Over 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.

Invasion, Dawn of Viking York (2)

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

In 2018 the JORVIK Viking Festival, now a firm fixture in the York calendar, will return for a week long commemoration of a seminal moment in British history, the arrival and conquest of England by the Great Viking Arm in AD 866. 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.

Explore JORVIK Viking Festival 2018