Fun-packed family week set to launch 'bigger and better' Viking Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:40 13 February 2019
Sheringham's sixth annual Scira Viking Festival kicks off on Saturday, with a series of workshops giving youngsters and their families a chance to kit themselves out in Norse-style garb and accessories ranging from axes and shields, to pendants and T-shirts.
Hosted by Sheringham Carnival and run by a team of festival organisers led by artist Jill Brammer and retired TV and film set designer Chris Neville, the sessions, which will be run at Sheringham Museum, will also include a colouring competition, a longboat-making workshop, a talk on Viking runes from local fisherman James Lingwood and demonstrations of the art of spinning Viking-style wool from rare wild musk oxen by Greta Lynggaard, from Denmark.
Mr Neville, who is a carnival committee member and a museum trustee, said this year’s festival, promised to be bigger and better than ever.
“The museum is getting much more involved and, for the first time, we are opening up the children’s events to the whole family,” he said.
“The festival is something that brings the whole town together and what we wanted to do is to make it an event which everybody can get involved in and experience the Viking way of life.”
The main festival day next Saturday, February 23, will feature more than 100 re-enactors, with a Viking village set up at the Leas clifftop gardens, which will also be the scene of have-a-go axe-throwing demonstrations.
“We have got more Vikings than ever before,” Mr Neville said. “There will be battles, fire pits and a working forge and I thing the important thing is that it will be educational, as well as fun.”
Other festival day attractions will include a battle on the beach, with a 28ft dragon-headed longboat built by local carpenter Brian Howe and his son Henri, taking pride of place in the town centre.
The boat, which was decorated by Ms Brammer, will be carried to the seafront as part of a parade led by flame torch-carrying honour guard.
It will then be burnt on the beach below the Leas, with onlookers also entertained with fire-breathing from members of Norwich-based group Unhinged Circus.
For information and updates on Sheringham Scira Viking Festival, visit the festival Facebook page, or to book for the family activity week, email email@example.com or phone 01263 824482.