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Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, the 33rd JORVIK Viking Festival is a city wide celebration of York’s rich Norse Heritage. Join us in 2017 for a week-long programme commemorating the return of the Vikings to the city and the reopening of JORVIK Viking Centre on 8th April.

With an exciting line up of over 100 events inspired by the last Viking king in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe; including living history encampments, hands-on sword fighting and archery workshops, crafting, walks, talks and of course dramatic combat performances, there is sure to be something for everyone this February Half Term! Use this guide to plan your perfect JORVIK Viking Festival experience and be sure to share your festival memories using #JVF17


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Festival Venues Use the map opposite to explore the venues and outdoor spaces involved in this year’s JORVIK Viking Festival.

1. Barley Hall 2. Central Methodist Church 3. Coppergate 4. De Grey Court - York St John 5. DIG 6. Jorvik: Home and Abroad 7. Merchant Adventurer’s Hall 8. Parliament Street Yurt 9. Rawcliffe Country Park 10. Richard III Experience 11. St Helen’s Church 12. St Sampson’s Square Marquee

Booking Tickets for JORVIK Viking Festival

Return of the Vikings

Reopening 08-04-2017 We are excited to announce that JORVIK Viking Centre will reopen on Saturday 8th April 2017 after a multi-million pound re-imagining. Discover an updated ride experience, where you will be transported back to the year AD960, when the city is rebuilding itself after the banishment of the last Viking king in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe. You will also explore the new exhibition spaces, where you can get up close to our unique Viking artefacts and discover the impact of the Norse on York. Be the first to discover the new JORVIK experience by pre-booking your visit now!

www.returnofthevikings.co.uk

As you go through this guide you will see that some of the events taking place during the festival are ‘pre-booking advised’ - this means that they are ticketed events with limited numbers. We recommend that you book as many events in advance as possible as we cannot guarantee availability on the day.

How to Book Tickets The quickest and most efficient way to buy your tickets is online: www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/tickets Of course if you have any questions, or would like to speak to member of the team before booking, please call our Festival Box Office on 01904 615505, which is manned 9am to 5pm Monday to Sunday.

#ReturnOfTheVikings


Monday 20th February Festival Hub: Exhibitions, Entertainment and Information 11.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt | Free

Your first stop to discover what’s on offer across JORVIK Viking Festival! With hands-on workshops and a special JORVIK exhibition. Explore all that’s on offer across the festival with our friendly team of festival volunteers, on hand to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Yurt. There is also the chance to experience aspects of Viking life and culture at a series of daily events within the Yurt, including hands-on crafting workshops and even a Viking skirmish! Plus: discover plans for the new JORVIK Viking Centre, reopening 8th April 2017, following its multi-million pound re-imagining.

Coppergate Encampment

10.00-16.00 | Coppergate | Free The Vikings have returned to Coppergate! Join the hustle and bustle of Viking life at a special living history experience in the heart of York. Discover just how the Norse settlers lived, what they traded and what they wore. You’ll even have the chance to pose your questions to the resident Vikings, and discover what they think about their King, Eric Bloodaxe! You may even get a story or two… Don’t Miss: Jorvik: Home and Abroad, our special exhibition at York St Mary’s, located next to the Viking encampment in Coppergate.

Meet the Experts: From Dig to Display – Archaeological Conservation 10.00-12.00 & 13.00-15.00 | Barley Hall Normal admission prices apply

Have you ever wondered how archaeological finds make their way from dig to display? Join the Conservation team from York Archaeological Trust as they explain the techniques they use to investigate and stabilise archaeological objects. From waterlogged organic materials like leather to metals you will discover the procedures and treatments that allow important finds from the past to be displayed for the enjoyment of all. With opportunities to handle real artefacts and the chance to get up-close on the microscope and try identifying materials, this is a unique archaeological experience.

Viking Animal Steading

10.00-16.00 | DIG | Normal admission prices apply Get up close and personal with the animals the Vikings would have reared in the city at our Viking Steading, only at DIG! Discover the animals the Vikings reared up-close in the DIG garden. With special child-friendly talks on offer throughout the day exploring how important the rearing of animals was to the Vikings, as it wasn’t just the meat and milk that was of use but even the bones and antlers. All included in your admission to DIG.

