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As listed in Rough Guides’ ‘10 New Tourist Attractions to Visit in 2016’

Kynren - an epic tale of England

Imagine you are sitting in a massive open-air amphitheatre. The darkness of the night all is around; you are enveloped by music that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. You are in front of a stage so vast it has a full sized lake at its centre.

Harold is rejoicing after his victory against Harald. But the celebrations are short-lived. The tranquil waters of the lake begin to gently ripple; its smooth surface starts to swirl and seethe. A life-size Norman longship suddenly erupts from its depths. A fierce-looking William the Conqueror and his men leap ashore, their swords held aloft.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you are on the set of a Hollywood blockbuster. You are actually in Bishop Auckland in the North East of England, watching Kynren, a spectacular night show depicting 2,000 years of British history on a scale never seen before. It opens on 2nd July and runs for 14 shows throughout the summer. Kynren tells the story of England, seen through the eyes of Arthur, a 10-year-old boy from the North East. He encounters myth, legend and history from Roman times to World War II, witnessing the Viking and Norman invasions, St Cuthbert and the Lindisfarne monks, mediaeval feasts, the Elizabethan era, Georgian Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution along the way.

This spellbinding story is vibrantly brought to life by a cast and crew of more than 600 on each night, illuminated to sensational effect with dazzling pyrotechnics, lighting and water jets and set to a spine-tingling soundtrack; you will experience the show in movie-like surround sound from the 8,000-seat Tribune sitting directly in front of the stage, guaranteeing everyone has a brilliant view. READ MORE


Name the #KynrenLamb

We are offering you the chance to name our very first lamb born onsite! The little brown Soay lamb has already grown leaps and bounds... read more

It's Heating Up!

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Fancy dress!

The Cavalry team transformed our magnificent white horses into a knight’s medieval noble steeds. The vibrant caparisons that were designed by a member of the... read more

Follow the leader…

Bold Queen Hetty (the ewe with the black markings on her face) is leading our shy herd towards us. Step by step the Animal Husbandry... read more


Eleven Arches is the charity behind Kynren, a must see spectacular bringing to life a dazzling celebration of our regional and national heritage.

Each year, Eleven Arches will stage Kynren, a visually stunning night show, a world-class display of technical and artistic performance, powered by volunteers of all ages and walks of life, providing not only exciting family entertainment but also a truly inspiring experience for both visitors and volunteers.

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