Bishop Auckland - only 17 miles from our cottages - is set to explode into life in 2016 as Eleven Arches present Kynren - an epic tale of England. The eagerly awaited £31 million open-air live action night show will open on 2nd July 2016, and will be rolled out as 14 action-packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions across the summer.
Set in the shadow of majestic Auckland Castle in the Vale of Durham, the shows will be presented by 1,000 cast and crew. Kynren will take audiences on a 90 minute epic storytelling journey through 2000 years of British history through the eyes of the North East. The shows will be performed on a 7½ acre stage incorporating a full size lake, with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects all part of the mix - this will be a spectacle in the true sense of the word!
Eleven Arches, the organisation behind the show, entered into an artistic partnership with Puy du Fou (www.puydufou.com), and this is the first time ever its volunteer-led enterprise has been taken outside of France.
The name ‘Kynren’, echoes the Anglo Saxon word ‘cynren’ meaning ‘generation, kindred, family’. Eleven Arches feel it’s a fitting name for a story that is about a heritage that spans multiple generations, that generations of volunteers will be involved over the years to come and the experience will be shared by audiences of all ages.
When is the first show?
Kynren – An epic tale of England will be premiered on 2nd July 2016.
Head over the the Eleven Arches website to find out more, see the trailer and book tickets.
We explored the local towns, Durham, Newcastle, Auckland Castle, Raby Castle, Hamsterley Forest and played Golf at Brancepeth Castle. All of which were fab days out and fell in love with the scenery and local life. Valerie was a brilliant host and this house was fantastic.
Comfortable and warm, we wanted for nothing. A beautiful part of the country
We enjoyed the garden and BBQ and the boys especially enjoyed the pool table. We spent a day at South Shields, did a lovely bike ride through Hamsterley Forest and a spent a day at Alnwick Castle. We even had fun when it rained!
The accommodation was extremely comfortable and the gardens superb - the kids really enjoyed the games room too.We enjoyed the stunning scenery and went on some lovely walks. Thank you for being so helpful!
The landlady was extremely friendly and obliging. We hope to be back soon! The accommodation was very clean and the games room and gardens were all wonderful. Thank You!