JORVIK Viking Festival 2020 will take place in York from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February, with a themed banquet, a battle spectacular and a Viking encampment.
This year’s quirky events will include a Viking Costume Competition, a Viking Riddle Challenge, the Annual Best Beard Competition, Annual Strongest Viking Competition, Mead Tasting, and Poo Day. In addition, there’ll be a Viking Invasion, an evening of axe throwing and Nordic fusion, Vikings marching through the city and have a go sword fighting.
The Viking Encampment will feature the trades of the Vikings, allowing festival visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the hustle and bustle of life and crafts in the era. This year will also feature a Magic & Mystery exhibition at Barley Hall, a City Tour of Viking and Saxon York, a leather working workshop, and a chance to meet archaeology experts.
On Parliament Street visitors will find the Nine Realms Bar, a venture by Valhalla and Brew York, serving locally produced ales and beverages into the evening.
For families enjoying half term, there will be storytelling, a Dragon’s Trail, Viking Crafting for Kids, and the opportunity to be a Viking in the Viking village.
JORVIK Viking Festival, organised by the events team of York Archaeological Trust, is one of York’s largest events, now in its 36th year. JORVIK Viking Festival is believed to be the largest Viking festival in the world, last year attended by over 63,000 visitors.
When: 15th – 23rd February 2020
Where: York, North Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
More info: jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk