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October 21, 2019

Trading, raiding and discovery – an outward look at the Vikings for the 2020 JORVIK Viking Festival

With any talk of Vikings, their fearsome reputation as warriors is probably the first thing that springs to mind.  However, this February as part of the JORVIK Viking Festival, their prowess as traders and explorers will come to the fore, and how this unique approach of trading, raiding and discovery made them one of the most influential people of the early medieval period, with assorted exploits taking them all directions of the compass.  

February 19, 2019

Residents ‘escape’ from JORVIK Viking Centre in new interactive app

The world-famous residents of JORVIK Viking Centre – from the huntsman with his canine to the poor gentleman who has been straining on the latrine for the last 35 years – are set to escape the confines of the recreated Viking-age street this half term! York-based New Moon Studios has created an augmented reality app that brings the characters to life at different venues around the city!

February 19, 2019

Magical relics join displays at JORVIK Viking Centre’s celebration of Viking women

The importance of the mystical Viking role of ‘seer’ is being retold at JORVIK Viking Centre with the arrival of a series of artefacts discovered in the Isle of Man and Orkney to coincide with this year’s theme for JORVIK Viking Festival – the untold story of women in the Viking age.

February 15, 2019

Forget The Handmaiden’s Tale – Shield Maidens arrive in York to tell their story at JORVIK Viking Festival

Here come the girls – and they are armed to the teeth! Straight from the Viking sagas, visitors to York this February will see Norse warrior women fighting alongside male warriors, as the JORVIK Viking Festival explores the untold stories of women in the Viking age.

January 16, 2019

JORVIK Viking Festival brings females to the fore – full programme now released

The packed list of events for the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival, which takes place in York from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 February, has now been revealed, with the forgotten stories of Viking women and the influence they wielded weaving a thread throughout the fantastic festival programme.

November 2, 2018

Beyond the homestead: Viking women take centre stage for 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

Europe’s largest Viking Festival returns to York next February, telling the stories of Viking women beyond the homestead through the voices of seers, queens and shield maidens – a story of women whose influence was as great as any mighty warrior.  JORVIK Viking Festival runs from 20 – 27 February 2019.

February 9, 2018

Watlington Hoard joins displays at JORVIK Viking Centre

A collection from one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in this country has gone on display at the JORVIK Viking Centre. The Watlington Hoard, which includes rare coins and hack silver, will remain on display until 21 May 2018.

February 7, 2018

Finnish-inspired York ale called ‘Ragnar’s Revenge’ to premier at JORVIK Viking Festival 2018

The Vikings were known for their love of alcohol-fuelled celebrations, so what better occasion to launch a new beer than Europe’s largest Viking celebration? Brew York will be releasing a new, Finnish-inspired beer called ‘Ragnar’s Revenge’ to coincide with the launch of JORVIK Viking Festival 2018 on Monday 12 February.

January 15, 2018

Extra Park & Raid Services Make Viking Invasion (and Exodus) Even Easier!

Visitors to York during this year’s JORVIK Viking Festival will find it much easier to access the city, with Park & Ride extending two of its services later into the evening to accommodate those leaving the fiery finale event!

December 13, 2017

Programme reveals full-on Viking invasion for JORVIK Viking Festival 2018

The full plans for an invasion of York have now been revealed, and promise that hordes of Viking warriors will be joined by musicians, birds of prey, archaeologists and even 1000 year old treasure.  The Norse raids starts on Monday 12 February 2018 culminating in a live-action battle with pyrotechnics in the Eye of York on Saturday 17 February recreating the first invasion of the Great Viking Army in AD866.