JORVIK Viking Festival 2019 – 10th Century Traders Frequently Asked Questions

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This page is intended to assist all  traders for JORVIK Viking Festival by providing answers to questions which are commonly asked in the run up to the Festival. If you are intending to book a pitch for 2019 please read them carefully, and if you have any questions regarding the process you can contact the Festival team at or 01904 615505.

Viking Traders

I am a new trader and would like to book a pitch – how do I do this?

Information for 10th Century Traders has already gone out to our communication list for 2019 applications.

If you are interested in trading at Festival 2020, please contact or call 01904 615505 to discuss your wares and be added to the communications list. The application process for JORVIK Viking Festival 10th Century Traders opens in late Summer, and traders are invited to book via email. Please be aware that we aim to keep wares as appropriate and authentic across the market, that we are always limited for space and that pitches tend to sell out very quickly on a first come first served basis.

However, we are always happy to hear from people passionate about their wares and keen to be involved, so please get in touch. We run various events across Festival and throughout the year, so even if 10th Century Traders isn’t appropriate, there may be something that is more suitable.


Where is the 10th Century Traders market held?

For JORVIK Viking Festival 2019 we are in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. This is in the centre of York, just off Parliament Street, and has a cafe and toilets. Previous years we have situated the traders market in a marquee on Parliament St, however increasingly volatile weather as well as financial considerations have lead to a move to a more sheltered location.


When is the 10th Century Traders market held?

The 2019 market is Friday 22nd February to Sunday 24th February. The market is open 10:00 till 16:00 each day.


What sort of things are sold at the 10th Century Traders market?

10th Century Traders specialise in producing and selling anything and everything to do with Viking age life. From wooden spoons to wool fabric, spurs to socks, we aim to provide a wealth of beautiful and practical wares, with a focus on authenticity.


How much does a pitch cost?

Each pitch costs £90 for the three days.


How big is each pitch?

Each pitch is approximately 1.8m x 0.9m (6ft x 3ft).


Can I buy a pitch for only one day of the market?

Due to practical considerations, we do not sell pitches for 1 or 2 days only of the market.


How many pitches can I have?

Every trader can only book up to 2 pitches maximum. This ensures we can include as many traders as possible, and give the public a good range of products to choose from.


I like to trade from my tent, is there an outdoor trading area?

We do not usually have space for outdoor traders, however this year there are two outdoor pitches of 4m x 2m on stone flagged surfaces. They cost the same as the pitches within the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, however are limited to one pitch per trader. There is no electricity available to these pitches. Traders must bring their own tents and tables. Please take into consideration the likely weather and prepare for all eventualities. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions before booking one of these pitches.


Is there electricity?

Electricity is available on over half the pitches, and costs £15 for the weekend. Please only request electricity if you need it.


What items can I plug in?

All electrical items must be PAT tested or within a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty. Please do not bring anything that will pose a risk to others or overwhelm other traders displays.


Do you provide tables?

Yes we can provide tables and two chairs per pitch, however if you would prefer to bring your own that is fine. Tablecloths are not provided.


When can I set up?

Set up time is given during the evening of Thursday 21st February and the morning of Friday 22nd February. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for more detail.


When can I take down?

Take down can begin at 16:00 on Sunday 24th, when the market closes to the public.


How close can I get my vehicle to the venue?

Unloading and loading is done on Fossgate, from which Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is reached via an alleyway. There is no parking on site. For this reason we recommend bringing a trolley or some spare hands to help.


How many people can one company bring with them?

One company can bring two people, not including anyone under the age of 16. If you require more people at the stall, please contact the festival team in advance, by emailing or calling 01904 615505.


I have special requirements, how do I ensure these are accommodated?

Please make a note of any special requirements, eg accessibility, in the notes section of your application.


Do I need insurance?

All traders are required to have Public Liability Insurance, with a minimum of £2,000,000. A copy of the relevant documentation must be sent to the festival organisers as soon as possible after your booking. If you have not shown proof of insurance by Friday 22nd February, you will not be able to trade at the market.


I booked a pitch but am now unable to attend, is there a cancellation fee?

If, after booking, you are unable to attend for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible. If we are unable to replace your pitch with another trader, there is a cancellation fee of £50.


My question is not answered here, who can I contact?

Please email, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call 01904 615505, however please be aware that we are often away from our desks, and so may not be immediately obtainable over the phone.


 Download the full list of Terms & Conditions here