The annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a firm favourite for families, with plenty on the programme for little Vikings to enjoy. In spite of the floods, it’s all going ahead this year as planned during February half term (from 15th to 21st February 2016). Our friends at JORVIK would love you to go along and support them by getting stuck into some Viking fun. Some things need pre-booking, so it’s worth planning ahead. Here’s our pick of the best of the festival for kids. Horned helmets optional.
Meet Vikings in the flesh: see exciting artefacts and hear tales from the Vikings themselves at the Coppergate Camp or head to the City Camp in Parliament Street for craft and play the Viking way (daily, 10am to 4pm, free (small charge for some activities)). Visit Parliament Street from Monday to Thursday to meet some Viking animals.
Have-a-go Sword Combat: little Vikings can try their hand at sword fighting at this great workshop. What could possibly go wrong?! Very popular, so book ahead. Monday to Sunday (various times), Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, £3.50 per child.
Visiting Vikings at Little Diggers: kids aged from 2 to 5 can dig, delve and discover the past in special Little Diggers sessions at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure throughout the week (Monday to Friday, 10am to 11am, £3.50 per child including one adult). There’s a different Viking theme each day.
Poo Day: Yep, that’s right, a day dedicated to poo. Hilarious! What more could a child ask for? Visit DIG to make a replica historic poo and find out how poo can even solve mysteries. 17th February, 12noon to 4pm, DIG, normal admission charges apply.
Kids’ Film Club Double Bill: Enjoy a screening of fab films How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 at DIG on Friday 19th February at 1pm (£7 per person; price includes squash drink, Haribo sweets and take-home craft activity).
March to Coppergate: The Viking army marching the streets of York is a sight not to be missed (February 20, 2016 3pm to 5pm). They’ll be preparing themselves for the spectacular battle finale (20th February, Eye of York, Clifford’s Tower, family of 4 £36.50)
And that’s not all! For more details of what’s on, and to book, visit the JORVIK Viking Festival website.