09:57 July 17, 2022
“The Vikings are coming!”
During the Dark Ages, this cry made people shiver in fear as they fled from vicious Norse raiders.
But in North Walsham at the weekend, it means a chance for people to connect with re-enactors who are dedicated to showing people what the Vikings really looked like.
The Ragnarok Festival sees Vikings descending on North Walsham Rugby Club in Scottow.
People can see how the Vikings fought and lived their lives, including how they cooked and made intricate items, such as jewelry.
Around 60 re-enactors take part in the two-day festival, which also includes Viking wrestling, archery demonstrations and visitors able to try out Viking weapons and armor as well as food and drink.
Paul Carter, ‘Battle Leader’ of Norfolk-based Viking band Drakkr Sveiter, said: “It’s a great way to learn about the living history of the Viking world.
“It’s about learning about the culture and the weapons we use.”
It runs until 5 p.m. today.