Here's a selection of three Viking-themed events being staged over the next two weekends, from Durham to Ireland to Scandinavia. 

Of particular interest is the location for Aonach na nDéise, close to the burial place of the legendary Woodstown Warrior, and the Trøndersk Viking and History Festival near Lensvik's Hestnes Chamber Grave, the site of another rare find.

Granny Castle remains in County Waterford, a testament to the region's rich history, setting the backdrop for the nearby Aonach na nDéise Viking festival. Photo: Andrzej Bartyzel / Shutterstock

Aonach na nDéise, Waterford, Ireland

The Viking Heritage Festival will be held on August 19 and 20 at Waterford Greenway, Carriganore, Ireland. Attendees can expect vivid battle displays in both Western and Eastern styles, with the latter being more dramatic than the former.

The event also offers a hands-on weapons display, allowing visitors to try on helmets and hold Viking swords and shields. 

Everything takes place near the Longphort, the burial site of the Woodstown Warrior, one of only 107 original Viking graves ever found in Ireland and one particularly rich in artifacts. These included a sword deliberately broken into three pieces before being buried with the deceased, a spear split in two, and an ax. 

Attendees may see replicas of some of the discoveries.

The festival is a joint collaboration between Déise Medieval, an amateur society for living history and medieval combat enthusiasts, and the National Museum of Ireland based in Dublin, which organizes tours, walks, and heritage weeks across the country.

You can access the Festival's details here.

Lensvik's serene coastline is the backdrop for the annual Trøndersk Viking and History Festival near Trondheim. Photo: Evannovostro / Shutterstock

Trøndersk Viking and History Festival, Lensvik, Norway

Starting on Friday, August 18, and running over three days until Sunday evening, the annual Trøndersk Viking and History Festival takes place at the Agdenes Viking Park, Lensvik, near Trondheim, Norway's medieval capital. 

While the history seminars will be in Norwegian, all visitors can enjoy ax-throwing, archery and browse the Viking market.

If you do speak Norwegian, the lecture on the Chamber Grave found at nearby Hestnes should be of particular interest, focusing on the last remains of a woman from around 850-950. 

She was buried alongside fine jewelry and a trefoil brooch used to fasten her cloak at the neck. The reason for its significance is that it was probably manufactured in Hedeby, far away in Southern Denmark, and of a type rarely found in Norway. 

The discovery caused much excitement when it came to light in 2020, and here Borghild Nekstad, who has meticulously reconstructed the clothing from the tomb, will be showcasing the outfit at the festival.

The details for the Festival can be found here.

Near the historic Durham Castle, the region prepares for the Ushaw Viking Takeover, celebrating its Viking roots. Photo: Wangkun Jia / Shutterstock

Ushaw Viking Takeover, Durham, England

This brand-new event promises to be one of the biggest Viking reenactment extravaganzas of the year. 

August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 26th to Monday 28th) sees hordes of Vikings descend on the gardens of the stunning Ushaw Historic House, the former college seminary. 

The Ushaw Viking Takeover will look to recreate the famous Battle of Brunanburh, fought between Æthelstan, King of England, and allied Norse, Scots, and Strathclyde Britons. 

In addition to the battle itself, children can look forward to missile and archery displays, take a stroll through the camps of the two armies, and take part in the "Kiddie vike," where younger audience members can practice shield wall drills and attempt to drive the invaders from their lands.

It's very much a daytime thing, with gates opening at 10 am and everything finishing by 4 pm, with the main battle closing the program at 3.45 pm. 

Ushaw's own heritage, including its latest exhibition showcasing 150 masks and puppets, will also be on display for public perusal.

Ushaw Historic House is also set in lovely gardens, and families are welcome to pack their picnic baskets before they make the journey to this picturesque spot west of Durham.

Check the Festival details here.

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