About

Recognised as the largest Viking Festival in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage

Taking place every February Half Term, the festival’s programme of family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments attracts over 40,000 visitors each year from across the globe, with many returning year after year to take part and enjoy the atmosphere.

Vikings on the march in York

Discover the Legacy of King Canute

Vikings from all over the world descended on York for a week-long commemoration of the millennial anniversary of the crowning of Canute, the Viking warrior who rose up to be not just King of England but leader of a North Sea empire!

With an exciting programme of events inspired by this Norse monarch on offer including living history encampments, talks and of course dramatic combat performances there was something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.

Explore Canute’s Legacy

Experience Past Festivals

To whet your appetite for all things Viking be sure to check out our JORVIK Viking Festival video library and image galleries and discover the fun had at previous events.

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