The Vikings are coming….

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Posted by Becky

This half term the Vikings are descending on York. From the 19th to 27th February the historic city steps back in time as the Vikings take over in the 26th Annual Jorvik Viking festival. Every year thousands of visitors flock to York to see the festivities. With battle re-enactments, demonstrations and the opportunity to have a go at sword fighting and archery the festival is a huge hit with both residents and visitors alike.

Steeped in history the city welcomes hundreds of Vikings, academics and historic authors into the helm. With schools broken up there are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. Horrible Histories author Terry Deary will be do a reading as will Matt Haig author of Shadow Forest and Runaway Troll. Don’t worry there is plenty for the adults too with special screenings of Monty Pythons Holy Grail, Viking Food & Drink and a spectacular boat burning.

It’s not just York who celebrates the Vikings though. With Festivals to welcome spring throughout January, February and March Shetland continues the Viking tradition with a range of Up Helly Aa events. While over in Sweden the 48-mile Viking Run stretches along the ice of Mälaren from Uppsala to Stockholm.

Across Scandinavia there are plenty of Viking festivals taking place. In Demark Ribe’s famous Viking Centre stages a reconstruction of a traditional market in May while summer sees a Viking fair at Moesgaard Beach. Celebrating their heritage Vikings from all corners of the earth gather at Iceland’s Viking Village for their annual Viking festival.

So will you be going to any Viking festivals? Have you visited Viking sites and what did you make of it? Which are the best and the most authentic – let us know.

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