JORVIK Viking Festival 2019

The 35th JORVIK Viking Festival returns for another week-long celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage in February 2019

2019 FAQs

Wednesday 20th to Wednesday 27th February 2019

Why Is The Festival Split Over Two Weeks?

Following visitor feedback regarding the placement of the festival during varying half terms across the country we’ve made the decision this year to run the festival for 8 days across 2 calendar weeks. This will allow people from across UK and abroad to discover, explore and experience the impact of the Vikings at the festival during their half term holiday.

When Will The ‘Finale’ Events Take Place?

As the Festival takes place over two calendar weeks this year, events including; 10th Century Traders, Strongest Viking Competition, March to Coppergate, Best Beard Competition, Viking Feast and evening ‘Battle Spectacular’ will take place on the weekend of 22nd to 24th February 2019.

When Can I Start Booking Tickets?

You can now book tickets to our highlight events. The full programme will be released in the New Year. Be sure to keep an eye on our Social Media channels, the website and sign up to our eNews for all the latest news and events.

What Is The Theme?

The theme for JORVIK Viking Festival 2019 is ‘The Untold Story of Women in the Viking Age’. Meet our extraordinary Viking women and discover the theme in full here.

How Can I Get Involved?

If you are a re-enactor, trader, author or publisher and looking to get involved in the festival please contact our Events team at

We will be releasing the theme and highlight events in the next few months, so make sure to sign up the festival’s regular eNews online at the bottom of this page to be the first to know about the latest events information and follow the action on Social Media using #JVF19.