February is a great time to visit York and the surrounding north Yorkshire countryside, with both a ” Dark Skies ” festival and also a Viking festival taking place within the month.
The JORVIK Viking Festival takes place in York from the 20th – 27th February 2019. This highly regarded Viking festival is reported to be the largest in Europe possibly the world and in 2019 will return for its 35th Year. One of the themes this year is the ” untold story of Women in the Viking Age” . The weekend will fall right in the middle of the Festival, allowing all to experience the fabulous parade through the city centre. Events will be running throughout the week and include Strongest Viking and Best Beard competitions. To accommodate all, the different events will take place at a variety of venues in York . There will be demonstrations, storytelling and a range of workshops ranging from embroidery and Norse knitting to sword skills!
One part of the viking festival, not to be missed is the ” Battle Spectacular will transform the Eye of York, in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower, into Fólkvangr Fields – the meadow ruled over by the goddess Freya, where half the warriors who died in battle would go, with the other half being sent to Odin’s Valhalla. Five strong Viking women will tell their stories of settlement, revenge, politics and courage, re-enacted by a cast of 100 Viking warriors, and culminating in a fiery finale of pyrotechnics from Clifford’s Tower”
If the viking festival is not to your taste, the what about the Dark Skies festival? One of the reported special qualities of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are the stunning dark skies which are reportedly so free from light pollution. This stunning area is worth celebrating, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks – together with Nidderdale AONB have joined together to hold the fourth annual Dark Skies Festival from 15th February to 3rd March 2019. This fabulous festival will have a program of events and activities for those young and old to enjoy with loads of great activities for all to enjoy and a is a fabulous way to enjoy the north Yorkshire countryside.
Dark Skies and A Viking Festival In February In North Yorkshire
With two fabulous events taking place in York and north Yorkshire we believe that this is a great time to visit the area. Not only for the events but also for the Burn Hall Hotel’s fabulous offer for February, the Yorkshire Deal offering two nights bed and breakfast and dinner* on the first night for just £99. The Yorkshire Deal is subject to availability and some exclusions and terms and conditions apply. for further details of this fabulous value deal and others available throughout the year please visit our offers page or speak to our reservations team on 01347 825400