Viking day on the River Bann

The Vikings are heading to Portadown this weekend.

The Vikings are heading to Portadown this weekend.

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Portadown will be transported back to the Medieval age for an epic Viking experience set to unfold along the River Bann this weekend.

This free event, organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in association with Ardglass Viking Association, Fingal Living History Society and Living History Ireland will run each day from 11am to 5pm and features a range of family friendly activities to help visitors immerse themselves in Viking culture.

Each day there will be family boat rides along the river whilst Saturday’s Viking longboat charity race promises to be one of the event’s highlights.

Prizes will be awarded for first and second place; while one wacky team will be awarded the ‘Best Dressed’ prize for their efforts to look like they’ve just stepped out of the medieval times.

All proceeds from the race will be donated to the NSPCC.

Throughout each day, Viking warriors will be dressed in authentic costume as they re-enact the brutal battles that cemented their reputation as the ruthless rulers of Europe. Brave guests can also take part in weapon training to get a feel for life as a Viking warrior.

Those who prefer using cutlery to wielding swords will be relieved to know they can retreat to the safety of the mini food village for the best of local cuisine.

There will also be craft stalls where you can find authentically made and locally sourced goodies, then guests can sit back and enjoy the entertainment and music.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Cllr Sharon Haughey-Grimley, Chair of Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration Committee said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Viking Experience; it’s is a great opportunity to teach young people about the rich heritage of the River Bann and the links it forged for Portadown during the medieval era.

“This is a really fun event for the whole family and with such a variety of activities there’ll be something for everyone.”

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