The Jorvik Viking Festival 2018
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 .