Jorvik Viking Festival

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Over 1000 years ago when York was under Viking rule great celebrations took place during February called ‘Jolablot.’

The festival heralded the coming of spring and the end of winter hardships.

These celebrations were long forgotten until the 1980s when York Archaeological Trust revived this lost Norse tradition.

Each year the JORVIK Viking Festival, now a firm fixture in the York calendar, highlights fascinating aspects of Viking culture and lets locals and visitors alike celebrate the Norse heritage of this great city.

Discover our previous Festival themes

From The Untold Story of Viking Women to the story of Ragnarök, explore the stories which have led our exploration of Viking culture throughout the years. Explore the links below to find out more about the themes explored at the Festival over the years.