Cookie Policy

Like most websites, we use cookies to make your personal experience of the Opera North website easy and enjoyable.

We will never collect any personal or sensitive information without express permission or pass your information on to third parties, but we will make use of cookies to make sure we’re consistently improving our website and your experience of it. Here’s some more information on what we collect, how and why — and also, how you can control or delete cookies on your browser if you wish to.

It is important to note that if you disable cookies completely, you won’t be getting a fully optimised experience of the website and you may not be able to complete certain tasks – such as purchasing a ticket through the website.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site.

A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned. When a website uses them, it allows users to perform certain functions on the site more easily and efficiently.

Are cookies dangerous?

No. Cookies are small simple encrypted text files. They are not computer programs. They cannot carry viruses. They cannot interact with any other file on your computer and they cannot infringe on your privacy in any way.

They are only able to store information that has been provided to the website by the user. And this encrypted information can only be read by the website and your browser.

How can I control or delete cookies?

You can access a range of settings and controls in your browser settings. For information about how to do this on different browsers, visit Please be aware, though, that if you reject cookies your experience of the Opera North website will not be the best it can be. And some functions such as purchasing a ticket online, will be impossible.

What cookies does the Opera North website use?

Cookie names Description Data stored Expiration
Sesssion A cookie that records that you have seen our cookie disclaimer. This cookie is necessary in order to ensure compliance with current data privacy laws. Non-personal or identifiable data. Just whether or not you have consented to cookies. Deleted at the end of your session
Google Analytics These four cookies work together to gather anonymized aggregated data about how people come to the site, how long they are on the site and whether they are coming to the site for the first time or if they are a returning user. 2 years
When the browser session ends
When the browser session ends
6 months
_ga Google Analytics Stores the unique ID of the user. 2 years from set / update
_gid Google Analytics Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
1P_JAR Google Analytics Google cookie. These cookies are used to collect website statistics and track conversion rates. 30 Days
_gaexp Google Optimize Used to determine a user’s inclusion in an experiment and the expiry of experiments a user has been included in. Depends on the length of the experiment, but typically 90 days
_gcl_au Google AdSense Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services. Pending
Hotjar Hotjar collects standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is collected in a way which does not personally identify anyone. 365 days
DoubleClick Double Click uses cookies to improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what’s relevant to a user, to improve reporting on campaign performance and to avoid showing ads that the user has already seen. Double Click does not use or store any personally identifiable information. It records whether you have already been exposed to an advert before so that we’re not presenting you with too many adverts. 2 years
_fbp Facebook Collects statistical data related to the user’s website visits, such as the number of visits, average time spent on the website and what pages have been loaded. The longest expiry is one year
fr Facebook To track advertising opt-outs on Facebook. +2 Months
datr Facebook Facebook use these to better understand the websites you visit when logged into Facebook + 2 years
_qca Quantcast Computer IP address, pixel code, referring HTTP location, current HTTP location, search string, time of the access, browser’s time, any searches made on the applicable website, and other statistics 5 years from set / update
Quantcast Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as what pages have been loaded. The registered data is used for targeted ads. 13 months
Google (MediaMath). Used to target ads and measure the effectiveness of ads Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as what pages have been loaded. The registered data is used for targeted ads. 29 days
Spektrix is our ticketing system. It serves up these essential session coookies without which it would be impossible to complete a transaction. These cookies are used to rember the contents of your basket, authorise your login and configure any personal preferences to speed up your purchase process. Session cookie

Third-party cookies

You may also be delivered cookies by third-party websites. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Facebook, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Twitter, YouTube, Google Maps or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Opera North does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third-party websites for more information about these.


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