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Forthcoming Events

This is a list of confirmed society events (excluding school visits), where you can see battle re-enactments and demonstrations of dark age crafts and everyday life. (Events are organised by our parent society The Vikings and it's member groups.)

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

Corfe Castle

Corfe, Near Wareham. Dorset

Medium Event

893AD: The Danish Great Army has invaded. Vikings have captured and sacked Exeter. Things do not look good for King Alfred and his allies.

Join us as King Alfred and the army of Wessex begin their long and brutal campaign against Haestan's Danish army.

Follow the story from 10am when the gates open with a skirmish, have a look around our living history encampment and talk to the Saxons and the Vikings. See how justice is served in the court of King Alfred. Have your children trained to be in the Saxon fryd. Watch the two armies muster in the square then meet for the main battle. All this and a stunning thousand year old royal castle maintained by the National Trust.

Sat 20 May 2017

Lewes Priory

Priory Park, Lewes, East Sussex

Join us for a May Fayre Celebration featuring crafts and entertainment from across history in the Ruins of a Medieval Priory in the historical Saxon town of Lewes. The year is 1009 and Vikings are raiding Sussex and the South coast from their encampment on the Isle of Wight.

This one day multi-period event features battles, crafts and entertainers from the dark ages to the modern day. Living history and arena combat.

Opening hours 10 am - 4 pm.

Sat 27 - Mon 29 May 2017

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh, Northumberland

The Vikings will once again invade Bamburgh Castle on the 2017 late May bank holiday Sunday and Monday. See the Bamburgh Castle website for further details.

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

Dumbarton Castle

Dumbartonshire, Scotland

For over 1,000 years, Dumbarton Castle has witnessed many social, technological and other changes. Relive the centuries, from the Romans and the Vikings to the First and Second World Wars and discover the changes each era brought to Scotland.

Join us to watch more than 100 performers bring history to life. Visit the blacksmith’s forge and discover how blades and bows were made. See how fashions evolved and learn how this magnificent castle has been maintained over the years.

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017

Milton Keynes Living History Festival

Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

Medium Event

The Vikings are just part of a large multi society event covering two thousand years of life in England, from the Romans through to the Victorians, celebrating the 50th birthday of Milton Keynes.

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Arley Arboretum

Arley Arboretum, Near Bewdley, Worcestershire

The Vikings invade Arley Arboretum & Gardens with a mix of combat, living history, and have-a-go events for the kids. Battles will feature a re-creation of the raid on Lindisfarne in 793 AD and the raid on Jarrow the following year which heralded the start of the Viking period in England.

Sat 1 - Wed 5 Jul 2017


St Johns, Isle of Man

Medium Event

The annual celebrations of Tynwald - the oldest continuous Viking parliament in the world

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

Daxtonbury Festival

Airprot road, Poddington, Bedfordshire (near the Santa Pod Racetrack)

Daxtonbury Festival is a three day, family friendly event held to raise money for the Chris Kelly Cancer Trust.

The Festival features live music, high quality food stalls, beer tents, a cocktail bar and a unique range of other activities such as pony rides, dog agility courses, kids area, clay pigeon shooting, welly wanging, and, of course, Vikings!

This will be The Vikings third year supporting Daxtonbury Festival.

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Ancient Technology Centre

Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset

Dark Ages Weekend at the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset. The Longhouse provides the perfect backdrop to experience Viking life with living history displays and craft demonstrations. Watch out for Viking warriors roaming the site, as there may be a fight or two!

Site opens 10am to 4pm

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Petersfield Heath

South Downs National Park, Petersfield Heath, Hampshire

Come and join us on Petersfield Heath for a weekend of horrible histories as we bring the story of the heath to life through re-enactments and wildlife fun. Meet characters from the past and discover the wild animals that inhabit this precious but now rare habitat.

Activities include: Have a go with Saxon swords and shields, have a go archery, Roman onegar demonstrations, log boat rides, meet the reptiles and amphibians of the heath with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, meet the cows and sheep that graze our heaths with the National Trust, bug hunting with the RSPB, wildlife tattoos with Sussex Wildlife Trust, and archaeological activities with the South Downs National Park.

Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep 2017

Arley Arboretum

Arley Arboretum, Near Bewdley, Worcestershire

We're back at Arley Arboretum & Gardens for our second visit of the year. This time the Normans are invading!

In contrast to the show at the start of July featuring the events of 793 AD, the year is now 1066: Clothes, weapons, and armour have all changed dramatically, and the Viking age is about to end!

Sat 16 - Sun 17 Sep 2017

Caldicot Castle

Caldicot Castle,Church Rd, Chepstow, Caldicot

Medium Event

Come and see the vikings battle the Welsh and Saxon armies at Caldicot Castle.

The year is 910 and a daring raid by the Vikings allows them to kidnap the bishop of Archenfield. They ransom him back to king Edward for 40 pounds of silver, but the vikings don't leave so the welsh and Saxon armies have to drive them off.

There will be two battles a day in the main arena. Come and see our village with crafts including cooking, dyeing, tattooing, trading, and many more.

We will also have displays of viking warrior games and a viking strongman competition in the village arena. There is also a chance for your little warriors to be in a shield wall, charge and kill the Vikings.( Restricted to age 10 )

Joining us in the other half of the site is a medieval camp with jousters and all manor of costume and combat displays.

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep 2017

Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge, North Yorkshire

Major Event

The Vikings will be at Stamford Bridge to reenact and celebrate the 951st anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

It is late in the year 1066 and Harold Hardrada has invaded the north of England with a Norwegian army. Contrary to the express instructions of King Harald Godwinson the Northern Earls have opposed Hardrada and subsequently lost the Battle of Fulford Gate on the outskirts of York.

The Norwegians are now awaiting the aldermen of York to deliver tribute and hostages to them to avoid them sacking the town. They wait at a narrow bridge over the river Derwent, however, unbeknown to the invaders Harald Godwinson has force marched his army from the south of England and they go to meet the Vikings at the bridge instead of the towns officials.

What happens next helps seal the fate of the English throne and who sits on it.

For further details of attending this event see the Stamford Bridge Society website.

Events Next Year

We already have some details for next year: Here's what we know so far. 

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Jul 2018

Battle of Carham

Carham, Northumberland

Major Event

A major reenactment marking the thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Carham.

The battle between Uhtred, son of Waldef, earl of the Northumbrians and the combined forces of Máel Coluim (II) mac Cináeda (Malcolm son of Cyneth, king of Scots) and Owain the Bald (King of Strathclyde) is considered by many to be the reason why the Scottish border is where it presently is.

The reenactment will take place on the Holme, a large field next to Carham church, and quite possibly the site of the original battle (the exact location of which is not known). Both days will feature living history displays throughout and combat displays at intervals leading up to a major battle each afternoon.


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