History

JORVIK Viking Festival 2014Over 1000 years ago when York was under Viking rule great celebrations took place during February called ‘Jolablot.’ The festival heralded the coming of spring and the end of winter hardships.

These celebrations were long forgotten until the 1980s when York Archaeological Trust revived this lost Norse tradition.

Now returning for the 32nd time, the JORVIK Viking Festival has become a firm fixture in the York calendar. Going from strength to strength each year with established events including our Strongest Viking and Best Beard contests, the Coppergate Viking Camp and our spectacular finale. The festival continues to grow with new events added each year, so whatever you are looking for there will be something to entertain and educate throughout the week.

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