Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival

Mid-February
During the centuries of Viking rule in Europe, York (formerly Jorvik) was a major outpost of the British Isles. The Jorvik Viking Festival, a weeklong festival established in 1985, honors the English city's historical legacy as well as the ethnic heritage of the many Scandinavians who travel to York to participate in the famous re-enactments.
The highlight of the festival is the re-enactment of the Battle of Stamford Bridge, a clash in 1066 between the Normans and the Saxons that marked the end of Viking rule in England. Although the battle actually occurred outside the city, the re-enactment takes place in the Eye of York, a circular grassed area in front of York Castle. Leading up to this main event, the actors perform battle drills and training routines.
Activities of a less violent nature include shopping in a Viking market, the traditional burning of a Viking boat, sword forging demonstrations, and cultural events centered on old Scandinavian tales, dances, and songs.
CONTACTS:
JORVIK Viking Centre
Coppergate
York YO1 9WT United Kingdom
www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk
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