This year’s Largs Viking Festival will run from Saturday 29 August to Sunday 6 September.
To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, a Scottish Government initiative led by VisitScotland, the Festival organisers are excited to introduce a food and drink festival, profiling local produce and hosting cooking demonstrations and more throughout the week.
There will also be a Scottish Craft Fayre and a Global Market.
The Viking Village will open every day from 11am to 5pm. The Village will re-enact a real 13th Century Viking village to show the influence of Vikings on Largs. Features of the Viking Village will be re-enactors the Swords of Dalriada and demonstrations of cooking; spinning, dyeing and weaving; pole lathe; forge; moneyer; Fletcher, Church, Viking traders; weapons display and have a go archery.
School groups are encouraged to visit the interactive Village and experience how the Vikings lived. School Packs will be available to download from the Festival website from 18 August.
Owl Magic will be with us every day, weather permitting, and is an opportunity to see, touch and get photographed with a wide variety of these hand reared, beautiful and inspiring birds.
On both weekends there will be aerobatic and static displays, on-stage entertainment and a variety of street performers on the Promenade.
A fun fair will also be present on the Promenade Car Park throughout the Festival.
Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “The Largs Viking Festival is always a highlight of the local events calendar and this year’s event promises to be a delicious mix of culture and cuisine as we celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. 2015 is a chance to shine a light on our outstanding produce and authentic dining experiences. This event is a great way to whet the appetite of visitors and encourage them to discover more about the mouth-watering culinary delights we have right here on our doorstep.”
Linda Young, Festival Secretary, said: “We are pleased to support Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink by promoting local produce and putting on cooking demonstrations through the week. We also have a goal to educate local children about the culture and history of Largs and in the Village children have the opportunity to learn in an authentic Viking environment that brings history to life.’
Linda added “The Board are extremely grateful to North Ayrshire Council for funding and for erecting the Village, to Kelburn Wind Farm Community Fund, VisitScotland, Awards for All and SSE who have given their financial support towards the costs of running the Festival.”
The Viking Village will open every day from 11am to 5pm. Tickets can be bought on site and are £5 for adults and £2 for children under 16 and concessions (over 60’s and students). Under 5’s go free. Entry gives admission to the Village throughout the day of purchase.
School groups are encouraged to visit the Village and bookings can be made now through Vikingar! Tel: 01475 689 777.