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Easter Break


First of all, Happy Easter holidays to you, another great time to wind down and spend some quality time with your families and your friends.

For Kynren and it’s volunteers it’s exactly that too.

After weeks of intensive training, the Kynren site has closed down for a much needed break for each volunteer, and even then we miss not being there.

Rehearsals start again from Saturday 22nd April when all the training, rehearsals and preparation is moved onto the stage.


For any new volunteers who have signed up to take part during Season 2, they will have a mixture of true excitement alongside waves of nervousness in anticipation.

I know we did last year.

Looking back on this time last year, with a half completed building site, as Construction teams were working around the clock,  to complete works to ensure Kynren opened on time.

As contractors pulled off site, the volunteers would arrive to take part in their on site, on stage training.

These on stage sessions are brilliant days, intense for some, especially the show and technical teams, but these are the days that every team come together to work on aspects of their training in preparation for the live shows.

This year, the majority of volunteers know each other, there will be no awkwardness at times, as after all Kynren lives and breathes as a family unit thesedays, instilled by the passion of its volunteers.

Thinking back on last year, on most occasions the weather was kind, it certainly was on that first on stage rehearsal weekend, it felt as though you weren’t in Bishop Auckland at times, it was strange, you could clearly see the landmarks, but with the music playing and the warm weather and this unbelievable warm feeling running through your bones, you just knew you were in a special environment, one which creates smiles of happiness aplenty.

Come next week, the volunteers will be fully recharged, refreshed and raring to go, for some ready to rekindle the magic of the project of last year.

And some in preparation to witness it all for their very first time.

My advice to you all is take a breath, don’t panic, and take everything in, because these moments are just the start of your exciting Summer, where I know for one you will have the time of your lives.

Interested to know more about Kynren, why not like their Facebook page where you can watch official promotional videos such as this: 





General Rehearsal – 10th/11th June

During this weekend’s rehearsals it wasn’t just any typical weekend for the volunteers, as we all each received our “Golden Tickets” the privilege passes that Eleven Arches were kindly offering to let a partner of a member of your family or friend to attend the last General Rehearsal on Saturday 25th June. Exciting stuff.

For the Experience team there was even more news as our Kynren uniforms were ready for collection, beige cargo pants, a white t-shirt and a very cool red softshell jacket, we all look the business.

On the Saturday is was memorable for me, it was the first time i’d been able to sit and watch the show, not the full show, more like 90% of it, no pyrotechnics or fireworks but to see the talented show team act their way through the script and it was amazing, imagine how good its going to be when its the live shows, often referred to as “Epic” and I think it will be too.

On this particular night, watching from the tribune, it rained, not just a shower, it didn’t stop it just kept raining, all night. And you know what it was actually better that it was, from standing on our duties marshalling various areas of the site, it isn’t any fun, standing in the pouring rain should never be fun, but somehow down on that site it is, there isn’t anything you can do about it, but its how you deal with it, how they people around you in your teams deal with it, it then becomes fun.

As for the show it keeps going, and as there is so much going on, on that 7.5 acre stage you even soon forget that it is raining only really realising when your eyes suddenly see the rain in the lights.

The show is certainly worth a watch, not just once, several times, every time, no matter which seat you sit in you’ll a fantastic show, a show that you’ll be sat transfixed by something and missing something else.

When Eleven Arches described it as an Epic tale of England, they weren’t wrong.

On Sunday after the weekend’s rehearsals there no time for a chill day for some of the Experience team as it was our last session of the Circus training, lots of games and entertainment was had in preparation for us to welcome and entertain the visitors.

A particular highlight for me, was when I volunteered to be a guinea pig as the talented two trainers juggled bowling pins whilst I stood very still in the middle of them. It certainly was some experience as I could see them whizz millimetres from my face.

To learn more about the project please visit Eleven Arches website and Facebook pages.



May Bank Holiday Weekend Rehearsals

Over the Bank Holiday weekend on the dates of Saturday 28th May through to Bank Holiday Monday being 30th May, once again hundreds of volunteers descended to the Kynren site to take part in more general rehearsals.

For me Saturday was the first time I’ve missed it as I was at the Riverside ground at Chester-Le-Street watching England play Sri Lanka on the second day of the test match that they went onto win.

I may well of been a visitor on this particular day, but once upon a time you used to just go and enjoy the day, and believe me I did, but when I arrived I made sure to notice, made sure to notice the meeters and greeters, the stewards, how they handled a big crowd, noting down tips and questions to ask in my head for when I returned to the Kynren site.

After all the Experience team are the first and last people all of these brilliant visitors will see.

On Sunday and Monday, I was asked to help in the volunteers car park, the role many of our team feared, after all it doesn’t sound very glamourous being a car park attendant over being a warrior or a roman, but actually its better.

Everyone on this project plays their part, we are all volunteers and we have learnt as we’ve gone, every role is vital in the great scheme of things and nothing works unless we are all pulling in the same direction, and on this project that is very much what happens.

Within the car park, yes you are the first people that welcome anyone who arrives, you are the people who give people a cheery wave or a big smile as you are delighted to see them, a role that may not sound much but everyone remembers you.

A role now that I have come to love.

To learn more about the project please visit Eleven Arches website and Facebook pages.