with ice sculptures, interactive stations and more around the backdrop of the historic city.

Visitors were invited to follow an ice-carving trail lit by flaming beacons through the city, with the chance to watch live ice-carving demonstrations and try their hand, under the watchful eye. attentive from experts from Glacial Arts, who worked on the set of the epic. Game of Thrones TV series.

On both evenings of the event, the festivities culminated in a spectacular grand finale in the Market Square, with water jets and flames dancing to the beat of the music, matching the theme of the year’s festival.

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