Jorvik Viking Festival

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Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

14th February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our festival bar!

Evening Events, 

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, 

Viking sea serpent on Middleton cross

15th February - 23rd February 2020

Magic & Mystery: Seafaring Sagas and Spells

Discover Norse beliefs about sorcerers, shapeshifters and sea monsters.

Exhibitions,  Family Friendly, 

Have a go sword JORVIK Viking festival 2020

15th February - 23rd February 2020

Have a Go Sword

Prepare for battle with our sword-fighting activity

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

Viking crafting for kids

15th February - 16th February 2020

Viking Crafting for Kids

Try your hand at Viking crafting!

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

St Sampson's square JORVIK Viking Festival

15th February - 23rd February 2020

St Sampson’s Square

Come along to St Sampson's Square for family friendly Viking fun

Family Friendly,  Free, 

Children enjoying fantastical beats of the Viking age

15th February 2020

Magical Menagerie at Barley Hall

Discover fantastical beasts from Viking myth

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

Gudrid Thorbjarnadottir at Little Diggers

15th February 2020

Little Diggers – Gudrid’s Viking Voyages

Enjoy crafting and story telling about Viking adventurer Gudrid Thorbjarnadottir

Family Friendly, 

Your Dig: Help for Heroes

15th February - 23rd February 2020

YourDIG: Help for Heroes

Experience art, music, artefacts, poetry and more on the theme of Viking travel and trade

Exhibitions,  Family Friendly, 

City tour viking history of york

15th February - 21st February 2020

City Tour: The Development of Jorvik – 10.30-12

Join your Viking guide on a tour of Viking and Saxon York.

Talks & Tours,  Walks, 

City tour viking history of york

15th February - 21st February 2020

City Tour: The Development of Jorvik – 3.30-5

Join your Viking guide on a tour of Viking and Saxon York.

Talks & Tours,  Walks, 

Viking costume competition

15th February 2020

Viking Costume Competition

Are you fashionable like Freya? Do you look like Loki? Dig around in your Thor-drobe for this year's all-new Viking Costume Competition!

Family Friendly,  Free,  On Stage, 

Viking family riddle tour

15th February - 21st February 2020

Family City Tour: Viking Riddle Challenge!

Kids will love exploring York via genuine Viking and Saxon riddles, led by a Viking guide!

Family Friendly,  Talks & Tours,  Walks, 

Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

15th February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our festival bar!

Evening Events, 

15th February - 16th February 2020

Fringe Event – Arty Farty

The artists from Arty Farty will help you to make your very own mystical rune stones to take home.

Fringe, 

Arabic writer Ibn Fadlan

16th February 2020

Little Diggers: Ibn Fadlan’s Middle Eastern Treasure

Enjoy crafting and story telling about Arabic writer Ahmad Ibn Fadlan

Family Friendly, 

Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

16th February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our festival bar!

Evening Events, 

16th February 2020

Fringe Event – Smithies of the North

Join storyteller Alice Courvoisier for a journey deep within the mountains of the North.

Fringe, 

Ingvar the far Travelled's quest for gold

17th February 2020

Little Diggers – Ingvar’s Golden Quest

Enjoy Viking crafting and story telling about Ingvar the Far Travelled

Family Friendly, 

Meet the York Archaeological Trust experts

17th February 2020

Meet the Experts

Discover more about conservation, fieldwork and archives

Talks & Tours, 

17th February 2020

Tablet Weaving Workshop

Learn to weave like a Viking

Hands On, 

Nalebinding Workshop

17th February 2020

Nalebinding Workshop

Learn the craft of Norse nålebinding with an expert.

Hands On, 

Viking crafting for kids

17th February - 23rd February 2020

Viking Crafting for Kids

Try your hand at Viking crafting!

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

17th February - 18th February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our Festival bar!

Evening Events, 

Viking Camp Jorvik

17th February 2020

A Riverine Site Near York: A Possible Viking Camp?

Engage in the latest theory on Viking 'great armies' through recent archaeological discoveries.

Talks & Tours, 

The Viking Gokstad replica

17th February 2020

The Viking with Crystal Hollis

Discover more about Viking ships

Talks & Tours, 

17th February 2020

Fringe Event – On Northern Seas

Join storyteller Alice Courvoisier for a journey amidst the waves of the North Sea.

Fringe, 

17th February 2020

Fringe Event – Dark Norse Stories

Stories from the shadows of the Vikings.

Fringe, 

Viking fashion talk

18th February 2020

Home and away: fashion and identity in the Viking Age

Discover how styles varied across the Viking world, as well as how Viking fashion fused with other cultures.

Evening Events,  Talks & Tours, 

Bjorn Ironside Viking warrior

18th February 2020

Little Diggers – Bjorn’s Sea Stories

Enjoy crafting and story telling about Viking warrior Bjorn Ironside

Family Friendly, 

Birds of Prey

18th February 2020

Birds of Prey at Barley Hall

Meet incredible birds of prey in a stunning medieval townhouse.

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

Nalebinding Workshop

18th February 2020

Nalebinding Workshop

Learn the craft of Norse nålebinding with an expert.

