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Watch legends come to life at outdoor live theatre event

Experience the UK’s biggest outdoor live theatre event, where legends come to life in a thrilling tale told on an epic scale.

Taking place every Saturday from August 7 til September 11 at Bishop Auckland, County Durham , Kynren – an Epic Tale of England transports its audiences back through time on an unforgettable journey spanning 2,000 years.

Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a 7.5-acre outdoor stage, the multi-award winning show is ranked among the Top 5 Performances to see in the UK on TripAdvisor.

This thrilling tale follows a young boy, Arthur, on his spellbinding journey through time and is packed with pomp and pageantry, thrilling choreography, amazing stunts, incredible equestrianism, world-class special effects and pyrotechnics.

From Boudicca’s battles with the Romans to two world wars, via Vikings, Tudors and the fate of Charles I, Kynren’s a family-friendly experience delivering thrills, shocks, tears, laughs, goosebumps and gasps on a truly cinematic scale.

Kynren opens at least two and a half hours before the start of each show and guests arriving in good time will be treated to a fantastic live jazz concert staged on the adjacent lake.

Why not enjoy a vantage point from the grass around the lake, or on benches dotted across the site, whilst enjoying a bite to eat and drink from our bar or new food court?

Alternatively, let your children have fun in the new Viking Lair play area, which is situated near the Family Grotto, from where family-friendly meals are available.

A fourth dining option is the tranquil Rose Garden Tea Room, where adults can enjoy a relaxing break before the mesmerising main event begins.

Kynren strives to ensure the site is accessible to all visitors. The main visitor path is DDA compliant and there are reserved places available for wheelchair users to enjoy the show.

Kynren provides a pre-booked Park and Ride Shuttle Bus Service to and from the site and there is designated parking for Blue Badge Holders, subject to availability.

For more information and to book tickets and find out more, visit