Viking festival returns with nod to York’s Norse invasion

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An annual celebration of York’s Viking heritage is set to pull in more than 40,000 visitors.

Jorvik Viking Festival takes place between Monday February 12 and Sunday, February 18.

Jorvik Viking Festival:'The Saturday night battle , Rout to Riccall, where the English army defeated the Vikings, was held on the Eye Of York.  A symbolic Viking long baot burns at the end of the battle and at the start of the firework display.feb 12 2005

Jorvik Viking Festival:'The Saturday night battle , Rout to Riccall, where the English army defeated the Vikings, was held on the Eye Of York. A symbolic Viking long baot burns at the end of the battle and at the start of the firework display.feb 12 2005

It will this year mark the arrival of the Norse invaders in 866AD, when the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Eoforic was reborn as the city of Jorvik.

Organisers have described it as the “largest Viking celebration in Europe, with upwards of 40,000 visitors expected to join the invasion of the Great Viking Army”.

Family events such as sword fighting sessions and living history demonstrations – including a blacksmith’s workshop where a traditional craftsman will be making Viking arrows – run throughout the week.

A parade through the city streets is due to take place on the Saturday.

Date:19th January 2015, (JH1006/90a) The Jorvik Viking Centre along the York Blind & Partially Sighted Society are staging a fire walk on the 17 February in Coppergate part of the Jorvik Viking Festival. Pictured (left to right) Viking Warrior Nathan Wade (Ragnar), Diane Roworth, Chief Officer of York Blind & Partially Sighted Society, along with two Viking Women Erin Pockley, (Arnleif) and Charlotte Hoque, (Dalla).

Date:19th January 2015, (JH1006/90a) The Jorvik Viking Centre along the York Blind & Partially Sighted Society are staging a fire walk on the 17 February in Coppergate part of the Jorvik Viking Festival. Pictured (left to right) Viking Warrior Nathan Wade (Ragnar), Diane Roworth, Chief Officer of York Blind & Partially Sighted Society, along with two Viking Women Erin Pockley, (Arnleif) and Charlotte Hoque, (Dalla).

Jorvik marketing manager Paul Whiting said: “Some of our key events – including the grande finale combat event on Saturday evening, our Viking feast, and a guest musical performance by Einar Selvik – have already sold out, but we’ve got loads of other events in this year’s programme so anyone coming to York will certainly not be disappointed.”

Date:19th January 2015, (JH1006/90d) The Jorvik Viking Centre along the York Blind & Partially Sighted Society are staging a fire walk on the 17 February in Coppergate part of the Jorvik Viking Festival. Pictured (left to right) Viking Warrior Nathan Wade (Ragnar), Diane Roworth, Chief Officer of York Blind & Partially Sighted Society, along with two Viking Women Erin Pockley, (Arnleif) and Charlotte Hoque, (Dalla).

Date:19th January 2015, (JH1006/90d) The Jorvik Viking Centre along the York Blind & Partially Sighted Society are staging a fire walk on the 17 February in Coppergate part of the Jorvik Viking Festival. Pictured (left to right) Viking Warrior Nathan Wade (Ragnar), Diane Roworth, Chief Officer of York Blind & Partially Sighted Society, along with two Viking Women Erin Pockley, (Arnleif) and Charlotte Hoque, (Dalla).

13/02/16   Olaf Blackhelm (Clive Addy) cleaning his  Viking helmet in Coppergate York  as the Vikings invaded Coppergate at the start of the week long Jorvik Viking Festival. (Gl1008/94c)

13/02/16 Olaf Blackhelm (Clive Addy) cleaning his Viking helmet in Coppergate York as the Vikings invaded Coppergate at the start of the week long Jorvik Viking Festival. (Gl1008/94c)

13/02/16  Frigga  (Colleen Deavanney)  (left) with  Bjorn ((Jason Deavanney) both from York by  their  tent in Coppergate York  as the Vikings invaded Coppergate at the start of the week long Jorvik Viking Festival. (Gl1008/94f)

13/02/16 Frigga (Colleen Deavanney) (left) with Bjorn ((Jason Deavanney) both from York by their tent in Coppergate York as the Vikings invaded Coppergate at the start of the week long Jorvik Viking Festival. (Gl1008/94f)

31/10/2017. York, North Yorkshire  ,United Kingdom.  Picture by Charlotte Graham'Not for publication before 1 November 2017'Picture Shows Today, three brothers - Halfdan Ragnarsson, Ubba Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless - returned to the city to start the countdown to the next Viking invasion, Silhouetted Image ''VIKING BROTHERS PREPARE FOR ANNIVERSARY OF INVASION 'Countdown begins to JORVIK Viking Festival 2018'It was 1 November 866 when the Vikings first invaded the Anglo-Saxon town of Eoforwic knowing that the local residents would be in church -without their weapons - celebrating the feast of All Saints. Today, three brothers - Halfdan Ragnarsson, Ubba Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless - returned to the city to start the countdown to the next Viking invasion - the JORVIK Viking Festival 2018, which runs 12 - 18 February 2018.'JORVIK Viking Festival is the largest Norse-themed festival in Europe, regularly attracting over 40,000 visitors to the historic city of York, and this year, the festival returns t

