From how many props used in one performance to the amount of pyrotechnic effects that bring the epic tale of England to life, these facts are sure to wow your group members. 


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The Kynren Grand Finale in front of the lake, featuring the whole cast.

Sensational live outdoor show Kynren – An Epic Tale of England is an annual show in Bishop Auckland which runs throughout the summer holidays.

The 90-minute performance runs through 2,000 years of British history and will return to County Durham from 27th July until 14th September 2024, with tickets on sale now.

Prepare to entertain your group on your next visit to the historical extravaganza with these ten facts:

  1. A whopping 3,332 props have been made for the show, including 412 flags and banners, 256 shields, 674 weapons, 292 instruments and 86 seagull puppets.
  2. More than 600 pyrotechnic effects are used during the 90-minute show.
  3. The show’s donkeys are called Neddy and Matilda, whilst the Durham shorthorn oxen are called Lady Barrington and Vi.
  4. The Viking divers receive their PADI qualifications as part of their Kynren experience.
  5. More than 100 feathers are used in Queen Boudicca’s head dress.
  6. The Giant Axeman’s Axe is almost two metres in length and his costume has been made from 39m of fabric.
  7. The largest prop is the full-size replica of Locomotion No 1, an early steam locomotive built by pioneering engineers Robert and George Stephenson in 1825.
  8. 436 pearls, 21 metres of fabric and 12 metres of whalebone have been used to make Queen Elizabeth I’s dress in the show.
  9. All the horses are grey, so they stand out at night. They include Percherons, Lusitanos, Wielkopolskis and Kladrubers.
  10. The show’s youngest volunteer is five years old, the oldest is 85.


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Knights on horseback are just one of the many sights which make up the show.

Groups can benefit from discounted rates for 20 or more people, along with a meet-and-greet service and free ticket for the coach driver.

Performed by a 1,000-strong cast and crew on a 7.5-acre stage, the multi award-winning show follows a young boy, Arthur, on his travel through time. It is packed with thrilling choreography,  stunts, incredible equestrianism, world-class special effects and pyrotechnics.

For more information and to book for 2024, visit