Follow my blog with Bloglovin [Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Kynren 2019. They gave me x2 free tickets in exchange for an honest review. They also provided the images of the show as photography is not permitted.]
What is Kynren?
The name ‘Kynren’ echoes the Anglo Saxon word ‘cynren’, meaning generation, kin or family. As the UK’s biggest outdoor live theatre, Kynren tells the tale of England’s history spanning over 2000 years.
First Impression of Kynren 2019
Once we arrived at the car park, we were greeted by the friendliest car park attendants who pointed us in the direction of the event. We then started the 20-minute walk along the picturesque trail to the Kynren 2019 site – and were regularly greeted by countless members of staff.
After researching the event, I’ve discovered that 1000 local volunteers dedicate their time to Kynren every year. Now, this sense of community really does show! Every single person that works at the event made friendly conversation with us. However, it wasn’t overbearing or forced – they were just a happy bunch who had one goal: to ensure we had the best night. And if I were to be perfectly honest, most hospitality events should take a leaf out of their metaphorical ‘customer service’ book. I’ve never received such good customer service – which in turn, built up the excitement for what should be a spectacular event.
Kynren 2019’s New Attraction: Viking Village
As we arrived hours before the show, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we decided to make the most of the amenities. After hearsay that there were animals at the Viking Village, we decided to head here first (I’m a city girl who will always get excited by the prospect of animals).
Overlooked by two watchtowers, the Viking Village features a number of scenarios. We watched sparks fly in the Blacksmith’s Forge before loitering around the Shield Maidens at work around the fire. We then received an unexpected surprise – the Vikings stormed through the village before practising with their weaponry. All in all, we were completely taken back by all of the scenarios; it really does feel like you’re in an authentic Viking Village.
At the end of the Viking Village trail, we discovered that the rumours were too; You can get up-close and personal with Kynren’s very own animal cast. From a gaggle of geese to the striking white horses and more, it’s safe to say that they pulled on my heartstrings.
Second Stop: Dinner at the Food Village
After walking around Viking Village, we had no doubt worked up an appetite. Luckily, the Food Village is only a short three-minute walk away. Offering a broad range of snacks, sweets and meals – I was pleasantly surprised to find the food to be reasonably priced.
After grabbing some food, we then headed the 1940’s themed bar. Serving a broad range of gins, rums, beers, softies and everything in-between – this was also reasonably priced for an event where you have no choice but to drink here. As a sucker for an orange flavoured gin, I ordered the Whitney Neil Blood Orange and a Mediterranean tonic (£6.40).
We then took our drinks down to the nearby lake. With a stunning view and a gin in my hand, I soaked up the sun and got into the spirit (literally) for the show.
Final Stop: The Kynren 2019 Show
If I were to be perfectly honest – history is not my forte. Although I enjoyed learning about it at school, I didn’t take it on as a GCSE and, therefore, haven’t learnt anything about history since I was 14 years old.
With this in mind, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I understand the show? Luckily, I discovered the answer was ‘yes!’ Kynren 2019 took all of the most intriguing parts of the UK’s heritage and turned it into the most spectacular show for people of different ages – and historical knowledge.
Essentially, the 90-minute show transports the 8,000 capacity audience through an unforgettable journey – starting with the Romans. Combining this with daring stunts, epic firework displays and hydraulics – the production is literally breathtaking. The stage covers 7.5 acres and features an artificial lake. The show also features a replica of George Stephenson’s Steam Engine Train and a boat – both of which move.
I don’t want to give too much away but after discovering that it’s ranked amongst Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 5 Performances in the UK’, I’m really not surprised. It was magical. I’m really glad I waited all of these years to see the show – Kynren out-performed my suspense.
Further Information About Kynren 2019
- Kynren 2019 is located in Bishop Aukland, Country Durham. The postcode is DL14 7SF.
- Adult tickets start from £25, Under 18 from £15 and under 4’sare free.
- You can book your tickets via the Kynren website.
- The show runs every Saturday night until 14th September, However, please be aware there is no show on August 3rd as the volunteers are having a night off.
- Find the varying start times for Kynren.
- Make sure to dress warmly for the night – and take waterproofs in-case it rains. It is an outdoor event with no roof to shelter you from possible rain.
Have you been to Kynren? If not, are you now intrigued to visit?9