Plan Your Visit... And Enjoy!

Plan Your Visit... And Enjoy!

Your Kynren Adventure Starts Here!

You are about to experience an epic adventure, the UK's 'must-see' live action outdoor spectacular, performed by a cast and crew of 1,000 on a 7.5-acre stage!

Starting at sunset and ending in starlight, Kynren is an enthralling live action family entertainment.

Kynren is a 90-minute performance without an interval.

Our site opens at 6pm. There are lots of things to see, so please do come early to ensure you make the most of all there is to enjoy before the performance!

New family attractions include:
  • The Animal Croft - take the opportunity to meet our amazing animals that star in the show and learn about their history and heritage. Please note that this facility is open from 6pm until an hour before each performance starts.
  • The Viking Blacksmiths – watch and learn how metals were forged and used in horse shoeing, chainmail and weaponry.
  • A Georgian-themed Shop - discover a treasure trove of merchandise, from souvenir books and clothing, to artwork, toys and games, the majority of which is local.

Plus…Feast your eyes on our Food Village and whet your appetite with a range of locally-sourced food beverages – all before our world-class performance even begins!

Up to 8,000 people attend each Kynren performance, so for a smooth and relaxed experience we kindly ask all our guests to follow the arrival guidelines, and reach:

  • Your car park at least 60 mins before the start of the performance, and earlier if you have booked a shuttle ride
  • Ticket / Security checks at least 45 mins before the start of the performance
  • Your seat 5 mins before the start of the performance

Please be aware that Kynren contains many special effects including but not limited to, sound, audio visual, pyrotechnic effects, strobe light, haze and lighting effects.

Please plan accordingly, and enjoy your night at Kynren!

Transport

Within easy travelling times - whatever your method of getting to Kynren
you'll find we are only a short journey away.

Access & Parking

We look forward to welcoming you to Bishop Auckland! Here is how you can reach Kynren's epic show site:

Access to the Kynren show site

Nearly 2,000 car park spaces are available on the nights of Kynren performances. If you are planning to arrive by car, you must purchase a parking voucher at the same time as your show tickets, and you will be able to choose which car park is more convenient for your party, subject to availability. Need help to choose? click here.

A vast majority of car park spaces are within walking distance of our show site. The last 500m from our venue entrance to our Ticket check are a gently sloped path among our meadow of wild flowers, but bear in mind the walk back at the end of the evening is uphill.

For those who prefer to take the weight off their feet, we operate a convenient Park & Ride system from each of the offsite car parks to our site (additional charge applies).

Access within the Kynren show site

From our Ticket check to the Tribune (seating and performance area), there is a 350-meter walk on a mostly flat path for all our guests.

Accessibility arrangements

We welcome visitors with disabilities and we have a wide range of facilities and arrangements in place to ensure visitors with disabilities are well looked after. 

Accessibility

Site access

We have parking on site for Blue Badge permit holders only, subject to availability. To access this car park on the day of your chosen performance, all guests will be asked by the parking attendants to produce and display their pre-booked parking voucher and a valid Blue Badge permit.

From the Blue Badge onsite car park, walking distance is approximately 450m on a mostly flat path to reach the Tribune area and its facilities including the Food Village and toilets.

If you are concerned that walking to the Tribune may present difficulties, you are advised and welcome to use your own wheelchairs or walking aids, all of which can be left safely and free of charge at the side of the Tribune during the performance if needed. A very limited number of wheelchairs will be available for hire on a first come first serve basis on the night (free of charge, against a refundable deposit).

Seating

The Tribune (our seating area) is comprised of 41 rows of standard raked seats, with shallow steps leading to the different sections.

For our guests who are wheelchair users, there are seats reserved on the front row (at surface level) to sit behind, (or alongside if they are available) their companion at each performance. All wheelchair users must be accompanied by a companion, who is eligible for a complimentary admission ticket to sit next to you.

You will need to call our Box Office on 0333 300 3028 (calls charged at local rates) to book seats in this reserved area and car park spaces can be booked at the same time. No booking fee applies for tickets booked in the wheelchair user reserved area.

For our guests with limited mobility, we have introduced in 2018 the option to choose your seats in the Tribune on the online booking system. This allows you to opt for seats lower down or at the level of your choice, subject to availability. Your car parking voucher can be booked online too, including spaces in the Blue Badge parking if you are a holder of a Blue Badge permit.

