34th York Viking Festival Coming Soon

York Viking Festival returns in 2018

Over 1000 years ago York was under Viking rule and during these times, great celebrations took place during February called ‘Jolablot.’ The festival signalled the coming of spring and the end of winter hardships. These celebrations were long forgotten until the 1980s when the York Archaeological Trust brought this Norse tradition back to the city. The York Viking Festival returns for its 34th year in February 2018. The event will be held from the 12th to the 18th February. The festival features different aspect of the Norse culture at events across the city. The festival will include family friendly events, lectures, guided walks and re-enactments. You will be able to experience first-hand what life was like for the Vikings and what brought them to Britain in the first place. Previous events have also introduced us to Viking challenges such as the Strongest Viking Competition. In this, we saw a number of rounds consisting of Holmgang combat, Dane axe holding, shield wrestling and even bragging! Don’t forget that you can also visit the newly re-opened Jorvik Viking Centre which is from 10am to 4pm daily during February. If you’re looking to come with family or friends don’t forget available accommodation will be scarce for such a popular events. View our properties and book with us now so that you can enjoy the festival at a relaxed pace!

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