Volunteers that help bring spectacular scenes to Bishop Auckland's Kynren every year have been celebrated by the company as part of Volunteers' Week.

To mark Volunteers’ Week, which is in its 40th year, Kynren organisers hosted a picnic on Sunday 2nd June welcoming its team of volunteers involved in the production.

It takes around 1000 cast and crew to run the event that dramatises pivotal moments of British history from Boudicca's battles with the Romans to Winston Churchill's war-time speeches.

The drama spans a seven-and-a-half-acre outdoor stage at Flatts Farm, Bishop Auckland.

But CEO of Kynren Anna Warnecke organised a picnic to thank volunteers who she says deserve a much-needed afternoon off before live shows begin in July.

The Northern Echo: Some of Kynren's 1,000 volunteers enjoying the picnic together.

“We’re delighted to welcome so many of Kynren’s volunteers to this picnic, coinciding with the 40th annual Volunteers’ Week and The Big Lunch," she said.

"Our production and ability to tell the tale of England’s history on such a large scale wouldn’t be possible without our amazing volunteers devoting their time and passion to Kynren. We’re so grateful to them.”

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The world class show is brought to life with magnificent sets, mass choreography, combat, stunts, horsemanship, stunning pyrotechnics and amazing special effects, including water jets and state of the art video projections.

The 90-minute performances start at sunset and end in starlight and will be taking place every Saturday night from 27th July to 14th September. 

Tickets cost from £26 for adults and from £16 for under 18s. Children aged 3 and under are free when sat on an adult’s knee.

For further information and to book tickets, visit www.kynren.com.