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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 27 - Sun 28 May 2017

Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Dunbeg By Oban, Argyll

Traders and Norsemen: Join the Norsemen and women for a fascinating insight into this lesser known part of history in the west of Scotland.

This event is included in the Dunstaffnage Castle admission price.

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 27 - Mon 29 May 2017

Jarrow Hall (Formerly Bede's World)

Church Bank, Jarrow, South Tyneside

Cooking and craft demonstrations, children's activities, and combat displays in a longhouse set in an extensive working Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm.

Sun 28 - Mon 29 May 2017

Rhuddlan Castle

North East Wales

Medium Event

Join us at Rhuddlan Castle and be transported into the very heart of early medieval Wales.

Come and meet our historical characters, experience a spectacular battle re-enactment and be trained as a medieval warrior! Rhuddlan Castle will celebrate one of its earliest and decisive battles, fought in an age long before the construction of Edward s castle. We will take you back to the age of the Welsh King Gruffydd ap Llywelyn and to the year 1062 AD, the year of Gruffydd s final stand against the might of the Anglo-Saxons led by Earl Harold Godwinson (the ill-fated King Harold of the Battle of Hastings).

You will be able to walk amongst the Saxon, Welsh and Viking encampments, talk to the warriors, traders and camp followers.

See Cadw Events website for further details

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Jun 2017

UK Games Expo

NEC Birmingham, West Midlands

The Vikings are back at the UK Games Expo! Bigger and better, with Living History display, Arena Combat and Kiddie Vike - let your under 11s loose with swords and shields to beat the Viking Warriors! Part of the exciting Games Expo showcasing board games old and new.

Try them out in the NEC halls, then visit the Vikings for some entertainment.

Sat 3 Jun 2017

One Kegworth

Kegworth, Leicestershire

The Vikings invade the One Kegworth Family Fun Day Food Festival to celebrate the history of Kegworth with particular regard to the viking Kaggi (Red-beard) and his establishment of Kegworth in Leicestershire

Sat 3 - Sun 4 Jun 2017

Pitton Cross Caravan Park

Pitton Cross Caravan Park, Rhossili Swansea

Come and see the vikings at Pitton Cross Caravan Park. There will be living history displays and combat displays throughout the day and a chance for your little warriors to fight in a shield wall and attack the vikings. A fun day out for all the family.

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 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

Bedford Kite Festival

Russel Park, Bedford

Viking crafts demonstrations and weapons displays at the Bedford International Kite Festival.

Sun 11 Jun 2017

Diss

Diss, Norfolk

Join us for the biggest party in Diss! Located in the heart of the town, enjoy the colourful procession through town followed by a fun day in the park with stalls, activities, and entertainment. This years theme is Carnival Through The Ages and there might just be Vikings!

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Jun 2017

Hardwick Park

Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Co.Durham

The Vikings will be part of a multi period event featuring societies depicting a range of eras from the Romans to WW2, including Vikings and Saxons, Medieval, Wars of the Roses, Tudors, and the American Civil War.

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Inverbervie

Inverbervie, NE Scotland

Gala Day with Viking encampment and skirmishes.

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 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017

Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough

Medium Event

Part of the long running and very popular Peterborough Heritage Festival. We will be joining re-enactors from a range of different periods and presenting the martyrdom of King Edmund of East Anglia - who became the patron saint of England soon afterwards.

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Redstart Inn

Redstart Inn, 70, North Street, Barming, Maidstone, Kent.

Vikings, Saxons, and Normans will once again will be invading the Redstart Inn for this year's for a Fun day. There will be a small Living History Display, Combat Weapons Display and a chance for the kids to have a go. Time: 12 noon till 5pm.

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Blackwater Country Show

Rook Hall, Heybridge, Essex

Come and meet the Vikings on Campaign: Witness warriors training and battling! Meet the crafters and homesteaders and ask them all you'd like to know!

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Canford Fayre

Canford Park, Westbury on Trym

Visit a Viking village full of living history displays and warrior games. Watch the vikings fight for your entertainment.

Your little warriors (under tens only) can try their hand at warrior training and fight the vikings in the famed Kiddy vike.

Apart from the vikings, Canford Fayre also features lots and lots of stalls and other attractions

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Middridge Village Fete

Middridge, Co. Durham

Very small event held annually in Middridge Village.

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

Tynwald

St Johns, Isle of Man

Medium Event

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

Thu 6 - Sun 9 Jul 2017

Tarbert Loch Fyne

West of Scotland

Tarbert’s replica longship Freydis, joined by Magnus Vikings longships from Northern Ireland (tbc), and the Arran longship (tbc), will transport Vikings to a series of local Viking events.

Thursday 6 July - Inveraray, Friday 7 July Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig, Tarbert on the 8 July and end in Portavadie on Sunday 9 July.

Lots of groups are taking part including - Tønsberg Vikings from Norway, The Causeway Archers, The Glasgow Vikings and Medvind from Sweden.

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 12 - Sun 13 Aug 2017

Heybridge

Chigborough Road, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex.

A Multi Period Show from Ancient times to present day. See the Cowboys from the Wild West, and The Vikings, Saxons & Normans who forged this country into what it is today. Come and try on Armour, show us your war face, and watch our Weapons display.

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Aug 2017

Fort George

Fort George, Near Ardersier, Inverness

Amazing Ages! Immerse yourself in the past as hundreds of performers tell Scotland's story.

Visit the encampments and view dramatic re-enactments.Try your hand at traditional skills, meet the archaeologists and find out about the fascinating finds that help us piece together the puzzles of the past. Celebrate Scottish culture with a programme of traditional music over the weekend featuring artists with strong Highland links. This new event is not to be missed!

Parking: On-site parking available, please leave in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.

Book online and in advance for a 10% discount.

Supported by Event Scotland.

Sat 26 - Mon 28 Aug 2017

Hever Castle

Edenbridge, Kent.

The year is 885 AD and the kingdom of Kent is under attack! Viking raiders are striking at the Anglo-Saxon town of Rochester, looting and pillaging as they go. Will Alfred raise the armies of Wessex once more and march to the defence of his allies? Will the town defences hold? Or will it be murder and mayhem by sword and spear at the hands of bloodthirsty Viking raiders?

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 2 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Kelburn Country Park, Largs

Kelburn Country Park, Largs

The Vikings are coming to Kelburn!

Come and visit the Viking encampment just a few fields away from where the Battle of Largs was fought in 1263!

See how the Vikings lived,worked and fought. Craft displays ongoing throughout the day with skirmish/weapon demonstrations in front of the cafe as advertised on the day.

For more information see www.kelburnestate.com

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

Cancelled

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.

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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