Were you at Fire&Ice InDurham last weekend? If you came to the City with your family and friends to follow the ice sculpture trail, have-a-go at the ice carving wall or to watch the grand finales in the Market Place, we want to say a very big thank you.
As a result of Fire&Ice InDurham, we saw more people than ever before recorded come in to the City during February Half Term, with the festival drawing in thousands of extra visitors to Durham.
We think it’s safe to say that last weekend’s event was an enormous success. We didn’t need the footfall counters to tell us that the City was busy. People were queueing up to get into shops, bars and restaurants, with a number of businesses reporting that they had to stay open late to deal with the number of visitors to their premises.
There was a huge buzz across the City, with people telling us that they’d travelled as far as the North West and Scotland just to come and see the ice sculptures. If you were one of those people who made an extra-long journey, we hope you enjoyed your experience of the City and hope to see you back in Durham very soon.
In fact, (and here’s a little secret for you…) we were so busy last weekend we almost ran out of the ice trail leaflets on the first day of the festival, and had to arrange an emergency re-print of the fliers ready for day two!
As you will very-well-know-by-now, the premise of Fire&Ice InDurham sees an ice sculpture trail lit by flaming beacons across the City, with the opportunity for you to watch live ice carving demonstrations and give the art-form a go too. Each evening of the event, the festivities culminate in a spectacular grand finale in the Market Place with jets of water and shooting flames dancing in time to music, fitting to the theme of the year’s festival.
The 2018 brief of Literary Characters really allowed us to stretch our imaginations and get creative with the ice carvings. It’s been a real pleasure to take a trip down memory lane and re-visit some of our favourite childhood tales, so that we could bring theses storybook characters to life last weekend in spectacular icy form just for you. And we think you’ve enjoyed it too – the snaps you’ve shared with us across social media have been simply amazing!
But here’s the really exciting thing… while the ice may have only just melted on 2018’s event, we’re already discussing plans for next year’s festival. It’s going to be an exciting one so watch this space! While we can’t confirm the theme of Fire&Ice InDurham 2019 just yet, we can tell you that the event will most certainly be back next year, and we’re asking you to pencil Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February into your diary.
For now, please do save the date and make sure you’re following us on social media for more announcements about what to expect from next year’s festival - coming very, very soon.