Viking fighting, with army behind

About Us

The Vikings is a re-enactment Society dedicated to recreating the life and times of the Dark Age period, not only the battles and skirmishes of the period, but also the dress, crafts and every-day life of the different peoples of that time. Founded in 1971, The Vikings are the oldest and largest Dark Age re-enactment society in the UK ... and probably the world!

The Vikings have over 1,500 members throughout Britain, and in Europe, Canada and the US. We portray events from the famous Viking raid at Lindisfarne in 793 AD to the Norman Invasion of 1066 where William claimed the crown of England after the Battle of Hastings.

Our aim is always to provide an accurate and educational portrayal of the Early Mediaeval period whilst ensuring a memorable and enjoyable day for those who come to watch our events.

What We Do

Vikings lazing in their village

We are renowned for our high standard of presentation, historical accuracy and attention to detail; for the scale and impact of our combat displays; and for our extensive living history villages which present a cross-section of life in the Early Middle Ages. Visitors can move from an arena display of hand-to-hand combat or the use of the bow and the sling for hunting or warfare, to a walk through history in our tented encampment, to experience the crafts, the food and the way of life of our forebears. We have extensive experience in working for the media, with film, TV and book shoots to our credit, we supply school visitors to UK schools and we run educational displays for museums and other historical events.

We are a family-orientated organisation which has members from all walks of life and every age group.

Whether you are interested in hiring The Vikings for your event, coming to watch our displays, joining as a member, or just learning more about the Viking Age, we hope to see you soon!