More than three dozen horses, a thousand actors and a gaggle of geese taking centre stage can only mean one thing. Kynren is returning, with something special exclusively for Northern Echo readers.

The familiar fixture is set to return on July 27 and will run every Saturday night until September 14 and The Northern Echo has teamed up with the organisers of Kynren to bring readers an exclusive ticket offer. 

Readers who book online can enjoy 15% off Kynren tickets using the code EchoMarch24 at checkout*.

The Northern Echo: Kynren 2023

2024 Show Dates:

  • Saturday, July 27
  • Saturday, August 3
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Saturday, August 17
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Saturday, August 31
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Saturday, September 14 

Charging through 2,000 years of history, the summer spectacular is set to return to Bishop Auckland to tell an Epic Tale of England through the eyes of the North East. From bloody battles with Vikings to the suffragette movement and everything in between, there’s not a major event in English history that isn’t told during Young Arthur’s journey through time.

And brand new for 2024, as part of the pre-show entertainment, audience-goers will have the opportunity to wander through a recreation of a traditional 9th-century village as it prepares for a raid.

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“The Viking Village provides an immersive way for audiences to travel back in time and prepare themselves for the adventure to come,” said Anna Warnecke, CEO.

“There will be the chance to talk and interact with the villagers as they go about their daily lives, visit the cookhouse, see them tend to the animals, prepare meals and watch the blacksmith at work in his forge producing real chainmail,” she added.

Anna further added, “The Vikings are a popular aspect of the show, featuring incredible scenes such as a Viking longship burial on the water with live Vikings aboard, and the gripping kidnapping of a fisherwoman, all enhanced by dramatic fiery effects and explosions.”

The Northern Echo: Kynren 2023

In a bid to make the village as authentic as possible, Kynren even has a clutch of rare Icelandic chickens which were originally bred by Vikings and can trace their origins back to the 9th century.  They are part of a menagerie of animals featured in the show including 33 performance horses, donkeys, sheep, geese, goats and cows.

If you haven’t seen Kynren before, or you just want to relive history again, it is certainly worth a visit this summer. Although it is worth remembering that British summers are not to be trusted and there has never been a performance of Kynren cancelled, so be prepared with waterproof jackets.

  • Kynren will run every Saturday from July 27 through to September 14 and show times may vary depending on the time of sunset.
  • Kynren can be found at 11Arches Park, Flatts Farm, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7SF.
  • For tickets and more details visit

*15% offer excludes VIP tickets. Offer ends March 31 2024. Limited availability- Terms and Conditions apply.