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Here are some of the recent events where you may have seen members of The Vikings.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 12 - Sun 13 Aug 2017

East Anglian Living History Fair

The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

This multi period, two day show, set in the grounds of the East Anglian Museum of Rural Life is set to be a fabulous event. The show is in its second year and will showcase historical reenactments from early Saxon years, right through to the Cold War!

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 29 - Sun 30 Jul 2017

Caerphily Castle

Castle St, Caerphilly

Come to see the Vikings at the big cheese festival, where we will be doing combat displays as well as Viking games and a strongman competition. Also there's a chance for your little warriors (under 10 s only) to fight the Vikings in our famed kiddy vike. In our authentic village there will be displays of cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking and many more crafts.

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Filey Festival

Filey Brigg Country Park, Yorkshire

The vikings are part of the first day of the two day Festival of Filey: Return of the Dragon. Attractions at the festival include Filey Dragon Marching Bands, Marauding Vikings, Sea Cadets, The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, Stampede Stunt Company, The Way of the Cossack Warrior, a classic car and bike exhibition, traditional funfair, trade stalls, a world food fair and classic tea room, and a large stage featuring local bands plus European tribute bands, The Rock of Ages and Planet Abba.

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul 2017

Powys Castle

Powys Castle Estate, Welshpool

Major Event

Re-enacting the Battle of Buttington: The year is 893 and Britain is being ravaged by the Viking army who after encountering resistance on the continent see our lands as a soft target. The Vikings have been part of several attempts to overthrow King Alfred the Great's kingdom but for now there is a tense peace between the Vikings and the Saxons, however, all that is about to change.

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Jul 2017

Heysham Viking Festival

Heysham, Lancashire

Medium Event

The second annual Heysham Viking Festival with a large living history encampment, battles, weapons displays, combat competition, food and craft stalls.

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.

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.

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

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 Jul 2017

Middridge Village Fete

Middridge, Co. Durham

Very small event held annually in Middridge Village.

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 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.

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Inverbervie

Inverbervie, NE Scotland

Gala Day with Viking encampment and skirmishes.

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.

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!

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.

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 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

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.

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

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.

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 20 - Sun 21 May 2017

Whithorn

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

Part of the Scottish 2017 Festival of Museums: "Forage, Feast and Fire!" is a weekend of Iron Age activities with a theme of fire and feasting !

Events include prehistoric painting, building an Iron Age oven, a chance to sample wild foods, and a Viking encampment and combat displays.

The event takes place in the beautiful town of Whithorn where you can also see the Finest collection of carved stone crosses in Scotland dating from the Roman era and recently completed reconstruction of a roundhouse.

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 20 May 2017

Sedgefield Medieval Fayre

Sedgefield, Co Durham

The annual in Sedgefield Medieval Fayre in Co Durham. Anglo - Saxon living history camp, combat displays, and kids activities.

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 22 - Sun 23 Apr 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.

Mon 20 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

Jorvik Viking Festival

York

Medium Event

We're back in York again as part of this year's Jorvik Viking Festival. As usual, members of The Vikings will be providing a living history encampment in Coppergate where you can meet warriors and craftspeople, watch demonstrations, play games, and listen to stories from 10am to 4pm each day. On Saturday there will be a march through the town and a major battle.

Last year's diary

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Oct 2016

Battle of Hastings

Battle Abbey, Battle, West Sussex

Major Event

Join us at Battle Abbey for one of our biggest shows of the year: The 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings where Harold lost the English crown to the Norman invaders. See the crafts, the people and the warfare of 1066 come to life with enthusiastic recreation of one of the most famous days in English history.

There is a very busy and large encampment showing crafts, cooking, battle preparations, and 11th Century life.

All happening on the very lands where Harold stood with his English army facing the best the Normans, and the Pope could muster. You might know the result, but the drama of our recreation might have you hoping that the English rule will prevail …

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Sep 2016

Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge, North Yorkshire

Major Event

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.

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Sep 2016

Chirk Castle

North East Wales

Medium Event

Chirk Castle (National Trust) is marking the 850th anniversary of King Henry II Berwyn Campaign against the combined Welsh Forces of King Owain Gwynedd, Owain Cyfeiliog, The Lord Rhys and a host of other Welsh princes. The opening battle Crogen took place on the Chirk estate in the late summer of 1165 a.d.

