Coming in February 2016...


JORVIK Viking Festival

15th to 21st February 2016



Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, and taking place in February half-term, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York's Viking heritage.

2016 marks 1000 years since Canute the Great ascended to the English throne. Join us here at the Hall for just some of the events celebrating his legacy and that of Norse culture and heritage:


Have-a-go Sword Combat

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st February

Prepare for battle; will you fight for the great Viking warrior Canute or the Anglo-Saxon hero Edmund Ironside? Instructed by Viking warriors, combatants are sure to enjoy this fun workshop of battle skills.

Sessions will take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

£3.50 per child. This event is is always popular so pre-booking is advised on 01904 615505 or by booking your place here.



Thorfinn the Nicest Viking with David Macphail

Wednesday 17th February

2.00pm to 4.00pm

You might think all Vikings are rough, tough, meal and smelly but Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! Come along and meet the author behind the creation of the nicest Viking in children's literature, David Macphail. He will talk about his new series of books, how he transforms his ideas into stories and he will also be offering the chance to win the whole series of books!

With opportunities to get your books signed and ask the author questions, this is an event not to be missed for all young Viking fans!

£7.50 per person. This event will  sell-out quickly so pre-booking is advised on 01904 615505 or by booking your place here.



10th Century Traders at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February

10.00am to 4.00pm

Don't miss this superb and atmospheric Viking market, one of the oldest of its kind. Vikings from around the world gather to sell their wares; including hand crafted weapons, beautiful jewellery, costume, chests, bowls, tankards, lanterns, belts, shoes and pottery.

Adult: £2.00, Concession: £1.50, Family: £5, Re-enactors: 50p. Admission to this fair will also cover entrance to the 10th Century Traders fair at St Sampson's Square.




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