1. North East
  2. County Durham
  3. Bishop Auckland

Attraction Information

Get ready for a summer full of spectacular shows and immersive attractions as you travel back through time at Kynren - An Epic Tale of England, the incredible live-action open-air performance!

Follow Arthur down a 2000-year-old rabbit hole of history from England's most famous battles, royalty, invasions and so much more. Stand in the midst of the Viking Invasion, smell the smog of the World War I & II gun fodder and walk aboard Queen Elizabeth I's royal barge!

You'll meet some of the most important characters from history too, like Boudicca, the Tudors, King Charles I & so many more. 

Prepare for an ancient world of thrilling adventure, myths and legends, and daring stunts... 
Kynren's Latest Shows in 2023
Kynren invites history and theatre-loving families to be a part of their spellbinding live action outdoor show, Kynren – An Epic Tale of England! The show is returning for a spectacular seven-week run during the summer holidays, at 11 Arches Park, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

The 90-minute extravaganza, which is a breathless dash through 2,000 years of British history, will be performed every Saturday from  29th July until 9th September.

Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a 7.5-acre outdoor stage, the multi-award-winning show follows a young boy, Arthur, on his travel through time. It is packed with thrilling choreography, amazing stunts, incredible equestrianism, world-class special effects and pyrotechnics. The show starts at sunset and ends in starlight with an epic firework finale.

From Boudicca’s battles with the Romans to two world wars, via Vikings, Tudors and the fate of Charles I, Kynren is a family-friendly experience delivering thrills, shocks, tears, laughs, goosebumps and gasps on a panoramic scale.
Food & Drink
Roll up good sirs and madams, it's snack time! Enjoy lots of hot and cold snacks and a good variety of drink options before the action spectacular begins. 

Last year's event served everything from on-the-go hot and cold family favourites like vegetarian BBQ pulled pork, chips and popcorn chicken to sweet treats like cookies and ice, you'll have a lip-smacking start to your experience at Kynren. You can also refresh yourselves with a full selection of hot & cold drinks.

You can load up on snacks at the food court which is located at the bottom of the main visitor path to the Tribune.

Food will stop being served 30 minutes before the start of the performance and drinks will stop being served 15 minutes before the start of the performance. 
Footpaths - The main visitor path is DDA compliant with a natural fine stone surface. Some areas have grass or stone surfaces and wheelchair users may require the help of a Personal Assistant to access these.
The main visitor path is 450 meters from the Welcome Plaza to the Tribune.
Seating - The site has a number of park benches, providing seating for those who may need it. Also, the Tribune opens one hour before the start of each performance should you wish to take your seats early. You are welcome to get in and out of the Tribune as many times as you wish before the performance starts.
Walking aids store - You can use your own pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids. Pushchairs and walking aids can be left safely and free of charge at the side of the Tribune during the performance.
Disabled Toilets - These are located at the Welcome Plaza, immediately adjacent to the Blue Badge Car Park, and directly behind the Tribune.
Food outlets - All of the food outlets at Kynren have large print menus available on request. If you need any help, just ask a member of staff as they will be more than happy to assist you!
Personal Assistant Tickets - Visitors with disabilities, who meet the qualifying criteria, and may not be able to attend the show unaccompanied or require a wheelchair space, are entitled to one complimentary Personal Assistant ticket at no additional cost.
For more accessibility information please head to Kynren's accessibility page
Travel & Parking for Visitors
By car
If you are arriving by car you will use the separate car park and shuttle bus facility. You can book your parking online along with your ticket. There are 2000 car parking spaces in total spread across 3 car parks: Car Park C, Car Park H and Blue Badge Car Park A.
By foot (from the town)
The 11Arches site pedestrian entrance is 1km (.6 mile) from Bishop Auckland bus station; then you will walk on a zig-zag path with a gently sloping gradient on 450m (.28 mile) to reach the Welcome Plaza, but bear in mind the return walk back is up hill, so if you have limited mobility we do not recommend this!
By bus: RIDE ONLY - from Bishop Auckland bus station
You may choose to board a Kynren shuttle bus from the Bishop Auckland bus station, for an additional fee for the 2-way ride.

You will be dropped off on the site at the Bus drop off/pick up point which is directly in front of the Welcome Plaza.
  • Must-see live show
  • 2,000 years of English history brought to life
  • Family-friendly entertainment at 11Arches Park
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Opening Times

Saturday 29 July 2023
Saturday 5 August 2023
Saturday 12 August 2023
Saturday 19 August 2023
Saturday 26 August 2023
Saturday 2 September 2023
Saturday 9 September 2023
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Pricing & Tickets

Adults: £26 to £60
Children (aged 4-17): £16 to £50
Family Saver Ticket: Save 25% off Superior Seats when booking a  family pack of four or more tickets for any show

Please see website for all details

Book in advance for cheapest tickets

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Contact Details

Flatts Farm
Bishops Auckland,
County Durham
DL14 7SF

Tel: 01388 436 033

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