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JORVIK Viking Festival

JORVIK Viking Festival

20th to 26th Feb 2017 - Recognised as the largest Viking Festival in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage

FESTIVAL 17 Little Diggers

Join us at DIG during JORVIK Viking Festival for our special Little Diggers sessions where your children can DIG, delve and discover the past!

Suitable for 2 - 5 year olds

Sessions available:

Monday 20th February 2017: Viking Toys & Games

Tuesday 21st February 2017: Norse Myths & Stories

Wednesday 22nd February 2017: Viking York

Thursday 23rd February 2017: Dress like a Viking

Friday 24th February 2017: Viking Celebration

Saturday 25th February 2017: Viking Heroes

 

Tickets include:

  • Festival 17 Little Diggers £3.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Have-a-Go Sword Combat

A chance for younger Vikings to get a taste for the art of sword fighting!

Prepare for battle; will you fight for the great Viking warrior Eric Bloodaxe? Instructed by Viking warriors, combatants are sure to enjoy this fun workshop of battle skills.

Suitable for children aged 5 to 12 only

 

Tickets include:

  • Have a go sword combat £3.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Have-a-Go Archery

New for 2017! A chance for young Vikings to get a taste of what it was like to be a 10th century warrior learning archery!

Eric Bloodaxe is preparing for his last stand and he needs skilled warriors for his army. Do you have what it takes? Instructed by trained Viking champions you will learn how to use a bow and arrow with hawk-like efficiency!

Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 only

 

Tickets include:

  • Have a go archery £3.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Walking Tour - 2,000 Years of History in 2,000 Steps

Learn about York’s historic streets and buildings from a different point of view.

Follow the famous York city walls as your guide takes you through the many layers of rich history that York has on offer.

From Roman to Viking, Norman to Georgian and beyond you will uncover the city’s rich and vibrant heritage.

Walk lasts approximately one hour. Please dress accordingly for the weather, be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York’s fascinating history. Pre-booking advised.

 

Tickets include:

  • Festival Walking Tour - Adult £4.50
  • Festival Walking Tour - Concession £3.50

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FESTIVAL 17 From Raiders to Traders, from Tents to Town Houses: The Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture with Dawn Hadley

Our guest speaker this year is Professor Dawn Hadley of the University of Sheffield, with her presentation From Raiders to Traders, from Tents to Town Houses: the Viking contribution to urban growth in Anglo-Saxon England.

Light refreshments will be served before the talk begins. Pre-booking essential.

 

Tickets include:

  • Addyman Lecture £6.50
  • Addyman Lecture - Friend of YAT £5.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Norse Nalebinding Workshop (Beginners)

An exclusive opportunity to learn the ancient art of Norse nålebinding (knitting with one needle) with expert Mari Wickerts, of Gothenburg Museum.

You will discover how to make your own Viking hats and socks using this traditional skill. Don’t worry if you have no experience, as this session is for complete beginners. All materials are provided, along with tea & coffee.

If you have access requirements, please contact our reservations team before booking on 01904 615505

 

Tickets include:

  • Norse Nalebinding Beginner £15.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Norse Tablet Weaving (Beginners)

A rare opportunity to discover the decorative textile craft of the Vikings, Tablet Weave.

Expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum is offering complete beginners the opportunity to try out Tablet Weaving, the decorative art used to adorn Viking clothing. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee.

If you have access requirements, please contact our reservations team before booking on 01904 615505

 

Tickets include:

  • Norse Tablet Weaving Beginner £15.50

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FESTIVAL 17 The Story of JORVIK - Past, Present and Future

On the eve of a new chapter for the JORVIK Centre, hear about the history of this world famous attraction and the plans for the future.

When JORVIK opened in 1984 the centre was heralded as the future of heritage interpretation. The ride experience alone was revolutionary, taking visitors back in time to discover the sights, sounds and, of course, smells of the Viking-Age city. Now, as JORVIK prepares to reopen following its latest re-imagining we invite you to discover the fascinating story of this world-famous attraction and get a sneak-peek at what will be on offer in the new experience.

