27/02/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Jorvik Viking Festival kicks off York’s Year Of The Viking in epic style

1a948cbb-5413-4927-8c49-d47e6aa98c15

The busiest day during JORVIK Viking Festival 2017 saw visitors line the streets to watch the March to Coppergate, hundreds watch the Strongest Viking and Best Beard competitions and Coppergate, and a capacity crowd at the Eye of York for the spectacular fiery finale.

“2017 is York’s Year of the Viking, with the Festival opening a year of celebrations, and marking just six weeks until JORVIK Viking Centre itself re-opens on 8 April, and I think it is fair to say that the Norse warriors were welcomed back to the city with every bit of warmth and enthusiasm that we could hope for,” said Festival Co-ordinator, Nicola Harkess.

All of the Viking-themed activities, from have-a-go archery and sword fighting sessions to finale itself sold out this year, as did many of the talks and workshops covering subjects as diverse as nalebinding (Viking knitting) to writing your own historical novel.

“The crowds lining the streets for the March to Coppergate were amazing – it certainly felt like there were more people cheering them on than we’ve ever had before, with many of them following the Vikings to the Eye of York to watch an impromptu battle. With the Spanish drumming troop, Troula Group, taking to the stage in Coppergate as the Vikings marched past JORVIK Viking Centre, there was an incredible sense of anticipation for what is to come when JORVIK returns,” added Nicola.

The fiery finale told the story of the fall of Eric Bloodaxe, the last Viking king of York, recreating the Battle of Stainmore in 954 – a turning point in York’s history. After the king had fallen, a funeral procession around the Eye of York, including the carrying of an 8ft wicker stag, culminated in a flaming display of torches, pyrotechnics and fire blowing on the battlefield, and fireworks from Clifford’s Tower.

“Over the next six weeks, York’s Viking timeline will move on six years to 960 – the recreation of Viking-age Coppergate that visitors will fly around in JORVIK’s time capsules is set at this date, when the city was once again a bustling hub of trade and commerce,” said JORVIK Viking Centre’s Marketing Manager, Paul Whiting. “We’ve had a surge of advance tickets sales during the Festival, so anyone wishing to visit during the opening weekend should book their tickets soon, as many time slots have already sold out.”

Tickets for JORVIK Viking Centre are £10.25 for adults, £8.25 for concessions and £7.25 for children, with family tickets available for four at £30.95 or five at £32.95. For more details, please visit www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

Back to News & Articles

27/02/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Signed Mein Kampf sells at auction

A signed copy of Hitler's political ramblings and manifesto has been sold at auction. ...


Nazi loot found in South America

Nazi militaria and stolen antiquities seized in raid by Argentinian police. ...


Classic conflict comes to Kent

Details announced for the spectacular Military Odyssey event in August. ...


Flying Bear up for auction

Bear who served in Royal Flying Corp is up for auction. ...


Other Articles

July Armourer magazine on sale

The July issue of the magazine is now on sale with D-Day as the cover feature. ...


Wings & Wheels pulls in the crowds

Graceful biplanes and aerobatic displays delighted crowds at a packed Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in May ...


Military vehicles at vintage festival

Over 100 military vehicles will take part in the south west’s largest festival of vintage transport from 4-6 ...


Festival of the Forties weekend

The WWII re-enactment and militaria event in Cambridgeshire aims to be bigger than ever this summer. ...