YORK marked the end of its Viking Festival with a dramatic finale at the weekend.

The city has been reliving its vibrant Viking roots during the nine-day Jorvik Viking Festival, thought to be the biggest Viking Festival in Europe.

Throughout the city there have been talks and artefacts from the era on display at Barley Hall, York Minster and other venues.


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A modern Viking encampment was set up in Coppergate, where children could dress up as Viking warriors and board a longship with a sword.

Families could also try their hand at Viking-themed crafts, with workshops taking place at several venues and on several streets, or have a go at sword-fighting at York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.

Nordic story-telling and music also featured in the city’s celebrations.

It was rounded off on Saturday evening (February 23) with a torchlit march and a battle re-enactment between Saxons and Vikings at the Eye of York.