 

Tickets include:

  • The Story of JORVIK £5.50
  • The Story of JORVIK - Friend of YAT £4.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Historical Writing Masterclass with Justin Hill

Put down that battle-axe and pick up a pen!

Join inspirational author and teacher, Justin Hill, for a practical and straightforward introduction to writing  stories set in an historical period.

This three hour workshop includes fun exercises to help you develop your style, such as creating a setting and building characters as well as giving you more confidence in engaging writing techniques.

About the Author

Justin Hill is an award winning author with work spanning continents and historical periods. He also ran the Undergraduate Creative Writing Programme at City University of Hong Kong.

 

Tickets include:

  • Historical Writing Masterclass - Adult £16.50
  • Historical Writing Masterclass - Concession £13.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Norse Nalebinding Workshop (Advanced Masterclass)

An exciting opportunity for all advanced nålebinders.

Come learn from expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum how to produce your own Viking hats and socks using the traditional Norse nålebinding method – knitting with one needle.

This session is for advanced nålebinders or those looking for a masterclass. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee.

If you have access requirements, please contact our reservations team before booking on 01904 615505

 

Tickets include:

  • Norse Nalebinding Advanced £15.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Norse Tablet Weaving (Advanced Masterclass)

Enjoy a Tablet Weaving master class!

Expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum will introduce this new workshop, a great opportunity for more experienced Tablet Weavers to learn advanced skills. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee.

If you have access requirements, please contact our reservations team before booking on 01904 615505

 

Tickets include:

  • Norse Tablet Weaving Advanced £15.50

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FESTIVAL 17 1066! The End of History

Theatrical poet Peter Carrington-Porter returns to JORVIK Viking Festival with a new performance chronicling the end of Viking rule in England.

With the beautiful St Helen’s Church bathed in candlelight listen as the events of 1066 are brought to life in vivid detail. Discover some of the less well-known stories from this tumultuous time in English history, when dynasties were shattered and the world was turned upside down.

 

Tickets include:

  • 1066! The End of History - Adult £8.00
  • 1066! The End of History - Concession £6.00
  • 1066! The End of History - Child £5.00

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FESTIVAL 17 The Man Who Would Be King: Harald Hardrada, Jerusalem, and 1066 with Justin Hill

Known popularly as the ‘Last Viking’, Harald Hardrada lived an extraordinary life.

Once a member of the elite Varangian Guard in Byzantium, he rose through the ranks to become King of his homeland of Norway and a serious contender to the English throne in 1066.

Join us for a lively and engaging talk with author Justin Hill, winner of both Sunday Times and Washington Post Book of the Year, as he retraces the achievements of the Norwegian king, who died just outside York at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

 

Tickets include:

  • The Man Who Would Be King - Adult £5.50
  • The Man Who Would Be King - Concession £4.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Drumming Workshop

New for 2017 - A special, Viking inspired percussion workshop delivered by Spanish performance troupe, Troula Group.

Discover your rhythm at this fun drumming and percussion workshop, where you will learn how percussion instruments have played an important part in the evolution of music across history.

 

Tickets include:

  • Drumming Workshop - Adult £25.00
  • Drumming Workshop - Concession £22.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Einar Selvik - Wardruna: The Thoughts and Tools behind the Music

Join us for an audience with Einar Selvik, main musician and founder of Wardruna, that earned international prominence for their part in scoring Season 2 of the Vikings TV series.

In this session Einar speaks about his approach and study of Norse historical music and the extensive creative concept behind his own creations. He will demonstrate a selection of the oldest Nordic instruments in interaction with Old Norse poetry as well as perform fully acoustic Wardruna songs. Einar will deliver an intimate acoustic workshop, looking into historical Norse music that has inspired his career as well as perform fully acoustic Wardruna songs.

