The festival was established by volunteer Colin Seal eight years ago to promote and celebrate the Norse heritage of Sheringham.

It usually takes place every year, but it had to take a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Luckily, with the pandemic on the retreat, the festival returned last weekend. It took place at Beeston Common.

"I can't believe how it's evolved from a very small event, and it's grown into a massive event," Colin Seal told ITV News Anglia.

"There must be a few thousand people here. When it all comes together like this, it's very pleasing."

Norse heritage

The Sheringham community believes that the notorious Viking warlord Scira was given some land in the area as a reward for his performance in battle.

Furthermore, it's believed that the town owes its name to Viking warriors.

A large number of visitors rushed to the town on Saturday to watch Viking battle reenactments. Afterward, the now traditional burning of a longship took place on the beach.

The event's popularity grew thanks to the success of shows like "Vikings" and "Vikings: Valhalla." 

"It's brilliant to see," Fraser Carson from the Wuffa Viking and Saxon Reenactment Society noted.

"Obviously, it's a good starting point for people to learn the real history and then learn even more about it. We wouldn't be half as popular if it wasn't for it being so popular in the media itself and taking people's hearts and minds by storm.

"Sheringham was founded by a Viking called Scira, so this town wouldn't exist if it weren't for the Vikings settling here in the first place."

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