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Brace yourselves for a Viking Invasion!

By on August 4, 2010

On Sunday 15th August, The Vikings! Of Middle England will be staging a dynamic and exciting re-enactment event in the atmospheric grounds of Tatton’s Tudor Old Hall.  Witness the clash of steel and hear the smash of axe on shield as these hardened warriors demonstrate Viking combat skills.  The Vikings! of Middle England are renowned for their historical authenticity and their ‘realistic, exciting and entertaining battle displays’.

But it’s not all about  the battle and ‘bloodshed’.  Around 30 re-enactors will be setting up an authentic Viking camp at the Old Hall, demonstrating the domestic side of Viking life with authentic cooking over open fires, wood-cutting, coin-minting, spinning, dyeing and weaving activities.

A Viking Longship will be washing up on Tatton’s shores, especially for this event, from Viking Longship Experience. Sturdy Viking sailing ships were used by Norsemen to travel as far as Constantinople and Newfoundland.  Russell Scott from the Viking Longship Experience will be demonstrating the skills needed to power these extraordinary boats. Other activities and demonstrations will include making Viking ship coins, casting fishing nets and a mock naval battle for children.

A number of other displays will keep young and older visitors entertained.  In the early afternoon there will be a magnificent falconry display from Gauntlet Birds of Prey, who will show ravens, vultures and other birds of prey guaranteed to thrill.  Finally, visitors also have the opportunity to try on armour and try their own expertise with an archer’s longbow (small charge).

Mick Ricketts, Old Hall Steward commented “Viking Sunday is one of my favourite re-enactment events in the Old Hall’s calendar.  The Vikings! Of Middle England come to Tatton Old Hall with a justified reputation for realism and some notoriety.  Channel 5 called them ‘too realist to show’ but for a family audience they will temper it a little!  We’re sure they will add an exciting new dimension to the day.”

Viking Sunday at the Old Hall Sunday 15th August 2010 12pm to 5pm (last entry 4pm) at the Old Hall.  Adults £4.50, Child £2.50, Family £11.50 (2 adults & 3 children).  Normal Park entry of £5 per car applies.  Additional small charge for try on armour and have a go archery.

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