Little Diggers: Viking Toys and Games

Play and Learn Sessions for 2-5 Years 10.00-11.00 | DIG | £3.50 (includes one accompanying adult) What did Vikings do for fun? Come along to our play and learn sessions for 2 - 5 year olds and try your hand at some one thousand year old Viking games, including the board game Hnefatafl (or King’s Table), and see what toys Viking children played with. Make your own game pieces and see if you can beat our Vikings at their own games! Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Have-a-go Archery

10:00-16:00 | St Sampson’s Square Marquee | £3.50 per activity New for 2017! A chance for young Vikings to get a taste of what it was like to be a 10th century warrior learning archery! Eric Bloodaxe is preparing for his last stand and he needs skilled warriors for his army. Do you have what it takes? Instructed by trained Viking champions you will learn how to use a bow and arrow with hawk-like efficiency! Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 only Pre-booking advised to avoid disappointment

Have-a-go Sword Combat

10:00-16:00 | St Sampson’s Square Marquee | £3.50 per activity A chance for younger Vikings to get a taste for the art of sword fighting! Prepare for battle; will you fight for the great Viking warrior Eric Bloodaxe? Instructed by Viking warriors, combatants are sure to enjoy this fun workshop of battle skills. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12 only Pre-booking advised to avoid disappointment


Festival Walking Tour 2,000 Years of History in 2,000 Steps

13.00 | Departs from The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar Adult £4.50, Conc. £3.50 Learn about York’s historic streets and buildings from a different point of view. Follow the famous York city walls as your guide takes you through the many layers of rich history that York has on offer. From Roman to Viking, Norman to Georgian and beyond you will uncover the city’s rich and vibrant heritage. Walk lasts approximately one hour. Please dress accordingly for the weather, be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York’s fascinating history. Pre-booking advised.

Tuesday 21st February Festival Hub: Exhibitions, Entertainment and Information 11.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt | Free

Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Coppergate Encampment

10.00-16.00 | Coppergate | Free Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Meet the Experts: Site Investigations 10.00-12.00 & 13.00-15.00 | Barley Hall Normal admission prices apply

When people imagine archaeologists on site they often assume it will be lots of chunky knit jumpers, luxurious facial hair and people digging with spoons… Join us at Barley Hall and discover what really happens during an archaeological dig. Experts will be on hand to show techniques and how they are applied from the inception of a project all the way to walking off site with the results.

Viking Animal Steading

10.00-16.00 | DIG | Normal admission prices apply Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Buy your festival tickets now:

www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk or call 01904 615505


Little Diggers: Norse Myths and Stories

Play and Learn Sessions for 2-5 Years 10.00-11.00 | DIG | £3.50 (includes one accompanying adult) The myths and legends of the Vikings come alive with a visit from our very own skald (storyteller). Have a go at mythical crafts and activities while we explore the characters, gods and monsters of Viking sagas. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Have-a-go Archery and Sword Combat

10:00-16:00 | St Sampson’s Square Marquee | £3.50 per activity Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Poo Day!

10.30-16.00 | Barley Hall | Normal admission prices apply Visit Barley Hall to learn about the muckier side of archaeology! Have a go at making your very own replica historic poo and discover how poo is used to solve ancient mysteries.

Festival Walking Tour 2,000 Years of History in 2,000 Steps

13.00 | Departs from The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar Adult £4.50, Conc. £3.50 Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

From Raiders to Traders, from Tents to Town Houses: The Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture with Dawn Hadley - University of Sheffield 19.00 | DIG | £6.50 (£5.50 Friends of YAT)

This fascinating talk explores the evolution of the Norse inhabitants of the British Isles, from nomadic raiders to settled urban dwellers. Join Dawn Hadley, Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, as she retraces the steps of the Scandinavian settlers of the 9th and 10th centuries and their contribution to urban growth in Anglo-Saxon England. Light refreshments will be served before the talk begins at 19:30. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces


Wednesday 22nd February Festival Hub: Exhibitions, Entertainment and Information 11.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt | Free

Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Norse Nålebinding Workshop (Beginners)

10.00-13.00 | Jorvik: Home and Abroad, York St Mary’s’ £15.50 per person An exclusive opportunity to learn the ancient art of Norse nålebinding (knitting with one needle) with expert Mari Wickerts, of Gothenburg Museum.

10.00-16.00 | Coppergate | Free

You will discover how to make your own Viking hats and socks using this traditional skill. Don’t worry if you have no experience, as this session is for complete beginners. All materials are provided, along with tea & coffee.

Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Pre-booking essential as spaces limited

Meet the Experts: Melting Pot Food and Identity in the Age of the Vikings

Festival Walking Tour 2,000 Years of History in 2,000 Steps

Weapons and jewellery tell us a lot about Vikings and their effects on the cultures they raided and settled with- but now we can also look at the humble cooking pot!

Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Join experts from the University of York who have been studying the storage, preparation, cooking and consumption of food during the Viking era. They have been using pottery studies and scientific techniques including residue analysis (identifying the fats absorbed into the walls of cooking pots) zooarchaeology (the study of animal remains), and archaeobotany (the study of plant remains).

14.00-17.00 | Jorvik: Home and Abroad, York St Mary’s £15.50 per person

Coppergate Encampment

10.00-12.00 & 13.00-15.00 | Barley Hall Normal admission prices apply

Viking Animal Steading

10.00-16.00 | DIG | Normal admission prices apply Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Little Diggers: Viking York

Play and Learn Sessions for 2-5 Years 10.00-11.00 | DIG | £3.50 (includes one accompanying adult) What was York like in the Viking times? Come along to meet our Vikings and find out! See how and where people lived during the reign of Eric Bloodaxe, learn what items they needed and how they made, bought and sold them. Dig for artefacts and discover the contents of a Viking house, from coins to pottery to smelly animals! Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Have-a-go Archery and Sword Combat

10:00-16:00 | St Sampson’s Square Marquee | £3.50 per activity Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

13.00 | Departs from The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar Adult £4.50, Conc. £3.50

Norse Tablet Weaving Workshop (Beginners) A rare opportunity to discover the decorative textile craft of the Vikings, Tablet Weave. Expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum is offering complete beginners the opportunity to try out Tablet Weaving, the decorative art used to adorn Viking clothing. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

The Story of JORVIK: Past, Present and Future

17.00 | Central Methodist Church | £5.50 (£4.50 for Friends of YAT) On the eve of a new chapter for the JORVIK Centre, hear about the history of this world famous attraction and the plans for the future. When JORVIK opened in 1984 the centre was heralded as the future of heritage interpretation. The ride experience alone was revolutionary, taking visitors back in time to discover the sights, sounds and, of course, smells of the Viking-Age city. Now, as JORVIK prepares to reopen following its latest re-imagining we invite you to discover the fascinating story of this world-famous attraction and get a sneak-peek at what will be on offer in the new experience. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Buy your festival tickets now:

www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk or call 01904 615505


Thursday 23rd February Festival Hub: Exhibitions, Entertainment and Information 11.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt | Free

Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Coppergate Encampment

10.00-16.00 | Coppergate | Free Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Meet the Experts: What came first? The Chicken or the Pot? 10.00-12.00 & 13.00-15.00 | Barley Hall Normal admission costs apply

Discover the wide array of items left in Roman burials and their significance at this enlightening session. Join YAT archaeologist, Peter Connolly, as he looks at the remains of Roman burial grounds from around the country and explore some of the rather unusual additions to some of the sites.

Viking Animal Steading

10.00-16.00 | DIG | Normal admission prices apply Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Little Diggers: Dress like a Viking

Play and Learn Sessions for 2-5 Years 10.00-11.00 | DIG | £3.50 (includes one accompanying adult) Step back in time and try dressing like a Viking! Will you be a fierce warrior king like Eric Bloodaxe, a rich queen like his wife Gunnhild or a normal Viking from everyday York? Enjoy learning how Vikings made their clothes and making your own brooch, and have a rummage through our Viking costumes to put together your own outfit! Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Have-a-go Archery and Sword Combat

10:00-16:00 | St Sampson’s Square Marquee | £3.50 per activity Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Norse Nålebinding Workshop (Advanced Masterclass) 10.00-13.00 | Jorvik: Home and Abroad, York St Mary’s £15.50 per person

Historical Writing Masterclass with Justin Hill

An exciting opportunity for all advanced nålebinders.

Put down that battle-axe and pick up a pen!

Come learn from expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum how to produce your own Viking hats and socks using the traditional Norse nålebinding method – knitting with one needle.

10.00-13.00 | Central Methodist Church | £16.50, Conc. £13.50 Join inspirational author and teacher, Justin Hill, for a practical and straightforward introduction to writing stories set in an historical period. This three hour workshop includes fun exercises to help you develop your style, such as creating a setting and building characters as well as giving you more confidence in engaging writing techniques. About the Author Justin Hill is an award winning author with work spanning continents and historical periods. He also ran the Undergraduate Creative Writing Programme at City University of Hong Kong. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Snail Tails Storytelling at Fenwick

10.00, 11.30, 14.00, 15.30 | Fenwick, Coppergate | Free All ages, from toddlers to adults, will enjoy the legends of Bloodaxe’s world through traditional family storytelling. Join Snail Tales Storytelling and travel back in time to hear tales & ballads told by Vikings and Saxons. Fun For the whole family, with lyre music, puppetry, and plenty of joining in!