Facilities

The site has a limited number of park benches, yet the Tribune opens two hours 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.

Disabled toilets are located at the Welcome Plaza, immediately adjacent to the Blue Badge parking area, and behind the Tribune.

Tickets for Personal Assistants

Guests who may not be able to attend the show unaccompanied or require a Wheelchair space are entitled to one personal assistant ticket at no additional cost. These may be requested by downloading an Access Requirement Form here. Alternatively you may request an Access Requirement Form by calling our Customer Care Line on 0333 300 3028.

Please note that Personal Assistants must be able to undertake all access requirements on behalf of their companion. This includes helping their companion down the visitor path, around site and with evacuation of the site if required.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome. Please let us know when booking what facilities you require.

Your On Site Experience

Food & Drink

Kynren launches this year with local catering partnerships, as we are working predominantly with County Durham based caterers with produce sourced wherever possible from North East suppliers.

The Food Village is located behind the Tribune, where a range of food and beverages are available to purchase, our caterers include Hog Roast, Fish & Chips, Hot Waffles, confectionary shop and much more! (with cash, credit or debit card). Please be aware that we are not able to provide seating apart from very limited park benches.

We also offer a bar and sell hot and cold drinks. Drinks purchased at the Food Village can be enjoyed at your seats before and during the performance.

The Tribune opens two hours before the start of each performance should you wish to take your seats early. As food is NOT permitted in the Tribune, it should be consumed before taking your seat. You are allowed to get in and out of the Tribune as many times as you wish before the performance starts.

Food and drinks will not be available to buy from about 10 minutes before the show until the performance ends and there is no interval during the show. A limited range of food and drinks will be available to purchase after the show on your way out.

Photography

For the enjoyment of all of our visitors, please by aware that during the performance there is a strictly no photographs or videos policy allowed anywhere on the tribune.

Merchandise

A selection of gifts, souvenirs and show-related merchandise, including programmes, CDs, ponchos and blankets will be available to purchase on site before and after the show.

Proceeds from sale of these products will support our charitable activities (Registered Charity No. 1159011)

Please note: Kynren merchandise across the whole site may only be purchased by debit or credit card; we regret that cash payment for your souvenirs will not be accepted - with the exception of flags sold at 2 for £1.

Etiquette

Due to the vibrant nature of the show, we cannot allow dogs on site, with the exception of Guide dogs and Assistance dogs.

Smoking - we have one designated smoking area, this is clearly sign posted.

The show lasts 90 minutes and there is no interval during the performance.

Before You Leave Home

Security

To ensure your safety and security during your Kynren experience, we have comprehensive security measures in place, including bag and belongings search on arrival.

Only handbags and fully transparent plastic bags are allowed, provided their dimensions do not exceed 40cm x 30cm x 20cm. Please note that, regardless of their sizes, we cannot allow rucksacks, backpacks, or opaque supermarket plastic bags.

For a full list of items we cannot allow on site, see below or click here.

Prohibited Items:

  • Handbags exceeding 40cm x 30cm x 20cm
  • Backpacks or rucksacks of any size
  • Opaque supermarket bags of any size
  • Cold boxes or luggage of any size
  • Knives or sharp objects
  • Flasks, food & beverages
  • Flares or fireworks
  • Aerosols
  • Personal protection
  • Large flags
  • Ambush marketing
  • Political slogans
  • Cameras or camcorders
  • Filming or photography
  • Ipads and tablets
  • Rattles or klaxons
  • Illegal substances
  • Tents
  • Camping seats
  • Alcohol
  • Selfie sticks

 

As there are no Left Luggage facilities in the grounds (except for pushchairs, wheelchairs and walking aids), we reserve the right to confiscate any forbidden item at security check; regretfully, confiscated items cannot be returned on exit.

Please note: there is no picnic area and food & drink are not allowed to be brought on site beyond Ticket and Security Check (except for baby food or food for medical conditions).

What To Wear

Kynren is an evening performance in the open air, so please come appropriately dressed for all weathers inc. comfortable footwear. In the event of rain, the show will go on!

To ensure everyone in the audience has a good view, we cannot allow umbrellas in the Tribune seating area. Rain ponchos are available to purchase on site for a nominal cost.

While the show involves vibrant costumes, we ask that, for security reasons, you resist the temptation to come in costume!