The  York Archaeological Trust and the JORVIK Group of Attractions organise two major festivals each year:

JORVIK Viking Festival

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

Recognised as the largest Viking Festival in the Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage that attracts over 40,000 visitors to the city each year.

The festival’s programme of family-friendly events, lectures, guided walks and battle re-enactments attracts an international audience, with many returning year after year to take part and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Yorkshire Medieval Festival

Yorkshire Medieval FestivalYork Archaeological Trust has joined forces with a host of venues across Yorkshire to bring visitors the Yorkshire Medieval Festival.

Combining falconry, archery, thrilling re-enactments, activities for children, dramatic performances and guided visits to a host of stunning medieval sites in gorgeous settings; the Yorkshire Medieval Festival continues to be a brilliant addition to Yorkshire’s calendar.



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