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Tickets include:

  • Einar Selvik - Wardruna - Adult £15.50
  • Einar Selvik - Wardruna - Concession £12.50

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FESTIVAL 17 The Danish Conquest of 1016

Everyone has heard of the great battles of 1066, but what most people haven’t heard about is the other time England was conquered and had a foreign king sit on the throne.

It is that conquest, the Danish Conquest of 1016, that Justin brings to life in this engaging talk in honour of it’s 1,000 year anniversary. Hear of the dramatic power struggles of ‘un-ready’ English kings and dangerous foreign powers threatening the coasts of Britain.

Justin Hill is the author of Shieldwall, a novel on the Danish conquest of 1016 and the bitter internal power struggles that left Anglo-Saxon resistance vulnerable to the Danes.

 

Tickets include:

  • The Danish Conquest - Adult £5.50
  • The Danish Conquest - Concession £4.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Eric Bloodaxe’s Battle Feast

You are invited to a feasting experience like no other, at the table of the last Viking King of York.

Greeted by a torchlit honour guard, picked from Bloodaxe’s army, you will be transported back in time to AD 954, the night before the Viking king’s last battle at Stainmore. This is an evening of feasting and fun, all in preparation for the fight ahead.

With beautiful Norse-inspired live music from some special guests, an exciting Viking-themed menu, with flowing mead & ale and the chance to mingle with Bloodaxe’s court you are in for a memorable evening, in the heart of York.

Price includes welcome drinks, three course Viking-inspired meal and special entertainment throughout.

If you have access requirements, please contact our reservations team before booking on 01904 615505.

 

Tickets include:

  • Viking Banquet Experience £69.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Bloodaxe's Last Stand

Witness the downfall of a Viking monarch at a spectacular finale battle!

Thrilling live battle action awaits you as Eric Bloodaxe fights for his life at an extraordinary display of living history with hundreds of Viking warriors taking to the field.

Eric Bloodaxe is banished. In his absence York has become a thriving hub of international trade, welcoming traders from across the Viking world to a better way of living. Witness the spectacular final chapter in the legendary tale of the last Viking King of the North and become a part of history.

Relive the Battle of Stainmore as Rawcliffe Park is transformed; incorporating a fearsome cast of Viking warriors, dazzling sound effects, terrific pyrotechnics and a special performance by legendary Viking musician Einar Selvik to create a spectacular and fitting finale to the saga of one of history’s notorious rulers.

Doors open at 18:00, entertainment commences 18:45

Rawcliffe Country Park, Adjacent to Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride, Shipton Road, Rawcliffe, York, YO30 5XZ

Concession tickets available to children (under 15), students with valid ID and over 60s.

*Family of 4 tickets comprise of 2 adult and 2 concession tickets

**Family of 5 tickets comprise of 2 adult and 3 concession tickets

Please note: warm clothing and footwear is advised, as this event takes place outdoors.

Access can be made via the Park & Ride No. 2 Bus, including late buses at 8.10pm and 8.30pm, allowing you to return home to York City Centre, and free on site parking. Visit the website for more information.

 

Tickets include:

  • Festival Finale Adult £13.50
  • Festival Finale Concession £10.50
  • Festival Finale Family of 4 £40.50
  • Festival Finale Family of 5 £52.50

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FESTIVAL 17 Richard Hall Symposium: Vikings on Display

The 2017 Richard Hall Symposium welcomes speakers from across the Viking world to discuss this year's theme of 'Vikings on Display'.

Confirmed speakers for 2017 include representatives of the Oslo Museum of Cultural History and Viking Ship Museum, the British Museum, the Swedish History Museum and Caithness Horizons Museum.

See the Festival website for a full programme.  

Lunch and refreshments included.

 

Tickets include:

  • Richard Hall Symposium - Adult £30.00
  • Richard Hall Symposium - Concession/Friend of YAT £25.00

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