Next week will be Viking Week at Lindisfarne, Holy Island, Northumberland.
The Vikings stormed Lindisfarne Priory in 793. From Monday 6 – Sunday 12 August a Viking themed events and a re-enactment take place be at Lindisfarne Priory.
After their invasion more than 1000 years ago, the Vikings left behind them a path of destruction.
At next week’s Viking Week, you can brave that path again in a living history event that offers a realistic taste of how the Vikings became one of the most terrifying people in history.
A full-scale replica Viking ship, with carved head and Viking crew, will arrive at Lindisfarne Priory on Monday 6 August and will be on display all week to visitors.
During the first part of the week in amongst the Priory ruins there will also be a Saxon boat replicating the voyage to safety of St Cuthbert’s coffin.
To entertain young children, English Heritage will put on a special Viking trail, with mini Viking gods and goddesses to find.
In what promises to be a spectacular finale weekend on August 11 – 12, the terrifying Vikings will return to attack Lindisfarne Priory. Visitors will have the chance to explore the Viking encampment and discover a more facts about the people behind this wave of terror.
You can witnessing powerful displays of combat, culminating in a full-scale deadly battle featuring the Viking re-enactors.
Jon Hogan, events manager for English Heritage in the north, said: “Viking Week is the most popular event on the Lindisfarne calendar and unlike the raids of 793, we’re delighted to welcome our Viking visitors back to Lindisfarne Priory for a thrilling week of events.
“The Viking raids on Lindisfarne were actually the first recorded in Britain, heralding the start of the Viking expansion into Britain. As well as full-scale combat and demonstrations of weaponry, people will also be able to explore the Viking camp and see them enjoying some downtime.
“Remember, the Viking Week event times are dependent on tide times, as the island is only accessible via the causeway at low tide,” said Jon.
You can check the tide times here.
“We want to encourage people to come and experience for themselves one of the highlights in English Heritage’s summer events calendar, but make sure you check the tide times before you travel.”
The ancient Viking Raiders stone is present to remember the raids on Lindisfarne Priory. It demonstrates the significance of the island’s Viking story. The stone is currently on display at the Priory museum, and will begin a journey to form part of 2012’s exciting new exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham Cathedral.
During the first part of Viking Week (Monday 6 August – Friday 10 August) entry fees are: adults £4.90, concession £4.40 and children £2.90. Entrance fees for the Viking Raiders event (Saturday 11 August – Sunday 12 August) at Lindisfarne Priory are: £6.50, concessions £5.50 and children £4.50. English Heritage members and under 5s go free. The event runs from 11am – 5pm.