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Hens at Hauxwell Grange.

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: an epic tale of England.

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. 7,000 trees have been planted around the Kynren site.

The show takes place annually. Visit the website for further details of the plans for 2020 -

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 again met with critical acclaim. This is not historical fact - it is pure spectacle with an historic twist.

The Bowes Museum

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, 

The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia

October 26th 2019 until January 20th 2020. First exhibition outside London of Italian Master, Guido Reni.

Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection

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. 


Durham Cathedral

Open Treasure

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.

Raby Castle

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

The Auckland Project

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 re-opened on November 2nd, 2019 to join The Auckland Tower, the new visitors' entrance and the Bishop Trevor Gallery which were already 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.

Binchester Roman Fort

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 over 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.