Kynren - Bishop Auckland

There's something in the North East that you MUST go and see. Kynren at Bishop Auckland. 

Bishop Auckland is a town just outside Durham city around 30 minutes in the car, it's actually the town where my Father was born.


My Facebook feed has been full of my friends 'checking' themselves in at Kynren and telling everyone how amazing it was. So I had to go and see what all the fuss was about. 

On Friday I went along - I arrived at 7pm as the show started at half 9 and it said on the website to arrive in plenty of time. 

I really didn't have a clue what to expect. Kynren is an open air event, risky in the North East, but whatever the weather the show will go on - luckily for me it was dry. The show is 90 minutes long and is a 'an epic tail of us'. A history of 2000 years of England, not just the North East but all of England.


The whole event is ran by volunteers known as Arches, if you are an Archer I think you're amazing. I was blown away. On the entrance to the stage it was like walking into a theme park with the music in the background. All the staff were so friendly. Wishing me a good night and telling me to enjoy the show. You could actually feel the buzz in the air. 


I took my car, and on the website Kynren would be well sign posted from Coundon - it wasn't. I had to pull over and ask someone who kindly pointed me in the right direction. I booked the official car park which was £1.50 and got parked easily. Follow signs for Crook and then it is easy to find.


I made my way to the food village, where there was a mixture of food vans, fish and chips, hot dogs, I went for a pulled beef sandwich with bbq sauce (£6). 

And then a waffle with chocolate sauce, strawberries and whipped cream (£5.50). 
There were plenty of people with their own picnics which I thought was a lovely family thing to do. 

A couple who came all the way from Northampton for the event kindly let me perch with them to eat my tea and we had a lovely chat about the North East and just how perfect it is.  

As it was an outdoor event I was really worried about the toilet situation. I thought they might be the awful portaloos. But I needed have worried. There were some sturdy toilets with hand washing facilities. Phew. 

I did dress like it was Autumn. With a shirt, jumper, coat, jeans, 2 pairs of socks and my boots. 

At 9pm I made my way to my seat - I was sat in Gold section row BB. The seat was brilliant but I couldn't see the closest bit of the stage due to taller people in front of me. 
Now I am not going to tell you anything about the show, sorry if you wanted any spoilers but I don't want to ruin it for anyone who has tickets. What I am going to say is it is the best live performance I've ever seen. 
The people in the North East that have been raving about Kynren had a good right. I left the show feeling so incredibly proud to be English but even prouder to be from the North East. 

Top tips, take lots of warm clothing! I wish I had a blanket at the end of the showing. I think most children would absolutely love Kynren. Quite a few of my friends have been with their children with ages between 5 and up and they all really enjoyed it. But maybe take a booster seat? Just to ensure they can see as there is no standing during the performance. 

Since I went on Friday I've booked to go back with my family in September. My Aunty is coming up from London to attend the show. I know she is going to love it. She too, like my Dad was born and raised in Bishop.

To book your tickets go here. There are 8 showings left for this year so don't miss your chance to see it! 


Kynren - Bishop Auckland 

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