Jorvik Viking Festival

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The annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage

Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York in February 2020 for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.  Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.

This year’s theme is the Voyages of the Vikings – just like the Norse in the 9th century, journey to York in February half term to discover their extraordinary stories!

Tickets for highlight events are on sale now, with the full programme released in 2020.

JORVIK Viking Festival 2020 is organised and funded by York Archaeological Trust, with no external funding or sponsorship, and all proceeds contribute to our work as an educational charity.

Sat 15th Feb – Sun 23rd Feb

Over 80 Events Across York

JORVIK Viking Festival 2020

15th February - 23rd February 2020

JORVIK Viking Festival 2020

Visit York in February 2020 for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.

Highlights, 

Vikings in the encampment

15th February - 23rd February 2020

Viking Encampment

Meet the Vikings who have gathered in Jorvik!

Family Friendly,  Free,  Highlights,  Living History, 

Feast alongside the voyagers of the Viking Age

15th February 2020

Banquet of the Voyagers

Feast alongside the great Voyagers of the Viking Age

Evening Events,  Highlights, 

March alongside the mighty Viking armies

22nd February 2020

March to Coppergate

Witness the mighty Viking armies march through York

Family Friendly,  Free,  Highlights,  Living History, 

We're looking for the most glorious beard in York

22nd February 2020

Annual Best Beard Competition

We're looking for the most glorious beard in York!

Family Friendly,  Free,  Highlights,  On Stage, 

Battle Spectacular in the Land of Darkness

22nd February 2020

Battle Spectacular in the Land of Darkness

Our breathtaking Festival finale

Evening Events,  Family Friendly,  Highlights,  Living History, 

Family friendly Strongest Viking Competition

22nd February 2020

Annual Strongest Viking Competition

Come and cheer on your favourite Viking champion

Family Friendly,  Free,  On Stage, 

Hear about the latest research from Viking experts

23rd February 2020

Richard Hall Symposium

Immerse yourself in the latest research from Viking experts

Highlights,  Talks & Tours, 

Our History

We've been celebrating York's Norse heritage for over 35 years.

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Accessibility

Everyone is welcome at JORVIK Viking Festival - find out about accessibility at our venues.

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