Brand New Viking Fire Festival Announced

Viking Fire Festival – a brand new epic event is set to take place in Wexford town on Saturday, September 28.

Held on Wexford’s quayside by the Irish National Heritage Park, the historical area will be transformed into a Viking village, hosting an immersive experience akin to life over a thousand years ago. The ancient settlement will be populated throughout the day with a host of re-enactors who will be going about their day-to-day life as if it was 900AD.

These performers will be offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, a Viking market, coin striking, spinning, weaving, leatherworking, metalwork and woodwork. There will also be some Viking music performances and even the chance to participate in some slave trading.

The Vikings founded Wexford town sometime before 900AD, with the street layout today attributed to these early settlers. Those same streets will see the marauders once again as on the evening of the event a Viking Parade will be led by the Bloco Garman Drummers, culminating in a spectacular Inferno Fire Show.

Alongside the Viking Village, there will be a Viking Treasure Hunt, Viking Talks and Children’s Storytelling events. On top of all this, there will also be a craft beer and food market on offer to visitors throughout the day.

Speaking at the event’s launch, general manager at the Irish National Heritage Park and festival organiser Maura Bell said: “This is set to be a spectacular event celebrating our unique heritage and offering locals and visitors alike an incredible visual spectacle. This is an event ‘not to be missed.”

“Access to the Viking Town, the Viking parade and the Inferno Fire Show on Wexford’s quayside will be free of charge. It will offer a brilliant opportunity for a peak in visitor numbers between the busy summer period in Wexford and in advance of the annual Wexford Festival Opera and the Fringe Festival. This is the inaugural event. We have great ambitions for this festival to grow for many years to come.”

For further details on the new Viking Fire Festival, see www.irishheritage.ie/special-events/

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