Explore the Jorvik Group
Explore the Jorvik Group
19th January 2022
Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June 2022
The rescheduled JORVIK Viking Festival will take place over five days, from Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June organisers confirmed today, filling the half-term break before the extra-long Platinum Jubilee weekend.
“Moving not only events, but also street closures, pyrotechnic displays and even checking that the Viking re-enactors would be available is a huge task, but everyone we work with to deliver the annual JORVIK Viking Festival has been hugely helpful. We still have a lot of the background details to confirm, but we are confident that we can deliver a superb event for residents and visitors alike,” comments event manager, Gareth Henry.
It is hoped that the full programme of events can be released by the end of February, following That JORVIK Viking Thing, the online festival which was set to run alongside the physical event from 19 – 27 February. Popular events, including the living history encampment, Strongest Viking Competition, Best Beard contest, have-a-go activities and Traders Market are set to return, many of them free of charge thanks to support from City of York Council.
The Battle Spectacular will take place on the evening of Saturday 28 May, although will start later so that the pyrotechnics can be seen to best effect given the later time of sunset. The March to Coppergate will also take place on that date, subject to approval from the city’s safety bodies. The Viking Banquet will take place on the evening of Wednesday 1 June, and those who hold tickets for February’s sell-out event will be given priority places.
“We’ve been incredibly heartened by the response from the public and our event partners which has been overwhelmingly positive to the change of date, and we are pleased to confirm that it will not clash with the extended Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, when we know many visitors, re-enactors and traders will already have plans,” comments Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for The JORVIK Group. “We know that many people who were planning a visit in February will still be coming, and indeed, we’re sure they will want to see the Silverdale Hoard – a Viking treasure trove uncovered in 2011 – which we have announced will go on display in early February. Even without the physical festival, there’s still plenty of Viking-themed fun to be had in York!”
That JORVIK Viking Thing will include a special livestreamed talk on the Silverdale Hoard as part of its programming, which will also include music, lectures, children’s activities and a host of on-demand video that can be enjoyed by people all over the world. The inaugural 2021 Thing reached a global audience of around 3.6 million. For more details, please visit jorvikthing.com
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