Jorvik Viking Festival

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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!

The last buses to Rawcliffe Bar and Askham Bar will leave York city centre at 9.00pm on Saturday 17 February, enabling families to leave their vehicle for a full day to enjoy even more events during the JORVIK Viking Festival, which runs from 12-18 February.

“This is exciting news for visitors to the Festival, and makes access even easier, especially for those parking at Askham Bar, as the bus stops less than 100 yards from the location of our festival Finale event at the Eye of York,” comments JORVIK Viking Festival’s marketing manager, Paul Whiting.  “It means that rather than heading out of the city centre to move their cars between the afternoon and evening events, they will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the city and grab an early bite to eat before the spectacular finale.”

This year’s culmination of the JORVIK Viking Festival promises the usual array of lighting, music, hordes of Viking warriors and a pyrotechnic-filled finale to tell the story of the Viking’s arrival in York, The Great Viking Army Returns.  This Norse invasion marked the start of the Viking’s 200 years of prosperity for the city, which became the capital of Viking Britain and an international trading hub.  The event sells out every year, so visitors are advised to book early to guarantee a place.  Tickets cost £15 for adults, £11 for concessions, with family tickets (four people) for £44.50 or £53.50 for five.

Rachel Benn, Head of Operations at First York, said, “As one of the major bus operators in York, we’re proud to be supporting another local business and to be offering additional park & ride services for visitors to this historic festival. We’d also like to remind visitors that contactless payments will be available from 1st February across all of our bus services, so paying for your bus ticket will be even easier. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the festival on board our park & ride services.”

For more details on this year’s JORVIK Viking Festival, including details of how to buy tickets for The Great Viking Army Returns, please visit and for more information on First York, visit




Notes to editors

If you would like any information on the JORVIK Viking Festival, or to request press passes for specific events, please contact Jay Commins using the details below.  We also have a large library of festival photographs available on request.


First York

First York is the largest bus operator in the region, and operates the York Park & Ride scheme in conjunction with City of York Council. More than 100 buses transport around 50,000 people every day across York. The company operates from its James Street depot and its George Hudson Street office, and employs more than 250 staff.


For further media information or photographs, please contact:

Jay Commins

Pyper York Limited

Tel:         01904 500698