Viking hordes from every corner of the globe are set to descend on York once again next February with the return of JORVIK Viking Festival, Europe’s largest celebration of Norse culture and combat.
The 2023 Festival is set to run for nine days, from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 February at an assortment of venues around the city.
“We’re very excited to be announcing a return to the February half term for 2023, when we’re expecting hundreds of Vikings once again to grace the city centre with living history, pageantry and, of course, live combat in the very place where their ancestors settled over 1000 years ago,” comments Gareth Henry, head of events for York Archaeological Trust, which organises the annual celebration.
A full programme of events will be revealed in the New Year, but tickets for two of the most popular events – the Viking Feast on Saturday 11 February and a thrilling evening Battle Spectacular on Saturday 18 February, will be available online at jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk from 9.00am on Friday 25 November 2022.
“We are particularly excited for the Battle Spectacular event, which we’ve been planning since 2019!” adds Gareth. “Bad weather forced the cancellation of our Saturday evening event in February 2020, so we are finally going to be able to share this show as part of the 2023 Festival – and we are confident that the audience will love it.”
Although full details of the Festival remain under wraps, other key events that visitors can expect to see return include the 10thCentury Traders market, living history encampment on Parliament Street from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 February and an epic column of Vikings making their way through the city centre for the March to Coppergate on the afternoon of 18 February. The Richard Hall Symposium will take place on Sunday 19 February as an entirely digital event.