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Construction of Auckland Castle Eleven Arches history show venue begins

Former golf course Flatts Farm, situated in a South Durham loop of the river Wear and overlooked by Auckland Castle, will, by next summer, become home to the most ambitious outdoor theatre construction project ever seen in County Durham.

Inspired by the Puy de Fou medieval theme park in north-west France, Eleven Arches will be an outdoor theatrical spectacular depicting the history of the UK, seen through the eyes of the North-East.

Eleven Arches will re-create 2,000 years of North East history in the style of the 2012 London Olympics.

An artificial lake with full-size boats and a 400m-wide stage will have the attention of around 600 visitors per night and draw on the skills of 1,000 volunteers, mostly from Bishop Auckland and surrounding area.