A quiet table for two with soft music playing in the background whilst you enjoy an intimate evening with a loved one?  It isn’t everyone’s idea of a good Valentine’s Day night out – but JORVIK Viking Festival is coming to the rescue with an evening of hearty food, flagons of mead and positively raucous Norse-themed fun, as it hosts the Viking Banquet: Love & Blunder!

Taking inspiration from sagas of Viking love, the Viking Feast is the antithesis to soppy, romance-filled nights of wine and roses.  Diners sit at large tables, shoulder to shoulder with their fellow Viking-enthusiasts in the splendid historic setting of York’s Merchant Adventurer’s Hall – a fitting substitute for a Viking longhouse – for a three course banquet, washed down with mead or ale.  Entertainment is provided by Viking skalds – the finest storytellers – with traditional tales of romance gone right and wrong!

Tickets for the event are £95 per person (over 18s only), with final bookings to be made by 31 January – although with the event already proving very popular, it may sell out well before then.

The event is part of this year’s JORVIK Viking Festival, which runs from 12 – 18 February at venues throughout the city of York.  Known as Europe’s largest Viking Festival, regularly drawing 45,000 visitors to the city, the event promises seven days of Viking fun, with a host of free and paid-for events for people of all ages, from Beserker Bootcamps which train the next generation of young Viking warriors, to academic lectures.  A free living history encampment will be pitched in Parliament Street for the duration of the Festival, with other highlights including the March to Coppergate, a parade of hundreds of Vikings through the streets of York and a best costume and beard competition – open to real and artificially-enhanced facial hair entries!  Saturday evening will see a fiery finale take place in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower.

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