31/10/2017. York, North Yorkshire ,United Kingdom. Picture by Charlotte Graham'Not for publication before 1 November 2017'Picture Shows Today, three brothers - Halfdan Ragnarsson, Ubba Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless - returned to the city to start the countdown to the next Viking invasion, Silhouetted Image ''VIKING BROTHERS PREPARE FOR ANNIVERSARY OF INVASION 'Countdown begins to JORVIK Viking Festival 2018'It was 1 November 866 when the Vikings first invaded the Anglo-Saxon town of Eoforwic knowing that the local residents would be in church -without their weapons - celebrating the feast of All Saints. Today, three brothers - Halfdan Ragnarsson, Ubba Ragnarsson and Ivarr the Boneless - returned to the city to start the countdown to the next Viking invasion - the JORVIK Viking Festival 2018, which runs 12 - 18 February 2018.'JORVIK Viking Festival is the largest Norse-themed festival in Europe, regularly attracting over 40,000 visitors to the historic city of York, and this year, the festival returns t

Wednesday 7th February 2018, York'Picture Credit Charlotte Graham''Pictures show:  Viking warriors Kjartan (Lucas Norton, short brown hair) and Knutr (Ross Taylor, long red hair) prepare for the invasion of York, culminating in a fiery finale event at the Eye of York, in the shadow of Clifford's Tower.'''York is bracing itself for its annual invasion of Vikings, which this year celebrates the arrival of the Norse invaders in 866AD, when the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Eoforic was reborn as the Viking city of Jorvik!''The Festival, which runs from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 February, is the largest Viking celebration in Europe, with upwards of 40,000 visitors expected to join the invasion of the Great Viking Army.  Events for all the family, from have-a-go sword fighting sessions and living history demonstrations - this year including a real smithy where a traditional craftsman will be making Viking arrows - run throughout the week, with the largest invasion force arriving in York on Saturday 17 February, for a par

Wednesday 7th February 2018, York'Picture Credit Charlotte Graham''Pictures show: Viking warriors Kjartan (Lucas Norton, short brown hair) and Knutr (Ross Taylor, long red hair) prepare for the invasion of York, culminating in a fiery finale event at the Eye of York, in the shadow of Clifford's Tower.'''York is bracing itself for its annual invasion of Vikings, which this year celebrates the arrival of the Norse invaders in 866AD, when the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Eoforic was reborn as the Viking city of Jorvik!''The Festival, which runs from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 February, is the largest Viking celebration in Europe, with upwards of 40,000 visitors expected to join the invasion of the Great Viking Army. Events for all the family, from have-a-go sword fighting sessions and living history demonstrations - this year including a real smithy where a traditional craftsman will be making Viking arrows - run throughout the week, with the largest invasion force arriving in York on Saturday 17 February, for a par

Wednesday 7th February 2018, York'Picture Credit Charlotte Graham''Pictures show:  Viking warriors  Knutr (Ross Taylor, long red hair) prepare for the invasion of York, With A beer ''Finnish-inspired York ale called 'Ragnar's Revenge' to premier at JORVIK Viking Festival 2018''The Vikings were known for their love of alcohol-fuelled celebrations, so what better occasion to launch a new beer than Europe's largest Viking celebration?  Brew York will be releasing a new, Finnish-inspired beer called 'Ragnar's Revenge' to coincide with the launch of JORVIK Viking Festival 2018 on Monday 12 February.''The new beer, which will be available in cans and on tap in selected venues, is based upon the historic Finnish ale called Sahti.  Sahti has a distinct flavour, with the bitterness usually introduced to beer using hops replaced with herbs including juniper, fennel and rosemary.  ''"We have made a few changes to the traditional Sahti recipe to make the unique blend of herbs more appealing for a modern audience.  Where

Wednesday 7th February 2018, York'Picture Credit Charlotte Graham''Pictures show: Viking warriors Knutr (Ross Taylor, long red hair) prepare for the invasion of York, With A beer ''Finnish-inspired York ale called 'Ragnar's Revenge' to premier at JORVIK Viking Festival 2018''The Vikings were known for their love of alcohol-fuelled celebrations, so what better occasion to launch a new beer than Europe's largest Viking celebration? Brew York will be releasing a new, Finnish-inspired beer called 'Ragnar's Revenge' to coincide with the launch of JORVIK Viking Festival 2018 on Monday 12 February.''The new beer, which will be available in cans and on tap in selected venues, is based upon the historic Finnish ale called Sahti. Sahti has a distinct flavour, with the bitterness usually introduced to beer using hops replaced with herbs including juniper, fennel and rosemary. ''"We have made a few changes to the traditional Sahti recipe to make the unique blend of herbs more appealing for a modern audience. Where