Jorvik Viking Festival

Forget The Handmaiden’s Tale – Shield Maidens arrive in York

Forget The Handmaiden’s Tale – Shield Maidens arrive in York

Here come the girls – and they are armed to the teeth! Straight from the Viking sagas, visitors to York this February will see Norse warrior women fighting alongside – and occasionally leading – male warriors, as the JORVIK Viking Festival explores the untold stories of women in the Viking age.

10 REASONS FAMILIES LOVE JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL

10 REASONS FAMILIES LOVE JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL

On the face of it, large, bearded men carrying an array of fearsome weaponry might not seem particularly family-friendly, but with 60,000 visitors expected to descend on York to spend some time with the resident Norse invaders during the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival (20 – 27 February 2019), here are 10 of the highlights which will appeal to families.

JORVIK Viking Festival brings females to the fore – full programme now released

JORVIK Viking Festival brings females to the fore – full programme now released

The packed list of events for the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival, which takes place in York from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 February, has now been revealed, with the forgotten stories of Viking women and the influence they wielded weaving a thread throughout the fantastic festival programme.

Beyond the homestead: Viking women take centre stage for 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

Beyond the homestead: Viking women take centre stage for 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

Europe’s largest Viking Festival returns to York next February, telling the stories of Viking women beyond the homestead through the voices of seers, queens and shield maidens – a story of women whose influence was as great as any mighty warrior. JORVIK Viking Festival runs from 20 – 27 February 2019.

Books for Bloodaxe – 2018 Viking-themed reading challenge begins

Books for Bloodaxe – 2018 Viking-themed reading challenge begins

Historically, Vikings preferred their stories to be shared by word of mouth, but children in York are being encouraged to explore mysterious worlds revealed in books with the launch of the Bloodaxe Book Challenge – a precursor to the next JORVIK Viking Festival in February!