Evolution Drone Light Show: Durham

45 mins

Watch hundreds of animated drone lights tell an extraordinary story from the dawn of time in a captivating new stadium experience for all the family.

Experience the very latest in creative entertainment with an epic celebration of life on earth told through hundreds of animated drones. Witness the recreation of monumental moments in history - from the Big Bang and reign of the dinosaurs right through to the modern day moon landings and life as it is today. Expect cutting edge technology and immersive storytelling of epic proportions, in a brand-new narrated show with a powerful cinematic soundtrack.

Have an unforgettable time with your friends and family. Enjoy magic in the sky, local food and drink from the food village and a world-class stadium experience at Seat Unique Riverside where every seat is a front row view to the world’s biggest stage – the sky.

Show timings

  • Gates open: 18:30 (2 hours prior to show)
  • Food village opens and DJ starts: 18:30
  • Pre-show starts: 20:15
  • Drones take flight: 20:33
  • Show ends: 21:00
  • Site closes: 22:30

Evolution, the drone light show will take place at Seat Unique Riverside, Durham, doors will open 2 hours prior to the show so that you can enjoy the food and preshow build up.

What to expect

  • This is a 45-minute experience comprising an 18-minute pre-show entertainment and a 27-minute drone light show.
  • A spectacular animated drone light show featuring over 600 drones with captivating voice narration and cinematic soundtrack.
  • Food village and refreshment stalls from independent traders.
  • Music and preshow entertainment from stadium hosts.
  • Evolution, the drone light show is a family-friendly, disability-accessible event.

Premium seating:
Want to make your evening more special? Why not treat yourself to our Premium seating? You can choose from two options - Castle View Suite and Geoff Cook Suite. More on what's included in premium ticket can be found on our FAQs page

Please see  Evolution FAQs  for information on accessibility, weather-related rescheduling and more frequently asked questions.

Age restrictions: 0+

Early-bird adult (aged 18+)
Early-bird adult + child under 3 (under 3s go free, sat on adult’s lap)
Early-bird child (aged 3 and over)
Early-bird concession (Student | Over 65 | Armed forces | Bluelight card holder (ID required))
Early-bird concession + child under 3 (under 3s go free, sat on adult’s lap)
Companion | Carer (registered carer ID required, please refer to FAQs)
Early-bird wheelchair user
Early-bird wheelchair user (child)
Wheelchair companion
Companion | Carer (registered carer ID required, please refer to FAQs)
Early-bird premium adult (aged 18+)
Early-bird premium adult + child under 3 (under 3s go free)
Early-bird premium child (aged 3 and over)
Companion | Carer (registered carer ID required, please refer to FAQs)

What people are saying

Sue Armfield
May 2024


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Christine Durrant
Apr 2024

Very well organised from the booking process, communications and at the event. Was a really ente...

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Kate Whyles
Apr 2024

My family and I really enjoyed Evolution. The show was exciting and beautiful.

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Claire Clarke
Apr 2024

Looking forward to the next one!

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How to get there


  • Experience takes place outdoors
  • Family friendly
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

On the day

  • Ensure you bring your QR code ticket and allow plenty of time to get through the gates

  • We encourage use of public transport to reach the venue. See FAQs for more details.

Rescheduling and cancellation policy for Evolution Durham

There is the possibility that this experience may need to be rescheduled for weather-related reasons. If we need to reschedule, you will be contacted by SMS and email to let you know that the experience has been moved to a contingency date. The primary contingency dates are the Sunday 22 September, Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October 2024 and other dates as may be identified. In the event that you change your mind, this experience is not eligible for refunds other than in exceptional circumstances. For details, see Customer Terms and Conditions displayed at the point of booking.

You'll be hosted by

Evolution Durham

Evolution is brought to you in Durham by a collaboration between Celestial, Yuup and Seat Unique Riverside.

About Celestial
Celestial has a reputation as one of the top drone show companies in the world and has consistently delivered super-premium shows for some of the biggest names, including Eurovision, Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings, London New Year’s Eve, Manchester City soccer club and many more.

About Yuup
Yuup, the local experiences company, helps people find and book exciting things to do in their community. Yuup has earned a reputation for curating unique experiences for everyone to enjoy, building a place where people follow their passions, create memories, and discover things that make life awesome.

About Seat Unique Riverside
Seat Unique Riverside Stadium is the home of Durham Cricket and has hosted a number of world-class sporting and music events, including England’s successful Ashes series in 2013.

Any questions?

FAQs for this experience