As no objections from the public were received, the approval became final on July 29.

The Viking Herald reached out to Chris Hall and asked how he feels now that his dream of creating an authentic Viking settlement on the Isle of Man can continue to take shape.

"Quite overwhelmed by the media exposure over the last few months, but now we have permission to build this site. 

"My objectives for the rest of this year are to get the supporting groundworks in place so we can start on the actual Viking stuff in the new year."

Looking for sponsors and partners

Hall also said he will now be working on attracting sponsors and partners for the project.

"There is, of course, a lot of financial support that is going to be required, so I will be pushing for sponsors and partners to help with the things that need paying for. 

"The rest I hope to be achieved by the kindness of companies and private individuals; as - from the very start - I am not doing this for financial gain, I want it to be something by the people for the people," Hall explained.

Hall plans to set up an interactive Viking attraction on the Isle of Man. Photo: Sandygate Viking Project

Bringing the dream to life

The construction materials for the settlement are scheduled to start arriving at Sandygate soon.

"For now, I am trudging through setting up banking and insurance, but I'm really excited to start getting materials arriving at Sandygate. I'm ready to bring the dream to life. 

"We will be setting up a volunteer program in due course so everyone can put their mark on the Viking project," he concluded.

Project plan

As Hall told The Viking Herald in November, he plans to construct robust wooden structures.

The development is likely to include a "Folkvangr" area (a "field of the people") which guests could visit after participating in activities in the woodland on the land.

The area is also supposed to serve as a platform for numerous activities, including shield building and staged re-enactments with people trained in weapon fighting. Children should also get an opportunity to test out their own creations.

The settlement will likely include a farmhouse, barn, forge, temple, and animal pens, where farmers and artisans in traditional outfits could teach children about old traditions and practices.

Hall aims to get the site to run on a permaculture basis and build the structures from wind fallen and sustainable wood from the island. Craftspeople on the island are already waiting to get involved in the planning and building of the site.

"Given I hope for this to be an environmental beacon for sustainability, with the whole site running on a permaculture basis, I hope that the public buys into this vision and supports it," Hall told The Viking Herald in June.

The area is supposed to serve as a platform for numerous Viking-related activities. Photo: Sandygate Viking Project

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