A look ahead to the Jorvik Viking Festival


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It takes more than a flood to dampen enthusiasm for Canute’s anniversary celebrations

Ready for the JORVIK Viking Festival

Ready for the JORVIK Viking Festival - Credit: Archant

Whether they were fighting Anglo Saxons or the turbulent waters of the North Sea, there was little that would stop the Vikings from achieving their goals, and this Norse spirit is set to be carried on in York at this year’s Jorvik Viking Festival, despite the flooding that has closed the world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre.

‘When we decided to focus the theme for the 2016 on the 1000th anniversary of Canute taking the throne of England, little did we realise that we’d have our own moment of standing with water lapping at our feet, commanding it to stop its flow, but that’s what happened – and just like Canute, the water continued to rise within the attraction despite our best efforts,’ said Sarah Maltby, director of attractions for York Archaeological Trust.

‘However, a visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre was only part of the festival experience, and with our other attractions and the majority of venues remaining dry throughout the recent flooding, we’ll continue to welcome the Viking invaders this February 15th – 21st, and hope that the next flood we experience will be one of Viking enthusiasts congregating in the city.’

Organisers are working with venues around the city – some of which were also affected by flooding – to ensure that the vast majority of events, including the grand fiery finale, continue as planned, although the location may change for some of the smaller events.

Ready for battle

Ready for battle - Credit: Archant

‘All our outdoor locations are now clear of flood water, but we may need to relocate some of our have-a-go events and talks to other venues in the city centre,’ added Sarah. w

Full details of this year’s Jorvik Viking Festival are available online at yorvik-viking-festival.co.uk, with venues updated as plans are confirmed.

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