The Uk’s Most Spectacular Open-Air Live Show
Over 100,000 people will come to County Durham this summer to experience ‘Kynren - an epic tale of England’, Bishop Auckland’s live action extravaganza, the mesmerising show that takes you on a whistle stop tour of 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.
Taking place on a vast landscaped stage with a huge lake at its centre hiding a host of surprises, you’ll meet many of the characters and events that have shaped the north east - and the country as a whole - as the 29 scenes, encompassing the Roman occupation to World War II, unfold in front of your eyes.
With a nightly audience of 8,000 and a cast and crew of almost 1,500 professionally-trained volunteers performing alongside horses, sheep, oxen, donkeys, goats and geese, the scale of the show must be seen to be believed. Spectacular sets appearing as if by magic, mass choreography and fierce battles are illuminated with dazzling special effects, effervescent lighting and mesmerising pyrotechnics, set to a spine-tingling original score which you’ll experience in movie-like surround sound.
Whether you are experiencing Kynren for the first time or a returning visitor, expect to be blown away by the sheer spectacle of Kynren 2017.
Starting at sunset and ending in starlight, the 90-minute show is set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
As dusk turns to darkness, you are sitting in an 8,000-seat open-air theatre in front of a vast stage. The lake at its centre is still. You are enveloped by music that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. You are watching King Harold rejoicing, having conquered the Vikings. But his celebrations are short-lived. The tranquil waters of the lake begin to ripple, its surface begins to swirl and seethe. A Norman longship erupts from its depths, bearing a fierce William of Normandy and his cohort of men who leap ashore, swords held aloft.
This is just one of Kynren’s 29 scenes which takes you on an action-packed and emotional journey through time. Encompassing the Roman occupation, the Viking and Norman invasions, medieval feasts and jousting, the splendour of the Tudors, the English Civil War, the Georgian Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and two world wars - and many other scenes in between - Kynren takes you on a spellbinding voyage through history, myth and legend, as seen through the eyes of Arthur, the son of mining family from the north east.
Kynren is directed by Olympic ceremonies veteran, Steve Boyd and brought to you by a 1,500-strong cast and crew of volunteers who have been professionally trained by top performance experts in dance, theatrical combat, pyrotechnics, equestrianism and guest management. The huge cast is joined on stage by a ménagerie of horses, sheep, goats, oxen, geese and donkeys, collectively bringing each scene to life amidst jaw-dropping special effects and an original sound track by the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£25.00 per ticket type|
|Child||£19.00 per ticket type|
Adult £25-£55, Child £19-£41.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good73
- Leanne MTrip Type:FamilyThe New and Improved KynrenWednesday, 21st June 2017I have reviewed this before and I can tell people that this years show is bigger and better than last. The main man and choreographers have all worked on the London and Rio Olympics so they know... Read full review
- Rachel CDarlington, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGood night outMonday, 29th May 2017We attended the opening night last year and arrived in plenty of time as instructed. Unfortunately the weather was very chilly so we found that we were sat around feeling very cold for quite a while... Read full review
- 1jc670Bishop Auckland, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWell worth seeingTuesday, 23rd May 2017Absolutely cracking event and worth booking up to see. I Live locally so had to go and see for myself and certainly wasn't disappointed. Read full review
|Kynren - an epic tale of england (1 July 2017 - 16 Sept 2017)|
* Open 1,7,8,14,15 Jul 2130-2300 21,22 Jul 2100-2230 11,12 Aug 2100-2230 18,19 Aug 2030-2200 26,27 Aug 2000-2130 1,2,9,16 Sep 2000-2130
Map & Directions
Eleven Arches is accessed from the A689 just northwest of Bishop Auckland. Travelling From:
The North Follow the A1(M) south and exit at junction 61. Follow the signs for A688 to Bishop Auckland. Eleven Arches and allocated parking will be sign posted from the New Coundon roundabout as you approach Bishop Auckland.
The North (avoiding centre of Bishop Auckland)
Follow A1M to junction 63. Follow A167 south to Neville's Cross Durham. Turn right to the A690 to drive through Brancepeth and reach Willington. Turn left to join Hunwick Lane and through Hunwick village on the B6286. Turn left at the junction after the village and then left at the next roundabout.
The North West From the A69 travel south on the A68 and follow signs for Darlington. At Fir Tree, just past the Duke of York Public House, turn left towards Howden-le-Wear and then follow signs for A689 to Bishop Auckland. Eleven Arches and allocated parking will be signed from the A689 when you reach Bishop Auckland.
The West Leave the M6 at Penrith and travel east on the A66. Exit on to the A67 at Bowes and follow signs for A688 to Bishop Auckland. Eleven Arches and allocated parking will be signed from Bishop Auckland.
The South Follow the A1(M) North, exit at junction 58 and follow signs for A68 to West Auckland. At the roundabout junction with the A688 turn right and follow signs for Bishop Auckland. Eleven Arches and allocated parking will be signed from Bishop Auckland.
There will be strict parking controls in roads adjacent to the show site and in the town centre on show nights, so if you are arriving by car, you must buy a show parking voucher in advance (£7.00 per car) allowing you to use one of our dedicated off-site car parks. A space in one of the car parks will be priced at £25 if purchased on the night, and will be subject to availability.
We have four off-site car parks to choose from within walking distance of our show ground (ranging from 15 to 40 minutes, depending on the car park), with a shuttle transfer system operating from each one if you prefer not to walk. See full details of the parking arrangements and locations of the car parks on our website. We also offer on site parking for the exclusive use of Blue Badge holders.
Please plan your journey to arrive at your chosen car park at least 1 hour 45 mins before the start time of your chosen show.
Public Transport Directions
Please see website for public transport details.