The Jorvik Vik­ing Fes­ti­val 2018

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York

will host its an­nual Jorvik Vik­ing Fes­ti­val from 12th to 18th Fe­bru­ary. The event is the largest Norse-themed fes­ti­val in Europe, reg­u­larly at­tract­ing over 40,000 vis­i­tors to the city.

En­ti­tled In­va­sion: The Dawn of Vik­ing York this year’s fes­ti­val tells the story of how the Vik­ing war­riors first ar­rived in the An­glo-saxon town, be­fore set­tling and cre­at­ing the city of Jorvik, the cap­i­tal of Vik­ing-age Eng­land.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture the call to bat­tle as the Vik­ing hordes march from York Min­ster to Cop­per­gate; a col­umn of fear­some war­riors stretch­ing from one end of the city cen­tre to the other (Satur­day 17th Fe­bru­ary, from 1pm).

An en­camp­ment will run for the du­ra­tion of the fes­ti­val in Par­lia­ment Street, en­abling vis­i­tors to get close to the Vik­ings on the move, and learn about what they traded, the clothes that they wore and the sagas they shared around the fire.

The search for a Vik­ing warrior re­turns to Cop­per­gate Square on Satur­day 17th Fe­bru­ary, with the Strong­est Vik­ing Com­pe­ti­tion — a mix of brute strength, bravado and blus­ter that thrills and en­ter­tains the crowds.

Bring­ing the fes­ti­val to a close will be a thrilling live-ac­tion bat­tle, com­bin­ing son-et­lu­miere with py­rotech­nics and an in­cred­i­ble bat­tle-royale. A cast of more than 100 war­riors takes to the Eye of York, in the shadow of Clif­ford’s Tower, for this com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Vik­ing in­va­sion which laid the foun­da­tions for the next 200 years of pros­per­ity for the city.

Full de­tails are avail­able at www.jorvikvikingfes­ti­val.co.uk .

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