This session is for advanced nålebinders or those looking for a masterclass. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Festival Walking Tour 2,000 Years of History in 2,000 Steps

13.00 | Departs from The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar Adult £4.50, Conc. £3.50 Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Norse Tablet Weaving Workshop (Advanced Masterclass)

14.00-17.00 | Jorvik: Home and Abroad, York St Mary’s £15.50 per person Enjoy a Tablet Weaving master class! Expert Mari Wickerts of Gothenburg Museum will introduce this new workshop, a great opportunity for more experienced Tablet Weavers to learn advanced skills. All materials are provided, plus tea & coffee. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces


1066! The End of History

19.00 | St Helen’s Church | Adult £8 Conc. £6 Child £5 Theatrical poet Peter Carrington-Porter returns to JORVIK Viking Festival with a new performance chronicling the end of Viking rule in England. With the beautiful St Helen’s Church bathed in candlelight listen as the events of 1066 are brought to life in vivid detail. Discover some of the less well-known stories from this tumultuous time in English history, when dynasties were shattered and the world was turned upside down. Pre-booking advised to avoid disappointment

Friday 24th February Coppergate Encampment

10.00-16.00 | Coppergate | Free Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Meet the Experts: The Past Through a Lens; Film and Photography on Archaeological Sites 10.00-12.00 & 13.00-15.00 | Barley Hall Normal admission prices apply

See how on-site media use has evolved since the early 1970s, and how site etiquette, digging culture and the landscape of York has changed with it. This is a rare opportunity to look at images and footage from York Archaeological Trust’s photography archive. Discover just how much has changed since the digs of the 1970s and how these fragments of the past are now themselves part of the archaeological record of the time. Session delivered by Adam Raw Mackenzie, Digitisation Assistant at York Archaeological Trust.

Buy your festival tickets now:

www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk or call 01904 615505


10th Century Traders

10.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt & St Sampson’s Square Marquee | Adult £2 Conc. £1.50 Family of 4 £5 Re-enactors 50p Don’t miss this atmospheric market, one of the oldest of its kind. Vikings from around the world gather in the heart of Viking York to sell their wares; including hand crafted weapons, beautiful jewellery, costume, chests, bowls, tankards, lanterns, belts, shoes and pottery. Admission price includes entry to both venues

Viking Animal Steading

10.00-16.00 | DIG | Normal admission prices apply Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Little Diggers: Viking Celebration

Play and Learn Sessions for 2-5 Years 10.00-11.00 | DIG | £3.50 (includes one accompanying adult) Discover what Vikings ate and drank at parties, which festivals they celebrated and songs they sang! Join us as we make our own musical instruments and decorate the hall ready for a feast in honour of King Eric - time to celebrate like a Viking! Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

The Man Who Would Be King: Harald Hardrada, Jerusalem, and 1066 with Justin Hill 10.00 | Central Methodist Church | Adult £5.50 Conc. £4.50

Known popularly as the ‘Last Viking’, Harald Hardrada lived an extraordinary life. Once a member of the elite Varangian Guard in Byzantium, he rose through the ranks to become King of his homeland of Norway and a serious contender to the English throne in 1066. Join us for a lively and engaging talk with author Justin Hill, winner of both Sunday Times and Washington Post Book of the Year, as he retraces the achievements of the Norwegian king, who died just outside York at the Battle of Stamford Bridge Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Drumming Workshop

12.30-14.30 | Central Methodist Church | Adult £25 Conc. £22.50 New for 2017 - A special, Viking inspired percussion workshop delivered by Spanish performance troupe, Troula Group. Discover your rhythm at this fun drumming and percussion workshop, where you will learn how percussion instruments have played an important part in the evolution of music across history. Pre-booking advised


Festival Walking Tour 2,000 Years of History in 2,000 Steps

13.00 | Departs from The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar Adult £4.50, Conc. £3.50 Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Einar Selvik - Wardruna: The Thoughts and Tools Behind the Music 13.00-14.30 | Merchant Adventurer’s Hall Adult £15.50, Conc. £12.50

Join us for an audience with Einar Selvik, main musician and founder of Wardruna, that earnt international prominence for their part in scoring Season 2 of the Vikings TV series. In this session Einar speaks about his approach and study of Norse historical music and the extensive creative concept behind his own creations. He will demonstrate a selection of the oldest Nordic instruments in interaction with Old Norse poetry as well as perform fully acoustic Wardruna songs. Einar will deliver an intimate acoustic workshop, looking into historical Norse music that has inspired his career as well as perform fully acoustic Wardruna songs.

