Heading off to the Biggest Viking Festival in Europe

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The Norse warriors are re-staking their claim on York with a mammoth Viking Festival this week. The whole city comes under Viking reign with encampments, a parade, feasts, sword fighting, mead, folk music, storytelling, shows, crafts, markets and more.

There is a Viking strong man competition along with best beard contest but the spotlight this year will be on warrior women. All this is culminating with a battle spectacular on Saturday night.

We are heading up there and have tickets for the main event along with a visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre and a whole feast of Viking extras to discover. I can’t wait as I haven’t been for years and have very fond memories of York.

Unfortunately, my children have pleaded with me not to dress up! I don’t remember being this embarrassed by my parents when I was younger…..maybe it is because my considerate parents didn’t insist we all head off in a van for 4 hours kitted out in pelts with braided hair and tattoos painted on our faces? I am planning to take my sheepskin rug to wear over my shoulders as a cloak – regardless of what they say!

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Jorvik Viking Festival