Hands On, 

Kids enjoying poo day at JORVIK Viking Festival

18th February 2020

Poo Day

Get hands on with poo!

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

trichinopoly Viking wire jewellery

18th February - 18th February 2020

Trichinopoly – Viking Wire Weaving Workshop

Discover the delicate beauty of trichinopoly or Viking wire weaving

Hands On, 

historic mead tasting

19th February 2020

Mead Tasting

Discover your new favourite drink!

Evening Events, 

Meet the York Archaeological Trust experts

19th February - 21st February 2020

Meet the Experts

Discover more about conservation, fieldwork and archives

Talks & Tours, 

19th February 2020

Jasper: Viking Dog – Fun-Filled Book Launch!

Exclusive activity-packed book launch for the latest in Hilary Robinson's wonderful series

Family Friendly, 

19th February 2020

Tablet Weaving Workshop

Learn to weave like a Viking

Hands On, 

Viking age Addyman lecture

19th February 2020

Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture: Viking Age and Medieval Trondheim: the archaeology of an early Norwegian town and centre of royal power

Discover the Viking history of the Viking trading town of Trondheim

Talks & Tours, 

Gudrid Thorbjarnadottir at Little Diggers

19th February 2020

Little Diggers – Gudrid’s Viking Voyages

Enjoy crafting and story telling about Viking adventurer Gudrid Thorbjarnadottir

Family Friendly, 

trichinopoly Viking wire jewellery

19th February 2020

Trichinopoly – Viking Wire Weaving Workshop

Discover the delicate beauty of trichinopoly or Viking wire weaving

Hands On, 

Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

20th February - 21st February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our festival bar!

Evening Events, 

Leather working workshop

20th February 2020

Leather Working Workshop

Discover the craft of Viking leather working

Hands On, 

Kids enjoying poo day at JORVIK Viking Festival

20th February 2020

Poo Day

Get hands on with poo!

Family Friendly,  Hands On, 

Whitby viking jet trade

20th February 2020

Looking for Jet in a Dark Place: The Viking Jet Trade

Discover more about the Viking jet trade in Whitby with expert Sarah Steele

Talks & Tours, 

Arabic writer Ibn Fadlan

20th February 2020

Little Diggers – Ibn Fadlan’s Middle Eastern Treasure

Enjoy crafting and story telling about Arabic writer Ahmad Ibn Fadlan

Family Friendly, 

10th century traders of jewellery and weapons

21st February - 23rd February 2020

10th Century Traders

Transport yourself to the 10th Century city and meet traders from all over the Viking world.

Family Friendly, 

Ingvar the far Travelled's quest for gold

21st February 2020

Little Diggers – Ingvar’s Golden Quest

Enjoy Viking crafting and story telling about Ingvar the Far Travelled

Family Friendly, 

21st February 2020

Fringe Event – Miffs Podcast

Miffs Live is a podcast featuring Matt Hoss (Stand-up comedian) & Dan Rhodes (Actor) comically retelling and ranking Norse myths.

Fringe, 

21st February - 23rd February 2020

Fringe Event – The York Viking Market

The York Viking Market returns for 2020!

Fringe, 

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, 

Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

22nd February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our festival bar!

Evening Events, 

22nd February - 23rd February 2020

Fringe Event – Arty Farty

The artists from Arty Farty will help you to make your very own mystical rune stones to take home.

Fringe, 

22nd February 2020

Fringe Event – The Vinland Invasion!

Canadian authors Ian Sharpe and Jordan Stratford launch their latest Norse novels: Loki’s Wager and Winter by Winter. Come and get your signed copy!

Fringe, 

22nd February 2020

Fringe Event – Live Music at Victoria Vaults

A triple pronged raid of Viking, Pagan and Folk Metal, directly following the Grand Finale battle at the Eye of York.

Fringe, 

Hear about the latest research from Viking experts

23rd February 2020

Richard Hall Symposium

A Single Market for Goods and Services? Travel and Trade in the Viking World

Highlights,  Talks & Tours, 

City tour viking history of york

23rd February 2020

City Tour: The Development of Jorvik – 10.30-12

Join your Viking guide on a tour of Viking and Saxon York.

Talks & Tours,  Walks, 

City tour viking history of york

23rd February 2020

City Tour: The Development of Jorvik – 3.30-5

Join your Viking guide on a tour of Viking and Saxon York.

Talks & Tours,  Walks, 

Nine realms bar with Valhalla and Brew York

23rd February 2020

Nine Realms Bar

Raise a glass to the Gods at our festival bar!

Evening Events, 

Bjorn Ironside Viking warrior

23rd February 2020

Little Diggers – Bjorn’s Sea Stories

Enjoy crafting and story telling with Viking warrior Bjorn Ironside

Family Friendly, 

Viking family riddle tour

23rd February 2020

Family City Tour: Viking Riddle Challenge!

Kids will love exploring York via genuine Viking and Saxon riddles, led by a Viking guide!

Family Friendly,  Talks & Tours,  Walks,