Viking Banquet Experience - Bloodaxe’s Battle Feast 19.00 | Merchant Adventurer’s Hall | £69.50 per person

You are invited to a feasting experience like no other, at the table of the last Viking King of York. Greeted by a torchlit honour guard, picked from Bloodaxe’s army, you will be transported back in time to AD 954, the night before the Viking king’s last battle at Stainmore. This is an evening of feasting and fun, all in preparation for the fight ahead. With beautiful Norse-inspired live music from Einar Selvik, an exciting Viking-themed menu, with flowing mead & ale and the chance to mingle with Bloodaxe’s court you are in for a memorable evening, in the heart of York. Price includes welcome drinks, three course Viking-inspired meal and special entertainment throughout. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces 

Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

The Danish Conquest of 1016

15.00 | Central Methodist Church | £5.50, Conc £4.50 Everyone has heard of the great battles of 1066 but what most people haven’t heard about is the other time England was conquered and had a foreign king sit on the throne. It is that conquest, the Danish Conquest of 1016, that Justin brings to life in this engaging talk in honour of its 1,000 year anniversary. Hear of the dramatic power struggles of ‘un-ready’ English kings and dangerous foreign powers threatening the coasts of Britain. Justin Hill is the author of Shieldwall, a novel on the Danish conquest of 1016 and the bitter internal power struggles that left Anglo-Saxon resistance vulnerable to the Danes. Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

1066! The End of History

17.00 | St Helen’s Church | Adult £8 Conc. £6 Child £5 Please see entry from Thursday 23rd February for details.

Buy your festival tickets now:

www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk or call 01904 615505


Saturday 25th February Coppergate Encampment

10.00-16.00 | Coppergate | Free

Best Beard Competition

14.30 | Coppergate Stage | Free Now in its 9th year, the annual Best Beard Competition is a highlight of JORVIK Viking Festival finale weekend

10th Century Traders

Come along to see the best beards on offer from young and old, men and women. That’s right, homemade beards are not just welcomed but encouraged! With prizes and the coveted ‘Beard Trophies’ on offer it’s time to get working on those bristles.

Please see entry from Friday 24th February for details.

Plus: crafting materials will be available in Jorvik: Home & Abroad, York St Mary’s from 10am on Saturday to help you to create your beard masterpiece! Normal Admission prices apply.

Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

10.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt & St Sampson’s Square Marquee | Adult £2 Conc. £1.50 Family £5 Re-enactors 50p

Viking Animal Steading

10.00-16.00 | DIG | Normal admission prices apply Please see listing from Monday 20th February for details.

Festival Finale - Bloodaxe’s Last Stand

Little Diggers: Viking Heroes

Doors open 18.00, entertainment commences at 18:45 | Rawcliffe Country Park | Adult £13.50, Conc £10, Family 4 £40.50, Family 5 £52.50

Could you have been a Viking hero?

Thrilling live battle action awaits you as Eric Bloodaxe fights for his life at an extraordinary display of living history with hundreds of Viking warriors taking to the field.

Play and Learn Sessions for 2 - 5 Years 10.00-11.00 | DIG | £3.50 (includes one accompanying adult) Eric’s army is getting ready for the Battle of Stainmore and you’re invited to meet the warriors and fight with them! Hear the saga of Eric’s deeds, learn how to be a warrior, and make your very own Viking shield! Pre-booking essential due to limited spaces

Eric Bloodaxe is banished. In his absence Jorvik has become a thriving hub of international trade, welcoming traders from across the Viking world. Witness the spectacular final chapter in the legendary tale of the last Viking King in Jorvik!

Annual Strongest Viking Competition - Recruitment for Battle! 10.00 | Coppergate Stage | Free

Relive the Battle of Stainmore as Rawcliffe Park is transformed; incorporating a fearsome cast of Viking warriors, dazzling sound effects and terrific pyrotechnics to create a spectacular and fitting finale to the saga of one of history’s notorious rulers

The crème de la crème of Viking warriors from across the globe will descend on York for the chance to be crowned the Strongest Viking!

