Renowned as the biggest event in Europe, the annual Jorvik Viking Festival is a city wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage.
Over the city you will find out thrilling programs of events, living history campground, talks, and tours and of course, dramatic action performances. Here Norse sagas and stories, dress like a Viking, meet experts, pick up a sword, learn some Viking age crafts, try your hand at archery and see the magnificent birds of prey in full flight. Participates in the strongest Viking competition. Or make a beard and see if you can take away the honor in the Best Beard competition, open to all ages and genders. There is amazing things for everyone at Jorvik Viking Festival. It’s one of the most exciting and atmospheric historical festivals of its kind in Europe.
Immerse in history, the festival explore the crash, the Viking attack had on Anglo-Saxon England. Eric Bloodaxe was the last Viking King in York and his supremacy is the inspiration behind this exciting events. Under Viking rule, the ‘Jolablot’ festival, marking the end of winter and arrival of spring was held each February.
The crowded long week end up in an amazing finale featuring the return of the Great Viking Army where you can watch the Anglo-Saxons lock swords with the Viking attacker.
To explore York’s 2000 years of history, from the ancient walls of Roman York to the Viking remains of Jorvik and the grandeur of Georgian York. Explore into York’s heritage, discover hidden attractions off the beaten track enjoy a brilliant food and drink scene and roam in and out of contemporary independent shops. Offering more attractions than any other destination in the UK, you’re never more than a short walk from one of York’s awe-inspiring offerings.