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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 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

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


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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