Fri 28 Aug
3 days
Marriott Royal County Hotel

The beautiful city of Durham is famous for its historic Castle and Cathedral, but it is also a contemporary city with modern galleries, good museums, scenic riverside walks and a lively programme of cultural events. The city also boasts excellent shopping facilities and a wide variety of cafes and restaurants. In addition to spending time in the city, we include a trip to Auckland Castle for the spectacular Kynren show. Against the backdrop of the castle, the show begins at dusk and is an exciting pageant of British history myth and legend. A huge cast  tell the epic tale of the last 2000 years with everything from the Viking Invasion to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. There are battle re-enactments from the Norman Invasion, Civil War and both World Wars and plenty of Tudor and Georgian revelry and feasting as well. The whole show features dazzling pyrotechnics, amazing stunts and choreography and some masterful horsemanship.

Your Hotel

We will be staying at the Marriott Royal County Hotel situated on the River Wear in Durham city centre. The hotel has well appointed en suite rooms with hospitality trays and also excellent leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, gym and steam room.


Friday: Travel to Durham. There will be free time to start exploring the city or to enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities this afternoon.

Saturday:  Spend the morning and early afternoon in Durham before returning to the hotel for an early dinner. We then travel to Auckland Castle for the exciting Kynren pageant.

Sunday: After a leisurely breakfast and further time in Durham, it is time to begin the journey back home.

Cost shown is per person for half board sharing a double or twin room

Single room supplement £55

A superior ticket for the Kynren show is included

Please note the show takes place outdoors and is only cancelled in the event of extreme weather. The show site is large and there is quite a walk from the coach park to the seating area.