There will be arecreation of the opposing Welsh and Angevin military encampments. Living History and combat displays throughout both days culminating in an exciting skirmish between the two forces on both afternoons. See the National Trust website for further details.

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Sep 2016

Hastings Seafood Festival

Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival is back! The best local food, drink and sumptuous seafood dishes with over 30 stalls. Also enjoy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, non-stop live music, beer festival and fantastic family entertainment. Stalls open 11am-6pm, Music Tent open until 7pm

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Sep 2016

Caldicot Castle

Caldicot Castle,Church Road, Caldicot, Gwent, NP26 4HU

Medium Event

Welcome to Medieval Melee at Caldicot Castle where there will be Medieval Jousts, archery, falcons, stalls, living history And The Vikings ....the time is 911 as the Vikings raid the seven estuary they captured Cyfeiliog BISHOP OF ARCHENFIELD. And King Edward ransom s him back for £40. Come and see the Welsh and Saxon Army s drive off the Vikings and emirs yourselves in the the daily life of our village. there will be Living history displays throughout the day with combat displays in the arena at set times. A great day out for all the family

Sun 11 Sep 2016

Victoria Park

Victoria Park, Stretford, Manchester, M32 0AD

Once again we are the main attraction at the Friends of Victoria Park s Fete. The show starts at 1PM and 4PM. There will be two combat displays and story telling as well as living history displays throughout the afternoon.

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Sep 2016

Crowland Abbey

Crowland, Peterborough

Medium Event

The Vikings join the people of Crowland in marking their Viking Heritage with a two day event. There will be LHE, archery, battle recreations all with the fantastic back drop of the Abbey Walls. Crowland Abbey was a monastery of the Benedictine Order in Lincolnshire, sixteen miles from Stamford and thirteen from Peterborough. It was founded in memory of St. Guthlac early in the eighth century by Ethelbald, King of Mercia, but was entirely destroyed and the community slaughtered by the Danes in 866.

One each day there will be Show and Tell/Skirmish, Archery display, Children s Battle and a main battle. On the Saturday only we will march from the Trinity Bridge the 10 minute route to the Abbey.

Sun 21 Aug 2016

Perth

City Centre, Perth, Scotland

Have a fun and informative day celebrating 750 years since The Treaty of Perth was signed in Perth in 1266. The Treaty marked the end of military conflict between Alexander of Scotland and Magnus of Norway over the sovereignty of the Hebrides and the Isle of Man. This special event will celebrate both Norse and Scots culture. Expect to see a Medieval City Camp with interactive activities for adults and children. See the Viking Strongman competition and the Perth Best Beard competition. Experience stone carving, woodcraft skills, art workshops, hand painting, medieval music and storytelling along with Living History entertainers. Enjoy medieval weapons displays, archery, medieval music and dance.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Perth City Centre, Free

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Aug 2016

Weston-super-Mare

Beach Lawns, Beach Rd, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1AT

Medium Event

Do you miss Weston Museum’s popular History Week events? This Summer, we are putting on a special History Weekend instead, with Vikings, traders, food and rides!

Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st August - 10am till 5pm on the Beach Lawns in Weston All activities are free No need to book – just come along!

The main attraction will be the Hildsvin Viking Re-enactment Group, who will have battles in an arena, hold ‘kiddie vikes’ sessions where young children are trained to attack warriors. There will be Viking Oseberg and Saxon Geteld tents, which will include an industrial area with Dark-Age forges and metal work, a woodworking area with an authentic pole lathe, shave horse, and other interactive activities such as a working kitchen, a glass exhibit, bone working, warriors (with a weapons rack), an authentic mint, a trader with various wares, a lords tent, wolf-dogs and a raven

Sun 31 Jul 2016

Bersham Heritage Park

Wrexham

Medium Event

History Alive - Battle Fest 1066 AD - 2016 The 950th anniversary of the year of three battles. Wrexham Heritage Services are marking the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Stamford Bridge and Fulford Gate. With a day of Anglo-Saxon/Norman/Viking re-enactment at Bersham Heritage Park, Wrexham