JORVIK Medieval Festival Statement


After four exciting years of bringing the medieval period back to life we have made the difficult decision not to run the 5th JORVIK Medieval Festival this year.

With JORVIK Viking Centre flooding in December 2015, our focus has moved to re-imagining the centre ready for its re-opening in spring 2017, and to ensuring that visitors to York do not miss out on seeing the many precious artefacts that make up the JORVIK collection whilst JORVIK is closed. As such we have created three special exhibitions, all located in the city centre, that will help us showcase the heritage of the Vikings in York.

As you can imagine, organising the delivery of three simultaneous exhibitions has put considerable strain on the resources of The JORVIK Group and has meant that the delivery of events, like the JORVIK Medieval Festival, have been thought about in great detail. When all was considered it was decided that in this, the most difficult of years for our attractions, not to run the festival.

Still Focused on the Middle Ages

This isn’t to say that we are not still committed to showcasing the medieval period and all the fascinating stories it offers. Our visitor attractions on the city walls, The Richard III & Henry VII Experiences, and our restored medieval townhouse, Barley Hall, will continue to bring the colourful history of the Middle Ages to life in York and a series of smaller talks and living history events will take place during the summer, as well as our popular event at Knaresborough Castle on the 13th August. More details of these events can be found at

We are also helping communities uncover the hidden histories in plain sight with Church Explorers! – a campaign to promote the sometimes lost stories of medieval churches and their impact on their local area. With over 20 churches involved already there is so much to discover across Yorkshire this summer. Explore all at

Finally, we are pleased to confirm that the 33rd JORVIK Viking Festival will be taking place in 2017. Dates to be announced in the near future. Keep an eye on for the latest news.

On behalf of the team behind JORVIK Medieval Festival we would like to thank everyone who has participated over the past four years and we look forward to welcoming you to The JORVIK Group again soon.