What is Kynren? - An Epic Tale on an EPIC scale!
An experience unique to the UK and never available before 2016. Bringing 2000 years of history, myth and legend to life in a spectacular family entertainment for all ages! As dusk falls, you take your seat in anticipation in front of a vast stage. The lake is still. You are immersed in the music. 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. Suddenly a Norman long ship erupts from its depths, bearing a fierce William of Normandy and his roaring men who leap ashore, swords held high. 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 right up to the current period 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 a mining family from the North East of England.
Brought to you by a 1,000-strong cast and crew who have been professionally trained by international performance experts in dance, theatrical combat, pyrotechnics, and equestrianism. The huge cast is joined on stage by the animals of Kynren, collectively bringing each scene to life amidst jaw-dropping special effects and an original sound track by the award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta.
Proud to be a World Class Show
We are delighted to have become a new member of UK Inbound, and are looking forward to working with our Travel Trade partners to offer a unique product to International and UK Domestic Visitors to County Durham. Kynren is to be experienced, and we are proud to be shortlisted in the British Coach Tourism Awards - Group Travel World, Reader’s Choice (2018) Best Innovation in Group Travel in 2018.
Kynren is a first for the UK, there really is nothing like it on such an EPIC scale: our huge open air amphitheatre seats 8,000 guests per night, sat directly in front of the lake, you are struck by the majestic backdrop of Auckland Castle. With 1,000 cast and crew and a performance area of over 7.5 acres, our visitors are taken through a family entertaining performance depicting 29 scenes, covering 2,000 years of history, myth and legend, through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy from a Durham Mining family. There show also incorporates scenes of local relevance including The Durham Miners Gala, Durham Cathedral and St Cuthbert.
NEW FOR 2019 - The Year of the Viking
Take your seat as dusk settles over the vast, still lake and the expectant audience of 8,000 falls silent and the epic show begins.
Suddenly the lake’s deceptively placid waters erupt as a Viking longship, teeming with marauding invaders, bursts from its depths. Their dramatic attack on a fishing village leaves a trail of destruction and fire. The Vikings have arrived!
Before the show experience the more peaceful side of Viking life in the brand new Viking Village. Visit the cookhouse complete with its own vegetable patch and the woodworker’s cottage built into the hillside.
Take a stroll along the stream and watch the past come to life at the working blacksmith’s forge where you’ll be able to see real chainmail being made.
Don’t miss the village’s animal inhabitants like the impressive Highland cattle and the curly haired Wensleydale sheep.
We have 11 dates in 2019, as follows :
Saturday 29th June
Saturday 6th July
Saturday 13th July
Saturday 20th July
Saturday 27th July
(Saturday 3rd August – no show)
Saturday 10th August
Saturday 17th August
Saturday 24th August
Saturday 31st August
Saturday 7th September
Saturday 14th September
Group Discounts are available for:
Minimum of 10+: 15% discount off all tickets, except for our Diamond seats (not including parking or shuttle)
Include complimentary priority on site coach parking for Groups of 21+
Reduced off site minibus parking for Groups of 21- (£15)
Looking for Group pre show Hospitality ? – we also have our VIP Pre Show Hospitality in our Lakeside Lodge area, away from the main Food Village Area, which is perfect for groups.
Kynren is a Unique experience not available anywhere else in the UK. As the UK’s largest outdoor live action spectacular, spectators will be immersed in a 90 minute show, taking them on an educational, entertaining, and inspirational journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.
It is our single minded vision to become a World Class Show, and each season we attract National and International Audiences of 100,000 people, we have achieved accreditations that ensure, your guests will have an enjoyable experience:
A Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for 5 Star Ratings in their hundreds of thousands
Nominated by Trip Advisors in “Top 5 performances to see in the UKin 2018” ranked at number 3, alongside Les Miserable, and Lion King.
Winner of Group Leisure Magazines Editor’s Choice for “Best Innovation in Group Travel”
Winner of The Queens Award for Volunteering – the equivalent of the MBE in volunteering in recognition of the 500,000 hours of volunteering by our cast and crew since our launch in 2016.
To add value to your experience, and excite and inform your group in advance, we also offer a complimentary presentation which can be delivered either in your community venue by a Kynren Ambassador, or combined with an Exclusive Kynren Site Tour:
“Kynren – The story of Us” Presentation delivered to your group, in advance of your visit.
The presentation is very visual ,exciting and informative and details the delivery of the project as a whole from concept,
through present day to our next 5/10 year goals and aims, including transition from evening show to daytime visitor park. It also shows the journey of the Archer (our volunteer cast and crew) (45 minutes)
Exclusive behind the scenes site tour, which includes a visit to Cavalry Area, to meet our animal cast and crew, and a visit to our Performance Area to experience some of the Kynren Production Magic ! (30 mins)
(Combined duration 1 hour and 30mins)
Both must be pre booked, and unfortunately are not available Fridays and Saturdays during show season (June to September)
Group Travel Brochures for Family & Friends, Special Interest Groups and Travel Trade are now available at www.kynren.com. For further info please email groups@elevenarches or call 01388 436036.
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Parking & Transport
- Coach Drop Off / Pick Up Point
- Coach Parking Onsite
- Groups: Max Group Size - 11
Travel & Trade
- Groups: Average Length of Visit - Show length is 90 minutes.
- Groups: Booking Essential
|Kynren - an epic tale of england (29 June 2019 - 14 Sept 2019)|