An exciting programme of family-friendly events, which is kindly sponsored by Ogier, will take place over five days from Monday to Friday, 13-17 February from 10am-4pm.

Professional history re-enactors from UK-based Griffin Historical will be ‘invading’ the Maritime Museum as Vikings to share stories from Norse myths and legends and lead a host of action activities, including combats, feuds and duelling. Families will also be able to catch a glimpse into the daily life of these fierce Scandinavian traders and sea warriors, with object handling crafts and expert knowledge.

Nicky Lucas, Jersey Heritage’s Community Events Curator, said: “We haven’t seen the Vikings since 2020 and we can’t wait to welcome them back to our shores! They are always so much fun and families have a fantastic experience when they come to the Maritime Museum for our Viking events. As well as lots of crafts and activities, there will be the opportunity to take part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Stamford Bridge, a battle that most historians agree marked the end of the Viking era. Dressing up is optional but it does make the experience even more fun!”

The Viking activities will include:

  • What’s Your Viking Name?
  • Test your Viking knowledge on the fun fact trail
  • Makes your own runes and spell your name
  • Design and make your own Viking pendant
  • Explore the complexities of Viking art.

Kate Kirk, Ogier’s Marketing Director, said: “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Jersey Heritage this year, bringing history to life for the younger generation. To kick off our dedicated programme of family fun events, adventures and activities for 2023, we’re excited to welcome the Vikings back to Jersey for the February half term. Interactive learning through events like this offers a valuable opportunity to learn more about our Island’s history and enjoy a fun, family day out.”

Usual entry fees apply but ‘Vikings’ is free to Jersey Heritage Members and children under the age of six.