Vkings descend on North Walsham Rugby Club


Published:
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.


Roger Taylor and his daughter Autumn, 7, try out weapons at the Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Club
– Credit: Lauren De Boise

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.


Re-enactor Jeff Marland creates replica Viking jewelry at the Ragnorok Viking Festival in North Walsha

Re-enactor Jeff Marland creates replica Viking jewelry at the Ragnorok Viking Festival at North Walsham Rugby Club
– Credit: Lauren De Boise

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.


Sword fights at the Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Club

Sword fights at the Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Club
– Credit: Lauren De Boise

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.


6-year-old twins Bertie and Freddie Calvert-White with re-enactor Andrew Candy at Ragnorok Viking fe

6-year-old twins Bertie and Freddie Calvert-White with re-enactor Andrew Candy at the Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Club
– Credit: Lauren De Boise

“It’s about learning about the culture and the weapons we use.”

It runs until 5 p.m. today.


Re-enactor Tony King cooks for encampment at Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Clu

Re-enactor Tony King cooks for encampment at the Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Club
– Credit: Lauren De Boise


Re-enactor Madalin Matthewson demonstrates her archery skills at the Ragnorok Viking Festival in North W

Re-enactor Madalin Matthewson demonstrates his archery skills at the Ragnorok Viking festival at North Walsham Rugby Club
– Credit: Lauren De Boise

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