Don’t miss this exciting end to 2017’s JORVIK Viking Festival – Pre-booking is advised as tickets may not be available on the day.

For this special festival year the competition has been moved to a new outdoor arena, where the contestants will vye for both the title and the public’s adulation.

Please note: Access can be made via the Park & Ride No. 2 Bus and free parking is also available on site. Visit the website for more information. Warm clothing and footwear is advised, as this event takes place outdoors.

Join us in Coppergate, the home of the Vikings in York, and pick a favourite to cheer on to victory! Fun for all the family.

March to Coppergate

12.00 | Departing from Dean’s Park | Free A Perfect Viking Photo Opportunity! Eric Bloodaxe has been banished from York. Watch as his army travel through the city to Coppergate in one last show of power.


Buy your festival tickets now:

www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk or call 01904 615505


Sunday 26th February 10th Century Traders

Festival Fringe Programme

Please see entry from Friday 24th February for details.

Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd February

Richard Hall Symposium: Vikings on Display

Prepare for the Vikings!

10.00-16.00 | Parliament Street Yurt & St Sampson’s Square Marquee | Adult £2 Conc. £1.50 Family £5 Re-enactors 50p

Registration at 9.00 for a 9.45 start - 17.00 finish | De Grey Court Lecture Theatre, York St John University | £30 (£25 concessions / Friends of YAT) The 2017 Richard Hall Symposium welcomes speakers from across the Viking world to discuss this year’s theme of ‘Vikings on Display’. Confirmed speakers for 2017 include representatives of the Oslo Museum of Cultural History and Viking Ship Museum, the British Museum, the Swedish History Museum and Caithness Horizons Museum. Discover the full programme at www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/symposium Pre-booking essential. Lunch and refreshments included.

11:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 16:00 | York Minster Normal admission prices apply In preparation of our major new exhibition ‘VIKING: Rediscover the Legend’ which launches 19th May 2017, come along and create your own collage of a display using images from our Viking collection. If it was your exhibition how would you display the items and what would you say about them? Meet members of our staff to learn how to arrange and display your own exhibition of replica objects in our ‘Curators Corner’. Meet a costumed Viking who will also be on hand to show you and talk about a selection of real Viking objects from the collection.

Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th February Meet the Vikings!

10.00-15.00 | York Minster | Normal admission prices apply (Admission ticket lasts for 12 months) Free admission to York Minster for York residents with a York card Handle authentic and replica Viking artefacts, learn how to play a Viking board game, and discover more about the mystery that is York Minster during the Viking period.


Find out about Vikings and Christianity at one of our short spotlight talks, at 12:00 and 14:00. Discover Viking stories with exciting storytelling at 11:00 and 13:00. Plus: Make a Viking Longboat between 10am-3pm, just £2.50 per participant! Suitable for ages 5+ Discover more at www.yorkminster.org

Tuesday 21st February Asterix: The Mansions Of Gods

11.00 | York City Screen | £3.00 per person The hugely popular Asterix franchise returns to the big screen with all star voice cast including Nick Frost, Dick & Dom, Jim Broadbent and Catherine Tate! The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely…One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. Will Asterix and Obelix resist the lure of easy money and Roman comforts? Will their village become a simple tourist attraction? Our Gaulish friends are going to do all they can to thwart Caesar’s plans Discover more at www.picturehouses.com/cinema/York_Picturehouse

Kids Curators Talk

12:30 - 13:00 | Yorkshire Museum | Normal admission prices apply Discover more at www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Sunday 26th February Informal Lunch and Talk “The Cult of St Olaf in England” 12.30 | St Olave’s Church | Free

Informal lunch organised by St Olave’s congregation, with an illustrated talk by Canon John Toy on “The Cult of St Olaf in England”. St Olaf is known as the Perpetual King of Norway and St Olave’s church in York is the earliest datable foundation dedicated to St Olaf. No charge (retiring collection) but booking recommended. Contact Ruth Sillar (01904 630910). See also: www.stolave.org.uk

Community & Education Projects Engaging with the community through unique and entertaining educational experiences is at the heart of the work of York Archaeological Trust and this JORVIK Viking Festival is no exception.

Bloodaxe Book Challenge For the fourth year running JORVIK Viking Festival have collaborated with Explore York Library Service to encourage children to read throughout the school winter holidays. For every book they read they can collect a bookmark and stickers, and have the opportunity to meet a well known children’s author at the Festival.

www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/bloodaxe



JORVIK Viking Festival 2017 Programme | 20th to 26th February 2017