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Where is the 10th Century Traders event held? 

For JORVIK Viking Festival 2020 we are in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Fossgate, one of the same venues as 2019. This is in the centre of York and can be accessed from both Piccadilly and Fossgate. With its own cafe and toilets, it is a beautiful building well worth a visit in its own right.

Last year we also utilised the lovely Stained Glass Centre on Micklegate. Depending on demand, we may well utilise it again!


When is the 10th Century Traders event held? 

The 2020 event will be held on Friday 21st February to Sunday 23rd February. The event is open from 10:00 to 16:00 each day.


What sort of things are sold at the 10th Century Traders event? 

10th century traders specialise in making and selling anything and everything to do with Viking Age life. From wooden spoons to wool fabric, spurs to socks, we aim to provide a wealth of beautiful and practical wares, with a focus on authenticity.


How much does a pitch cost? 

Each pitch costs £90 for the three days.


Can I buy a pitch for only one day of the event? 

Due to practical considerations, we do not sell pitches for 1 or 2 days of the event.


How big are the pitches? 

Each pitch is 6ft x 3ft (the approximate size of the tables provided). Each pitch has approximately 3ft behind the table to allow for seating and storage.


How many pitches can I have?

Every trader can book up to 2 stalls maximum. This ensures we can include as many traders as possible, and give the public a good range of products to choose from.


Is there electricity? 

Electricity is available on over half the pitches, and costs £15 for the weekend. Please only request electricity if you need it.


What items can I plug in? 

All electrical items must be PAT tested or within a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty. Please do not bring anything that will pose a risk to others or overwhelm other traders displays.


Do you provide tables? 

Yes we can provide tables and two chairs per pitch, however if you would prefer to bring your own that is fine, just let us know that you intend to do so. Tablecloths are not provided.


Can I bring extra tables to squeeze alongside? 

The pitch you pay for, and are guaranteed, is the size described above. Any extra space you wish to take up is at the discretion of the Event Manager and the Venue Manager. Please do not plan on having extra space, as it cannot be guaranteed. Please also bear in mind that if everyone did this, there would be no space for visitors!


When can I set up? 

Set up time is during the evening of Thursday 20th February and the morning of Friday 21st February. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more detail.


When can I take down? 

Take down can begin at 16:00 on Sunday 23rd, when the event closes to the public. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more detail.


How close can I get my vehicle to the venue? 

Unloading and loading is done on Fossgate, from which Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is reached via an alleyway. There is no parking on site. For this reason we recommend bringing a trolley or some spare hands to help.


How many people can one company bring with them? 

One company can bring two people, not including anyone under the age of 16. If you require more people at the stall, please contact the festival team in advance, by emailing ​​​​.


I have special requirements, how do I ensure these are accommodated? 

Please make a note of any special requirements, e.g. accessibility, in the notes section of your application. If you are unsure as to your requirements or would like to discuss further, please email ​​​.


Do I need insurance? 

All traders are required to have Public Liability Insurance, with a minimum of £2,000,000. A copy of the relevant documentation must be sent to the festival organisers as soon as possible after your booking. If you have not shown proof of insurance by Friday 21st February, you will not be able to trade at the event.


I booked a pitch but am now unable to attend, is there a cancellation fee?

If, after booking, you are unable to attend for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible. If we are unable to replace your pitch with another trader, there is a cancellation fee of £50.


I like to trade from my tent, is there an outdoor trading area? 

There are two outdoor pitches of 4m x 2m on stone flagged surfaces in the grounds of the Merchant Adventurers Hall. They cost the same as the pitches within the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, however are limited to one pitch per trader. There is no electricity available to these pitches. Traders must bring their own tents and tables. Please take into consideration the likely weather and prepare for all eventualities. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for further details before booking one of these pitches.


I am a new trader and would like to book a pitch – how do I do this? 

Please email ​​​ with a description of your wares, where they come from and what they’re made of, how they are authentic to the Viking Age, and any pictures, websites and social media pages that you may have. A decision will be made as to whether your wares are appropriate for the event, and then whether we have space to include you. Please be aware that we are often oversubscribed, however we look at each year with fresh eyes and are always keen to hear from upcoming traders and crafters.


I have traded at the JORVIK Viking Festival before – am I guaranteed a pitch? 

Each year we look to create the most varied, interesting, authentic and appealing event we can. There is no right to a trading pitch based on any previous attendance, although the appearance of stalls, appropriateness of products and behaviour of traders will influence future decisions if you have been at the event before.


My question is not answered here, who can I contact? 

Please email ​​​​, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call 01904 615504, however please be aware that we are often away from our desks, and so may not be immediately available over the phone.

If you are interested in trading at the event at Festival 2020, please or call 01904 615504 to discuss your wares. Traders will be invited to book via email. Please be aware that we aim to keep wares as appropriate and authentic across the event (whilst also making sure that there is something for all budgets), that we are often limited for space and that pitches tend to sell out very quickly.

However, we are always happy to hear from people passionate about what they make and keen to be involved, so please get in touch. We run various events across Festival and throughout the year, so even if the 10th Century Traders event isn’t appropriate, there may be something that is more suitable.