Our four hens now grace the henhouse and run with their presence:
An Amber - Ethel
A Copper Black (Pepperpot) - Eva
A Gingernut Ranger - Maggie
A Black tail - Kipi
They have settled in well and are busy laying eggs.
Kynren is a sensational first for this part of the world! 2016 saw the first performance of what proved to be a spectacular evening event. It took place over a seven acre arena at Eleven Arches, Bishop Auckland and 100,000 visitors saw the show in its first year, performed by over 1000 volunteers who had been professionally trained. This year, 7,000 trees are being planted around the Kynren site.
The show now happens annually. Visit the website for further details of the plans for 2019 - www.kynren.com
We attended Kynren in 2016 and it was every bit as good as we could have hoped. We cannot give away any of the numerous spectacles that went to make up the event, but they were quite remarkable. We visited again in 2018 and it proved to be even better. Any issues that some had with travel arrangements in previous years have now been resolved - the dedicated park and ride worked very smoothly.
The 2019 season has opened to critical acclaim. This is not historical fact - it is pure spectacle with an historic twist.
This year The Bowes Museum has a very varied series of exhibitions and during school holidays will run special creative fun days for children of different ages. Below is a list of current and forthcoming exhibitions - for further information look at the website, thebowesmuseum.org.uk
From May 25th until October 13th 2019. Recreate the Bowes' History and Collections in Lego!
July 20th until November 3rd 2019. The world of Nick Sharratt who illustrated Tracy Beaker, Daisy, Hetty Feather and Pirate Pete.
October 26th 2019 until January 20th 2020. First exhibition outside London of Italian Master, Guido Reni.
November 16th 2019 until February 23rd 2020. For the Centenary of Norman Cornish, MBE, one of County Durham's Miner Artists, this is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled, with some previously unseen.
2016 saw the opening of the new "Open Treasure" exhibition at Durham Cathedral. It shows 2000 years of history in Durham, based on the wonderful collections at the cathedral. The "Treasures of St Cuthbert" - surviving Anglo-Saxon artefacts - are now on show in the Great Kitchen. The exhibition was officially opened by Prince Charles in February 2018.
From April to June and during September, Raby Castle will be open each week, Wednesday to Sunday as well as Bank Holidays. For July and August, it is open from Tuesday to Sunday. The Castle is open between 11.00 am and 4.30 pm.
The Park and Walled Gardens are open daily from 10 am.
The Stables Cafe and Shop and the Woodland Play Area are open, free of charge, each day from 10 am.
Bishop Auckland is currently undergoing a transformation. The Auckland Project started with the purchase of Auckland Castle, the old Bishop's Palace with its famous Zurburan paintings. The restored Auckland Palace/Castle is due to re-open on November 2nd, 2019. The Auckland Tower, the new visitors' entrance, is now open.
The Mining Art Gallery is in the Market Square, along from the church. The gallery is displaying its great collection of Mining Art, mostly from the Northeast of England. It is well worth a visit, shining a light on an important part of the region's history.
From June 1st, 2019 the new Bishop Trevor Gallery, housed in the North Apartments of Auckland Castle, will be open for visitors. Opening times are between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, from Wednesday to Sunday. The exhibits will be changed for re-opening in early October, 2019.
The excavated remains of a Roman fort, with the best preserved bath-house in England and parts of the civilian settlement, or vicus, also on display.
The fort and vicus have been excavated for some ten years, with many exciting discoveries. Excavations in 2018 and 2019 provided more evidence about the Roman Fort to add to what we already know, dating from 75 A.D. More areas are now on show.