The Vikings Return

LOCKO PARK, JUNE 25-26th 2022

The vikings re-enactment society invite
you to attend a viking festival

A unique, fun and educational day out, set in the beautiful rural landscape of Locko Park, near Derby.

This one-off event will bring together Viking re-enactors from across the country and the world, to recreate a large Viking army encampment, full of craftsmen, traders and warriors, allowing visitors to step back a thousand years, to when England was under threat from fierce Viking invaders.

It's an interactive day, full of things to see and do, for adults and kids: Watch and talk to period craftsmen at work, see Viking boats up close and meet their crews and peruse and buy the exotic goods for sale at the Viking market.

Meet Viking warriors and get hands-on with their equipment. Children can have-a-go at forming their own Viking shield-wall. The highlight of the day will be the 'Battle of Thousand Spears', as the invading Viking army faces the Anglo-Saxon army of Mercia, in the largest Viking-era battle in the UK for a thousand years.

The Viking Festival will celebrate and illuminate a dark-age of Britain's history.

The vikings
re-enactment society

Re-enacting the life, times and battles of 8-11th century Britain, The Vikings is the UK’s oldest and largest Viking-age society, with branches across Britain, in Europe, the US and Canada.

What's happening

Battle of Brunanburh 937AD

12:45pm

We recreate a historical battle led by King Aethelstan of Wessex against the combined Viking forces of Jorvik and Dublin.

Battle of a Thousand Spears

3:30pm

Our warriors fight in what we expect to be the biggest Viking Battle on British soil for 1000 years. Watch our warriors demonstrating their skills at arms, striving to win their place in the high halls of Valhalla.

Grande Parade

4:30pm

Our military and civilian participants close the day’s events with a grand parade.

Children's Battle

11:00am

An opportunity for our young visitors (aged 10 or under) to experience a Viking Battle for themselves. Places are limited. Secure your place at the Information point.

Preparing for Brunanburh

12:00pm

An acted scenario exploring the historical events leading up to the battle in 937. Bear witness to the forging of a most unlikely alliance. Kings Owain, Olaf and Constantine must put aside their differences if they are to have any hope of matching Aethelstan in war.

Call to Arms - Weapons Display

13:45pm

A narrated presentation describing the weapons, tactics and fighting styles of the Viking Age (Infantry)

Children's Battle

14:30pm

An opportunity for our young visitors (aged 10 or under) to experience a Viking Battle for themselves. Places are limited. Secure your place at the Information point.

Crafts

Leather working
All Day

Forging and Maille-making
All Day

Shield-making
All Day

Tablet weaving
All Day

Weaving
All Day

Embroidery
All Day

Cloth dying
All Day

Viking cookery & Diet
All Day


Cavalry Display

10:15am

Our horses and their riders display skills and military tactics from the Viking Age.

Missiles Display

11:15am

Our archers, slingers and javelineers showcase their skills.

Nautical Manoeuvres

11:30am

Join our sailors as they explore the Viking passion for all things nautical by the lakeside.

Nautical Manoeuvres

2:30pm

Join our sailors as they explore the Viking passion for all things nautical by the lakeside.

Crafts

Leather working
All Day

Forging and maille-making
All Day

Shield-making
All Day

Tablet weaving
All Day

Weaving
All Day

Embroidery
All Day

Cloth dying
All Day

Viking cookery and diet
All Day

Music of the Vikings
All Day

Shipyard at work
All Day

Naval Manoeuvres
11:30am & 2:30pm

Fishing and hunting skills
All Day

Games

Board and dice games
All Day

Kubb
All Day

Have-a-go Archery
All Day

Saga Storytelling
11am and 2pm

Meet Philip Stevens at Giles Kristian’s tent (GK) to hear the story of Harald Hardrada as you have never heard it before.

Giles Kristian

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Adult Day Pass
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£10.00

1 Day Access only.

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Child Day Pass
6 - 17 inc

£5.00

1 Day Access only.

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Concessions Day Pass
-

£7.50

1 Day Access only.

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Family Day Pass
2 Adults + 2 Children

£25.00

1 Day Access only.

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